I was luckily able to attend the first leg in which Rayados won 1-0. You can recognize me as the sole schmuck wearing the visiting team jersey in the photos below.
Moving up from the Intermediate to the Advanced League has been rough on the team, now on our 19th season.
We still look good, though.
Cancelled. Announced after I woke up, got dressed, and left the house. Of course.
Maybe next year.
We did a short trip to Los Angeles for Sarvi’s wedding last week. Which means I couldn’t resist hopping over to Disneyland Park.
I brought the family along, which slowed me down considerably (lesson learned!) but still managed to cover quite a bit:
- Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
- Star Tours
- Goofy’s Playhouse
- Haunted Mansion
- Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
- it’s a small world
- Mickey’s House
- Pirate’s of the Caribbean
- Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
- Star Wars Launch Bay
- Tiki Room
The original Disneyland is still the nicest! Next time I’ll plan it better and stay longer. I need to go back soon anyway, since Ari probably already forgot about it.
I don’t consider myself knowledgeable about Monster Trucks and I had never attended one of their shows. We got tickets to the pre-show which allowed us to go down to see the machines up-close and even meet the drivers and get their autographs.
Little did I know that these guys are celebrities. There were long lines of kids holding their $10 program ready to get an autograph from these superstars. Is the world of Monster Trucks big and somehow I’ve stayed unaware of it?
It was a great show, easily able to hold the attention of a 4 year-old kid for 2.5 hours. Just bring earplugs.
Better late than ever…
The staff of The MKX® wants to wish you חג שמח or whatever the hell it is you celebrate around this time.
Today I sold my red 2008 Honda Civic Coupe EX-L. We had countless adventures together in the span of over 10 years. What a great car. I will miss it.
The Civic is in great shape, but it was an extremely tight fit with two car seats in the back. So I had to make a choice: get rid of the car, or get rid of the kids. It was a close one… but I decided to keep the kids.
Vive La France. The World Cup is now over, which means we can go back to feeling a sense of emptiness and lack of purpose in our lives but instead of lasting 47 months, this time it will be for 53 months.
That said, Ruskipolla 2018 was a big success with 211 participants. And on a whim, right before the tournament, I entered with my second non-admin account “marcos” which was originally created for test purposes.
And I’m glad I did, as I managed to make it to third place, beat that cheater “Rolando”, and win a modest percentage of the polla.
Congratulations to the winners. We had a three-way tie in first place and a two-way tie in second place. Ties weren’t that common with less people playing but this is something I’ll have in mind for next time.
And an unexpectedly high percentage of those who played took some time to submitted feedback, 74 and counting. I don’t know when or if there will be another polla, but rest assured I have a bunch of improvements in mind, many of them coming from you. This usually means I won’t be able to help myself so…
Women’s World Cup, anyone?
I received the following text and video from several sources over both WhatsApp and Facebook:
Filmación de rescatistas israelíes en Tailandia al mando del capitán Lior Besalu !! Aprecien la dificultadad paea ingresar y después salir con estos niños !! De los ochos israelíes tres son los que ingresaron en la cueva !!
La prensa no menciona nada de israelíes!! Hubo un protocolo de silencio en Tailandia para no revelar nacionalidades ya que lo más importante es rescatar a los niños!!
Which roughly translates to:
Film of the Israeli rescuers in Thailand under the command of Captain Lior Besalu! Appreciate the difficulty to enter and the exit with the kids!
The press does not mention anything about Israelis! There was a protocol of silence in Thailand in order to not reveal the nationalities size the most important is to rescue the children.
The original text in Spanish contains typos, poor grammar, and poor punctuation. It is of course about the recent ordeal in Thailand. It is written as if someone had carelessly typed it on a phone.
Like the people who sent this to me, I would love for this beautiful tale of Israeli heroism to be true. But the whole thing smelled strongly of BS.
- No sources, no credits
- Clothing doesn’t match that from videos coming from trustworthy sources
- The video is silent
- It has a watermark “The Dudley”… what is that?
- If you watch closely, you will see a partially credit at the end: “A Caver Keith Pr…” which is cut short by shoddy editing.
If the information is true, surely it can easily be found somewhere on the Internet. A quick Google search for “Lior Besalu” reveals…
… a bunch of websites regurgitating the same exact snippet. Coincidence? No. Google is actually indexing the same tweet attached to all these articles through some automatic keyword based search.
This is, I believe, the original tweet:
Filmación de rescatistas israelíes en Tailandia al mando del capitán Lior Besalu !! Aprecien la dificultadad para entrar y después salir con estos niños !! De los ochos israelíes tres son los que ingresaron en la cueva !!
La prensa no menciona nada de israelíes!! pic.twitter.com/4v0J7nI0mR
— Simy Benarroch🎗 (@SimyBenarroch) July 10, 2018
And surprise… the first reply by the author apologizes for the video being unrelated.
Me comentan q el video no tiene. Ver con el salvamento aunque es cierto q participo un equipo de salvamento israeli. Lamento el error
— Simy Benarroch🎗 (@SimyBenarroch) July 10, 2018
Don’t keep reading replies unless you want to see stomach-turning antisemitism at its best!
It took me ten minutes to find the source of the video.
The people who sent me this are educated and trustworthy people that I respect. Yet the information is shared as-is without regard to its veracity. It takes one minute and a bit of common sense to verify things like this and stop the spread of misinformation, yet people don’t do it because they liked or agreed with the content in the first place so it must be true, right?
The tweet is less than 12 hours old and has already spread like wildfire. It’s all over Facebook too.
We know the video is completely bogus. We don’t know if the information is true but it probably isn’t. Does “Lior Besalu” even exist?
This flaw in human nature is easily exploitable, and has in fact been exploited in recent past. I won’t go into that. Just please confirm shit you see on Facebook, Tweeter, or WhatsApp before you share it, ok?
Update July 11, 2018: Fixed wording. Here’s a video from CNN talking about technology from an Israeli company used in the rescue. Thanks Elias! CNN, believe it or now, is a trustworthy source.
I’ve posted a lot of photos from the trip to the World Cup in the MKX® Photo Central.