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New Aesop Fable of Ant and Grasshopper

Travel Tips are common sense, a writer of travel tips needs to moralize when writing them, it is the solution, to twist the words so a person can see the light.



OLD VERSION:
The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.
The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed. The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.

MORAL OF THE STORY:
Be responsible for yourself!

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Sosua, Dominican Republic --- Friday, January 29, 2010
By Andy Graham of china-marbles.info
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MODERN VERSION:
The ant works hard in the withering heat and the rain all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while he is cold and starving.

CBS, NBC , PBS, CNN, and ABC show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food.

America is stunned by the sharp contrast.
How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?



Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper and everybody cries when they sing, 'It's Not Easy Being Green.'

ACORN stages a demonstration in front of the ant's house where the news stations film the group singing, “We shall overcome.” Then Rev. Jeremiah Wright has the group kneel down to pray to God for the grasshopper' s sake..

President Obama condemns the ant and blames President Bush, President Reagan, Christopher Columbus, and the Pope for the grasshopper' s
plight.

Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid exclaim in an interview with Larry King that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper, and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share.

Finally, the EEOC drafts the Economic Equity & Anti-Grasshopper Act retroactive to the beginning of the summer.

The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the Government Green Czar and given to the grasshopper.

The story ends as we see the grasshopper and his free-loading friends finishing up the last bits of the ant’s food while the government house he is in, which, as you recall, just happens to be the ant's old house, crumbles around them because the grasshopper doesn't maintain it.

The ant has disappeared in the snow, never to be seen again.

The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident, and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize the ramshackle, once prosperous and once peaceful, neighborhood.

The entire Nation collapses bringing the rest of the free world with it.

I will pause the Fable
I am not sure this last line is needed, but it came with story, I will include it. Generally, a wise person is not going to blame the President for the problems of the USA, the President is mirroring the attitudes demanded by the people.

MORAL OF THE STORY:
Be careful how you vote in 2010!
I’ve sent this to you because I believe that you are an ant – not a grasshopper!
Make sure that you pass this on to other ants. Don’t bother sending it on to any grasshoppers because they wouldn’t understand it, anyway.

New Aesop Fable of Ant and Grasshopper


Photography Tip Practice Shooting Blind

Photos do not cost with digital cameras, you can take that difficult photo by learning to shoot blind.



I tried to take this DR girls photo, she put her hand up to the camera, she was quick, maybe I am slow… NOPE, I am super fast at taking photos. I would make Billy the Kid seem slow, I can pull from my camera bag, and shoot in seconds, then re-holster it and walk on by.

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Sosua, Dominican Republic --- Thursday, January 28, 2010
By Andy Graham of china-marbles.info
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The girl is from Santiago, Dominican Republic, I met her sitting out in front my room the night before. Now, I meet here again at Sosua Beach, so I started to laugh and make some jokes. She was a clever one the other night, she sat down next to me, told me I had beautiful blue eyes, and her other friend tried slide her hand into my pocket. All this is good fun to me, I enjoy good teamwork, they failed on all level, she wanted to come talk with me, says she needs money for University. I made many joke, what do I get for 1500 Pesos or about 41 USD? If I talk to 20 girls here in Sosua, 19 of them give me this pitch.

Billy The Kid



Normally, I am Billy the Kid fast taking photos, yesterday I met my match, and she was quicker than me with the first photo. I am not Paparazzi, I do not like to offend people, but I still will take a photo, I will shoot blind, and not telegraph the photo by looking at the camera.





Sequence of Events
She stuck her hand in front of the camera.
I pulled the camera back.
I put my finger on the trigger.
I ranted, raved, and made bromas in Spanish.
I pulled the trigger.
I got the photo.

She was quick, she saw my finger click the trigger, but she was not sure.

Practice Shooting Blind
Look to the left, shoot to the right, pretend you are blindfolded, you need to have good situational awareness, but with practice you can shoot from the hip.

Most of the videos I make are done blind, I do not look at the camera screen, I do not look through the viewfinder, I just click record and walk. I have a tendency to point up too high, I know this, so I compensate from what is natural.

If you pay 1500 USD and buy a Canon or Nikon Machine Gun Camera, this would be easier, because you could take 10 photos in succession. Now that you know photos are free, take many, but if you want a challenge, this about this way. The more photos you delete, the worst your aim. I delete about 1 in 10, when I first started, I deleted about 4 in 10, but if, and when Canon decides to send me a free camera, I will delete more of the Machine Gun Photo, but my kill rate will improve.

Photography Tip Practice Shooting Blind


Sosua Motherhood is Beautiful

I am neither for nor against sunbathing on the Sosua, Dominican Republic beach, it is a good enough beach. I would say it is an eight for Caribbean Beaches; normally beaches in the Caribbean are old age farms.



This mother and child made my day, you may not know it, and I hope you do not. However, the fact of life about Sosua town it has many tough women wanting to be paid for short time love… (The Big P.).

Therefore, a nice mother on the beach is a refreshing sight.

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Sosua, Dominican Republic --- Wednesday, January 27, 2010
By Andy Graham of china-marbles.info
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I took this photo, open it up in a graphic program, then copied the above section, and pasted it to make the photo above.





I was lying on the Sosua Beach reading my book, I look towards the water and I see this picture. I pulled out my camera, took the photo, with no help from a graphic program.

Sosua Motherhood is Beautiful


Mission of One Reader of china-marbles.info

Many readers of this journal are on a mission, I received a great email today



Hi Andy, thanks for responding.

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I have visited Hobotraveler.com for a little over a year now and am truly inspired by your lifestyle, which is the antithesis of my current lifestyle (which I absolutely detest). If you don't mind, could you please tell me what advice you would have for someone looking to make a transition from 9-to-5 life to your type of lifestyle? I'm sure that someone with your extensive experience around the world would be able to offer some great insight.

- Chris ("Random Blogger")

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Sosua, Dominican Republic --- Tuesday, January 26, 2010
By Andy Graham of china-marbles.info
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Two Different People
We are different, what will work for me, will not work for you.

Thank you Chris for writing clearly your wishes, I will not click reply. I know within this site, there are 1000’s of insights, that is your job to find them. One percent of readers will make the time, and take what they need, and the other 99 percent will want simple answers.



I can only guide, I try to keep people on the path, and somehow people refuse to follow success. A flimflam man comes along, selling secrets, books, and potions and they buy. Never asking himself or herself, is this person really living the dream, or are they selling dreams.

Many a person makes money selling dreams, very few live their dreams.

Mission of One Reader of china-marbles.info


India Worker will NOT get the Internet Job

If you did not know, IT people, techies, and other internet and computer people are anal. This probably applies to me, but I hope I am normally in remission, but not always.



Today a person applied for a CSS job today with our online Hobo Job Application. I wrote a personal reply, and received this email back. It is an obstacle course, which forces me to jump through hoops to prove I want to talk with Epill. I know why he needs a job; he is part of the new dysfunctional business world.

In the end, these email filtering companies harvest my emails as potential clients, and they do the novation as the new spammer.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boxbe

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Sosua, Dominican Republic --- Tuesday, January 26, 2010
By Andy Graham of china-marbles.info

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On Hold with Support
Have you ever called up Support and got put on hold? What are the most amounts of Emails you have written to a support staff, with email systems that too complicated to navigate?

If I hire a person that does this crap, I can guarantee you will be put on hold by our staff, ignored, and you will go through a maze of crap to talk to people. It all starts with the first communication, while the rest of the world is closing off; I think we should open the doors.

If you did not notice, there is a notice in the emails now at the bottom, saying to click reply to write me. Each year that passes; I get better at managing emails, not worst. I guess Epill cannot figure out how to manage emails, so he just blocks them, the normal solution for IT support.



I have a couple of rules in life, call me Dude, and I lose respect for you. Make obstacles to communications and I close the door. If you never pick up the telephone, I stop calling.

Interesting, they can still call me up and find out why, because my door is still open.

If you hire a worked, he or she should be extremely easy to . As best I can tell, Facebook is occupied with people that gave up on email.

India Worker will NOT get the Internet Job


Malaria Vaccine Thanks to Bill Gate

This is truly great:
“Microsoft founder Bill Gates has told the BBC that a vaccine for malaria could be just three years away.”




Does this mean I can stop carrying a mosquito net? I was in a six-dollar room in La Vega, Dominican Republic, by using my mosquito net; I was able to camp inside the room.

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Sosua, Dominican Republic --- Tuesday, January 26, 2010
By Andy Graham of china-marbles.info

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Mosquito Nets
If you wish to learn about Mosquito nets, here is my collection:
Mosquito Nets



I wrote an email to the Gate Foundation asking for an interview. This is truly a great thing, I would like to walk up and shake his hand.

Friends with Malaria
I do not enjoy seeing yellow eyes, slow minds, and all the direct and indirect problems associated with Malaria. Many of my friends have contracted Malaria in my five trips to Africa. Generally, the NGO save-the-world work is ineffective, maybe they have good intentions, I am not always sure, but if you want something done, I want to see a man like Bill Gates who does not need a job.

I thought I had Malaria in Niger, West Africa, on hindsight, I think I had dangerous food poisoning.

Non Governmental Organizations set up in countries, they build a building, entrench themselves: because they never plan to leave. They then stand in line, bellow up to the Government Donor money, and a great job for ineffective people who need a job.

Malaria Vaccine Thanks to Bill Gate


Using Travel Dolls as Models Photo Travel Tip

Solo travelers can spice up their cliché photos of tropical sunsets by taking small dolls, or personal items and putting in the photo. Couples can avoid future arguments by using Travel Dolls as models in photos.



There is a Raggedy Andy and Ann Dolls sitting in the drink container of the beach table in Sosua, Dominican Republic. (The chair guy was a pain, he wanted me to pay for the chairs, I took this photo in a hurry, truly a tourist trap here.)

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Sosua, Dominican Republic --- Tuesday, January 26, 2010
By Andy Graham of china-marbles.info

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I cannot remember exactly, but one of my sisters gave me these two dolls with a Christmas card, I have been carrying them inside my camera backpack ever since I left the USA. These dolls are too small; I truly need about 8-10 inch dolls with the ability to be sitting up, or in more positions. They need to seen easily in the photo to function properly.





This is rather boring photo, normally people spice them up by putting themselves in the photo. This is random, not consistent and truly vain, but it is personal, often too personal. Although the dolls will not be able to take your photo, they are a lot cheaper to maintain than traveling with a person.

People have trouble framing photos, this photo is truly bad, but if I has more time and put the Dolls into the photo, it livens up another cliché photo.



This girl was talking too much as I walked down to the Sosua, Dominican Republic beach, she appeared happy. I wanted to take a photo for this Travel Tip, she was talking, engaging, so I handed her the Dolls. The Sosua Girls are an exceptionally hard lot, they want money for everything, and she suddenly wanted money. I think when a Sosua girl talks to you; you can just assume you need to say,
“How much?”



Travel Dolls Identifies the Photographer
This women was helpful, these dolls allow the eyes of viewers to have something to do, and shows continuity of experiences. You can take photos of your dolls in front of the Eiffel Tower, or at the Egyptian Pyramids, and show that you went there, sort of proof of who took the photo.

Traveler Idiosyncrasy
I will be making china-marbles.info Dolls that can be tied, maybe hung on the outside of the Windmill Traveler Bag. This is a traveler idiosyncrasy, and I have seen many travelers use different items, one couple took photos of their boots at many tourist attractions. Personally, I cannot work up enough energy to put myself in photos on a regular basis; I more or less only do so when necessary to make a point.

Choosing Your Doll
1. Able to sit up
2. Able to be cleaned.
3. 8-10 Inches high is probably the optimal size.
4. Do not bring your favorite doll your grandmother gave you as a keepsake.
5. You need to pack these dolls in your day bag, the size of the doll is important.
6. It would be better to be a stuffed one, something that does not break easy.

I Hate My Boyfriend Problem
Many travelers take photos of their girlfriends or boyfriends, I tend to discourage this, the majority of girlfriend, boyfriend relationships end. But the photo you put on the internet go on forever, this will be a never-ending source of anger, these type of Travel Dolls are better for Travelers.

If anyone gets a wild hair and want to make a prototype of a Hobo stuffed doll, I would really appreciate it.

Here is one of the “Hook Comment” questions….

How many of you have your photo up on the internet with a boyfriend or girlfriend you despise?

These Travel Dolls is a wise travelers alternative to using your --- temporary --- mate. A wise traveler, writer and photographer needs to understand, photos are today, tomorrow and all the yesterdays, it is not good form.

Using Travel Dolls as Models Photo Travel Tip


Wash Clothes by Hand Video Travel Tip

This video below will teach you an easy way to wash clothes by hand, something all good explorers’ needs to learn when you fall off the beaten path. I do not like to wash clothes by hand, I think the only way to avoid this task is to stop traveling, I would say all good travelers have a few laundry stories.



Why do I have my foot in the bucket? Watch the videos below for the answer.

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Sosua, Dominican Republic --- Monday, January 25, 2010
By Andy Graham of china-marbles.info

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A professional photographer will carry two cameras; this is one of the identifiers.

A professional traveler can tell you clothes washing stories, one of the identifiers. I truly wish to avoid this duty, after 12 years of travel, I accept it goes with the job.

Wash Clothes by Hand Video Travel Tip



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