They are serious about that vaccination

From the “Enjoy Peru” website, which one reaches from a link on the home page of the Embassy of Peru – Washington website, information for travelers includes this:

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.  .  .  .


I’m glad I got out alive


My too-many decades in office work makes today’s Dilbert almost too true to be funny.

I’m out the door for another long walk now.  Finding those long-lost muscles and losing the office flab is turning out to be a longer process than I had thought fantasized it would be.


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; Continue reading