In my continuing recent efforts to back-up some of my older pictures, I've uploaded some more pictures from two trips in 2006.
One set is from a trip I took to Argentina to visit Andrés. I started off in Buenos Aires, and when José arrived from Mexico, he and I took a trip up to the northwestern part of Argentina to do a bit of backpacking. Some nice pictures in there.
The other most recent set is from a trip that I took to Europe in 2006. I visited Switzerland, Germany, and Denmark, and there are also quite a few interesting pictures from that trip, as well. So, please feel free to check them out, and I hope you enjoy them!
The links above are to the flickr page for each collection, but if you prefer the black-backgrounded fluidr page, you can also seem the pictures by clicking on the following links:
It was getting late, and I didn't have many ideas, so I took a picture of Angela while she was planning her lesson. She's wearing a dress she got at Ross during our last trip, and she loves it... thanks for the shopping tip, Paul!
Here are the Pictures of the Day for March 22nd and 23rd. Be sure to check out the Leftovers, as well as the rest of the new pictures I've been uploading. Starting tomorrow, I'm going to gradually put up more from 2006, starting with the Eurotrip from that year. In the meantime, enjoy!
March 23rd: A self-portrait. I've never really done them much, and I found that taking one is somewhat hard, especially when you're using a mirror to do it, and without enough light. I think during this particular picture, Angela was recounting a bit of Berlin gossip from the day, and I was tired.
March 24th: Today the mango guy came around with his truck of mangoes. Obviously, the situation presented an ideal time to purchase some mangoes. That's Angela's hand putting a mango on the scale.
Here are the Pictures of the Day for March 18th-21st. Remember that the 18th was my 30th birthday, so I took 30 pictures of "30," which you can check out here. So, here are the other Pictures of the Day from between now and then. Enjoy!
March 18th: Angela walking on the beach. Taken at Playa Esterillos, on the Central Pacific coast. Really nice beach. And really nice back.
March 19th: When we got back home from the beach, the lights went out for about two hours, so I took some pictures with candles. I liked this one, which reflected off the "Story of Coffee" bottle Angela's dad made for us.
March 20th: "Dueling Tigers," my name for the two pictures hung up in the living room at Angela's folks' house. After Cucho and Chubby, these are my two favorite cats in Berlin.
March 21st: We had Lucy, Wilson, Paola, Juan, and Hannah over for supper tonight. Stupidly, I didn't think of taking any pictures while they were around, but at least I got a picture of the hot pad and cooling rack after everyone had left.
So, that's it for now. Hopefully there was something you liked, but if not, remember that there are quite a few leftovers, which you can see by clicking on the leftovers link below. Thanks for reading, and have a great day!
The title of this post says it all: XXX! Yep, folks, that's right! Thirty!
On March 18th, I had my 30th birthday, so I decided to take 30 pictures of "30" throughout the day. If you're interested in checking them out (including the one below with the three-legged dog), you can see them all by clicking on this link. It was a pretty fun little project.
Here are the Pictures of the Day for March 16th and 17th. I'm doing the 18th separately since I had a special project on that day. In the meantime, enjoy!
March 16th: My desk lamp, with a knife my sister brought me from Morocco on the top. I wasn't sure where else to put the knife, and I don't like to make holes in the walls, seeing as they're made of cement and therefore seem more permanent. It's also convenient in case someone attacks me while I'm planning my lessons.
March 17th: My coworker Oscar. I know I already had him in the Picture of the Day a while back, but I guess he's too photogenic for his own good. This is him on St. Patrick's Day. I have a feeling that the stats on his shirt regarding his heritage may be a bit exaggerated, even if it only says 10%, but it's the thought and spirit that counts on St. Patrick's Day!
Here are some pictures from the last couple of days. These are the Pictures of the Day, but there are also leftovers, especially from our beach visit yesterday. One of the pictures even includes a police hut that was (possibly) destroyed by alligators!! Be sure to check out the leftovers and other pictures by following the links at the end of this post. In the meantime, enjoy these:
March 12th, 2010: While I was waiting for some Chinese food takeout, I stopped at the park in Palmares to take this picture. They're remodeling the church's towers, and it's an interesting sight, especially at night.
March 13th, 2010: My sister Diana brought us a few really neat pillowcases from Morocco a year or two ago. We finally got little pillows to put them in. Here's a close-up.
March 14th, 2010: A palm tree on Playa Bejuco on the central Pacific coast. It turned out kind of pretty. We went to the beach with Angela's mom, her two sisters, and a selected crew of her sisters' families.
March 15th, 2010: I love coffee, and I love my coffeemaker. Especially since it's a gaudy green color, and especially since I got it for free over 10 years ago when I bought some Gevalia coffee. It's still serving me tasty coffee about twice a day, after all these years.
So, hope you enjoyed these, but if not, check out the links directly below, and maybe there'll be something there you'll like! Thanks for reading, and have a great day!
It's been a busy week or so, involving a lot of shoveling and swearing, so I've not posted in a while. Let's get caught up!
March 4th, 2010: Here are some guineos, which are sort of like hard little bananas. We cut them from a tree in our yard, and Angela made them into a cevice. Here's how to cook them.
March 5th, 2010: I've been working a lot in the yard while we have nice weather. I've also been gradually doing small projects to bring the "Crappy Casita" up to par, and make it less crappy. On this day I was putting a bit of primer on some of the new wood. This is the back door.
March 6th, 2010: I discovered a while ago that when you put your ipod on shuffle, it doesn't actually seem that random. In fact, I liked the song mix a lot more when I played the songs alphabetically. Technically, when you have a lot of songs in a row --all beginning with "Only...," for example-- then it's not really random, but it does make for a better and more interesting mix. Try it out!
March 7th, 2010: These are my "Smart Guy Glasses," which are actually construction goggles. They do make me look like a huge nerd, though. I've never had to use glasses, so this way I can vicariously live the life of a vision-impaired person. I was using them today to keep chunks of cement out of my eyes while I was banging cinder blocks with a huge pickaxe. Destruction can be fun.
March 8th, 2010: We'd been meaning to get a gate for a while, but after the local loser tried to steal our internet antenna, we were a bit more motivated to put one in. Plus, the empty columns in the front of our yard had looked pretty stupid the last year or so. So, a guy named Francisco from down the hill came and built us a gate, with the help of Eduardo (in the white hat).
March 9th, 2010: A very beautiful day in Berlín de San Ramón.
March 10, 2010: A closet door in Angela's office. It used to be a really cheap, gaudy color, but now, after my full weekend of painting a year ago, it's just merely ugly.
March 11, 2010: Our backup cat Chubby got neutered yesterday. Angela tried to make a cone for him out of a file folder, but he ripped it off in a matter of minutes.
So, that's it for now. Remember, there are always more pictures, including some interesting leftovers, that you can check out by following the links below. In the meantime, thanks for reading, and have a great day!
Yesterday I finished reading a book called Vernon God Little, by DBC Pierre. It was pretty good; it's a sort of satire about modern media culture, set among a school massacre in a small Texas town. So yeah, it's a bit unconventional, also. In any case, I liked this following quote by the book's main character, Vern, as he's being led into a courtroom:
“Court smells like your first-grade classroom; you automatically look around for finger-paintings. I don’t know if it’s on purpose, like to regress you and freak you out. Truth be told, there’s probably an air-freshener for courtrooms and first-grade classrooms, just to keep you in line. ‘Guilt-O-Sol’ or something, so in school you feel like you’re already in court, and when you wind up in court you feel like you’re back in school. You’re primed for finger-paintings, but what you get is a lady behind one of those sawn-off typewriters.”
I took this picture here in Berlín in February. I didn't upload it before because the shoes are just down the road, and I had a different Picture of the Day for that day (and I thought I could go back and take a picture of these shoes at a future date, if I got desperate for ideas).
Coincidentally, she also took her picture in Berlin, but in the real one, in Germany. I sent her a flickr message saying that I thought it was interesting that two people could see the potential for very similar pictures, in two towns with the same name, but on the other side of the world.
Here are the Pictures of the Day for the last four days. There are also Leftovers, as well as some great pictures on the SeeVida link below. Be sure to check them both out! In the meantime, enjoy these:
February 28th: Angela peeling off some sort of gunk mask she put on her face, which helps her to remain forever young. I just use old coffee grounds on my face, personally. That's how I keep my Grizzled Old Man Look so fresh, although I'm only 29.
March 1st: In keeping with my idea of getting more pictures of different people doing stuff, here's our niece Adriana paying a visit to our house.
March 2nd: On this day I made flor de itabo for lunch. If you want to see how to cook it, I wrote about it once, and you can read about it by following this link. Just so you know, the main problem is finding flor de itabo.
March 3rd: This is the door to a large nightclub in San José. By the way, in Spanish --at least in Costa Rica-- a "nightclub" is what English speakers know as a "strip club." Good to know. Two quite different types of dancing. In any case, I had to go to San José (aka "Chepe") today for a work inservice day. On the way home, we were stuck in traffic on the highway, and I took this picture from the car (Don't worry, Lucy was driving... I don't take pictures while behind the wheel). I chose it for picture of the day because of the interesting colors and lines, plus it gave me the opportunity to present the False Cognate Fun Fact of the Day.
Well, that's it for now. Hope there was something you liked there. Until next time, thanks for reading, and take care!
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48. Pygmy - Chuck Palahniuk
47. I Suck At Girls - Justin Halpern
46. Demian - Hermann Hesse
45. Casino Royale - Ian Fleming
44. The Seventeen Traditions - Ralph Nader
43. We Are All Weird - Seth Godin
42. SuperFreakonomics - Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner
41. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
40. Freakonomics - Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner
39. Around the World in 80 Days - Michael Palin
38. Evolving in Monkey Town - Rachel Held Evans
37. Ready Player One - Ernest Cline
36. Peter and the Starcatchers - Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
35. The Force is Middling in This One - Robert Kroese
34. The Big Short - Michael Lewis
33. Riding The Iron Rooster: By Train Through China - Paul Theroux
32. Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk - David Sedaris
31. The Dirty Parts of the Bible - Sam Torode
30. Earth (The Book) - Daily Show with Jon Stewart
29. Moneyball - Michael Lewis
28. The Last Lecture - Randy Pausch
27. Lamb - Christopher Moore
26. Breakfast At Tiffany's - Truman Capote
25. I Am America (And So Can You!) - Stephen Colbert
24. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J.K. Rowling
23. Fast Food Nation - Eric Schlosser
22. The Yiddish Policemen's Union - Michael Chabon
21. How To Sharpen Pencils - David Rees
20. Water For Elephants - Sara Gruen
18. W.A.R. - Mick Wall
17. Thunderstruck - Erik Larson
16. Narcissus and Goldmund - Hermann Hesse
15. A Walk in the Woods - Bill Bryson
14. The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
13. Bicycle Diaries - David Byrne
12. Animal Farm - George Orwell
11. Life on the Mississippi - Mark Twain
10. 2666 - Roberto Bolaño
9. The Omnivore's Dilemma - Michael Pollan
8. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling
7. Tokio Blues: Norwegian Wood - Haruki Murakami
6. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
5. Self-Reliance - Ralph Waldo Emerson
4. The Old Patagonian Express - Paul Theroux
3. China Survival Guide - Larry and Qin Herzberg
2. Jesus Wants to Save Christians - Rob Bell & Don Golden
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