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Month: May 2003 (Page 1 of 3)

My Burgeoning Culinary Skills

My Burgeoning Culinary Skills
Anyone who knows me can testify that I’m a terrible cook. Or actually, it’s much worse than that: I don’t cook. I simply don’t do it.

But things’ve changed. With no TV or Web connection in my apartment, I’ve been forced to find new sources of amusement. Thus, my culinary skills are burgeoning of late. My friend Chris. D., who really knows his way around a kitchen, visited last month and showed me a thing or two. And I’ve been experimenting on my own, as well.

My most recent masterpieces include guacamole; a salad featuing tomatoes and cucumbers and onions and olive oil and balsamic vinagrette; pasta sauce from scratch (shocker: not from a bottle!); a burrito containing rice and beans and green and red peppers and other good stuff; and the other night, I delved into the world of puddings. Believe it. Up next: gardening. And then possibly knitting. I am truly a Twenty-First Century Man.

Deportivo Cuenca 1, Barcelona de Guayaquil 0

Deportivo Cuenca 1, Barcelona de Guayaquil 0
I witnessed a great soccer game last night. Or actually, I witnessed a somewhat dull game last night–but one that was played in an electric atmosphere.

Deportivo Cuenca, currently 4th in the table, shocked the first-placed Barcelona de Guayaquil by the score of 1-0. The stadium was way oversold; my friend and I stood and watched the action from behind a tall, barbed wire-rimmed fence, right next to a bunch of camouflage-clad Ecuadorian soldiers. A good time was had by all.

Will Congo be the Next Rwanda?

Will Congo Be the Next Rwanda?
Thousands of innocent people are getting slaughtered in the Democratic Republic of Congo. (In fact, 3.3 million Congolese have been killed in wars in the last five years.) And the UN isn’t doing anything about it. (And obviously the US isn’t, either. There’s nothing to be gained from committing troops to save Africans.) Nicholas Kristof says our “children and grandchildren may fairly ask, ‘So, what did you do during the African holocaust?'”

Japanese Costumes for Cats

You Have Got to be Kidding Me
Japanese costumes for cats!

For Rent: My Writing Skills

For Rent: My Writing Skills
A quick note to let everyone know that my writing skills are for rent (or for sale, depending on what’s being offered).

I’m looking for freelance writing gigs; following are my areas of expertise: travel, sports (specifically soccer), Internet strategies and Web marketing, TEFL/ESL (teaching English to non-native speakers), book publishing, and Latin America (especially Ecuador and other Andean nations). I’ve also done some book reviews on a wide variety of topics in the past; I’d be happy to do more. And I’m also open, naturally, to subjects I’m less familiar with.

If you know of anyone who needs writing services that might be a good match for me, please let me know.

Byron Moreno: Suspended Again

Byron Moreno: Suspended Again
Following his dismal performance last weekend (which I witnessed and described here), Ecuadorian referee Byron Moreno has been handed a one game suspension. (Thanks to Nick M. for the heads-up on this one.)

Real Men…

Real Men…
…raise and eat their own steers.

“Pygmies Want U.N. Cannibal Court”

“Pygmies Want U.N. Cannibal Court”
CNN reports: “Pygmy activists from Congo are demanding that the United Nations set up a tribunal to try government and rebel fighters accused of slaughtering and eating Pygmies during fighting in the northeastern corner of the country.”

Bad Ex-Pat Writing, Continued

Bad Ex-Pat Writing, Cont’d
Follow-up on the godawful editor’s letter I linked to yesterday: Part of what I hate about it is that it reflects the worst in ex-pat attitudes–a vacuous approach to living, a lack of interest in local culture, and the romantization of drug use simply for the sake of drug use.

And so I like this related humorous piece: “Titles of Unwritten Essays Jotted Down While Living in Prague in the 90’s.” My favorite: “My Visiting Friend Is Not Impressed by My Broken Czech: You Have, He Says, Been Living Here for Three Years.” (All links via the excellent Gawker.)

So Bad It’s Almost Good

So Bad it’s Almost Good. Almost
Purple prose + stomach-turning self-absorption + too much Hunter Thompson = this.

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