Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
So...having now lived in another country (Spain) for 9 months I can officially give birth to some observations...
- No matter how slow I walk, there is an older Spaniard that I will have to pass
- I have not developed the mentality yet to know that the entire sidewalk is mine such as the locals do here. Since I didn't pass the "walk slow" test, I am now finding that no matter how few a group of Spaniards are on the sidewalk, they can somehow manage to occupy and block me from going forward at my ridiculous American speed.
- In the USA we have 25 different EVERYTHING when you want it. In Spain, you have one of a great many things that they would deem unimportant. Those things that are very important, you probably have 4-6 choices.
- The great part about the rain is that it comes so little that when it does, nobody bothers to go to their shops and open them. And because of that, everybody stays home anyway. It's a win-win...unless you are out of food at your place.
- I used to have a "rain bike" to ride only when it rains. Now I don't ride when it rains; don't need to because it'll be sunny again tomorrow. Now I have a "wind bike". This is a heavier bike that won't blow me off the bridge in a cross-wind. That's a good thing...
- I thought I could learn some Spanish by translating Facebook comments, Twitter comments and other social media from here. Nope... They don't translate well when they use slang, local dialect and abbreviations.
- It's still amazing to wrap our heads around the fact that nearly everything here is so much less expensive than in the USA. Dental office doesn't cover your private Spanish insurance? No problem, just pay cash...it's less than your co-pay was in the USA anyway!!!
- Taking the train is more expensive than flying. They have a lot of dirt cheap plane tickets around Europe. I'm bummed about this because I love traveling by train. It's such less hassle and I enjoy watching the countryside and being able to get up and walk around without every other person staring at you...
- All hills here (and they are seriously all over 10% grade going up to 30%) are always steepest right as you reach the top. It's as if when they constructed it they said, "whoops...we are coming up lower than we expected" and they just increased the gradient! Fun for biking...let me tell you!
Thunk up by Ed at 8:06 AM
Thursday, August 27, 2015
And just what does a heart-loving worm look like in action? I thought you’d never ask!
These guys are certified barf-arific. Do the world a favor and get your dog-loving friends some heartworm medication for Christmas.
Thunk up by Ed at 3:35 AM
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Okay, only in America (well...maybe Japan) would an airport's former carpet design be so popular that they would have T-shirts and socks sold from the design. Oh, and they even had the carpet as a character used as a mascot! Really? A piece of carpet is a mascot?
Of course, this is a fad that will later be looked on fondly by those that endured it and say "remember back in 2015 when we had the Portland Airport carpet fad?"
You know...like pet rocks and all those other crazy fads over the years.
As for the actual carpet? It was so popular and synonymous with Portland that they put in a very similar design else people would revolt! Meanwhile, the original carpet was sold and they are selling pieces of it for stupid people that would buy stuff like that.
I just don't need a piece of worn carpet trod on by 200,000 travelers but thanks for asking...
But then again, I don't have to worry about all that now. I'm retired and living in the south of Spain where they don't have such strange nonsense. Until I ran into this while biking on a back road close by...
Thunk up by Ed at 1:55 PM
Monday, April 06, 2015
Monday, December 29, 2014
|This is our beach. Well...not ours personally but within a 2 minute walk...|
|Here's the town Castle...no, we don't live in it but every town should have a castle!|
|This is a walkway along the beach so we don't even have to walk on the beach if we don't want to...goes for miles!|
|We will be living in the "old town". Since the town is 2800 years old, that is very old!|
Thunk up by Ed at 7:07 PM
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Once again Christmas is upon us. Let us not forget the meaning of Christmas.
Thunk up by Ed at 7:44 PM
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Well with Washington state legalizing marijuana, I'd say they are really living up to their state motto...
I just happen to live right across the border in Oregon. I'm sure if Portland had their way, Oregon would be right behind them. Nobody works in Portland anyway so what's the issue?
I know Colorado has it legalized too but their already so high what does it really matter? Besides, how much can you really grow in an environment lacking in oxygen and changing from sunny and 70 to snowing in a matter of a few minutes.
But back to Washington. We drove over there for a hike not long ago and as we crossed the toll bridge over the Columbia River (yes, we have a large river separating us so that most of the stoners will drown trying to cross and the rest will drive off the side of the bridge trying to get across).
Anyway, as we passed into Washington, I half expected somebody to be greeting us at the border, "Welcome to Washington, here's your doobie..."
Amazingly that didn't happen. Nor did I find a state-wide shortage of Twinkies or Doritos. The mini-markets weren't standing-line only. Are you sure pot is legal here? I don't understand.
|The typical chip and snack aisle at a Washington grocery store|
|That's either pot smoke or they purchased the wood stove option on the car|
Now I'm not sure what all the fuss is about. Frankly, the wifey-poo and I take walks in Portland nightly and there is so much pot smell coming from one particular corner nightly that we think they're burning it as incense!
Thunk up by Ed at 11:45 AM