2005-11-06T16:22:23.153-06:00*"My fellow Africans...Lets get it on!"
2005-10-25T21:46:13.573-05:00Will be away for awhile. Take care...
2005-10-11T22:34:40.340-05:00OK people,I know i should have blogged about this in June. The unfinished post is in my notebook :(
2005-10-11T15:58:55.623-05:00i happened to watch the original press conference on tv, C&L now has a clip of the president's strange jaw movement. I remember thinking...he could be on anti-depressants.
2005-10-10T19:55:54.026-05:00Quagmire not so funny
2005-10-08T16:51:06.656-05:00I am still getting the run around at the embassy, since monday is moi day, i have to wait till tuesday, and as a pal of mine says...I will be on them like white on rice. I am on hold with them so often, that i would like to suggest they change their hold music to ogopafunkijazzynisation.(You can get it here)
2005-10-06T21:00:47.926-05:00These guys were featured on the world tonight. Cracked me up! You can listen to the music on their site or listen to the global hit here.
2005-10-02T08:57:08.603-05:00The pod on current tv by ruudelmendorp gives a visual of the massacre that we were shocked and saddened to read about. The blood stained sandal, the blood on the ground, the overturned desks, the mass grave...
2005-10-10T19:38:09.743-05:00'Sara' never called me back yesterday nor this morning.
2005-09-28T20:51:17.563-05:00Note:Hours of the passport renewal office are 9am to 1pm EasternI had been leaving messages on EXT 6 for the past week or two.Yesterday, was told to call back and speak to A on ext 39. Left a message again. No call back. Today: 11:30am EDT No answer on ext 39. Pressed 0 for operator and asked to speak to a person since i had been leaving messages and had not heard back. She transferred me to a gentleman who happened to be courteous When was it issued? If it was issued more than 10yrs ago, you need to replace it. In addition he indicates that they should have sent me a letter telling me what extra information i needed to have sent in. (I received no such letter in the past 2 months) He tells me that he will transfer me to ext 45 so i could speak with Sara(not her real name), who will let me know whether they have my passport. In order to replace it i would need 2 passport photos (with name written on the back of it) PT1 form (can be downloaded online here)Money order to cover replacement (50$ or 70$) He then transfers me to ext 45.Hello Sara?"Yes??" - well Sara must have a rather deep voice because it seems to me like its a man.Oh well, as long as he/she can sort it out, i dont care what octave the voice is in. I proceed to give my name and specifics of my situation.Sara:When did you send the passport in?Me: July 19th. (I will admit that i did not have the post office routing number with me or the exact date that the embassy received the passport- They did receive it though. I had checked the usps website afew days after priority mailing the passport. Sara: So we would have received it around July 20 something?Me:Yes yes.Sara: Give me your number and i will check on that and call you back.Me: Sure, sure. May i have your name again?sara: (hesitantly) "Sara"Me: O.k well thank you and have a good day. Tune in tomorrow to see if 'sara' calls me back about my passport and whether he/she will sound different this time.If he/she does not call me by 10:30EDT, You bet i will be calling again. This time, i will have the routing number from usps and the exact date my passport reached the embassy. Moral(s) of the day:- Rather obvious but if you've had your passport for 10yrs you would need a new one, so fill out the paperwork for that instead of the renewal paperwork which is what i mistakenly did. (It still does not excuse the embassy for not calling back or sending me a letter)- Calling the Kenyan Embassy passport renewal office is a waste of time, do not leave a voice message on ext6 - your call will not be returned.( I think i can categorically state that since my call was not returned in a span of 2 weeks) Press 0 for the operator and indicate that you would like to speak with someone if at all possible.- Have the routing information of the registered package and check on www.USPS.com website for the precise date that the embassy received your passport. (for those in the US - If you are in a different country, please check if you can track the package online)-Get the name of the person you are talking to and their title.-Last but not least dont be shocked that Sara's voice might have a tinge of baritone.[...]
2005-09-24T13:12:49.233-05:00Vid by Bill Finnegan on Current screening room about Wangari Maathai's conservation effort. Watch it and do greenlight it so it can appear on current tv.
2005-09-22T20:43:33.243-05:00The writer of 'Where is America' and 'The open Road' will be on Kiss 100FM sometime this week, Hope FM ON Thursday, Family (what is cooking)TV this week and Books and Bookmen later in the week.
2005-09-20T20:33:33.520-05:00I had written once about attending Damian Marley's concert, well his CD "Welcome to JamRock" is a blast. If you like dancehall this is a must have. The song "beautiful" features Bobby Brown. Other tracks i liked were "Confrontation", "Move!" "All night" with Stephen Marley, "Hey Girl" is tight. "Road to Zion" Features Nas. Nice.You can preview "in 2 deep" on honeysoul and the rest of the songs you can listen on the link above.He has some tour dates remaining for the fall, check if your city is on the list here.BTW thanks Irene for passing this along, I have edited some bits:Kenyatta Day Oct 22nd Minneapolis: Tenth anniversary of Kenya ’95 as Kenyatta Day 2005. Professor Apoya from Michigan will talk on the legacy of Jomo Kenyatta and then the people’s parliament will follow with a fiery discussion of the new Kenyan constitution. Kenyan food will be catered - ugali, sukuma wiki and Nyama au kuku fry. San Francisco based Kenyan movie director Mike Wanguhu will not only premier his new movie Hip Hop Colony shot on location in Kenya but will also be on hand to discuss the movie. The movie is about the Kenyan entertainment industry and the topic of discussion will be Is contemporary Kenyan music an importation of a foreign concept or an extension of Kenyan culture? The movie has been featured in several American film festivals and is being screened in London this week. Starts at 2:00 pm and end at 9:00 pm with the movie.venue:The Upfront Event Center in Brooklyn Center . The charge for the entire program, including the guest speakers, food and movie is only $20.00. Tickets need to be obtained in advance 10:00 pm, kick off at Blue Nile with Samba Mapangala of Orchestra Virunga (famous for the songs Vunja Mifupa, Virunga and Malako) performing upstairs. Dj Top Donn (Donald Owino), Kenyan deejay based in Chicago, IL will be on hand with the best Kenyan music downstairs.$15.00 in advance and $20.00 at the door. People with advance tickets will be given priority as we will most likely have a houseful. Because people will start arriving on Friday 21st, we have arranged for a special entertainment session for the evening at Blue Nile in South Minneapolis. Marimba Africa Band will entertain us with Zilizopendwa upstairs and Dj Top Donn will be downstairs. Friday’s admission is only $10.00 at the door. Check www.KilimanjaroEntertainment.com **Checked for the address of the event center: came up nada, if you have it please post in comments and i will update.[...]
2005-09-19T23:32:27.390-05:00Out East this past weekend and was stuck to the Current channel. It has interesting pods that are pre-voted on their website. The idea is to have viewer submitted content and viewer influenced programming(the greenlighting thing). The pod on the devastation of Katrina and how Red Cross volunteers are making a difference was especially good. Speaking of volunteering, kudos to Carol for taking time to go and help with the medical care of the Katrina victims. I totally applaud you! ( i really should do a specific post abt this, but let me just mention it here...things have a way of getting hectic)
2005-09-19T19:14:26.836-05:00Your answers on the previous post were hella funny! (image)
2005-09-18T10:27:06.956-05:00(image) Guess how come the leaf is suspended...
2005-09-15T19:33:19.856-05:00Driveway moment twice this week, listening to npr's summary of the confirmation hearings for John Roberts to be the Chief Justice of the U.S.
2005-09-13T19:37:49.836-05:00Well, I stopped by my local blockbuster video rental store this evening. I knew precisely which sappy movie I wanted to watch today. Looked around and didn’t spot it at first, walked around the store quickly (those who know me know that when I say quick, I do mean quick) circled back to where I thought I saw it the last time and found no copies on the shelf. Went over to the checkout counter and the gentleman helpfully asked, “How can I help you?”
Me: I like your shirt that is nice! Crash was a great movie.
(He was wearing a black t-shirt with rent Crash ***** “A knockout!” written on it. Crash was printed in white, the rest of the words in a kind of seafoam green.
Him: Yeah! It is a wonderful movie.
Me: Could you check for me if someone has returned a copy of ‘Wedding Date’?
Him: Oh yeah I have a copy available right here…
(he walks over to the other checkout counter and retrieves the movie.)
Is there anything else I can help you with?
Me: Well… if I could have your t-shirt...
(I know I shouldn’t have, but it just tumbled out of my mouth! the words kind of hang in the air...)
Do you have some extra shirts?
Him: Well, you do have to work here in order to get one, (he is still standing there while I fumble around for my card which I didn’t find, I could see the wheels turning in his head)
Me: (slightly dejected look ) oooh o.k...
Him: You know what? We do have some extra, you just cant wear it in here.
Me: (Beaming) Really? Wow!
(really beaming now when I realize he just asked me what size i would like omg) Small please.
(He walks over to the back of the store, comes back with the shirt and proceeds to check out the movie by asking for my last name, then asks to confirm my first name)
Him: Would you like a bag?
Me: Yeah sure (damn, why did I say yes? The man just gave you a free t-shirt, why do you need a bag to put the movie and the t-shirt? Well, its too late I already said yes. He puts everything in the bag and I am still beaming like a nonsense.I mentally made a note of his name, and that he was the manager)
You totally made my day, thank you.
Him: You are welcome, you just cant wear it here.
Me: Sure, sure, I wont. Thank you!
(I exit with a huge smile that would probably chase away the gathering clouds; it was just about to rain. That it still hasn't poured as i type this is not lost on this very happy girl)
Yeah Rent Crash ****"Knockout!"
2005-09-10T15:53:03.256-05:00(image) music video by Burning spear on ifilm "Walk".It reminded me of Kenya. We just have to keep walking, pause and laugh abit as we move on.
2005-09-10T16:51:42.973-05:00was about to link to the cnn story about Al Gore airlifting evacuees from NOLA(sept 3rd), headed over to technorati and found that it was the most discussed story today.
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2005-08-30T21:39:50.653-05:00Picked up the book Edenborn by Nick Sagan, he is the son of Carl Sagan and interplanetary artist Linda Salzman Sagan. Carl Sagan was the writer of cosmos, Broca's Brain,Contact (later adapted into a movie starring Jodie foster), etc.