Monthly Archives: August 2011

Translation Bleg – Updated

Can anyone translate this from Arabic? (click to embiggen):

The whole box:

The interior and contents:

This was given to my father many years ago when he was with the Traffic Institute at Northwestern University. I believe it was given to him by a Saudi Police Officer. There is an engraving on the other side of the vessel. I’ll try to get a better picture of it or a rubbing of the engraving.

UPDATE (August 24): Here’s a close up of the engraving on the other side of the pitcher.


I received a free sample of Downy Unstoppables in the “fresh” scent recently and just used it on my bedding this past weekend. I must say that I really like it.

The bedding smells fresh and the room smells fresh. Even with the windows open and fans on, the scent is lasting. The “fresh” scent is indeed fresh and it’s also got a slightly sweet hint of apple which is quite pleasant.

I’d like to see what the “lush” scent smells like. If it has some lavender in it, it might be good for my children’s bedding. Even if I don’t end up liking the “lush” scent, I do like the “fresh” scent and will probably buy a bottle.

Workouts and Me

I have problems with my left leg as a result of a break of the fibula twenty-three years ago. I have chronic pain and can’t stand or walk for long periods. I need to be able to sit down and rest periodically. I can’t run so a jogging type workout is out. So, too, are workouts that entail jumping, hopping, skipping, or anything high impact.

It’s about a mile to The Little Guy’s school and about a mile to the local beach on the local lake. Either destination has a place to sit and rest before I need to make the return trip. Both trips have some slight hills and I use my cane when I do the walk.

Since my workouts can’t be really vigorous, I did a little research to see if there were any pre-workout supplements that could give me and my workout a little bit of a boost.

Some sites say carbs are good thing before a workout. Some say caffeine, and some say certain amino-acids are good pre-workout supplements. Going the caffeine and carb route, a bowl of oatmeal or other cereal and a cup of coffee could be a good start to a workout. There are many different kinds of beverages available that are marketed as pre-workout supplements, to help burn calories, and add stamina and endurance to your workout.

I may give one or more of these pre-workout supplements a try before my next workout. Especially as we move into autumn and better walking weather. Perhaps I can jumpstart my physical fitness and metabolism before winter sets in.

Letter to the Editor of the Week

This letter* to the editor in today’s WSJ really struck a chord.

Regarding your editorial “The Debt-Limit Hobbits” (July 30): I join with my other southwest Ohio tea-party leaders in opposing the Boehner plan because we’ll get less than 3% “real” spending cuts in a government that has bloated 40% in four years, and this is not enough. Authorizing $1 trillion in new debt today for the promise of cuts which may or may not work out to be more than that over 10 years is an unfavorable deal.

Kudos to the Club for Growth, Heritage Action, Jim Jordan, Jim DeMint, Michele Bachmann and others for standing on principle and opposing this plan.

As for Middle Earth, to quote Gandalf, standing before the hordes of Mordor at the Black Gate, “Surety you crave! Sauron gives none. If you sue for his clemency you must first do his bidding. These are his terms. Take them or leave them” . . . But as for your terms, we reject them utterly. . . . Begone!”

Ted Stevenot
Clermont County Tea Party

_*The link goes to today’s letters only so I’m reproducing the entire letter here.