Thursday, July 26, 2007

Things that some men don't do in WC

" I am a hygiene freak. I'm like obsessive-compulsive when it comes to washing your hands"

Kelly Clarkson

I spend quite some time in public places. There I have noticed some things that really didn't make me happy and probably won't make you happy either if you would be aware of them.

Surprisingly, probably 50% of men don't wash their hands after using WC. Oops!

Come on guys, show us some respect! Seeing those walking out of a men's restroom without washing hands I was wondering how their wives or girlfriends would feel if they would only knew that their beloved one is...unclean :)

As a man I would not want to shake another man's hand if I knew that he didn't washed his hands.

Is it lack of education or maybe just lack of awareness of the possible consequences?

No, I am not a hygiene freak but I really think that in a civilized society all the people have to obey some rules and good habits in order to provide a fair and good life for everyone.

So, guys, please be Gentlemen. Don't walk by a washing station on the way out without using it.

Ladies, please encourage Your Man to keep good habits because you deserve the best!

Keep it clean!

PS. I don't know what's going on in Ladies restrooms but I really hope they are doing better :)

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

How can I save the Planet?

"Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed."
Mohandas K. Gandhi

One of the few things I remember about my very first day of school was a drawing contest. It was a contest for all first graders to who were invited to draw with chalk on the asphalt. The subject was "Save the Earth". Oh well, we are talking about 80's so saving the Planet had a different meaning then. I have won the top prise and got the diploma for the best drawing :) My drawing was called "People, save the Earth. You will not get another one".

OK, how can I save the Planet today when things are already complicated and it hurts?

Here are my thoughts:

-Turn the lights off when U don't use them.

-Take only the plastic bags you need when U go shopping. If possible, don't get new bags from the store.

-Keep the air-conditioning low or off while U are not in the building.

-Use big bottles of water to refill the smaler ones. Don't buy small bottles every time, if possible.

-Man, please take showers only. Leave the bath with roses and milk only for Your Ladies :)

-Don't use your washing machine if it is less then half full. Wait till U get a full load.

-Don't use chemicals in Your garden (if U have one :)

-Wash your car only if needed

-Read you newspapers online. Buy less paper magazines.

-Print only what You really need....

Have you got more tips? Join me here with comments and more tips.

Yes, the difference I can make is very small BUT if there are many people who are making small differences, there is gonna be a GREAT difference in everything we do.

Save the Planet! U can do it, Captain Planet :)

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Why the New 7 Wonders of the World?

" There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million..."

Walt Streightiff

Last week the New Seven Wonders of the World were chosen. Even the UNESCO is not happy with it, here is the new list with little details on each of them:

***PYRAMIDS OF GIZA, EGYPT will retain their status as one of the original seven wonders of the world. The only surviving structures of the original seven wonders, the three pyramids were built as tombs for 4th dynasty pharaohs about 4,500 years ago.

The giant amphitheater in Rome was inaugurated in A.D. 80 by the Emperor Titus in a ceremony of games lasting 100 days.

The 4,160-mile barricade running from east to west in northern China is the longest man-made structure in the world. The fortification was built to protect the dynasties from invasion by the Huns, Mongols, Turks and other tribes.

The white marble-domed mausoleum in Agra was built by Mogul Emperor Shah Jahan between 1632 and 1654 for his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal.

The ancient city of Petra in southwestern Jordan, was the capital of the Arab kingdom of the Nabateans. The city is famous for its water tunnels and numerous stone structures carved in rock.

The 125-foot-tall statue of Christ the Redeemer with outstretched arms overlooks Rio de Janeiro from atop Mt. Corcovado.

Built by the Incan Empire in the 15th century, the giant walls, palaces, temples and dwellings of the Machu Picchu sanctuary are perched in the clouds at 8,000 feet above sea level in the Andes mountains. It remains a mystery how the huge stones were moved into place for the construction of the remote city.

This step-pyramid surmounted by a temple survives from a sacred site that was part of one of the greatest Mayan centers of Mexico's Yucatan peninsula. Built according to the solar calendar, it is placed so that shadows cast at the fall and spring equinoxes are said to look like a snake crawling down the steps, similar to the carved serpent at the top.

The initiative to choose 7 new wonders belongs to a Swiss organization. Their official reason was: out of the previous 7 wonders only 1 still exists. So, we need some new wonders. Some voices were saying that the World need more then 7. In year 200 AD when the first wonders were chosen, there were not too many cool things around. Today, there is a large variety so let's choose more...

Oh, well, people from around the World made their decision and now we got the list.

Do you want to know what is the real reason to choose the New 7 Wonders?

It's so simple: M-O-N-E-Y!!!! Yep, $$$. All this wonders are actually standing so anybody could go and visit them. They use to be one of many other cool tourist sites but now they become the New 7 Wonders of the World. Everybody would want to go and see them. The tourism toward those destinations will incredible increase. Somebody will make a great profit out of the New 7 Wonders ...and I know it's not me :)

On another note, I have seen the Colosseum so there are 6 left on my list. Anybody interested to join me for 6 new adventures toward the New Wonders of the World?

See U.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

A story about a happy man

“I’m not a prophet or a stone aged man, I'm just a mortal with potential of a Superman. I’m living on”
David Bowie, English singer and Song Writer, 1947

3pm... Very hot day in a crazy& crowded city. Ordinary busy streets with people walking by. Same routine for everyone, except…
A little girl and her Grandmother. In middle of all this, the little girl faints on the street. Here she is: laid on the asphalt and her Grandmother trying to “wake” her up and trying to lift her up to carry her away from the cars and busy people. Despite of the Grandmother’s efforts, the 9y.o. little girl was to heavy for her and she remained there.
Lots of people kept walking by. Cars driving by. A little crowd started gathering. People of different ages stopped to look. Yes, they stopped to look. For them it was another “show”…
Then a man came. He was an ordinary man. He walked to the little girl. Asked the Grandmother what the problem was. Lift the little girl and carried her to a bench under a tree. “Woke” her up. Shared his water with her. She was getting better so he spoke with her. From her he found out that she didn’t eat too much. Basically she eat nothing. Her skinny body and very pale skin were another argument to her words. No, she wasn’t begging, she was just answering questions. Evidently uncomfortable, the Grandmother shared that her little granddaughter had an accident in school in May. Her skull was damaged very badly and she was still recovering. Lack of food, water, very high temperatures added to the health problems she already had. She was just a kid, a 9 y.o. kid.
No, they were not homeless or beggars but you could tell they were very poor…
Then the ordinary man left. He just disappeared. He was happy J

Often we are a Nation of spectators. We enjoy watching shows and making comments. We don’t get involved. We don’t care or maybe we care but only for us, our needs and pleasures.
Yesterday I was talking to a friend about what’s life about. What really matters now? What will really matter after we will be gone? What has a real and lasting value?
Yes, I love and enjoy life. I have goals, plans and dreams. Still, what will I leave behind after the final line with be drawn in my life??? What will matter then?
That man was happy because he made a difference in somebody’s life. A small difference but he made it. There were so many spectators there but only he choose to care.
I encourage each of you, who read this lines, to get involved, to care, to make a difference. Keep your eyes open. You don’t need to be a Superman, Spiderman or Amazing Four to make this World better. That man was an ordinary man but he became a Superman by what he did.
What will last after the final line will be drawn in Your life?
Make a difference today in somebody’s life.
Use Your potential of a Superman or Supergirl.
Be an anonymous ordinary hero.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

4th of July Party

“ Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better”
Albert Camus, French Novelist, Essayist and Playwright, 1957 Nobel Prize for Literature, 1913-1960.

4th of July is one of my favorite days and celebrations! It is special because it reminds me what is all about Freedom, what’s all about Families and Unity. It reminds that Freedom is no given, it is won.
On the July 6th, I was invited to be part of the Independence Day party organized by the American-Romanian Chamber of Commerce from Bucharest, Romania
I had the a great time!!! This is why I need to express my thankfulness to Mrs. Anca Harasim, Mrs. Mihaela Gusu, Ms. Andreea Ologeanu and the rest of the team who organized this cool party. Thank You for all Your work. Thank You for the invitation to join You for this special Celebration.
Why was it great? Great planning, lots of security, very nice 4th of July decorations, lots of food, drinks and deserts, face painting (***Check the picture from above. I had an American flag painted on my face J Also there were games for all ages. The music was provided by Juke Box band so we all got to rock’n’roll and enjoy some good old American music.
The surprise of the party was the visit of the US Ambassador in Romania, Mr. Nicolas Taubman He had a short speech and was warmly greeted by the participants at the celebration.
In the second part, everyone could participate at drawing. The main prizes were a trip for 2 to Amsterdam by KLM, a trip for 2 to Paris by Air France. Also there were few nice cell phones, special wine selection by Vincon Vrancea
mobile bars, cosmetics by Oriflame.
At the end we all could watch a breathtaking fireworks show. It lasted about 30 minutes and it was just amazing!
I really enjoyed the relaxed, cool, refreshing, educational, exciting and friendly atmosphere at this special event. It was an atmosphere similar to great American Spirit.
The USA and American people played an important role in my life. I will always treasure those moments and great people born in the Land of the Free and Home of the Braves.

God Bless America!

Happy 4th of July!