Saturday, June 23, 2007

Thank you, Howard Dicus

Thanks to Howard Dicus of Pacific Business News/'PBN Friday' fame, I have gotten the carport cleaned up.

A couple weeks ago Howard did a 'PBN Friday' section on the current airfare wars here in Hawaii (see the immediate result, a couple posts below). While we were on the Big Island we stopped at an art gallery which a fellow seemed to be running from his house. In the garden were several cement Buddhas.

Valerie commented that she wanted a Buddha for our garden.

Upon returning to Oahu she mentioned that the Home and Garden Show was at Blaisdell Center last weekend, but she couldn't go with me. Hence I was allowed to attend unsupervised. With a gleam in my eye and a debit card in my wallet, I departed with visions of cement garden Buddhas dancing in my head. While there was a shortage of cement Buddhas, dancing or otherwise, I did espy an imported Chinese curio cabinet- exactly what I had been looking for for over a year. It was half the normal price I have seen in shops, so I grabbed it.

Installing the curio cabinet in the den meant moving two shelf units into the bedroom, which meant moving two existing white bookcases out of the bedroom and into the carport, which allowed me to clean and organize same.

So thanks, Howard, for getting the carport cleaned out.


Cameron Diaz and Chairman Mao

Another Hollywooder thinks Chairman Mao is cool- this time showing her Mao bag in Peru, home of Shining Path. Press Association Ltd has the story:
Cameron's bag raises a few eyebrows

Jun 23 04:33 AM US/Eastern

Actress Cameron Diaz appears to...have inadvertently offended touring there on Friday with a bag emblazoned with one of Mao Zedong's favourite political slogans.

While she explored the Inca city of Machu Picchu..., Diaz wore over her shoulder an olive green messenger bag emblazoned with a red star and the words 'Serve the People' printed in Chinese on the flap, perhaps Chinese Communist leader Mao's most famous political slogan.

While the bags are marketed as trendy fashion accessories in some world capitals, the phrase has particular resonance in Peru.

The Maoist Shining Path insurgency took Peru to the edge of chaos...with a campaign of massacres, assassinations and bombings.

Nearly 70,000 people were killed during the insurgency.

A prominent Peruvian human rights activist said the star...should have been a little more aware of local sensitivities when picking her accessories.

"It alludes to a concept that did so much damage to Peru, that brought about so many victims," said Pablo Rojas about the bag's slogan.

"I don't think she should have used that bag where the followers of that ideology" did so much damage.
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I wonder if Cameron Diaz would walk around with a bag which says "Arbeit macht frie."

Fashion accessories.

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