Archive for August, 2007

Evil George

August 22, 2007 By: erik Category: Funny, Media, Politics, USA

Google News (my browser homepage) uses sophisticated artificial intelligence algorithms to group news stories together. It does a really excellent job, and any bias shown is that of a whole media. Still, occasionally it makes mistakes, often with humorous consequences. Check out the juxtaposition of the story with the image here:

Asheville Gestapo

August 22, 2007 By: erik Category: Politics, Stuff I Found, USA

Civil liberties violation in my home state. This saddens me greatly. I wish it surprised me more than it does, too.

Crappy Summer Weather

August 21, 2007 By: erik Category: Complaining, Spain, Videos

It has been my understanding that the reason that we can enjoy such nice green landscapes and such lovely cloudless sunny summers here in northern Spain is because we suffer through the wet, rainy winters. But this summer, the weather has been just awful! I’ve been in the water at the beach just once this year. In previous years, we went to the beach 3-4 times per week in July and August to bask in the sun and play in the waves. Not in 2007.


August 20, 2007 By: erik Category: Food, Funny, Stuff I Found, Weird

A friend’s husband’s blog pointed me to this, and I feel the need to propagate the meme since it made me laugh so hard. If you’ve eaten recently, wait a little before clicking on this link:


August 19, 2007 By: erik Category: Colindres, Food, Partying, Photos, Videos

The town hall of Colindres had planned to prepare free roasted sardines for everyone last Thursday for San Roque, but it rained heavily, leaving them with 500 kg (1100 pounds) of fresh sardines. So it was postponed to Saturday.

It arrived.

August 18, 2007 By: erik Category: News


Yet Another Golf Trophy

August 18, 2007 By: erik Category: Golf, Spain

I’m going to attempt a bilingual blog post on this one, because many of the people you see in these photos have expressed interest in seeing my post about the event. The event was an awards ceremony for the Beach Golf thing I participated in a few months ago.

Voy a intentar hacer un post de blog bilingue, porque mucha de la gente que ves en las fotos ha expresado un interés en ver este post sobre el evento. El evento fue una ceremonia de premios para el Open de Golf Playa en que participé hace unos meses.

Extremadura 2007 (3 of 3) – Champagne Barbeque

August 15, 2007 By: erik Category: Extremadura, Family, Food, Partying, Photos

Part 1Part 2

On Monday morning, Juan, Grandpa and I went to a local slaughterhouse to buy a half lamb. We really only wanted a few lamb chops, but they only sold in quantities rounded to the 0.5 lamb. That evening, we had a barbeque out on the patio with the primary objective being to decide on a champagne for the wedding. The champagne selection had been narrowed down to three final contestants, and we had one bottle of each.

Extremadura 2007 (2 of 3) – Baby in Zahí­nos

August 15, 2007 By: erik Category: Extremadura, Family, Photos

Part 1

On Sunday, we drove two hours to Zahí­nos, the town where my future father-in-law grew up. The main objective was meeting the newest member of the family, the daughter of Marga’s cousin, Ana. She had a harrowing premature birth back in January, and all the doctors were 100% sure that the child would not survive her first week and repeatedly told the family so. But, through what the family no doubt considers a miracle, the little creature that started out about the size of my foot pulled through. The only lasting scar from the ordeal will probably be her name, Valle de Gracia, which means “Valley of Grace” or possibly “Valley of Thanks”.

Extremadura 2007 (1 of 3) – Higuera Bullfight

August 14, 2007 By: erik Category: Bulls, Extremadura, Photos

On Friday morning, I cleaned the house a little and headed to Mondragon to pick up Gorka and his suitcase, go to a nearby town to pick up Aunt Marga from work (her oldest son talked her into letting him have the car to drive around Spain with his friends). When we dropped Aunt Marga off at home, Belén was waiting there with her luggage, and we took off for Extremadura. Eight hours later, we arrived in Higuera de la Serena, where Marga, her parents, and grandfather, were watching some sort of dancing horse show in the portable bullring. It finished as we got there and we all walked to Grandpa Ramón’s house for dinner and rest.