December 2nd, 2011
|12:40 am - Long time no see...|
Been busy over at Facebook and the Twitter, and it feels like it's time I actually acknowledge that I won't be posting here anymore.
I have started another blog, and I'd love it if you came to visit. You can find me HERE. Hope to see you there. You all were my introduction to the online world and have a special place in my heart. *sniff*
September 15th, 2010
|02:32 pm - lunchtime post|
Woo. A post from my iPod.
Right. Enough of that.
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Current Location: Canada, Manitoba, Winnipeg
July 12th, 2010
|11:44 pm - The one in which I resurface|
The World Cup is over. And, just like four years ago, I'm left with a hollow feeling inside. So much promise in the Seleção Brasileira, but so little to show for it. Once again, just like 2006, we were kicked out of the competition by the squad that would eventually wind up second best. Once again, we were bested by a side that was inferior. In 2006, it was France. This year, the awful Dutch. Here's hoping things improve for 2014, when the Cup will be celebrated in Brazil. Here's hoping Brazil revive the artful football that they showed in 1970 and 1982. Ah, to dream...
Here's to the years to come.
Here's to better, more meaningful posts by yours truly. Posts about upcoming travel plans. In the near future, as well as further down the line. Trips out west, and trips out east. Perhaps by plane. Perhaps by train. Perhaps to visit you...
June 14th, 2010
I may post again after July 11th, depending on how well Brazil does.
May 6th, 2010
Today, I started reading The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ by Philip Pullman (he of "His Dark Materials" fame). It's a remarkable retelling of the New Testament account of the life of Jesus and one of his (possible) brothers. Delightfully subversive, especially if you are very familiar with the biblical account. For me, it's a real page turner. For others, it might be boring or irrelevant, especially if they have (at best) no interest or (at worst) disdain for the story of how one man's simple ethic got turned into the biggest organized religion in the world.
Christianity has always played a part in my life. Sometimes positively (family, friends) and sometimes negatively (instilling shame and fear). I can't see myself ever giving in to it, embracing it, but it will always be with me in some way. It is indirectly a part of who I am, and I can't see a time when I will stop examining it, turning it over, reading about it, especially from the point of view of those on the outside.
May 4th, 2010
|11:39 pm - The post in which I reappear after a long absence, and then use the word "dearth"|
I've been finding it hard to find things to say. Hence the dearth of posts here.
However, I decided something fairly significant today: I will not be attending my high school reunion this June. Why? I don't care enough, for one. But the deciding factor is that there are too many people with whom I went to school that I'd rather not see again. Why pay to be stuck in a situation like that where there won't even be any booze to smooth things out? So, I'm not going.
I've also basically decided that this is my last year in this lovely apartment. It's been my home since September of 1999 and I've loved living here. But, I also feel like I need some kind of change. This move may even see me relocate to another city. Nothing is definite on that end just yet, but it's been on my mind for some time now.
Anyway, that's the stuff running through my head these days.
How 'bout you? Everything OK? Life is good?
March 16th, 2010
|10:17 pm - Hi.|
Yes, I'm still around.
I have the joy of running back and forth between my place and my parents' this month. They're away, having a good time in Brazil, so being the good son, I do this minor thing.
How 'bout you? What's going on?
March 4th, 2010
Exciting day! Bought a new vacuum cleaner. I saw it on sale, down to $99.99 from $159.99. The one I currently use is (and always has been) a piece of crap. Good riddance to it. My new one looks like this:
Sorry for boasting about my glamorous life. :)
ETA: The box it comes in will no doubt become Lilith's new hideout/cat fort.
March 3rd, 2010
My parents leave tomorrow for four weeks. They are going to Trinidad & Tobago (to visit my brother, who works there with AECOM), and then on to Brazil. Needless to say, this has thrown my wanderlust into overdrive.
Also, thanks to watching Lisbon Story (a fairly good, but not great, film by Wim Wenders), I've been dealing with an almost overwhelming desire to travel to Portugal again. I want to see more of Lisboa. More of Braga. I want to be in a country where I can walk into any café and get good coffee and a pastel de nata.
Some days, I am truly sorry that I ever started travelling. The ache to be somehwere else, experiencing another place, is often overwhelming.
I better stop writing before I start to cry.
I worry about the stupidest things sometimes.
Most people worry about feeling their age. I worry about why I don't feel my age, and why I find myself so far removed from other people my own age (whatever the fuck that means).
February 28th, 2010
It's such a mixed blessing being Brazilian and Canadian, especially when it comes to sports. Canada is a world super-power when it comes to ice hockey. Brazil is the world super-power when it comes to football/soccer. Both nations expect/demand championships in their respective sports. When we win, we are happy because things are as they should be. When we lose, however, we are crushed, inconsolable.
Today, Canada is enjoying the fact that we are on top of the world again, as we should be. My Brazilian half is hoping to have the same feeling this coming summer.
February 16th, 2010
I, along with my fellow Manitobans, had the day off yesterday. Among other things, I went out for a walk on the river. This is what I saw:
February 8th, 2010
|10:52 pm - Futebol arte|
In 1982, at the World Cup in Spain, Brazil was showing the world some of the most beautiful football (aka, soccer) ever played. That they did not win the Cup that year is still baffling. One could call it tragic, but since it's a game, we know it isn't (in hindsight).
The video below shows 11 of the 15 goals scored by Brazil that year. Of those, numbers 10 and 6 are my favourite. Don't just watch the ball. Watch what happens around the player who has the ball. Watch how a simple little twist of the body can lure three opposing defenders that a pass will be made to the player running behind the one with the ball. Watch how... oh hell, just watch!
Incidentally, one thing I cannot understand is when people elevate intelligence over physical ability, and vice versa. We are body and mind together and ought to take joy both in the cerebral and the physical. To me, Socrates the Greek philosopher is on exactly the same level as Socrates, the Brazilian player who scored goals #6 and #2 in the above video.
You see how wound up I can get when it comes to football? :)
February 5th, 2010
Happy weekend everyone!
Looking forward to a day of doing nothing (tomorrow), and a day of visiting friends I haven't seen in a long time (Sunday).
I wish I had more to say. Along the lines of big decisions being made, grand projects embarked upon, babies on the way (no wait, not that one). But not today. Soon, perhaps. But not today.
January 29th, 2010
|10:49 pm - apropos of nothing in particular...|
Today, I spent the day in a little city called Steinbach. The reason isn't important, as it was work-related. However, it reinforced in me my love for the prairie.
Sure, mountains are nice. However, there is something truly remarkable about a landscape that is almost completely flat no matter which way you turn. It gives me a sense of expanse, without some pointy crags getting in the way. For each of the 360 degrees around me, I can see land as far as is possible for me to see land. Only the curvature of the earth keeps me from seeing more. I see all that I could possibly see from that point.
Too many people think this is dull. This speaks of a shameful lack of imagination and wonder; that ultimately boring attitude that somewhere else is better than here.
|12:04 am - Simple|
Of the many pleasures in life, the simplest are often the best.
One of my favourites arose from a necessity from the past: what do you do with stale bread?
Many years ago, when bread was made without preservatives, it had a shelf life of a day or two before it got stale or, worse, mouldy. When I was a boy, my mom would still bake bread on a very regular basis, as in 2 or 3 times a week. Even after we moved from Brazil to Canada, she rarely bought bread. So what would she do if part of a loaf was on the verge of going bad? She would cut it into slices, put the slices on a cookie sheet, and slowly toast them in the oven.
At 300°F, it takes about half an hour to dry the bread (turning it once or twice) and then cranking up the heat to about 375°F for 15-20 minutes (again, turning the slices once or twice) will get the bread a lovely, toasty brown. ( Picture behind the cut.Collapse )
Now, here's where the pleasure comes in. You take a slice or two of that toasted, roasted bread, pour some coffee (with milk) over it, and watch the bread absorb the coffee. Once it's nice and saturated, sprinkle a bit of sugar over the bread, and eat. It is absolute heaven.
Now, the nature of simple pleasures is that they are often very narrow in scope. What do I mean by that? Well, in this case, most of you have grown up with store-bought bread that has quite a long shelf-life, and so the issue of what to do with bread that's gone stale was never an issue. Also, most of you did not grow up being allowed to drink coffee. For me, coffee has been a regular part of my life since I was around 5 or 6 years old. Part of spending some of my most formative years in Brazil.
Anyway, just wanted to share one of my joys in life. It may not translate properly from me to you, but believe me when I say that this treat sends me into paroxysms of delight whenever I have it.
January 25th, 2010
|11:22 pm - My kitty|
Here's my Lilith, on her favourite perch. She's looking very alert.
( A bit more relaxed, under the cutCollapse )
January 19th, 2010
|10:26 pm - Winter wonderland|
One of my favourite meteorological phenomena happened today: hoar-frost!
( More behind the cut...Collapse )
January 18th, 2010
Well, 2010 is proving to be an interesting year already, mostly because one of the potentially "interesting bits" mentioned in a previous post will not be happening. Which is interesting in itself, no?
Will I say what this "interesting bit" might have been? Not now. It needs a bit more thought and discussion before that happens.
Another of these bits is travel plans. One of the things that happened when I went to Boston in October is that I got to spend a bit of time with Rebeca (olivetree) and her (now) husband Martin. Only a bit of time, because they were in the throes of the climax of their wedding plans. Family. Friends. Parties. So many things to occupy their time. It made for an amazing time of meeting new people, which normally sends me into panic mode.
Anyway, I found out recently that my favourite band (The Wedding Present) are doing a tour of the US. One of their gigs is in Cambridge MA (which is basically a part of the Boston megalopolis). So now I'm at the point where I am about 90% sure that I'll be in Boston again in mid-April. As always, there are a few contingencies, and I won't know for sure until maybe a month from now. But. BUT. I've already booked the time off at work, just in case it does work out.
And, of course, this means flying into the USA, which is a fucking bother. But, I'll be visiting good people, so as we say in Portuguese, "Vai valer a pena" (basically, it'll all be worth it).
Anyway, nothing is 100% definite yet, but rapidly moving in that direction.
January 12th, 2010
That infamous video of the guy taking a dump in a planter at Winnipeg Square has made its way to Failblog!
Yup. Proud Winnipeger right here.
January 3rd, 2010
Enjoying some well-deserved time off in Calgary with alysbowie. Arrived on the 31st and am heading home on the 5th.
For various reasons, 2010 promises to be an interesting year. As these unnamed interesting bits come up, I will keep you all informed.
That's all for now. Sleepy. Going to bed.
Beijos a todos.
December 14th, 2009
I watched All About My Mother last night. It's a film worth watching 10 times. More. And, this song is featured in the soundtrack. Beauty upon beauty:
The singer's name is Ismael Lo, and he is from Senegal.
December 13th, 2009
It's been a few weeks, hasn't it? Last time I posted was, what, late November?
Well, I figured I might as well come out of hiding. And having said that, I realize I really haven't that much to say.
Most of my Christmas shopping is done. I just need one more and then that's it. This Christmas promises to be different from the past 15 or so. This is because all of my nieces and nephews are no longer young enough to be in the church pageant. So this year, what I do on Chrismtas eve will not be specifically mapped out. I'm a bit sad about that, but also happy, in that I won't need to cringe my way through another lame production for the sake of the children. I'll most likely just hang out with my brothers and sister until the entire clan convenes.
Because we're of German descent, Christmas eve is the big day for us. As in, that's the night we open presents. I've always enjoyed being different in that regard.
Mostly, I'm looking forward to the days around New Year's, when I'll be spending some quality time in Calgary with alysbowie. I think this will be the first New Year's Eve in many years that I'll actually spend the evening with someone that I really WANT to spend the evening with.
Anyway, I hope all you who read this have a happy time during this holiday season, in whatever way you celebrate (or don't).
November 27th, 2009
Some people like Christmas. I could say that about myself, up to a point. And that point is the 48-hour period from December 24th to the 25th (with perhaps another 24 hours thrown in on the 26th, because that's when we usually have our family Christmas dinner). Almost everything leading up to those 48 hours is just a pain in the ass.
If I seem distant, and quiet, and cranky, blame it Christmas. Sometimes, I think the world would be a better place if we realized all the Christmas hype was bullshit. But then I think, "I like getting presents!!" :)
November 9th, 2009
|09:51 pm - La Vita è Bella|
I got wonderful news via email this morning.
Background: This past summer, a friend of mine kinda sheepishly told me she'd "accidentally" gotten pregnant. I looked at her quizzically, because she's normally got a good head on her shoulders. Long story short, she told me a part of the issue was that she'd been told by doctors that having children would be very unlikely due to chemotherapy (god, another long story). So, "accidental" turned out to be somewhat of a miracle. Anyway, the email from this morning ( is behind the cut.Collapse )