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Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2003 - 11:38 p.m.

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Pirates in the Nevada Snow

beautiful May Nevada roads, copyright 2003, Wench77
Well, here are a few more photos from our trip this last May. They are in some sort of wonky order, cuz I am just pulling them out of that broken package at random. These ones are from Nevada, somewhere between Ely and Austin. We were sort of hoping to drive through Nevada in to California that day, but the weather was NOT cooperating. You can see how nice it was on the roads. Click on this photo to see what the roadsign says. Very encouraging, to say the least. When we stopped at this little place (I needed to pee, and we wondered about the weather) they told us that the pass through the mountains into California was blocked, and we "wouldn't be going anywhere" that day. They were only letting people with chains on their tires through the mountains at all, and we were in a little Ryder van full of household furnishings.

Loose Slots in Nevada, copyright 2003 Wench77
We took a photo of the outside for ob's mom, who is a casino fan, since like most Nevada places, it said "loose slots"!

Pirates in the toilet, Copyright 2003, Wench77
In the bathroom stall, there was baseball wallpaper from years ago... and I took a picture of the Pirates for ob, for her pirate thing with corncob. Yes, that was BEFORE I had a pirate aversion. There is a REASON why stealing things that arent yours is called piracy. yup. I guess it includes people's time, girlfriends, the whole shebang. I guess this is how the guys in some town the pirates came into and swept their girlfriends off their feet felt. Violated and cuckolded. Hmm. Perhaps that is the obsession with pirates... sort of a transference thing... if the pirates are the ones who swoop down and steal what is yours that you have worked for and cherished, well, better to idolize and desire to be a pirate. Someone else can have pirates. But the wallpaper was cute. Yet another photo taken for ob that she didnt get to see. gll..

Wench77 wearing hijab in Nevada snow, Copyright 2003, Wench77
Then there is me with a hijab. We bought those in Dearborn MI. Maybe it is not correct to wear a hijab. But I don't know that it is such a religious symbol. I have heard so many debates between Muslim women (and men) of differing opinions on this. Some say it is NECESSARY to wear if you are devout. Others say they are devout and don't wear it. Yet others say it is nothing to do with the religion, it is just a personal choice within a culture. And IF to some people it is a religious symbol, is it incorrect to wear it. If you have an ahnk, or an ohm, or a Greek god or a ganesh, is it disrespecting the religion or valuing it? All so messy.

Much like how Christians argue over Mary statues. Is it devout worship or idolatry? If you wear a beanie and the Jews wear skullcaps, what does the Pope's hat mean? And if you wear one to play baseball, is it sacriligious??

I will think on it more. In the meantime, I thought these were beautiful, would be great on bad hair days, and I would be very curious to wear it around town and see if I got reactions. I wonder if people would assume I am Muslim?? And if so, would it make a difference? I know that wearing my blond wig makes a huge difference in people's behaviours. (and then there is the interesting thing about orthodox Jewish women wearing wigs... so is a wig vain, or is it religious devotion?)

Mother's Day in Ely, Nevada, Copyright 2003, Wench77
Here is the Casino in Ely, Nevada where we ate pizza and got out of the snow for a few minutes. After eating we shopped for Mother's Day, and also did a photoshoot with the Travelling Marys in an old cemetary. Gorgeous photos. I will post some another day. I will probably at some point make a webpage on my geocities site of them. A lot of people went to try their luck in Nevada and ended their days there, whether as newborns or old men.

Casino toilet for fearful people, Copyright 2003, Wench77
Here is the toilet in the casino. Click on the photo to read the sign above the can. Yes, there is plastic that cycles along the toilet seat. Amazing and nasty. Imagine how long it takes to cycle through the whole roll, and in the meantime, there is the used plastic,full of piss and shit and blood, rolled at the other end incubating. But somehow this is more cleanly than a flat nonporous surface. I will never understand the toilet thing. People will take a cigarette or a toke from a stranger and stick it in their mouths. They will shake hands with someone who may have just wiped his ass, picked his nose or diddled his girlfriend, and a few seconds later rub the germs in their own eyes, nose or mouth. Most colds are caught by your hands... doorknobs, handshakes, telephones, computer keyboards. And yet we insist on doing funky things like putting disposable plastic on a toilet seat that only comes into contact with your butt. Jeez. wipe it off before sitting down, and wash your butt before letting anyone lick it if you are that finicky.

I read one study where they found traces of 6 different people's urine on the shelled peanuts in a bar. Turns out the toilet seats in that same bar were cleaner than the peanuts. Don't let ANYONE tell you people are logical. Well, that is the end of show and tell this entry. I am going to write another entry to blab, right now. tah!

Me, wenchie

Here is my horoscope for Tuesday, December 23:

Your usual style of showing interest is inappropriate this time. Leo is truly a stranger in a strange land. Adapt to the local ways before trying to impose your own customs.

Maybe I shouldve read this before talking with people who want to impose the local ways this afternoon.

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