Wednesday, June 30, 2004

In F.B.I., Innocent Detainee Found Unlikely Ally

Let this be a lesson to you.  Don’t take cameras to NYC if you aren’t fluent in English and a member of a government agency.


Published: June 30, 2004

Piers Benatar/Panos for The New York Times
Purna Raj Bajracharya, who is home in Katmandu, Nepal, remained imprisoned in Brooklyn long after the F.B.I. found he was no terrorist.

Piers Benatar/Panos, for The New York Times
From left, Mr. Bajracharya in Katmandu with Kalyani, his wife, and two of his sons, Rustam and Gaulam.

It took no more than a week for James P. Wynne, a veteran F.B.I. investigator, to confirm the harmless truth that only now, more than two years later, he is ready to talk about. The small foreign man he helped arrest for videotaping outside an office building in Queens on Oct. 25, 2001, was no terrorist.

He was a Buddhist from Nepal planning to return there after five years of odd jobs at places like a Queens pizzeria and a Manhattan flower shop. He was taping New York street scenes to take back to his wife and sons in Katmandu. And he had no clue that the tall building that had drifted into his viewfinder happened to include an office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Posted by SPN on 06/30 at 02:23 PM in Blogging
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I was just waiting for this to happen.

We got uninvited to a party in Manahawkin, NJ because we are black.

Randy and Linda, Trinity’s NJ Godparents, told us about a party on the 31st of July.  When we visited them a coupple of weeks ago we went to the guy’s house that is having the party.  He confirmed the party’s date and the fact that we were invited.  Hell, the sign that he puts out in front of his house says, “Everyone invited”.

Well last night Randy calls me to tell me about his day at work with a sorry assed coworker that keeps disappearing.  He is invisible so much that they call him “Houdini”.  After we laughed about that slacker Randy broke the news to me.  It seems that the host’s mother doesn’t like black people.  His mother.  The word got back to Randy via his mother-in-law.  She was told by a neighbor of hers who had dinner with the host’s mother. 

That is a long chain of she-saids, but I am inclined to believe that it is true.  I believe it because, Randy said that after he heard this news from his mother-in-law he was so upset that he went home and cried.  Now, any of you that have met Randy know that he is probably one of the most rugged guys that we know here in NJ.  He is from Texas, a former Marine and would just love to kick your ass because you were mean to one of his housecats.  Randy is the LAST guy in the world that I would believe would cry for something that doesn’t involve the continuing decline of our national security.

Randy cried, and I didn’t flinch. 

I’m ashamed to say that I’ve been awaiting the day to relegate NJ back into place with states with a large redneck, cracker, peckerwood population.

Yesterday was that day.

Posted by SPN on 06/30 at 07:31 AM in Blogging
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Tuesday, June 29, 2004

product review

ok since i’ve purchased 3 vehicles in the last few month ( yes that is excessive - but what about the cost of “the war”?) any way since i’ve purchased vehicles i’ve been careful of paint etc etc etc, so that brings me to the research that unfolded a whole new line of automotive car care to me.

I was chumming it up at a local automotive finish shop (ppg paint store) and the merchant person turned me on to a line of products from ardex.  [url=][/url] i bought a gallon of teflon fortified clear-coat sealer that is guaranteed to make your paint bead water for the next 5 ( yes five) years.  well after my first application this morning i can tell you that i am impressed.

It took me all of maybe 3 hours to perform the “hand-waxing application”; i did the rims too.  it’s a bit teadious to do by hand but hey i can loose the calories and i think i get better detailing that way.  i’ll use the random orbital buffer for the minivan we’ll sell and my wifes santefee - it’s much larger !!!! so yeah after i’m done taking the glaze off i am saying to myself wow - i nead to cut this paint so its glassed.  yeah it shinned allright!!  i made the mistake of leaning on the paint with the pollishing rage and down i went in one swoop of hella-angelic gracefullness!  yeah so its slick real slick! and the surface actually seems glossier and harder
now.  i did the windows - moon roof, rims, paint.  i’ll let you know about the following care check-ups.


Posted by bbeard on 06/29 at 08:28 PM in Blogging
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how much has the war cost?

with past debt being forgiven and no ties to any oil supplies or holdings.  the US debt has grown substantially while war torn iraq’s has been forgiven.

U.S. officials have said that the Bush administration is seeking authority from Congress to forgive 90 to 100 percent of Iraqís debt to the U.S., estimated at some 4 billion dollars.
Iraqís total foreign debts are estimated at about 120 billion dollars.

Posted by bbeard on 06/29 at 01:26 PM in Blogging
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the tours done but the album lives on

scarlets walk, another fine compilation from tori amos. 

Actualy it one of my favorit albums of all time.  i have admired Tori for some time since i was introduced to the pop hit “god sometimes you just don’t understand” title = “god”.  i think my favorites from scarlets walk are “sorta fairytail”, “sweet sangria”, “crazy”, “strange”.  I can really appretiate her effort with scarlets walk and im looking forward to othr mature efforts from Tori in the future.


Posted by bbeard on 06/29 at 12:41 PM in Blogging
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Monday, June 28, 2004

It is official now.

I shot my first wedding in Georgia this past weekend.  I used both my digital Fuji and my medium format Mamiya.  It was a busy day seeing that I had NO assistant and have never assisted a photographer with a wedding.

I am currently uploading the pictures now and will make an announcement as to their location once the newly RE-married bride and groom return from their honeymoon.

SoulPhoto is starting to take shape.  I hear that I have already been tentatively booked for a wedding here in NJ.

Wish me great fortune since I didn’t buy any of the 210 million lottery tickets on the drive back.

Posted by SPN on 06/28 at 04:20 PM in Photography
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berdoo just hosted a wild rave

see all the details


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Friday, June 25, 2004


today i am hosting a 10 year olds b-day sleep over.  the theme is a survivor sleep over ill let you know who survives......

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Thursday, June 24, 2004

A bike my momma would love… well not really

well seriously folks ( and P i think your here too) i saw this guys wares on the discovery channel last night, and I have to tell you I am really impressed!  The presence is slung low sort - of ... like a growling hulking bull dog.  every detail is taken the gloss black and the scuffed alluminum finish… man i can really see myself on this one.  It’s a rider not a trailer queen, its a bullit, not an over inflated plastic’s metal there is no question, its bad-to the bone.. there is no question - its all go, no show.....yet clean and sofisticated in a brooding-artist sort of way.....see for yourselves and at 38k i think i’ll rethink my corvette order



Posted by bbeard on 06/24 at 10:44 PM in Blogging
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Please Remember To Tip The Pizza Delivery Driver

Just in case you were wondering.  Yes, it’s true.

Posted by SPN on 06/24 at 08:20 PM in Blogging
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