Friday, July 31, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
The first difference I noticed in Canada - their Golden Arch has a cute little maple leaf in it!
We had fun swimming in our aunt and uncle's pool. Pay no attention to all the black make-up under my eyes.
Alison and I at Glacier National Park - the mountains were breathtaking!
Russ and I went for a walk in Golden. I was really afraid of being attacked by a bear, but the scenery was gorgeous!
Takakkaw Falls - the second-highest waterfall in western Canada. I looked it up and Takakkaw is derived from the Cree word for "it is wonderful". Yes, it is.
Beautiful Lake Louise! The water is green because of rock flour that is carried into the lake by melted water from the glaciers. Very cool.
How convenient that this official-looking Mountee was waiting for us to take a picture with him!
Downtown Calgary has a much more impressive skyline than Salt Lake City.
We went to the world-famous Rocky's Burger Bus. Russell the carnivore finally met his match at the self-proclaimed "home of the meat orgy." He ate himself sick!
We ate lunch with some of the Lee cousins that live close to Calgary. It was fun to meet new family and visit.
We went to our cousins' house and they live by a manmade community lake. It was beautiful!
Audrey and I got a rowboat ride. It was really fun.
The most hilarious road sign we saw on our drive home. For 5,000 years, Indians used this cliff to drive buffalo off and kill them.
We stopped at the Cardston temple on the way home. The temple was gorgeous and very unique. I'm happy that families are forever.
Konrad and Diane, thank you so much for the trip! I'm so happy we had the chance to go. I loved Canada and I hope to visit again soon!
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Make things up.
Don't just say: "I think Peruvians are underpaid." Say: "The average Peruvian's salary in 1981 dollars adjusted for the revised tax base is $1,452.81 per annum, which is $836.07 before the mean gross poverty level."
NOTE: Always make up exact figures.
If an opponent asks you where you got your information, make THAT up too. Say: "This information comes from Dr. Hovel T. Moon's study for the Mumford Commission published May 11, 1982. Didn't you read it?"
Use meaningless but weightly-sounding words and phrases.
Memorize this list:
-Let me put it this way
-In terms of
-As it were
-So to speak
You should also memorize some Latin abbreviations such as "Q.E.D.", "e.g.", and "i.e." These are all short for "I speak Latin, and you do not."
Here's how to use these words and phrases. Suppose you want to say: "Peruvians would like to order appetizers more often, but they don't have enough money."
You never win arguments talking like that. But you WILL win if you say: "Let me put it this way. In terms of appetizers vis-a-vis Peruvians, they would like to order them more often, so to speak, but they do not have enough money per se, as it were."
Only a fool would challenge that statement.
Use snappy and irrelevant comebacks
You need an arsenal of all-purpose irrelevant phrases to fire back at your opponents when they make valid points. The best are:
-You're being defensive.
-You're begging the question.
-Don't compare apples and oranges.
-What are your parameters?
This last one is especially valuable. Nobody, other than mathematicians, has the vaguest idea what "parameters" means.
Here's how to use your comebacks:
You say: "As Abraham Lincoln said in 1873..."
Your opponent says: "Lincoln died in 1865."
You say: "You're begging the question."
You say: "Liberians, like most Asians..."
Your opponent says: "Liberia is in Africa."
You say: "You're being defensive."
Compare your opponent to Adolf Hitler.
This is your heavy artillery, for when your opponent is obviously right and you are spectacularly wrong. Bring him up subtly. Say: "That sounds suspiciously like something Adolf Hitler might say."
You now know how to out-argue anybody.