Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

FIRED UP FOR THE DRAGON BOAT RACES: Sandy and I took an walk around Marina Bay in the early evening today. As we crossed the Double Helix bridge, a "dragon boat" churned its way through the waters below us.
The co-ed crew are likely part of the Singapore Dragon Boat Association in some way. Maybe they will be part of the Singapore Dragon Boat Festival in July. Not sure what team this might be. Note the fierce jaws at the bow of the boat (see closeup at right). It kind of reminded me of the famous Flying Tigers, or the 1st American Volunteer Group of the Chinese Air Force during World War II. But, I stress, I have no idea who was in that boat.

DOLPHINS MIGHT NOT LIKE IT, BUT THESE SURE COME IN HANDY: Here a lot of coffee places choose not to use those paper-based insulating sleeves that slip over a cup of hot coffee or tea and allow you to walk out of the shop and NOT walk right to the drug story for some burn-care medication. Here the sleeve is replaced by a plastic handle, allowing the drinker to swing the cup like a pail and keep the hand very far away from the potentially hot paper cup surface. I provide here the INACTIVE (left) and ACTIVE (right) versions of this coffee holder. For the sake of full disclosure, I did not get these two items at the same time. The plastic thingy on the left came from a coffee shop at the National University of Singapore. The full cup of coffee came from a shop near Marina Bay. It's not exactly PhotoShopped, but this does not represent 100 percent reality. Maybe the dolphin concern is a bit of a reach, too. These aren't really plastic bags. Just strips of plastic-bag material. Anyway, rest assured there are no lack of coffee shops in Singapore.

THINGS ARE LOOKING UP, NO, MAKE THAT DOWN, FOR THE CRANE INDEX: Here's the latest Singapore Crane Index Limited Economic Indicator. What's all this mean? All I can do is turn to the wit and wisdom of one Bernie Madoff (at right): "It's a proprietary strategy. I can't go into it in great detail." (Quoted in Barron's, May 7, 2001, according to The Telegraph). [Everyone knows he should have used the more simple, more elegant and more tantalizing Blues Explanation: "If you need to ask, you'll never know." (guitarist Big Bill Broonzy (at left), when asked to define the blues.)] Hmmmmm. Investments and the blues can have a lot in common.
Date: March 3
Time: 8:45 a.m. (Singapore time)
Cranes Up (bad): 12
Cranes Down (good): 14
CRANES MISSING (unknown degree of goodness/badness): 2

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