Sunday, June 14, 2009

Who let the dogs out?

by Pa Rock
Trivia Master

I neglected to memorialize some Bahamas' trivia in earlier posts. We encountered many stray dogs in Nassau, and our taxi driver/guide explained that there are some 15,000 in the Nassau community alone. He said that was the impetus behind the song, Who Let the Dogs Out? by the Baha Men - who were, of course, Bahamian.

Our taxi driver inundated us with quite a bit of islands' trivia during the tour. There were two families in the mini-van. Each time somebody guessed a correct answer, they received a coin from the Bahamas. Boone and I each earned a square 15-cent piece, supposedly the only the only 15-cent coin denomination in the world. The fifteen-center was discontinued a couple of years ago. Boone also got a local dime which is round but has a wavy edge. Money from the Bahamas exchanges exactly with United States currency - dollar for dollar. In fact, most of the businesses around the port operate with American dollars. I purchased $10 of Bahama coins from one of the pursers on the ship - pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters - no fifteen-cent pieces - good thing we had won those. The coins will function as souvenirs for all of the people that I neglected to buy for!

(The trivia question that I got right on the tour: The driver pointed to a beautiful large tree and asked who could name it. No one knew. He gave a clue that it began with a B. I took a SWAG - sophisticated, wild-ass guess - and said "Banyan." That's what comes from being a reader!)

1 comment:

Mike Box said...

We cannot convict persons merely because their views are extreme. We can and should exercise better diligence when a person veers off the peaceful path and engages in violent conduct. We should be able to keep those persons under lock and key for the majority of their lives.
We can outlaw hatred and bigotry. We cannot root the evil out of the hearts and minds where it grows.
Before we go disarming the public and doing substantially that to the Second Amendment which was done to the Fourth we should draw a venn diagram. The 1st circle contains all Americans. The 2nd circle contains those who would use firearms for lawful purposes. Cirlce No. 3 contains the wingnuts. Where all three circles intersect is the place where I’d be okay with restricting the rights of the Second Amendment.
Since we are of such advanced fosinority, and close enough to becoming fossils, let’s not toss out the baby with the bathwater. I am convinced that if Dr. Tiller’s assasin had not been able to use a gun then more would have died in the explosion.
And yes, the First Amendment does not protect pandering to perverts or incitement to unlawful behavior.