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Aug 23, 2008

CHIP AHOY!

Wealthy Mexicans who are terrified of being kidnapped, are having themselves implanted with GPS chips…

Well I think it is a brilliant idea! We should all do it. After all, we get it done to our pets, so why not to ourselves? Not that most of us will ever get kidnapped – but there are other dangers, like walking under a ladder and getting a bucket on your head and forgetting who you are… Or getting shipwrecked and stranded on a desert island – and then just think how comforting it would be to know that whilst desperately stabbing at fish in a rock pool - with that pointy bit on your belt buckle - you are merrily ‘blipping’ away to some overhead satellite and will soon be found! (Hopefully not by pirates…)

The obvious problem though is where to go to get chipped? As far as I know, doctors in the Netherlands do not (yet) chip people. Euthanasia yes – but no chipping. So that would mean nipping off to Mexico and that’s too far – so off to the vet's it is then!

Hang on though… in which part of the anatomy would this chip be inserted…? The back of animals’ necks may be suitable for them but there is no extra skin to get hold of on mine. The upper thigh strikes me as a suitable place; however, these chip thingies are not magnetic are they? That would make no sense at all but you never know, technology can be tricky - and I would rather not find out when it is too late and I am 'stuck' to some doddery old chipped chap on the tram (‘chipped chap on the tram'… crikey, don’t say that fast with a mouth full of biscuit! Hang on, while I wipe the screen...).

Wait a minute though, I am not above a bit of doddering myself, so if this fellow and I were stuck on each other through no fault of our own (heh-heh) we could dodder off together and have a bit of fun - and when we were tired of each other (or just tired) we could sit down and ‘blip’ - and wait for our (worried) kids to drive out and find us and take us home!
(Just when did I get so decadent and daft...?)

Anyway, here it is: Wealthy Mexicans getting chipped.

14 comments:

steph said...

LOL Geri - you're a hoot!

My big worry with this would be...

who gets to steer the chip? ;-)

This 'chipping' idea brings a whole new meaning to selective amnesia!

Geri Atric said...

Hi Steph ~ who gets to steer the chip...? Good question.
Governments?....OO-ER..!
This means Big Brother would not only be watching us, he'd be right under our skin!
This is not a good idea. Count me out. As from now, I am off chips! Unless they come in newspaper with a big dollop of mayonaise..yum.

jay said...

Some people have been chipped here, I think, but there's a problem, if I remember rightly, with inflammation and rejection. Putting a chip in subcutaneously in a loose-skinned animal isn't the same as burying it in muscle in the upper arm, which I think is what they do.

I can see both the attraction and the repellant side of it.

Geri Atric said...

Hi Jay ~ yes indeed, many pros and cons to this topic and a lot of ethical/moral and health issues to iron out first.

What with all the child predators and traffickers at large in this world, I would not be suprised at a (not too distant) future scenario where every newborn is injected with a tiny titanium tracking device, along with all the other jabs necessary for a healthy (and safe) life.

Grannymar said...

I'll pass on this round of chips!

What I get up to is my Toyboys business and nobody elses! ;-)

Geri Atric said...

Quite right GM! These chips are definately fishy and should stay out of peoples' privates... Oops... correction - private lives!

(Especially when being entertained by toyboys)!

~ Phyll said...

Yipee! This is something for me, so that my loved ones can find the exact ditch I've fallen into after a glass too many!

Geri Atric said...

LOL! Hi Phyll, definately a vote in its favour. Perhaps you should stick to tea (?) hee-hee!!

~ Phyll said...

Hi Geri, off-topic here, but I'm curious to find out if you've obtained a taste for Indonesian cuisines...you living in the Netherlands and all (plenty of Indonesians living there and also Indonesian eateries, I was told). I myself was born and raised in Jakarta, though now I live in Los Angeles.

Geri Atric said...

Hi Phyll ~ Yes indeed there is a large and widely spread Indonesian community living here in the Neths. and Indonesian cuisine is very popular here. I have had the pleasure of tasting an Ind. dish or two since I came to live in the Neths (36 years ago) and love satay, although without sambal. (I have tried but it remains too h-h-hot for my bland, fish and chip trained Anglo/Celtic palate!).

I picked this snippet up from the web. It explains the Dutch adaption of Ind. cuisine better than I can.

Quote: 'An Indonesian rice table (in Dutch, 'rijsttafel') consists of rice accompanied by between twelve and thirty, often spicy, side dishes served in small portions. Popular side dishes include egg rolls, sambals, satay, fish, fruit, vegetables, pickles, and nuts.
It is a Dutch colonial adaptation of the Indonesian dinner, and popular only in the Netherlands. However, a growing number of restaurants and hotels in the tourist areas in Indonesia serve rice table'. End quote. (Ref: Wikipedia, Indonesian rice table).

I would also like to mention that all supermarkets here in the Neths. stock a large assortment of Ind. ingredients - and my eldest vegetarian/tofu eating daughter and son-in-law, were often found around those particular shelves, before they emmigrated to Scotland last year. I know they miss their Indonesian dishes sorely!!
In fact you have given me a brilliant idea Phyll. I will be going to visit them for a while at the end of this week and thanks to this comment from you, I think I'll surprise them with a few packets of Indonesian spices. I was wondering what to take them, so thank you very much for the idea!!!

Bon Appetite!

P.S. ~ I absolutely adore your articles on tea. I had no idea of the processes involved... The way you describe it all, I feel I am reading about fine works of art! I have always admired a nice cup of tea (sans the 'sacrilegious' British habit of adding milk!) but certainly since I started reading your blog, I have new found respect and reverence for my morning cuppa. (Even though it is just a cheap teabag variety from the local supermarket!).

~ Phyll said...

Oh, I'm glad to know that I played some part -- though unintentionally and intangibly-- in bringing your daughter and son-in-law some Indonesian spices. :) Have a pleasant trip!

Thanks for your kind words about my tea / wine blog. Sometimes, I think I may have been too indulgence with their description. But, like fine wines/cheeses/etc., some teas can be quite surprisingly delicious and complex! Most of us are more accustomed to teas in teabags, and there is nothing wrong with those if you enjoy them. On the other hand, some teas parading as fine specimen and costing a lot are nasty and deserve to be stored in the dust bin. That is partly why the subject of fine tea is rather interesting and complex...enough to obsess about. To some, it's akin to the search for the holy grail, sort of, whether as an investor/speculator or as an enthusiast who prefer to enjoy drinking them with dear friends and family (I fall under the latter category).

Regarding Indonesian foods, I'd sooner choose the sambals over the satay first (I love spicy food!). The food culture in Indonesia is so rich and varied. Each island has many tribes and cultures. And, each tribe has its own food preparation, taste preference.

The info on "rijsttafel" above seems to be in line with how the Padang cuisine is served on the table (i.e. rice accompanied with lots of different dishes spread on the dining table to be shared together). Or it could refer to a typical Javanese banquet. The Dutch were everywhere when they colonized the country, so I wonder which local Indonesian cuisine is the most popular export in the Netherlands. My guess is Javanese cuisines, but then again the Javanese food cultures is not homogeneous per se.

I'm sorry for the off-topic rambling under this post. :p

Phyll

Geri Atric said...

LOL! Don't apologise, I'm enjoying the 'ramble' and I suspect you may be right about the Javanese kitchen having the most influence in Indo/Dutch cuisine. It is amazing how many little dishes you get with a Dutch restaurant rijsttafel. If you don't know what to expect you could be forgiven for thinking you've ordered the whole menu by mistake!

As for the tea topic - thank you very much for your email and I look forward to discussing it more with you on my return from the Scottish Mountains.

Toodle-oo!

Kim said...

I am against 'chipping'. I don't think Big Brother needs to know where I am all the time.

However, if I were to have it done, I definately have room on the back of my neck. :)

Geri Atric said...

Hello Kim ~ welcome to AU!

I agree with you about BB. They've already got their fat noses into our telephone calls and emails; not to mention all those privacy invading satelites that can zoom in on a bottletop on a beach(?!)

Keep your neck well protected, LOL!

(For me, it's my waist - or what used to be - with fond memories of the many other 'chips' involved in the making thereof...)!