September 9th, 2005

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Sun breaking through the clouds in the Andes, on the Inca Trail in Peru.
Sun breaking through the clouds in the Andes, on the Inca Trail in Peru.
Woo Hoo!!! I leave for Peru one week from yesterday. This coming Thursday, my flight Oh-My-Freakin'-God O'Clock in the morning. (That translates to 5am, which, having to be there an hour early, and taking an hour to get there, etc, yeah. Too fucking early). My lens arrives today, and I should have everything I need.

One sort of plus... I was looking forward to this trip being like the last trip to Peru where we camped every night, etc. But this trip we have very limited space and a sleeping bag took about 60-75% of that space. The travel agency, unprompted by us, called the other day to say we would be staying in lodges every night. Not electricity, hot water, etc but we would have beds and clean sheets. That certainly makes the space limitation a lot easier to deal with. I love sleeping in tents, but I just gotta say, "Woo Hoo!!!!"

'VIVA EL PERU' on the hills over Cusco, Peru.
'VIVA EL PERU' on the hills over Cusco, Peru.
I do hope a couple of the lodges do have power, though. I'm sure I would make good use of any opportunity possible to recharge my camera batteries.

Oh... One thing I just remembered I need... A usb cable for my camera. I know there are internet cafes in Cusco and I can hopefully upload a few images for y'all mid trip. "Heres this one time I was doing something stupid and almost died. Heres another stupid thing I did and almost died. This time I almost died, but I deny being at fault. Etc..." (Remember, safety third!)

Now... For the celebritory halfway toast, do I hope there is some chicha or pisco in the area, or do I (wath all this extra space I now have) pack some gin and tonic? Just because I'm innoculated against malaria doesn't mean I shouldn't still do my all to fight it. :-P

So... What are y'all doing while I'm gone?
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Katrina post...

So... The local governments failed to evacuate all the people. The federal governments recovery was late and poorly organized.

With all the deaths stemming from people being unable to evacuate and from the disastrous response, how long until people are suing the various governments and politicians for negligence? How successful with the plaintiffs be?

Roll out your crystal balls, people. Tell me the future.
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Sinfest hasn't updated since the 1st? This is like a crime against humanity, or something. I need to know how the Resistence makes their escape!!!
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Kevin Smith is having an auction where the funds go to aid agencies helping the Katrina Recovery. Something you can win... A BBQ at his place. And a walk on roll in the new Clerks 2 movie, amoung other things.

What's that sound? pushshove achieving mach 1.2 on her way to the bank to take out a loan so she can win the auction?

http://viewaskew.com/katrina/
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When there were all the antiwar protests leading upto and during the start of the Iraq War II: Bad News Bush IndyMedia was everywhere, even getting a far amount of mention on some mainstream press. I'm supprised how little I've heard through thrird parties of Indymedia's reports on the hurricane. Indymedia losing/lost relevence?
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OMG!!! My Canon EF-S 10-22 lens came today!!! I love this thing. It's the first lens I've ever used with a real USM ring motor. It's fast and silent!!! I understand the love people have for it. Plus a viewing angle of slightly more than 90° across is a nice touch also.
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The lenses I'm taking with me...

Canon EF-S 10mm-22mm 3.5f-4.5f
Canon EF 28mm-80mm 3.5f-5.6f
Canon EF 75mm-300mm 4f-5.6f IS

And camera is, of course, the Digital Rebel.

Just a little excited. :-)
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My dream community exists!!! No, not the midget pyro-sado-necro-beastialist community. While watching midgets fuck dead horses while hitting them and lighting them on fire is amusing the first couple times, it get's pretty repetitive. No, my dream community is a Red Dwarf quote community... quotable_smeg
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Easy Rider 2: Momma's Got A New Set of Wheels
My Mother rode her scooter for the first time today. It was pretty funny. A kid with a new toy.