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War Kitties in Hammocks

Carriers and other vessels got infested with rodents. So cats were not just moral boosters (which they very much were) they were also working members of the crew. Some have even been immortalized for surviving multiple attacks on their ships, etc. Military dogs have been recognized for the important roles they’ve played but I think cats kinda get lost in the shuffle of military animals sometimes.

After learning my flight was detained 4 hours,
I heard the announcement:
If anyone in the vicinity of gate 4-A understands any Arabic,
Please come to the gate immediately.

Well—one pauses these days. Gate 4-A was my own gate. I went there.
An older woman in full traditional Palestinian dress,
Just like my grandma wore, was crumpled to the floor, wailing loudly.
Help, said the flight service person. Talk to her. What is her
Problem? we told her the flight was going to be four hours late and she
Did this.

I put my arm around her and spoke to her haltingly.
Shu dow-a, shu- biduck habibti, stani stani schway, min fadlick,
Sho bit se-wee?

The minute she heard any words she knew—however poorly used—
She stopped crying.

She thought our flight had been canceled entirely.
She needed to be in El Paso for some major medical treatment the
Following day. I said no, no, we’re fine, you’ll get there, just late,

Who is picking you up? Let’s call him and tell him.
We called her son and I spoke with him in English.
I told him I would stay with his mother till we got on the plane and
Would ride next to her—Southwest.

She talked to him. Then we called her other sons just for the fun of it.

Then we called my dad and he and she spoke for a while in Arabic and
Found out of course they had ten shared friends.

Then I thought just for the heck of it why not call some Palestinian
Poets I know and let them chat with her. This all took up about 2 hours.

She was laughing a lot by then. Telling about her life. Answering
Questions.

She had pulled a sack of homemade mamool cookies—little powdered
Sugar crumbly mounds stuffed with dates and nuts—out of her bag—
And was offering them to all the women at the gate.

To my amazement, not a single woman declined one. It was like a
Sacrament. The traveler from Argentina, the traveler from California,
The lovely woman from Laredo—we were all covered with the same
Powdered sugar. And smiling. There are no better cookies.

And then the airline broke out the free beverages from huge coolers—
Non-alcoholic—and the two little girls for our flight, one African
American, one Mexican American—ran around serving us all apple juice
And lemonade and they were covered with powdered sugar too.

And I noticed my new best friend—by now we were holding hands—
Had a potted plant poking out of her bag, some medicinal thing,

With green furry leaves. Such an old country traveling tradition. Always
Carry a plant. Always stay rooted to somewhere.

And I looked around that gate of late and weary ones and thought,
This is the world I want to live in. The shared world.

Not a single person in this gate—once the crying of confusion stopped
—has seemed apprehensive about any other person.

They took the cookies. I wanted to hug all those other women too.
This can still happen anywhere.

Not everything is lost.

Naomi Shihab Nye (b. 1952), “Wandering Around an Albuquerque Airport Terminal.” I think this poem may be making the rounds, this week, but that’s as it should be.  (via oliviacirce)

dresdencodak:

Inspired by Anita Sarkeesian’s Video Game Tropes vs Women, I wanted to pitch a Zelda game where Zelda herself was the hero, rescuing a Prince Link. 

Clockwork Empire is set 2,000 years after Twilight Princess, and is not a reboot, but simply another iteration in the Zelda franchise. It just so happens that in this case, Zelda is the protagonist. I’m a very big Zelda fan, and worked hard to draw from key elements in the continuity and mythos.

This concept work is meant to show that Zelda as a game protagonist can be both compelling and true to the franchise, while bringing new and dynamic game elements that go farther than being a simple gender swap.

Hope you like it!

(for more info about this project, check out my FAQ)

I hope this really happens!

A Chat with Mr. Alton Brown…

suavebynature:

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Some people only seem to know Alton Brown as a food guru, famously from the Food Network.  Mr. Brown is a huge part of the Food Network’s success, as he hosts a multitude of shows and has an incredible following.  Personally, I know Alton Brown for his demeanor and style — he has become my personal “Style Icon”.  
 
Alton Brown is much more complex than his ability in the kitchen, and most people understand that.  What most be people miss (well they’re missing it less…) is Alton’s impeccable taste for quality and elegance when it comes to his wardrobe.
 
Mr. Alton Brown, I found out, is more complex than I could have imagined and that is a wonderful thing.  Find out more about Alton’s sartorial mind-set for a minute and learn about the man outside of the kitchen…
 
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How would you describe your own style?
Elegantly shabby…or maybe shabbily elegant.
 

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fishingboatproceeds:



someone on facebook posted this intending it to be negative but instead it’s INCREDIBLE. go girl scouts

#NOT ONLY ARE WE MORALLY RIGHT BUT ALSO WE HAVE DELICIOUS COOKIES SUCK IT ASSHOLES

God I hope this is all true because if so EXTRA THIN MINTS FOR ME THIS YEAR.

fishingboatproceeds:

someone on facebook posted this intending it to be negative but instead it’s INCREDIBLE. go girl scouts

#NOT ONLY ARE WE MORALLY RIGHT BUT ALSO WE HAVE DELICIOUS COOKIES SUCK IT ASSHOLES

God I hope this is all true because if so EXTRA THIN MINTS FOR ME THIS YEAR.

Someone asked me if when people write mean stuff on Twitter or in comments, does that upset you? And it’s like, no, not really, because anyone I really respect - like other comedians or Apatow - I’ve never heard of them doing something like that. Do you know of anyone you admire or respect that’s randomly shitted on something in a comments section? Just written “you suck” to someone or “you’re not funny?” No. No one that’s made anything of value or created anything great does stuff like that.
Aziz Ansari on You Made It Weird (via andrewmcclain)
I have to disagree with one thing Mitt said. The US is not the hope of the Earth. Jesus Christ is the hope of the Earth. And as long as I can rely on that then everything is going to be alright.
a real person on fbook (via getoffmyblog)

I’d say “dafuq?” but… meh.

I have to disagree with one thing Mitt said. The US is not the hope of the Earth. Jesus Christ is the hope of the Earth. And as long as I can rely on that then everything is going to be alright.
a real person on fbook (via getoffmyblog)
Such is life…

Such is life…