Monthly Archives: May 2010

Mom’s Gone, and She Took the Kids

As planned, Mira has taken a trip to California to last about three weeks.  She’ll be spending time with her parents in Sonoma County, and some time with friends in the bay area.  Rory and Caedryn are looking forward to seeing grandma and grandpa.  Robert saw the whole family off today at the Cordoba Airport.  Mira left on the same flight with Bob and Gertie.  The whole troop is  taking a Cordoba-Santiago-Miami-San Francisco return flight.  That should be fun. Robert, needless to say, will be spending a lot of time watching sports and sleeping in while the family is away.  There’s a lot of World Cup to watch over the next three weeks.

Mom’s Gone, and She Took the Kids

As planned, Mira has taken a trip to California to last about three weeks.  She’ll be spending time with her parents in Sonoma County, and some time with friends in the bay area.  Rory and Caedryn are looking forward to seeing grandma and grandpa.  Robert saw the whole family off today at the Cordoba Airport.  Mira left on the same flight with Bob and Gertie.  The whole troop is  taking a Cordoba-Santiago-Miami-San Francisco return flight.  That should be fun. Robert, needless to say, will be spending a lot of time watching sports and sleeping in while the family is away.  There’s a lot of World Cup to watch over the next three weeks.

English, What is it Good For?

One drawback of living in a non-English speaking country is that one can get trapped trying to explain English language complexities to curious folks. Usually to poor results in Robert’s case.

Here’s an example.

“Cheap at half the price.”

Is this a compliment on an object’s value? Or a criticism of its price? A questioning of its quality? Something else?

Explanations and references to authoritative usage are invited from the viewing public.

English, What is it Good For?

One drawback of living in a non-English speaking country is that one can get trapped trying to explain English language complexities to curious folks. Usually to poor results in Robert’s case.

Here’s an example.

“Cheap at half the price.”

Is this a compliment on an object’s value? Or a criticism of its price? A questioning of its quality? Something else?

Explanations and references to authoritative usage are invited from the viewing public.

Landis-Armstrong

The best comment I’ve seen on the latest Floyd Landis antics, accusing Lance Armstrong, George Hincapie, Levi Leipheimer, and others of doping.

From a New York Times reader:

“Of course Landis was doped. So was Armstrong. Doubt it? Think carefully: In Operation Puerto, Jan Ulrich, Ivan Basso, Joseba Beloki…literally every member of the peloton that had been anywhere *near* Lance Armstrong were swept up in that scandal. Are we to believe that someone 6-10 years older would be able to keep up with young guys who were doped over 21 days and mountains too high for most of us to walk up? I’m sorry, I’m not buying. Superman is dead. I don’t doubt Landis’ credence, here. I’m just amazed the idiot would spend 2 mil to defend a lie. He could have gotten a bargain and a book tour selling out the peoloton- he’s been on Lance’s team, most of whom were doped, too. Tyler Hamilton, Flyod, Ekimov…”

Landis-Armstrong

The best comment I’ve seen on the latest Floyd Landis antics, accusing Lance Armstrong, George Hincapie, Levi Leipheimer, and others of doping.

From a New York Times reader:

“Of course Landis was doped. So was Armstrong. Doubt it? Think carefully: In Operation Puerto, Jan Ulrich, Ivan Basso, Joseba Beloki…literally every member of the peloton that had been anywhere *near* Lance Armstrong were swept up in that scandal. Are we to believe that someone 6-10 years older would be able to keep up with young guys who were doped over 21 days and mountains too high for most of us to walk up? I’m sorry, I’m not buying. Superman is dead. I don’t doubt Landis’ credence, here. I’m just amazed the idiot would spend 2 mil to defend a lie. He could have gotten a bargain and a book tour selling out the peoloton- he’s been on Lance’s team, most of whom were doped, too. Tyler Hamilton, Flyod, Ekimov…”