Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Making a List, Checking It Twice

Okay, I don't promote or discuss my work here at risk of offending people who come here to hear about basenjis and junk, but I'll make an exception.

In a year when iPods, tacky novelty sweaters and gifts screaming out obscene consumption are acutely out of touch with the current global realities, I encourage readers to check out the Beyond the Box - a Better Way to Give. Seed banks, cuys, women's literacy classes and HIV/AIDS training are gifts that won't break a budget and can contribute to changing someone's corner of the world.

Please pass it on to others, and add a link or widget to let more know about this chance to reach people around the globe

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13 Comments:

At 5:33 PM, Blogger Aunty Christ said...

Okay, I'm sorry, but cuys are exactly what I thought they were, and I'm not buying any for anyone to eat. I might buy one for someone to snuggle, but only if they promised never to eat them.

And furthermore: Women reading? Preposterous!

 
At 9:31 PM, Blogger joe said...

Aunty Christ is quite a hoot, and her first paragraph kind of sums up my first thoughts as well. Sorry, niños! No "cuys for pets or meat"!

Actually, I may consider something from the site, and thanks for sharing it! I don't know, though, if I could pull off with a straight face buying someone a gift of a milk-goat in their name.

 
At 10:28 PM, Blogger Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Aunty and Joe - Seeds and trees are always non-threatening. Thanks for at least checking it out

 
At 9:41 AM, Blogger ArtSparker said...

Seva is good too - Okay, they are my neighbors in the East /bay.

 
At 9:53 AM, Blogger Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

ArtSparker - Yes, they're good folks as well that I know well. Of course, I have my favorite!

 
At 10:47 AM, Blogger Aunty Christ said...

Junk Thief, I'm sorry .. I'm being silly. I have enough people on my list who claim not to need anything this year, so I may indeed purchase seeds or a tree in their names. I am considering purchasing a cuy for myself from the animal shelter, but I don't think I'll eat her. I might lick her, though.

 
At 10:57 AM, Blogger Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Aunty - That's super sweet of you. (I knew you always had a soft side beneath that wonderful cranky exterior.) Thanks for considering it. I'm with you on the cuys, but I won't judge the folks in the Andes for using them as a source of protein. All the same, I'd rather have my protein not include rodents.

 
At 12:07 PM, Blogger Gary said...

JT, thanks for sharing this information. I am feeling the desire to change the world lately (or at least do what I can to make it a better place).

 
At 1:24 PM, Blogger Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Gary - You are already changing the world for a group of certain first graders in the five boroughs. Thanks for thinking about doing even more.

 
At 4:06 PM, Blogger Salty Miss Jill said...

I forwarded that link to everyone I know. :)
And even though it's ethnocentric of me, I can't bear the thought of buying guinea pigs for meat...espcially after having lived with one.
Also, thank you for basically doing all of my holdiay shopping.

 
At 4:08 PM, Blogger Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Jill - Yippee! Thanks for going viral in a good way. Okay, I think there may be a cuy rights group forming, and I'll pass that on and try to reason with my Quechua friends the next time I'm in the Andes.

 
At 10:13 PM, Blogger joe said...

I really had to think hard about whether I've ever eaten rodent. Even the dodgy kebabs they sold on one corner of campus in Accra... I'm pretty sure those weren't "bushmeat" (aka: "grasscutter"). I've never been one to turn down a lovely bit of grill-charred meat, however.

 
At 10:19 PM, Blogger Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Joe - Someday we must retrace the paths and (ahem) meat that we've consumed. Something tells me that we've traced parallel paths if not intersecting tangents in sub-Saharan West Africa (Lome, Accra, Segou, Dakar, Agu, Bamako, et. al.) But if you've never had cuy in the Andes, you have not yet lived, young man.

 

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