Thursday, August 30, 2012

Indian Cheif

           The broccoli didn’t work. I repeat, the brocili does not work. After a week of broccoli every day, it did not help Amber’s breathing. Well it was worth a shot.
            Occasionally when I don’t have a topic to write about I will skim the internet for a brief time just to see if something pops out and this time I found a treasure. In a news paper article in 2003 a government official (the article didn’t say who) asked the Patawomeck Indian tribe chief, Two Eagles, where the white man went wrong after observing them for ninety years during war and technological growth. After staring at the official in silence for over a minute, chief Two Eagles said, “When white man find land, Indians running it, no taxes, no debt, plenty buffalo, plenty beaver, clean water. Women did all the work, medicine man free. Indian man spend all day hunting and fishing; all night having sex.” Then the chief leaned back and smiled, “only white man dumb enough to think he could improve system like that.”
            I didn’t even know what to think after that. Think about it. You have literally no worries. Ok maybe bears and mountain lions and an occasional snake but you spend all day fishing on the banks of this crystal clear stream or hunting deer or buffalo in an untouched forest. You know when people ask, “Who is one person you would like to meet?” my answer now is Two Eagles. Sure there are people out there that can enlighten you on how life was “back then” or the Dalai Lama can help you find peace in yourself, Queen Elizabeth can… take you for a tour in her royal house, the President…uhm…can shake your hand. I’m not really sure what the President can do in a one-on-one visit, except maybe answer questions and I guess the same goes for the Queen. But a man like Two Eagles can tell you how it should be or how it was. He can give tell you stories of how his family did things and how they reacted to all the changes since white man came. The Dalia Lama, mother Teresa, the Pope, all these types of people are in a way to “mainstream.” (I’m not a hipster that was just the only word I could think of to get my point across)You never see a headline that reads, “Indian Chief Two Eagles to visit such and such place, crowds gather to be enlightened by this man.” I mean we live in America, who else to get advice on how the best way to live here than a man who’s family has literally lived here since the beginning.
            So that’s what I have for this week, again it’s a short one. I don’t have a challenge but if I get one I’ll let you know. Until next time, no one can ever steal your dreams, but they can steal the covers, when they do it’s on like Donkey Kong.

“Trouble no more about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours”.                   -Chief Tecumseh

Thursday, August 16, 2012


     Well kiddies it’s been a week so I figured I would write a little something down for your reading pleasure. As you may have read in the past, guessing you have been following me since the beginning, I was a vegetarian for a week. It wasn’t bad at all. Well my wife decided to become a vegetarian recently and not just for a week but possibly the rest of her life. “Why?” All you meat lovers may ask. Well a long story short, she doesn’t condone the killing of innocent animals. So for the past month now I have been supporting her the best way I can, by be a vegetarian also. Ok not enitrely. For dinners I have usually been a vegetarian because it’s easier to make one meal instead of two, she usually does the cooking anyway and she’s better at it then me, and lastly because I do support her decision. Now I have eaten meat, lunch meat for lunch usually and a few things here and there for dinner but I would say I have been 75% vegetarian. Speaking of amber and veggies, my wife has some breathing issues in the mornings. Wait let me go into better detail. When she wakes up she is all stuffed up, it’s an allergy thing or deviated septum or both. Well I read an article a couple of years ago about eating broccoli helps with breathing if you eat it everyday. So I thought, since I really have no trouble why not try it on someone who does. So I asked amber if she’d be willing to eat broccoli everyday and without hesitation she said yes. I gave her the option of preparing the green stuff any way she wanted whether it was plain, cooked, raw, a little salt or buried in cheese it doesn’t matter as long as she gets it down. She started on Monday so we are just into day four, I’ll update you after a few more days.
            That’s all I have for this week, short and sweet. So until next time, life is a shoe, wear it (got that from a Teva commercial).

“Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”  -Robert Frost

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Movies and Beer

    So I was suppose to have a beer review for you like two weeks ago and I did have one. Amber and I went to this wine tasting, give me a minute let me explain, that a local grocery store has every Friday night, six bucks and you get to taste six wines. Plus they have a little piece of some kind of food, cheese, crackers, sausage, steak, you know the usual things you would pair with wine. Well we go at least twice a month and few times ago they offered beer along side wine so it was the tasters choice. I chose beer. Literally the last post I did we went to the wine tasting that evening and they had this beer tasting also, perfect. They give you a card and it tells you what you want to know. I thought I had it made. Amber had a pen so I could mark which ones I liked and why. We went around to all six stations had a nice little “date”  went home and had a tasty dinner and so the weekend went on. Come that Monday, no card in sight. I’0m pretty sure it got tossed out with all my notes about each beer. The only thing I can remember to tell you about the beer, Oregon has some good beers.
    Speaking of reviews, another subject other than food and drink that gets plenty of review is movies. I admit there are some good movies out there and some have come out recently but I still have a bone to pick with Hollywood. With all that talent out there you think they could come up with something original. It seems like everything out now is either from a book, a sequel, a remake, or a comic book. I’m sure it’s not easy to write a movie but how hard can it be when the book is already written, I mean come on the work is already done. Same goes for comic books. They may not follow the story line of some exact comic but you already have the character down and they even provide pictures to look at what the character wears and looks like. Then you have remakes and sequels. Not only do you have a story line and a reference of what the character should wear or how they dressed but you basically have the movie, add some new actors and actresses and mix up the dialog a little and bam you have a new movie. I also feel like that if the movie doesn’t fall in one of the above named categories then it follows a storyline already done by another movie. Girl falls in love with man, they fight, they make up, they live happily ever after. Some one gets taken hostage, main character is pissed and goes after the kidnappers with a vengance and the good guys win. Occasionally they will change a few things like someone good dies or the bad guy gets away but for the most part it’s the same. I’m not saying the originals aren’t out there I’m just saying the best sellers right now aren’t any of them.  I’m just sayin’. Nick and I talked about this when I went to Chicago a few weeks back for my birthday and I just wanted to share it with rest of you.
    I’ll have to get back to you for a challenge as I don’t know if I have one yet but I’m shemin’ one up. Until next time, don’t be a remake be yourself.

“Critics! Those cut-throat bandits in the paths of fame.”            -Robert Burns