Tuesday, August 26, 2008

A Travel Story

Once while flying United, I think from Frankfurt to Washington I was
watching the safety film and was wondering if the flight attendants in
the film were real people or actors, especially this one guy, he was
really good. Well when we landed at Washington and I was on my way to
my next gate I looked next to me and there was that guy, and yes he was
a United flight attendant. I was going to say something to him, but he
looked like he was in a hurry.

Book Corner - The Bourne Betrayal

The Bourne Betrayal
Pages 496
Author Eric Van Lustbader

Well, it was another novel in the Bourne whatever series. Although you
would expect Bourne series to be far fetched, this one just put me off,
I thought it was just way out of bounds. Not sure if this one will ever
make it to film.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Beautiful Day In The Park

Very nice day today, low 60's and sunny. Went to the Sunday feria at
Parque Rodo which is near my apartment. I like to go to the hambueguesa
stands (Roach coach) and get a burger con queso for about 30 pesos and a
drink and watch the street actors, be it musicians or in the case today
a young couple doing gymnastic dancing and such, very entertaining.
Afterwards I like to get some hot candied peanuts and walk to the beach
then back to the apartment.

Funny thing about the gymnastics couple, after the show the young man
went around with a bad for donations and kids and adults alike were
dropping coins in the bag, occasionally someone would drop a 20 peso
bill in the bag (Around $1 USD) and he would take it out and make a big
deal about it and everyone would clap and I thought, wow, people in the
U.S. merely sit on the sidewalk and stick out a paper cup and make more
than that. I know they couldn't have hardly made more than a few
dollars, I felt bad that I didn't have more pesos to give them.

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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Long Distance Tech Support

I'm often giving long distance tech support, mostly to family, but this
was a first. I talked Chris through securing her cousins wireless
access point, and I have to hand it to Chris as she pulled it off
keeping me cool and now no more neighbors tapping into her bandwidth!

Strawberry Letter 23 - Brothers Johnson

Heard this song today on the 70's station and got chills! Had to crank up the surround sound and dance around, woo hoo! Crank it up and enjoy!

Lyrics | Brothers Johnson - Strawberry Letter 23 lyrics

One Day At The Beach

That's all I wanted when I was home, just a few hours in the waves with
my boogie board, and I got that chance. The ocean water was warm and
the waves although not perfect were rideable, looking forward to going
to the beach here when summer comes around!

Wiped Out

Mi casa es su casa, thats what I told her when I gave her the job to
watch the cat and apartment, well she took it to heart! The morning
after I arrived and went to the pantry for some cereal there wasn't any,
didn't think that Uruguayan kids liked Grape Nuts cereal but guess I was
wrong, thought for sure I had two boxes. Went to make coffee, thought
for sure I had left a kilo, I had enough for one pot. Well, I did tell
her to eat anything in the house and make herself at home : )

The Return To Uruguay

Whats my job? That was my first question when I got to my office, I
didn't know where to start! These computer things look familiar,
probably something to do with that. I'm back in the swing of things,
putting some of the stuff I learned at school to use, for once, LOL!

The weather has been cool, but not overly cold. Today was in the 70's.
Went to the mall to go grocery shopping, a Burger King opened at the
food court. A Whopper meal is 120 pesos, about $6.30USD, really wanted
one but passed. Prices at the grocery store have gone up a little, my
favorite Granny Smith apples have gone up from around 32 pesos per kilo
to 44 pesos, still less expensive than the U.S.

Got a haircut, that went up to, from 100 pesos to 120, still less
expensive than the U.S., same price as a BK Whopper meal : )

Monday, August 18, 2008

Greetings from Buenos Aires

Just arrived in BA, at a internet cafe. Not bad $5 for one hour. The drive from Virginia Beach to Dulles was horrible, what should have taken 4 hours took 6. Thought for sure I would miss my flight but made it in time with a biz class upgrade to boot : ) Slept the entire flight. United business class is good, but not great, the European carriers have nice business class. Fact is very difficult to get comfortable in United business class chairs, but the food is always good.

Flight to Montevideo leaves in a little over an hour.

I will blog more about my visit home to Virginia Beach when I settle down at the apartment.

Wonder how the cats are?

Monday, August 11, 2008

The Mother Of All Thai Peppers

Chris and I went out for Thai food the other night. I ordered a spicey Thai dish and boy was it hot. I ate this one small Thai pepper that was burning hot! I had to put a packet of sugar on my tongue to neuatralize the heat.

Unfortunatley our waitress never returned to fill my water glass, even though I was sitting there wiping the sweat from my face constantly.

But the food was good!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Hotel fun

My first two weeks were fairly quiet, but now I have someone who is waking up pretty early and I hear his/her radio going off. Then I have loud televisions and door slammers to deal with.
What's happened to my neighborhood?

Still nice and hot here, well duh it is summertime! I need to get as much sun as I can before I make the trip south, really south, South America south.

How to pass a Microsoft exam

First study until your brain melts. Study until you can't stand to look at any of the material anymore. The morning of the exam drink plenty of coffee. While taking the exam keep rubbing your face in your hands, sigh frequently, reread the questions multiple times, fold your arms and lean back.

When you get to the last question and the "Are you sure you want to end this exam" dialogue pops up, do click on it while your heart races faster. Will it say "Congratulations" or will it say "Sorry".

Thank goodness for me I got the Congratulations page.

Long overdue updates

Greetings! Still here in Nowheresville, VA. It's boring. First part of training is over.
Grabbed a rental car and made the trip south to see family. Forgot what it was like to be stuck on I-64 traffic in Tidewater Virginia, it didn't take me long to remember.

Got a chance to have some of my favorite pizza, ChiCho's with my Dad. Now I need to have some Pho' soup (Yes that's redundant, pho means soup in Vietnamese) and all of my cravings will be satisfied.

One and a half more weeks of training to go.