Well infidels, after a week in paradise, it is a rude awakening to be back in Miami. A whole week without reading the paper, without watching television, without listening to the radio, without listening to anything except the sounds of silence; the sounds of nature. The sounds of a river, of birds, or mother Earth. I have been to the mountaintop and have seen the hand of God. What I saw with my own eyes in the desert of Nevada and Arizona, and in the mountains and Canyons of Utah prove to me that God is the one true artist and that we as mere mortals are simply borrowing His work in our own interpretations which we call nature photography/art. I took 20 gb of raw images and nearly 1000 images which will take me months to process. More to come. It was sweet not having to deal with traffic although it was Hell to drive on US-89 through Zion - 2 lane road with over a 1000 foot drop and no guard rails. It was strange not being able to buy alcohol and noting that nearly everything closes at 9:00 p.m. I did have some great Mexican food though. Of course there was the one elitist snob who wore a mink fur to see Bryce Canyon (as I was wearing photographers vest and jacket). There's always one in the crowd.
After seeing heaven I did spend a few days in the devil's lair, Las Vegas, and passed through the Valley of Fire (amazing scenery in the Nevada desert). If you are into real gambling and not the ritzy nonsence, then you need to go to Downtown Vegas and play at the old school casinos that pay you 5x odds (compared to the single odds you get at the strip). You can actually win money there.
Upon my return to Miami, I note that yesterday, I spent over 3 hours to get out of Key Biscayne. What the hell is going on over there? I left Cape Florida State Park at 6:30pm and did not leave Key Biscayne until after 10:00 p.m. Was there an accident, I asked? Some event? Was the President visiting? None of the above. There was a bunch of thug looking gang bangers near the Rusty Pelican with their low riders all parked in the middle of the road and in the middle and on the sides blasting the rap crap and literally closing down the way out. The blocked traffic to everybody as the police watched and did nothing. And you figure they could open another lane to help get out of there? Negative. Am I missing something? I've never had to wait that long in traffic in my life and never had to wait that long to get out of Key Biscayne. If this is how things are going to be, I'm never going there again. See, 2 days back and I'm annoyed again. When's the next plane to the desert leave?
That aside, here's an eye opening op ed from W. Buckley on how things aren't looking so hot for the GOP. If the lib Dems take over the whole govt. in 2008, the GOP has only itself to blame (much as the dems had themselves to blame for all their prior defeats) for abandoning what got them into power in the 1st place. Thus, it is no surprise that all of Reagan's men are backing Thompson. On the other side, the Dems who have the wherewithall of the French may have to deal with Carl Bernstein's new book coming out on O'Hillary. That may be worth downloading into your ipod.
Oh, and check this out. A great op ed from R. Cohen at the Washington Post who shows the hypocricy from the left in how the leftist British Journalist group is urging a boycott of Israel, a democracy, but does or says nothing about tyrannies such as Iran, China, N. Korea, Cuba, etc. Got to love the elite huh? Cause it is the elite that loves to hate the Jews. Read it here.
That's all for now. Hasta la bye bye folks.