Take Your Dog to Work

The Annual “Take Your Dog to Work” Day is being observed on 6/25/10 and Jankenpon encourages all dog owners to bring their dogs to their workplace, wherever that may be.

To learn more about the event, visit the official Take You Dog to Work website by clicking here.

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Today’s Video

Today’s video is a charming tribute to dachshunds and the joy of dogs, courtesy of Sean Van Damme. Enjoy!

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Today’s Quote

“Compassion is the foundation of everything positive, everything good. If you carry the power of compassion to the marketplace and the dinner table, you can make your life really count.”

– Rue McClanahan, who passed away today, 6/3/10, at the age of 76

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“We cannot change the past, but we can change our attitude toward it. Uproot guilt and plant forgiveness. Tear out arrogance and seed humility. Exchange love for hate — thereby, making the present comfortable and the future promising.”

– Maya Angelou (B. 1928)

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Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day Weekend.

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To read more about the history of the national holiday, visit the official Memorial Day website sponsored by the US Department of Veterans Affairs by clicking here.

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iPad and Velcro

Today’s video is an amusing and witty homage to the genius of Velcro and the Apple iPad– together, at last.

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APA Heritage Month

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.  Celebrate!

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May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.

To learn more about the Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, go to the official website by clicking here.

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Today’s Quote

“Hope will never be silent”

– Harvey Milk (1930-1978)

In Honor of Harvey Milk Day, May 22, 2010

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I’m astounded by people who want to ‘know’ the universe when it’s hard enough to find your way around Chinatown.”

– Woody Allen (B. 1935)

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We grow great by dreams. All big men are dreamers. They see things in the soft haze of a spring day or in the red fire of a long winter’s evening. Some of us let these great dreams die, but others nourish and protect them; nurse them through bad days till they bring them to the sunshine and light which comes always to those who sincerely hope that their dreams will come true.”

– Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924)

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“It’s not the load the breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.”

– Lena Horne, who passed away on 5/9/10 at the age of 92

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Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers!

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Today’s Quote

“Always fall in with what you’re asked to accept. Take what is given, and make it over your way. My aim in life has always been to hold my own with whatever’s going. Not against: with.”

– Robert Frost (1874-1963)

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Cinco de Mayo

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Happy Cinco de Mayo to all the friends and visitors of Jankenpon.

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Above: Peggy (left) and Lucy are celebrating Cinco de Mayo!  Let’s party!

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Top 10 Hotel Stays

The TOP 10 FAVORITE HOTELS where I have stayed are:

  • The Ahwahnee, Yosemite National Park, California
  • Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort and Spa, Hakone, Japan
  • InterContinental Bali Resort at Jimbaran Bay, Bali
  • Kirawira Tent Camp, Serengeti National Bank, Tanzania
  • The Landmark, London
  • The Lodge at Koele, Lanai
  • Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Kohala Coast, Hawaii
  • Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, Bangkok
  • St. Regis Beijing
  • St. Regis San Francisco

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To go to other posts in the TOP 10 category, click here.

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Today’s Video

Today’s video is an amusing and entertaining tribute to Lady Gaga’s and Beyonce’s music-video “Telephone,” filmed by American troops in Afghanistan.

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Happy Lei Day

May 1st is Lei Day in Hawaii, where residents celebrate the art of lei-making with contests and exhibitions and when lei makers are busy supplying lei for everyone to wear on this very special day.

Happy Lei Day!

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Jankenpon Turns Two

This month Jankenpon celebrates its second anniversary.  Thank you to all the friends and visitors who have supported Jankenpon over the past two years.

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Today’s Video

Today’s video is “Bad Romance,” by Lady Gaga.  According to YouTube, this video has been viewed over 183 million times– astonishing!

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Top 10 USA Cities

Every American city possesses some unique qualities and attributes that distinguish it and make it special to its residents and visitors.  My personal TOP 10 MOST SPECIAL USA CITIES are:

*  Boston, MA
*  Charleston, SC
*  Key West, FL
*  Los Angeles, CA
*  New Orleans, LA
*  New York City, NY
*  San Francisco, CA
*  Sedona, AZ
*  Savannah, GA
*  Washington, D.C.

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What are your favorite American cities?

To go to other posts in my TOP 10 LIST category, please click here.

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Today’s Video

Today’s video is called the Renate and Charly Dance Tour, featuring the couple dancing in front of iconic visitor attractions around the world, including Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Machu Picchu in Peru, Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar, to name just a few.  The concept of this video is reminiscent of the famous series of videos, called Dancing Matt, by Matt Harding.  Enjoy!

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The Buddha

The two-hour PBS documentary, called The Buddha, directed by David Grubin and narrated by Richard Gere, can now be viewed online, in its entirety, via the official website.  To watch the video, click here.

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The film tells the story of Prince Siddhartha, who lived 2,500 years ago in Northern India, and his journey to understand life, death, and the nature of human suffering.  Told through a combination of interviews, narration, and animation, the film traces the life of The Buddha, or the “awakened one,” and the growth of Buddhism around the world.

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To purchase the DVD from the PBS website, click here.

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Summer Movies

The Summer 2010 movie season gets underway next month with a variety of bigger-budget, lighter fare, including Sex and the City 2, the much-anticipated sequel to 2008’s Sex and The City, The Movie, which grossed $150 million domestically and over $400 million worldwide.

Here’s the latest trailer from New Line Cinema.  The film opens May 27.

Other big summer movies include Inception, Salt, Iron Man 2, Toy Story 3 and Robin Hood.

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Today’s Quote

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars”

–Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

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To go to previous entries in the “Today’s Quote” series, click here.

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“You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition.  What you’ll discover will be wonderful.  What you’ll discover is yourself.”

– Alan Alda (B. 1936)

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Where is that Drink?

Where is that drink?

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This beautiful martini, with a wonderfully long and nicely-curled twist, is served in a generously-sized cocktail glass at Paul K, located at 190 Gough Street, near Oak Street, in Hayes Valley, San Francisco.  The cozy restaurant specializes in new Mediterranean cuisine, served in a  contemporary, intimate dining room, with a full-service bar.

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Above:  The sign at Paul K welcomes diners into the cheerful, contemporary dining room (Below).

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Above:  The small full-service bar at Paul K includes a limited number of stools and an abudance of fresh flowes.  Below.  The delcious and moist roast duck entree, served with spelt, dates, watercress and hazelnuts– one of the signature dishes.

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Paul K is open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday and for brunch on weekends.  To view sample menus from Paul K, click here.  To go to the official Paul K website and to make reservations, click here.

To go to previous posts in the “Where is that Drink” series, click here.

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Noodle and Friends

Today’s website is Noodle and Friends, an online retailer specializing in products designed specially for miniature dachshunds.

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Photos above:  Examples of some of the products from Noodle and Friends that are designed and sized for miniature dachshunds.

To go to Noodle and Friends, click here.  You can also become a fan of Noodle and Friends on Facebook.

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Happy Easter

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Happy Easter to all Jankenpon friends and visitors.

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Top 10 Places to Go

So many places, so little time.  What are the places I still want to visit?  Here is my current TOP 10 LIST OF PLACES YET TO GO.

*  Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Chile
*  Bora Bora, French Polynesia
*  The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
*  Luang Prabang, Laos
*  Lhasa, Tibet
*  Cairo, Egypt
*  Palermo, Sicily
*  Thimpu, Bhutan
* #10 is to be determined

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Create your own list of TOP 10 PLACES TO GO.  To go to the official website of 1,000 Places To See Before You Die, click here.

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To go to previous posts in the “TOP 10″ category, click here.

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Happy Passover

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Happy Passover to all Jankenpon friends and visitors.

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