Monday, December 31, 2007

Book Corner - Started and finished reading: Roberts Ridge

Non Fiction
Roberts Ridge: A story of courage and sacrifice on Takur Ghar Mountain,

The cover of the book says it all "Impossible to put down" James
Bradley. And true to this, I read this book over the weekend. Unlike
the previous fiction books that I've read this is a true to life
gripping story and from our time.

I don't want to go into to much detail about the book, but basically it
covers the a Special Forces operation in which a Navy SEAL (Neil
Roberts) fell from a helicopter and the ensuing attempts to rescue him,
along with much behind the scenes activity.

The book has a close connection to me as Neil Roberts was living in
Virginia Beach at the time and the media covered his situation constantly.

Definitely worth reading!

at the beach

Now that the Doc Report has gone blog, I can do some neat things.
Case in point, I'm relaxing at the beach and this entry comes via my
Blackberry : ). But -hate typing on this thing!

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Christmas eve fireworks update

Here is something interesting. The stray firework at 1:36 shown on my
YouTube video apparently put a hole in a glass door in the apartment
next door!

Book Corner - Finished Reading: Duty and Dishonor

Author: Merline Lovelace

Quick synopsis: Air Force Colonel is charged with a murder in Vietnam,
you can tell quickly that she's not guilty.
I started off really enjoying this book, but after awhile just wasn't
sure if the storyline would hold my interest. I pretty much had the
outcome nailed solid by the last 4 chapters of the book, didn't have me
hanging on till the last page.

Pizza Night

You know what I haven't had in awhile?  Pizza!  Well there isn't  a Pizza Hut or Domino's or anything else like that around here, so we decided to make one ourselves!
And what a fabulous decision that was as this was one great pizza!  With onions, mushrooms, red peppers, salami, anchovies, olives and a big heaping helping of mozarella cheese!  We did cheat on the crust though :  )

And followed this with some ice cream :  )

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Monk Parakeet's - the little green birds you almost never notice

I've meant to mention the green parakeets we have here.  You can walk by a flock of them on the grass and never notice them, gee wonder why?
I've heard different takes on them, some saying that they are not parakeets at all.  I Googled them and came up with this Wiki entry.
The picture sure looks like them!

Fireworks Christmas eve in Montevideo

Here is a video I took Christmas eve from my apartment balcony. Turn up your speakers to get the full effect, no this isn't Baghdad during the "shock and awe" attack!

Oh, I am going to try not to post a million YouTube videos on my blog unless they are relevant.

Marine punished for talking to media, family says

A former Marine drill instructor convicted of abusing 23 recruits has been punished for giving a news interview from the brig, his family says.Unfortunately the things that this DI did happens all the time.

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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Christmas, then and now (comic)

Sadly, the truest commentary about society to date...

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Dutch couple give up adopted girl b/c "she didn't fit in"

A Dutch couple has sparked outrage by giving up a seven-year-old South Korean girl they adopted as a baby – after claiming she didn't "fit in" with their life-style.

These has to be the most selfish people on the planet!

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Merry Christmas

Feliz Navidad to everyone!  It's a nice warm day here.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Christmas Eve in Montevideo

And the sound of backyard fireworks ignite the night! Like I mentioned
before these are not your typical fireworks, really loud, even the
bottle rockets.
Neighbors behind us are having a party, most likely will go on all
night, we'll see.

Feliz Navidad

Day Off

Thank you President Bush for this paid day off and long weekend!

Learning espanol

The other day "C" and I visited the first restaurant that we ate at when
we arrived here. It was funny as when the waiter handed us our menus
how much more the meals on the menu finally started making sense!

Blog Rush

So I'm waiting to get approved by, need to tidy up the place!  To many widgets?  Not enough?

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layout updates

Spent around 30 minutes this morning updating the
layout and content of my blog. Pretty easy I must

Very nice here this morning, although not sunny.

Will be booting up into my Ubuntu system soon and see
how many bugs I can work out!

I think I have the microphone problem solved.


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Noche de las Luces 2007

I went to this! It was to celebrate the start of the summer.
Rambla was closed and full of buses.
Note: I didn't take the video.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Slamming doors

The apartment tends to get a very nice breeze when you open the windows, but it never fails to happen, slamming doors! And let me tell you, they slam fast and loud!
We tried rubber door stoppers but the doors are to flush to the floor to squeeze under.

For now, we continue to use 2 liter water bottles

Ubuntu problems

Was hoping to go an entire day using Ubuntu
but having problems with sound a Opera browser is failing to load : (

Pictures of our walking trip to Montevideo Shopping Center

New web album