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Jul 14th 2009 10:55PM My mom got us a rice cooker. I didn't remember if it was a gift or one of the many items from her house that is slowly migrated to our house hidden away it multiple suitcases.
It sat in the cupboard for a year and I finally gave it to the Goodwill during one of my visits.
About six months later she was looking for it - and I was forced to confess I gave it away. She was surprised but not terribly offended (she knows I hate clutter.)
I was explaining this to another relative with her and we had a good laugh at our differing memories. I thought it was a piece of junk item from her basement. She remembers it as an actual gift she picked out.
Hopefully another family it using it to its full rice making potential. Meanwhile I've never had a problem with a pot, rice, water, and some butter.
James | http://www.futuregringo.com
Mar 4th 2009 10:41PM I have the Roku for Netflix and just signed up with my Amazon account about 40 minutes ago.
I updated the Roku, but it still didn't list Amazon (on demand) on the main menu
I finally reset to factory settings, reentered my wireless info/password, then updated Roku and it listed Amazon, right next to Netflix.
Once I entered the code into Amazon (and a pin for purchasing via Roku) I was good to go.
Exploring it now - pretty cool and a buhc of movies for under $2 too.
Oct 26th 2008 1:49PM Cheers -- I've read IT on and off and always enjoy the in-depth articles.
all the best - james...
Oct 14th 2008 4:07PM oops i accidentally had another comment tagged/pasted onto my original one. Can you remove that last blurb? Its completely off topic -thanks
Oct 14th 2008 2:20PM I don't fault a family for loading up the SUV and heading to another part of the country - to me the deep south is a whole 'nother world. And growing up the station wagon trips to Washington DC or the Grand Canyon were great memories.
But that said - I've felt safer on the streets of Mexico City and Buenos Aires than I have in Orlando and New Orleans. There's more good people than bad in the world, and I've met, chatted, and enjoyed my time with many people outside of the U.S. Its definitely worth it.
And as far as time/money? I engineer my life to be frugal yet rewarding. My other half and I share a car, live in a nice but modest size house - and don't pine for every material thing that we see. (ok except for Apple products.) That extra savings helps us travel - and when I look back on my life I'll certainly remember that over a new plasma TV.
james http://www.futuregringo.comJust a quick correction its "Southwest Airlines."
Does it say that people ignored the situation? Or did they not realize what was occuring in that full row. I can't imagine anyone witnessing this and staying silent.
Also remember this was one bizarre incident out of thousands and thousands of daily travelers - so its important to educate and make aware without caving to overzealous fear.
All the best - james
Oct 10th 2008 6:02PM Travelers are much more likely to be the victims of hotel theft and petty crime than bombings and major melees. Walk with a purpose, don't wear expensive crap - and most likely you'll be fine.
Having traveled to Mexico City and the streets of Buenos Aires over the past few years I've felt safer there than I have in Orlando and New Orleans over the past few years
Nov 4th 2007 9:27PM I don't think gays in Vegas have been ignored - I think Vegas has always been accepting enough that people simply have never MADE an issue of same-sex couples.
Nov 4th 2007 4:45PM Thanks for the info. I've been considering this as a travel PC, as all I usually do on the road is write to my blog, check email, and search for businesses and restaurants.
Not sold yet as I want to try in person - but maybe...
Mar 24th 2007 5:36PM This reminds me of "Buy Nothing Day" which is an attempt to remind shoppers on the day after Thanksgiving of the over consumptive nature they engage in, and the quest to buy worthless junk simply because they feel obligated to.
The difference is that people using the internet do so for their own practical reasons, and spending a few hours a day online perusing articles about your hobbies, recipes, porn or whatever isn't near as destructive as the former.
Mar 5th 2007 1:48PM I had a hunch, but I’m now convinced that Ann Coulter doesn’t mean anything she says. She’s a character actress who’s mastered the art of being a right wing shock jock. I don’t believe she thinks 9/11 widows are greedy, and I don’t believe she thinks Edwards is gay.
When she craves attention she simply says the most offensive thing available. Why she’s even given the press is beyond me.
She’s playing the part of the bigoted Trudy Wiegel from Reno 9/11, but with an education. And she’s doing a great job of it.