Year: 2016

After our typical Salinas Downpour yesterday (12 hours of rain, half-inch of precipitation), it was pleasant to take my walk this morning under clearing skies. In this part of December, by 9am the sun is already fairly high in the sky, shining brightly, and the temperature is creeping up to 80F. On the way, I was treated to a sight that I see fairly often on the beach here. A young gringa lady was setting herself up for a day on...

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The road from Machala on the coast of Ecuador to Loja in the Andes passes through some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet. The mountains in this region jut up at very steep angles, and are every shade of green due to the lush natural vegetation and planted crops. Add to that the clouds dipping over peaks and through the gaps between with the deep blue of the sky – well, some things have to be seen to...

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Last week I posted a link to a video of a band I was in a few years ago, and someone asked for more "gringo music". Got me thinking that I should put something together for the holidays for the family back home. This time of the year, I know a lot of expats are thinking about the folks back home, and we are no exception. So I decided to dust off the musical instruments and recording equipment I brought to...

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R.I.P America  b. 7-4-1776 d. 11-9-2016 What the hell, Uncle Sam, you had a good run. I guess all things must come to an end, I just didn't think that when the time came it would be at our own hands. I'm trying to keep a positive frame of mind, but it is hard to be happy about anything today. It is indeed the death of reason. Is is also the death of facts. Most of the blame can be...

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The first thing you notice are the birds, hundreds of them circling in the distance. Then as you get closer, you see that you were wrong – there are THOUSANDS of birds! Nothing as ordinary as seagulls, these are big frigate birds, some with wingspans of five feet or more. As you continue down the hill on the new road to the Puerto Pesquero (fishing port) of Anconcito, you also see the flock contains pelicans, some so large you can...

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There is a popular saying that "ignorance is bliss". That may be true, but only for the ignorant. We may be on the verge of finding out just how non-blissful ignorance can be for the rest of us. We have for the first time in our nation's history, a candidate put forth by a major party who is the very epitome of ignorance. Mr. Trump has raised ignorance to an art form, almost a badge of honor. And he has...

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I started this article, choosing the title "Light at the End of the Tunnel" on Friday morning. At the time, it seemed like after a crazy year in the most bizarre election of our lifetimes, things had finally settled down. It was no longer a question of whether Secretary Clinton would win, but how much of a margin she would win by, and more importantly, how the Senate and House races would be affected. Before I could finish the article, FBI...

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    Does anyone else feel like many Americans do not understand what a debate is? The "winner" is not the one who talked loudest, interrupted most, hurled the most insults, or got in the most zingers. A debate, a Presidential Debate especially, is supposed to be a place where each participant gives detailed answers about their proposed policies and how they will implement them, and why they think their way is best.     While Secretary Clinton did move away...

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I know it is not news you expect to see someone pleased about, but I am happy to be obese. The thing is, I've entered obesity from the other end - I'm no longer "morbidly obese". As you can see from the ever-so-cute Mii in the picture above, my needle is no longer pinned up off the chart. I've dropped below 35 on the BMI scale, and have therefor officially entered that land that 70% of Americans occupy. In order to...

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In one respect, this is a difficult time to be living in a foreign country. It is hard to explain to Ecuadorians exactly what is going on in the Presidential Race in the US. You get the feeling that they think it must be some sort of American humor, that there is a joke they are just not getting.  Some sort of prank we are pulling on the rest of the world, and that anytime now Ashton Kutcher is going...

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