PC problems

I need some help. In the paragraph below I refer to “Muslim prayer pajamas”. This is the best description I can think of for the outfits the individuals were wearing. But is it PC? Or is it offensive? I had changed it to “Muslim prayer outfits” but it just doesn’t have the same ring or descriptive aspects of the phrase in question.

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

A crowd gathered. Men in full-length Muslim prayer pajamas wearing flat-topped Muslim caps stopped. Businessmen who look like businessmen everywhere except sweatier and dustier stopped. The traffic cop came over from his station in the middle of the intersection.

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Colbert’s Word “Made in Iraq”

Last week I posted about clothing MADE IN IRAQ. Is it just a coincidence that The Colbert Report picked up the story on Monday? Or is Stephen Colbert a member of the WAIW? nation?

Definitely a coincidence.

Anyhow, MADE IN IRAQ was featured in The Word. Watch it now (Note: Patience, the Comedy Central’s movie player took about 3 minutes to load on my computer.)

In the report Colbert says:

For some reason Iraq’s economny is in shambles, which means Iraqis will work for practically nothing. This plan will give Iraqi’s the jobs they desperately need and gives us the tube socks we desperately don’t want to pay more than $1.99 for.

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I'm a "Righter"

Today I’m continuing to edit the first chapter. I know how to use “there” and “their” and “to” and “too,” but for some reason I still flub them up. Even worse yet, I’ll use “right” when I mean “write.”

Have a paragraph that I think is grammatically okay (a t-shirt to anyone that sees any misgrammaring going on):

The coloring factory was the sweatiest of all the shops. Huge worm-like furnaces with glowing red mouths sucked in long sheets of cloth. The heat helps to affix the dye to the cloth. It was stifling. We watched the teenage boys work through a mist of rising steam. They used wood sticks to help feed the cloth into the furnace.

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"A thousand words" Sundays

I declare Sundays pic day here at WAIW?. From here on out expect to see photos like the one below. I’ll list them under the category “A thousand words.”

These Eyes

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Made in Iraq

I begin one of the sections in the Bangladesh chapter:

James Bond fought communism. So did my grandpa’s underwear.

Following WWII the US War and State Departments decided to rebuild the textile industry in Japan because it’s a good idea, if you drop 37,000 ton of atomic bombs on a country, to not help them rebuild industries that could easily be converted to the production of weapons, since the people of that country are still probably a bit peeved.

It was important that the USA established strong relations with Japan because if we didn’t it was likely that communist China would.

In the name of national security, the garment industry took its first great leap overseas to Japan. Today, the industry remains at the forefront of the politics and economics of…

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Moon Dog

Not so long ago, a Huffy and a Schwinn hooked-up. 6 weeks later (the gestation period of bicycles) a green baby bike was born with pearl whitewalls and shiny fenders. Ma and Pa Bike gave her the first name “Moon” because she was conceived during a full moon, and gave her the second name “Dog” because she was conceived….well that’s a little too personal and graphic to relate here. Let’s just say that one night of bi-wheeled, multi-geared passion birthed Moon Dog.

Ma and Pa Bike weren’t ready to handle the responsibility of greasing Moon Dog’s chain and wiping her fenders so they took her to the local pawn shop in Galveston, TX. And it was there that my brother Kyle first laid eyes on her….

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Gandhi is dead, long live Ben Kingsley

Let me set the scene. I was in the apartment of Bibi Russell, UN Ambassador/supermodel/fashion designer, in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

(From the Bangladesh Chapter, which is well into the not–sucking process now)

I sat in her living room and drank watermelon juice and ate cookies.

Her place was decorated with indigenous instruments of wood and metal. The decorated carriage of a rickshaw stood in one corner. She pointed out a picture of Gandhi and I asked if she met him.

“He died in the 1930’s.” She politely informed me.

“Well, if he would have been alive, you would have met him.” I’m an idiot and nothing I can do or say can change that. Although in my defense, Ben Kingsley who played Gandhi in the movie is…

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Not an average day in Ohio

Whelp, I’ve got a weird task today. I’ll be spending an hour or two in a corn field with my “Jingle These” boxers and a video camera making a demo tape. That’s really all I can say about it. But really, isn’t that enough information already?…

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The Grand prize winner…Batman!

Some of you may remember that Kyle won the ultimate super-spectacular grand prize from the Create Your Own NGO contest, which was a personal visit from yours truly. Besides the big winner, Kyle is also my brother who graduated with PhD while I was in Cambodia. I missed his graduation party, but sent this slide show message.

Anyhow, I spent 5-days with Kyle on his new home, the island of Galveston, Texas, which Kyle, now after having his bike stolen, affectionately calls Galvatraz.

Galveston is a strange place. In places it’s Key West, in others it’s the hood. We rode bikes around, tossed the football on the beach, sweated our butts off, and ate lots of good food, including apple pie ice cream. …

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Thoughts on my WV interview

First off, if you haven’t listened to my interview, you stink.

Now that we have that out of the way…my thoughts on the interview:

The interview lasted about 40 minutes and they cut it to about six, which I’m fine with. It’s not like it’s the Kelsey Show or anything.

They did a great job making me not sound like an idiot.

I would believe anything that Peggy, the host, tells me – there’s just something about her voice. So, by association you should believe everything I tell you.

The interview was the most difficult one of the three because the connection was so bad. There was a major delay and it was hard to banter back and forth with Peggy. Editing took care of this awkwardness.

They had to…

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