Thursday, July 24, 2008

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Big Money, Big Prizes

As a child and teenager, I used to collect money from all over the world.You know. A coin collector. But not only coins, I collected bills(paper money) as well. In fact, the paper was my favorite thing to collect. It always made me think when I would look through my collection how strange it is to have denominations of 1,000, 10,000, even 25,000. The one the held my fascination the most was a note that I have form Peru for 500,000 intis. That's right! Half a million units represented in one note. In a time that I was very happy to have a bill that represented $10, a note that big was almost incomprehensible. That bill was released in 1988. Well, That's nothing. Today the Government of Zimbabwe has released their $100,000,000,000 note. That's right:! 100 billion. They say it cant even buy a loaf of bread.
Happy spending!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Jive talkin'.

The "Riff Blog" lashes out at "Wiggers"

It's better. But just what is it with white folks and black slang? And how do y'all know when it's appropriate?

Why the sweeping generalizations about white people? Not all white people try to emulate black culture in speech or in other aspects. But for those that do, why cant they? Should I point out to the young black man in punk leathers and bleach blond hair that hes is taking from what belongs to white people's culture and that perhaps he should not use it. Or when I see black people at a NASCAR event, should I point out that this is traditionally "white people culture".

Also, I am a firm believer that language forms its self by incorporating words from a myriad of cultural influences. Black people don't talk the way their ancestors did nor do white folks. But really, aren't all the different words and uses of words really just colloquialisms? And, would it be inappropriate for an African American to have a chin wag. I mean really; when it comes down to it, we here in America share the same culture. I am not asserting that regional and ethnic differences do not exist. I am just saying that people can talk how they want and and if one choses to emulate people who sound like they are illiterate, so be it. Stupid is, stupid does!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Monkey Suits

Just when I thought I had seen it all. I guess even the biggest Jack Asses need someone to tailor their monkey suites. Behold the "Exalted Cyclops"


Colombia has made the headlines again. But this time it is with a shining light in an otherwise dim political and socioeconomic theater. Colombian security forces were able to rescue a high profile politico and several other hostages.

The reason this is such interest to me is that I am fairly well acquainted with Colombia, and Colombians for that matter. The thing that kind of cracks me up(satirically speaking that is) is that my Colombian friends and family vehemently claim that Colombia is a safe place. Yeah right! Never mind the fact that there are some 700 citizens(Colombian, United States of American, and of the E.U.) currently with in the confinements of the FARC.

You know it is strange. I know people who have been the victims of attempted kidnappings, kidnappings, plane bombings and to this day some of them and their family members still claim that Colombia is a safe place to visit.

Personally, the last time I was there, I was paranoid the whole time. Especially when we went out with all the boys the "strip club"(we were there for a cousins wedding). Our newly acquired family member Ruben told us when we arrived.

"Here you are all Colombians. You are not Mexican. You are not American. You are all Colombians."

In fact, he told me not to even talk until we were safe within the compound walls because of my thick Cal-Spanish accent.

Fortunately, the night went on without incident. But that does not change that fact the threat of being kidnapped still exists.

Who wants to go?