Veta’ Birthday(October 24) Weekend- October 26 and 27
….. The South Carolina State Fair
Needs no explanation… but the fair comes into town once every year in October. You must go at my age you just walk around and eat the fattest craziest fried foods like: fried Oreos or the donut burger turkey legs donuts all kindas stuff, but remember you only do it once a year YOLO lol :)
On October 7, 2013 I had the honor to attend an Emory University event in Duluth, GA at the Gwinnette Center to hear His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet speak.
The experience was a once in a life time opportunity. I work at Columbia College and we took 10 students to attend the Dalai Lama visit. I planned and organized the event and essay contest so I went as a chaperon sort of speak. The students had to be selected out of a pool of students who wrote essay about Compassion. One of the Dalai Lama’s main philosophies are based on compassion.
A few things that I will never forget him saying
One of my very close friends Shatia … has brought a precious little baby boy into the world. Zaire Omari Born on October 29, 2013 - 8lbs 5oz 21 in. He is such a precious cute sweet baby boy. He’s currently in captivity for a while with mama but as soon as we get clearance yall will probably be seeing lots of pictures because they like within walking distance so you know what that means. lol :) Hopefully I get to do some pictures of him soon!!
The Panama Canal (Spanish: Canal de Panamá) is a 77.1-kilometre (48 mi)ship canal in Panama that connects the Atlantic Ocean (via the Caribbean Sea) to the Pacific Ocean. The canal cuts across the Isthmus of Panama and is a key conduit for international maritime trade. There are locks at each end to lift ships up to Gatun Lake, an artificial lake created to reduce the amount of excavation work required for the canal, 26 metres (85 ft) above sea level. The current locks are 33.5 metres (110 ft) wide. A third, wider lane of locks is currently under construction and is due to open in 2015.
France began work on the canal in 1881, but had to stop because of engineering problems and high mortality due to disease. The United States took over the project in 1904, and took a decade to complete the canal, which was officially opened on August 15, 1914. One of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken, the Panama Canal shortcut greatly reduced the amount of time taken for ships to travel between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, enabling them to avoid the lengthy, hazardous Cape Horn route around the southernmost tip of South America via the Drake Passage or Strait of Magellan. The shorter, faster, safer route to the U.S. West Coast and to nations in and around the Pacific Ocean allowed those places to become more integrated with the world economy.
During the construction era, ownership of the territory that is now the Panama Canal was first Colombian, then French, and then American. The US continued to control the canal and surrounding Panama Canal Zone until the 1977 Torrijos–Carter Treaties provided for handover to Panama. After a period of joint American–Panamanian control, the canal was in 1999 taken over by the Panamanian government, and is now managed and operated by the Panama Canal Authority, a Panamanian government agency.
Annual traffic has risen from about 1,000 ships when the canal opened in 1914, to 14,702 vessels in 2008, the latter measuring a total of 309.6 million Panama Canal/Universal Measurement System (PC/UMS) tons. By 2008, more than 815,000 vessels had passed through the canal, many of them much larger than the original planners could have envisioned; the largest ships that can transit the canal today are called Panamax. The American Society of Civil Engineers has named the Panama Canal one of the seven wonders of the modern world
One time for my country PANAMA , though I haven’t been back going on 3 years I will never forget where I am from and will continue to represent it with pride. I AM PANAMA, I am PANAMANIAN.Yo soy PANAMA, yo so PANAMANEA.
Both my paternal and maternal side of the family are PANAMANIAN. Parent, grandparents and great grandparents. It is evident a that because of the color of my seen I am of African decent… not to be confused with African-AMERICAN decent. I also have many ancestor that are from Jamaica and the West Indies. More than likely my ancestors were brought over as slaves form Africa to build the Panama Canal.
Time for a history lesson:
Although the Spanish imported African slaves to Panama from 1510, there is an interesting perspective that indicates that black Africans were present in Panama since before the arrival of the Spanish .
Afro-Panamanians descended from slaves brought to Panama during the colonial period and the “Afro-Antillean”, West Indian immigrants from Trinidad,Barbados, Martinique and Jamaica, brought in to build the Panama Canal.
In honor of Panama Independence Day/Week … Presenting myself siging the national athem :)
Alcanzamos por fin la victoria
En el campo feliz de la unión;
Con ardientes fulgores de gloria
Se ilumina la nueva nación (Repita últimas 2 líneas.)
At last we reached victory
In the joyous field of the union;
With ardent fires of glory
A new nation is alight. (Repeat last 2 lines.)
Es preciso cubrir con un velo
Del pasado el calvario y la cruz;
Y que adorne el azul de tu cielo
De concordia la espléndida luz.
It is necessary to cover with a veil
The past times of Calvary and cross;
Let now the blue skies be adorned with
The splendid light of the concord.
El progreso acaricia tus lares.
Al compás de sublime canción,
Ves rugir a tus pies ambos mares
Que dan rumbo a tu noble misión.
Progress caresses your path.
To the rhythm of a sublime song,
You see both your seas roar at your feet
Giving you a path to your noble mission.
En tu suelo cubierto de flores
A los besos del tibio terral,
Terminaron guerreros fragores;
Sólo reina el amor fraternal.
In your soil covered with flowers
To the kisses of the warm clouds of dust,
Warrior roars have ceased;
Only fraternal love reigns.
Adelante la pica y la pala,
Al trabajo sin más dilación,
Y seremos así prez y gala
De este mundo feraz de Colón.
Ahead the shovel and pick,
At work without any more dilation,
and we will be as such at work and gala
of this fruitful world of Columbus.
It’s a Gamecock thing. As a Gamecock games are NOT just a game its a holiday, an event, a celebration. Event if its an away game, you have to have a game party! If you don’t have a ticket to the game you still go tailgating.. and find a way to get into the game. Gamecocks of The University of South Carolina are die hard fan. Girls dress up in there cutest garnet almost overboard for a game garnet and black dress with boots and heels lol and guys wear the Gamecock gear you’ll catch them in anything from a cocky costume to being completely painting in red to suit and bow tie. ITS IS SERIOUS on Gameday one must be dress to impress!
And its GARNET not red maroon wine blah blah blah GARNET!