Friday, October 26, 2007

Read me in Oaxaca

I will not be @home in Carolina again until after November 25.

You can find me in Oaxaca, Mexico and read about my trip on my travel blog.

Link here: PorfinOaxaca

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

thinking about mangos

Decided to buy some mangos on sale at the local chain grocery store because they were on sale and because I love mangos. I should have know better and waited just a few days until I can get some really good, really cheap, local mangos in Mexico. Not to mention keeping my practice of buying only local or at least NC grown produce.
I have done OK so far, not perfect but a genuine effort. Except for coffee (of course!), a few bags of carrots and celery since May, I have only bought local (mostly at the farmer's market) produce.
So far, my resolve has not really been tested, local produce has been plentiful and delicious. The winter months will be a lot more difficult.
But back to the mangos....the only ones were in the store were green and rock hard. I went to the produce manager to ask if he had more that were ripe or almost ripe. His response "Oh, no when they get ripe we throw them away"
This is so wrong and is a example of why most people in this country don't know what fresh, in season food is supposed to taste like!

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

So what are you going to do if you catch it?

Kitty aka Spike cat stalking a deer in the back yard. Look closely to see the deer on the other side of the ditch. There were actually 4 deer, but not visible from this photo.
And since we are on the topic of cats, here is a video that I think demonstrates that the feline family can remember and have affection for people.
I don't usually post from other sites, but this is so touching, notice the look of absolute amazement and joy on the lion's face when he sees the people who raised him. When he got too big for them to take care of they decided to release him in Kenya, to live as a wild lion.
In this video a year has passed and the lion has adapted to living with a pride of lions when his old friends come back to visit him.
Video here

Monday, October 1, 2007

Travel is the only thing that you buy that makes you richer

Travel is the only thing that you buy that makes you richer is a slogan that I have found to be true. Although I saw this from a ad trying to sell tours, which is not the way I travel, I still have experienced being enriched by travel.

(I hate it when those rock and roll songs you thought spoke to you during one's youth are now background for selling stuff, worst case in point, the song "We Won't Get Fooled Again, by the Who, my favorite line in the song is "meet the new boss, same as the old boss".
An April 2006 editorial for Time magazine, referenced the song, calling it an "antiwar anthem" that "conveyed a sense of betrayal by the nation's leaders, who had led our country into a costly and unnecessary war in Vietnam.
"Won't Get Fooled Again" was featured in a commercial for a 2000 Nissan Maxima and parts of the song have been used to sell TV shows among other things.
photo note: not my photo (sigh...) this and other fotos of Oaxaca here