Today Barbie's friend Lisa comes into town...which means I get to play tourist again. It's really no fun to go see all the sites of London by yourself, so I save it all up for when people come to visit. Last time I got to play tour guide was when Barbie's parents came into town a couple of weeks ago. Well here is a list of the things I/we are planning on seeing:
- Windsor Castle
- Tower of London
- Buckingham Palace (Changing of the guard)
- The London eye (world's largest fairus[spelling?] wheel)
- Big Ben
- Maybe Parliament
- Florida State University (London Branch )
- 2 plays (Lion King and Blood Brothers)
- Ride on a double decker bus
- Maybe Kensington Palace
- Hopefully a London walk at night around the area of Jack the Ripper's trail
Any and all recommendations are appreciated, so let me know if there is something we should or should not see. For those that want a postcard let me know and I'll be sure to find you one, also send me your address via email.
In case you are wondering who to take with the first pick in the NBA draft, let me shed some light on the situation and give you my opinion.
Lebron seems to be the better athlete. Carmelo seems to be slightly slow off the dribble to me, but then again he did average 22+ points per game, 10 rebounds and a 45% FG percentage against the best the NCAA had to offer. Either player is going to be good, but the real question is whether either of them will be the next Kobe, Mcgrady or Garnett. I doubt if either of them will be as good as them for the following reasons:
- Kobe grew up playing against professionals since he was like 12 years old. Grant it they were from Europe, but either way the physical toughness and talent were there to challenge him from day one.
- Mcgrady is basically a freak of nature. Just watch one of Mcgrady's playoff games and you will see what it is like to be able to do what you want when you want it. Both Carmelo and Mcgrady are 6'9", but there is no comparison in their athletic talent, dribbling skills or jump shot.
- Garnett is a freak of a different sort. He is around 6'10" but plays as if he is a 7+ footer with the the physical toughness of a Charles Barkley and touch of an Earl Monroe (Check your history book you youngin's who don't know who I am talking about).
If you are looking for a player to come and in and be able to contribute considerably the first year or two, then go with Carmelo because Lebron is going to schedule against the NBA talent in the beginning. Let's be honest, it isn't a seemless jump from high school kids who are just learning how to run the flex offense, to running Phil Jackson's practically patented triangle offense. Lebron is always complimented on his passing ability, but in high school all you have to do is look away and half the kids have no idea where the ball is going.
So here you are with the #1 pick in the draft and your stuck with what to do...Carmelo or Lebron. First let me comment that both are going to the NBA despite rumors that Lebron may go to college if Carmelo stays at Syracuse. Carmelo already has his national championship, and Lebron has too many would be endorsements waiting to be signed. Now, back to the situation at hand...Carmelo or Lebron. I for one am a sucker for athletic talent and future ability. Lebron seems to be the all around better athlete, and we all know what happens if you over look that factor (just remember that Michael Jordan was taken 3rd in the 1984 draft behind Hakeem Olajuwon and Sam Bowie). Lebron can learn how to shoot a jump shot and also learn how to make passes in the NBA. Carmelo will be able to do this, but I don't think quite as well in the end. My choice is Lebron with the number 1 pick in the 2003 NBA draft.
However, one must consider what is going on in their head...which I have no idea. If either player is the type of person who is not willing to work on his game, and he thinks he is 'good enough' then forget him. Always take the person who is willing to improve their game.
Apparantely the British do not like to have bread around the house for longer than a few days. No matter what I've done (except putting it in the fridge b/c I hate cold bread) the bread goes bad within 3-4 days. At first I thought it was the bread type, then I thought I was putting in some mysteriously mold producing corner of the kitchen, than today I found out it is just something that happens to all breads here. Barbie actually just bought a loaf that says on the package "Long Lasting Bread -- lasts up to 7 days". Ugh...the British nuances are enough to drive an American bloody crazy!
However, I have found the race that I plan to do for my first Ironman. It's Ironman Germany!! The race is located in Frankfurt, and is supposed to be one of the best ones because of all the fans/spectators. Last year, its inaugaural year, they estimated there was 180,000 fans cheering people on through the streets and villages. The only problem I see with it so far is that the bike consists of two loops, each with just under 3000 feet of climbing!! That is absolutely insane, but should be fun. The run however, is supposed to be fairly flat and fast...so that is a big bonus since running is a big weakness for me. I'll try to get in a marathon sometime this year to help alleviate my running woes. Well, that is all for now about triathlons, I'll update more as I come to find out which races I'm going to do.
On a good note though, she is a complete people person. She will even leave us to hang out with whomever happens to be walking by. This is completely contrary to Timber who was extremely shy around new people when she was a puppy. Hopefully Kymba will learn some sense of protection when she gets older.
- She doesn't talk...
That's right folks, she doesn't speak in the entire movie. How ideal would this be to have a woman that doesn't talk back to you, even when you mess up. Grant it some people want some intelligent conversation in a relationship, but maybe point two will change your minds.
- She has a hot body...
OK...I understand she has a blue scale like skin, orange slicked back hair, and pair of yellow eyes, but check out her body. Here are two pictures (Mystique 1, Mystique 2 ) that should help you visualize what I am talking about.
- Finally, she can change into anyone you want!!
That's right, her mutant powers allow her to transform herself into anyone she wants...or better yet, anyone you want. I'm not going to explain the possibilities on this one, but just use your imagination.
I'd like to point out that Barbie originally came up with the idea of Mystique being the perfect woman...I just came up with points 2 and 3.
Here are some funny quotes from Dennis Miller:
“Of course we have to profile people. We live in some weird time now where we’re all trying to convince each other that we shouldn’t profile people. When 19 out of 20 people are from a certain country, and they blow up the two biggest buildings in your country, if you don’t start looking at people who are visiting here from that country, you’re not being open-minded. You’re being dead. Okay?”
“We have got to get it together and understand that this country, people say it’s not the American way to infringe on civil liberties. Well it’s not the American way to rollover for punks either. We’re got to start kicking ass on these people because they don’t care about us. They live for one reason and one reason alone and that is to kill you and I. There’s no half way in the al Qaeda. There’s no al-Kindas, okay. These people just care about our demise.”
“And you know something, the American Civil Liberties Union, when they come out and say you never profile anybody who gets on an airplane. I say we create a new airline, called the ACLA, the American Civil Liberties Airline where you don’t check anybody, you don’t ask any questions, and let those morons fly on that one, okay? The rest of us want to be protected.”
“Guantanamo Bay, are these people being treated fairly? Let’s be serious folks. Guantanamo Bay is about as far as our Western sensibilities will allow us to descend as far as putting a prison together. No, you know, it’s no joy ride, but, you know, that being said, if you put the Guantanamo Bay terrorist prison outside of Kabul it would be their Epcot.”
"I don't think he's a great man but how many great men come along in life? Great men are defined by the circumstances they're presented and I think he's doing a nice job. So you know the difference between Clinton and Bush to me is that Bush somehow has managed to turn off the 'wocka-wocka' ‘70s porno guitar of the Clinton administration. You know? Clinton looked presidential but he acted like a kid. Bush looks like a kid but so far he acts presidential and I like that about him. And I like the fact that he's hired- [interrupted again by applause] "-says he's gonna spend $13 billion on education, God knows we need it. If you think about it only one of the three 'r's actually starts with 'r.'
“If you’re at a peace march, and the guy next to you has a sign saying ‘Bush is Hitler,’ stop the peace stuff for a second and beat his ass.”
“Clinton’s the sort of guy who’ll always volunteer to help you move, then when you’ve got four of ya picking up the sofa, he’s the one who’ll be fake lifting.”
We also ended up visiting New Quay, Penzance, and Land's End (which refers to the edge of Englad on the Atlantic Ocean side). You may have heard of Penzance from the Opera "Pirates of Penzance"...or perhaps from the Pretty Woman scene when Julia Roberts tells the lady in front of her at the opera that it was so good she almost pissed her pants, then Richard Gere had to translate it to "It was as good as priates of Penzance"...or something like that.
Anyways, the weekend ended with Barbie and I picking up Kymba...our new white German Shepherd. She is very cute and so far a great puppy. We're going to try and teach her some tricks this weekend, right now we are dealing with the whining and house breaking We also have a Kymba Photo Gallery if you haven't already seen her. We also have a ton of pictures from Jeanne and Alans visit, although we need to add some and delete some...so keep checking back.
- The best rapper is white (Eminem)
- The best golfer in the world is black (Tiger Woods)
- The tallest basketball player is Chinese (Yao Ming)
- And, the Germans won’t go to war!!!
As for today, it was the first time that I have seen rain since coming to Europe…and of course it was the one day that we were going to do all the outdoor activities (Kew Gardens and Wimbledon). Instead we went down to Harrods to do a little shopping and perusing. I must say I saw one of the nicest necklaces ever…a large white pearl necklace with a dangling diamond setting in the back. Of course I would have bought it, but it was 165,000 pounds…in other words over $250,000.
So tomorrow were going to try and do the Kew Gardens and Wimbledon thing, so lets hope the sun comes out. We’re also heading off to St. Ives for the weekend on Thursday…although I really don’t know anything about it or where it is, but I hear it’s nice. We all know Barbie is in charge of those things
Anyways...here are some Thoughts for Anti-War protestors!