Thursday, August 17, 2006

camping with donkey kong

since my son and I have only been able to camp in the back yard this year....

I have mixed feelings about video games... maybe it's 'cuz I really suck at them but can't a kid learn more from a good book???

For the record, he reads at about a 6th grade level and seems to enjoy it. He also can't go pee without his gameboy. (sigh)

chip off the old block, I'm afraid....

Tuesday, August 15, 2006


This really scares me. I mean it REALLY scares me. I'm still trolling the net to see whats going on in Malaysia but in Indonesia the jihadists are volunteering to go to Lebanon and fight for Hezbollah.

Don't send soldiers, just send money, says the government. Is there any difference? I wouldn't be caught dead in Indonesia ( or maybe if I was there, I would be...) and I'm starting to worry about Malaysia. Will it become like this there? My wife never wants to go to Indonesia ( she's Malaysian ethnic chinese ) after the race riots there. There is always someone getting killed or hurt because of their religious persuasion... I just hope we never see this in Malaysia.

What a nightmare.

Any one who has to hide behind a mask is serving the wrong god, pure and simple. Any religious group that slits the throats of the innocent and hides behind the lives of it's people serves a different master.

I know there are many moderate muslims out there who bear us no ill will. Many of them I met and know to be kind and loving people. But by the actions of a few we have to judge many. And while the moderates stand aside, they allow the extremists to attempt to achieve their religious goals. That's not good enough. If we have to search every muslim or Arab who flies on our planes to keep them safe, we should. If the leaders of their religion won't stop the terrorists, we have to by whatever means necessary even if it means resorting to what may be considered extreme measures.

Holy Crap, I soapboxed it today, didn't I?

Monday, May 15, 2006

You need a new toilet rep

It's the title of the article that catches my eye: "Malaysia wants to flush dirty toilet rep".


I really like the Malaysian toilets the way they are. Come on, people, Let's not change a thing, please. I enjoy searching endlessly for any available public toilet, and upon paying the 30 sen admission, finding that most of the toilet seats are gone. Even in the big, new, and obviously expensive malls. I get a warm, fuzzy feeling when I discover the only method available for cleansing oneself is a section of garden hose attached to a spigot. Or maybe just a spigot all by itself with a handy bucket nearby! Really, you can't beat that. Really.

Ok, I'm climbing out of the pit of infinite sarcasm now.

Not all is bad in the bathrooms of Malaysia. I do enjoy the squatter.

(where is the toilet paper?!?)

Seriously. I just don't like having to take all my clothes off to use one. The floor is always wet because it's cleaned by being hosed down (ever heard of a MOP??) so you have to take your pants off or they will get wet. There may be some Shaolin method for using the squatter but I am not aware of it. No one bothers to teach the AngMo how to use the toilet. And how does a person use a hose, or even more puzzling, a bucket, to clean their posterior? I guess I missed that class as well. LOL!

"If a toilet is a person (in Malaysia), he should protest to the Human Rights Commission because he is very unfairly treated," Lau said. That's the Housing Minister speaking. In order to help stop these toilet right violations, Lau is holding a conference. "Lau said the meeting would bring together local officials and international experts on toilet management, including the founder of the World Toilet Organization, Jack Sim".

Which organization again? Sweet. I had no idea there was a World Toilet Organization.
Apparantely Jack is a real pro when it comes to toilets.

Hey, I have an idea.... how about we CLEAN THEM!?!. And then, no wait, hear me out here... continue to KEEP THEM CLEAN!?!

In the meantime, I know exactly where I am going in order to use the public restrooms in Penang. First I'll go to Komtar. Then I'll enter the Store just across from the KFC on the main level. If you keep walking straight eventually you'll see an entrance off to your right for the Shangri-La Hotel! Ha Ha! Now I am in Ang mo country! No one asks me what I am doing when I walk in those doors and head for the bathrooms. Air conditioning, toilet seats, and TOILET PAPER! Ha Ha! Take that evil bathroom demons!
All they need now is a squatter.