I just had to Book this idjit

I was thinking that maybe I'd be Booking the idiot drivers a bit less since it's become more of a talking point among the community at large, but when I witnessed the rider of 080AH swerve past cars and then blatantly go through a red light, I couldn't hold back.

Shortly afterwards, his separated-at-birth twin brother sped past traffic going down Palmetto Road hill despite traffic coming up in the other direction, on 199AH. Must have been time for the Daily Double.

Will we hear of bozos like this in court? Unlikely. All that there seem to be are the few speeders and the parking ticket people. Maybe change is coming.


Learning from Barbados

It's been an uneventful past week here. I've since returned to Bermuda and work (blech) but am grateful that the temperatures are still cooler than that of Barbados (scorching) and Miami (where I spent four hours wandering around at a mall while in transit).

Stace, I apologize again. I'm going to owe this woman big-time. Only got to see her and her new addition Antonio once on the trip. Meanwhile, due to bad timing, Dr. Donna was on holiday during my vacation so I missed a chance to see Arianna. Meanwhile today I got to see my friend Gills and her newest one, Sarah. Ah boy, me and babies... but that's a whole other chapter of DAG Theory.

What I've been able to take back to Bermuda is that traffic really is bad in Barbados, Bermuda still has ways to catch up, although the problem with Bermuda is that unlike Barbados, there are no real open areas where traffic actually is mild for a stretch. Plus, Hamilton is slightly better-equipped for vehicular traffic than Bridgetown, which really is a pain to get through. They may need to consider moving the capital to another area (or at least, half the businesses).

I was a live spectator at the craziest end to a One-Day International ever. South Africa won the game by one run after the Windies batsmen decicded to swing for the fences, instead of pushing for the single to tie and then let the established batsman try for the winning single. It's a bad epidemic that seems prevalent not only in the Windies but in Bermuda cricket as well. It's a thinking man's game and in this age, you can't get by on raw power alone, you have to be a chess-player. As I write this, the Windies have completed a good Test win over Pakistan so maybe things are turning for the better.

Oh, and yep I hope they plan the new Kensington Oval properly, because traffic to that will again be bedlam.

It was good to visit Barbados, if only because I got to dust off my cards for some lively games of Hearts. Some day I will have to put up again the old Big A* Hearts chronology on the website. Ah, the classics. Oh, and I claimed like 6 hogs during the trip. Another successful stint. Yay.

And as for Booking people, I think that the population is finally seeing the light as seen in a few letters (and Limey's column) to the Royal Gazette.


Bajan Bits: Movies

One of the things I like most about Barbadiana is the under-appreciated "double feature". That's right. Pretty simple, but it's so cool that I can spend the equivalent of six American dollars and get to watch two new movies instead of one.

I'll get to the main feature in a bit, but the first movie was "" and although Tommy Lee Jones is now a cariacature of himself, he pulls it well enough and there's good enough eye candy (led by the increasingly more gorgeous Christina Millian) to make this comedy worthy. And no, I'm not a critic so don't bother to argue with me :-)

The main event of course was Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith. I won't comment on the increasing and more annoying trend to name TV shows and movies with preposterously long titles that are practically sentences (whoops, I just did, heh). I don't think this movie will surprass Titanic for earnings dollars, but definitely has a good leg up for artistic effects, fight choreography and digital animations. With a moon stage with enough lava to make Mordor seem like a picnicky place, it's brilliant. The story has enough predictability, and enough violence to challenge even its PG-13 rating. Fun flick. No spoilers, but R2-D2 is the bad-ass here :-)

Of course, the bad thing about movie-going in Barbados is that the patrons are way too loud for my liking. It's like etiquette goes out of the window here. Nowhere else I've been that's had this. A bit of a black eye I think.

That's my half-way update after my vacation in Barbados. It's just nice to be away from the workplace for a bit. Everybody should try it. Anyway. More later.


Good ol' Vacation

I'll be in Barbados for several days starting on the 7th. I'm not sure if I'll continue to Book bad drivers in Barbados, I'm sure I'll find myself frustrated at a few things but I'll be primarily a pedestrian or passenger when I'm down there so will be crossing my fingers that some joker doesn't side-swipe me.

I was disturbed the other day when a woman who I held a door open for, appeared to make every effort not to look at me. It's not like I expect a "thank you", but an acknowledgement would be the nice and proper thing to do. Or if you feel offended by the gesture (which I won't discount considering that some women could get anal about this kind of thing), let me know. Otherwise I just wonder if it's because she has an elitist complex, think I'm the hired doorman, or even has racial issues to deal with. I don't know. I doubt that it's the latter, but who knows.

I'll be blogging occassionally when I'm down there. Hopefully I'll be able to meet up with my fellow Beachlimers, influence the third member of the Network to stop slacking off and publish something (you know who you are, heh), and get to relax and seek out a few things. And by 'things', I mean property. Oh stop that,... I mean land of course.


Crazy people, crazy situations

If I owned a cinema, one of the things that I would want to do is have separate screenings - one for those who knew not to talk during the movie, and one for all those who can't keep their traps shut.

Another example of what we have to deal with regarding crime is here. The Police spends a large amount of time trying to find this guy to try him on certain charges, but eventually it comes to naught because apparently a witness backed out of testifying.

This island suffers a lot when it comes to these kinds of trials because it's a small community, everyone knows everyone, and what with the reports that people in prison have access to mobile phones, it's not hard for someone facing trial to perhaps nudge a potential witness to reconsider their intentions. There's too little trust in the Police by the public, and perhaps a better witness protection programme needs to be implemented. A friend remarked to me that if you're more likely to walk free if you kill someone as opposed to stealing or using illegal drugs. Talk about incentives.

Limey has gotten into the discussion as well with a worthy debate here.