The Drunk Trickster

The Empire State Building

A man gets off the elevator at the bar on top of the Empire State Building. He is bowled over by the splendor and the view. He orders a drink, and then remarks about how there’s a large open window with no guardrails or anything — someone could fall a long way!

“There’s no problem with that, it’s completely safe!” says a man dressed in a sharp suit, glasses and a fedora. “Even if you fell out, the building creates a strong updraft current that will bring you right back to safety!”

“Huh?” the man says, incredulous.

“Sure, let me show you!” the man at the bar says, stepping to the window and allowing himself to fall right out.

“Oh my gosh!” says the newcomer. He bends over to look out the window to see what happened just as the man comes back up in the wind, right into the window, and lands right on his feet! Even his fedora is still firmly in place.

“That’s amazing!” he says. “Does it happen like that all the time?”

“Yep, I’ve done it many times,” says the square-jawed man. He offers to hold the newcomer’s drink while he tries it.

“Here goes nothing,” the newbie says. He leans out the window and falls out of the building — and all the way to the street where he goes Splat! The man in the suit says “tsk tsk tsk” and drinks the man’s cocktail.

“You know,” the bartender finally says to the regular, “you’re really a mean bastard when you’re drunk, Superman.”

Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

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Acapulco

Acapulco was named by the Nahua tribe, the name means “where the reeds stood” or place of giant reeds”
Archaeological finds show that when theSpaniards arrived, people had been living around the bay area for about 2,000 years.
The Nahua were conquered by the Aztec empire about a hundred years before it fell to the Spanish conquistadors.
By order of Hernan Cortez, Spanish sailors took the Bahia de Acapulco in 1521. Port and shipbuilding facilities were established and itwas the jumping-off point for further explorations and conquests, such as that of Peru. It became theonly port in the New World authorized to receive Spanish Galleons from the Philippines and China.
All this treasure was an invitation Dutch and English pirates could not resist, and by the 17th century, their ships abounded in the Pacific and along the coastline of Mexico and Baja California.
To ward off the pirates, Fuerte deSan Diego was built atop a low hill overlooking the bay. Because of the seaport’s strategic importance to the Spanish crown, Fuerte de San Diego became a focus of rebellion in1812 when the discontented population roseup against their Spanish colonial rulers in the war of independence.
The royalists were besieged in the fort for four months before finally surrendering to the Mexican troops.
As the capital grew, its citizens began flocking to the Pacific coast for vacations. A new international airport was
built, and by the 1960s Acapulco was a booming resort, its reputation as a playground for the rich and famous set, often from within Mexico, rather than from outside the country.
The city is nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Sierra Madre Mountains on the other. Along the Costera Miguel  Ale-man, the cities principle thoroughfare, you’ll find most of the major hotels, restaurants, and shopping centers.
You will also find the cultural heart of the city, known to the locals as Acapulco Traditional. Among the sights is the Fort
San Diego, which protected Acapulco from Dutch and English pirates in the days of Spanish Rule.
Originally constructed in 161 and rebuilt in1776 following a massive earthquake. It is a classic five-point fortress surrounded by a moat.
Acapulco was fist inhabited by primitive Indians. Later on people ofNahuati stock, the Nahoas, came and settled the area. THe name Acapulco derives from the Nahuatl words”acatl” (place of canes). “pol”(to break) and
“co”that indicates place.
The first “tourist” to visit Acapulco was a Chinese Monk by the name of Fa Hsien. As the legend goes, he arrived in Pre-
Historic times around 417 AD, long before Columbus crossed the Atlantic to “discover” America.
Today ,Acapulco remains a popular destination not only a a vcation resort, but a cruise port as well.

Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed and applied what he has learned to solving the many issues facing not only the United States, but the world as well.

Common Sense solutions to complex problems.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

You can also follow him on your Kindle.

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Why Law School costs so Much

Why Law School Costs So Much

One day in contract law class, Professor Jetson asked one of his better students, “Now if you were to give someone an orange, how would you go about it?”

The student replied, “I’d say ‘Hey: want an orange?'”

The professor was livid. “No! No! Think like a lawyer!” he instructed.”Oh,” the student said.

“In that case, I’d tell him, ‘I hereby give and convey to you, all and singular, my estate and interests, rights, claim, title, claim and advantages of and in, said orange, together with all its rind, juice, pulp, and seeds, and all rights and advantages with full power to bite, cut, freeze and otherwise eat the same, or give the same away with or without the pulp, juice, rind and seeds, anything herein before or hereinafter or in any deed, or deeds, instruments of whatever nature or kind whatsoever to the contrary in anywise notwithstanding.”

“You’re making good progress,” the professor said.

Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

You can also follow him on your Kindle.

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Pros and Cons of Whiskey

Judge Sweat on Whiskey

Judge Noah S. “Soggy” Sweat, Jr. (2 October 1922-23 February 1996) was a judge, law professor, and state representative in Mississippi for one term, elected when he was just 24. He is best known for his 1952 speech on the floor of the Mississippi state legislature concerning whiskey. Reportedly, the speech took Sweat two and a half months to write. And here it is, in its entirety:
My friends, I had not intended to discuss this controversial subject at this particular time. However, I want you to know that I do not shun controversy. On the contrary, I will take a stand on any issue at any time, regardless of how fraught with controversy it might be. You have asked me how I feel about whiskey. All right, here is how I feel about whiskey:If when you say whiskey you mean the devil’s brew, the poison scourge, the bloody monster, that defiles innocence, dethrones reason, destroys the home, creates misery and poverty, yea, literally takes the bread from the mouths of little children; if you mean the evil drink that topples the Christian man and woman from the pinnacle of righteous, gracious living into the bottomless pit of degradation, and despair, and shame and helplessness, and hopelessness, then certainly I am against it.

But, if when you say whiskey you mean the oil of conversation, the philosophic wine, the ale that is consumed when good fellows get together, that puts a song in their hearts and laughter on their lips, and the warm glow of contentment in their eyes; if you mean Christmas cheer; if you mean the stimulating drink that puts the spring in the old gentleman’s step on a frosty, crispy morning; if you mean the drink which enables a man to magnify his joy, and his happiness, and to forget, if only for a little while, life’s great tragedies, and heartaches, and sorrows; if you mean that drink, the sale of which pours into our treasuries untold millions of dollars, which are used to provide tender care for our little crippled children, our blind, our deaf, our dumb, our pitiful aged and infirm; to build highways and hospitals and schools, then certainly I am for it.

This is my stand. I will not retreat from it. I will not compromise.

I have to say, I agree completely!

Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

You can also follow him on your Kindle.

Your comments appreciated

The wisdom of our ancestors

The wisdom of our ancestors

Obamacare:Not for me

So, the long awaited socialized health care is finally here. The liberal’s dream has finally been fulfilled, now everyone will have free first class health care, we will all live long, happy, and prosperous lives with the government providing us with everything we could possibly need or want from cradle to grave.

Utopia has arrived! What more could we want?

But wait, there seems to be a fly in the ointment!

Things aren’t going as planned.

Who woulda thought, the bill wasn’t read by anyone who voted on it, no one knew what was in the bill, and it was crammed down the throats of people, the majority of which never wanted it, and the people voting for it never consulted with anyone else to see if there may be something more that could be added. How could anyone think something could go wrong under these circumstances?

In the early stages of the roll out , it has become a disaster, and things aren’t likely to change. With doctors shortages,high premiums, loss of benefits, waiting lines, and death panels on the horizon, what are our options?

Our once wonderful health care system is crumpling before our eyes. No longer will the United States have a health care system that is the envy of the world. Instead of tweaking a system that had a few problems, they have totally destroyed a system that eighty-five percent of the members were satisfied with. It will never be the same.

By making promises they couldn’t keep, our politicians have come close to destroying a way of life.

Our medical choices will now be made by a bureaucrat in Washington D.C. rather than by our doctors and ourselves. We no longer have a choice as to which doctor, hospital or medicine we take, it’s all decided by the pencil pushers in Washington, we are only a number.

What to do?

It’s time to take action, we ,each and every one of us needs to be in charge of our own health, it’s time to go off the grid as far as our health is concerned. Even before this,the medical profession has become all about the money and not about maintaining our health. For many years they haven’t wanted to cure anything, there is too much money in the medicine, they can’t afford for us to be healthy.

Look at all the money spent on advertising alone, money spent trying to talk us into needing a certain pill for a certain disease we probably don’t even have , or never will have. For example , look at all the current advertising trying to convince us to get a shingles vaccination. I’m sure shingles is painful and something I don’t want to get, but seriously, how many people do you know that have contracted shingles.

Look at all the kids that are autistic these days , some say one in a hundred, if you are over 50, did you know any autistic children when you were young? Could it be due to the vaccines we pumped into our children to prevent things like the measles. Think I would sooner have the measles than autism.

There is only one way around all of this. Each and every one of us needs to be in charge of our own health care. Myself, I am not going back to my doctor, there isn’t any reason to. He is discouraged by the whole scenario, he can no longer practice medicine the way he wants.

It’s time to go holistic, natural healing, getting plenty of exercise, eating the correct foods and listening to your body, it will tell you what it needs. My grandparents very seldom went to a doctor,ate bacon every morning, and lived to be 95 years old.

Study up on natural healing, eating healthy foods, and the proper consumption of vitamins and minerals, you know what you need more than any bureaucrat ever could.

Capitol Building

What has Your Government done for you?

Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

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Montana Cowboy

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Montana Cowboy

A cowboy was overseeing his herd in a remote mountainous pasture in Montana when suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced toward him out of a cloud of dust. The driver, a young man in a Brioni suit, Gucci shoes, RayBan sunglasses and YSL tie, leaned out the window and asked the cowboy, “If I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd, will you give me a calf?”

The back roads of Arizona

The cowboy looks at the man, then looks at his peacefully grazing herd and calmly answers, “Sure, why not?” Continue reading

Connelsville Pennsylvania

On the banks of the Youghiogheny River, Connellsville Pennsylvania was a natural stopping place for travelers to build rafts  to float down the river.

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Connelsville  Pennsylvania

A former coal mining town , it’s newspaper, The Daily Courier, has been in continuous publication for over a century.

During the French and Indian War , a British army commanded by General Edward Braddock approached Fort Duquesne and crossed the Youghiogheny River at Stewart’s Crossing, which is situated in the middle of what is now the City of Connellsville.

Due to the city’s location in the center of the Connellsville coalfield , coal mining, coke production, and other accompanying industries became the major sources of employment and revenue during the late 19th and early 20th
centuries.

Connellsville became known at the “Coke Capital of the World” due to the amount and quality of coke produced in the city’s many beehive ovens. During this time, Connellsville had more millionaires per capita than any other city in the United States.

Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed and applied what he has learned to solving the many issues facing not only the United States, but the world as well.

Common Sense solutions to complex problems.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

You can also follow him on your Kindle.

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