Day of the Dead: Terlingua, (West) Texas (7 Pics)

Terlingua is an obscure little ghost town out in West Texas, the glory and riches from back in the day when it was a Cinnabar mining town long gone and faded. Today, it is a pocket-sized magnet for creatives, artists, eccentrics and some retirees. But, Day of the Dead celebrations bring this small, tight knit community to the local cemetery in full swing. This day is not one of mourning, in fact far from it. It is a day of paying respect, sharing and feeding each other. Children are introduced to family members who have departed and each of the four hundred graves in the cemetery are lit with candles late into the night. The rugged Texas desert and the bright starlit sky provide quite the backdrop. Uncanny costumes, painted faces and body art are integral to this day, along with music, a campfire, food and beverages. But above all is a purposeful sense of reflection and remembrance for those that have left and their spiritual journey after life.
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© Ayash Basu. Local artists and musicians gather at “The Porch” of the Terlingua Trading Post, a social hub in the afternoon as people mingle over beers and get into the spirit for the evening.

© Ayash Basu. The local community and visitors gather at the cemetery to pray for the spiritual journey of the departed over a potluck. A massive campfire starts at sundown and everybody sings over drinks and food late into the night.

© Ayash Basu. One of the early visitors to the cemetery, other than the organizing family are the King and Queen (some call them Bride and Groom).

© Ayash Basu. Women adorned in red roses is a common sight. Red roses signify memories of the lost that will not be eroded by death.

© Ayash Basu. Grace, a young woman from the area dons the role of Queen in 2016.

© Ayash Basu. Randy McLaughlin – the “King” for the last many years ponders sitting next to the fire as the candles are lit by 400 plus graves.

© Ayash Basu. The candles light the graves late into the night, much after people have left. Even after the candles burn off, millions of stars radiate upon the graves – pretty symbolic.

All Heros: Georgia Sheriff Rewards Deputy-Life-Saving Inmates Slashed Sentences

Each inmate will have his sentence reduced by about 25 percent.


When a Georgia deputy suddenly collapsed while on duty, the six inmates he had been supervising could have made a run for it. But they chose instead to save the officer’s life.

The group of inmates were out on a work detail last Monday in a remote area of Polk County when their supervising officer, who has not been identified, suddenly fell face-first on the ground, WXIA-TV reports.

Polk County Sheriff Johnny Moats said the inmates could have easily taken the officer’s gun at that point and escaped in his van.

“They could have done anything they wanted,” Moats told Time. “They were out there by themselves with this one officer. If they would have left him there, it could have been hours before anyone came across him.”

Instead, the inmates rushed to revive the deputy. The group opened the officer’s shirt and removed his bulletproof vest to keep him cool. The humidity that morning had reportedly reached 100 percent.

The inmates also used the officer’s phone to call 911. Emergency medical services soon arrived on the scene.

The inmates have been credited with helping to save the officer’s life. The deputy, who’s believed to have collapsed due to the humidity and a previous medical condition, has reportedly recovered and is now back at work,

“They stayed right there with him,” Moats told Time. “If he didn’t have any help, I don’t know what would have happened to him.” 

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The sheriff’s office said the incident was especially meaningful given that Georgia prison guards Christopher Monica and Curtis Billue were killed on June 13, allegedly by two inmates escaping a prison bus.

“As we watched the horrific manhunt this week of the two inmates that killed two correctional officers, we all know that Monday could have ended differently for our officer,” wrote the sheriff’s office in a since-removed Facebook post.

But the inmates involved in the officer’s rescue, all of whom all serving sentences for minor criminal offences, said there was never any question of the path of action they would take.

“When that happened, in my opinion, it wasn’t about who is in jail and who wasn’t,” inmate Greg WIlliams told WXIA. “It was about a man going down, and we had to help him.”

As a token of gratitude, the officer’s family prepared lunch and desserts for the inmates last week, WSB-TV reported.

“The inmates did a really good job. I’m extremely proud of them,” Moats sa

Joke: Clever Blonde

A blonde walks into a bank in New York City and asks for the loan officer. She says she’s going to Europe on business for two weeks and needs to borrow $5,000.

The bank officer says the bank will need some kind of security for the loan, so the blonde hands over the keys to a new Rolls Royce. The car is parked on the street in front of the bank, she has the title and everything checks out. The bank agrees to accept the car as collateral for the loan.

The bank’s president and its officers all enjoy a good laugh at the blonde for using a $250,000 Rolls as collateral against a $5,000 loan.

An employee of the bank then drives the Rolls into the bank’s underground garage and parks it there.

Two weeks later, the blonde returns, repays the $5,000 and the interest, which comes to $15.41. The loan officer says, “Miss, we are very happy to have had your business, and this transaction has worked out very nicely, but we are a little puzzled.

We checked you out and found that you are a multimillionaire. What puzzles us is, why would you bother to borrow $5,000?”

The blonde replies….. “Where else in New York City can I park my car for two weeks for only $15.41 and expect it to be there when I return?”

Sleeping Around in the 30s, 40s and 50’s (WOW!) (12 Pics)

 1935 Pontiac with Turquoise Canned Ham
 1936 Pierce Arrow with Travelodge
 1947 Custom Buick Sedanet with Matching Trailer
 1949 Studebaker Pickup with Purple Trailer to Match
 1951 Hudson Commodore with matching Trailer
 1955 Ford Customline Wagon with Shasta Trailer
 1952 Buick Riviera Hardtop with Matching Trailer
 1956 Ford Ranch Wagon with Teardrop Trailer
 1959 Chevrolet Impala Hardtop with Shasta Travel Trailer
 1959 Chevrolet El Camino with Shasta Travel Trailer
 Pretty Pink Pair 1959 Cadillac Sixty with Shasta Trailer
1962 Ford Cortina with Custom Travel Trailer

This Is How Japan Cleans Its Bullet Trains In 7 Minutes Flat 1:38

This Is How Japan Cleans Its Bullet Trains In 7 Minutes Flat
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The ‘Swacch Bharat Abhiyan’ initiated by Narendra Modi is one of the pet projects of the central government and it seems Indian railways can learn a lot about how to keep the trains clean from Japan’s 7-Minute miracle turnaround. The Shinkansen bullet train cleaning crew in Japan give a unique demonstration of pride and diligence in this video by showing us how to keep the trains clean with a very quick turnaround time.
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The Russian ghost town & a time capsule in the making (9 Pics)