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Cloudy skies on a Home Alone Weekend

Yes, I am home alone this weekend. Igor is in Sarajevo, singing with his choir. It was a cloudy day today, really close to some rain, but still pleasantly warm. What to do, what to do, what to do, the outlook was decidedly blue... So I opted for the coast. To hell with (possible) rain, I wanted some nice and easy rest. I went to Strunjan, a nice nude beach that's part of a protected natural park. And I was practically alone on the beach. And I loved it. And the swimming and all! :) A day well spent!


Empty, empty.......


Oh, look! Feet! Again! :)


The cliffs.


Murky skies.


Some plants.


And more plants.


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And I was already whining to exiledfromtribeabout that - Indiana Jones opens at the Cannes Film Festival on 18th in Europe. We are getting it on 22nd and I can't go, because it's badminton night, 23rd is the night of big gay party here and 24 is my B'day. Confused. 

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exiledfromtribe
May. 17th, 2008 10:55 pm (UTC)
Igor is in Sarajevo, singing with his choir

It's so nice to read that. I was horrified by the Balkan war, including the West's paralysis. IMAO they should have intervened much earlier, and bombs wouldn't have been necessary. Sorry if that's a politically charged statement, but it would have come up eventually.
paterson_si
May. 18th, 2008 09:00 am (UTC)
Sarajevo....... I was there in, I think it was, 1997 or 1998. Some parts of the city were already restored and were charming just the way they used to be. But when they took us to some parts, mostly they were residental areas, I saw some images that just weren't able to leave my head for weeks. Everything was destroyed, huge buildings with bomb and mine holes, burned down stuff... and people still lived in those houses, even though they shouldn't have, because the building could come down any minute. And they took us to see some minefields.
Really, really depressing. And yes, things could've been prevented if West intervened earlier. But, no oil, no gold, no nothing there. Just people. Do we care for people?

Oh, numbers and wars... one of Slovene weekely political magazines publishes the so called "Death Count in Iraq" every week. This week's number say:
- Occupying Forces: 9
- Iraqi police: 25
- Rebels: 88
- Civil victims: 114
Week total: 241

Grand total: 98.014

Sometimes I really cannot understand what's going on with us.
exiledfromtribe
May. 18th, 2008 05:33 pm (UTC)
I actually tore up my Democrat pary card over that war. It was the 3rd or 4th time that Clinton promised intervention and then didn't do anything.

Ugg. I believe that one reason that the U.S didn't intervene was "Vietnam Syndrome." The U.S. was afraid of losing planes (boots on the ground was NOT an option) to Serb "anti-aircraft defenses." It wasn't until after intervention that we discovered that they didn't have any such defenses. One general said he was almost sick when he saw what little they had.

9-11 cured the military of its reticence, but I'm sure that the Iraq war has brought it back. Our military will be extremely loath to intervene anywhere for a few generations. Heh. I think if Dubya attacked Syria or Iran that they'd roll their tanks up to the White House and take over. Very unlikely, but if any president could inspire a military coup, it's this one.
paterson_si
May. 18th, 2008 08:02 pm (UTC)
Yes, Dubya has really torn things down. Sometimes it really gets me down what has he done to the States. Luckily, people are like you still embody the spirit of the US once so famous around the world. But the sad thing is it will probably take years, if not decades to repair the damage that damfool has done.
exiledfromtribe
May. 18th, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
The bright side is that anybody will be better. He honestly might be the worst president we've had. As a U.S. History major, I believe it wise to wait a decade or two to make that judgement. Still, not only has his administration cocked things up, but they keep doing it! I mean, my god, don't threaten Iran and Syria: talk to them! That's all they want, i.e. reassurance that we won't bomb them.

Luckily, most of the country thinks like I do. The last election was pretty weird, though, because the states that voted against Dubya were pissed. There was a lot of [mostly] flippant talk about seceding and letting the South and Midwest go their own way. I'd joke about that, but then a friend in West Virginia pointed out that the "red" states still had Democrats in them and would rather not be abandoned. :P
paterson_si
May. 18th, 2008 08:18 pm (UTC)
Yes... Dubya is almost certainly the worst president you've ever had. And talking just doesn't seem to be "modus operandi" of his administration. You know... talking involves brain which is not really something that comes in large quantities when it comes to your present president.

I am surely keeping all I have crossed for your elections this fall.
ubermunkey
May. 17th, 2008 11:22 pm (UTC)
gorgeous image bud!
Thanks for sharing them.
paterson_si
May. 18th, 2008 08:51 am (UTC)
Thanks! :)

Cloudy sky and blue/grey/brown surroundings helped me to get the contrasts that are otherwise hidden.

Take care!
scunnerred
May. 18th, 2008 12:02 am (UTC)
You could skip badminton for a week. Just a thought.
paterson_si
May. 18th, 2008 08:50 am (UTC)
Oh my! You are a riot! :)

Think I should do it? Sound appealing though...... Just one thing: I am afraid I might be disappointed again. H'wood movies have turned into "SFX only" lately and it's not my main cup of tea.

Will have to ponder on that one for a while.....
scunnerred
May. 18th, 2008 08:10 pm (UTC)
But it's Indiana Jones!
paterson_si
May. 18th, 2008 08:21 pm (UTC)
I am just afraid that Spielberg didn't take it too far. One of the memories I really don't cherish is what he did to AI. While he had to stick to original Kubrick it was okay. Then he just drifted away. Well, at least in my head. :)

But.... do I really need to be among the first ones to see it here?
scunnerred
May. 18th, 2008 10:59 pm (UTC)
I didn't like AI much.

You're right, it'll probably be chaos at the cinema on opening night.
paterson_si
May. 18th, 2008 11:30 pm (UTC)
Yup.... chaos sucks, although it's easy to avoid the queues and all - you can just buy your ticket through your mobile phone and then just type the code you receive through text in a special machine. And... puuuuurt... here comes your ticket. LOL
bygbrat
May. 18th, 2008 05:18 pm (UTC)
lovely photos!!!
did you really go swimming? oy, it must've been cold!

paterson_si
May. 18th, 2008 05:30 pm (UTC)
Yes... I went swimming. The sea probably has some 19C which is enough for me. I opened the season on 1 May in Croatia. At 15C. :)
new_improved
May. 20th, 2008 07:35 am (UTC)
pretty pictures! though you said it was a nude beach w/out pics to prove it ;)
paterson_si
May. 20th, 2008 01:45 pm (UTC)
Catch: "And I was practically alone on the beach. And I loved it." :)

Hence.... no nudes but me LOL And I have temporarily retired after finishing 30Smiles.
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