The Cheesecake Factory pasta with pesto, mushroom, and chicken was a huge serving that I couldn't finish it. So, I had to asked the waitress Nicole to pack the food. It's still in the fridge and will heat it later for dinner.
It was an eventful day on Sunday. Sort of doing the Borat cultural learning thingy; did the American Quarter Horse events as well as laughing out loud at the comedy stand up club (next travelog entry).
We headed out way early at 7.15am to the WestWorld out in Scottsdale to enjoy the Sun Country Quarter Horse Show. It's a great ground with lots of horses, cowboys, cowgirls, trailers, and events. There are the amateurs and the professionals trying to make it to the national competition. What a competitive sport!
We were quite lucky to have met Cindy who came all the way from California with her husband and shared her great amount of horse knowledge with us. Apparently, Cindy competes the amateur competition and I had a good time asking her so many questions about the horses.
Just like the dog competition, there are so many breed of horses like the American Quarter horses and the Arab horses. These horses are bred and then trained for the different projects, i.e. competing in different sports. Wondering about how long does a horse live, Cindy told us that with good science and medication, horses can now live up to 31 years old when it was on average of mid-teen before.
Our colleague here Susan who competes in the dressage competition told us about the small surgery the vets perform on the horse to improve their teeth, especially the frontal ones and the molars.
Our favorite event has got to be the roping, where they start off chasing the small calf and try to tie in the calf's neck using the rope. It gets harder in the duo competition when two riders have to get out of the within 10-seconds after the bull is released (it is timed electronically using the installed sensors!) and one will rope the neck and the other one will rope the back leg; thus he's called the legger.
It was certainly great to experience this horse show and I look forward to learn more about it. Enjoy these photos and I will upload some videos I shot during the roping event on YouTube later.
Janis Joplin (1943-1970) the singer, Bob Neuwirth the songwriter, and Michael McClure the poet parodied this social commentary into a form of prayer asking God to grant her a color TV, a Mercedes Benz, and a night on the town. This capella song is the last song recorded by Janis before her death at 27 years old (3-week after Jimi Hendrix demise) and it was posthumously released in her final album, Pearl.
I believe that Janis, a 'screamer' known for her ability to carry the blues, soul, and folk-rock materials, would've had produced some great originals should she have lived longer.
This song was used both by Mercedes Benz and BMW in their TV ads. Her great vocal with the powerful anti-materialistic lyrics make this song a memorable one, even without the use of any musical instruments!
So back to the question I raise in the beginning of this entry, Chris Gardner tells us in The Pursuit of Happynessthat money does matter in making dreams come true. It is because of the fact that he made it at Dean Witter and that he can raise his son better that made him happy, and not because of the monetary value itself. In short, money is the enabler to happiness!
Enjoy Janis Joplin's Mercedes Benz on YouTube and the lyrics here.
I'd like to do a song of great social and political import and it goes like this
Oh lord, wont you buy me a Mercedes Benz ? My friends all drive Porsche, I must make amends. Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends, So lord, wont you buy me a Mercedes Benz ?
Oh lord, wont you buy me a color TV ? Dialing for dollars is trying to find me. I wait for delivery each day until three, So oh lord, wont you buy me a color TV ?
Oh lord, wont you buy me a night on the town ? I'm counting on you, lord, please don't let me down. Prove that you love me and buy the next round, Oh lord, wont you buy me a night on the town ?
Everybody! Oh lord, wont you buy me a Mercedes Benz ? My friends all drive Porsche, I must make amends, Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends, So oh lord, wont you buy me a Mercedes Benz ?
Beautiful strings starts off the song, climbs to the repetitive chorus, and later a Gospel music-like background vocal arrangements that would take you deeper into the soul of this song. The love message here is a metaphor to the submission to a new religion. It is poignant in every way you look at it.
So spread the words of love and be thankful that you have found yours. For I have found mine but lately lack in manifestation. I have to partly thanks to song like this and genius like Yusuf to remind us all to follow the path of the righteousness once you have found that love.
We tried the Paddington's pancakes on the second floor of Queensbay Mall. You'll be spoiled with a wide variety of savory or dessert pancakes. We had the dessert ones as you can see from the photos. We love the ambiance, service, and most importantly, the pancakes. I am pleased that the pancakes come in small sizes and that they are generous with the amount of fruits, syrups, and ice cream served. Oh, they serve arabica coffee here (as we were told).
We tried the Crepe Cottage on Gurney Drive the next evening and I was disappointed with the crepe served there. The portion was too small and the coffee tarik was way too flat. Nevertheless, the sea brezee made it a nice evening to have good conversation.
Government reshuffles cabinet and introduce new generation of ministers (it's about time!)
More opposition seats in Parliament (if there's General Election this year)
Good governance, enforcement, and transparent government (from federal, state, to municipalities)
Industrialized nations (esp. United States and Australia) ratify Kyoto Protocol and exemptions to the protocol (China and India) to be removed so that we can try to save this planet from worsening global warming
US-Malaysia Free Trade Agreement is fair, just, and balanced
Low inflation-unemployment-interest rate and bullish stock market performance (O Heaven, Give Us Tech Boom This Year)
Higher inflow of foreign investment and outflow of local firms into global scene
Technology gets more cheaper and more innovative; especially clean alternative energy, flat panel display, storage, convergent devices, bandwidth, hosting service, etc.
Peaceful world (less terrorism, natural disaster, war, and confrontation)
Blessed with good health, prosperity, knowledge, and spiritual consciousness
Things To Do:
Go back to school and get doctorate soon
Learn foreign language and practice with native speakers
Jog, walk, work out and stay fit
Pray harder and ask for forgiveness and good life on Earth and after death
Travel to foreign land and write travelogues
Diversify investments in properties and stocks
Get a car and do lots of road trips
Read more books/materials, listen to more music, watch more films, and blog more subjects; of wide variety of genres
Extend business and social network
Perhaps this year should me more about others and less about myself!
six Republican presidents of the past 60 years had an average IQ of
115.5, with President Nixon having the highest IQ, at 155. President G.
W. Bush was rated the lowest of all the Republicans with an IQ of 91.
six Democrat presidents had IQs with an average of 156, with President
Clinton having the highest IQ, at 182. President Lyndon B. Johnson was
rated the lowest of all the Democrats with an IQ of 126. "
147 Franklin D. Roosevelt (D) 132 Harry Truman (D) 122 Dwight D. Eisenhower (R) 174 John F. Kennedy (D) 126 Lyndon B. Johnson (D) 155 Richard M. Nixon (R) 121 Gerald R. Ford (R) 176 James E. Carter (D) 105 Ronald W. Reagan (R) 98 George H. W. Bush (R) 182William J. Clinton (D) 91George W. Bush (R)