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Smile at Me-World Peace via International Friendship

[ Saturday, July 26, 2003 ]


He's Back

had gone two weeks without a post, and some were worried about him, but
he was on vacation. Read about his ups and his downs in the latest installment.

David Blaine [1:14 PM]



Sahalie had this poem on her site and I added the second part in her comments. I'd like to share it here, but keep in mind, it's her poem.

"almonds and cherries and cow skulls for sale"
the wind by the river always blows
where old maria sits with her five gallon pails
in the blue shade on the side of the road

and old diego sits by her side, along the road in the shade so blue,
and selling nothing the whole day long,
they eat cherries and almonds, and cow skulls for two.

David Blaine [12:52 PM]


Lance still in First Place

After the 19th stage Lance is still ahead by over a minute. Sunday's final stage should ice
it barring any accidents. Will he retire or come back for a chance to be the sole person to ever
win 6?

David Blaine [12:41 PM]

[ Friday, July 25, 2003 ]


I'm a Great Uncle

My niece had a baby boy last night and named him Zachary Burke.
Being a grandpa can't be too far away now.

David Blaine [8:04 AM]

[ Thursday, July 24, 2003 ]



All human beings are in truth akin;
All in creation share one origin.
When fate allots a member pangs and pains,
No ease for other members then remains.
If, unperturbed, another's grief canst scan,
Thou are not worthy of the name of man.
Sa'adi (1215?-1292) Famous Persian Poet

From Project: Free Iran

David Blaine [8:53 AM]

[ Tuesday, July 22, 2003 ]


Hey Friend Just a quick line to mention I have been visiting your blog, but if you run Enetation (non) comments, I haven't been able to leave a note. Sorry. Almost as frustrating as when you couldn't leave comments here.

David Blaine [3:56 PM]

[ Monday, July 21, 2003 ]


Anishinabe Wakaigun. "The People's Home"
I heard about this on NPR this morning. Gordon Thayer of the American Indian Housing and Community Development Organization has developed a permanent supportive housing program for alcoholics. Unlike many such shelters, Anishinabe Wakaigun doesn't require the residents to stop drinking. Although the program encourages the residents to decrease their alcohol consumption, and provides alternate activities, it is called a wet/dry environment. This program was developed in response to 55 Native Americans dying in the streets of Minneapolis, some freezing to death, over the past several years. This is a radical approach, but I think it is appropriate. For late state chronic alcoholics, this is not a matter of choice, it is a debilitating disease. If the party were suffering from an amputated limb, it would be easier to understand the need, but I think the need is just as intense for this group. Can you think of ways this kind of compassion could be applied to other individuals or groups who are ostracized at present?

David Blaine [10:08 PM]


Go Lance! You can knock him down but you can't knock him out!
Today a spectator standing too far into the road knocked Lance Armstrong down in the Tour De France. Lance got up and back underway in seconds and still was able to finish the stage in first position, increasing his overall lead to more than a minute over his closest rival. The training it takes to stay dominant in this sport shows the tremendous commitment Lance has been willing to make. I am sure when he is done racing he will be successful in everything he puts his hand to.

David Blaine [9:48 PM]


Old Hat You've seen this scenario on too many cop shows and movies, the good guy knows the bad guy is holding a big bag of dope so he arrests him and searches him, bingo, big bag of dope. You know the next part too, the perp's lawyer screams "no probable cause", the evidence gets tossed out and the perp walks. It's the American way, there is a right way and a wrong way to do things, and cutting corners doesn't work.
Lately the people in the White House have been speaking less about why we invaded Iraq and are telling us more about what a horrible person Saddam Hussein was. I'm sure he was an evil man, just as sure as I am that we helped him to become an evil man back when we armed him against Iran. It doesn't matter, it doesn't justify invading a sovereign nation on false pretenses. I'm sure Hussein would have had nuclear and biological weapons if he could have had them, but it appears he didn't have them. Had we gone through the U.N. inspection process in more depth we would have known that. Will the people of Iraq be better off, I hope so but that isn't relevant to the discussion of committing illegal acts to achieve an end. Will the U.S. do it again someplace else, I hope not but if we don't demand an accounting of the work we are doing in Iraq it may.

David Blaine [3:19 PM]

[ Sunday, July 20, 2003 ]


Having a wonderful time... wish you were here. Thursday I had a beautiful, sunny morning to drive to my golf outing, and as the day progressed we saw only a few minor sprinkles. I got to drive my car with the top down the whole trip there. I was teamed up with some very talented golfers, and my team took the first place trophies at the event. No one at work is going to believe it until I put the cup on my desk Monday morning.
Friday morning was rainy for my drive into Chicagoland, but when I got to my brothers I took a nap, and when I woke up, the skies had cleared and the sun was bright again. I cleaned the road grime off my car and by then my brother was home from work. His friend arrived and we took the train downtown for our race. Downtown was cooler near Lake Michigan, and a breeze made the weather very runner friendly. We enjoyed a beer at an almost deserted bar while waiting for the return train after the race. My brother ran the course twice, as he is used to a longer distance. I was pleased to finnish strong, and the friend was happy to finnish. He likes to run in the events, but doesn't practice much. All in all, everyone enjoyed it a lot. When we got home we had a pizza and went to bed.
Saturday morning we packed up the bicycles and headed back downtown. A third sunny day in a row now, all the active people were doing something on the Lake Michigan shoreline. As we rode bikes along the drive we saw a group of 12 or so people doing yoga on the beach, volleyball players, golfers, tennis players, softball and soccer games, and we shared the bicycle path with many runners and inline skaters. At one point there appeared to be a doggy beach where cannines were allowed to swim and dig in the sand with their owners. And I saw a triathlete team practicing their swimming, which made me wish I could join them, but the bicycle ride was enjoyable in itself. We did a total of about 25 miles and then rode the bikes through downtown streets to get to a Greek restaurant and we ate al fresca and had roast lamb for lunch. On Monday riding in the same streets would get you killed for sure. But traffic in the business section is lighter on weekends.
Saturday night my brother and sister in law took me to dinner at a friends new house. They are from Poland and created a mammoth feast. He grilled pork chops, steaks, portabello mushrooms, sausages, and chicken. There were othere guests from Korea, Poland and Iran as well. We all had an enjoyable time visiting.
This morning I am getting ready to go home, and I hope to arrive about the same time that my wife will get home from work. I would have liked to share some of this enjoyment with her, although she does not run or bike. She would have liked the lamb though! I hope we can do something together to finnish the weekend and then, ugh, back to work tomorrow. I trust your weekends have been interesting as well, let me know.

David Blaine [7:11 AM]