Haiku Competition – Win a free Kindle Touch!

August 23, 2012 By: erik Category: Art, Marketing, Weird 299 views

Kindle Touch - Haiku Competition

This is a contest
to find syllabic poems.
Win a Kindle Touch!

Haikus for Kindles?
The very best poem wins!
Judged by yours truly.

You know you want one.
Enter multiple poems!
Only the best wins.

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Sauga Folk Festival 2012

August 22, 2012 By: erik Category: Colindres, Ireland, Music, Spain, Videos 507 views

Sauga Folk 2012 - Virgen de Palacios - VotoLast weekend, I attended the 18th annual Sauga Folk festival, held each year in my town of Colindres. The festival focuses on local, Cantabrian music and dance, as well as celtic music in general. Each year we get some pretty famous (as the celtic music scene goes) acts from Ireland and sometimes Scotland traveling here to perform. Due to collisions with August summer vacations, this is only the second year that I have been able to attend.
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Higuera de la Serena – 2012

August 21, 2012 By: erik Category: Extremadura, Offspring, Partying, Photos, Spain 326 views

Grapes 2012On the evening of August 6, we arrived in Higuera de la Serena, my wife’s family’s summer town in Extremadura, the original hometown of her maternal grandmother, and town where her mother grew up. Despite only having known my wife for fewer than twelve years, this was the third time I have watched the Summer Olympics from Extremadura, having visited every August since 2003.
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I don’t understand information crimes

August 17, 2012 By: erik Category: Anarchy, Musings, Politics, USA 187 views

whistleLet’s say I have a secret. Perhaps I’m gay, or I secretly won the lottery, or I killed a guy once, or I have a terminal disease, or I’m in witness protection, or I’m embezzling money from my employer, or I’m having an affair, or I have a supernumerary nipple. Whatever it is, it’s absolutely true, but no one knows it, and I’d prefer that it stays that way. Now let’s say you somehow discover my secret and you tell everyone. What moral, ethical or legal lines have you just crossed?
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Zahí­nos 2012

August 14, 2012 By: erik Category: Bulls, Extremadura, Family, Offspring, Photos, Spain, Travel, Videos 171 views

On The Farm - Zahí­nos 2012My wife and I arrived in my father-in-law’s hometown of Zahí­nos on the evening of Saturday, August 4th, right at the height of the town’s summer festival. Our daughter, Nora, who had not seen us in a week was ecstatic to be reunited with us. After sitting and chatting for a while with my wife’s aunt, uncle and cousins, we headed down to the town fairgrounds for the most Spanish of all pastimes. A portable bullring had been set up and there were two bullfighters, including a hometown lad, scheduled to perform.
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Emi and Mario’s Wedding

August 12, 2012 By: erik Category: Partying, Photos, Spain 291 views

Emi and Mario's WeddingOn Friday, August 3rd, we drove south towards Madrid to attend the wedding of Emi and Mario. Emi and my wife, Marga, who is three days younger than Emi, have been friends since they were children. Emi is from the same Extremadura town as Marga’s mother and grandmother, and Marga would spend most of her summer vacations in Extremadura with her grandparents, so they grew up together over the summers. Neither of them will forget the phone call when Marga told Emi, “I have some big news!”, only to hear Emi respond, “Me too, you first!” Marga, who was worried she’d be the only one of her summer friends with a baby, told Emi that she was pregnant, and Emi exclaimed, “Me too!” Emi and Mario’s daughter, Carla, was born only weeks after Nora.
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State of the Offspring Address – July 2012

July 31, 2012 By: erik Category: News, Offspring, Parenting, Photos 162 views

Rueda y RubiaWe’re ending this month without our dear Nora at home. She left, on July 28, with her Spanish grandparents to go with them on vacation for three weeks in Extremadura, a hot arid region in southern Spain. She’s having a ball down there, but when she talks on the phone to us, she has finally learned enough about evaluating her own emotions to wimper, “I feel sad because I went away. I want you to come here with me.” It’s simultaneously cute and heartbreaking. We will be going down there to spend the second of her three weeks with her.
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Vermouth Band – Classic Rock Cantabrian Cover Band

July 30, 2012 By: erik Category: Colindres, Music, Reviews, Videos 121 views

Vermouth BandOn Saturday, my wife and I got to attend another live music performance at our favorite local sports bar, El Vapor. This time it was a classic rock cover band, Vermouth Band, billed as covering the works of The Eagles, America, Status Quo, Queen, The Police, Cat Stevens, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kansas and ZZ Top. That’s definitely my kind of tunes! Unlike the last band we went to see, this band was set up outside on the sidewalk. This being Cantabria, they had to stop playing for ten minutes once because of a light drizzle, but picked right back up when it subsided.
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Counting To Ten

July 24, 2012 By: erik Category: Funny, Offspring, Videos 123 views

Counting to Ten (thumbnail)We have been making slow, but steady, progress on Nora’s counting abilities. She can more or less get up to about fifteen in both languages, and she’s begun to make statements like “There are three cookies on the table” as well. The other day I thought I’d record a video of her counting to mark her progress, and she did very well, despite manifesting her most common errors.
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Bubbles In The Park

July 17, 2012 By: erik Category: Offspring, Photos, Videos 144 views

Bubbles In The ParkWe had a wonderful weekend this week. A babysitter let us go out for dinner and dancing on Friday night, and on Saturday my mother-in-law and sister-in-law came to visit. I made a homemade pizza while the ladies went to the market in nearby Santoña and had it ready upon their return. A leisurely afternoon ensued with Marga painting her sister’s and Nora’s fingernails and toenails.
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