I Remembered How To Drive!

December 18, 2006 By: erik Category: News, Spain 1,062 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 897 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 890 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 1,073 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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Poopy Signs

December 07, 2006 By: erik Category: Colindres, Funny, Photos, Spain 896 views

The town where I live, Colindres, has recently started a campaign against canine defecation in public areas. There were even some posters of close-up sidewalk fecal deposits. Those were taken down before I could get a picture.
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The Solution To Iraq

December 07, 2006 By: erik Category: Musings, Politics, USA 2,911 views

Yes, you read correctly. I will now present a solution to The Iraq Problem that will result in a stable democracy. Not only is it elegantly simplistic, but it won’t cost one cent of US taxpayer money. In fact, it will be paid for entirely by American corporations. Sound too good to be true? Judge for yourself.
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Constitution Day

December 06, 2006 By: erik Category: Musings, Politics, Spain 1,516 views

Spanish FlagToday is Constitution Day in Spain. It’s one of the few holidays that is not a holy day.

I thought I’d write down a few thoughts that I had recently that actually relate to Constitution Day.
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Whois Spam

December 05, 2006 By: erik Category: Geeky, Media, Weird 6,637 views

I had no idea that this form of spam existed.

I ran “whois amazon.com”, and got this:
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Genius Insomnia

December 05, 2006 By: erik Category: Musings 1,427 views

Not everyone is cut out for the kind of work I do. I may be the only full time transatlantic telecommuter. I work alone from home with no supervision and a six-hour time difference between my coworkers and myself. Like all scenarios, mine has its pros and cons.
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