July 1st, 2003


Welcome to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba...

A BBC correspondent was allowed inside Camp Delta, the prison compound at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. At one point, the prisoners tried to talk to the reporter. The tour was stopped immediately and the reporters, who were blamed for the incident, were forced to erase it from their recorders. They didn't erase all the recorders, apparently...

On a tasteless note, Guantanamo Bay has a gift shop which sells tacky tourist crap, primarily to the soldiers.

From one of the T-shirts on sale:

Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

The Home of the Sand Rats

(insert cartoon of six rats in orange prison suits, chained and shackled together in a tiny cell with flies buzzing overhead)

Al Qaeda Six Pack

Listen to the broadcast (19 minutes, RealPlayer), or read the article for more details...

more Tea & Sympathy...

Looks like the LJ server I am on is up and running again... finally. More posts and more comments. Yay.

Our weekly Tea & Sympathy gathering is tonight. Everyone is welcome and the hot tub is open... Looks like attendence will be fairly high this week, which is nice since we haven't had a chance to see a few friends in awhile.

One thing I would like to do is add a testimonials section to the Tea & Sympathy website, so if anyone has anything they would like to contribute, by all means, leave a comment or drop me an email.

Virgins? In Las Vegas?!

Teenagers from around the world met in Las Vegas this week for the International Abstinence Conference.

Most interestingly, they distributed "Good Girl Cards" on the Strip, to provide a countermessage to the pornographic pamphlets that are thrust at tourists.

It would be a truely Vegas thing to have a convention that same week for people who get off on deflowering virgins. As for me, I think my virgin deflowering days are over. Really, I wouldn't know where to look, but I suspect that LJ wouldn't be the best place...

I have a love/hate relationship with Vegas. I actually appreciate the off-the-Strip seediness more than the casinos, which I have limited tolerance for... give me the cheap dive bars, sex shops, and goth/fetish clubs, thanks. In general, I'm actually more fascinated by all that nothing that surrounds Las Vegas rather than Vegas itself.

As always, I appreciate subtext.

Interesting tour mentioned on the Squidlist...

The Dashiell Hammett tour of San Francisco.

A four hour tour past the homes and haunts of Dashiell Hammett, author of The Maltese Falcon and The Thin Man, and creator of some of the world's greatest detective novels.

I would love to get a team of people together to go on this tour sometime, perhaps a private tour some foggy afternoon, followed by an exquisite dinner somewhere classic, with decadent cocktails!

That reminds me... I need to buy myself a new trenchcoat.