April 2004 Archives

I was on a plane...

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and while using the airplane lavatory I noticed the garbage can cover has the logo "No Cigarette Disposal" on it. The logic behind this is understandable - you don't want to have a cigarette inside the garbage can filled with tissue papers, especially on an airplane.

What I don't understand is the fact that smoking has been banned on all flights since the 1990s, and the Airbus 330 was built in the past year or two... so why even bother making a sign that has no purpose at all?

Is there a group of people that is hoping smoking will someday make its way back onto airplanes?

I'm going to put up a sign outside my 4th floor window that says "You should not jump off this building".

Dogs...

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My family are always surrounded by dogs - somehow I remembered a puppy when I was around 3~4ish, then one day being bit on the face (or something like that - I am sure I caused it), and the dog was sent away (she then got sick and died - I still feel somewhat guilty about it).

Sometime when I was around the age of 10 we got a bigger dog - it grew to the point where we could not take care of it anymore, and so we took it to our butcher (who said he would take care of it for us)... two weeks later when we visited the butcher the dog was no where to be found... years later we found out that what me and my brother imagined as "taking care of it" and the butcher's version of those same words were quite different; I suppose if he said "it would be cared for by my taste buds very well" we might have done something else...

Then throughout my teenage life we had two dogs, Mimi and Heihei - we bought them when they were pups, a Dachshund and a Japanese mountain dog (I swear Mimi was a dog-pig hybrid). These dogs stayed with us for almost 17 human years, and both passed away in 1998/1999.

Then I moved to Hong Kong, and lived with my aunt. They had a viscious German-Shepherd-bastard-mix dog (who hated me - I still have a visible scar where he bit through my hand). I have no love for this dog.

Now fast forward a few years - I did not have any pets while living in Rochester, NY, and did not think of getting any pets while living in Minneapolis...

On the other hand, my family (aunts, brothers) probably has a total of 15 dogs right now - pictured above are my aunt's West Highland White Terrier Doobie with my brother Philip's Australian Terrier Doggy.

I believe in the idea of karma and reincarnation - that we are living this life to fulfill some things that were not accomplished in our previous life.

So perhaps my family were dog butchers in our previous life, now paying back by feeding and caring for all these dogs...

But that still doesn't explain ME - who only has two pet cactus in my house :P


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