Archive for July 23rd, 2008


The Test of Time

Most of us would admit that we are living in a disposable society. All it takes is a look at the prodigious amount of garbage that we create on a daily basis. It got me thinking about stuff I have that has made it for a substantial length of time (I’m in my mid 40’s) and is still doing what it supposed to do. It’s not a comprehensive list, but it’s good food for thought. What’s on your list?

  • RevereWare copper bottom pots and pans. Got these before I even got married.
  • A few t-shirts from my college days (mostly sentimental)
  • A pair of Johnston and Murphy cordovan wing tip lace up shoes
  • A Cuisinart that was a wedding present
  • A Taurus PT92 9mm pistol
  • My grandfather’s dowel jig
  • A Zebco 404 fishing reel that’s gotta be over 30 years old
  • My first paperback copy of Dune

Olympic Propaganda

There’s a post over at PeacefulRise about propaganda posters that are popping up all over China before the start of the Olympics. You’d think that a country with a billion people had learned some basic social intercourse skills, maybe not. The government has posters up regarding interacting with folks with handicaps, general rules of etiquette, and even a list of 8 “Don’t Asks”:

  • Don’t ask about income or expenses
  • Don’t ask about age
  • Don’t ask about love life or marriage
  • Don’t ask about health
  • Don’t ask about someone’s home or address
  • Don’t ask about personal experience
  • Don’t ask about religious beliefs or political views
  • Don’t ask what someone does

It looks like it’s okay to ask if dog is on the menu, though (it probably isn’t). I fully realize that Olympic games are more of host country political statement than a demonstration of sport. I’m pretty sure that a shir emblazoned with an image of the Dalai Lama and the expression “Let’s Roll, Tibet!” will not be appreciated…