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August 19, 2008 [ More archived home pages here ]

The Soviet Russians Never Left

The above image, Fractal Chinese Dragon is also available as a Desktop Background

Today's song is Smiling Faces Sometimes by the Undisputed Truth, released in 1971.

I was one of the Americans that have never trusted the Soviet Russians. I felt that when the old Soviet Union fell, we should wait 20 to 30 years to see what would happen before warming to them. But, most Americans walk wide-eyed into the future and then wonder why dictators often act the way they do. The latest jolt is the Soviets in Russian clothing doing what comes natural to them: aggression and intimidation. Their newest target is Georgia, others may be next.

The Soviet Russians never left. We shouldn't ever let our guard down again. And so it goes...


On Sunday, Sherry and I took the Sprinter Train from San Marcos to the Oceanside Beach Pier and spent some time there. Below are a couple of the beach scenes taken that day.

I decided to make a large panoramic image (3203 x 996 at 72 dpi) from the two of them and offer it as a download to beach lovers everywhere.


My good friend, Rick White, is at the 2008 Olympics as a correspondent. He said he would try to send some pictures to me to post on this site.

My friend, David Zutler, reminded me that Christina Loukas, daughter of another south-side Chicagoan, George, was in the Diving Finals on Sunday night. I watched her perform that evening.


Found on the web links for August 18, 2008 [ Link since removed ]


Here is today's Digital Insight.

Here Comes The Night (Created in July 2001)

I've always enjoyed the afternoon and evenings better than the earlier part of the day. The afternoon is my time of full mental acuity and action. It leads to my most inspirational time of day. I welcome the twilight of night more than any other time of day.

The night is a time of reflection of the activities of the day. What went right today? Is there room for improvement? Where did I make mistakes?

The night is a chance to prepare the plans for the next day. What can I accomplish? What steps can I contribute to a goal? What might I dream as my eyes close to sleep? Using my own words, I quote a portion from that page's narration:

"Have many a dream and be thankful at each sunset if any came true."


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