I know I can fly.

5 Ways You Can Fly

Squirrel Suits

 

Skate Boards
Danny Way
– At 2011 xGames, dr told him he shouldn’t go back out and he won the whole thing on a GIANT ramp.
Jumps the Great Wall of China

 

Helicopter + Snow Skis

 

Motorcycle + Balls

 

Wakeboards, Snowboards and Red Bull. HELL YEAH!

 

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Misc Travel Photos

Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem


Santa Monica, CA

Santa Monica, CA

Vatican City, Italy

Madrid, Spain


Barcelona, Spain

 

 

Chinese New Year with China Coast

It’s almost time for Chinese New Year. February 14th will bring us into the Year of the Tiger. I am Year of the Boar  in the East and in the West I am Aquarian. Lucky for me I recently read that the Tiger is most closely related to Aquarius so I am gonna ride the tiger for all it is worth. The Year of the Ox (my husband’s )  has been filled with a lot of hard work and plenty of success but I am looking forward to running quickly and being fierce and in animal print! The Tiger’s Motto is “I Win!” and of course you love The Eye of the Tiger!!!!

One of the most dynamic signs in the zodiac, Tigers are truly a force of nature. They are by turns dependable, unpredictable, fearless and stout-hearted, tender and loving. For all the world appearing at times to be quiet homebodies, Tigers may just as suddenly change course, and pack up to travel to some far-flung exotic destination.

Groovee Fortune recently designed an Email Postcard for  China Coast in celebration of the new year and I wanted to share it with you. China Coast, Asian Art and Antiques, deals in beautiful objects, textiles and jewerly from all over the world. Really amazing stuff. Below are a few of my favorite pieces.  You can learn about Asian Art, find out about current Asian Art Collections , etc.

Reverse Glass Painting from Indonesia


Canton Enamel Chocolate Set

I have totally missed a whole month of blogging so
I am happy to begin another new year so I can keep up.
Get ready for a Happy Chinese New Year!  
GRRRRRRR!!!!! I WIN!!!!

Syria was a trip!!!

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These are my favorite photos from Damascus, Syria.  We definitely weren’t in Kansas anymore but it was an unbelievable experience a lot like a James Bond Movie.

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I saw the Umayyad Mosque which has a shrine wsaid to contain the head of John the Baptist (Yahya), honored as a prophet by Muslims and Christians alike and the tomb of Saladin, which stands in a small garden adjoining the north wall of the mosque.

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I didn’t take this photo. Just thought it was really cool.

In 2001 Pope John Paul II visited the mosque, primarily to visit the relics of John the Baptist. It was the first time a pope paid a visit to a mosque.

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Here I am under Al-Khaznah (treasury) Dome

Damascus (Arabic: دمشق‎, Dimashq,commonly known as الشام ash-Shām also known as City of Jasmin Arabic: مدينة الياسمين‎) is the capital and largest city of Syria. It is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world and its current population is estimated at about 1,669,000.

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Notes from the Universe

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I spend a lot of time working online, adding text to web pages, sending emails, sending emails, facebook, facebook, twitter, boing boing, send email, add text to print ad, add text to web page, add text to sign and menu, facebook and so on and so on, send email…and so on. Get my point? My eye balls can only handle so much text in a day, my brain even less because a lot of the time I am treating words like graphics and not actually reading them. My point, I am super selective about extracurricular reading outside of  the required reading and word handling. I like the pretty pictures.

That being said, each night, I wait  like a kid for the ice cream truck to receive the text-only email from the Universe. What started in 1998 as an email sent out weekly to 38 addresses has since blossomed into today’s daily Notes from the Universe, sent to over 300,000 subscribers in 189 countries! These Notes are brief passages written by “The Universe designed to remind you that you have, indeed, been given dominion over all things.

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As queen of the night owls, I am almost always awake when the Notes come into the mail box around 3 am.  A nice little thought from the universe to send me off to dream land. It’s not preachy and often involves space, time, mankind, dreams, love, goals,  family, the universe, etc. TUT believes every life is meaningful,and dreams do come true. They also believe “thoughts become things” and imagination is the gift that can bring love, health, abundance, and happiness into our lives. The emails make me feel good and I believe I can control my life with my mind. Mind over matter, baby.

I especially like today’s quote …

There’s never been a dream bigger than its dreamer.
– The Universe

If you’d like a little inspiration with your coffee or 4 am snack,  I advise  you to sign up for Notes from the Universe and go check out the TUT Adventure Club for all kinds of good stuff. The Universe has done so much for me, I wanted to give a little back.

Thanks Miss Missy for sending this my way!

Petra

I’ve had the groovee fortune of going to Petra twice with 2 different groups of people. It was amazing. I found this great video and thought I should show it to you!

On a long walk to the El deir (the Monastery), we had tea with a bunch of Arab guys who lived there. I love that tea and Arabic coffee, too. I want some good Shawarma! Of course, it’s a taco!

 

Carrie Rodriguez, All Growed Up

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The first time I remember seeing Carrie Rodriguez was at a Frances Nail(her grandmother) book signing in a historic house on 7th in Austin, Tx. Carrie was dressed in fancy dress playing classic violin for the crowd. She couldn’t have been older than 10, but it is hard to say. She was really good & very confident. The dresses in “Never Gonna Be Your Bride” made me think about that day and how far she has come.

promo3Fast forward many years and Carrie has traded in her violin for a fiddle and took off her little girl dress and really laid some tracks in a short time. She’s already been on Austin City Limits and Grand Ole Opry. Some people wait a lifetime to do either.

Carrie’s grandmother Frances is my grandmother Mary’s first cousin. I remember Frances’ mother, Kate, as a kid. Somewhere in there Carrie and I are cousins. Maybe I’d met Carrie at the book signing, but let’s say the first time I met up with Carrie as an adult professional musician was at Waterloo Records. Beau and I went to a Carrie Rodriguez and Chip Taylor in-store. Frances was supposed to be there but wasn’t feeling well so when it came time to go thru the line I walked up with a handful of Texas Rollergirl swag (guitar picks, etc) and announced like a crazed  fan, “Hi, I’m your cousin Beth and I’m in the roller derby, blah blah blah blah blah…brought you some stuff…crazy talk…babble babble…this is my husband…great set…talk talk…”

Many months later, I went to the Gingerman and up walked Carrie…”Hey aren’t you my cousin?” We got to see her jazz sax playing husband, Javier Vercher, that night at an open mic. It was great. It’s been a while since I saw Carrie live, but I know she has toured with Lucinda Williams and probably traveled the world, fiddling all the while wooing the hearts of many. I was excited to see her solo, looking so sassy on Austin City Limits. I saw one of her videos on ME Television and wanted to email my mom and video and found so much stuff, I might as well pass it on to you. Looks like she has a new album, She Ain’t Me. Try it you might like it!

If I ever had to fight the Devil in Georgia, I’d definitely recruit Carrie for the event. Not to put words in her mouth, but I imagine her saying, “My name’s Carrie and it might be a sin, But I’ll take your bet, your gonna regret, ‘cos I’m the best that’s ever been.”  She’d kick her cowboy boots in the dirt and show the Devil a thing or 2 about fiddling!

Carrie sings a song called Memphis, Tx which is cool since I was born there and  lot’s of my family still lives just down the road from Turkey, Tx – home of Bob Wills.  I must mention her mom, Katy Nail.

Go Carrie Go!