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No Comments on Great Blog Post

No Comments on Great Blog Post
I feel good when I get no comments on what I thought was one of my best pieces of writing.

I think, that was so good, everybody is afraid to comment because… well, what could they add?

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Panajachel Guatemala
Lago Atitlan - Lake Atitlan
Thursday, May 15, 2008
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The comments in way means the post is confusing and not complete, I try to blog complete thoughts, not controversial.

Controversy is for CNN: Comedy New Network

To me good thinking is good thinking, is not controversial, many comments to me means everyone wants to be heard, a soap opera blog... hehehe

No Comments on Great Blog Post


What is Record Number of Blog Post

What is Record Number of Blog Post?

I will soon make blog post number 4000, I am sort of curious, what is the record, what is the record for one person making blog post?

What is Record Number of Blog Post?


Making Bad Travel Decisions

Making Bad Travel Decisions
A man I met, NOT me… not me… Said last night here in Pana.
“I am a racist, I hate Obama.”
“But,”
“He is ten times better than Hillary or McCain.”

A very funny comment and this guy logically proved he was not racist continually in the conversation, maybe uses the wrong words to express his lack of love for black culture of the USA.

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Lago Atitlan - Lake Atitlan
Thursday, May 15, 2008
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In the end he said, this has nothing to do with Black or White, it has to do with who would make the best President.

His whole comments revolved around one profoundly accurate observation. When a person says one person is bad, they then suddenly increase the other candidate’s status to almost love status. Saying Obama sucks, but better than Hillary, but the silly people when they say Hillary is bad, somehow make Obama or McCain good, all three are bad.

I deal with this reasoning daily, incredibly difficult to convince a person not to fully commit, to keep all decisions a maybe. I will say things like,
“I trust the hotel 70 percent.”
(Keep your brain functioning, do not stop being cautious.)

A person will get angry, like I do not like the hotel, I say, this is a lot better than most where I trust 30 percent.

I would estimate this 1 and 0 thinking, all or nothing is prevalent in about 90 percent of the travelers I meet. 1 in 10 has the ability to say, this is the best of the three bad decisions. Instead, they feel obligated, destined to say this is best.

Comments on the blog are normal a 1 or 0, and off or on, the middle balanced decisions seem to evade people. There are so many exceptions to a rule; the rule is hard to obey. People naturally want to search for the 100 percent solution, that 100 percent of the time does not exist.

All decisions need to be held in a filing category.
“Maybe I am right.”

To say 100 percent, is difficult, but then gain, there are 100 percents, maybe the saying, or the filing system.
Maybe, a person should use maybe 100 percent of the time….

A circular argument, and if you can see this, then you can maybe, make that maybe decisions. A calculate to optimize your chances.

I say things like all, and every, and everybody, etc, I know this is not possible, but so what, I am talking, I am not 100 percent perfect, and do not want to be.

Sadly, in the election, there is no good choice, one person will win and he or she will be the best of three bad choices….

I wonder, can I say,
“I quit.”

I ask Europeans continually, what would you do if you was President Bush, they say,
“I do not have to make the decisions.”

I say,
“If you will not make a decision, then please keep your mouth shut, you are only complaining and part of the problem.”

Terrorist, there is no clear answers, except to kill 100 percent of the people in a country who harbor them… not a good one, but possible and would solve the problem.

Increase the heat until these countries burp out terrorist.

Funny man last night, he was the least Racist man I have met, he was just saying he did not like many of the cultural aspects of the Black people in the USA…

Example: Playing the race card, I do not like to listen to people feeling sorry for themselves in a country where even a Black person can run for President, it just seems stupid.

Come on down, to the rest of the planet, the 90 percent outside the USA and see some truly bad racism…. Try to live the life of a Mayan person who does not speak Spanish.

If you want a real 1 and 0 experience, try to talk to coders or techie make software, lost in the on, off switch, no middles, no abstract thoughts allowed… what fun.

Making Bad Travel Decisions


Mira Wade and Chris

Mira Wade and Chris
A photos of my three recent travel friends in front of the Hotel Don Diego, Casa Shalom in Antigua, Guatemala.

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Lago Atitlan - Lake Atitlan
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
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Wade and Mira are a couple, that means the sleep in the same room.

Wade has a travel blog called:
Song of the Open Road Travel Journal
http://www.openroadsong.com/

Mira has a travel blog called:
Lady The Tramp- Female Travel Guide for Women
http://www.ladythetramp.com/

Chris is a good friend, started reading my newsletters, then onto blogs in about 2000, or eight years ago, we have been traveling together for years by email, I am proud to call him a friend.
Note: He purchased a new hat, I think the chicas will like the new one.

The Casa Shalom has Free Wireless Internet Access or WIFI, they call this Inalambrico here in Guatemala. The best part of the hotel is the upper floor, the common area, and a free to use guest kitchen, hard to find normally around Antigua. This is next to the Posada Don Quijote, that also has Wireless Internet for free, both are good hotels to use for jump to Panajachel, Lago Atilan. Note, always test wireless before you pay...

Wade and Mira made this page as a trade for a week of living free, he now has trade a small amount of work for a week of living twices. I guess he save about 100 U.S. Dollars by doing this trade. It ia great benefit and about any traveler can do this trade with a Hotel.
Antigua Hotel

I truly think doing these trades could reduce the cost of traveling by 2/3.

Your friend, Andy

Mira Wade and Chris


Poison or Burning Water Borne Bugs

Poison or Burning Water Borne Bugs
I was sent an interesting suggestion that may help avoid drinking water problems, or help to clean water, more or less, who knows.

NOTE: Warning, this post is not about true science, use for fun thoughts. This will not protect you from un-safe water...

There are animals in my water, maybe, I have zero proof, however what the hell, it is possible… I really do not trust anyone, I need to send water to a lab on this issue.
Test Drinking Water or http://www.epa.gov/safewater/labs/index.html

Hmm, this idea may work better to clean food.

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Lago Atitlan - Lake Atitlan
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Sugar is food for humans, it gives us energy, a piece of bread is a complex sugar, and peanut butter is packed with complicated sugars. I should not eat peanut butter it makes me fat.

Sugar is food for most animals and bugs.

What will kill me?
What will kill animals?

Acid...

What will MAYBE bother these animals that live in my travel world, and 90 percent the planet in mass because they do not have clean water and do not wash their dishes correctly?
(I think the problem is food, not the water.)

I am talking about Citric Acid, the nice person who wrote me was recommending - Grapefruit seed extract. I think they are trying to tempt me, I love grapefruit juice, however difficult to buy on most of the planet. Orange juice is easy, lemon or lime juice can be made easy, however not easy to buy as drink, at least not packed with sugar. I refuse to drink mango or papaya.

Citric acid as I understand is the common acid or that sour taste that is common to all of them and really what I like, therefore I will buy lemons or limes and make pure juice. I enjoy this, however,
IT BURNS... will that burn kill something?

I cannot buy Grapefruit Seed Extract, however I can purchase cloro or bleach real easy, so the grapefruit seed extract is really something to play with in the USA, while for me, if I go out to kill something, I plan on boiling them to death, or poison with chloro.

MOUTHWASH - I use a lemon.
I also have trouble buying mouthwash, sad that people in India do not use it, and I for sure, I like to use mouthwash. hard to buy and incredibly expensive because a rare product. However, I do use Lemons as a Mouthwash, it is just my theory, not a science fact, but I believe the acid in the lemons or limes help to acid clean my teeth, clean the tongue and make my mouth fresh.

Will citric acid kill animals in my food, eating the sugars, will it annoy to death the bugs in the water? I think pure citric acid could do some good, I think maybe soaking lettuce or fruits in citric acid, and incredibly expensive process, yet would in a way kill something, it will burn skin, I sure it will do something, maybe tenderize the meat.

Just a quandary here, I do not think the use of Grapefruit Seed Extract or Citric Acid, being of much value, yet I will continue to take a wedge of lemon and bite, to clean my mouth and give me that fresh mouth feeling.

Chlorine is what the world uses to kill something in water, I think this is the full on, get the job treatment I want, but this citric acid stuff is interesting to think about.

I do think it is the opposite of sugar and instead of feeding the animals, I can burn them to death, but I will probably give myself a burn tongue also along this path, maybe my whole throat and stomach. I do not feel it is concentrated enough to kill bugs in water, but does sound like a good start to making some crap wine, because there is sugar also.

OLD WIVES TALE? Or a Urban Legends
http://www.snopes.com/

Citric Acid?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citric_acid

Coke Please
http://www.snopes.com/cokelore/tooth.asp

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grapefruit_seed_extract

Worms, Parasites, and other animals in my body, I am under the impression I took some poison last week that kills them, however not strong enough to kill me.

Poison or Burning Water Borne Bugs


Not a Guatemala Mayan Boat

Not a Guatemala Mayan Boat
A little girl says she takes a “Pickup” to her village, I know people come down to Guatemala and any country, thinking what they see is the country, hopefully the culture.

It is a baffling problem, where did some unadulterated culture stop and the new global adaptations start, what is a pickup?

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Lago Atitlan - Lake Atitlan
Monday, May 12, 2008
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I look at this boat, wood planks, square, and chained to a rock, is the nose of the boat some holdover, or does this boat have nothing to do with the Mayan culture.

I do not want a culture to stay old-fashioned for our tourist sake, however I would be keen to know the time periods of things I see. It takes great observations to try to separate what I see, from what is part of this country, the separations are mesh together.

I would love if a restaurant here said,
100 percent Guatemalan food, then when I got in, there was at least 20 percent.

Wood Plank, rectangular boats, a flat bottom baby. This seems a little risky here on this lake, I would say this is one of the most unfriendly water sports or boat lakes; nobody does much on the lake, just a good look at the lake type of lake.

Truly living on the lake is not so fun, living on a mountain looking at the lake is great, if you fancy living on a mountain with nobody to talk with, a difficult time consuming lifestyle home.

Peten or the cradle of Mayan Culture as I reseach has everything to do with being close to water, I believe water is always the benchmark starting point in studying cultures.

Not a Guatemala Mayan Boat


Too Many Pills to Travel

Too Many Pills to Travel
Hmmm, what do you think, how many bottles before you hit a threshold value… there is a limit here…

Stop at two prescriptions, I just cannot imagine traveling with four or five bottles of prescribed medicines, it would be time to check out for the day.

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I am not sure, there is a time to check out, call it a day, saying this is too much, too much to be bothered with, my life is or was good, time to focus on the living part and not on medicating.

I truly believe the mind is more powerful than these bottles.

There is a new idea on the planet, that when you are sick, you should not stop and rest, you need to increase your activity and force the body to overcome and not surrender to illness.

I refuse to take pain medicine, like shutting off the brains alarm clock, telling it to ignore the warnings.

I am not sure, but I think people who think they are sick, are sick, a self-prophesizing life condition. I do not know about you, but I never get sick, and when I am sick, I am not sick, I never get sick. If you ask if I get sick, I say never.

Too Many Pills to Travel


Travel Tip on Toilet Paper Management

Travel Tip on Toilet Paper Management
This is a travel tip video explaining how to make a Mini-Roll of Toilet Paper to carry in your pocket while traveling. You can remove the cardboard core out of the larger roll, then next showing how to remove the inner section of toilet paper so, you have a mini-roll.

Why are people so arrogant they think these travel tips do not apply to them?

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Lago Atitlan - Lake Atitlan
Monday, May 12, 2008
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My friend Chris was packing down in his bag a roll of toilet paper, I thought to myself, this is recipe for embarrassment disaster. He is experiencing a three day, adjust to another country case of diarrhea, nothing new, just an adjustment phase of the body, I think about 80 percent of travelers or tourist experience this type of diarrhea.

Take a 7-day trip to Guatemala; donate three days to the toilet, then bus trips become an obstacle course.

I should have allowed him to get on a bus with a roll of toilet paper packed five minutes away from use, or on top of the bus stored. I am truly wondering if anybody avoids this terrible experience by reading my travel tips and learning, or do they just read tips, hints for some way of feeling stupid later.

I think everyone thinks I joke or something, this is annoying stupid, I give some of the best, real, actually needed travel tips on the planet, then a friend of mine comes that has read close to every one of them and does not use them…

What do you too rich to use your brain people think, stop associating the word hobo with a tramp or something you are not? I for sure think you are pig, too stupid for a conversation if you cannot separate needs from just reading. You need to grow up, think, and use your head and stop thinking like children, I refuse care if you cannot learn about your body, your life, your mind, and how you think.

If you are not a Hobo, stop reading this page, the blog, if you cannot realize everyone has the same needs, whether being abused by a five star hotel, or by a minus two star hotel. We are the same, you are not special, and for sure, you deserve to be criticized for not using your brains.

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Why are people so arrogant they think these travel tips do not apply to them?

Travel Tip on Toilet Paper Management