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Wackiness from around the world

You think my phone beeps a lot during the day? Check out Deepak Sharma in India. So far his record is 182,689 SMS messages sent in a month. That’s 6089 a day, or 380 an hour (assuming 16 wake hours). Even if he worked long (18 hour) days that’s still 338 an hour, or 5.6 SMS messages sent per minute. His bill this month was 1400 pages long, although thankfully he has an unlimited messaging plan, or the charges would have exceeded $9000 US. His goal is 300,000 in one month, which would earn him Guinness Record Book status and a 2300-page wireless bill. You’d think at some point, his provider would just stop keeping track of them individually… and he has to be driving his friends and family crazy. Kudos to Deepak for making all us thumb-warriors proud!

A little closer to home, the Laser Monks of wisconsin are busy doing good works for their community, taking prayer requests via their webpage and… manufacturing printer ink. Yes, that’s right, you can order ink or toner for your paper-consuming appliance of choice, contribute to their charitable foundation, and check out the zany cartoon adventures of Luxor and Ludwig, the Abbey hounds, all from what is a very modern-looking website considering these Cistercians still hold mass in Latin. Oh, and they provide links to other monastery-made goods available online, such as honey, jam, pottery, and yes, even fruitcake. I’m sure it’s heavenly… 😉

From the pictures-of-places-i’ve-never-been department, here’s a lovely collection of photos from Zhuzhou, Hunan, China from a guy (whose name is not on the page anywhere) that spent some time there teaching english. I really liked his city shots, especially the b/w one with all the traffic. Cool stuff. In the fifth one down, look how high they’re stacking crates on that truck! Guess there are no low underpasses… This isn’t so much a ‘wacky’ item as a ‘from around the world’ item. I’ve been saving it for a while and just wanted to throw it out there today. It really defies my thinly veiled attempt at a theme, but as i’ve said before, if you have some lofty expectation of continuity and/or keeping my promises regarding content or timelines, you are surely on the wrong boat, my friend. If that’s unacceptable, i suggest you find your own dinghy and start rowing the other way. 🙂

And yes, because the weirdest stuff in the world is still right here at home (i’m talking about us, America. we’re the freaks) how about a little internet research to help you prepare for your next redneck wedding? Yes, race fans, you and the new Mrs can enjoy the ride from the 24 Hr Church of Elvis to your private table at Billy’s Steak House & Laundromat in a Nascar limosine. I find it no small coincidence that they’re most heavily concentrated in florida. Half the website is under contruction (which is a bummer, cause i really wanted to design my own racing limo in Tide orange, emblazoned with Miller Lite logos) but at least you can download computer desktop decor featuring the number 04 chevy monte carlo stretch sponsored by, you guessed it, Racing Limos. I think my favorite photo in the gallery is the Orlando bride draped across an orange-flamed pontiac hood. Apparently there are even die-cast cars inside to play with, and a spoiler for extra downforce!

More mundane than the average trip in a Chinese subway

We are not high-tech. You may think we are, with our (mostly) digital wireless phones, our HDTV and our iPods. But we’ve got nothing on China, where they’ve gone from basketweaving to nuclear fission in only the last 50 years. Read the link and be amazed. Go ahead, i’ll wait…

… now that you’re back – is that crazy or what? Think about that the next time you buy pants.

My life is much more mundane than the average trip in a Chinese subway. I’ve just been packing things in boxes (fun!), playing Sims2 with Danielle (it’s like crack that you ingest thru your eyes) and helping Eric tear apart the motor in his Pathfinder. So i’m basically always either covered in grease, covered in papercuts, or red-eyed and sleepy. Sometimes several of those at once. 😉

I’m very much looking forward to getting keys to my new place so i can start moving stuff – packing is so futile without someplace to take it. It’s an adventure in futility, like running on a treadmill – lots of effort with no visible progress. By the time i’m settled in, it should be pretty much thanksgiving and then nearly december, putting me closer to ski season, and to a date when i can start hanging Christmas lights without incurring ridicule. I’m all set for ski season, btw – season pass hanging on my wall, and i bought the bindings yesterday, Salomon S810 Ti’s, last season’s model half-off at GI Joe’s for only $86 with tax. Just need to get them mounted, but that’s pretty trivial. So other than my jacket (which i used twice in Europe) i have all new gear to try out, a new 4×4 to get me there and a nifty pass bearing my ski-sweater-wearing torso that means i don’t have to scrounge anything other than gas money this winter in order to see lots of hill time.

I’ve also been working on my Christmas 2004 Wishlist as i find neat things around the internet that would be very welcome were they to come and live at my house. Feel free to check it out, go shopping… heck, buy a couple!