McFlurry – dessert of the Gods

McFlurryBefore 1997 the only game in my town was the Dairy Queen Blizzard. Delicious, but very expensive. And “Fast Food” — hah! DQ is still the slowest junk food purveyor of all.

The Scottish Restaurant then introduced the McFlurry (first in Canada) and cut the legs out from under the Blizzard. That was a wonderful day for me.

I love to target McDonalds as a symbol. But you will oft find me in there picking up a frozen treat!

McFlurry – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

BTW, most of the negative urban legends floating around about McDonalds are not true. But one is. In Canada and the USA they still use beef extract as a flavouring in French Fries. Vegetarians — be warned.


bagels – food of the Gods

bagelMontreal or New York-style?

What’s your pleasure?

I went 2 months in Central America before finding a bagel. That was an awful 2 months.

A burnt-toasted bagel with butter would be my last meal, I belive.

Bagel – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

travelogue – Atitlan, Guatemala

In the 1960s Lake Atitlan was a paradise hide-a-way from the rest of the world. Gringos lived there in semi-permanent hippy colonies.

It’s still a paradise. And you can still live there for US$10 a day!

The lake is a caldera (collapsed volcanic cone) dominated by huge volcanos.


Everyone starts at Pana (Panajachel), then boats to one of the many villages not accessible by road. San Pedro is an idyl where people get stuck for weeks.


volcano view

See more photos of Pana and Atitlan by jumping to flickr. 


enticing third world youth to smoke

angry guyTravelling through South and Central America in 2005 I often saw fresh-faced, attractive, very young people handing out free cigarettes. In Guatemala I even saw free cigarettes available on the counters of convenience stores.


Be sure you do not own any stock in tobacco companies.

Big Tobacco Is Accused of Crossing an Age Line
By GREG WINTER, NY Times, 2001

Sara Bogdani had just turned 17 last summer when she slipped into a short skirt and started working as a Marlboro girl.

While the rest of her high school friends spent their vacation laboring in
restaurants or lounging at home, Sara donned a red hat, a T-shirt with a
cowboy on the back and a knapsack full of Marlboros and other Philip
Morris cigarettes.

Then she hit the streets of Tirana, the capital of Albania and her
hometown, offering a smile and a free pack to anyone who professed a love
of smoking and looked, well, almost as old as she was.

“As long as they weren’t 14 or something, it was O.K.,” Sara said in a
telephone interview, noting that a co-worker was also 17. As for her
bosses, “they were just glad if you gave out all the cigarettes,” said
Sara, who now works with an antismoking group.

Just as it is in the United States, giving cigarettes to teenagers is
illegal in many countries, including Albania, where Marlboro girls stroll
the streets. But while the practice has all but disappeared from American
cities, it goes on with striking regularity in many developing nations,
and Philip Morris is far from the only tobacco company that the World
Health Organization has accused of crossing the line in trying to entice
those underage with free cigarettes. …

Enticing Third World Youth; Big Tobacco Is Accused Of Crossing an Age Line – Free Preview – The New York Times

what is the matter with smokers?

There seems to be something effeminate about smoking. Sometimes a cigarette is not just a cigarette.

catch me if you can

Perhaps it is time Marlboro rethinks their gay cowboy advertising campaign.

I do not like cigarette smoke and live, fortunately, in a part of the world with very little second hand smoke.

One of the worst things about travel is being force fumigated. I write from Miami which is filled with posing 50cent wannabes, smoke yourself thin beach hotties, cheese-eating surrender monkeys and other chain-smoking Europeans. There is zero consideration for the non-smoker here.

Now I sympathize with confused youth who try smoking. I understand that it is more addictive than crystal meth and heroin combined.

But I still cannot fathom why smokers do not quit.

Many have. It’s possible.

What’s the matter with smokers?