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Avon Calling. . .”

 

The Avon Lady

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The Avon Lady of Barangay Baras

Republic of the Philippines

by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

 

In the United States, I remembered that my mother had bought Avon products. I remember hearing my aunts in Texas talk about Avon products.

 

In my teenage years or early 20s, I recall a fad in the United States were people were “collecting Avon bottles.”

 

When I would come home on a break from college or on leave from the US Air Force, momma would smile and say, “Here, son, I bought this for you from the Avon Lady.”

 

Of course, when I got married, then, it was Christy, who would say, “Honey, I got this for you from the Avon lady.”

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Leneil Saldana looks at an Avon box, while Christy Warren reads the label of Avon shower gel.

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The Avon Lady” answers Leneil Sadana and Christy Warren’s questions about all the Avon products that she has to offer.

I would see a commercial now and then on TV. In surfing the Internet, I have come across some Avon web pages.

 

To be honest, as a boy or a man, I never really stopped to think about Avon.

 

Once Christy and I moved to the Philippines, we were settling in and this woman comes walking down the narrow path through the dense vegetation.

 

In the early days of our arrival in December 2011, I suspected the woman was another Saldana relative,on the island of Leyte, that I had yet to meet.

 

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  Leneil Saldana is obviously

   pleased with an Avon purchase.

The women were in the living room talking in Tagalog and Waray. Suddenly, my ears detected the distinctive English word, “Avon.”

The Avon Lady” takes an order.

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If you move to another country, sometimes it is the most unexpected words and events that can bring a smile to your face.

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Leneil Saldana listens to “The Avon Lady” while Christy Warren performs a “smell test” of a scent of an Avon product.

Now, like Christy, Leneil, Vanissa and Junea, I look forward to the visit from the Avon Lady.

 

When you consider that you have moved half way around the world and live in a little remote section of the planet,behind rice fields, and way out in the coconut trees – it is nice to look up and see “Avon calling.”

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Good-bye, until the next time, when you hear, “Avon calling.

 

Nikon D 70 Photos by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

Links

 

Official Site Avon

http://www.avon.com/

 

Avon Products Inc.

http://www.avoncompany.com/

 

Avon Philippines

http://www.avon.com.ph/PRSuite/home_page.page

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Desktop Publishing Glitch Stops Publication !

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Desktop Publishing Glitch

Stops Publication !

“Truth, Justice, Newspaper Headlines, and Blog Deadline – “Great Caesar’s Ghost !” computers, Internet , electronic layouts, desktop publishing — it was all supposed to make putting out a newspaper easy. Now, there is a glitch in the system and the presses don’t roll. Kent ! Find my Underwood, some bond paper, a pica pole and a whiz wheel, we have a newspaper to get out !” Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

Watch any movie about newspapers and some white-haired, cigar chomping editor that looks like “Superman’s” legendary Editor-In-Chief Perry White is grumbling and barking orders.

While it seems that the Internet, computers, software, and the intricate nature of servers and cyberspace is about to put newspapers into the Smithsonian Institution somewhere between the dinosaurs and the original USS Enterprise starship model.

But, before that last press operator, turns off the light and walks out of the building – let us take note that the legions of aspiring bloggers have days when they have the grey hair, ulcers and swear words of the legendary stereotypical American editors-in-chief.

Some of the back issues of my U S Air Force newspapers — The first USAF paper that I was assigned to was the Barksdale Air Force Base “Observer.” I had been a volunteer “stringer”, essentially Jimmy Olsen in a blue suit, for the “Blythe Spirit” at Blytheville AFB, Arkansas,, but I didn’t get a paycheck for those articles – I did get a byline. In the Pacific, I beat feet on the street for the “Kadena Shogun” in Okinawa. But, the “Philippine Flyer” at Clark Air Base was the most action-packed, crucial, critical, “never a dull moment” newspaper or military assignment of my career. “Ah, The Glory Days Of Wings And Rapid Response.” Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

For three weeks, I have tried diligently to “go to press” with my Memorial Day article. My “Sam I Am Blog” is my main blog publication. I am a one man electronic newpaper. Thus, when the Word Press system refused the article and photos, I had no copy boy to swear at.

I checked my Firefox browser for my Windows 7 software and the Mozilla feedback stated I had the version 12, which is the latest for my machine. I suspected my Java, I went to the website and updated my Java.

Regardless what I did, the Word Press system would not accept the article and photos. I know Word Press.com runs the blog platform for bloggers. I know Word Press. Org has the plugins that you can use to update your system.

I originally set up my system in the United States before moving to the Philippines.

I suspected the connection speed might be the problem. In the1990s, I was not extremely fond of my modem and phone line connection to America On Line, yet, it was faster than back in the late 1980s, when I was stationed at Kadena Air Base Okinawa and the modem connection began at 300 baud and finally increased to 1200 baud.

The early days of computers and the Internet, really made you wonder if it wouldn’t be wiser to invest in legions of trained carrier pigeons.

Living in a rural area of the Philippines is a lot like living in rural southwest Missouri when it comes to Internet connection speeds and overall system stability. No matter what I tried the Word Press system did not allow me to publish my Memorial Day article.

Like any good publisher or editor, I went to Plan B. Of course, real publishers and newspaper editors would probably have only delayed “rolling the presses” by a few hours. However, a one man newspaper has to sleep sometime.

My Plan B meant I take the copy and photos and publish them in the sister publication, my “Samuel Warren The Writer” blog. I did the copy and photo layout and pressed the “publish” button. The magickal electronic “presses rolled.”

I still have no idea what the glitch is on Word Press. I even tried to post the photos and copy by setting up a new page, but the system “locked up” on me each time.

I hope I can publish this article on Word Press to let my regular “Sam I Am Blog” readers know that my two Memorial Day articles are on my “Samuel Warren The Writer” blog.

The first article discusses family Memorial Day traditions in the United States,

The second article outlines the Death Anniversary celebration in the Philippines.

While it is time for this grumpy blog editor to get some shut eye, I leave my readers with the links to the articles on the “Samuel Warren The Writer” blog.

Barangay Baras Sign in Leyte, Republic of the Philippines — Baras, a rest stop along the Internet’s Information Super Highway and the World Headquarters of the “Sam I Am Blog” and “The Samuel Warren The Writer” blog, where the presses roll at One Warren Way. Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

Article 1

M-Day !

American Family Tradition Stands The Test Of Time Across The Pacific Ocean

http://samuelwarrenthewriter.blogspot.com/2012/06/m-day-american-family-tradition-stands.html

Article 2

The merger of a Filipino family tradition and an American family tradition achieves immortality for the Saldana, DeLong and Warren ancestors

Death Anniversary Day

Saldana Family Death Anniversary Ritual June 4, 2012

http://samuelwarrenthewriter.blogspot.com/2012/06/death-anniversary-day.html

Roll the presses !”

Sam

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Samuel E. Warren Jr. Quote

Heaven

“When I die, I don’t need to go to Heaven.  I live on the

island of Leyte, in the Republic of the Philippines. 

What could Heaven possibly offer me

that I don’t already have  ? 

Just let me open up my eyes back in the P.I.”

—- Samuel E. Warren Jr.

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Rafael’s Caribou

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Rafael’s Caribou

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Rafael Saldana

by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

My brother-in-law, Rafael Saldana, is a rice farmer in Barangay Baras, Tanauan, Leyte, Philippines.

In rural Leyte, the beast of burden is the caribou. A caribou is an bovine animal in Asia that combines the best features of farm pickups and tractors.

While farmers in the United States may own a Case, New Holland, Ford, White, Allis Chambers, Kubota or John Deere tractor, rural Filipino farmers can rely on the plentiful and much less expensive caribou to get the job done.

The land in front of the house is covered with the traditional thick tropical vegetation. Unfortunately, during the monsoon season, it becomes obvious that the soil under the plants is . . .mud. And, that mud is effective in pulling the rubber boots and shoes right off your feet and leaving you standing almost knee deep in mud.

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The caribou stands ready to move more scrap coconut tree lumber into place.

Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

The quick fix landscape solution became some way to cover over the mud. Commercial landscapers in the United States would have a variety of heavy duty power equipment like the Bobcat and Ditch Witch bulldozers ready to tackle the problem. In rural Leyte, my wife, Christy and I have. . . Rafael’s Caribou.

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Neptali “Endoy” Abano  readies the caribou to get another load of coconut tree scrap lumber.  Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

Thus, Neptali “Endoy” Abano hooked up Rafael’s Caribou to the yoke and the bamboo drag to bring more scrap coconut lumber into the yard to place over the growing mud swamp. While the trail could probably stand a few more pieces of scrap lumber, for now, you can walk into the yard, rather, than wade into the yard – Thanks to Rafael’s Caribou.

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Rafael’s Caribou Up Close

Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

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February 22, 2012 at 6:06 PM

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