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Potable Water – Why I’m Lucky

It’s safe to say I have ventured around the world several times. I think I have visited over 36 countries in my travels and hundreds of cities.

My husband and I took a trip to Hong Kong and Bangkok recently.  It was during our time in Hong Kong, a city with 7 million people, the best public transportation system we have ever seen,  and sky scrappers that would put New York City to shame, that it dawned on me. Most of the world doesn’t have water that they can drink straight out of the tap.

Hong Kong, endless skyscrapers

Hong Kong, endless skyscrapers

The government in Hong Kong says the drinking water is fine leaving the water treatment facility, but they can’t guarantee that it’s potable when it gets to your house.  After doing research we learned most locals boil their water before drinking. Apparently we were suppose to wash our dishes during dim sum with the boiling water they brought us.  We had already poured tea in our cup.  The lady from the table over made us dump it out and told us “eww dirty dirty.”  I wonder what she thinks of the street food we ate for dinner the night before?

It comes at a shock that in most of China the water must be boiled.  As  American’s we know not to drink the water in obvious places like Mexico and South America.  But you must add Asia to the list, (albeit Japan, South Korea, and Singapore).  It sounds like most locals in Russia also boil their water before they drink.  I’ve drank the water in Eastern and Western Europe and lived.  Including some Balkans states, and survived.  LET ME BREAK IT DOWN:

United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, Argentina.

There that’s it! * These are the only places in the whole entire world that you can safely drink your tap water.

So, I bring this up because I feel lucky!  I’m so thankful that I can brush my teeth with tap water, take a shower with out worrying that I will get sick from some dripping in my mouth.  I’m glad I can make ice without having to boil then cool it down.

We travel to see the world, enjoy the culture, and taste the world.  However, we always end up with a better respect for how lucky we were to be born in the United States.  Plenty of air conditioning, heat, food so plentiful  that 35.7% of American’s are obese, cars galore, low unemployment, education, and equal opportunity.

*Of course that’s not all the countries, but that sums it up pretty good.

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Drunk Crafting and the world is your oyster

You should always Craft.  You should and shouldn’t do it drunk depending on how sharp your crafting tools are to the tequila shot ratio! Mas Importante!

Have you seen drunk cooking on youtube?  Well she rocks and I can relate!

Please relate yourself by selecting the link. Jar-garita anyone?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XT46FV64dr8&list=TLqZZmMMgDhipajffeAcJNEwwuEoRr6dYe

Back to myself!  I was kindly crafting my pottery barn tile I purchased for $1.87, when out of the blue I was stricken with unfortunate news.  It went something like this:

” Hello this is scheduling and we are going to mess with your life. You thought you were going home Friday but due to some unknown circumstance you will be going home Saturday.”

Oh forget me, I have no life.  Don’t worry about me, I have been on reserve for 8 years and expect this crap by now.

For example:

Scheduling :  “I’m sorry Captain you can’t have Friday off for your own wedding”

ME :               “But, I have been planning this for almost a year!
Scheduling :     “Are you refusing to fly?”

ME:                 “Are you kidding me? Oh My God you’re not!”

That’s been my life for 8 years. It’s been awesome! Go become a pilot kids!

So back to the real story.

THE WORLD IS YOUR OYSTER: I don’t know what it means, but I love the idea.

Something so gross can either mean your life has the chance of becoming a pearl or becoming dashed with cocktail sauce and horseradish slippery and raw consumed in one swallow.

Whatever it means I want it hanging in my house.  The United States use to represent hard work and you could achieve anything.  Now, its like this quote.  It’s and 80 percent chance my hard work will equate to being eaten with horseradish in a slurp the 20 percent chance is it may bring me a pearl.

I’m still hanging onto the 20 percent chance that it becomes a pearl and I will never give that up.  I will work harder to fix that. I will educate and strengthen my resume to get out of my position. I will sacrifice!

Oh so I was crafting:

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My $1.87 score from pottery barn.. This was $70.

I bought a paint pen and straight acrylic paint for the fabric.   I enlarged the words and traced them onto my canvas, then filling it in with paint.

Filing in the outline

Filing in the outline

Somewhere around here I got the call from scheduling, and I decide to commit to drunk crafting.  Things were going great

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Great?

Maybe a little too great.

yeah looking good

yeah looking good

NOT SO GOOD

Fail

Fail

Okay things got a little squirrelly at the end… Oh well:

                                                               The World is My Oyster!

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How to trust a town that doesn’t have Jeopardy

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I was there, but now I’m here. Deep, very deep!

As some of you may not know, I have resigned from crafting in Philadelphia and moved on to crafting in Memphis.  As with my move to Philadelphia (I was not excited) Memphis doesn’t have the best rep.  However within  a week of being here I saw the nice parts of Memphis  and I’ve been warming up to it.

Here are some shocking fact about Memphis:

#1 No Jeopardy,  what the F%^$!  

I judge a city on when they play Jeopardy.  If they play the Wheel of Fortune before Jeopardy I usually think less of the town.  Well, I don’t have that problem in Memphis.   Memphis plays Jeopardy at 3:30pm!  The same time Maury is telling some raging whore that her sixth paternity test is negative.  WTF  Memphis, are you guys not educated enough to watch an Emmy award-winning quiz show?  Get your shit together, I’m sure Mississippi has it on at 6:30 pm before Wheel of Fortune.  Okay that got a little violent, sorry I had to vent.

#2 Memphis doesn’t have a full-time NPR station!   

National Public Radio is the best news and entertainment station in the world!   Oh how I miss hearing Michele Norris tell me the world news.  I cry for not hearing Wait Wait Don’t tell Me (this is better than John Stewart show) missing Rosetto Casper on Splendid Table, talk her way through food subjects.  I have to tune into a Mississippi radio station to hear 1 hour extra of programming when I drive.  That’s right Mississippi has more NPR than Memphis.

#3 Expect to get robbed at gun point

Everyone I work with keeps telling  me stories of fellow co-workers and family members getting robbed at gun point.  I just moved here from Philadelphia and I found this comical.

For the record:

Memphis has 17.9 murders per 100,000 people

Philadelphia has 21.2 murders per 100,000 people

With this being said, I never was told by any of my co-workers in Philadelphia that their loved ones had been mugged.  I gather that the Memphis folks just have guns and want your money but are polite enough not to kill you.  Will just call it Southern hospitality.

So, aside from the mugging, no  jeopardy, and NPR I’m learning to embrace Memphis.  This means going to Church (we are in the bible belt) and eating BBQ.

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A public service announcement.

I used to work for a company called PSA.  Which is ironic that PSA also stands for a Prostate Specific Antigen test, how fitting.  But this today is a real PSA, a public service announcement!

One of the Captains I worked with gave me a really great life lesson via a family story:

His 15 year old daughter was on a morning run, when she was struck by a car going 45 mph.  She had broken her back and had 7 inches of her skull crushed, somehow she was able to tell the medics her name and her address before she blacked out. Luckily both her parents where home and they were told to drive safe but they needed to rush to the hospital.  Their daughter had flat lined twice before they got there. His daughter ended up surviving the accident and made a full recovery (a true miracle).

The moral to the story is have your name somewhere on you when you run.  Had his daughter not been able to remember her name precious moments and medical decisions would have been made without the family.  God now’s how long it would have taken for them to learn about her accident.

While running today with my running group, I noticed two of the people with name tags on their shoes.  As soon as the run was over I headed to Petsmart to ID myself.

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This machine is awesome. You can watch it make the laser cut!

The guy I ran with had the dog tag to the left pictured above.  He made an additional hole in it so he could lace it to his shoes.  I chose the narrow one that didn’t need to be altered.  You will be surprised how much stuff you can fit on there! This will be a great $7.50 insurance policy that can save your life and help your family!

Straight on the Laces= Cake

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You’ll want me on your team during the Apocalpyse!

I need to occupy the living room!  It’s my only survival tool while I’m here.   For the last three days I’ve been stuck in the crashpad with an older man I will call  “The Captain”. The Captain has been occupying the living room with the T.V. for the last three days dominating the remote, and it’s just not fair. 

You see Captain has his own t.v. (with 500 channels) in his bedroom,  including a  window a/c unit.  My room has neither T.V.  nor an air conditioning unit, which during the heat wave this week has made my room in the  high 80”s.  So the only cool place for me to hang out is in the living room with him.

So this morning I woke up and decided that I couldn’t go for a run, because by the time I came back he would be up and drinking coffee and I would have lost control of the living room.  So I’m currently occupying the living room, and I will not leave my post.  Victory is mine today!  The Captain has retreated to his room, watching t.v.,  and the earth is balanced again.

Victory is sweet!


While I’m wasting time with my sit-in demonstration I decided to finish the bow and arrow project.  I’ve wanted to make a bow and arrow since I went to the Scottish games a few months ago and watched the archery competition.   I collected wood a few weeks ago and I finally found some kite string to use.

The Bow

Please don’t snap

The key to making a good arrow is finding to find a straight peice of wood.  I then attached plastic fins to the back of the stick to help with directional control. I made the fins out of a plastic milk carton.

Skim milk cartons work the best.

My stick wasn’t that straight so I had to use my engineering skills to make the fins longer on some sides to counter act the bend.  Did I mention that I’m an Aeronautical Scientist according to my $100,000 degree.  I trained hard for four years to accomplish this arrow.

Secured on with super glue. If I was in the forest I would have used tree sap.

Ladies and Gentleman… the final product

I’ll keep you alive during the apocalypse

I need a test run —->

No one has called the cops, yet!

Okay, so apparently my $100,000 degree failed me.  The arrow needs to be double the length, but I’m all out of milk cartons so I will have to wait until next week to finish this one out.  Well, time to watch more t.v. while I occupy the living room at the crashpad.

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