Clouds at Sunset

I meant to post this at the time… However, better late than never.

We had a fabulous sunset a couple of weeks ago. The clouds looked as though they were on fire.

Free Tibet Campaign and the Bejing Olympics in 2008

China will be hosting the 2008 Olympics.

Join the Free Tibet Campaign to bring attention to China’s human rights violations.

“We are opposed to Beijing hosting the 2008 Olympic Games, and deeply regret the decision by the International Olympic Committee in 2001 to award the Olympics to China. The same regime that brutally oppresses the people in occupied Tibet and is responsible for executions and continued human rights violations in China, has been given by the IOC a huge opportunity to showcase themselves as respectable political leaders. Tibetans and their supporters oppose the 2008 Games in Beijing and say “no” to this lie: There should be no Olympics in China until Tibet is free!

We will step up our campaign against the 2008 Games in the coming years and will voice our protest in Beijing.”

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Free Tibet Campaign and the Bejing Olympics in 2008

Something to really push the boat out for…

This year is the centenary of the Banana Split!

Visit the Washington Banana Museum (why Washington? Got me…).

Driving Miss Mudhooks

I went out to the drugstore this evening. I meant only to be a few minutes, but it was the kind of night that demanded a road-trip.

The sun had more or less set by the time I got my shopping done. I cranked open the window and cranked up the music and headed out. I didn’t have a real idea of where I wanted to go, but I think that was the point.

A few weeks ago, I made myself a “Driving Music” CD. The first song, “Stoned” by Blackie and the Rodeo Kings (I’ve mentioned them before). I must have played that 10 times before moving on to the next tune. Actually, I played a number of tunes several times, and that was just fine. Let’s see…. “I Can’t Stand the Rain”, “Summertime” and “Take a Little Piece of My Heart” by Janis Joplin; “Memories of East Texas” by Michelle Shocked; “Joan of Arc” and “Song of Bernadette” Jennifer Warnes (Leonard Cohen songs); “Peter’s Dream” by Lennie Gallant (Even though the tune was written by Gallant, my friend Chris Angel does it better. Unfortunately his version hasn’t been recorded, yet); “Chelsea Morning” by Joni Mitchell; and “Barracuda” by Heart.

Because of all the rain we’ve had over the last while, the air has a very musty smell to it, which wasn’t the most pleasant part of the drive. Still, it was the first time in a long while that I have gotten out of the house, on my own, just to drive, something I relish. In one respect, I really enjoyed it, but I think it would have been more satisfying to have someone along for the ride.

I think back to the days when a couple of friends and I would pile in the car, smoke a few joints, and just drive. I think I miss that. Actually, it’s about the only thing I DO miss from my teens and early 20s. Aside from the sense of freedom I had with a few close friends, they were pretty shitty times for me. I do miss the driving around with no place particular to go, though. I miss a few of those friends, too.

I started thinking about who, in my circle of friends today, would be my choice of driving-around friend. I hate to say it, but I can’t think of anyone who is free to just pick up and go out, anymore. Everyone either has family obligations or would think it was a nuts idea. “You want to WHAT?….”


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