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10 Tricks from 46 (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 6. 3 Replies

Apparently, Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has been slumming.  That is to say, she's been talking to Mike Pence [gasp!].  It would seem as though Mike has offered some of his not-so-personal tricks of the trade on how to be a 21st century…Continue

Tags: tricks, Mike Pence, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Oct 19. 99 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Sep 28. 8 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Sep 27. 5 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

10 Things About Patriotism (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Sep 26. 2 Replies

It seems as though lately, Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is evolving into America's Best Patriot.  She has recently been taking some fairly well-aimed shots at a certain Orange Nightmare and his sycophantic hangers-on, regarding the…Continue

Tags: patriotism, Donald Trump, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Plinius on November 11, 2017 at 2:15pm

It's a risk. Here pedestrians have right of way - in case of accident, drivers, scooters, all the rest get the blame, NOT the pedestrian. So I can stop in the middle of the zebrapath and dare them to make a roadkill of me, and they stop immediately! Wonderful!

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 11, 2017 at 1:56pm

This ciy is getting more insistent that pedestrians have the right of way.  For one thing, all roads around schools have 20 mile per hour speed limits and the university has signs telling drivers to stop fors pedestrins aproaching the crosswalks.

Personally, I don't like it.  I don't feel safe walking in front of cars.  I prefer to hang back until the road is clear before crossing.

Comment by Thomas Murray on November 11, 2017 at 1:27pm

Speaking of road kills, my visit to Costa Rica nearly ended in a fatality..my own. I was in San Jose city and was just about to step out to cross a street when a friend grabbed me and yanked my back onto the sidewalk. ... just a few seconds later a car race passed me.

Drivers have the right of way. My friend told me that several  American visitors are killed this way.

Comment by Thomas Murray on November 11, 2017 at 1:22pm

Randall,

My wife is Chinese although she was born in South America and grew up in Canada. She went to China back in 1997. I hope someday to visit China too.

Comment by Patricia on November 11, 2017 at 1:02pm

If you enjoyed yourself, Randy, that's good enough.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 11, 2017 at 9:39am

Like Joan, I would like to hear all the details of your China trip, Randy.  But, if you don't want to tell, I'll have to do without.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 11, 2017 at 8:30am

Thanks, all. I have mixed feelings about writing about my China trip. Unlike Joan (who wants to hear everything), most people don't really want to hear specifics. For example, to say the people were friendly requires an explanation: "What do you mean 'the people were friendly'?" Did they talk to me, smiled, were helpful, etc.?  Not to mention, there are 1.3 billion (?) Chinese--impossible to generalize. Donald Trump does not represent the average American, for sure. (And, by the way, the Chinese I talked to aren't sure what to think of Trump.)

Anyway, I haven't decided whether or not to write much about my trip.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 10, 2017 at 1:18pm

Welcome back, Randy!  Glad you had a good trip.  At least you're in the comfort of your own home for your cold. Hope it goes away fast.   

Comment by Loren Miller on November 10, 2017 at 9:56am

Idaho, I was in India in 1985.  The traffic consisted of bicycles, motorcycles, cars and pedestrians, all taking their chances.  If there were rules to those roads, they weren't much in evidence!

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 10, 2017 at 9:45am

Interesting traffic in China.  It looks like they have no traffic laws, or don't enforce them.

 

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