Posts Tagged ‘beijing

21
Apr
09

This Bobolee Is Getting A Serious Beating, Boy!

Yesterday morning, the hit counter on my blog stood at 25,000 hits.  I was pleasantly surprised, to say the least!  At this sentence, the count stands at 25,106 unique hits.

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A Good Friday Bobolee in Trinidad.

[Guanaguanare: The Laughing Gull]

This is a major milestone for me, and for my blog.  Actually, this is my 2nd attempt at blogging.  I used to have a MSN Spaces page at one point in time (http://spaces.msn.com/bluesoapbox was the URL) which I discontinued as I didn’t feel too comfortable sharing my inner thoughts and feelings with the whole wide world at the time.  What got me started again was the 2008 US Election campaign.  I was really appalled some of the things that were being said (and done) during the campaign, and at the same time, I was really captivated by Barack Obama.

A few friends and I were discussing the campaign issues online and one posted a Slate picture slideshow entitled “The Soiling of Old Glory”.   Those pictures invoked memories of a trip I’d made to a Southern US state in the 1990’s.  Those memories helped me write “The Day I Met Jim Crow”, a recollection of the day I met Jim Crow for the first time.  That’s the most widely read and referenced post on this blog to date, with close to 1300 views to date.

I’m really fortunate to have made a few acquaintances thru this second blogging stint; acquaintances I hope turn into friendships as time goes by.  My blog stats tell me that my blog posts have been read from as far west as Alaska to as far east as China.  That really… I don’t know… has me in awe?  I really don’t know how else to describe it… how that makes me feel.

My blog will be a year old on May 24th.  With any luck (and time) I’ll share some more facts and figures then.  In these eleven months (approx), I also started Bobolee Pix, a space for me to share a few of my pictures.  I’ve been stymied with my photography efforts though: someone sniped my camera last month and I haven’t gotten myself a replacement as yet! 😕  Really a shame… I loved taking photos, and my camera and I had just gotten used to each other’s quirks.  I hope the new owner likes it as much as I did! 😕

I’m not a learned scholar, an author, a writer, or a journalist.  Just a simple dude with an opinion (and a way with words, apparently).  I have to warn you, I’m not always able to post as I like due to my real-world commitments!  I wish I could do nothing else but share my thoughts and observations with you each and everyday… and I probably could, but I’ll have to leave my currently well-paying 9-5!  At least, now with my Twitter feed,  we can still share and communicate thoughts on a more impromptu and frequent basis.

Thanks a lot for visiting, thanks a lot for linking, thanks a lot for critiquing, and thanks a lot for sharing!

thank-you

Peace and Rice,

jw

16
Sep
08

Random Acts of Thought

Memories…

My life was incomplete…

…. and missing something, someone essential.

Then, I met Jude.

The end.

😆

[WSJ]

De English Lanwage is dum, dum, dum…

So says Ed Rondthaler.

Don’t know who he is?  No biggie, neither did I, until I saw this video over at GeeksareSexy.

Just As Able …

Why does no major television or cable network broadcast the Paralympic Games?

[Boston]

I know I’d be intrigued to learn more about the athletes, their circumstances and the struggles they faced, the trials they had to overcome to even survive and endure, much less their efforts to just qualify for the games.

I found some picture galleries here, and here.  Enjoy, and be inspired.

Game, Set and Match

Carly was the CEO and Chairman of Hewlett-Packard, and is the economic advisor of John McSame.

“If John McCain’s top economic advisor doesn’t think he can run a corporation, how on Earth can he run the largest economy in the world in the midst of a financial crisis? Apparently even the people who run his campaign agree that the economy is an issue John McCain doesn’t understand as well as he should,” said Obama campaign spokesman Tommy Vietor.

Sooo… you can’t run a corporation, but you want to run the most powerful nation on earth?

Talk about “Company first”!

When America sneezes, the whole world gets sick.  ‘Nuf said…

Peace and Rice,

jw

20
Aug
08

A Head Above The Rest

(Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

(Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

(Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)

BEIJING – AUGUST 20:  Melaine Walker of Jamaica celebrates after winning the gold medal in the women’s 400m final during the track and field athletics event at the National Stadium during Day 12 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 20, 2008 in Beijing, China.

20
Aug
08

Lightning Struck Twice!

Congrats to Usain Bolt for taking the 200m Men’s Olympic medal, and for smashing the record!

Mike, man… what can I say?

Someday was today!

😆

[Daily Telegraph]

This was another Caribbean one-two punch, with Churandy MARTINA of the Netherlands Antilles getting the silver medal!!!

18
Aug
08

Caribbean Cruise

What a weekend.  What an historic weekend!  The Green, Gold and Black is flying high in the hearts, minds and souls of all Jamaicans, and will be for quite some time!

For the first time in the history of the Olympic Games, one country has SWEPT all others to capture ALL the medals in the Women’s 100m sprint: Jamaica.  And it was the first time Jamaica won the Women’s gold too!

What makes it even more amazing is the fact that the winner, Shelly-Ann Fraser, was trained in Jamaica by Jamaican coach.  Her victory is a testimony to her natural talent (her mother was a sprinter), her coach’s ability, and her dedication, despite her many obstacles.

Point to note: 50% of the finalists in the Women’s 100m finals came from the Caribbean!

  • Jamaica:3
  • Bahamas:1
  • USA:3
  • UK:1

In the 1976 Olympics, history was created when Hasely Crawford became the first Trinidadian to win a gold Olympic medal in the 100m sprint, with a time of 10.06s.  Don Quarrie of Jamaica came 2nd, with 10.08s. It was the first time the Caribbean dominated an Olympic event in such fashion, winning gold and silver.

Hasely Crawford (T&T) and Don Quarrie (Jam)

Hasely Crawford (T&T) and Don Quarrie (Jam)

On August 16th, 2008, 32 years after the Montreal Games, the results were reversed!  Yet, the Caribbean dominated!

Jamaican Usain “Lightning” Bolt ran at lightspeed to take the gold with a time of 9.69s, smashing his own World record in the process!  Trinidadian Richard “Torpedo” Thompson led the rest of the pack (literally) with a time of 9.89s to take the silver!

Richard Thompson (T&T) and Usain Bolt (Jam)

Richard Thompson (T&T) and Usain Bolt (Jam)

For the first time in Olympic history, six of the eight finalists were from the Caribbean!

  • Jamaica:3
  • Trinidad and Tobago:2
  • Netherlands Antilles:1
  • USA:2

In 1976, 0.02s separated gold and silver.  In 2008, that difference widened to 0.2s!

As a Trinidadian, I’m happy, and as a Caribbean man, I’m damn proud!  We don’t have anything near to the US, UK and the rest of the developed world when it comes to modern athletic facilities and programs.  The fact Caribbean athletes have been present and consistently improving in all Olympic showings since 1976 is testament to not only the natural blessings of athletic talent on our shores, but the hardwork, dedication and skill of the coaches and their homespun training programs.

Interestingly enough, August 16th was also Hasely Crawford’s birthday.  Also interesting to note is that the winners of both men’s and women’s 100m beat the silver medallist by 0.2s!

What makes Usain’s win all the more remarkable is that:

  • He won running with one shoelace untied,
  • This is his first Olympic showing,
  • He actually prefers to run the 200m sprint,
  • He actually slowed down (to celebrate winning) when others were running at full pelt, and still won!
  • When he set the record at 9.72s, he’d only run five (5) 100m races at an International level!

I’m looking forward to both the Men’s and Women’s 200m, 400m and their respective relays.  I’m thinking that both men’s & women’s 200m races will be tense, as the American team will be looking to better their single bronze medal showing in these games.

Richard Thompson?  The man was a veritable unknown to me, to be honest.  I was more focussed on the efforts of Trinidadians Marc Burns and Darrel Brown!  He’s come a long way, and to be able to actually lead the 100m for the first 5 or 6 seconds before he was overtaken by Bolt says a lot about his talent and skill.  He kept his form and composure, knowing fully well that the race was not to beat Bolt, but to beat the rest of the pack… which he did.

What’s also a bit upsetting to me is all this talk of the use of steriods and performance enhancing drugs by the Jamaican athletes.  Asafa complained that they were being tested excessively.

Has anyone said the same about Michael Phelps?

I’m not putting my head on a block for anyone; after all, the sprints have always been tarnished with doping allegations (Ben Johnson and Marion Jones, anyone?), but I guess the bitter must always accompany the sweet.

I hope Team USA walked with their sugar pills.

From the looks of things, Jamaica has a few more bitter pills for them to swallow!  🙂

Peace and Much Love,

jw

27
Jul
08

Life is What Happens…

[Taken from “Pearls Before Swine” by Stephan Pastis]

…Between Blog Posts!

No… I don’t have computer issues!

I have to take a break from blogging due to ‘real world’ commitments.

Anyway, here are some links of interest:

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Vodpod videos no longer available.

more about “007: Quantum of Solace“, posted with vodpod

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Vodpod videos no longer available.

more about “Grace Jones Corporate Cannibal“, posted with vodpod
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Take care!

Peace and Much Love.

jw.

jw




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