met an old man at Walmart

we talked about my injury, his past career as anesthesiologist, my aspiration to work overseas after dental school at a base, life in idaho, moving to Austin, relatives in Malaysia/Indonesia, serving as doctor in air force

There was a lot in common. Im glad I had this conversation. This is all because his wife took too long shopping. I dont know why but I totally get that.

The way my neighbors bump their bass all night, every night and sometimes during the day wants me to assemble a gang and stop these mofos

greenjaydeep:

Crescent Lake: A Desert Oasis in China

Located approximately 6 km (3.73 miles) from the outskirts of the city of Dunhuang in Western China, lies Crescent Lake, an incredible oasis in the Gobi desert. Known as Yueyaquan in Chinese, the crescent-shaped lake is a major tourist attraction where one of the world’s great shrines to Buddhism resides.

Designated a World Heritage Site, the lake has been shrinking since the 1970s and is now about a third of its original size. In the last three decades alone, the lake has dropped more than 25 feet. However, it has been reported that the government has recently taken steps to preserve the site and restore the depth of the lake to previous levels (unsure how well that initiative is going though).

An ancient city that once served as China’s gateway to the West, Dunhuang is now threatened by very modern demands. A dam built three decades ago to help local farming, combined with a doubling of the population, have overstressed a fragile desert hydrology that had been stable for thousands of years. As more people arrived, the underground water table that is the city’s main source of drinking water started dropping.

The truth is, every son raised by a single mom is pretty much born married. I don’t know, but until your mom dies it seems like all the other women in your life can never be more than just your mistress.

Chuck Palahniuk (via wordsnquotes)

yep


tedbunny:

The Shanghai Baby

The Second Sino-Japanese War began in July 1937 and eventually became part of the Pacific theater of World War II. Not long after the war, with Japan advancing into China, retreating Chinese troops left a blockade across Shanghai’s Whampoo River. Japan announced they were going to bomb it on August 28, 1937, and news teams gathered to capture the event.
The planes arrived at 4:00 PM. Most of the reporters had left after hearing that the raid was postponed, so only one cameraman was waiting. The bombers didn’t hit the Chinese defenses. They hit the city’s train station—which housed 1,800 civilians waiting for evacuation, mostly women and children. The Japanese aircrews had mistaken them for troops. In total, 1,500 died.
The photographer, H.S. Wong, saw a man rescuing children from the tracks. The man placed the first young child on the platform edge before returning to help another—and that is the picture Wong took.
The injured, helpless child sitting among such devastation went on to be seen by over 130 million people around the world within a month and a half. It was key in turning international opinion against the Japanese, and Wong had to be evacuated to Hong Kong under British protection when the Japanese put a price on his head. (x)

tedbunny:

The Shanghai Baby

The Second Sino-Japanese War began in July 1937 and eventually became part of the Pacific theater of World War II. Not long after the war, with Japan advancing into China, retreating Chinese troops left a blockade across Shanghai’s Whampoo River. Japan announced they were going to bomb it on August 28, 1937, and news teams gathered to capture the event.

The planes arrived at 4:00 PM. Most of the reporters had left after hearing that the raid was postponed, so only one cameraman was waiting. The bombers didn’t hit the Chinese defenses. They hit the city’s train station—which housed 1,800 civilians waiting for evacuation, mostly women and children. The Japanese aircrews had mistaken them for troops. In total, 1,500 died.

The photographer, H.S. Wong, saw a man rescuing children from the tracks. The man placed the first young child on the platform edge before returning to help another—and that is the picture Wong took.

The injured, helpless child sitting among such devastation went on to be seen by over 130 million people around the world within a month and a half. It was key in turning international opinion against the Japanese, and Wong had to be evacuated to Hong Kong under British protection when the Japanese put a price on his head. (x)

bag-of-dirt:

The body of a U.S. Navy sailor washes up on the beach at Naval Air Station (NAS) Kaneohe Bay. Minutes before the more destructive attack on Pearl Harbor, the Imperial Japanese attacked the air station at Kaneohe Bay, killing 18 American sailors, destroying 27 Catalina aircrafts and damaging six others. Naval Air Station (NAS) Kaneohe Bay (now, Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay), Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe, Honolulu County, Oahu, Hawaii, U.S.A. 7 December 1941.

bag-of-dirt:

The body of a U.S. Navy sailor washes up on the beach at Naval Air Station (NAS) Kaneohe Bay. Minutes before the more destructive attack on Pearl Harbor, the Imperial Japanese attacked the air station at Kaneohe Bay, killing 18 American sailors, destroying 27 Catalina aircrafts and damaging six others. Naval Air Station (NAS) Kaneohe Bay (now, Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay), Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe, Honolulu County, Oahu, Hawaii, U.S.A. 7 December 1941.