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Insecticidal


I inhaled several bugs on my run this morning.  Maybe they didn’t like being bugs.   Maybe they were hovering over the trail in suicidal swarms, waiting for someone like me to run past and breathe them into the afterlife.  Maybe they are insect adrenalin junkies looking to tempt fate.  Several bugs lucky enough not to evade inhalation ended their insect existence stuck to my sweating chest as they drown in salty perspiration. Continue reading

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The Wisdom in Hot Chocolate (Inspiration #5)


I heard somewhere that life gives you back more than you give.  This could not be more true since I started posting “Weekly Inspiration”  It seems for every inspirational story I post, I get 2 or 3 people sending me their favorite stories!  I happily add these to my collection and will probably end up posting most of them, so keep em’ coming!

The following story was sent to me by my friend Cindy. Continue reading

Thailand in a Bag


If you missed Vietnam on a Stick or Life on a Stick Part 2, then this might not make a whole lot of sense.  But it is amazing how when you start to look for something, you start to see it everywhere!  It started in Vietnam when I  noticed just how much stuff you can get on a stick.  It seemed everywhere I looked I saw something else on a stick.

Back in Thailand, I decided to see how much stuff I could find in a bag.  Once again I was not disappointed.  Here are just a few samples of what you can get in Thailand in a Bag!

Big Fish in a Bag

Little Fish in a Bag

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Life On a Stick Part 2


Since my photo blog “Vietnam on a Stick” I have continued to see so many things put on sticks!  So many that I have decided to post a second part in the series.   Most of these photos are from Thailand but a few are from Vietnam and Cambodia.  I am sure when I get back to the United States, I will continue to see things on sticks but here are the latest from South East Asia on a Stick!

Propeller on a Stick

Disgusting on a Stick  (Some people might call this “Delicious on a Stick” but they would be wrong!)

Relief on a Stick

Big Brother on a Stick (Also called “Surveillance on a Stick” in case the dog wakes up!)

Tim on a Stick

Houses on Sticks

Stairs on a Stick

Waffle on a Stick

Path on Sticks and Boat on a Stick

Bicycle Bar Seat on a Stick

Blade on a Stick

Sink on a Stick

Buddha on a Stick

TV on a Stick

Poop on a Stick (OK so it is not poop but if you squint a little it could be!)

I have more but I will save them in case I need to post part 3.

Vietnam On A Stick


It is amazing just how many foods and other items people can put on a stick!  The following photo blog depicts just a few of the interesting items I found on sticks in the last few days.   Once I started looking it seemed everywhere I looked, I saw more stuff on a stick!  I found this to be so much fun, I am considering another photo blog titled “Thailand in a Bag”.

Flavored ice on a stick

Smell on a stick

Squid on a stick

Egg on a stick

Communism on a stick

Shade on a stick

Fish on a stick

Potato on a stick  (This was delicious!!!)

Fire on a stick

Old lady on a stick

Bridge on a stick

Air Conditioning on a stick

Fruit on a stick

Power on a stick

Inflation on a stick

This is less than half of my “On a stick” collection but you probably get the point.  Look around today and notice just how much stuff we put on sticks!

Weasel Coffee


We just back from Vietnam where I may or may not have eaten dog.  There were some mysterious meats in a couple dishes, but they were so delicious I thought it might be better to let the mystery be.

As I mentioned in my post “Why is This Disgusting?”  I am not that guy who can make himself eat anything.  I wish I was that guy so people would see me eating a spider or plateful for maggots and say, “Wow!  Look at that guy!”  But I have never been that guy and probably never will be that guy.  More often than not, my dietary adventures are limited to vertebrates and if not familiar flavors, at least familiar food sources.

All that being said I did have a opportunity to try a potentially disgusting coffee while in Hanoi.  We found a shop selling “Weasel Coffee” and went inside to investigate.  The owners told us that weasel coffee is a very special variety of bean that is first eaten by a type of weasel and then pooped out still in its original shape.  Collectors then find the weasel poop and sift through it to find the beans.  They wash and roast them to make weasel coffee.

Does that sound believable?  Does it sound disgusting?  They made each of us a small cup of the stuff, and I have to say it was the best few mouthfuls of coffee I have ever had!  I had to buy some of various qualities to take home and share with friends!

When I got to a computer I looked up the story to see if they were pulling my leg.  I found out they were telling the truth and read up on the health and safety of it all.  There are conflicting reports on whether the beans are puked up or pooped out by the weasel but it is from beans that have been in a weasel stomach!   Kopi Luwak coffee or “Weasel” coffee as it is known in Vietnam, is the most expensive coffee in the world, costing between 100 and 600 dollars a pound for the pure stuff.

As amazing as it is, I have to wonder who was the first person who thought of trying it.  Just like in my last blog about who invented smoking, I wonder how anybody in their right mind could be looking through weasel poop (or vomit) one day find the coffee beans and think, “hmmmmmmm…….maybe this would be good to drink!”  Doesn’t it make you wonder how many other things people have tried without such good fortune?

Anyway, for some reason I am not disgusted at all by the weasel coffee.  I still don’t think I am “that guy”, but maybe I am one step closer!

Who Invented Smoking?


My apologies to any smokers who are about to read this blog post.  If you enjoy your habit or are easily insulted, do not continue reading.  My intention is not to make smokers feel bad, but to consider the question why do so many people smoke?

Whoever invented smoking must have been either bored or strange.  Think of all the things that guy (or gal) had to light on fire, stick in his mouth, and suck on before he discovered tobacco.  How many different things do you think people tried smoking over the years?  I am sure someone dried out cabbage or a little broccoli, or even beetle dung,  rolled it up in paper, or stuffed it into a pipe, and gave it a puff  to see what would happen.

Finally tobacco and some other smokable materials were found and people began spreadimg the word.  “Hey Buddy!  Stick this in your mouth, light it on fire, and inhale…….Cool right?”

I am not sure that is how it went but I would love to know.

Over the years people have smoked and smoked, and we have studied and studied, and learned all about it.  We learned that there is very little to be gained from smoking, and a lot to lose. It may be a worse idea now, than it was in the beginning when humans were experimenting with all kinds of materials.  Think about the following choice presented to a person considering becoming a smoker:

Option A:

You can start smoking and look forward to bad breath, yellow teeth, premature and excessive wrinkles, 50% increase in your chance of erectile dysfunction, greater risk of cataracts and ulcers,  reduced ability to taste food, yellow fingernails, a deep manly voice (for men and women), a cough that will never go away, fewer days to live, a lower quality of life during those fewer years, a higher risk of cancer, a frustrating battle if you ever decide to quit, a more difficult time climbing mountains or playing sports, but you might fit in a little better with a particular group of friends.

Option B:

None of the above.

Given that choice which would you choose?

Isn’t it amazing how many people still choose Option A?  It calls into question the rationality of human beings all together.  Is it just conformity or is there another social force at work?  Is it rebellion?  Since most people pick up smoking in their teens, is it just their way of rebelling against a world that does not accept them as adults?   Wouldn’t that be equally irrational?  Imagine the mind of a young teen thinking, “OK , since you tell me I can’t or I shouldn’t smoke, I ‘ll show you! I’ll start killing myself slowly to get back at you!” How crazy is that?

Maybe I am missing something.  Maybe there is more to it than I imagine.  Feel free to enlighten me!