December 28, 2010

Camera Lens

Now I see why camera lenses are so expensive:

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December 14, 2010

December 12, 2010


The weather here is starting to get really nice most days:

The only problem with that is that we'll be going to Colorado in a few days, and I know it's going to be cold as balls there!

Oh well.

As an aside, I hope that this video works in the U.S. It's the video for "Summertime," the song by D.J. Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. I remember I bought their cassette Homebase at a Wal-Mart in Missouri in 1991 or so. I had gone to Missouri with my best friend Jared to visit his grandparents. I was 11 years old, and it was the first time I'd been to Missouri (and Wal-Mart, for that matter). So this song brings back memories of that trip:

-First time in Missouri
-First "rap" cassette
-First time at Wal-Mart
-First meal at the Olive Garden (in Columbia, MO)
-First time I bought hockey cards
-First time I got verbally assaulted by a small-town teenage hick (although it certainly wouldn't be the last!)

Only some of these memories can be classified as "good." I'll let you sort out which ones. Until then, enjoy some barbecue, and drive around in your car at 2 miles per hour (so everyone can see you).

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December 10, 2010

A Few Pictures With Comments

I had meant to comment on these four things:

First of all: STRIP CLUBS. As we all know "from the movies," strippers run on money, specifically paper money. So how does it work in a culture like Costa Rica or the Eurozone where they use coins more than bills? For example, the lowest-denomination bill here in Costa Rica is the 1,000 colones note, which is worth about 2 dollars. Not too expensive, I suppose, but consider the Eurozone, where the lowest bill is 5 Euros. So, in those types of cultures does a stripper strap a coin purse to her thigh, or does going to the strip club simply mean an expensive night out?

Next: BIGFOOT. Just kidding, that's not Bigfoot, although the picture quality might indicate that. It's actually an anteater that I saw from my car (he was really close at first, but by the time I got my camera out he had already plodded off). So, apparently there are anteaters in Costa Rica:

This is the "Oso Hormiguero," or "Ant-er Bear."
(I found this picture here... and why is he in a tree instead of on an anthill? Does this mean this sucker can fly??)

Just so you know, if you want to name an animal in Costa Rica, just take the word "oso" (bear) or "zorro" (fox) and then add a second word that vaguely describes what that animal is into. For example:

-Oso Hormiguero: "Ant-er Bear" = Anteater
-Oso Perezoso: "Lazy Bear" = Sloth
-Zorro Pelón: "Bald Fox" = Opossum
-Zorro Apestoso: "Stinky Fox" = Skunk
-Zorro Pequeño: "Small Fox" = Cat
-Zorra Desnuda: "Naked Fox" = Stripper

Actually, I was just kidding about those last two, but the others are true.

CAKE. I made this the other day, and it's really, really tasty and really, really easy. If you've got some chocolate powder and red wine sitting around, then this recipe has your name on it. Just give it a try.
(Note: I used a silicon pan, so that may have affected the bake time. The recipe says 40 minutes but I needed to bake it for just over 60 till it was finally done)

Thanks for reading!

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December 9, 2010

99 Problems

If you're havin' weather problems, I feel bad for you, son.
I got 99 problems but the beach ain't one.

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December 7, 2010

365 Slideshow

Here's a slideshow of the completed Picture of the Day Project:

I think it's kind of cool. You can scroll forwards and backwards, pause it, and follow links to the individual pictures. I'm also going to leave this slideshow on the sidebar to the left so you can check it out later, if you wish. Thanks, and have a good day!

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December 5, 2010

Pictures of the Day - December 1-5, 2010

We're back with the first 5 Pictures of the Day from my new 365 Project! Hope you like them:

December 1st: Not the best picture ever taken of me, but I had to document the transition from Novembeard to Decembeard somehow. I had hoped for a nice picture of Berlin to start off the new 365 series (as I did for this last year), but it was foggy and really boring (see Leftover #1).

December 2nd: Some guys were fishing at the beach when I was hanging out there in the morning, so I decided to get a picture of their catch. By that time, the fish weren't biting, though, so only one out of 6 was in the water. Still, their fishing equipment was impressively spartan.

December 3rd: It was a big day for work on the Formerly Crappy Casita, but I still found a bit of time to make a pizza in the evening. It was delicious!

December 4th: Man, it was a ridiculously nice sunset. As seen from the back porch.

December 5th: Some cilantro sprouts. Angela planted the seeds in a planter in our bathroom a little while ago, and they're starting to look promising. She also planted some in our backyard but when the cats saw the nice dirt... well, you get the idea.

That's it for today! Remember to check out the Leftovers (either click here or at the end of the post, if you prefer a black background).

Thanks for reading, and have a great day!

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December 4, 2010