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The Futile Experiment

In A-Blurb on September 15, 2009 at 2:59 pm

I don’t know when I wrote here for the last time. It’s not important either. Who cares? Not even me. And it’s not I do not remember this blog, eh? I have it there, at my left hand side, with all my useful everyday bookmarks. But I keep on skipping it.

I scroll top to bottom, bottom to top and keep on skipping The Tired Prop bookmark. And every time is the same “Wel… It’s I do not have a subject to bring up”, “Well… it’s just I do not feel comfortable writing in English”, “Well this”, “Well that”

I have to admit it. I do not feel the same passion writing in English than in Spanish. Most of my entries in my other blog are  about things that pop out of my mind and kicked a thought or a fast writing on a subject I feel I have something to say. And I know what I’m saying. And, even better, I know who I’m writing to because I know how the Spanish speaking audience is.

But I’ll keep on trying. I’ll keep on trying.

Vamos viejo! No me aflojes carajo!


Moving ahead

In A-Blurb on July 27, 2009 at 8:57 pm

A few days ago I was having breakfast with a good friend of mine.

In our chats we love to take time to do some philosophy on our life as immigrants in Canada. We discuss how things are going, the lessons we learned or how we think we should face the future among other things.

That day we agreed on the fact that we are about to leave our “newcomer” status. Having bought a house (he moved to his new place in Aylmer a few days ago) is the very sign of getting established.

In this past 4 years we went from having almost nothing to have kids, a well paid job in our domains, a car or may be two and a house. Only in 4 years.

Yes, Canada made it possible, is a country with good conditions to succeed. But we pushed it hard and sacrificed many things to get it where we are.

So now it’s a good moment to relax, enjoy ourselves and move on to the next stage. God only knows what’s ahead for us… But it cannot be bad.

Having a reality check while you buy furniture for your new home

In A-Blurb on July 20, 2009 at 2:21 pm

As we will be moving soon to our new place, we’ve been going around with Pat looking for new furniture we will need: sofa, dining table, new beds and bedroom stuff for the kids and so on.

As it happens most of the times, this is something new for us. We never had this need before, so it’s our first time in Canada looking for this kind of things. So, we decided to check a few places to see what they have, and for how much. The places we’ve been at were Ikea (how not!), Leon’s, The Brick, Structubes, The Upper Room, My House and De Boers.

I'm sorry? How much?

I'm sorry? How much for a sofa?

It’s nice to see how people with a 1 million dollar place decorate their homes… I guess that’s the people that buys a 5k+ sofa, for instance. And it was good to do a reality check and see where I stand in the social piramid.

If you drive a Kia van, you cannot pretend to by not even a bedside table at some places like De Boers!

Why I love my BlackBerry

In A-Blurb on July 7, 2009 at 1:04 pm

Because it allows me to post with the new WordPress Client!

This is good!

Hi Five!

Happy Canada Day… Interesting facts about Canada (that I found somewhere else)

In From Everyday Life on June 30, 2009 at 7:43 am

So tomorrow is Canada Day, the Confederation will have another year and it’s still surviving… Even if the Bloc wants to break it apart!


But politics aside, it’s an interesting moment to learn a few facts about Canada. I invite you to go take a look at XUP’s post about 10 + 10 facts about Canada.

By the way… what represents Canada the best? Tim Hortons or the BlackBerry?

My BBQ is not like yours [How To]

In From other latitudes on June 10, 2009 at 7:43 am

Some argie immigrant from Montreal wrote a very nice text (in french) about how to make a BBQ… “Argie Style”

Looks strange... But I swear it tastes great!

Looks strange... But I swear it tastes great!

Take a look at it and let me know what you think. You can find it here: MATias Viajando: Comme faire un un asado argentin?

About “Mate” or “that green weed I drink at the office”

In From other latitudes on June 9, 2009 at 8:42 am

I love Mate. It’s a very nice drink and, moreover, it’s healthy. It’s similar to tea if you want, but you do not drink it like tea. You use… a “Mate”, like this…

My Mate

My Mate

Yes… it’s green, comes in small leaves and you use a strange device with it… But it’s not that thing… it’s Yerba Mate… And you can buy it at the Latin Store @ Montreal St. for just 6 CAD a kilo.

You can read a very good post about mate at Interesting Thing of the Day.

That thing that I cannot accomplish here…

In A-Blurb on June 3, 2009 at 8:57 am

I received a tweet from @problogger about a post called “9 Ways People Respond to Your Content Online” A fabulous post by some Rajesh Setty that has a beautiful phrase in it…

Use your creativity to generate content that will inspire and transform the lives of the audience in a positive way…

Isn’t it great? I feel so sorry I cannot accomplish such a thing in this blog. It’s just a matter of time… I know… Think hard buddy! Think hard!

My cell is bigger than yours [Macho Technology]

In From other latitudes on May 28, 2009 at 9:47 am

As you may know, and if you don’t I tell you now, latinamericans and their Macho culture have a tremendous obsession with sizes. in particular with that. Yeah, “the member”. The macho companion.

So tremendous and so obsessive that they have invented hundreds of different names and connotations for it. A particular name for it that looks to be very spread in the region is “Verga” So when someone talks about the “verga” is talking about it. And not in a very educated way, if I may.

Hugo's Dick Phone!

Hugo's Dick Phone!

So if something is awful it can be a “verga”. “Esa cosa es una verga!” (That thing is shit!)

But if it’s really good… it can also be a “verga”. “Mira que verga!” (Look how cool this thing is!)

And of course, you can compare “vergas” . What would be of the Macho life ifmy verga isn’t bigger than yours… right? I guess this happens in every culture anyways.

Now, our good friend Chavez has taken the “verga” to the technlogy world and created the “Vergatario” A venezuela made cellphone that is so good that is a “verga” But a very cool, socialist, anti USA “verga”.

What a dickhead!

Maria, a story – Part IV and Last “Get out and do your homework”

In From other latitudes on May 25, 2009 at 12:50 pm

So Maria found in Montreal a good place to live, a good place to ask for refuge, a good place to work “under the table” and a good place to find love. She got married with a pretty canadian lady and, with her new couple, awaited her hearing.

When the day arrived, she had to defend her case in front of a Judge and convence him on why she deserved the category of refugee, what were the problems she faced back at home, why her life was in danger and every single detail the Justice needs to listen.  An so she did. And so did the Justice.

They sent Maria back home 30 days after the trial. Now she is living separated from her wife and is doing the paperwork to come back to Canada sponsored by her counterpart. After lots of time, stress and tax payers money Maria has to do all the paperwork the right way. The same way she could have chosen the first time.