Cuban Computers?

Hola From Cuba

Yes, that’s right.

I can’t tear myself away from the internet no matter where I go.

Things are going really well here down south. It’s quite relaxing. We’ve resolved to pretty much stay on the compound for our trip. Excursions out to the other cities are costly and I feel kind like a hypocrite going around someone else’s country, looking at poverty, only to be staying at a resort at the end of the day.

Our housekeeper is awesome. Very sweet.

The food is much better than what people tell me, but then, I’m not such a picky person to begin with. That or I have really sensitive taste buds that make the bland taste good.

Anyhow, hope y’all are surviving up North. I’ll be visiting a few blogs, but only because time is limited.



PS: Don’t forget your assignment! Read the previous entry for more details!

Cuba Christian Mission

Off to Cuba

So we’re off to Cuba for the week!

It should be nice. We haven’t had a real vacation in a few years.

All of our vacations usually involve carting around canoes and backpacks, cooking in the rain on a campstove, and going to the can in outhouses.

It will be nice to relax. Not sure if I will be visiting blogland, but if not, please enjoy!

Thanks to Christian

Christian, thanks for taking care of things while we are gone. You rock. Don’t forget to catch up on the adventures of our favourite Ronin, Jin and Mugen.

So, Christian is doing his part to support Barking Space. Now, I have an assignment for the rest of you….

Your Mission, Should You Choose to Accept it

Some friends and I were having a debate. We were trying to figure out which group was cooler: Pirates or Ninjas.

Your assignment is to write me an essay in the comments field stating which group you think is cooler and why.

I figure that if I’m not around to update my blog, everyone else should pick up the slack so people who visit have something to read.

Whatever you write will most likely be better than the tripe that I usually write anyway!



With Not So Goodest Mostest Less Conversation

A few short rants, as it has been a while…

Boombox With Not So Much Boom

I was on the bus the other day when I saw this kid. He was probably thirteen or fourteen years old.

He was wearing a winter coat with a mesh pocket on the outside. In this pocket was some sort of
speaker device, whether it was an MP3 player with the speaker attached, or just the speaker itself, I don’t know.

The fact of the matter is that he was playing music out loud for everyone to hear.

It was horrible.

It’s bad enough that people destroy their hearing by listening to music with their headphones so loud that you can hear them on the other end of the subway, but this was just ridiculous.

As we got off the bus, I made a comment. He was trying to avoid looking at anyone, so I don’t know if he heard me…

JORGE: I don’t know what’s worse. The fact that you’re playing music out loud through a speaker, or the fact that it is the crappiest music on Earth. I mean, a dance remix of Roxette’s “Listen to Your Heart”? Leave the damn song alone!

Mostest Goodest English

I was listening to the radio this morning when I heard a grown man use the word samwich in a fast-food commercial. Wow. This guy must have gone to the George W. Bush Noo-Cue-Lar School of Foilage.

Honestly, if you are not from another country, you really have no excuse for not pronouncing English words incorrectly on the radio. It’s just wrong.

Certainly it is impossible to know how to pronounce every word properly, but when people who have been living here for less than three years can speak better than someone who has lived her for far longer…


Do I really need to go on?

A Little Less Conversation, Please

I was on the subway today in front of two guys chatting about stuff.

First of all, one of they guys was talking exceptionally loud. I mean, some people have loud voices, but this guy was practically yelling, like he wanted the entire subway car to hear the conversation.

Secondly, the conversation sounded like two parrots…

Guy 1: [Loudly.] So where are you living now?
Guy 2: Oh, I’m living at Location X.
G1: That place is cool, eh? Isn’t it?
G2: Yeah. Cool.
G1: Nice. There’s a huge park there right? It’s huge!
G2: Yeah. Yeah it’s huge.
G1: Must be a pain in the ass to drive around there. Isn’t it a pain in the ass?
G2: Totally. Pain in the ass. That’s why I take the subway.
G1: Ah yeah. It’s probably all traffic-jammed because of that friggin’ park.
G2: Yeah. That park jams it all up.
G1: Maybe they should build some major roads through the part. That would totally solve the problem.
G2: Yeah. Totally.

After about five minutes of this, I wanted to feed Guy 2 some crackers.

Am I being too judgemental?

I mean, when I have conversations with people, I’m not spouting Shakespearean dialogue by any stretch of the imagination. However, I tend to have conversations that are at least somewhat intelligent and not louder than jet engine noise.

My ears are still ringing.

Hai-Kuul – November 22, 2005

Ian‘s Lump of Coal (Requested by CanadughGurl)
Ian thinks his words
Are not worth anyone’s time
He is very wrong

Wax On, Wax Off (Requested by CanadughGurl)
Daniel-San must learn
That the mundane and boring
Can become deadly

The Spork (Requested by CanadughGurl)
A spoon or a fork?
It sits on top of the fence
Content to be both

Cramps (Requested by kris)
Pain that can be felt
Directly by all women
By proxy for men

Thesis Writing (Requested by Beth)
It’s a lonely road
This path of academics
What am I doing?

Bethcentricity (Requested by Beth)
Wait with bated Beth
Have some peppermint Beth mints
I am short of Beth

Cuba, Baby!!! (Requested by Mrs. Hai-Kuul)
It has been too long
Since we took a vacation
That was backpack-free

*Remember, you can submit a topic to inspire your very own Haiku Poem by clicking here. You can read about Hai-Kuul here.

Hai-Kuul – November 21, 2005

Man On the Steps (Requested by TheresaWarriorPrincess)
The winter’s cold bites
Snow gathers around the man
In his sleeping bag

Egusi? Yum. (Requested by TheresaWarriorPrincess)
Make me some hot soup
With Egusi seeds or leaves
And I will love you

Ratty Fingernails (Requested by TheresaWarriorPrincess)
Biting and gnawing
Cause your nails to look like crap
And leave marks on skin

Toffee Coffee (Requested by TheresaWarriorPrincess)
Sweet and so creamy
It’s like heaven for the mouth
With some kick, to boot!

This is the LAST Final Draft (Requested by TheresaWarriorPrincess)
I’ve finished it now
The finally final draft
Any more mistakes?

Happy Tongues (Requested by TheresaWarriorPrincess)
So many taste buds
Can take control of our moods
Taste can make us glad

Diamonds Vs. Zirconias (Requested by TheresaWarriorPrincess)
It is ironic
That all of the gangsta’s bling
Is normaly fake

Shiny Things (Requested by TheresaWarriorPrincess)
Fleeting, distracting
But in the absense of light
There can be no shine

Don’t Miss the Bus (Requested by TheresaWarriorPrincess)
It’s getting colder
Punctuality is good
It prevents sickness

Everyone Needs a Cashmere Scarf? (Requested by TheresaWarriorPrincess)
Chic fashion statement
Also somewhat practical
Theresa will buy

*Remember, you can submit a topic to inspire your very own Haiku Poem by clicking here. You can read about Hai-Kuul here.