May 11, 2007 By: erik Category: Flickr, Golf, Photos, Soccer, Spain 977 views

Nothing new to post today, so I’m going with a themed Flickr post. Today’s theme: Friendship.
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Fire Near Treto!

May 10, 2007 By: erik Category: Colindres, News, Photos 843 views

Yesterday was a beautiful, warm, sunny day. As I was doing some errands in town, I noticed that there was a huge cloud of smoke filling the sky. I am the number one source, worldwide, for news about Colindres in English. With this fame, comes responsibility. So I immediately stopped what I was doing and headed fearlessly towards the fire.
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Movie Review: Déjí  Vu

May 09, 2007 By: erik Category: Reviews 1,675 views

The other night, I watched Déjí  vu, the current best selling movie in the iTunes Store. It stars Denzel Washington, Paula Patton, and Val Kilmer. I’m guessing you’ve only heard of two of those people.
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Dry Monday

May 08, 2007 By: erik Category: Colindres, Musings 714 views

Colindres is growing at an incredible rate. There are currently at least 10 different apartment buildings under construction. Due to all the construction work, occasionally, they have to cut off the water supply to certain neighborhoods. This happens about every two months, and it’s rarely off for more than two or three hours.

Yesterday, the water was turned off to our house from 8:00 to 16:00. That’s eight hours!
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No Birthday Videos on Revver

May 07, 2007 By: erik Category: Complaining, Media, Music, Videos, Weird 892 views

For my post yesterday, I tried to upload, to Revver, the following video of the birthday trio blowing out their candles.
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Triple Birthday

May 06, 2007 By: erik Category: Extremadura, Family, Food, Mondragon, Spain, Wine 984 views

This weekend, we went to Mondragon to celebrate the birthday of Marce, (Marga’s mother) Alejo (a friend of the family), and Inés (Marga’s aunt). Today is also Mother’s Day in Spain.
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Pisser Candy

May 03, 2007 By: erik Category: Food, Funny, Photos, Spain 1,069 views

One of the many, many varieties of candy available here is a little chewy piece of candy called a meón. The word “meón” literally means “pisser”, or to be slightly less vulgar, “one who urinates”. The shape of the candy has always struck me as humorously vulgar, which is the intent, I think.
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Cloudy Debate

May 02, 2007 By: erik Category: Geeky, Politics, Stuff I Found, USA 920 views

I just found one of the more clever usages I’ve seen of a tag cloud. A tag cloud is a new form of histogram chart where words or “tags” that appear more often are shown in a larger font. The first one I ever saw was on Flickr a year or two ago, but they’ve since become quite popular. I even have one right here on my blog for my post topics (see “Topic Cloud” left sidebar).
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Vested Interest

May 01, 2007 By: erik Category: Family, News, Spain 2,142 views

Today is a holiday in Spain. It’s Labor Day, or Workers’ Day. Somehow, it got conveniently placed right on an ancient Pagan holiday celebrating the begin of summer. The Spanish are clever, and often, when a holiday falls on a Tuesday or Thursday, they say, “Aw, what the heck? Let’s make it a four-day weekend!” This is called, quite reasonably, a “puente” (“bridge”). So most people didn’t work yesterday.

On Sunday, I was informed that I wouldn’t be working on Monday either. Marga’s sister (with boyfriend), aunt, two cousins, and parents took me shopping for a vest (and shirt and tie and shoes) to go with my suit for the wedding. Marga’s employer doesn’t do puentes, so she had to work.
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A Walk in Laredo

April 29, 2007 By: erik Category: Beach, Family, Photos, Spain 1,041 views

Today, Marga’s parents, Marga, and I walked the entire length Laredo’s beach. In the morning, we walked from where we usually park to the very tip of the Laredo’s sandy peninsula and back again. And then, after lunch, we parked in the same place and walked in the other direction until the end. The section of beach that we walked measures 5 kilometers, so we walked 10 km in total, just like the race yesterday.
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