1)  Traffic – I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend.  If you did hit the highway there is a good chance you spent some time in traffic.  I doubt however you ran into anything like this traffic jam on a road in Suigam,India:


Any recent shopping adventures you wish to share?

2) Landscapes – Guardian – http://tinyurl.com/3ayc95r

Stevensville, Montana, US: A herd of bison in the Bitterroot Valley are covered in snow following a blizzard


Reflections of snow-covered trees are seen in a lake near Sutton Bank, northern England

3) On of the things we should be thankful for is that no matter how bad the US economy is it is still a much better system than the people of some nations have to live with.



A butcher shop in Havana. The shop had only pork, cut into small pieces, for sale on a recent November day.


Shoppers browse the offerings at the Bath Christmas market

If you could whisper in Santa’s ear for one gift, beside peace, love, etc., what would ask for.

I would lick Steve Jobs shoes for an iPad. 🙂

4) The Incredible Flying Nonagenarian

Olga Kotelko at 91 is still setting records. Olga now holds 23 world records, 17 in her current age category, 90 to 95.

From an article in the New York Times, by Bruce Grierson:


On the third floor of the Montreal Chest Institute, at McGill University, Olga Kotelko stood before a treadmill in the center of a stuffy room that was filling up with people who had come just for her. They were there to run physical tests, or to extract blood from her earlobe, or just to observe and take notes. Kotelko removed her glasses. She wore white New Balance sneakers and black running tights, and over her silver hair, a plastic crown that held in place a breathing tube.

Tanja Taivassalo, a 40-year-old muscle physiologist, adjusted the fit of Kotelko’s stretch-vest. It was wired with electrodes to measure changes in cardiac output — a gauge of the power of her heart. Taivassalo first met Kotelko at last year’s world outdoor masters track championships in Lahti, Finland, the pinnacle of the competitive season for older tracksters. Taivassalo went to watch her dad compete in the marathon. But she could hardly fail to notice the 91-year-old Canadian, bespandexed and elfin, who was knocking off world record after world record.

Masters competitions usually begin at 35 years, and include many in their 60s, 70s and 80s (and a few, like Kotelko, in their 90s, and one or two over 100). Of the thousands who descended on Lahti, hundreds were older than 75. And the one getting all the attention was Kotelko. She is considered one of the world’s greatest athletes, holding 23 world records, 17 in her current age category, 90 to 95.