Wednesday, 30 March 2011
Tuesday, 29 March 2011
Yogurt and cheese were my final hold-outs, and it appears that the former has gone the way of milk, cream, and many others. Now it's down to cheese, but I doubt I'll be able to eat that for very long.
Are you lactose intolerant? It started to hit me around 19-20 years old, and at 25, it's nearly destroyed my capacity to consume dairy products. Oh well, I won't lament the loss of the ability to process lactose - I'll just accept it.
Photo: Copyright, PA from telegraph.co.uk
Saturday, 26 March 2011
Friday, 25 March 2011
What is your favorite mobile phone game or app at the moment? I'm always looking for new stuff, so I'm anxious to hear what my dear readers have to say!
Image: Copyright, Andreas Illiger
Wednesday, 23 March 2011
Tuesday, 22 March 2011
Monday, 21 March 2011
Sunday, 20 March 2011
We had severe winds this morning, at roughly 30kph, with 100kph winds forecasted for the night - though I've seen no evidence of these winds that were reported via the emergency broadcast network, as their monotonous female computer voice so kindly interrupted my Law and Order marathon.
That being said, this area is not known for its rain. It is, however, known for having schizophrenic weather, as evidenced by the photo I posted of the sunny beach on Friday (it's now 22:45 on Sunday - 55.5 hours after that post).
Anyway, this weather has severely interrupted my nightly jog/walk, and I'm feeling a bit restless. One can only walk up and down the stairs so many times before those nicely carpeted steps lose their allure.
I hope everybody had a lovely weekend. I didn't, as I am sick once again. My immune system is really taking a beating as of late.
Saturday, 19 March 2011
Friday, 18 March 2011
Now, however, there is allegedly a cloud of radioactive particles floating over our beautiful coastline. Do people here care? Nope! As you can see from this photo taken at 15:05 local time, the main beach in Laguna Beach, CA, is quite crowded.
Tsunami? Let's go watch! Radiation? Let's not give a shit! Funny world we live in.
Wednesday, 16 March 2011
What about you, dear readers? What languages do you speak? Which would you like to learn?
UPDATE: Given StareDad's proclivity for programming in many languages, I'd also like you to list any programming languages you know! Good call, StareDad!
Tuesday, 15 March 2011
Saturday, 12 March 2011
The petrol station pictured here is an average price for my area; $4.139 is the highest price I've seen for 87-octane petrol. That being said, last time I wrote about how we had just passed the $1/liter mark; however, that was some 18 cents ago. The price for a liter is now 107.2 cents - and climbing.
The sign pictured here started the day at a mere $4.019 - something I would have loved to have paid. By 12:30pm, the price moved up 4 cents, and this was on a day when the markets were closed.
Without using currency exchange rates, how much is a liter of fuel where you live? And, if you're in a part of the US that is not California, how much does it cost where you live?
*For some reason, the American spelling of this word - with 2 l's - looks wrong to me now.
Friday, 11 March 2011
Well, I'm in one of these communities, and the only thing that's happened is severe overreaction. The police set up a blockade for a kilometer around the harbor from all directions, preventing me from getting to two restaurants I work out of. This makes little sense, though, because Coast Highway is actually closer to the ocean in some parts than the harbor's shopping area.
The only abnormality here is that there are literally hundreds of boats out on the ocean. Even on a hot summer day there have never been so many boats out on the water around here.
Apart from that, there's nothing out of the ordinary here vis-à-vis the tsunami. My thoughts (not prayers) are with the Japanese as they struggle through this horrific disaster.
Wednesday, 9 March 2011
I want to thank all my readers, especially the people who comment frequently on my posts. You guys/girls are bloody awesome.
Also, I'd like to say thank you to all of you for your kind words in my previous post. I really appreciate it.
Unfortunately, due to some people not having profile pictures, I can't tell who was follower number 200 :-(
What about you, loyal readers? Are your parents divorced, and did it bother you at all? This may sound callous, but it doesn't bother me one bit.
Monday, 7 March 2011
So, what's your favorite non-alcoholic beverage? Post away!
UPDATE (09.03.2011): I've tallied your votes below, and the top three choices were Water (12 mentions - including mine as the tie-breaker), Soda (11 mentions), and tea (10 mentions).
Very close in the end, with honorable mentions for smoothies, juice, and milk!
Saturday, 5 March 2011
It turns out I was spot-on, and this parade caused me to do all kinds of extra driving and clever navigating only a local could accomplish.
Once past the parade, I thought I was free to speed on up the coast, roughly ten miles to the other place in which I work. In this case, I was dead wrong. The city directly to the north was having a parade of its own, meaning that I was left to struggle through detours for more than an hour.
So, after leaving the home base around 11:45am, I didn't reach the other location - just ten miles up the road - until 1:10pm. Couple that with the fact that it was 28C (86F) outside, tourists rarely know how to drive, and the truck I was using lacked air conditioning; and I was made to be in a perfectly dreadful mood as a result of these tedious parades.
In future, you may go march your local celebrities, dressed-up marines, and driving advertisements elsewhere. Thanks very much.
Friday, 4 March 2011
It was very odd driving down the street with no lights. Have you had a similar experience? It's very weird, yet extremely cool at the same time.
I just wanted to extend my thanks and gratitude to all my readers/followers for contributing to this. I remember being chuffed about 250 views, and I genuinely did not expect to reach this momentous plateau so quickly.
So once again, thanks to all, and if you happen to be visiting when the views clock strikes 2,000, leave a comment so I can thank you and give you a shout out!
Thanks, everybody! ¡Muchas gracias por tu apoyo!
Thursday, 3 March 2011
Have you got a favorite podcast? A podcast that you await eagerly, maniacally refreshing iTunes as you wait impatiently for its arrival?
Do post in the comments section below!
Picture credit: guardian.co.uk
Wednesday, 2 March 2011
There's a very good, frustrating reason for this: I took a nap.
Sleep beguiled me with its charms and I fell victim to the age-old trick known as a 'nap'. As I imagined, the nap felt spectacular, as giving in normally does.
Sleep tempted me with promises of eradicating my boredom, relieving a bit of sleepiness, and leaving me perfectly dehydrated. In other words, it was a mighty temptation.
And, as Oscar Wilde remarked in Lady Windermere's Fan, 'I can resist everything except temptation'.
I wholeheartedly concur, Mr Wilde.