Days Getting Longer

December 22, 2006 By: erik Category: Geeky, Stuff I Found, Weird 1,557 views

May I be the first to wish you a Happy Winter Solstice! Finally, some hope of respite from the darkness we were thrust into in October with the end of our arbitrarily-imposed daylight savings time.
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Modern Art Meets The Playground

December 21, 2006 By: erik Category: England, Videos, Weird 907 views

In the Tate Modern art museum in London, they have these huge sculptures (?) that are slides like you’d find on any playground.
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Colindres Panorama

December 20, 2006 By: erik Category: Colindres, Flickr, House, Photos, Stuff I Found 794 views

I stumbled upon this picture of my town on Flickr today.
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Ajedrez Tournament

December 20, 2006 By: erik Category: Geeky, Mondragon, Spain 873 views

I’m not sure how it happened, but I’m going to be playing in a chess tournament this Saturday.
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Road to Santoña

December 19, 2006 By: erik Category: Beach, Colindres, Family, Flickr, Photos, Spain 954 views

In honor of my driving exam success yesterday in Santoña, I’ve decided to post some pictures of Santoña.
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I Remembered How To Drive!

December 18, 2006 By: erik Category: News, Spain 1,063 views

Today was my in-car driving test. I got to the driving school at 11:00am, as planned. The instructor and three students were there waiting for me. I got into the back with the two young ones that I met during my last class, and an older (mid-forties) woman took the wheel to finish the last fifteen minutes of her lesson.
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Five Years Abroad

December 15, 2006 By: erik Category: England, News, USA 898 views

Today, December 15, is the five-year anniversary of my move to England in 2001. I left a confused and emotional nation, still unsure of what action should be taken against its September 11 attackers. Who knew that the world would be so much worse off five years later?
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Stumble In Moderation

December 14, 2006 By: erik Category: Geeky, Media, Weird 748 views

After an abnormally prolific blogging week last week, as Hubbers so cleverly pointed out, I have nothing to say this week. So I decided to play with old content. I knew that my Moderation Proof post back in August still had some capacity to interest the masses, despite the lackluster response it got from my regular readers.
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Vino y Pollo

December 10, 2006 By: erik Category: Colindres, Family, Food, Photos, Spain, Wine 892 views

Roasting ChickenMarga’s folks, Juan and Marce came over for the weekend. Lots of wine and food were consumed.

On Saturday afternoon, Marga had the idea to go bowling at the mall in Santander. It was a dark and rainy day, and it turned out that quite a few other people had the same idea. We had to take a number and wait an hour to get a lane. I think this was the second time ever that Juan and Marce have bowled, and I was there for their first time, two years ago. My experience as a member of a bowling league when I was 12 (or 10?) shone through, and I put up two scores of 168, which is pretty good, considering that my personal best, from 15 years ago, is 185. In the second game, I almost had a turkey in the tenth, if you know what that means… My performance at the lanes, having not bowled in two years, and my memory of salsa dance steps when we went out last Thursday, combined with my ability to play golf once a year with very little skill degradation, has convinced me that I have better-than-average neuromuscular facilitation.
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The Immaculate Conception

December 08, 2006 By: erik Category: Religion, Spain 1,074 views

Blessed MotherToday is the Day of the Immaculate Conception in Spain. Unlike Wednesday, today’s holiday really is a holy day.
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