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If you ever get a chance to sit down and read a very off-color, but at the same time inspiring and uniquely honest book, read this one for sure.  I don’t even read.  Ok, let me rephrase that.  I hardly read.  If I do read, you can best bet it’s not a book my teacher tells me to read.  I absolutely hate reading a book that is assigned (with the exception going to Catcher in the Rye), and that completely turned me off to literature.

Then today in between classes I went out for some me-time and drove out in the countryside, and then I stopped at the library to grab a book on photography.  On my way to the check-out queue,  I saw a yellow book!  Then I noticed it was in the subject area that I prefer the most-travel tales.  And me being me, I grabbed the book, read the back and ran with it.

Why not? Heck, it’s good to sit down, get your mind away from twitter, facebook, gmail, and all those electronically mind-numbing creations which keep you tied down to your notebook PC.  That god damn notebook PC… Oh how I wish you were screwed to my desk.  “Portable” is the worst invention in this case, because you can take it wherever you go, wherever you feel the most comfortable while being lazy.

Sadly, this is not a rag ‘n rant on that, but rather an epiphany.  I’m going to read this book, and I’m going to read another one after.  Which one? Dunno yet.  Suggest one to me, I dare you.  Heck, I might even attempt getting back into shape…!

But this book is a good one, that’s for sure.  And I’m only on page 15.  It’s the stories of a man who was not allowed to write what he wanted to write, as a travel writer.  He has to write what makes travel look like its meant to be traveled.  He “wanted to write about travel the way [he] experienced it, not the way the travel business wants readers, wants you, to imagine it is.  The presumption that readers have the intellectual curiosity of a squirrel monkey and the moral range of an Amish yam farmer has worn thin.  This book is a small effort to correct the travel industry’s bias against candor and honesty.  Or at least a way to pay it back for both the good times and the trouble it’s given [him].”

And with that, my friends, I’m out.  I’m actually going to step away from my computer, and have myself a nice read.  Heck, I might even make a cup of hot cocoa or tea.  You never know…

WHAT THE HELL!

So consider this a continuation of one of my earlier posts… Today I logged into my blog, went to my dashboard and I glanced at the part of the Blog Stat’s section where you can see which websites link to you, and which websites “refer” the reader to your blog… such as what people type in Search Engines such as Google that ultimately lead to your blog.

And this is what I noticed:

http://search.aol.com/aol/search?s_it=topsearchbox.search&q=%20woman%20sucking%20jamaican%20cock%20on%20jamaican%20vacation%20april%202009

and the search query which lead to my blog, was as follows:

woman sucking jamaican cock on jamaican vacation april 2009

?????!!!!!!!!!!!!!?!

The following is the product of a long crazy day at work, and being bored at 2am while video-chatting with a friend on the other side of the country ;)

This week’s theme over at I ♥ Faces is “Hats”.

...because sometimes we just have to relax and be silly.

...because sometimes we just have to relax and be silly.

uhhhh c’mon, please stop??

Someone please tell me what’s going on here.

SWINE FLU.  It’s been only what,  5 or so days? And today America confirmed and announced the first death from the swine flu outside of Mexico.  The Health Minister in France has now suspended all flights from the European Union to Mexico.  The first case of the swine flu was found today in Germany.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) now raised the Pandemic Alert Level to Phase 4.

A Phase 4 alert is characterized by confirmed person-to-person spread of a new influenza virus able to cause “community-level” outbreaks.” The increase in the pandemic alert phase indicates that the likelihood of a pandemic has increased.

Schools are closing.  Events are being canceled.  Tourist destinations shut down.

Is a pandemic about to break out?  A world wide pandemic?

On the other hand, it has been said that the typical seasonal influenza virus strand takes approximately 36,000 lives annually, so is it as big of a deal as we think?

I guess time will only tell.

Quote from nyc.metblogs.com, because I couldn’t have said it better myself:

Dear Air Force,

When you decide that it would be neat to take photos of the “backup” to Air Force One flying close to the Statue of Liberty and taking almost exactly the same flight path as the planes that took out the WTC towers in 2001, it would be nice to, I don’t know, let the people of NYC know about it ahead of time. Might be nice to at least let the freakin’ mayor know about it, for starters. You scared the hell out of a lot of people and pissed a lot more off today. But, at least you got your photo op!

Tell us ahead of time next time or we’ll break your kneecaps.

Love,
NYC

Google Misuse…..!!!

Why are people so weird?

Why are people so weird?

So I just want to briefly touch upon something that I noticed today while checking my blog………

When you blog with wordpress, once you access your “Dashboard” (here you post new posts, edit old ones, set up pages, comments, links, settings etc etc) you have the choice to check on the “Blog Stats”, and under statistics, you can see things such as which pages get viewed the most, how many viewers you have, and WordPress also lists things that people type in Google which ultimately lead to your blog…

And today, I noticed “Women peeing there pants” which brings me to another point, THEY USED THE WRONG “THERE”…

“THERE”, “THEY’RE”, “THEIR”.

I’ll give ya $5 if you can tell me the right one!!  I mean, this is not very drastic, as mimioso mentions in her post here, but it still is one of those things that people just need to learn to differentiate…

so here’s to those freaks who misuse Google, and ultimately end up at MY website…!

So two posts in one day… this is number two. (see: number one, Photoooography)


Hmm, what else happened this week.  Oh yeah, yesterday!  Two words:  car accident.  And a pretty brutal one at that…

After school yesterday I took the motorway over to rt 22 and got off at the 15th Street exit, towards Allentown, and got off at Fairmont Avenue, because I was driving to Dan’s Camera City to get some film for my new camera.  On my way out, I decided I would turn left and go down 15th Street into downtown Allentown to go to the library and take out some books.  I approached the stop sign, and all was well.  Though there was heavy traffic, I deemed clear to go, if I hurried… It was pissing rain out, so obviously my car tires didn’t react right away to my accelerating, so that probably didn’t help much to my situation.  All of a sudden, in the middle of the street, WHAM.  Damn! What happened?! I was stopped, in the middle of a busy busy and very wide intersection!  All I see is clouds of smoke everywhere.  My first instinct was to get out of the car ASAP, smoke could mean fire!  After coming out of the shock, I start moving trying to get out of the car.  then I realize, hmm it might be helpful to put the car in park and turn it off… so I went back to my seat and threw it in “P” and switched the car off (Though I’m sure it was already off because of the impact…)

I climbed over the console and scratched my way out of the passenger side door… I immediately ran over to the second car, the one who T-boned me in the driver’s side, to make sure all was ok.  The driver’s steering wheel airbag deployed, his nose was gushing blood.  I didn’t have a cellphone, so I had no way of calling 911 nor could I call my mother.  Thank goodness for the Good Samaritan who was trying to turn left onto Fairmont, the street I was coming from, as she parked her car in the middle of the road and came out to help us, when everyone else was just passing by not even slowing down.  She called 911 and let me use her phone.  We got the driver napkins and tried stopping the bleeding until the ambulance arrived.  Took forever, considering we were at 15th St and the hospital was at 17th & Chew, not too far away.  But when they finally came, the firetruck accompanied.  They took the driver away, but he could walk to the ambulance.  I told them I was fine and didn’t want to go to the hospital (which I will later find out was stupid of me, because obviously I wouldn’t’ve had to wait in the ER later if I just went in on the ambulance…)

Then the cop came.  I don’t even recall him even asking me if I was at least ok… he just asked what happened.. I said, Well, I turned left and got struck.  That’s all I said… He then asked me for my name, number, birthdate, insurance stuff and that was bascially it… since the driver of the other car was already taken away on the ambulance, the cop couldn’t get his statement until he went to the hospital.  In the mean time, the passenger who I haven’t mentioned yet, of the other car, was in the back seat.  When my mother with my brother arrived, they noticed that the passenger int he back seat seemed to be rummaging through the car.  All of a sudden, out of nowhere, he vanished.  Simply vanished.  Leaving the scene of an accident is illegal. He simply fled!

Which brings me to the next point:  for those of you who weren’t aware, yesterday was 4/20.  This day has long been recognized among teenagers as “National Pot Day” (Obviously, in this case, pot meaning marijuana)  When I saw the driver the first time, after getting out of my car, I had noticed the guys eyes were pretty darn red.  Later I found out from a nurse friend of ours, that it is POSSIBLE the redness was from the airbag dust… but the fact that the passenger was rummaging through the car and then simply fled, that makes me even more suspicious that pot could’ve been involved.  What pissed me off though, was the fact that the cop had no interest in the fact that there was indeed another passenger and that he fled… So later that night I spent time on the phone making calls to the Headquarters of the Allentown Police trying to pass along the message that I had more information on the accident… I have yet to hear from them.

So from an Insurance Agency’s point of view, I think I seem to be at fault, since I was at a stopsign and pulled out into moving traffic… But speeding was definitely a factor, and I don’t believe the dude had his headlights on, and since it was pissing out he should have had them on.  If he was under the influence of marijuana, that’ll definitely help my case… but I doubt we will ever know.

Thank goodness this kind lady stopped to help… she was so sweet, she told me “I have a 17 year old son, and if this had happened to him, I would hope someone would stop to help them too…” She let me sit in her car, even th ough I was drenched, because it was pouring out… Later that night, since I used her cell to call my moms cell, I had her number so I called her to thank her for helping, though she didn’t pick up-I just left her a voicemail.

I went home and changed and then we went to the hospital anyway just to double check that I was ok, and for insurance reporting reasons… I got the whole neckbrace treatment, then once they found out I was T-boned instead of simply rearended or something, they threw me in a wheelchair and gave me a little more priority… Turns out no bones were broken or anything, but I would definitely be sore.

I learned that I am very lucky for being in a Volvo.  Volvos for life, that’s how the saying goes… And there’s another saying, something about Volvo’s being like tanks… Everyone told me that I’m lucky that I was in a Volvo, otherwise I would’ve been severely injured… I didn’t even know I HAD side airbags until today, and thank god I did!

So today I got a phonecall from insurance, today I will have to pick up my incident report at the HQ, and today I made some phonecalls trying to suggest or complain or recommend, I don’t knwo what you’d call it, that someone install a traffic signal at that intersection… You can tell it’s a bad intersection, and its on a bit of an incline AND a curve so obviously it’s hard to see oncoming traffic.

I was driving on the blue path, he was going north on 15th St.

I was driving on the blue path, he was going north on 15th St.

So yeah, I’m just sore with a really stiff neck and hobbling around doped up on painkillers, but I’ll be ok… let’s see what happens with insurance…

T-boned.

T-boned.

T-boned II

T-boned II

On a much brighter note, I completed my video [http://vimeo.com/4172284]  on NYC, and speaking of, another trip is in my future because TODAY I GOT THE PHONECALL FROM THE GERMAN EMBASSY, I WAS AWARDED MY RESIDENCE/WORK PERMIT!! So I’m just waiting for a document in the mail and then it’s all A-OK to go up to Manhattan and pick up my visa! That should happen next week or so!! So more on that when I get it…

-Zac.

...because this is better than homework

...because this is better than homework

So, it has indeed been a little over a week since my last post, which is -for me- pretty unusual… But a lot has happened since that last post! So, let’s begin.

Dads Nikon N2000

Dad's Nikon N2000

This is the my dad’s 1980′s Nikon N2000. and I love it already. Thursday, if all goes as planned (see later in this post) I will be having a date with two friends–Cameras and Coffee.

Cemetery with a sunset

Cemetery with a sunset

Buckeye Pipeline never looked this attractive!

Buckeye Pipeline never looked this attractive!

Just some photographs I’ve taken over the past few days, I’m actually going to make a series in and around the Lehigh Valley , kinda like a photoessay of photo-documentary. And I plan to enter some contests with it too!

Allentowns lonely skyscraper

Allentown's lonely skyscraper with a nice vintage feel.

QANTAS jet all decked out for a great trip down under!

QANTAS jet all decked out for a great trip down under!

So, first off I’d like to dedicate this post to two gals.  One being the owner of the only blog that I actually read religiously, Mimioso (do read her blog!!!), and two being the aussie gal who I also met over the WWW, let’s call her K.M.

Tonight I was chewin’ the Fat with my buggerlugs (ha!) K.M. when we started talking about travelling down under.  I took a quick glance over to www.qantas.com just because I was bored and also very curious, how much would a flight from USA to Aussie-land cost these days?  Turns out I hit a goldmine.

Visit Australia
Fares from Los Angeles or San Francisco from $265* Each Way Based on Round Trip

Sydney Opera HouseWith the US dollar its strongest in years against the Australian dollar, a down under getaway remains a much better value than a European vacation. We’ll help you save money on your airfare now, and when you’re traveling, you’ll save heaps due to the favorable exchange rate!

This fare sale is valid for outbound travel between now and 24 October 2009, book by Wednesday, 15 April 2009.

Seats are limited. Look for better availability from the end of July or after.

Book your flights today!

Prices listed below include the fare plus fuel and insurance charges. Following these links, the next prices displayed will be the Total Price (each way) which also includes the government-imposed taxes and fees (which can reach up to $150-$200, depending on routing selected).


US Gateway DeparturesValid for Outbound Travel between now and 24 October 2009

US Gateway Destination City
Each Way*
based on round trip travel
Round trip*
Los Angeles
(LAX)
Sydney
$265
$530
Brisbane
$265
$530
Melbourne
$265
$530
San Francisco
(SFO)
Sydney
$265
$530
Brisbane
$265
$530
Melbourne
$265
$530
New York
(JFK)
QF108/QF107 only
Sydney
$365
$730
Brisbane
$365
$730
Melbourne
$365
$730

http://www.qantas.com.au/regions/dyn/am/specials/us/visit-australia?int_cam=us:qf:15

For $654 INCLUDING taxes (I made an imaginary trip:  depart LAX arrive SYD|18.08.09, return flight on 29.08.09).  Now, for all of you unacquanited with the airline industry, flights to Australia are long, arduous and expensive.  This is a true strike in an oil field.  Wow, just look at all that oil spurting up through the ground! I wonder how long it will keep gushing out of the earth below!

That’s the trick!  Luckily I found it in good time, as the flight has to be booked by 15.04, (Tax day!) and flown by 24.10.09.  Not bad!!! Flights are normally going for an upwards of $1,500 I want to say!  I mean, no, I’m not flying to Australia, not this season… but I hopefully helped out my mate K.M. to get an unexpected vacation home down under.  Unfortunately for all you Aussies reading this, I’m not sure if the cheapo fares are also availabe in the other direction.  If you want, give me a holler and I’ll check it out for ya.

QANTAS jet tail

QANTAS jet tail

To ease you all in your travels down under, I’m going to clue you in on some Aussie-slang that I also learned tonight! (also thanks to Aussieslang)

Arvo=afternoon

to cark it=to die

chockie=chocolate

bite ya bum=to be quiet, shut ya mouth

chunder guts=after a long night of partying, ya know, puking and all…

to chuck a U-ey=make a U-turn

to dong=smack

drongo=basically a dimwit

dead horse=ketchup/tomato sauce

donk=car or boat engine

empties=empty beer bottles

fag=cigarette (NOT a homosexual!!)

fanny=vagina! NOT your buttocks!

franger=condom!

garbo=the garbage man

g’day!=good day!

bloke=guy

kafuffle=commotion

kip=nap

lippie=lipstick

lino=linoleum

local rag=newspaper

Lolly water=soft drink, usually carbonated

loo=toilet

…that’s gunna have to be good for now, I’m knackered! It’s already 2:30 am!

so if you do decide to take advantage of this offer and take a spontaneous trip to Australia, do leave me a comment and lemme know how it goes!!

Easter & a haircut.

haircut!!

haircut!!

For starters, this Easter weekend I got my haircut! yeah! finally.  Secondly, my Easter weekend was boring.  Just like this post will be! So, to liven it up, let me introduce to you my mother’s clearance-sale-find:

freaky singing easter bunny rabbit...

freaky singing easter bunny rabbit...

Look, he even sings and hops:

Freaky easter bunny from my mother. from Zac Brown on Vimeo.

So, happy Easter, and hope you enjoy all your 1,000-calorie-filled Cadbury eggs!

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