Archive for September, 2010

Boom!

FRIDAY Another vendor lady came in today with empanadas. Like small fritters or fruit pies. Then the guys cooked out for lunch. Lots of good meats. Mid afternoon I got to hear my first tire zipper. Since the men were abiding by safety protocol, no one was hurt. It was pretty wild. Explanation: most car […]

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Chips and Salsa and Chips and Salsa and…

Ok, there’s a sense in which I belong here. Salsa and jalapenos abound! I think I’m Hispanic. Ok, maybe Scottish Hispanic Choctaw. No matter, the point is that I love salsa and Laredo loves salsa and so I love Laredo. I couldn’t tell you all the things I have had with either salsa or jalapenos […]

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Signs

Many fun signs on my trip thus far. Here are a few from yesterday and today. The Hampton has a “Restore a Landmark” program. Signs show different restoration projects. I’m pretty sure this is St. Jude, patron saint of lost causes. This cabeza-sized wooden plaque hangs in one of the service trucks 🙂 One of […]

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Cut My Hairs

As the language barrier continues to complicate the most mundane of every day transactions, I am reminded of similar past experiences. In Wiesbaden, Germany in 1993 I sat on the floor of an antique store, sorting through a box of letters and envelopes. Of the two owners, one younger spoke just a touch of English […]

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Steady Drizzle

Friday evening Impression of Laredo was wrong. I expected another el paso. Laredo is a bit nicer. People keep speaking to me in Spanish. Despite six semesters of college Spanish, I know very little. So my options, as I see them, are: + repeat what is said to me I tried this on the hotel […]

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DFW

1 hour in Dallas to coffee up. I just did my Chinese corporate calisthenics. The hulahoop move doesn’t seem to go over well in settings outside of the alley behind work. Sat next to a pretty lady on first flight. She knew a coworker. Ever notice that coffee shops and airport restaurants all will eventually […]

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Down time

I.T. is VNC to my PC ATM. Java update causing explosions. Having fun with my Pavarotti Pandora station singing words to the mouth motions of coworkers.

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Emo-mation

Can you guess what the above is depicting? This was my brilliant idea this morning after a typo got me thinking. It is a scene from history. SOMEone thinks I fail. However, I am my own best entertainment, so I win! The answer is at the bottom of my “Birthday” post below.

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Life With Holes In Your Head

Wednesday I had two of my wisdom teeth out. It was sort of like a birthday present. Turn 38, get two teeth pulled. I miss those teeth. I really do. It feels so wierd back there now. Of course it barely has stopped bleeding, it still aches, and I don’t know when I’ll be able […]

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