From second grade until eighth grade I went to a private school in Andover, Massachusetts called The Pike School. It was awesome, and marked the last time that I thought:
1. School was worthwhile
2. School was fun
It's such an excellent school that when I have kids eventually I'd be inclined to move back around Boston so that my kids could go there.
Jose, our friend and the guy who rented our apartment to us, is a Spanish teacher here in Panama. He comes over a couple times a week and hangs out with us. It's business and pleasure - we learn Spanish from him and we teach him about online business. He's a lot more of an expert in his field than we are in ours.
Last week he told us about a couple he teaches here. The guy, Peep (pronounced 'Pep') is from Estonia, and the girl, Sarah, is from Austin! We called them up and planned to hang out one night.
They live in Casco Viejo - "The Old City". Todd and I kept intending to go visit Casco Viejo, but never got around to it. Unless there's a moderate amount of pressure, you can't ply us from our work.
First of all, Best in the Land is back. I've recently adopted a new posting schedule (twice a week on btyb, and best in the land, once a week to my pickup newsletter at Make Her Chase You, and twice a week to Life Nomadic including Todd's posts).
I didn't want to post about it until I had a few new posts up there for people to check out. A few astute readers here figured it out already, though.
Also, I have a little site at Tynan.net to organize all of my sites in one place. If you already visit them there's really no point to going there. But... if you stop reading for some reason and want to see what I'm up to years later... that's the place.
[00:53] tynan: we're going to see another tribe called the Kuna Indians[00:53] tynan: they slaughter people if they sneeze![00:54] sister: WHA[00:54] sister: T[00:54] tynan: because it's against their religion[00:54] sister: WHAT[00:54] sister: OOH MY GODDDD[00:54] sister: i REALLY hope that you're not allergic to anything there[00:54] tynan: I doubt I am[00:54] tynan: a dozen tourists get killed every year[00:54] sister: what happens if a visitor sneezes[00:54] sister: SHUT UP[00:54] sister: are you lying????????[00:54] tynan: but they're on private property like the indian reservations[00:54] tynan: so the government doesn't do anything[00:54] sister: tynan stop lying to me[00:55] tynan: look it up[00:55] sister: you're serious?!!!!!!!!!!??[00:55] tynan: yes[00:55] sister: DONT GO[00:55] tynan: It will be fine[00:55] tynan: I haven't sneezed once since getting here[00:55] tynan: and they'd have to catch me[00:55] tynan: if I have to sneeze I'll just start running[00:55] sister: man what happens if someone is sick[00:56] sister: that sucks[00:56] tynan: I'm just kidding[00:56] tynan: hahahahaa[00:56] sister: GOD DAMNIT TY[00:56] sister: i'm on wiki right now
I watch very little TV. Maybe 1-2 seasons of a show per year, and nothing outside that show. There is, however, one TV show that is so fantastically good that I've watched it all the way through more times than I can remember.
It's Arrested Development.
This show was on Fox through 2006, when it was cancelled. This fact alone has taken away any faith I have in other humans. The show is the most hilarious thing I've ever seen. Sometimes I randomly start chuckling during the day because I've thought of a single line from the show.
"We need to take this, ok?"
The nighttime receptionist didn't know what to say. I had just grabbed the poinsetta plant from her desk and before she could reply we were already halfway to the door.
"Well, I guess..."
We just found out that we need visas for Taiwan. We probably should have thought about that before, but every problem is an opportunity. If we can't take care of this while we're in LA then we'll take a side trip to the Philippines or something so that we're not there for more than 30 days.
The power cord on my laptop broke the other day. I searched around Panama trying to find a replacement, but there wasn't one in sight. Right now we have a system where Todd charges batteries with his laptop and swaps them out with my dying ones. It's kind of like buddy breathing.
It seemed like we had so much time here, but all of a sudden we're leaving in two weeks. I can't believe how fast the trip has been going so far. We're just starting to feel like we're settling in. We have our routines that we go through, all of the friendly people we've gotten to know at all the places we frequent, and we even know our way around the city.
I need a week off from trying to think of a story from the vault. When I was dating and living with Katya, I used to tell her a story every night before we'd go to sleep. She's never let me forget.
After a year or so I all of a sudden couldn't think of any new stories. I racked my brain to think of some that I had forgotten, but I was out. I guess that means I have somewhere around 300 stories in my brain. The tough part was that because she lived with me she was part of all my new stories. I wasn't regenerating them fast enough.
That's sort of how I feel about you. I write my whole life online between here and Life Nomadic.
I got an e-mail yesterday announcing the 2008 Winter Sale for an outdoor gear company.
"That's strange," I thought, "their e-mail software must have messed up. It's not even close to being winter."
I guess you could say that I've adapted to the eternal summer of Panama. In five days it will be time to adapt again, this time to people who speak the same language as me. Eight days after that it will be time to adapt to the polar opposite of Panama - Tokyo.
I usually buy ridiculously gaudy sunglasses with rhinestones in them. However, when getting ready for the 2008 trip around the world I knew I'd need something a little more practical.
After extensive research, I picked the Maui Jim Titanium Sports.
I was initially heavily biased against these glasses because I think the name "Maui Jim" sounds like something only tourists with Polaroid cameras would wear.