Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch...um disturbing

So over the years we have deposited an amazing amount of pollution into the Pacific Ocean. Waves and currents bring the trash together...as shown here.

The floating mass is said to be the size of Texas...which is larger than many countries...Been-Seen's article about the Pacific Garbage Patch points out that as animals ingest the pollution it will slowly make its way up the food chain and back to the humans that created it. Ew.

Just remember when you throw away...there is no "away"

Friday, October 17, 2008

Some Travel Tips from Vagabonish

This series of posts offer some good advice;

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

NEWS; Iraq's New Army...

Newly graduated soliders marched in front of Gen Babkir. These new graduates say they are excited to serve the people and be the wave of change that is needed after the fall of Saddam. They are "proud to provide a safe environment for the Iraqi people". 

This looks all well and good, but who is in charge of this training? The BBC article aslo mentions fears of military success leading to loss of cizilian control. That is a valid concern, but lets first work on the military success before it's reprocusios.

All and all it looks like the first positive piece of news I've seen out of Iraq. Lets keep up a positive trend here...

Monday, October 13, 2008

Stop This Train

I can't help but sympathize with John Mayer's lyrics;

Stop this train
I want to get off and go home again
I can't take the speed it's moving in
I know I can't but honestly won't someone stop this train

Life seems to be flying by here in Boulder. School and midterms are overwhelming, but midterms means that I am 'mid'- way done with my last semester of college ever. My excitement of being so close just drives me to keep going. Beyond school,the next upcoming Boulder holiday is Halloween, not a small occasion around here. Although I'm not sure what I am dressing up as yet, October 31st is never a bummer day here. Beyond Halloween, Thanksgiving break is looking pretty exciting as well. I just got a ticket to spend 8 days in Guatemala with Chino. Yes, they eat turkey and celebrate, so I won't be missing any American festivities.

FIRST SNOWFALL. Today was the first dusting of snow over the Flatirons and it was beautiful. I always love seeing all the cars, that must have driven down from the mountains, with a little snow covering...winter is coming! Getting ready to get my snowboard on.

Emma's GABF Winers

So the Great American Beer Festival was a success once again...went, had some fabulous beer and made it back in one piece. I have to say my favorite was definitely The Dissident by Deschutes Brewery out of Oregon. After that, i really enjoyed most of the pumpkin beers. Alright GABF 2008!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Farm Party

This Sunday the Teahouse employees and I will be getting down farm style. The pig roast BBQ is taking the place of our famous, yearly Christmas party. Food, Booze and Games...should be a good time.

Up Up and Away

Last Wednesday was a very special day, starting very early in the morning. At 6:45 Chino and I were out in Longmont drinking coffee alongside a huge inflating hot air balloon. once it was full we hopped in the basket and up we went, 3,000 ft. above ground. We could see everything , the sky was clear the mountains were beautiful as usual and it was a great way to start the day. Not to mention the mimosas to follow our landing.