September 24-30, 2005
The perfect 'mascot' for the Screw Maids, the Screwy Tuskers and the Screwless Tuskers:
Typhoon "Damrey" to bring heavy rain to Thailand this week
BANGKOK: -- A new arrival on the season storm scene--Typhoon "Damrey"--is now moving from the South China Sea toward Thailand and is expected to enter the northern and northeastern regions with heavy rain this week, said the chief of Meteorological Department Sunday.
Director-General Suparerk Tansriratanawong told a press conference that typhoon "Damrey" -- which means "Elephant" in Cambodia's Khmer language--was centred about 220 km from China's Hainan Island at 7am and had a wind speed of 130 km/hr.
He said the amount of rain that the typhoon would bring would be almost as great as tropical depression "Vicente" that hit Thailand earlier this month.
Mr. Suparak said the typhoon would first hit the northeastern region on Tuesday (September 27) and the remaining regions on Wednesday and Thursday (September 28-29).
Residents living near flood-prone areas in the northeastern and northern regions should take an extra precautions this week, he added.
PS: Any guesses?
We have two winners in yesterday's guessing game.
Reader D. Bull from Virginia in America writes:
"A rebate advertisement for the Rabbit."
And, reader P. Morton Shand Jr. from Brasov, Romania writes:
"From the New York Times color supplement! We have same day delivery here ... printed, of course, in Bucharest under a licensing agreement with the local Blat. Since I am the son of my father this was a no-brainer for me. Do you still have my father's book?"
Home (*) cooking:
(*) In three weeks we'll be home!
Moving day (*):
(*) Not our's ... our neighbor's. But this is the longest street truck1 that I have even seen. The rear driver's compartment is even larger than one of my bedrooms. I wonder what sort of gas mileage this 'train' gets. Maybe 3 or 4 miles per gallon, if that. A 2,000 mile move translates into a $1,500 to $2,000 gas bill all by itself.
1 Major truck stop hubris!
Hollywood comes to Las Olas Boulevard (*):
(*) Or, maybe it's just a video commercial.
Ten years ago (September 28 - October 1, 1995) Don Bull, Joe Paradi and I were at Don's house in Connecticut to 'divide' the spoils of the Great Corkscrew Purchase (*). Don dubbed this process "The Great Corkscrew Game". (**)
(*) The three of us went into this together; we purchased all of the corkscrews that Bob Nugent had collected during his long life. There were several thousand pieces in Bob's collection; they ranged from the one-of-a-kind to the plastic picnic throw-away.
(**) This consisted of, first, dividing the most important pieces into lots ... either as single pieces in the case of the rarest items or in clusters with respect to the next steps-down on the 'must have' list. As regards all these lots we held a funny-money auction: the one who bid the highest got the lot but he could not bid in any subsequent round until the other bidders came to within $5,000 of his earlier winning bid1. We were not using real money at this point2; we were just trying to ensure that the value that each of us attached to any given lot was reflected both subjectively and objectively. For example, even though a particular piece might have a high street value (objective) it might not hold that same value for me in this auction if I already owned one just like it (subjective). However, it would be to my advantage to see it sold for a high price as the purchaser would then have a greater risk of having to pass on the next round. What about the lesser pieces ... the ones where individual bidding would have been silly? We used the fast paced "Got it" technique: corkscrews with a flea market value were clumped on tables ... and we each took our turn grabbing a piece for our bag and signaling it with a verbal "Got it" ... this was done several hundred times. At the end of the weekend each of us walked away with an addition to our own collections that was in a subjective/objective way only a few dollars away from each other's additions.
1 To illustrate: if Don won the first lot with a $10,000 bid he could not bid again until Joe and I had come within $5,000 of that amount in our subsequent winning bids. If Joe won the second lot with a $6,000 bid I would then have been the sole eligible bidder for the third lot (but a further rule required that my bid be one that was deemed fair by the other two bidders ... if not, the disputed lot would be put aside until all the bidders were again eligible).
2 The only time real money ever exchanged hands was, earlier in that month, when we paid Bob the cash for his whole collection. Hey, we could have been more frivolous with our money: each of us could have instead bought a new 500 SL for our wives or girl friends!
PS: The photographs on this page come from Don Bull. They were originally wound on a video tape (Betamax?) that Don had made of The Great Corkscrew Game. For its 10th anniversary Don re-mastered them into stills using Photoshop.
PPS: Yes, this is an academic journal ... the footnotes exceed the volume of the text.