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The Seahawks, Broncos, Saints and 49ers are good teams with deficiencies that will cost them games.
The Colts, Packers, Patriots and Bengals are in the next tier. Their flaws are a little more obvious now, but they still are capable of being legitimate contenders.
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(Chyulu Hills, Kenya) De tous les pays d'Afrique, le Kenya est celui qui offre, avec la Tanzanie, les plus beaux safaris. Rcit d'un sjour digne d'un film, entre nature sauvage et luxe dlicieusement surrann.
La grande table, couverte de nappes blanches et d'argenterie, attendait randonneurs et cavaliers sous un immense acacia, en plein coeur de la savane. Deux cuisiniers en livre blanche s'activaient autour du feu pour prparer le petit djeuner: des oeufs brouills au saumon fum. Un pichet en tain, plein d'eau froide, pour nous rafrachir. Ne manquait que le gramophone (et Robert Redford en habits de safari) pour nous plonger plus avant dans une scne du film Out of Africa.
C'est le Kenya d'une poque rvolue qui nous est apparu en ce matin dor au pied des Chyulu Hills, dans le sud du pays. Le Kenya d'il y a 100 ans, alors que Teddy Roosevelt ou Ernest Hemingway partaient l'aube chasser le lion ou l'lphant, avant de rentrer au camp pour boire le th dans de la vritable porcelaine de Chine.
Aujourd'hui, Dieu merci, la chasse est interdite au Kenya et les seuls trophes qu'on puisse rapporter sont photographiques. Mais l'ambiance suranne de l'poque coloniale est savamment cultive. l'colodge Ol Donyo, o nous avons pos nos valises, on sert encore le sherry et les sabls le soir, alors que le soleil se couche derrire le Kilimandjaro voisin.
Ce matin l, avant le djeuner en plein air, nous avons parcouru pied quelques kilomtres dans la savane en compagnie de Konee, un guerrier masa qui nous sert de guide, et d'un ranger arm. Une dizaine de girafes et girafeaux nous ont regard passer en battant de leurs longs cils. Nous avons dpass, sur la pointe des pieds, un gigantesque lphant mle en train de brouter. Et observ les traces d'une hyne, frachement passe sur le sentier.
Une fois que nous nous sommes attabls sous l'acacia, la conversation a bifurqu vers Konee, la recherche active d'une seconde femme. Je vais aller la chercher sur l'internet! Il rigole, mais peine. La culture masae est en pleine mutation. Les mariages se font plus tard que jadis, mme s'ils sont toujours arrangs par les parents (le premier du moins). Depuis l'an dernier, des Jeux olympiques masas permettent aux hommes de se mesurer entre eux. Les Masas sont en train de trouver d'autres voies que la traditionnelle mise mort d'un lion pour rallier les rangs des guerriers. Maintenant, il faut tuer le lion de l'ducation, dit Konee, pre de trois enfants, dont une fille, qu'il espre un jour voir devenir avocate.
Toutefois, certaines traditions ont la vie dure, comme la polygamie ou l'importance capitale du btail, seul vritable signe de puissance chez les Masas. Et la circoncision des hommes, vers l'ge de 10 ans, demeure le grand rite de passage de la socit (l'excision des femmes tendrait diminuer). Tu ne dois pas pleurer et rester fort, explique Konee, sinon, on te chasse du village.
Les Masas ont compris que le lion constituait leur meilleur alli pour attirer sur leurs terres une source de richesse plus grande encore que le btail: les touristes.
Ces derniers ont remplac les chasseurs blancs du sicle dernier, mais ils partagent la mme obsession pour les Big 5. Les chasseurs dsignaient ainsi les animaux les plus dangereux (et les plus prestigieux) ajouter leurs trophes: le buffle, le rhinocros, le lopard, l'lphant et le lion.
Dans des vhicules Land Cruiser modifis pour les safaris, nous avons explor plusieurs des plus beaux parcs nationaux et rserves fauniques du Kenya dans l'espoir d'apercevoir ces animaux mythiques, mais aussi des hippopotames (plus dangereux encore pour l'humain que le lion.), des zbres, des girafes.
C'est au pied du pic enneig du mont Kenya, au nord de Nairobi, que nous avons vu le premier d'une longue srie d'lphants. Et le seul rhinocros du sjour. Coeur battant, nous avons mitraill (photographiquement) les deux spcimens comme s'ils allaient s'vaporer. Rsultat: photos floues, mais motions fortes.
Le guide rigolait de nous voir nous exclamer la vue de ces btes caches dans les hautes herbes printanires, plusieurs centaines de mtres du vhicule. Attendez d'tre au parc du Masa Mara, vous verrez!
Le Mara. Quintessence de l'Est africain avec le Serengeti de la Tanzanie voisine. Lieu de la migration des gnous, considre comme l'un des phnomnes les plus mouvants du rgne animal. L'Afrique telle qu'on l'imagine souvent et telle qu'on la dcrit dans les films pour enfants ( commencer par le Roi Lion, de Disney).
Le parc national du Mara figurait la toute fin de notre itinraire, comme il se doit. Aprs le Mara, il faut baisser le rideau et rentrer, car aucun spectacle, disent les Knyans, ne peut le surpasser.
Mais bien avant de vivre la grande finale, nous tions dj conquis, le coeur battant, par tant d'expriences grandioses. Un coucher de soleil, un verre de ros la main, depuis une terrasse juche dans un arbre. Une nuit sous les toiles, dans un lit baldaquin couvert de moustiquaires. Le son d'un animal qui s'abreuve dans la petite piscine prive qui jouxte notre chambre (on apprendra plus tard qu'il s'agissait d'un lopard!). Une randonne cheval au milieu des www.nflpatriotsofficialonline.com/94+Chris+Jones+Jersey+Cheap.html zbres et des gazelles. Une gamine masae qui passe en riant sa main dans nos cheveux. Les babouins qui nous surprennent la sortie d'un labyrinthe topiaire. Les souvenirs se bousculent, s'accumulent, impossibles classer en ordre de prfrence.
Quand est arriv le Mara, nous pensions avoir tout vu. Mais les vastes plaines herbeuses, parsemes d'acacias solitaires, Chandler Jones Jersey Super Bowl forment un panorama comme nulle part ailleurs. Et nulle part la faune n'est aussi riche et diversifie.
Des lans se sont approchs si prs du vhicule qu'on pouvait entendre le cliquetis de leurs articulations. Idem pour le bruit des coups de corne que se donnaient deux girafes en colre. Et les grognements des hippopotames, qui se baignaient dans la rivire au pied de notre luxueuse tente, remplaaient le chant du coq aux aurores.
Surtout, c'est au parc du Mara que nous avons enfin pu voir des lions; aprs cinq ou six safaris pied, cheval ou motoriss le roi des animaux nous chappait toujours.
Notre attente aura t rcompense. Bien informs par un Masa au volant d'un tracteur (!), nous avons dcouvert une douzaine de lionnes et de lionceaux s'abritant tant bien que mal sous un arbre maigrichon, dans un amas non identifiable de pattes, de queues et de gueules haletantes. Pour trouver un peu d'ombre, des lionceaux se sont glisss sous un de nos vhicules, troitement surveills par une lionne aux pattes immenses. Ashford, notre guide, a peine sourcill: Ils ont le ventre plein, aucun danger.
En effet, quelques mtres plus loin, un buffle mle gisait, sur le flanc, l'abdomen grand ouvert. Les lions l'ont tu la nuit d'avant. Quand le soleil va se coucher, les hynes, les chacals et les vautours vont se partager la carcasse. Il faut obligatoirement faire escale en Europe, notamment Amsterdam, Paris ou Francfort. Le prix des billets varie entre 1300$ et 3500$, selon la priode de l'anne.
Les meilleurs moments pour observer la faune sont de la fin juin octobre pour la spectaculaire migration des gnous au Mara ainsi qu'en janvier et en fvrier. Le temps chaud et sec favorise alors les regroupements d'animaux autour des points d'eau. Les prix des htels sont toutefois plus levs. En novembre et en dcembre, les prix chutent lgrement en raison des pluies qui tombent parfois sur le pays. La basse saison touristique, de mars mai, correspond la vritable saison des pluies. L'observation des animaux peut tre plus difficile, les routes sont parfois impraticables et les moustiques sont plus nombreux. Les tarifs d'hbergement baissent de 30% 50% et les visiteurs sont moins nombreux dans les parcs. Nous avons visit le Kenya au dbut du moi de mai et la pluie, rare, n'a pos aucun problme. S'il est vrai que les hautes herbes compliquent un peu le reprage des animaux, nous avons tout de mme pu voir quatre des clbres Big 5.
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Prvoir au minimum sept jours pour la visite de deux parcs (voire trois), excluant le Tsavo, le plus grand de tous. Pour ajouter la visite du Tsavo ou de la cte de l'ocan Indien, mieux vaut prvoir un sjour d'au moins 12 jours.
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Khordae's video was one of ten finalists picked from over 5,000 submissions around the country. They were announced during the halftime of today's Green Bay Packers Detroit Lions game on FOX.
"I was jumping all over the place," Sydnor told The Post of his reaction to the news. "I was running down the hallway. I was just hyped.
Khordae who plays quarterback for the Harlem Jets and led his team to the Empire League's Super Bowl championship has been playing ball since he saw kids playing in the park when he was only 6.
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Khordae wants to spread the gospel of the gridiron to his neighborhood, which is more known for more for basketball than football.
"I try to persuade people to play football, but a lot of people here love basketball. I just wonder, why wouldn't you want to play football if you have the skills. You get to achieve things." said the burgeoning pigskin disciple.
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I wonder if you are conflating "observant/intelligent" (which you want) with "witty/dry sense of humor" (which does NOT necessarily imply observant or intelligent, in my experience). A guy who lives to make wisecracks isn't necessarily observant, so much as he craves being the center of attention at all times.
posted by showbiz_liz at 9:59 AM on October 18 [6 favorites]
I think it might help to stop thinking of people as "types," and instead see them as individuals. But to answer your question: I personally don't think it's ever a good idea to settle for any reason.
posted by something something at 10:00 AM on October 18 [14 favorites]
You're young. Why give up on your dreams now? There are billions of partners that fit what you're looking for.
posted by agregoli at 10:01 AM on October 18 [5 favorites]
Also, this puzzles me: There's a specific type of guy that tends to like me: loner, outdoorsy, very loyal but not very observant. Seeing as the guys I'm crazy about inevitably break up with me after a month, do you think I should learn to love someone with some common interests who might not be as smart as I want?
Are you saying you don't think that loner, outdoorsy, loyal, AND observant/intelligent men exist? Because I know many of them. They might not hold up flashing signs saying "Look how goddamn smart I am" like the men you seem to be drawn to, but it doesn't mean they're not brilliant people.
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You're only 26. You should not be settling for anything at this point.
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You will find it. You will regret not looking for it. You are only 26 for cryin' out loud. I would give the same advice to someone who is 36; even 46.
posted by TinWhistle at 10:05 AM on October 18 [1 favorite]
I don't think you should settle, no. Especially in terms of intelligence. I was in a LTR with a guy who was not as smart as me/not as smart as I would like and god. I not only never got used to it, it actually got more and more irritating. The guy was nice and treated me well, but I just couldn't keep dating him.
So no. Don't settle. I think you can be flexible on some of your things, and if it is the right person you wouldn't even think twice about it. For example, I always looked for a tall man who loved cats and who was a gym bunny like me. I ended up falling in love with a man only a couple inches taller than me, who both hates and is allergic to cats, and who refuses to work out in a gym. And yet he is perfect for me because he is funny and intelligent and we share morals and values and expectations for the future. We have incredible sexual chemistry and we just click on so so many levels that being with him feels incredibly natural. And yet there are still enough differences between us to keep it interesting. I'm still a gym bunny and he isn't, and that is okay. We don't have to share everything. We are extremely happy, and we just got married a month ago.
Look for a person, not specific traits. And don't settle. If it is right, it won't feel like settling and you'd never be asking the question.
posted by PuppetMcSockerson at 10:07 AM on October 18 [9 favorites]
Look for a person, not specific traits.
I couldn't agree with this more. My partner is not the "type" of guy I thought I would end up with he is different from anyone I have ever dated in the past, and I'm happier now than I could have ever imagined.
Don't settle. Dust settles.
posted by gursky at 10:13 AM on October 18 [7 favorites]
There's a specific type of guy that tends to like me: loner, outdoorsy, very loyal but not very observant. Seeing as the guys I'm crazy about inevitably break up with me after a month, do you think I should learn to love someone with some common interests who might not be as smart as I want?
Actually, I totally hear this.
I don't really date men anymore, but I have a type: small, badtempered dudes with glasses who read a lot. That type of fellow virtually always goes for even smaller women, usually very sweettempered or feistycute. I'm not tiny, either vertically or horizontally. My opinion is that short, mean, brainy dudes grow up with a lot of pressure about being insufficiently "masculine" and therefore tend to grow into preferring more "feminine" women. (Not saying that this is a fake preference it's perfectly real. It's just that, like most of our romantic preferences, it's social.)
So anyway, the men I'm attracted to are almost never attracted to me.
I have the option of dating women, which I assume that you don't.
If I were dating men only, I would cast my net as wide as possible I'd try OkCupid and every sort of activity where I might meet small mean men with glasses. I'd be pretty specific about what I was looking for I wouldn't go on any dates with tall, nice men just because they liked me. My assumption would be that small mean men who like gendernonconforming people of my physical type are very rare but that some still exist and my goal would be to meet as many men as possible Nike NFL Jerseys China until I met the right one.
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