Suzuki is a piece of shit…

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Somehow I always picture the scene below taking place
in Springfield Elementary School 🙂


First day in an elementary school somewhere in Midwestern USA…


The teacher introduces a new pupil, Suzuki from Japan. A history lesson begins and the teacher decides to quiz the kids:


Who said »Give me liberty or give me death«
Silence befalls the classroom. Suzuki raises his hand: »Patrick Henry in 1775 in Philadelphia!
Teacher: Very good, Suzuki


Now, who said »Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth«?
Suzuki stands up solemnly: Abraham Lincoln, 1863, Washington
The teacher scorns the rest of the classroom: You should be ashamed of yourselves. A Japanese kid knows more Amercan history than you do!


A quiet vioce from the back of the classroom: »Fuck off, you Jap sons of bitches«
Teacher yells: WHO SAID THAT?!?!
Suzuki raises his hand: General Douglas McArthur, 1942 just before the battle of Guadacanal and Lee Iacocca in 1982 during Chrysler’s shareholder meeting in Detroit.


The class falls silent, but a single voice that whispers: »Blow me!«
Suzuki: Bill Clinton to Monica Lewinsky, 1997 in Oval Office, Washington


Another kid yells: »Suzuki is a piece of shit!«
Suzuki: Valentino Rossi, 2002, during a MotoGP Rio de Janeiro Grand Prix


All the other kids freak out and start a rampage, the teacher blacks out and then the headmaster enters the classroom: »WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING AROUND HERE?«
Suzuki: Prime Minister of Slovenia Janez Janša, Ambrus, November 2006

2006 in review

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End of the world as depicted by The Economist


As this is probably my last sober weekend this year I might just as well use it and do a rundown on 2006 as seen by Pengovsky.


POLITICS:
Political life in 2006 was dominated both by Janez Janša’s government consolidating its power in every aspect possible. The consolidation started late in the year as the first half of the year was dominated by the resignation of minister in charge of reforms Jože P. Damijan. Janša however bounced back from this blow and set about prepairing terrain for the hoped-for victory in municipal elections. The victory more or less materialised, but not in Ljubljana, where Zoran Janković won with a landslide and pretty much upset the murky political pond of Slovenia. Whether it was for better or for worse remains to be seen

On a global scale of things it does feel nice that the people in the USA finally realised what the rest of the world (save Tony Blair) was telling them all along.


SOCIETY:
When looking back on 2006 one cannot ignore the rise of racism and the dissolution of the rule of law, both of which were paintfully manifested during Ambrus crisis. I’ve posted at lenght on this issue, so let it just be said that the matter is far from resolved. For the time being it seems that single-digit temperatures have cooled down the racist rage of the Ambrus population, but when the ice will have thawed time will be up for the government which will want to provide some sort of viable approach to ensuring that Slovenia will become a country of and for all of its people, regardless of ethnicity – which includes the Roma.

On that note: People seem to want simple and fast solutions these days, which is probably one of the reasons Janković got elected. Someone should be brave enough to tell them that simple and fast solutions often create just more of the same problems.


PROFESSION:
The Firm™ survived yet another year, which I’m very proud of. The media market in Slovenia is a true dog-eat-dog world and just having survived for four years is good, but having finally picked up the pace in increasing number of visitors/users/listeners proves, that we were right all along and that our programming and other services perform their respective functions. Just a quick example. In January 06 the Firm’s website recorded 9690 visits, while in November (last full month as of this writing) the number of unique visitors jumped to 83.500 visits.

I continued writing for SBR, which can sometimes be time consuming, especially when I don’t have the foggiest what the fuck I’m writing about. It happened when I was given medicine as a subject of my article and I virtually pissed blood for a month (much like on the two projects I’m finishing now). But in the end it turned out to be an excellent article and I was even commended for it by dr. Vinko V. Dolenc, the world renowned neuro-surgeon, which was kind of nice.

I also returned to Cutty Sark Pub as a DJ after becoming single again (see below) as I quit the year befoe in the name of love. I missed the place, and although it can be a bit frustrating at times when people don’t respond to music, I still love working there. The staff are great, they know how to pour a Guinness and when people start really partying it trully is a sight to see.


PERSONAL:
Well, I became single again this year. As of February Pengovsky is on the market 😀 I met a couple of really fine women since then (one in particular) but it never came to developing a deeper relationship. I got used to being single, but there are two things about it I don’t like: 1) even if you solve your own problems, you still need someone intimate to talk to – and there is noone, and 2) you don’t get laid as much as you’d like to. True, I also fucked up this year at one point but I’ve only myself to blame for that one, so I hope she forgave me.

And of course, I started writing this very blog. 😀


OVERALL:
It was a year to remember, no doubt. But so much happened that I have the feeling I’ve been living it on fast-forward. Of course I’m tired accordingly. Both physically and emotionally. And there’s no indication that 2007 will be a lot different. Whether it was a good year or a bad one, remains to be seen, but my gut instinct teels me that this year was not one of the brightest. I just hope were not headed for a political, economic, military and social trainwreck. Globaly, I mean.

Some random useless facts

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A random image from random-art.org


Just some useless facts to keep your brains occupied until the next shot of skin, meat or the occasional policial rant

“Stewardesses” is the longest word typed with only the left hand and “lollipop” with your right. (Bet you tried this out on your keyboard, didn’t you?)
No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple. (didn’t know that one)
“Dreamt” is the only English word that ends in the letters “mt”. (unbelievable!)
Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing. (Just look at prince Charles!)
The sentence: “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” uses every letter of the alphabet. (Everyone who ever installed a copy of Windows knows this)
The words ‘racecar,’ ‘kayak’ and ‘level’ are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left (palindromes). (Childish, I know)
There are only four words in the English language which end in “dous”: tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous. (Hm, gotta check that one out)
There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: “abstemious” and “facetious.” (don’t go “a e i o u” on me now, please!)
TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard. (All you typists are going to test this out)
A cat has 32 muscles in each ear. (really?)
A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds. (Just like me in the mornings)
A “jiffy” is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second. (A Brit must have thought of this one)
February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon. (WHAT?)
Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors. (and became the honorary member of the hairdessers guild, no doubt)
Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite! (so peanut butter is like…. plastic explosives?)
The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket. (Good thing he did that)
The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid. (if it happened today, Janez Janša and Urška Bačovnik would be quick to climb the frozen waterfall)
There are more chickens than people in the world. (And some of the latter are already defecting)
Winston Churchill was born in a ladies’ room during a dance. (no wonder he was a drunkard – must have scarred him emotionally)


And now one in Slovene:
Katera slovenska beseda vsebuje pet “e”-jev? (presenečenje vam ne uide)

To-Nite Only…

…Pengovsky steps out from the darkness. Given the brouhaha about photos in general and my physical appearance in particular two days ago I decided to post a couple of photos of me, myself and I. Tonite only, folks! After this, Pengovsky returns to the dark side… Let this post be a testament to the fact that I indeed write better than I look (sorry, mali!)


Pengovsky in 2001. Young and foolish.
And in love, might I add. Alas, it wasn’t to be


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My favourite, taken in 2004. I’m the one on the left 🙂
(thanks kk and Večer)


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The most recent one, taken a week ago. Slightly older, but none the wiser.
However, if you look closely, you might just see a touch of grey hair


That’s all, folks! 🙂 “…he wraps his cloak around him dramatically, disguising his face and slowly reenters the darkness from whence he came….”

Milič’s Left Foot

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me, this morning


This not a real post…sorry… I’ve slept nine hours in the last three days and feel like the wrong side of a car accident. I’ve been pulling several all-nighters in a row trying to finish a project and yesterday (that is: today at 4 AM) I’ve finally made it – with a little help from my friends (thanks Marko!).
To put in in the words of Master Yoda: “Tired I am… Sleep I must…”


But as not to dissappoint y’all completely, a photo from yesterday’s basketball game between Union Olimpija and Partizan Belgrade, where Saulius Kuzminskas suffered a concussion after a particularly unfortunate up-close-and-personal interview with Marko Milič’s left foot. Here is the complete transcription:

Kuzminskas (lying of the floor, face up): “Oh shit!”
Milič’s left foot (slamming down on Kuzminskas’ head): “…”
Kuzminskas (salivating): “brlbrlbrlbrlbrl”


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Olimpija lost 70:71, but Kuzminskas is expected to recover fully.


P.S.: Irena, thanks for the tickets! 😀