Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Brazil Life

What a trip. I made it alright. I am in Brasilia now. Enjoying the rainy weather. It has been raining since I have been here. There was an additional lay-over in Sao Paulo. It was frustrating, They couldn't just tell us we would be delayed for an hour. They just kept saying every 20 minutes, in 20 minutes we will board. They did give us a free sandwich and drink for the delay. Everyone at the airport was very friendly.

The TV here has several English sitcoms. So I have been able to watch a few shows. Even saw a CSI episode I hadn't seen before. The carry fox news live. So I get to see the afternoon shows in the evening and they are still live. Cool factor way up. They high speed internet at the hotel isn't high speed. It is juiced dial up. A smokin' 64kbs. I survive.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Turkey Day Greetings

It was a bitter-sweet weekend. Not the Thanksgiving celebration with my family, but for football. The Cowboys lost in overtime, but the Gators whipped the FSU Seminoles. I was on the road for both games. But thanks to Sirius radio, I was ables to listen to the Gator game on my way home. This past week I was able to spend some quality time with family of Tronster in the sticks of South Carolina. I also visited family in North Carolina. A fun time to be sure. The family is getting along pretty well. Father of Tronster and Tronster did some remodeling in grandma's house. She needed a bigger bathroom, as she gets older and requires handicap access to the crapper. Its always fun to tear stuff down. So we took out a wall and expanded the bathroom. Merry Christmas.

I have now returned to casa de Tronster. I have to prepare for my next adventure. Off to Brazil. Keep checking back.


Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Technology is a wonderful thing

Hey readers

As most of you know, I love technology. I have an IPod, palm pilot, cellphone, laptop, and multiple computers. A gps and various other high tech toys, that I love to play with. I am fairly proficient on most of these devices. So when I moved to the DC metro area and signed up for cable, I got a deal on a DVR. This thing is cool man. Let me tell you what it can do. As I frequently must go to bed early, I record my favorite shows and watch them when I get home from work the next day. Well Monday night football featured America's Team, the Dallas Cowboys. Playing the Superbowl contenders, Eagles. I am a big fan, of the Cowboys. (mainly because of their cheerleaders, but I digress). Halftime, my eyes were heavy, and I knew I wasn't going to make it to the end. So I fired up this new gadget to record the end of the game. I programmed in the show, and let her rip. All day Tuesday I was able to avoid the other fans at work, mainly pesky Eagles fans. So when I got home, I started watching the game. Fast forwarding through all those dumb commercials and "TV Timeouts". Didn't take all that long to get towards the end. Now anybody who watched the game knows, the Cowboys were in trouble. They were unable to establish an effective run game, and the defense was bending, but not breaking. The Eagles controlled the hole game. Until the fourth quarter with five minutes left. The defense held the eagle to a fieldgoal, keeping them within 2 scores. Dallas mounts an effective drive down field and scores a touchdown. (Yeah team) The score is now 14 (Cowboys) and 20 (Eagles). There is just over four minutes left and the Cowboys kick off. With three timeouts remaining they believed the could get the ball back with time to score. Folks, this is a nail biter here, I am on the edge of my seat. The eagles get a less than stellar return, to somewhere around the 25 or 30 yard line. The first play from scrimmage is a short yardage run. THEN THE DARN DVR STOPS. STOPS I TELL YA. I look at the remote and the screen, and asks me if I want to watch from the beginning. THE BEGINNING. Heck, I just want to watch to the END. THE END. NOOOOOOOOO, it turns out that this modern marvel stops recording at its scheduled time, not its conclusion. I had to look online to find out that the very next play, the Cowboys intercepted the ball and ran it back for a touchdown. A WINNING TOUCHDOWN. 20 more sec and I would have seen it.

Any way, I have recovered from my disappointment, and from now on will record more time than required for a football game. Have a good night


Tuesday, November 08, 2005


Hey readers.

First, thanks for stopping by, here are some pictures from Estonia.....

The above picture shows a church in the middle of old town.

Here is a long shot. The building on the right is my hotel, the other building lights up at night and served as a wonderful night light. Kept away all of the scary critters that can sneak into a room when you are sleeping.

They call this a smart car, or commonly reffered to as a death trap.

Hope you enjoy the pictures.