I feel pressed for time but I am determined to keep up the flow of posts here at Aye Wonder. I am especially sensitive to the fact that Tuesday’s Aye Wonder is aways the most read posting of the week. You must like incoherrent ramblings. Well, there will be great rambling today with little sense to be made of it all. So here goes nothing, literally and figuritively.
☞I am going to start with the song of the week so that you can have a soundtrack for the posting. The artist’s name is Ma’ayan Castel and I know very little of her story. I do know that she works here in Boston to supplement her music career but is originally from somewhere else. My source says Israel but I don’t know for sure about that either. What I do know is this, she has a lovely voice, kind of a cross between Sade and Everything but the Girl. Her EP is available on iTunes and is worth picking up. You’ll definitely crave more Ma’ayan Castel. The song here is Broken Mr. False Pretense. Have at it.
☞Don’t know if you saw this, a French Court has convicted the Church of Scientology of fraud. Unlike the US, France has always refused to recognise Scientology as a religion, arguing that it is a purely commercial operation designed to make as much money as it can at the expense of often vulnerable victims, the BBC’s Emma Jane Kirby reports from Paris. More to come on this for sure.
☞On October 13, I wrote about David Letterman’s masterful public handling of his affair and postulated that his affair would be out of the news in no time. Mark Sanford, Steve Phillips, et al. take note. Take responsibility and let the chips fall where they may.
☞Yesterday, I read with interest Rick Newman’s piece on the US News & World Report website entitled 9 Signs of America in Decline. No one wants to hear this, of course, but it is the undeniable course of events as evidenced by history. Take Athens, they advanced the City-State concept and the Greek Empire flourished. Then in comes Rome and builds an army for the ages and rules the world. Along comes Spain with its Armadas, followed by the British Navy and followed by America with its natural resources and work ethic. At every point in history, some country led because of the strength of its commodity. The new commodity and the world’s new leader is China and their work force. Read Newman’s article here. Depressing but true.
☞I have a joke for you that I have been telling for years. It is a rare joke in that it’s clean AND it’s funny. Here goes:
One day, a father was addressing his three sons on the fantail of the sampan in the Yangtze River where they lived. “Honorable sons,” he began earnestly, “who throw honorable outhouse from fantail of sampan into Yangtze River?”
Not one of his sons responded.
He repeated, “Honorable sons, who throw honorable outhouse from fantail of sampan into Yantgtze River?”
His question was met with silence.
“Let me tell you story,” his parable began. “Many years ago, father of independence of United States of America, George Washington chop down cherry tree. George Washington father say, ‘Who chop down honorable cherry tree?’ George Washington reply, ‘honorable father, I cannot tell lie, it was I that chop down honorable cherry tree.’ Now, because George Washington tell truth, he no receive punishment or retribution from father. SO, I ask again, who throw honorable outhouse from fantail of sampan into Yangtze River?”
The middle son looks at his siblings on either side of him and steps forward, “Honorable Father, it was I that throw honorable outhouse from fantail of sampan into Yangtze River?”
With that the father leans back and punches his middle son square on the nose knocking him to the ground.
Embarrassed, the son leaps to his feet and hurriedly and nervously says, “Honorable Father, you say George Washington tell truth and no receive punishment or retribution YET I tell truth and receive punch in nose. Why is that, honorable Father?”
The Father looks at his son with a professorial look and says, “that because, George Washington Father not in cherry tree when George Washington chop down cherry tree.”
I don’t know why but I have been wanting to write that one down forever. Poor you. Tell it at dessert on Thanksgiving.
☞It looks like is it all but assured that Apple will introduce a new tablet computer in the first quarter of 2010. Expect it to save the newspaper and magazine industries. Imagine an iPhone (without a calling facility) that is 10.5 inches long and weighs less than a pound and a half. It will surely be the new product everyone will want.
☞Did you know the World Series still hasn’t been played? I say that just to get under the skin of my friends who are Yankee fans. It just seems to me that baseball should be over by now.
☞Here’s another throw back into the field of play from deep center field. Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi annoy the hell out of me. That is all.
☞I am bringing a small Hi-Def video cam along with my regular camera with me to St Andrews. Expect another photo montage. I apologize in advance.
☞And finally the AYT quote of the week.
Scotland, thank God, is not for everyone.
And that lads and lassies is this week’s bit. Hope you liked it.
What about you?
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