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Wednesday, December 28, 2020

Today I wore my deerskin dress shoes. They’re probably my favorite pair; not only do they look good, but the leather is particularly soft and supple, and really comfortable.

However, I’ve found that they provide zero insulation against the cold. I had already discovered this on a past trip up north, when I froze my feet off during winter. I guess I forgot, though. And it was chilly enough this morning that I got a good reminder.

Still, they do look good. I ought to wear them more often, weather permitting.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 12/28/2005 10:58:46 PM
Category: Fashion
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Since the U.S. government already doesn’t recognize the name “Myanmar”, then Burma’s impromptu (and bizarre) shifting of the seat of government from historic Rangoon to backwater Pyinmana should also be disregarded, for consistency if nothing else.

Actually, this kooky development should be disregarded anyway, consistency or not:

Few in Rangoon can fathom the motives for the abrupt move, which began Nov. 6. Most observers and even some government officials say they suspect it was solely the brainchild of Gen. Than Shwe, the secretive head of Burma’s ruling military junta. Some have speculated that government fears of a U.S. invasion are to blame for the move, or perhaps civil unrest or even the prophesies of a soothsayer…

Senior Burmese ministers were given just two days’ notice of the relocation from the port city of Rangoon to the heartland of the majority Burman ethnic group. Witnesses recounted seeing the initial convoy depart Rangoon at precisely 6:37 a.m., a time that many Burmese attribute to the counsel of government astrologers. As the trucks pulled away from the ministries, including several housed in red brick Victorian buildings dating to the colonial era, army officers led a ritual chant of “We’re leaving! We’re leaving!”

Only the next day did the Foreign Ministry of Burma, renamed Myanmar by the junta, notify foreign diplomats that the capital had left town.

“You can communicate with the Myanmar government by letter. If you have an urgent matter, you can send a letter by fax,” said an Asian diplomat, repeating the instructions he had been given by the Foreign Ministry. “Can you believe that?”

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 12/28/2005 08:59:21 PM
Category: Political
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My friends Tom and Amber gifted me “Why Do Men Have Nipples? Hundreds of Questions You’d Only Ask a Doctor After Your Third Martini”. Promises to be a fun browse.

Authors Mark Leyner and Billy Goldberg devoted the book’s dedication to pop culture doctors, great and small:

Dr. Marcus Welby, Dr. Dre, Dr. Seuss, Dr. Cliff Huxtable, Dr. J, Dr. Scholl’s, Dr. Phil, Dr Pepper, Dr. Strangelove, Doc Baker, Dr. Who, Dr. Doolittle, Dr. Johnny Fever, Doc Gooden, Dr. Moreau, Dr. Jekyll, Dr. John Rooney, Dr. Kildare, Dr. Hibbert, Dr. No, Dr. Zhivago, Dr. Ruth, Dr. Evil, Dr. Joyce Brothers, Dr. Ben Casey, Doc Holliday, Dr. Doogie Howser, and the fight Dr., Ferdie Pacheco.

What, Dr. Doom didn’t make the cut?

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 12/28/2005 07:44:06 PM
Category: Pop Culture, Publishing
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