ALL OF BEFORE AND A LOT MORE

PRESS RELEASE: COUNTRY SIZE,  COUNTRY-CLUB FEEL

Seattle-based Boeing Company reported the sale Friday of three colossal custom jets of the new 777-77 Series.

Spokesperson Lee Whittock says they will surpass the 747 fleet outfitted for the Saudi Royal family and the 769 created for Oracle Executive Chairman, Larry Ellison.

Zorbing in Rotorua by Matt Heap 2005

The buzz centers on the addition of on-board golf and swimming.

Par Three Air-Golf with actual balls and real grass became a reality with the inclusion of two holes with hour-glass shaped greens at either end of a banana-shaped fairway inside the aircraft. Tail-ward, the pins are 100 yards left of the tee.  Teeing off toward the nose, the flags are 110 yards to the right.  The detachable belly of the plane allows the course to be watered, mowed and occasionally patched.  Groundskeeper Julio Marquez thinks their course is the equal of any par-3’s on the ground.  “The in-flight turbulence is an equal handicap to all but the veteran space traveler.”  Says Marquez:  “Those astronauts really know how to use gravity.”

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DOWNTURN ECONOMICS

Published 2/18/14 here:

Mowing Alfalfa (SwissLane Farms)

Mowing Alfalfa (SwissLane Farms)

Manuel laughs and sets the pace at the lumberyard, salvaging twisted, stained, split lumber, turning short pieces into stakes or pickets. He and his crew replenish plywood, cut orders, load trucks and help customers in 100 degree heat or driving rain.

I’ve carpooled with him since the economy puked in 2008.
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CHET’S IMPACT

Have and Have Not crtsy Lee Chapman

Have and Have Not crtsy Lee Chapman

first publ: jan. 20, 2014

Chet shoved the key into the lock of his Brooklyn apartment and twisted.

In arid Mauritania, Hissein fell writhing against the lead goat, holding his belly from the pain of the parasite in his stomach.

As Chet dropped down the stairs two at a time toward the sidewalk, the tailings dam of Cerro Negro, Petorca, in Chile, began to bulge outward from age and the press of water behind it.

When Chet reached the curb, he glanced at his watch.

Dolores, in the mountain town of Sarang Sarang in Indonesia, died of old age at 53.

He chose the ignition key from his ring.

A village school closed its doors in Belen de Andamarca, Bolivia, for lack of funds. Continue reading