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written by owen on 2010-Feb-06.

My next door neighbor washes his new SUV EVERY MORNING before he goes to work. And he used to do it with his old car too. Both inside and outside. That is how I know that he either has nothing to do or is a compulsive cleaner. In the future cars will be coated in sheep fur that grows in the winter and you have to shave it in the summer. Go back to the start.

I was not going to say anything about the Haitian thing because people will simply think that I am insensitive to concerns of the people but really I'm jealous. I have not saved anybody since the year has stared. the sooner or I save somebody the sooner I can chilling. I have the ability to make jokes out of serious situations but it keeps me objective, keeps the dent in the rare quarter panel of my car from being fixed because I fear they will make it worst. First world problems.

As you enter a restaurant, if you see it has a pool, lake or something like then you can tell instantaneously tell its going to be ridiculously expensive. Double if the pool contains fish, exotic fish or crabs.        The food will be tasty and strange and they'll bring you drinks and bread to fill you up while you wait 30 minutes for the real food. Like a raindrop needs a shower. I just realised I have been writing this for like 3 weeks. Well, so it go.

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  1. realise seems so much more profound when it isn't spelled with a z. . .

    by Gods Child 2010-Feb-06 

  2. I think america just want to make better use of the letter Z by putting it in all those words. makes absolutely no sense. Just like driving on the wrong side of the road.

    by owen 2010-Feb-08 

  3. poor lonely z.
    I'm sure there's a lot could be done for Q's as well.

    by Gods Child 2010-Feb-09 

  4. I hate people who wash their car every morning because they are mean! Share the love. Wash my car some mornings!

    by mad bull 2010-Feb-07 

  5. he takes so long to wash his that I don't think he would have time to do anything else

    by owen 2010-Feb-08 

  6. With all the water ( aqua crisis ) problems in Jamaica, I am extremely surprised that persons are washing cars every day.Certainly, this is a blatant waste of the precious commodity, water. Nuff respect,Star !!

    by ESTEBAN AGOSTO REID 2010-Feb-08 

  7. Washing your car, watering your garden and cooling down your house is accepted in portmore. Portmore doesnt have a water crisis.

    by Tami 2010-Feb-09 

  8. How about saving yourself from abusing the English language any further? Just a thought...

    Anyway, methinks there's a lot of stuff you could save yourself from.

    I work with a OCD hand washer. She's sometimes in the bathroom for a half-hour after using it just so she can wash her hands right. Pretty sad to watch, but it's like a car accident, you just can't look away.

    by SE 2010-Feb-08 

  9. more damage is being done to the english language on a daily basis that I can ever hope to match, maybe I should go into Rap music THEN my dream of world domination through the literary arts will finally come true.

    by owen 2010-Feb-09 

  10. Now, washing one's care every day is just ridiculous!

    by Stunner 2010-Feb-08 

  11. OMG There are so many grammatical errors in this post; no wonder you took so long to write it. Stop bad-minding the man because he actually enjoys a clean car everyday, just laugh when it rains!

    Some people actually develop habits and it's hard to break out of them, even if it's the simple thing of being late every morning when you get up 1 1/2 hour before work that is 5 minutes away. Morning time is addictive. Go Simon!!!

    by Tami 2010-Feb-09 

  12. I see no grammagical errors, must be in your head. Although I do notice that my spell checker is getting dumber and dumber by the day, I don't know. Simon needs personal barber - NO DEAL!

    by owen 2010-Feb-09 

  13. Tami, I was totally ignorant of the water situation or circumstance in Portmore. Thanks for apprising me. Interestingly, in my town, Mandeville, water conditions are becoming unbearable, which is nothing new. Historically, Mandeville has always had problems with the supply and availability of water,--- even independent of yearly droughts and the paucity of rainfall ---, as a consequence of its elevation and the technological and maybe political issue(s) regarding pumping water from Porus, Manchester and Pepper, St. Elizabeth. Fortunately, for me, and to some extent, a considerable amount of Mandevillers, I built a large concrete tank in my backyard to harvest the rain water from the roof, which is then filtered and pumped into the house when I am not able to access water from the main or in the conventional manner.With this concrete storage tank, I have never had problems, with regard to the supply and the availability of water, even as I pen this response, despite what the larger community is experiencing re supply and availability of water, due to the drought. Nonetheless, a caveat to all Jamaicans, irrespective, of geographic locale. It is categorically imperative, when building houses, that the builders and homeowners, also, develop real tanks to store/harvest rain water. Because respective governments have been extremely inadequate and woefully lacking in providing water to residents in various communities.Specifically, with respect to commissioning new wells, construction of new reservoirs, pumping facilities, trucking of water, harnessing rivers, etc., so that copious water is constantly available, nationally. Interestingly, with population pressures on various towns, in terms of the demand for potable water, including the capital Kingston. One foresees that the water conditions, i.e. the availability and the problems of supply in the short to medium term(s) will only increase nationally and the problem will be severely exacerbated.Can you imagine that there may be NO WATER IN THE LAND OF WOOD AND WATER ?!! Surely, at that point in time, we should no longer use that phrase. Anyhow, I am still of the perspective that the washing of a car everyday, is somewhat pathologically excessive, irrespective, of the fact, that Portmore has supposedly copious water for its denizens to do same. Nuff respect, Tami.

    by ESTEBAN AGOSTO REID 2010-Feb-09 

  14. I think there is a river or something in Portmore, not sure where the water coming from, I should ask somebody. Doesn't it rain in Mandeville like everyday? they need a reservoir.

    by owen 2010-Feb-09 

  15. Owen,it used to rain extremely frequently in years past, but with overdevelopment in terms of the excessive cutting down of trees for urban and residential living and the abuse of the general environment, the incidence and volume of rainfall is not as significant. What is basically taking place is the excessive CONCRETIZATION of spaces that were once natural and this has impacted on rainfall. Also, the town of Mandeville has grown tremendously, especially, the residential areas and its environs over the last three decades and in essence, is now a regional town and not just the capital of Manchester. Hence,the demand for water increases,significantly.Owen, Mandeville is not in need of a reservoir,at least not in the short to medium term. As you do know,and as alluded to in my comment above, the real issue is one of pumping water from the flats to the plateau of Mandeville.Please be mindful of the fact, that Mandeville sits at 2,061 feet above sea level. Consequently, and also historically, the issue with water in Mandeville has always been one of technologically modern and efficient pumps to lift water from either Porus or Pepper.Owen, I may be wrong, but I sense that you have some connection to the town. By the way, it still rains, but not in the manner that it did when I was a boy.During, my youthful days growing up in Mandeville,it rained almost everyday,religiously speaking. Today, things are a little different. Nuff respect,Star!!

    by ESTEBAN AGOSTO REID 2010-Feb-09 

  16. I was suggesting they build a reservoir ON THE plateau. But from my last visit in Christmas I have noticed a marked increase in the number of 3 storied MEGA apartment buildings that are being built on every inch of mountain side and bird bush. I haven't stayed long enough to notice the change in rain fall patterns but i would not be surprised. My parents live in near NCU which is one of the main culprits of CONCRETIZATION in the area that I grew up, dem even have street light now. Some people will call it progress, other people will call it deforestation but Hillside soon will be unable to sustain the weight of that University.

    by owen 2010-Feb-09 

  17. Owen, I know that area very well. I had this strong feeling that you had some Mandeville connection and I am somewhat surprised that I am correct. " Dem even have street lights now." ROFLMAO !!! Since, you are on the subject of reservoirs. I am of the perspective that many of the large empty holes and cavities across the parish of Manchester, as a result of bauxite mining, can be transformed and developed into various mini-reservoirs, designed to hold x number of gallons of water. Of course, this would require serious study, research, and investment. But, I am strongly convinced, that if we are seriously thinking about the harvesting of water for the future of the town, this could be one possible option. Why not transform some of these large holes into small reservoirs? What do you think ? By the way I am from Brumalia.Nuff respect, Star !!

    by ESTEBAN AGOSTO REID 2010-Feb-09 

  18. I don't even know where Brumalia is but when you consider that I never went anywhere that was not in a 3 mile radius of Mandeville town center in all my 18 years of living there then it would not be such a surprise. Everything I could ever desire was in walking distance from Mandeville All Age. Back in those days I thought every school had a 2 football fields, a congregation hall and a basic school.

    Its not practical to go that route, its much easier/cheaper to find a big flat piece of land and dig a wide pool into it. Plus you don't know how stable those holes in the ground are, they could be volcanoes for all we know or dinosaur lairs of some kind. All you would need to build a pool are bulldozers, concrete and water proofing material. Building a deep tank into a precipice would be like undertaking a journey to the center of the earth. Mandeville pockets not that deep (well the pockets that live there and need it). I've been hearing about the whole piping issue for like donkey years now.

    by owen 2010-Feb-09 

  19. Owen, if you know where Brooks Park and the Mandeville/Manchester Golf Club are. That area is called BRUMALIA.As a matter of fact, it is not too far from the very school you mentioned. Your idea/suggestion regarding a flat parcel of land is well taken. But, interestingly, with these holes left by the bauxite companies, we would be killing two birds with one stone. But, as you rightly contend, cost could be prohibitive. Nonetheless, it is important that the town starts to think about the future of water, with respect to supply and availability.Specifically, in light of the fact, that population growth appears inevitable. Nuff respect, Star!!

    by ESTEBAN AGOSTO REID 2010-Feb-09 

  20. Yeah I know Brooks Park. I don't know if the population is really growing as much as people are building houses to rent out for university students. They need a highway too and C&W needs to move its industrial complex out of the center of town. But as you said it would require serious study and research and probably a generation of work - not a quick fix at all.

    by owen 2010-Feb-09 

  21. Esteban, you are the Master of long epilogues. No offense intended. [nive]

    by Tami 2010-Feb-09 

  22. Tami, nuff respect !! One love, sister !! [friendly]

    by E 2010-Feb-09