Saturday, May 29, 2010

Hall of Legends

There are truths and there are lies and then there are Urban Legends which may as well be truths

cause if people believe them they can’t be lies.

Truth is in the eye of the beholder as is beauty and a sense of smell.

Durians taste good to some people who say they are sweet or bittersweet and custard like . To me they taste like mushy onions.

What feels good to one, may not feel good to another.

For example, a tennis ball, which brings the hair on my body to stand on end, to another person, is something pleasurable.

A person can be raised to love pain and pain isn’t so bad if you do not fear it.

Sometimes the anticipation of pain, feels worse than the actual pain itself.

Mind over matter as they say

People walking over coals, worshippers piercing themselves with hooks, pulling heavy loads,

have all experienced things and if you ask them, will each have a different story to tell of the same experience.

We believe a person is insane and a liar if he declares himself to be God or King.

But give me a good reason why he should or could not really be who he says he is and who are we to judge otherwise?

Is a bad machinist, a machinist?

He has a piece of paper saying he is but his work sucks.

Is a bad artist, not an artist? What is a bad artist?

Is a thief a thief, if he believes the world is his oyster or steals food for survival?

We say he is a thief but are we not thieves as well for buying and selling things which are there, because they are, like cones from a tree.

Did anyone pay the tree for the cones? Did anyone ask the tree if it wants to be sold on the land it sits on?

Did any one ask a flower if its seed can be taken or the chicken if its eggs can be used for food?

Did anyone pay the hole in the ground for the coal that’s taken?

Did anyone pay the inventor of water for the water we use everyday?

Did anyone pay the sun for the heat it gives?

In the beginning, people believed in many Gods because they gave credit to where credit was due.

The soil got impregnated with seed and grew off spring, so people prayed to the Soil God for giving them food.

The tree gave of its fruit so man prayed to the Tree God

The sun gave heat so People prayed to the Sun God.

Today we do not give credit to any thing or any one.

We will not pray to thank the Sun nor the tree nor to a faceless God we do not know

but we will pray to the man or entity who holds power and fear over us,

be he a religious leader, a king, or president.

Man has become arrogant and believes everything is his to buy and sell.

Money is power and yet I have not seen one person who owns it, bow down to a dollar bill and pray to it, as they have, say… to statues.

I have seen no one pray to oil or coal or even diamonds.

So what does all this mean?

We place value in what is meaningful to us but if this is the case, then we cannot act as judges in courts and systems,

against people who do not believe in them or who do not have the same values.

So I guess in order to be able to make value judgements and laws that stick, the people we accuse and

blame for not following them, have to be part of the same group of believers.

Otherwise you punish an innocent and you teach, not the laws of the land but that you are a powerful monster ,

ruler or God superior to humans, man must bow down to in fear and be controlled in fear until one day

he can over power you and set his own vision of truths and lies as he sees them to be, but not necessarily are.

He can for instance tell you or make you believe the sun is cold reversing the meaning of words.

So you feel the sun as hot but instead of using the word hot, you use the word cold.

The end result could be that we believed in one thing but it ended up being another.

Today they are trying to prove that it wasn’t Christopher Columbus who discovered America but the Chinese.

If they can prove it by finding the wood only Chinese boats were made of, in North America,

Christopher Columbus could become an urban legend and China will try to claim

her rights over this continent.

Urban Legends ………are we all not a part of them?????

And Who ever said "the best things in life is free?"


Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Sky is Falling!!!

Once upon a time, there was a very nice little 12 year old girl


It was spring, school was almost over, and I took my usual morning walk at 5 am.

This was the only time I could escape and ride my bike to the back river, as it was known back then.

It was on one of these beautiful mornings that

I saw this midsized chick running down the street. It lost the yellow color and turned white with spots and it sure ran fast.

Behind it ran a cat, trying to catch it.

I bent down and to my surprise this chicken ran straight into my arms.

Well I was so happy and decided to take this chicken home as I did not know where it lived.

Needless to say, it became my chicken. It ate from my hand, watched TV sleeping in my lap while I pet it,

and followed me around wherever I walked.

We became great friends.

Well it kept growing, so my Dad said we couldn’t keep it and maybe we could give it to my Grand Mother.

I said ok because I knew fighting with my Parents would be futile.

My Mother kept her house disinfected and so clean you could eat off her floors

So we took my friendly chicken to my grandmother.

She had a great place under her balcony for him.

She tied a long cord to its leg and the chicken had a lot of room to walk around the yard.

We came a few times to visit it and my grandmother fed him well with bread crusts and left

over people food which had lots of greens and grains in it.

Well, weeks went by, we went camping and were busy doing family things and before long it was fall.

My Dad said lets go visit Grandmother and I was so happy because I knew I would see my chicken,

expecting to hold it and pet it like I did before.

I put on a nice yellow dress and yellow shoes with heels, curled my hair getting ready for the visit.

When we arrived I ran to the back door and down the stairs to see my chicken.

To my surprise I did not see my chicken but this huge gray rooster whose head came up to my waist .

He was gorgeous!

But….. he didn’t recognize me.

He began to run in attack mode.

I got scared and hightailed it back up the stairs in my heels and just barely had time to shut the door on his head.

Thankfully, I missed it.

Anyway, I told my Dad and he began to laugh.

He went outside, down the stairs, while I watched and the rooster put one wing down and began to caw caw dance around my Fathers’ legs.

My Dad laughed and said:” I guess he is wooing me and needs a female chicken to keep him company.”

He gave the rooster some bread and we were both amazed at how big and gorgeous this rooster had become.

When he came indoors my grandmother told us what a great guard dog he was. He chased dogs cats and even people from his yard.

No one dared come there anymore.

I on the other hand was depressed that my chicken didn’t know me anymore. He loved my Grandmother.

Then I heard my Dad and Grandma whispering and when we came a few weeks later,

This great rooster every one loved, disappeared and I guess ended in the soup pot.


The enemy was not man but the weather because he would not survive the cold winter outside.

And so the sky fell on my beautiful rooster who looked more like a Turkey than a rooster.

(Turkeys can't be kept together with chickens or the chickens get sick and die.)

I have never seen a rooster like him since and I do feel making soup out of him was the wrong thing to do but

I will never forget the look in his eye when he chased me up the stairs that

He left us with a mystery as to where he came from and why but he served his purpose in more ways than one, as a friend, as a guard and as good chicken noodle soup.


Picasso Itsa Pizza.
Thought this was a nice painting

University life is fun .

Not only is March break a riot but during the year there is always something going on to entertain and impress you.

We had a group of friends we studied with . One was a foreigner from the middle east.

I never quite knew from which country exactly but he was a happy go lucky fellow, always smiling and laughing.

He was a nice looking guy with curly black hair and mischievous dark eyes with long eyelashes,

some would call bedroom eyes.

We had this pizza place we went to quite frequently.

One day the waitress came to take our orders and after finishing with us she came to this fellow.

He said, looking at the menu, he wanted an all dressed pizza.

He waited for her to write this down and then he began slowly to undress the pizza.

He said oh…….I don’t want the anchovies. So she scratched it off

And…..oh take off the green peppers. So she scratched it off

Oh and I don’t think I want the pepperoni either. So she scratched it off

The waitress was a very busy girl and taking all this down very professionally and seriously.

After each scratch she kept wanting to leave to put in the order but he kept pulling her back.

He went on to take off the olives and then the sausage and then the cheese and then the pizza sauce.

Once he got to that, everyone was sitting watching her face change and her eyes grow big, as she realized that the pizza was no longer

All dressed but completely naked.

She stopped and looked at him finally with her mouth open and he sat there,

his usual smiling bratty self .

The whole scenario was uncomfortably hilarious.

As we all cracked up she did too and then he said ok .Just give me the all dressed.

By this time her pad was a complete mess and I am sure she had to rewrite the order on a new order sheet.

But now she also loosened up and I guess this little prank brightened up her day as well.

I mean.......

How could any one resist such a handsome guy with those bedroom eyes, slowly undressing a pizza in front of her

Wednesday, May 26, 2010



I don’t know who heard this story. It happened quite a while back.

One diplomatic incident took place in China .

There was a couple from France who always carried around a little frou frou

of a poodle around with them.

When they came to this restaurant in China to eat, they gave in their coats and the little dog.

They enjoyed their evening with a few other couples, and then paid their bill and went

to get their coats

The coats came but there was no little dog so they asked them for their little dog.

The restaurant was confused. They asked what little dog?

The couple said when we gave in our coats, we gave in our little dog.

The restaurant manager said:

“But Sir, you ate the dog. We prepared it for you.”

At which point the woman fainted.

What a catastrophe.

In China people bring in their own food to be cooked by the restaurant chef.

I remember once I was invited to celebrate Chinese New Years in Montreal, and my friend brought a fish to be cooked.

After she gave it in I asked her why she brought a fish and she said she liked this fish and she wanted it cooked for tonights meal.

She explained it was a very normal custom so when I heard this story I was not surprised, although I know how devastated the couple must have felt losing their precious dog this way.

I personally would be in the bathroom throwing up .

There is nothing worse than not knowing what you ate and then especially when you find out its your own pet.


Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Buffet Prank

We love Asian food.

One of our favorite Is a Japanese all you can eat restaurant we found at the Lansdown Mall in Richmond, BC.

We sit at a table with a menu and we have to tick off the numbers we want on another slip of paper and give them to the waiter who brings the food to you.

After having a wonderful luncheon outing with my sons, we got the tab

And it had every item we ate with the sum $o.oo beside it

So we had a tally looking something like this:



Teryaki chicken....0.00

Miso Soup…...…..0.00



= 29.23

Knowing how serious the Japanese people are, I told my boys we can have some fun here with the cashier.

So my oldest went to pay the bill and we stood and watched as he explained to the Cashier that we do not have to pay because the tally is wrong.

0.0 plus 0.00 plus 0.00 plus plus plus plus plus etc.. all zeros, does not equal 29.23.

The cashier got all excited trying to explain to him NO! NO! NO.!

Half in English and half in Japanese.

As my son continued the charade with this poor cashier, who was getting red in the face, trying to explain the tab, we were giggling on the side.

Then my son laughed and told him ok I know.

It’s a buffet with a set price per person but the cashier could not explain it properly, being Japanese.

When he saw we were pulling his leg he laughed and shook his head.

He must have thought we were crazy white people lol

On our way home we discussed this and agreed that the way the tab was done we could have very well won our case had we pursued it.

What they should have written was 3 buffets = 29.23 or something to this effect.

When you look for opportunities you can still have some innocent fun in life.:)


The Rake

We often get bumps and never think much of them. But a bump could be serious.
Especially a big bump.
A few stories I remember well had to do with my 80 year old grand mother.

She lived in her own home and I was sent to live with her and go to college cause my parents didn't want me living alone in my own apartment.

So I kept an eye on her ,took her shopping, the hospital.
She was asthmatic so I had many emergency rides to the emergency room in the middle of the night, for this.

Every day, when I got home, she would tell me to watch the rake behind the front door.
It was behind the door so what did I need to watch the rake for?
Besides why was it there anyway?

I began to get irritated after a week of being told about this rake behind the door.
It was like she had this obsession with this rake but didn't do anything to remove it.
As soon as you open the front door , there she was telling me about the stupid rake.

One day I came home from school and saw my 80 year old Grandmother standing with this humongous bump on her head, similar to the one shown on the skull mask.
I got so concerned and asked her what the heck happened?
She looked at me with these pitiful eyes and said:

"I stepped on the rake."

When she brought in the topic of the rake, I could not help but burst into laughter.
It wasn't funny. I had a very long day. The bump was huge and it could have killed her but the more I looked at her pitiful and then angry face because she saw I began to laugh, the more I laughed. I fell on the floor gasping with laughter, while saying to her.

"How could you do that? You did nothing but talk about this rake .....and then you went and stepped on it???????? It was behind the door!!"
She began to see the humor and started to laugh herself.

And so you see, as with children, who don't seem to understand the gravity of not listening to grown up warnings, old people and even adults do the same things.

After we both calmed down, I went and gave her some loving hugs and kisses ,with compresses and tea, as she earned it and then tucked her safe in bed and then........
I warned her about the rake.

The Unforgettable Dance.

Pushkin Walked carrying his big top hat in front of his body.
When asked where is the problem he answered the problem is in my hat.
Hat dancing is funny and so is this clip with fans.
Men have so little and make so much of what little they have, one needs to laugh.
DJ OZMA Drinkin Boys

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Spirits Among US

Mama Zens blog spoke of a book Spirited by Rebecca Rosen.
Most people do not believe in spirits and I personally have never met any to talk to although I wish I could like they do in Medium and the Ghost Whisperer.
You get to find out so much from spirits if this could be true.

But living in Singapore, I once heard a funeral over the wall of our estate. When a person died there, the Chinese bring the body home and they make all his special things out of paper that he might need in the next world. So he has a car, his favorite slippers, pipe etc...and money to pay the devil to get out of hell. They also hire criers who cry over the body and people who bang pots and bells to keep evil away. So this was what they were doing when I was sitting in my living room on the floor writing a letter to my Mother explaining what was happening.
I wrote "Mom they are clanging and banging to keep the devil away.... and as I was writing devil,
the lamp in my dining room burst with such ferocity that the glass pieces flew across the room all the way to the glass table, maybe 20 feet, where I was sitting at on the floor. I was dumb founded.
And I felt eerie as if they kept him from crossing the wall and so he was angry at my place and showed me since I brought the topic up. This why they say evil comes when you invite it in and I guess by talking about him I was inviting him in. lol
I told my friends who told me about the spirits that lived in the Raffles hotel.
They had one woman who was always crying in one room and then a few ladies came down for tea once dressed in long gowns and white gloves with umbrellas and they had tea in the outside
garden where tables were set up. Once they left a customer asked the waiter who they were and he asked him who are you talking about. The customer said those two ladies having tea at this table. The waiters eyes grew big and he asked the customer what they looked like so he explained, The waiter left and brought in the manager who told them about the hotel ghosts. These ladies were included
One woman told me about about an old empty cement pool that had people walking inside as if they didn't know it was a pool.
The Chinese believe in ghosts.
My Mom did the ouiji board until it spelled out I am the horned goat meet me at midnight. She dropped everything and never did it again.
One of her friends on new years, sat by a three sided mirror. The thing to do was to place the mirror in front of an open window and then keep looking in it and as soon as you get a glimpse of your future husband you turn the mirror over. Well she wanted a closer look and was beaten up.
There have been cases girls were beaten to death by the spirit which walked through.

Some people have 7th sight and I believe in that.

When my grandfather died, I was sleeping and opened my eyes just to see him looking over me and smiling. I thought Oh grandfather is here and I am safe, I can sleep now. That same night he came to my mother in the kitchen. She turned around from the sink and saw him and he asked her for a cup of coffee. She said sure and turned to make him one then remembered he died. She turned and he was gone. She wasn't sleeping. She was washing dishes. So he came to the both of us the same night to say good bye.

I think all people have 7th sight but our brains are so cluttered, we don't see.
You need to be in a certain frame of mind to be able to do this. In my case I was a child and just about to fall asleep and my Mom probably was also numb from her fatherinlaw, who she had a good relationship with, dying.

There were other things too that happened so when it comes to spirits, I am not so certain I don't believe in them. If they exist, then all the rest must be true too. Shirley McLean tried to experiment with the un explainable and she said she could fly on a string far away from her body.
She could go to different places and see different things. Once I was meditating and I got to a point where I felt something leaving my body and I got scared and woke up. I thought if I let it go, it won't come back but what a journey I would be on. I could fly.
You forget to breath at that moment.
For me this is risk taking I am not prepared for. It could end up in death if you stay away too long and you have no concept of time doing this. Someone has to pull you back.

One needs to understand that we live with limits. Our eyes do not see as well as, say a bee.
Our sense of smell is not as good as a wolves or a sharks.

So we speak in terms of our experiences and paradigms but sometimes things sift through and we are given a taste of the unexplainable.
I can live with that. :)

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Extra Extra Read All About it!




These classifieds actually ran in a Minneapolis newspaper - a smile for your day....


8-years old. Hateful little bastard. Bites!


1/2 Cocker Spaniel, 1/2 sneaky neighbor's dog.


Mother, AKC German Shepherd.

Father, Super Dog. able to leap tall fences in a single bound.


Looks like a rat. Been out a while.

Better be a big reward.


Also 1 gay bull for sale.


$300 Hardly used, call Chubby.

California grown - 89 cents/lb.


Must sell washer and dryer $300.

Worn once by mistake. Call Stephanie.

And the best one?:

Complete set of Encyclopedia Britannica, 45 volumes.. Excellent condition. $1,000 or best offer. No longer needed, Got married last month. Wife knows everything

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Spring Is Confusing

Sorry Gotcha! Harry Truman Quote.

Well I must admit that I've been confused for a very long time now.
You grow up believing and being taught one thing and then the new generation teaches you something else, but then they learn so much more than we did growing up.
Here is another confused spectacle and a teacher at that lol

A Florida officer pulled over an eighty-year-old teacher because her hand signals were confusing.

"First you put your hand up, like you’re turning right, then you waved your hand up and down, then you turned left," said the officer.

"I decided not to turn right," she explained.

"Then why the up and down?" asked the officer.

"Officer," she sniffed, "I was erasing!"

Thinking In Spring

Nervosa went to a psychiatrist. "Doc," she said, "I have a problem.
When I climb in bed, I think there's somebody under it.
So I slide under the bed and then I think there's somebody on top of it.
All night I am either climbing into bed or under it and I am going insane.

The psychiatrist answered OK I'll schedule you for three times a week and in about two years we will know why you feel this way

"Great! Thanks.How much do you charge?"

"A hundred dollars per visit."

"OK I'll go sleep on it," said Nervosa.

Six months later the doctor met Nervosa on the street. "Why didn't you ever

come to see me again?" he asked.

" A bartender cured me for ten bucks, much cheaper and faster than you could have."

"Is that so! How?"

"He told me to just cut the legs off the bed!"

Now that's what I call thinking outside the box lol
This Dude seems to be envisioning a paradigm consisting of a certain way of viewing reality through concepts values and practices.
It's either that or he is trying to find out the answer to EVERYTHING, which by the way I found out is 42 according to a computer which did a 7 million year analysis of the world. lol

I had no room to put another guy in the next stall which might have been in a totally different paradigm.
Can a paradigm be equated to a cult? Why do we speak of paradigm shifts?


Or maybe the Dude just drank from the decaf pot lol

Maybe I should watch LOST. They must have the answer. So far it just seems to be all like a dream.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Spring Feathers

A man worked on the buses in the US collecting tickets.

He rang the bell for the driver to drive, while a woman was still getting on the bus. When the bus left, the woman fell off the bus and was killed. The man was tried, convicted of murder and got the death penalty. Since this took place in Texas , this meant the electric chair.

On the day of his execution he's sat in the chair and the executioner granted him a final wish.

"Well" said the man, "is that a banana in your lunch bag? "Yes" answered the executioner.

"Can I have it?"


The executioner gave the man his banana and the man ate it. When the man's finished, the executioner flipped the switch sending hundreds of thousands of volts through the man.

But when the smoke cleared the man was still alive.

Since you can only kill a man once. They let him go.

The man got the same job and again was selling bus tickets and again he gave a bus an order to leave while someone was getting on and again this person fell under the bus and died.

So Again there was a trial and he was sent to die by the electric chair.

He met up with the same executioner and when asked for his final wish, he again asked for a banana.

After being electrocuted, the man again did not die and left the executioner flaberghasted.
He'd never seen anything like it before and let the man go free.

This happened a third time, exactly the same way.

"I give up" said the executioner, "I don't understand how you
can still be alive after all that. Has it something to do with that banana ? " he asked.

Nahh" said the bloke,

"I'm just a really bad conductor"


Tuesday, May 18, 2010


A Mom saw her daughter come home solemn .
What's Wrong Honey? Are you ok? she asked

Ya. Max asked me to marry him.

Well that's great news. Aren't you happy?

Well Mom he's an athiest and he doesn't even believe in Hell.

Oh pfft. Don't worry. Marry him anyway.
Between the two of us he'll find out and believe soon enough.


After waiting an hour for her date to show up Mary finally decided he wasn't coming
So she went and changed into her PJ's and curled her hair when suddenly the doorbell rang

She answered the door and there stood her boy friend
One look at her and his face went white.

What.....he gasped. I am two hours late.............and you're still not ready?

Spring Sugar.


The high school coaches in St. Landry Parish Louisiana went to a coaches
retreat. They shared rooms to save money but no one wanted to share
with coach Lemo because of his loud snoring. So they decided to take turns.

Coach Lemieux after the first night, came for breakfast with messy hair
and blood shot eyes. The guys asked, "Man, what happen to you?"

He complained, "That Lemo snores so loud, I couldn't shut my eyes."

The next night it was Coach Beaulieu's turn. He also came downstairs the next day for breakfast with his hair all standing up on end and blood shot eyes. He said "Man, that Lemo shook the roof. I watched him all night."

Third night, Coach Lucerne went to sleep with Coach Lemo.

The next morning he came for breakfast bright
eyed and bushy tailed. "Good morning you all." he said cheerfully.

Every one stopped in disbelief and looked and then asked "Man, what happened? Did you get any sleep?"

Lucerne with a twinkle in his eye said:

"Well, we got ready for bed. I tucked Lemo into bed
and I kissed him good night.

Seems he spent the whole night watching me lol"


Monday, May 17, 2010

The Spring Grin

Three chickens walk into a public library, find the librarian and say, 'Buk Buk BUK.' The librarian decides that the chickens want books, and gives them some and the chickens walk out.

Around midday, the chickens came back looking quite annoyed.
One leans over to the librarian and says,' Buk Buk BuKKOOK!' The librarian thinks the chickens want more books and promptly gives them some more to read.
And Again, the chickens leave.

About an hour later they march back in extremely agitated and nearly shouting, 'Buk Buk Buk Buk Bukkooook!'

The librarian was now starting to get worried about where all her books were going. She decided to give them more books but also followed them to find out what was going on.

She saw them go out of the library, out of town, and into to a park. She hid behind a tree, not wanting to be seen and quietly watched.

She saw the chickens throw the books at a frog in a pond and the frog kept repeating,
"Rrredit Rrredit Rrredit..."

Oh boy! lol

Spring Greening


Spring certainly knows how to Spring Clean and freshen herself up with colorful displays of green grasses, flowers, shrubs and trees.
There is a place for all things under heaven. :)

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Prolific Blogger Award.....!

bestowed upon me this most prestigious Prolific Blogger Award...Thank you so much Kimmy..... It is much appreciated......!
The rules for this award stipulte that:
Each Prolific Blogger Must:
1. Pass it on to at least 7 other deserving prolific bloggers.
2. Link to the blog from which he/she acquired the award.
3. Link back to this post which explains the origin and motivation for the award.
4. Visit this post and add his/her name in Mr. Linky so we may all get to know the other fellow winners.
My seven choices are:
1-George!Photos by senior hiker.
2-Fifi Flowers! A very artistic site.
3-Lisa Lectura! A very creatoive site.
4-AKELAMALU! A beautifully put together site
5-Sandy !A very talented site.
7-BILL! Over at the Old Fart's

You all enjoy...and cheers everyone...

Advantages of Sunscreening

A young woman was pulled over for speeding. As the Saskatchewan RCMP Officer walked to her car window, flipping open his ticket book, she said, "I bet you are going to sell me a ticket to the RCMP Ball."

He replied, 'Ma'am, Saskatchewan RCMP don't have balls.'

There was a moment of silence while she smiled, and he realized what he'd just said. He then closed his book, got back in his patrol car and drove off.

She was laughing too hard to start her car.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Bombardiers Baby and the Prince

A Saudi Prince goes to Germany to study.

A month later, he sends a letter to his dad saying: "Berlin is wonderful,

people are nice and I really like it here,

but I'm a bit ashamed to arrive to school with my gold Mercedes when all


teachers travel by train."

Sometime later he gets a letter from his dad with a ten million dollar


saying: "Stop embarrassing us!

Go and get yourself a train too!"

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Wow! Pancakes!!!!

Wow! You really need to be a man who feels really bored, to come up with the stuff he comes up with on his blog. Bridges, giraffes Cranes. His kids must have so much fun with him.
This meal was created because his little girl wanted pancakes and a burger. So he made a pancake burger.

McDonalds and Ihop could learn from this guy. I know I sure did . :)

Monday, May 10, 2010

For the Love of ..........

As you may have noticed from my picture profile, I am a lover of horses.
When I was taking care of my Mother, who had Parkinsons and Alzheimers, we needed a family outing we could all enjoy and this was when I came across my friend Teresa and the
Langley 204 Equestrian Center.
Teresa is a champion rider in her own right and she saves horses from what otherwise could be seen as the end of the trail for them. Teresa trained riders to ride, tack and care for the horse.
Her horses all come with interesting histories and it is here that my family spent some our our greatest moments together.
My Mom enjoyed it, watching the horses as they perked up there ears for a carrot or two.
and the kids enjoyed, as did I, brushing and loving the horses.
Teresa allowed us to brush and care for the horses and she made sure her riders knew all of them.
They were wonderful, all so different in temperament, demeaner, stride , just like people.
In the end you couldn't decide which was your favorite.
My personal favorite was an old Black horse, Toby. He had beautiful eyes and looked at you with such expression.
I loved to brush him but what was special about him was that he peed on himself.
Teresa would laugh at my choice of horses but agreed Toby was a good kind trail horse, who did his job obediently and well.
Toby's best friend was Prince, another, even older, horse. Prince was special in that he knew how to bow. He was a real Prince.
James was a gorgeous, big muscular fellow, red in color with white feet.
What a hunk of a horse! He was a favorite and I think Teresa had many offers for him but she wouldn't sell because she wanted people who were kind to the horse and did not abuse him by riding him into the ground. She let me know she would consider me if I offered, seeing how much we all loved her horses. I didn't because I had no where to keep him.
James was a caring horse and carried himself so beautifully one would be proud to ride him.
He was a weaver and we'd laugh saying to him he would make a great babysitter rocking babies to sleep.
Unfortunately James got a twisted gut problem and Teresa couldn't fix it so he died and every one was extremely upset over this, especially Teresa's girls, who were so protective of all their horses.
Another horse my son liked to ride was Maestro. He was a white horse similar to the picture up top, and enjoyable to ride in the National park.
He was a favorite with the ladies who would dress him up fancy and lacy for the events Teresa would put on to make it fun for the kids and parents.

Whenever we'd go there, we'd pass by this farmers market which sold bushel bags of broken unsellable carrots for horses, for 2 dollars a bag So we'd always buy one or two to treat the horses. They'd all line up when they would see a bag in your hand and it's amazing just how alert they are, cause otherwise you'd think they were not watching you lol
God forbid you miss one cause he will not let you forget it. lol
That summer I made blankets for the horses my kids rode costumes and I also got a fly mask for a sample to look at. They were expensive and tore anyway cause horses roll and rub. I thought I could make them at home much cheaper and so I made 40 of them and Teresa was very happy to get them for her horses. Also shoe ing a horse every month was no small thing cause hooves always grow. It cost 100 dollars a month to shoe a horse. Of course you could always train them to go shoeless. You learn an awful lot around horses.
When it came to barrel races, everyone wanted a big horse but once they were all taken someone had to get the pony Teresa had. Well, being little, this pony never lost any races. He could go round those barrels so fast, no big horse had a chance. By the time Teresa finished showing him every one wanted to ride him and she'd laugh. It gave her great pleasure to say no because she had a weight limit for ponies and most of the kids outgrew him already.
We had a great time at Langley 204 and mostly because of this wonderful Teresa who trained people not to just be riders but to love and care for these wonderful gentle beasts who would give their lives to save a man they loved, in trouble.
Horses have been known to step over and keep babies under their feet to protect them from wolves and other dangers. They have been used to protect soldiers in war and would never leave the man they loved. They would even try to lift and drag him away from danger.
No car would ever do this.
I feel, that with so many horses dying today, cities should try to bring back the horse into public life.
It would be a great reason to create more green spaces and parks and there is nothing so
soothing than to have a relationship brushing and caring for a big gentle animal who stands quietly while you fuss over it and feel him breathing through those big lungs and nostrils.
Next to a dog, the horse, is mans best friend.
In BC, universities offer courses in horse care and it would be a good thing to take if you ever want to own a horse. Knowing more would save you some money and you would also have a trade to offer on the side, in horse care.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Apocalypse Now

Plot: Apocalypse Now (1979)

One of a cluster of late-1970s films about the Vietnam War, Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now adapts the Joseph Conrad novella Heart of Darkness to depict the war as a descent into primal madness. Capt. Willard (Martin Sheen), already on the edge,... less

One of a cluster of late-1970s films about the Vietnam War, Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now adapts the Joseph Conrad novella Heart of Darkness to depict the war as a descent into primal madness. Capt. Willard (Martin Sheen), already on the edge, is assigned to find and deal with AWOL Col. Kurtz (Marlon Brando), rumored to have set himself up in the Cambodian jungle as a local, lethal godhead. Along the way Willard encounters napalm and Wagner fan Col. Kilgore (Robert Duvall), draftees who prefer to surf and do drugs, a USO Playboy Bunny show turned into a riot by the raucous soldiers, and a jumpy photographer (Dennis Hopper) telling wild, reverent tales about Kurtz. By the time Willard sees the heads mounted on stakes near Kurtz's compound, he knows Kurtz has gone over the deep end, but it is uncertain whether Willard himself now agrees with Kurtz's insane dictum to "Drop the Bomb. Exterminate them all." Coppola himself was not certain either, and he tried several different endings between the film's early rough-cut screenings for the press, the Palme d'Or-winning "work-in-progress" shown at Cannes, and the final 35 mm U.S. release (also the ending on the video cassette). The chaotic production also experienced shut-downs when a typhoon destroyed the set and star Sheen suffered a heart attack; the budget ballooned and Coppola covered the overages himself. These production headaches, which Coppola characterized as being like the Vietnam War itself, have been superbly captured in the documentary, Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse. Despite the studio's fears and mixed reviews of the film's ending, Apocalypse Now became a substantial hit and was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor for Duvall's psychotic Kilgore, and Best Screenplay. It won Oscars for sound and for Vittorio Storaro's cinematography. This hallucinatory, Wagnerian project has produced admirers and detractors of equal ardor; it resembles no other film ever made, and its nightmarish aura and polarized reception aptly reflect the tensions and confusions of the Vietnam era. ~ Lucia Bozzola, All Movie Guide less

Duration: 153min

Cast: Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Francis Ford Coppola, Dennis Hopper, Harrison Ford, Martin Sheen, Frederic Forrest, Vittorio Storaro, Scott Glenn, Walter Murch, Laurence Fishburne, Tom Mason, Lawrence James Cavanaugh, Dean Tavoularis, Eddie Romero, John Milius, Carmine Coppola, R. Lee Ermey, Colleen Camp

This was indeed a movie worth watching . Marlon Brando plays a superb role. Harrison Ford is so young in this movie and Martin Sheen escapes being shot so many times. If you like Vietnam movies.....