Monday, May 12, 2008
Mother's Day leftovers
I hope everyone had a great Mother's Day. Ours was one of the nicest in recent memory. Probably because I decided to include our new patio furniture in it and the weather cooperated in what turned out to be a truly immaculate conception.
It was a small gathering of but four - myself, Mrs. Dada, editor Sam and the one remaining mother between the three of us, my mother-in-law. Brats simmered in beer then browned on the grill were served on buns so freshly out of the oven the bakery refused to package them in a bag of plastic. They had to box them instead.
I think my choice of bratwursts may have been a genetic thing over which I had no control. Being one generation removed from family roots in Wisconsin, I suspect selection of that state's national food was a way to capture a little of the spirit of my mother who's been suspiciously absent from Mother's Day gatherings for the past 20 years now.
Sadly, while the pleasantness out on the back patio was going on, it was a very bad day for some Mexican mothers just over our border. That's because they were losing their sons. Five more bit the dust in the small town of Palomas, just across from Columbus, NM. Apparently in retaliation for two killed there Friday.
The drug cartels are adjusting nicely to the beefed up "security" of the Mexican army and federal police sent to the border to squelch the violence. After a brief decline in the drug war killings immediately after their arrival, the ongoing slaughters appear to be resuming their more "normal" levels .
You may recall, Palomas, Mexico is where the entire (small) police force resigned a couple months ago and its police chief crossed into Columbus, NM to ask for asylum.
Later in the evening, I discovered the following items that evidence some people are taking the impending oil crisis seriously. Here was one curious example:
"Trigger" always wanted to go for a ride. She finally got her wish but didn't know she'd have to be the one horse behind its one horsepower energy source that drives Dubai inventor Abdolhadi Mirhejazi’s "Naturmobil". She walks the treadmill just behind the driver.
Abdolhadi claims the Naturmobil can obtain speeds up to 80 kph, but normally cruises around 20 kph. A four horsepower version is in the works. It will ferry tourists around, stopping occasionally to "gas up" in greener pastures, I suppose.
When Mirhejazi's friends first heard of this most unusual idea, they were convinced he was off his rocker (horse), but he proved he wasn't "bucking around" with his "cart before the horse" invention. The Naturmobil is touring and lucky folks in Sacramento, CA are scheduled for a stop there sometime in June.
Stepping up the horse power a bit, say to 20hp, and a bit more practical I suspect, I caught a link (thanks AZ Goddess) to this sporty looking little number, this German built Loremo which, I don't know, may mean "tree hugger" in Italian. Able to attain 60 mph in 10 seconds and a top speed of 100 mph, it's a sporty looking little four seater that weighs just 1000 lbs using nothing but diesel, i.e., no plug-in recharging or hybrid fuel cells and gets 157 mpg!
The Loremo will begin selling in Europe in 2009. Price tag estimates are $13,000. Eco-conscious Americans should contain themselves because by the time it reaches U.S. shores, the Bush devalued, gutted dollar will probably price it out at around $137,000! Things aren't cheap anymore, but such is the price Americans must pay for the bombs to support their global domination of a dying, shriveling empire in the last stages of putrefaction.
Finally, one of the more discouraging things to close out a great Mother's Day was late night radio where I learned all the baby boomers who took their medicine in the 50's and early 60's in the form of the Sabin or Salk polio vaccines, did so from serum produced with monkey kidneys that were all contaminated with a cancer causing virus. Somewhere between 100-200 million doses were delivered to unsuspecting Americans, according to E. Haslam, talk show's Coast to Coast AM guest last night. According to Haslam, we are now in the middle of the cancer epidemic we now enjoy as a result of those vaccinations. (But at least polio's been eradicated, right?)
Oh wait, I just remembered -- I actually heard that in the first segment of the show just after midnight. So it wasn't a bad ending to a great Mother's Day after all. It was a bad beginning to a whole new week.