Monday Sep 29, 2008

GO DADDY BRISTOW

Bristow, riding for a team on the wrong side of the pond... who cares if he was born and raised in the UK, damn it, he should've been riding for the Ol' Stars and Stripes; the Brits had enough domination in cycling that one less gold medal (okay, two, since he was also in the Team Sprint) wouldn't have hurt them; it was like their glory days when the sun never set on the British Empire, bugger... won a gold medal at the Paralympic Games and set a World Record in the LC1 1 km event twenty days ago. And, well, I was lucky enough to have been there and watch him do it.

Bristow is a fellow employee at Sun Microsystems. I'd first heard about him coming to my fair city a month or so before, when a message was sent to an email list I'm on. And, even though I didn't know him from Adam, I figured I'd let him know I was around to help if needed. We sent email back and forth a couple of times, he told me when he'd be competing, and, with my Nikon D50 and 300 mm lens in tow, I was off to the races.

I ended-up taking around 200 shots that day, with Bristow in about fifty of those.

Here are four:

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Congrats once again, Bristow!


Legal disclaimer: The use of the phrase GO DADDY in the title of this post is in no way meant to infringe on the trademark registered to GoDaddy.com, Inc. It was merely meant to refer to the wordage pictured in the third photo, which this author believes to have been drawn by Bristow's kids in support of their father. That is, "GO" as in ride very fast, "DADDY" as in their father, "BRISTOW" as in the family name of said athlete and also used in an effort to differentiate him from other fathers who were racing that same day.

Sunday Sep 07, 2008

Blind Woman Massage?

For the most part, I thought this was a good article:

Until, that is, I saw this paragraph:

In some cases, even when they do have a job, people with disabilities are limited in what they can apply for. Blind people, for example, traditionally become masseuses.

I have never seen our heard of a "Blind Woman Massage" being offered. AFAIK, this trade is only available to blind men. Also, blind men don't make-up a large percentage of those providing massages. To me, this statement stinks of the same type of stereotyping as saying that most Chinese in Western countries go into the laundry or fast-food businesses.

It would be wonderful if Bristow would do some research into what careers are available to the disabled in China, instead of making such a shallow and meaningless statement.

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