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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

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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 Idaho Spud on November 12, 2017 at 10:39am

Very interesting, Randy.   I like the pictures.  We could use some sidewalk sweepers in my trashy town.

I don't know if I could get very far when the traffic was high.  I would be rather stressed, worring about getting run over.

Sounds like they love their hand-held devices more than the peeps here.  Me, I don't even carry my phone anymore.  Leave it in the car when shopping, leave it downstairs, when going upstairs.

It's surprising to me that there are no Caucasians and the natives don't make eye contact.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 12, 2017 at 8:56am

Randall, your trip sounds like it was pretty amazing (DUH!).  I shouldn't be surprised that trying to convey your experiences would be an exercise in frustration to a degree.  Still, thanks for what you have offered us.

On another topic, The Cleveland Orchestra has been a wonder to me since I was about nine years old, but yesterday it was especially amazing, in that they performed Vivaldi, Haydn, and Mendelssohn without benefit of conductor.  Concertmaster Bill Preucil would start each movement and occasionally provide guidance, but mostly focused on his own violin as the ensemble did what they do best: play together in near-flawless fashion with a clarity of tone which leaves my jaw on the floor.

Just. Plain. Amazing.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 12, 2017 at 8:52am

With Disney T-shirts too! Thanks for sharing, Randall.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 12, 2017 at 8:34am

I've thought it over and will comment on observations and impressions of China and its peoples! No pressure.  And I like your comment, Ian: I'm certainly no Twain or Bryson!

Permit me to start with the people. First of all, there are a lot of Chinese!! Only early in the morning, when I took pre-breakfast walks, were the streets and sidewalks not filled with humans. The only people out and about were sidewalk sweepers (they're everywhere, keeping walkways spotless), and cab drivers.

During the day, it's a madhouse--cars, buses, bicycles, motorbikes, walkers. They do follow rules--barely. You have to be careful not to get run over. At touristy areas, it's even worse! Chinese all have hand held devices, texting, taking photos, etc. They're all in a hurry, not exactly rude, but a little pushy. Outside of the major tourist attractions, I did not come across one single Caucasian as I walked the streets alone. The natives might glance at me, but seldom make eye contact. That surprised me being I stood out, race wise. The only exceptions were Tibetians. They were curious. Here's a couple of photos.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 12, 2017 at 5:32am

In Danish cities cyclists rule. Everyone else jumps.

It's hard to write about a trip, unless you're Mark Twain or Bill Bryson. A couple of pictures and/or comments would be nice but at Randall's discretion.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 12, 2017 at 5:26am

Been to Silkeborg Festival of Wonder/Puppet Festival. Friday saw a film. 'The Dark Crystal' preceded by a talk given by Jim and Jane Henson's daughter. Yesterday, the Forman Brothers' show. It's not often you see cycle tricks performed on a trampoline plus a live-action silent wild-west film all in the same show.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 11, 2017 at 7:36pm

Patricia, has Randy said he didn't want to write about his journey? I don't remember him doing so! In fact, I had a sense he wants to tell his story.

How about it Randy, am I being pushy?

Do you not want to share your adventures?

I can take the truth, but I am not sure Patricia has the truth. Can you clear this matter up for us? I won't feel bad if you don't want to share. I will apologize if you say I am pushy!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 11, 2017 at 7:03pm

"Pushy?" Perhaps, but I am sincerely interested in what Randy experienced. OK. I will relent, with sorrow. 

How about a compromise? 







i saw one many stories high and they took cement, concrete blocks, sand, and all their tools up those spindly stagings. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 11, 2017 at 3:40pm

Randy, perhaps you could form a Blog and share as much as you want; those of us who are interested will be able to read it. Remind us if you do post in another place so we can find you. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 11, 2017 at 3:38pm

I was in China in the early 1980s and there were far fewer cars there than the video shows. Thailand had similar traffic as shown; I was certain somone would be hurt or some metal smashing but I heard none. It seems they learn how to maneuver in that terrible traffic. The place that scard me the most was Turkey; they drove with their horns blarring. They would cut into the tiniest gaps in traffic and I saw no injuries or damages. In Sweden, there was a law that cars could not have dents in them; their traffic was well directed and organized. 


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