Some thoughts

As of now its in the middle of a identity crisis, I am not sure which way its headed.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Yemen

Sitting here bored, I figured I could do with some finger exercise

Did you know that five tourists were kidnapped in Yemen last month? What about that if you have a Israeli stamp in your passport they wont let you in the countrie?

While sitting with a friend last shabbos looking for more interesting places to check out in the near future, a friend of his who is from Yemen stopped by, I was reminded of a NGM article about Yemen, and started asking him about going there.

The only things he really knew was that it is more dangerous then Morocco, and that the way the tribal chiefs are kept under control is by having one of their sons in a compound under the control of the president or king ( I am not sure if its still in practice) and if they misbehave he kills their kid.

So I checked it up online, and found the above mentioned info, as well as the fact that it is one of the poorest countries in the oil rich middle east where the average high level hotel costs about $20 a night.

There was a interesting article I found on the Yemen times web site,
about how the only place you really have democratic elections by the Arabs are in the two occupied countries (sic), and that the other "free Arab states" should be ashamed of themselves.

So for now I think I will stick with planning a trip to Morocco and the Atlas mountains, and have to make due with the view I had of Yemen from across the sea of reeds in Masawa Eritrea.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Tripping stats

10 days on the road, five of them staying with family.

Copper twice, Loveland once, Vail Once.

One day, 18 inches of fresh powder, 20 below zero with the wind. The rest of the time was nice and sunny.

Put the first 2400 miles on a Dodge Ram 1500.

Made a bbq the first night on the road in 17 degree weather.

15, the number of times my little brothers kvetched that he wanted to go ATVing.

1, the big thanks I got at the end.

Schmoozed with a certain Jewish entertainer ( who has recently been in the news) In Vegas.

2, The amount of times they thieves started my truck while they tried to steal it.

3, the hours it took to get a new car from the rental company.

0, the amount I spent in the casinos on gambling.

1, another friend who got engaged while I was away.

Best quote in Vegas: "We don't need to make excuses for being seen here" ESPN

15, the hours I slept when I got home.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

There they go

Two friends in one week, engaged. One friend getting married tomorrow. Others dropping hints that they are actively seeking a partner for life. Me, I am in denial.

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Time to start packing for my road trip, I am flying out west to take my two younger brothers on a 10 day family visiting/ski road trip during their winter vacation, but first tomorrow there is skiing, then a wedding.

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Its amazing what a juniors cheese cake can do, we have a deal out in the mid west, where for a fresh cheese cake, we get free ski rentals for as long as we need them.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

One of the tests you take when you are bored

Just a test I did while bored. Upps it might give me away. :)

Advanced Global Personality Test Results
Extraversion |||||||||||| 43%
Stability |||||||||||||||||||| 90%
Orderliness |||||||||||| 46%
Accommodation |||||||||||||||||| 76%
Interdependence |||||| 23%
Intellectual |||||||||||||||| 63%
Mystical |||||||||||||||||| 76%
Artistic |||| 16%
Religious |||||||||||||||||||| 90%
Hedonism |||||||||||| 43%
Materialism |||||||||||| 43%
Narcissism |||||||||||||||||||| 83%
Adventurousness |||||||||||||||||||| 83%
Work ethic |||||||||||||||| 70%
Self absorbed |||||||||||||| 56%
Conflict seeking |||||||||| 36%
Need to dominate |||||||||||||||| 70%
Romantic |||||||||||||| 56%
Avoidant |||||| 30%
Anti-authority |||||||||||||| 56%
Wealth |||||||||||||||| 63%
Dependency |||||| 23%
Change averse |||||||||||| 50%
Cautiousness |||||||||||| 43%
Individuality |||||||||||| 50%
Sexuality |||||||||||||||||||| 90%
Peter pan complex |||||||||||||||| 63%
Physical security |||||||||||||||||||| 90%
Physical Fitness |||||||||||||||||| 77%
Histrionic |||||| 23%
Paranoia |||||||||| 36%
Vanity |||||| 30%
Hypersensitivity |||||| 23%
Female cliche |||||||||||| 50%
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Stability results were very high which suggests you are extremely relaxed, calm, secure, and optimistic.

Orderliness results were medium which suggests you are moderately organized, hard working, and reliable while still remaining flexible, efficient, and fun.

Extraversion results were moderately low which suggests you are reclusive, quiet, unassertive, and secretive.

trait snapshot:
rarely irritated, positive, tough, non phobic, fearless, likes the unknown, self reliant, high self control, confident, trusting, strong instincts, prudent, optimistic, willful, likes parties, prefers a specialized career, takes charge, altruistic, strong, high self concept, adventurous, practical, thoughtful

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Cant sleep

Went skiing today.

Probably half the frum Jews in Brooklyn were there.

Decided to go down a double diamond that everyone else was avoiding (for some crazy reason) had a good time getting down.

Got turned away from the shopping I had planned on doing on my way home, by being told that they close at 6 pm.

Can’t sleep.