Have a vaccine, at least, 10 days before arriving at the jungle. It is necessary to carry your vaccine certificate with you, as you will be demanded to show it along the excursion to Puerto Maldonado.
In case you arrive to our country without having taken this vaccine, you may be shot at the Jorge Chávez International Airport, the Hospital 2 de Mayo or next to the Hospital del Niño. . . .
Archive for July, 2007
He weighs 165 pounds and works at a home for abused, neglected and emotionally disturbed kids in California. Rather than fuss about the idiot in the White House, the deterioration of the US economy, my sore toe and whatever else is bothering me, I’d rather think about this Newfie and look at this picture (LA Times/Ken Hively) – story and photo from this morning’s Denver Post. Aas usual, story below the fold if the link has expired.
Cheap corporations. Bah. I bought a new Compaq desktop PC back in March. When I got it home and unpacked the box, I found that it did not come with a set of recovery disks. You know, those CDs (well, these days it’s DVDs) you can use to boot up the PC and restore your operating system if All Hell Breaks Loose somewhere in the innards of the beast.
Every PC – desktop or notebook – I’ve ever bought came with restore disks. Even the Powerspecs, which are not expensive machines, did.
That was then. This is now. My new Famous Brand Name PC just came with software that allowed me to burn ONE SET of recovery DVDs. Though irritated by HP/Compaq’s not spending the three bucks it would take for them to do it at the factory, I made those DVDs, and put them in a carefully labeled jewel case.
I am glad I did. Because for the last five days the PC has been as unstable as a drunk walking on ice: freezing up a lot and occasionally crashing. I tried everything I knew how to do, including the Windows system restore points, etc. Then last night I found that among the bloatware that came on the PC there was a useful hardware diagnostic program. I ran it three times – and the hard disk failed a significant test. Every time. The PC’s now back at the store (thank goodness, it’s Micro Center, I love those folks) for repair, under warranty. Probably to emerge with a new hard drive in about a week. And then I can use those system restore DVDs.
I’m happy to have this Toshiba notebook so that I’m not offline right now. And relieved that I habitually copy files onto a 200G external hard drive from the desktop, and was able to get files copied off the PC as it coughed and sputtered, so to speak, this morning.
Maybe I should have bought another Powerspec instead of the Compaq. The Powerspecs aren’t as glam and sometimes I think they use cheap CD/DVD drives, but at least they aren’t loaded with all kinds of crappy proprietary “helpful” “consumer”
software bloatware like the Compaq is. And they come with restore disks.
And don’t get me started about Windows Vista. Just don’t.
She refused to read a lead story about Paris Hilton. Yesss!
I’ve been tagged as a Rockin’ Girl Blogger by Saintseester. Bless her heart.
I’m not sure about this big pink badge thingie. I prefer purple, I think. But it’s an honor to be tagged!
This was started by Roberta Ferguson, and the idea is that now I pass it on by tagging five Rockin’ Girl Bloggers. In no particular order, I’m tagging:
Bizzy over at Bizzyville. She describes herself as: “Totally unemployed. But still? Plucky enough to rock the soup line in her red patent leather sling-back peep-toe wedge-heeled pumps.”
Tracy at Pink Truth. A blog on a mission that’s also generated a very very funny and supportive community. And has sprouted a weekend chat and a discussion board with just about 2000 members as of this week.
Snobaby, who’s Dropping Debt. You go, girl!
Bella Stander, Reading Under the Covers. I always enjoy her blog and learn things there too. Thanks!
I went with a friend to the free screening of the LiveEarth concert at the Tivoli on Saturday night. The theater was just about full. Turns out, we were watching the NBC broadcast, but in widescreen and surround sound glory with a bunch of other people of all ages. Really. Teens to wrinklies. Cool.
My sentimental favorite of the performers we saw: Nunatak, performing outdoors in Antarctica to an audience of (I assume) at least one camera operator and (for sure) some penguins.
Most memorable line: Al Gore’s. “I’m 59. People tell me that’s the new 58.”
On Friday I saw this bumper sticker on a gas-thrifty Roo parked at Cheapo Discs, the big used CD/DVD store. Which I strongly prefer to seeing a “save the earth” bumper sticker on a much less thrifty vehicle.
They aren’t my parents, but I proudly share some DNA with the tall one and I love them both.
Married in England, 1945
Still married in Colorado, 2007
HT to Bizzy for blogging this. Which reminded me of the email I got the other day from the Denver Film Society inviting me to watch Live Earth in big-screen comfort on Saturday. I checked the DFS website and didn’t see any reference to it, and looked again at the email, which doesn’t say that the invitation is limited to DFS members. Hmm.
The email says the show is free, and you’ll get free popcorn and reduced prices on soft drinks, if you bring your own “eco-responsible reusable popcorn bowl” and glass, respectively. More from the press release/email is below the fold.
Four-year-old: “I’m gonna get a girl tattoo.”
Five-year-old: “No, you get a boy tattoo. I get a girl tattoo.”
Four: “I will too get a girl tattoo.”
Five: “You’re a boy. You get a boy tattoo.”
Four: “I’ll get a girl tattoo on this side, and a boy tattoo on that side.”
Five: “I’ll get two girl tattoos.”
It’s been a hot sunny day here.
This DFD fire truck sported a flag.
Our extended family grilled burgers,
romped around the backyard
and enjoyed patriotic cake. Tonight there are several fireworks displays to choose from.
I hope you have had a good day, too.
I’ve just posted an entry over on my travel blog about the day I probably prevented a purse-snatch or a similar theft. It could happen anywhere, not just in cities on the other side of the world.
The short version: I suspected that a loud argument was being staged as a diversion in front of a small group of – mostly – women standing in a queue near an ATM. I turned my back on the hoo-ha that was absorbing everyone else and watched a guy walk toward us, then stop when he must have realized I could see him. He stood for a minute apparently reading a sign, then walked away. The argument faded and the arguers faded away too.
BTW, the photo wasn’t taken where the incident occurred – or didn’t occur. It was taken in Argyle Terrace, near the Sydney Harbour, in the Rocks District.
From the National Archives, respectfully submitted for your reading pleasure and thoughtful contemplation, by this native-born US citizen with a strong Anglophile streak. Don’t forget to click “continue reading,” look through the “Facts . . . submitted to a candid world” – and see if your eyebrows raise just a teensy bit at any point.
[**waving hi to my Brit friends!** ]
The Declaration of Independence: A Transcription
IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; (more…)