My first day as a teacher is 2 weeks away. We don’t even have paper at my school. I can figure out how to do without, but it sure would be nice to have the basics. It’s eating me up to even post this, but if you have a few dollars to spare, I’ll be forever in your debt. I will find a way to give back to anyone who can help, even with a reblog. I’ll sing at your wedding or dance a jig or something.
My ex always comes to mind when I see sailboat racing photos. Mild mannered and nerdy for the most part, he comes alive on a boat — it plays perfectly to who he is — the strategy, the thrill, the risk, trusting in your decisions and your equipment and camaraderie of teammates.
Oaxacan cuisine is a regional cuisine of Mexico, centered on the city of Oaxaca, the capital of the state of the same name located in southern Mexico. Like the rest of Mexican cuisine, Oaxacan food is based on staples such as corn, beans and chili peppers, but there is a great variety of other ingredients and food preparations due to the influence of the state’s varied geography and indigenous cultures. Well known features of the cuisine include ingredients such as chocolate (often drunk in a hot preparation with spices and other flavorings), Oaxaca cheese, mezcal and grasshoppers (chapulines) with dishes such as tlayudas, Oaxacan style tamales and seven notable varieties of mole sauce.
Love Oaxaca, best crafts (IMHO) in all of Mexico, and that’s saying something. Also the cuisine. Mostly the wonderful rainbow array of moles. I have tried chapulines - grasshoppers - a regional favorite fortunately with enough spice so they tasted like, well crunchy spice…which is good as I’m terrified of anything grasshopper / cricket / katydid-like, at least when they are alive
This morning a neighbor alerted the residents that truckloads of construction debris were coming into the canyon fast and furious and being dumped onto private land.
This has been going on for awhile and I wasn’t certain what they were talking about. So I collected a neighbor and we drove up to see what was going on. There were trucks literally arriving every couple of minutes full and leaving a few minutes later, empty. Repeat arrivals every 10 - 15 minutes.
We knew the source had to be local.
So we followed a departing truck, staying far back and winding through the adjacent canyon. At one point we lost the truck and pulled off the road to wait. Sure enough, another truck came by.
The trick is staying far enough back to not seem obvious but close enough to see where they turn. Not so easy as it turns out. Required some doubling back and driving past when they turned down quiet streets until they turned again.
Eventually, we found the heart of the outfit.
As it turned out, it wasn’t that hard to identify them, they were using their own trucks. The company name and number is written on all of their trucks. The scary thing is that they are a roll-off outfit, and instead of disposing of the rubbish properly (as they are paid to do), they are dumping the crap in our backyard.
The sheriff has been notified, whether they will do anything or not remains to be seen.
In the last ten years, the Lady Mechanic Initiative has shown that women, like their male counterparts, have a lot to contribute to national development, economic growth, positive change and a peaceful society.
Through the philanthropic efforts of donor agencies, local and international foundations, multinational organizations, and the selfless support of volunteers from Nigeria and around the world, LMI has been able to train a total of 700 Lady Mechanics in the last 10years. Many of our graduates now operate their own garages across the country, and in turn, recruit and train new lady mechanics. Others are working with world-class companies such as Toyota Nigeria, Mercedes, Coscharis Motors, RT Briscoe, TATA Motors, MTN, Coca-Cola, etc.
Prosthetics maker Shintaro Hayashi noticed a change in the clientele at his Tokyo-based company, Aiwa Gishi, about a decade ago. In Japan, a stunted pinkie signifies membership in the yakuza, or Japanese mafia. In a ritual known as “yubitsume,” yakuza members are required to chop off their own digits to atone for serious offenses. The left pinkie is usually the first to go, though repeated offenses call for further severing. As a result, those who get out, have a hard time finding work because of the stigma attached to those missing fingers. That’s where Hayashi comes in.The doctor molds silicone prosthetic pinkies, made to seamlessly mask the amputation. Priced at nearly $3,000 each, the fingers are carefully painted, to match the exact skin color of the client. Former yakuza members, who make up 5% of Hayashi’s business, often keep several sets of fingers for different seasons – the light skinned version for winter, and a tanned look for summer.
When I saw this I thought it was severed fingers on a diner grill…the truth isn’t that much better. Whoa.
Sia Bintou spent more than 10 days in MSF’s Ebola treatment center in Guéckédou, Guinea. There were many times when the medical team thought she would not make it, but Bintou beat the disease. Here, staff congratulate her as she is discharged. Right now, Ebola patients have been identified in more than 60 locations in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. MSF is the only aid organization treating people affected by the virus.
Sia is one lucky lady, less than 10% of Ebola (Hemorrhagic Fever) patients recover, most bleed out. Ebola is spread through bodily fluids. Make great hygiene a practice if you are in West Africa, or if the disease goes global.
Thank you MSF for stepping up and treating Ebloa patients!