Archive for August, 2012

A Gift for Red Beard

Posted on August 30, 2012 by 3 Comments

For better or worse, I’ve finally pulled the trigger on addressing our ongoing carb troubles.  And, added another project to my to-do list when we arrive in Buenos Aires.

Less than two weeks to go…

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Texas time

Posted on August 18, 2012 by 3 Comments

There’s just no good reason for this post.

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Not as fun as penguins

Posted on August 13, 2012 by 3 Comments

One of the big things on my list of things to do while back in the U.S. is… work. While I was at it, I figured, I had an opportunity to show Bode that his old man’s not (just) a travel bum.

Every once in a while we wonder how our current lifestyle will affect him later on in life. There are lot’s of things to consider. We generally see everything as positive. Still, his impression of his parents has to be a bit different than other kids. When most of us grew up, our dad’s left for the office every morning – a pretty normal routine. Well, I don’t get up and head to the office every day. Instead, I say things like “Get in the bus! We’re going to find penguins!” That’s been our normal for the past several years.

So, now I’m going into an office and he wants to know what it’s all about. Mostly, he wanted to look though a microscope. Mission accomplished… but not as fun as penguins.

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Doodads

Posted on August 9, 2012 by 2 Comments

Speaking of easy, one of the things that’s really easy to do in the U.S. is to buy crap. At least time around, it’s a good thing.

I’ve been going down my list from Argentina and have made all sorts of bargain purchases (thank you eBay, and cheap shipping from China).  I tracked down a used low-voltage cutoff (10 amp) for only 2 bucks. I’ll put it in front of our fridge in the bus to prevent it from killing our battery when it gets low – it’s already happened once. I’ve found all sorts of other goodies too – a 600 LED tape and reel on sticky backing should brighten up the pop top. A cheapo windshield washer pump might give us an electric sink (no more hand pump!) and I even tracked down two carb rebuild kits and will give that a whirl when I get back to Lanus.

Only four weeks to go, and I have no intention of looking at Angela or Bode’s pile of stuff to bring back to South America. I don’t even want to know.

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Comfort Food

Posted on August 7, 2012 by 4 Comments

There’s actually a restaurant in Oakland* that serves only macaroni and cheese. Since the cheesy noodles are one of Angela’s all time fav’s, we managed to go check it out with some friends. Somehow, they’ve managed to execute it perfectly. Clever and tasty mac varieties and a well-executed decor that sends you back to elementary school (the frequent-diner cards with gold stars, in an old library card catalog was a nice touch).

Eating here was just another reminder that since we’ve been back, one of the major changes in our lives has been the wealth of comfort. Everything seems easy. Everything we need or want is just right there, right now – times 10.  Still, it’s not clear to me that anyone in the US is particularly happier because of it. It just gives everyone more time to stare at their phones. Or complain.

Don’t get me wrong… it’s nice to be back in the U.S. for a while. We’ve just forgotten – or maybe never totally appreciated – effortless comfort.

*  and i think there are others, too.

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