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Rean here…

I recently had the shocks of Chevy optra replaced.  I had to go a couple of towns from where I live as my experience with my last repair was not pleasant.  Two weeks after I did my canvassing, I set out and had my shocks done.  I brought my car to the garage and walk a block to purchase my struts.  I later had my mechanic pick up the parts and installed these in my car.  I’d say my experience was a lot better with the exception of some time management issues on the part of the garage crew.

In view of all this, I just miss the convenience aspect of life stateside.  Instead of driving around looking for a good garage, I would just click on a website and get my estimate.  There are however things in my favor now as Filipino mechanics are noted for their excellent improvisation skills. This has made a lot of car owners like me save a lot more money than if we had our cars done in the US.

Amy Winehouse, 27,  joins the young and the restless 27 Club, a list of young rock artists who have died at the age of 27. Among the familiar names in this list are:

  • Brian Jones – Rolling Stones founder and guitarist/multi-instrumentalist. Drowned.
  • Jimi Hendrix – Electric guitarist, singer and songwriter. Asphyxiated on own vomit after combining sleeping pills with wine
  • Janis Joplin – Lead vocalist and songwriter. Heroin Overdose
  • Jim Morrison – Lead singer, songwriter and video director. Heart failure
  • Kurt Cobain – Founding member, lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for Nirvana. Suicide
  • Ron Mckernan – Founding member, keyboardist and singer of the Grateful Dead. Gastrointestinal hemorrhage associated with alcoholism
  • Pete Ham – Keyboardist and guitarist, leader of Badfinger. Suicide by hanging
  • Gary Thain – Bassist – Uriah Heep and Keef Hartley band. Drug overdose
  • Pete de Freitas – Drummer for Echo & the Bunnymen. Motorcycle wreck
  • Stretch – Rapper. Shot
  • Fat Pat – Rapper and member of Screwed Up Click. Shot
  • Freaky Tah – Rapper and member of Lost Boyz. Shot
  • Amy Winehouse – Singer and songwriter. Cause of death to be determined

(source: wikipedia)

The tragic pattern has almost become like a road map. Unless “intervention” takes place…

Are you into music? 27 and under? What moves you?

Rean here…

Last Wednesday,  Tes and the kids where at my Laguna Belair ballet class. My daughter found some gem stones in the carpet while she was playing.  Haven’t really had the things checked but it got me thinking. A lot of people buy diamonds online but do they really know the story behind these.  Just as it was an 8 year old girl who found the gems in the carpet, was it an 8 year old slave girl who found the diamond on your ring in some riverbank in Africa?  Are the diamonds in our jewelry box, conflict free?

Rean here…

A friend threw in the idea of distributing e readers in schools instead of these institutions building libraries. The thought appealed to me considering the need to reduce deforestation in the light of climate change. So I met up with this friend of mine to look at an EDO e-reader.It was a cool gadget with a look and feel of a book.  We thought we had found a cheap model that could be distributed to public schools.  Unfortunately the thing conked out a  few days later. I guess, the kindle e reader remains the surest solution for this plan.