Somehow, I have part of a black man in my soul.  I am a white male.  My parents are both white.  All four grandparents are white.  I’m as averge white as you can get.  Yet there remains this black man within.

And so with Barack Obama nearing the presidency, I thought it appropriate to explain to my readers why I think there is a black man within.

I grew up in Oregon.  There aren’t very many black people there.  In our high school of 4000, we had exacly one black boy … and he was 1/2 Mexican.  So I didn’t really learn much about the black culture until I moved to Texas.

One of the first things that I noticed that I have a black man within is how much I love basketball.  I play it three times a week.  I love the NBA.  I don’t care much for the white player in the NBA.  I tend to enjoy watching the black man play more than the white man.

Several year ago, I bought a Mitsubishi Galant.  As I’ve been driving it, I notice other owners of the Galant.  I’d say about 90% of the people I’ve seen driving the Galant are Black.  It is a standing joke between my wife and I … whenever we see a Galant, we go out of our way to see the race of the driver.  Almost always the driver is Black.  And if he or she is not Black, they are a minority.  I especially loved the suped up, ghetto Galants.  My black man within desires to pimp my ride.

I love fried chicken.  Church’s, Popeye’s, KFC, Pollo Campero … you name it, I love it.  I also still love McDonald’s.  (Have you ever noticed that McDonald’s commercials hardly ever market to the white boy anymore?)

Watermelon … my summertime favorite.

This last story really made me realize that I definately have a black man within.  A couple of weeks ago, I attended a co-worker’s 30th anniversary luncheon.  She is Black.  There were two tables … one for her and her family and the other for all the employees.  Of course I sat at the employee table.  There were two black men at the table.  Everyone else was white or Mexican.  For lunch, the meat choice was steak, chicken or salmon.  I love salmon, so naturally I ordered it.  When the meat came out, I noticed everyone at the table ordered steak except the three people who ordered salmon.  As I said, I was one of the salmon orders.  The other two … you guessed it … the two black men at the table.  No one knew why I was laughing out loud when the meat arrived.

That’s all the evidence I have.  As more surfaces, I’ll post it.

On a side note … have you ever listened to a black person pray?  Count how many times they say the word “just” in their prayers.

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“Earth Friend Gen” can ride and skate around Portland buck naked and it’s not against the law.

According to Cathe Kent, from the Portland Police Bureau, because Earth Friend Gen is not doing this in an attempt to arouse anyone, the act is perfectly legal. 

Wow.

That is Oregon.

Oregon doctors are now diagnosing 71-year-old grandfathers as being pregnant.

Today while watching TV, I saw a most curious commercial. The commercial touted the great qualities of a new initiative. What caught my attention were the images showing people using a new type of card to travel back and forth between counties in the Western Hemisphere. At the end of the commercial, the title of the initiative was flashed on the screen with a website address. The name … the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative.

Almost instantaneously, I thought of Zeitgeist the Movie and a “Damn Interesting” article entitled “The Revenge of the Fighting Quaker”

Then of course everyone has been watching the events unfold this week … the events on Wall Street. Some are calling it the 9/11 of Banking or the Financial Institution. What the U.S. government has done is shocking … at least to me. Now there is this proposal that will “fix” this crisis at the tune of $1 Trillion!! World markets reacted enthusiastically when they heard the U.S. government stepped in.

All of these thoughts are swirling in my head … the WHTI, this past week’s events and Zeitgeist and the DI article. It’s all very interesting to say the least.

If you’re curious, click on the links and do some investigation of your own. I smell a wizard in Oz.

Post Script

While I was re-reading this today, I just remembered that we can’t forget about NAFTA. The link is to the Wikipedia article. One of the references in the article is a transcript of an interview of Mexico’s president Vicente Fox with Larry King. Here is part of what they said in the interview:

KING: E-mail from Mrs. Gonzalez in Elizabeth, New Jersey. “Mr. Fox, I would like to know how you feel about the possibility of having a Latin America united with one currency?”

FOX: Long term, very long term. What we propose together, President Bush and myself, it’s ALCA, which is a trade union for all of the Americas. And everything was running fluently until Hugo Chavez came. He decided to isolate himself. He decided to combat the idea and destroy the idea…

KING: It’s going to be like the euro dollar, you mean?

FOX: Well, that would be long, long term. I think the processes to go, first step into is trading agreement. And then further on, a new vision, like we are trying to do with NAFTA.

One world.

In today’s post, Scott said,

the sound of custom car engines is like catnip to hot chicks.

Really, the best part of the post … the part that gave me a gut-wrenching laugh was when he said,

I’d also add the sound of a chainsaw somwhere in the distance, so the woman can imagine her personal lumberjack getting wood for the fire.

You have to read the whole post to really get that 2nd line.

Hundreds of paragliders visit Grouse Mountain every single day.  Day after day, these hundreds turn into thousands.  Of all these paragliding expeditions, few if any get stuck in trees.   Yet of all these thousands of paragliders, it takes an Oregonian to get stuck in a tree.

The paraglider was trying to land in Cleveland Park, but he noticed that his approach was a little bit low. As he tried to guide himself in the right direction, he noticed that he was heading towards some power lines.
“He decided his best option was to go into the trees rather than to go into the lines,” Cairns said.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t the State of Oregon pratically covered with trees?  You’d think an Oregonian would know how to climb as well as dismount from a tree … right?

I’m sure the state revoked his citizenship when he came back from Vancouver.

From Futility Closet:

“Spike Milligan was wearing traditional Scottish garb when a curious onlooker asked, ‘So, is there anything worn under the kilt?’

“‘No’, he answered, ‘it’s all in perfect working order.'”