Rainy Day

Aug. 29th, 2017 08:01 pm
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Feeling a little under the weather today, so I worked from home again. It's been raining all day -- and we need the rain for sure -- I was taking some shots of raindrops as they hit the water on the deck --
Raindrops

Today, I've been missing that friend that I used to hang out with -- where it just seemed we stopped hanging out with each other. By the way, his birthday present is still sitting in the house! I can't quite bring myself to take it out of the bag and use it myself yet...I don't let go of emotional attachments very quickly!

I can't remember if I ever posted this YouTube....it's starts with the Biblical plagues in Exodus but then explores ancient Egyptian afterlife themes...I love the music (who doesn't like Death singing a jazzy song?)...and I think the flat graphic imagery totally matches flat Egyptian hieroglyphics.



And a little queer, Brazilian music --


Sorvete

Aug. 3rd, 2017 09:07 pm
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I hung out again with the 21 year old guy tonight -- he paid for my gelato. It was fun -- he really is a sweetheart!

Sometimes, when you re-start your social life, more and more social life happens. I have plans tomorrow night, next Friday, and suddenly 2 people texted me tonight to try to schedule something with me. One of them is my Brazilian friend, whom I haven't seen in several weeks. And the other is a guy from my English as a Second Language class, whom I haven't seen in a few months!

So, I wondered if Portuguese had a different word for ice cream, and gelato...and maybe not -- Google Translate gives the same word -- sorvete -- which already looked like 'sorbet' to me anyway!

Some Vanessa da Mata tonight -- "Don't Leave Me Alone" --

Summer

Jul. 25th, 2017 03:10 pm
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Had a very nice time with a friend at a wine bar last night. I was tipsier than I expected -- one of the wines was (do I remember the server correctly...) 14% alcohol?

Dinner with some other friends later this week. Should be fun!

I'm trying to re-start my social life a bit. A dear friend has been more and more unavailable to me for the last few months. He and I have always been sort of an 'odd couple'...but somehow we (maybe it was just me that..?) made it work for several years. But it has made me sad...And now I have to decide what the f**k to do with the small birthday present I bought him, which is sitting on a chair in my house!


Even when I don't get the words...I still listen to Brazilian music -- I figure if nothing else, it 'trains' my ear to the sound. And in this song, I looked up the lyrics..and there are a lot of words about Carnival that I don't really get...nor do I get the storyline. But it's pleasant music.



Headed over to the the fine art museum here to snap a few pics of Chloe -- the gigantic head outside of the museum. She's pretty eye catching! And flat from head on!
Chloe @ VMFA

Chloe @ VMFA
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Most days, I find something to listen to or read that gets me a bit of Portuguese practice. Hoje tem um vídeo no YouTube que eu estou tentando pra entender...

The words are similar to a Portuguese proverb: If you run the beast catches (you); if you stay, the beast eats (you)." -- se correr, o bicho pega; se ficar, o bicho come.

There's an LGBT dimension to this video...

Rebolando

May. 24th, 2017 09:27 pm
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Interesting evening tonight with my Brazilian friend...tonight was 'English only', but we sometimes have to improvise when we are communicating.

We met at the sorveteria -- the ice cream parlor that we often meet at...we always attract attention from the staff, as we switch back and forth between English and Portuguese!

His English is great (and my Portuguese kinda sucks)...but tonight he was trying to describe the type of Brazilian music NOT to listen to, and he was talking about a type of movement...he used the word 'rebolando', which Google Translate gave as 'rolling'...#NotHelpful

So he found some videos to explain -- 'rebolando' is 'twerking' in English.


Not my favorite move. Not my favorite type of music. No worries that I will try to learn Portuguese with this type of music!

Next time will be Portuguese only!
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I get so much vocabulary from his songs!

"Give me this night to say goodbye." -->
"Give me this night to dismiss myself."

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I'll be heading back to New Mexico on vacation in a few months...Albuquerque has always held some sort of fascination for me...maybe because Bugs Bunny was always taking a wrong turn there?



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In honor of David Cassidy's announced dementia, I've been listening to the Partridge Family today --
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Where are the werewolves?



And...signs of spring!





Portuguese learning video today. I think from the 1970s...

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