Archive for November, 2007

Frame Breaking 2

November 30, 2007 By: erik Category: Flickr, Geeky, Photos, Photoshop

It’s time for another episode of Frame Breaking. Previously on Frame Breaking…

I looked through my entire library, and really didn’t find many photos with 3D frame bursting action. So I had to borrow a few from Jane, of pimento cheese fame. She has photos of all kinds of strange objects. Hopefully she won’t sue me for copyright infringement.

Pimento Cheese

November 30, 2007 By: erik Category: Food, USA

Tada!The other day, I saw pimento cheese mentioned in passing on a sibling blog. As far as I know, pimento cheese doesn’t even exist outside the Confederate States of America, so of course it doesn’t exist over here in the Old World. It reminded me of my childhood, even though I’ve probably only eaten a dozen pimento cheese sandwiches in my life. I commented on it and was given a recipe to make some myself!


November 29, 2007 By: erik Category: Food, Spain

It is illegal to fish anchovies in the Cantabrian sea (the body of water to the north of Spain that borders my region). They have been fished to near extinction and the European Union has prohibited the capture of them, at least for profit. One of Marga’s coworkers’ husbands is a fisherman. He actually attended our wedding. Sometimes the occasional anchovy will get brought up in his net when he is fishing other species. He always throws them back, but the other day, he saved a dozen or so and gave them to us.

Traffic Laws, Spain vs. Venezuela

November 29, 2007 By: erik Category: Musings, Politics, Spain

During a recent trip to Venezuela, as I was holding on, white-knuckled, to a jeep I was standing up in as it sped around a curvy road, the following hypothesis occurred to me:

The number of enforced traffic laws a country has is positively correlated with how mature the country is.

Allow me to explain…

Wedding Scallop

November 28, 2007 By: erik Category: Food, Weird

Marga’s boss recently gave us a simple, but thoughtful, wedding gift. As you may recall (and if you attended, how could you forget?), one of the dishes at our wedding meal was a Scallop Au Gratin. Her boss actually saved the shell that the restaurant served him full of creamy cheese, cleaned it up, wrote our names and the date of the wedding in the smooth interior of the shell, and gave it to us as a souvenir of the day.

Sandra doesn't love me anymore!

November 27, 2007 By: erik Category: Colindres, Photos, Weird

Some of you may recall that earlier this year, I found some “Sandra and Erik” lover graffiti on the side of my building. Well, apparently my ignoring her, as a direct consequence of not having any idea who she is, has finally worn her unrequited love so thin that she has fallen for another, a chap named Rooster.

Old and New Apple Products

November 26, 2007 By: erik Category: Geeky, Photos, Spain

This weekend, we finally moved our old British refrigerator into Grandpa Ramón’s house (third floor, no elevator). It has been unplugged for three years, sitting in a corner of the covered area where my father-in-law keeps his chickens, so there’s a chance it might not work anymore. They say you have to keep fridges working or they can break. Of course, he’ll need to find a power adaptor first. The other thing in the pile next to the refrigerator was my old G5 box. We decided that we wouldn’t be needing it anymore. In retrospect, it was rather silly of us to bring from England, but whatever.

Free Dinner

November 25, 2007 By: erik Category: Food, Photos

This Saturday, we returned to the restaurant where we had our wedding celebration, Etxe Aundi, to eat a dinner for two on the house. Apparently they were pleased with our 10,000€ business.

Thanksgiving Pizza

November 22, 2007 By: erik Category: Food, Partying, Photos, USA

We’ve got a little tradition forming here. This is the second year in a row that we’ve eaten a turkey pizza for Thanksgiving. I’ve taken some photos during the cooking process to show you.

Naked Bulb

November 21, 2007 By: erik Category: Flickr, House, Photos

One of the first thing most visitors to our humble home say is, “So you guys got something against lamp shades, or what?” Our house still has the original light bulbs hanging from wires popping out of holes in the ceiling that the original builder left. And all the previous owners have shared our apathy about remedying the situation.