Posts tagged ‘rats’

February 22, 2011

Analogy of the day – Libya

The bloodthirsty Gaddafi just made it abundantly clear that he doesn’t plan to go anywhere and will kill as many as it takes to stay in power. In a protracted rant the despot, likened the protesters to rats on hallucinogenic drugs.  As the BBC reports:

“The protesters had been given drink and drugs, he said, frequently shouting and banging his fist on the table as the address continued.

He called on “those who love Muammar Gaddafi” to come on to the streets in support of him, telling them not to be afraid of the “gangs”

Read article here.

Yet another tyrant realizes that the people will not be silent even if they must die to achieve change .

So, here we have King Lear with his fool futilely raging against the storm.

William Dyce, King Lear and the Fool in the Storm (c. 1851)

And here we have just a fool railing against his own people.

Courtesy Al Jazeera.

The end result will be the same – just saying.

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November 19, 2008

If this is Wednesday it must be Curacao

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Sitting in the lobby area of Breezes on my last night in Curacao for this year though I will definitely be back for work and pleasure. The sad thing with these trips is that by the end, no matter how wonderful the island, I am totally overdosed on site inspections and driving around. It is a pity because Curacao deserves so much more of my attention but Stephen has been a trooper and we have had a great time despite the schedule. Today was another litany of visits but since it is his daughter’s birthday we arranged things so i could be back at the hotel by mid-afternoon – and not a moment too soon I would have hurled if I saw another great property.

 

I often find myself faced with dilemmas during these assignments. The hotel here is proving to be one at this point. My room is good and the staff have been excellent but for the second night in a row I have seen large rats running around the beach restaurant which is closed at night. I know there are hazards to having a place on the beach but these are huge ( 5+ inches excluding the tail) and the beach hut is awfully close to the main pool and restaurants. I told a manager and he seemed most concerned and vowed to call the exterminator but how long have these creatures been there? It doesn’t look like they just showed up fully grown…and last night I saw at least five of them.I will consult my editor as to the proper course of action. Editors always know…I am one of them and I always do.

 

Tomorrow we will have a few more inspections before I head off to catch Surinam Airways for Port of Spain. The flood damage there yesterday was awful so I am dying to see what it looks like when I arrive. My bright spot tomorrow…Stephen has promised to take me to the old market for local food..I am happy already.