28 July 2008

but i just got carded the other day!

why is the sponsored link at the top of my gmail inbox for date a cougar dot com? (old ladies who are into young men)

should i be offended? what makes google think i'm an old lady, let alone a cougar?

18 July 2008


i am back in the homeland, and being struck by the very american-ish ways of this place.

for example: double bagging. why do we do this? the average bag of groceries is put immediately into a cart, wheeled into the parking lot, lifted into the suv then carried from the garage to the kitchen. why does this relatively smooth trip require such sturdiness of plastic?

yesterday as i spent $44 purchasing a couple of items the cashier was shocked, astounded when i refused the double bag. "i'm just going across the street," i tried to explain. this was apparently unprecedented.

when did this start? i have a feeling it happened within my lifetime, maybe in the mid-90s. perhaps it was a coup by the plastic industry, similar to the one pulled by alka-seltzer when they convinced the public to take two instead of one, thus doubling their sales.

the single bag is durable and sufficient, people. let's stop the madness.

04 July 2008


a recipe for a great vacation in your own town:

5 free workdays
30 degrees (90F)
a hearty serving of motivation
a medium-length list of things to do
seasonal sales in your favorite stores
1 partner in crime

combine above items slowly, mixing and spreading them evenly in an unhurried fashion. sprinkle with coffees, lunches and dinners with friends, as available. season with ample sleep. don't be afraid to spend some money getting it all done. serve immediately. pairs well with tinto de verano, ice cream cones and siestas.

bon appetit!