" If you wake up breathing, it's a good day - so make the most of it."
Ricardo J. Mendez
Thursday, May 31, 2007
" If you wake up breathing, it's a good day - so make the most of it."
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Being inquiring by nature I had to find out what is Memorial Day. Here you go. As always the story behind is very interesting.
Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday that is observed on the last Monday of May (observed this year on 2007-05-28). It was formerly known as Decoration Day. This holiday commemorates U.S. men and women who have died in military service to their country. It began first to honor Union soldiers who died during the American Civil War. After World War I, it expanded to include those who died in any war or military action.
Many people observe this holiday by visiting cemeteries and memorials. A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3 p.m. Washington time. Another tradition is to fly the U.S. flag at half-staff from dawn until noon local time. Volunteers place a U.S. flag upon each gravesite located in a National Cemetery.
In addition to remembrance, Memorial Day is also a time for picnics, family gatherings, and sporting events. Some Americans view Memorial Day as the unofficial beginning of summer and Labor Day as the unofficial end of the season. The national Click it or ticket campaign ramps up beginning Memorial Day weekend, noting the beginning of the most dangerous season for auto accidents and other safety related incidents. The USAF "101 Critical days of summer" also begin on this day as well. Some Americans use Memorial Day to also honor any family members who have died, not just servicemen.
Picture and text copied from Wikipedia
Posted by onlyjokinglasse at 10:22 AM
Finally it looks like summer has arrived. Although we had a big storm the other day, now it seems quite nice. Temperature has been over 20 ºC (on Monday we had 31ºC!) and over 15 even by night. Flowers have started to bloom and grass is growing like weeds. This picture is from the side of our small yard.
Monday, May 28, 2007
Friday, May 25, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
I did the test and here's the result:
"Wow. Could you be any more pig ignorant?
You probably notice it in everyday conversations. You'll state an opinion and your friends will look at you with an unhealthy mix of disbelief and revulsion - this is the curse of the painfully ignorant. The fact is, everything you say is worthless. We advise you find yourself a hut on a mountainside somewhere and live in hermit-like squalor for the rest of your life.
Beg for our forgiveness. Beg! Beg!"
To test yourself click on the picture!
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
They say I can laugh at the silly superstitions of the religious, safe in the knowledge that we are only dust and lies. All that will be left of me after I die is a slow decay and some fading memories in the minds of my friends. They do hope I'm enjoying my life at the moment- there's nothing better to come...What should I say? I think that those sunglasses are not me.
Are You Damned?
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A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of
him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large, empty
mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the
students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.
So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the
jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas
between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was
full. They agreed it was.
The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of
course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar
was full. The students responded with a unanimous "yes."
The professor then produced two cans of beer from under the table and poured
the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space
between the sand. The students laughed.
"Now," said the professor, as the laughter subsided, "I want you to
recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the
important things- -your family, your children, your health, your friends,
your favorite passions--things that, if everything else was lost and only
they remained, your life would still be full.
"The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house,
your car. The sand is everything else--the small stuff".
"If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is no room
for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all
your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the
things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are
critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get
medical checkups. Take your partner out to dinner. Play another 18. There
will always be time to clean the house, and fix the disposal. Take care of
the golf balls first, the things that really matter. Set your priorities.
The rest is just sand."
One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the beer represented.
The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no
matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of
Friday, May 11, 2007
This event happens tomorrow and I'll write more about it later. It is the biggest Song Contest Ever in Europe.
Click the title above and read more.
She is the Finnish representative Hanna Pakarinen who won the local Idols contest a couple of years ago.
Friday, May 4, 2007
In almost every country, May the 1st is Labor Day. But in Finland, it means more than that. It is one of the most important days of the year in addition to Christmas and Midsummer Day ( I'll tell you more about it in due time...) Vappu, like it's called in Finnish, is celebrated by everyone, not just by workers.
"Vappu" is "the party of the spring" and it begins already on April 30th. If May 1 falls on a Monday, celebrations usually tend to begin on the Friday preceding Vappu.
The celebration has different features in different parts of the country. In Helsinki people gather to the Park of Esplanadi to wash and "cap" the statue of Havis Amanda, also known as Manta.
As soon as Manta is capped, everyone who has passed the matriculation examination in high school can wear a white cap. When the folks assigned to wash and cap the statue have done their job, white caps appear everywhere.
After the capping and popping of thousands of bottles of Sparkling Wine or Champagne Finns normally proceed to different parties.
Besides being "the party in the spring," Vappu is the official opening of the summer season. And every Finn has a reason to celebrate. It is not that summer actually begins in Finland on May 1st. Instead, Finns believe that the weather on Vappu gives them an idea what the summer will be like. This year, despite the sunshine, it was perhaps the windiest and coldest day since spring began.
Vappu means different things to different Finns. For students, Vappu is an important party day that marks the end of lectures and the school year. For young, unemployed people, it is a reason to drink, get drunk and forget their troubles. For the old, it is a time to get stoned with friends. For everyone, it is a Finnish Carnival.