Friday, November 19, 2010

Flee Mayweather Jr.

Pacquiao gave Floyd Mayweather Jr. another reason NOT to fight.

Pacquiao demolished Margarito in a brutal 12-round fight, solidifying the claim that he is the best pound-for-pound boxer of all time. While the claim of being the greatest boxer may be a bit exaggerated, Manny Pacquiao is definitely one of the greats.

Most of the boxers that Manny Pacquiao have conquered, like Barrera, Morales, Marquez, Hatton, Cotto, and Margarito, have shown true grit and courage. These boxers knew that they were facing a formidable foe but still went on to fight Pacquiao.

They have given respect not only to themselves but to boxing fans all over the world by fighting with all their heart and might regardless of the odds.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is another kind of boxer. Among his contemporaries, Floyd has shown that he is intelligent. He showed off-ring tactical brilliance by claiming that Pacquiao uses performance enhancing drugs and demanded blood testing in addition to the usual urine test. Floyd Jr. brilliantly played against the Filipino boxer's belief that blood-letting weakens the body.

Unfortunately for Floyd Jr., Pacquiao's camp agreed to the blood testing as long as it is not done within 30 days of the fight. Furthermore, they also agreed to a blood test right after the fight.

Floyd's camp responded by denying that they were negotiating a fight with Pacquiao.

Well, what can I say? Floyd Mayweather, Jr. must have taken Gandalf's advice to heart.

When Gandalf was fighting the Balrog and was about to fall into the abyss, he told the fellowship of the ring to "fly, you fools!"

Friday, November 12, 2010

A Filipino Bachelor and His Pet Earthworms

I have been raising African Nightcrawler earthworms as pets. I purchased the African Nightcrawlers from the nearest Filipino earthworm supplier I found on the web.

Earthworms make ideal pets. They don't complain even if you feed them garbage and decomposing materials. They don't even make noise! And their poop (worm castings or vermicasts) is an excellent fertilizer that I use to grow vegetables and herbs.

My pet worms are doing very well because of my concern about their welfare.

Imagine, I collect banana peels from a banana-cue (sweetened, fried bananas skewered like a barbecue) vendor at the nearest public market to feed my pets. Good thing that my pet food is free since it is considered garbage by the vendor. A sack of banana peels weighs about 25-30 kilos that my African Nightcrawler earthworms feed on for 60 days.

As a bachelor, I have time for my worm pets compared to guys raising their children. I don't have to contend with weekend visits to the mall as a lot of Filipino fathers have to do. I spend time doing gardening chores instead of malling.

Raising earthworms allows me to minimize my carbon footprint. I don't have to live in Nuvali to become ecologically responsible.

Now, I just have to find a bachelorette who can discuss worms without wincing.