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Idiot in Spanish: I am Jillian´s Mexican Interface

The old machine finally stopped. The Dell laptop I had been using for months processed its last, and we faced the challenge of buying a new computer in Merida. One problem with consumerism in general and tech shopping in particular here is that, 1) there aren´t as many options as we are used to and […]

30Apr2007 | | 4 comments | Continued
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Let There Be Light

While Malcolm the Elder and Malcolm the Younger are manning it up installing electricity in the Chelem house I, left alone, am working on a small restoration project of my own. We inherited a great many things with our somewhat decaying beach casita. Among them an inflatable boat, 3 used toothbrushes, two Adirondack chairs, a […]

28Apr2007 | | 2 comments | Continued
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!Lunes Sabroso! Presents: Microwaveable Chicharrones

It’s been a long time since the last Lunes Sabroso, so we had to re-introduce the feature with a bang…or in this case, a pop. Microwaveable chicharrones de cerdo (pork rinds, essentially) are as commonly available as microwave popcorn, here…but for some reason, I still haven’t felt compelled to put the bag in the microwave. […]

23Apr2007 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Idiot in Spanish: Don’t Trust the Player?

I found this sentence in my Mexican phrasebook and look forward to the day when I can say with confidence Quiero un asiento desde donde pueda ver las manos del pianista which means I want a seat from which I can see the pianist’s hands

18Apr2007 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Here Are Your “Before” Photos

We spent the morning staring at our new house in Chelem, and the time has come to provide some more details on the place. It also seemed like a good idea to take some pre-construction and renovation photos, so you all can follow along with our progress as we work to turn this big, concrete […]

16Apr2007 | | 11 comments | Continued
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The House at the Edge of the World

15Apr2007 | | 6 comments | Continued
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Telecommunicating When You’ve Dropped In.

Skype Skype Skype. I’ve drug my heels long enough, thus far much more interested in the Swedish mavericks who started the company than the technology itself. The magicians who changed the world of file sharing with Kazaa, then turned telephony on its ear with Skype, and now will be revolutionizing television with Joost. I just […]

12Apr2007 | | 1 comment | Continued
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April is the Hottest Month

Holy crap it’s hot. I cannot think of anything more articulate, descriptive or refined to say becaue my brain has turned to hot mush. If I had an egg I would cook it on the pavement; if I had a hydrant I would open it and stand in its mighty hydro force field like so […]

11Apr2007 | | 7 comments | Continued
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Boston’s: Merida as Jillian’s: Boston *

An exhile afternoon at the mall (Gran Plaza) should have led us directly to a good time sports meal at Boston’s, the games pizza fun stop for families and friends. I foolishly drove all the way down the Prolongacion to the Glorietta of Fakey Ruins where we spun around and hauled ass back, past the […]

6Apr2007 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Get Your Feet Wet With Christ

Celebrate Maundy Thursday by : Washing someone’s feet. (Be sure and ask his or her permission in advance, as it can otherwise be awkward). Giving coins to the elderly or children. ‘Cause those dudes never have their own loot. Reading from The Inferno, the first book of D.A.’s Commedia Divina – Hell has never been […]

5Apr2007 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Are There Scorpions in the Yucatan?

When we first moved here, we asked this question to most of the people we met. “Oh, sure, ” they would say,” they definitely have them…but we’ve seen maybe two in our lives.” When my dad moved here to Telchac Puerto, he reported seeing a couple of tiny ones outside. So we thought, fine, tiny […]

3Apr2007 | | 7 comments | Continued
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The Pay’s the Thing

Chelem has the market cornered on coconut confections

2Apr2007 | | 0 comments | Continued