I’m not making this up, people. There’s a company called ENERGIMP! I don’t REALLY think they have the environment, local ecosystems and socio-cultural necessities of the native population at the forefront of their political & economic agenda. Gimp along, not-so-little company. And this is Indio, and I, walking through what […]

What’s in a name?


Hoje eu estava caminhando pra casa da minha tia quando passei por um carrinho de churros. Nos olhamos nos olhos, momentaneamente, eu e o vendedor. Não dei importância, pois estava indo almoçar e não tinha interesse em comprar a guloseima. Mas, não tinha dado 10 passos, quando parei na calçada, […]

3 décadas de churros


Cheguei! I arrived in Brazil a couple of weeks ago.  Spent a week with mom, having a SLOW adaptation to the time zone. Came to Porto Alegre on Wednesday to do the extended family thing.  Right away went to gramma’s house (Evory) for an early night snack.  Good STRONG coffee and […]

Back in the Home Land



We are on the train going south(ish) from Sapporo to Hakodate, both on the northern-most island of Hokkaido. It is beautiful country out here. On one side of the tracks are amazing green hills still showing signs of the harshly cold winters (permafrost in some spots). To our left we […]

Hokkaido on my mind


We have traveled to the western board of Japan, Northwest of Kyoto thru a number of towns and villages, across hills, valleys, tunnels and many, many rice fields. The little city of Kinosaki is famous for its natural hot springs and bath houses (Onsen). There are seven Onsen within a […]

Kinosaki Onsen


Much has happened in the last couple of days. I fulfilled my long lost dream of watching a Sumo Championships IN PERSON!  We took a stroll through the most famous fish market in the world.  We visited the outskirts of Tokyo, eating some of the most amazing pastries/bread EVER! Not […]

Japan Adventure v.2012.5.18



Here we are, at a quirky little Cafe called Mashman. It’s just a little ways from the theater where we are going to see the daughter of  Saki’s mom’s best friend perform. Amending notes: The show was a contemporary collection of  4 one act plays, all about two people, their conflict […]

Japan Adventure v.2012.5.16


It has been a while since I’ve posed the ongoings, so here is a consolidated update: Couple-a-Weeks in pix Did I tell you someone broke into our house? Yeah. It was awful.  Even though not much was taken, we were pretty shaken by the experience.  We came home to find […]

The weeks go by


We just helped out with a couple of performances in Watsonvillle.  It was wonderful hanging out with our WEST family for the day. The Tomás and the Library Lady performances took place at Hall Disdrict (two shows in the morning) and Radcliff (evening show). (The picture above is the cast […]

WEST Performing Arts Present Tomás and the Library Lady



The road to Regionals has been a steady climb for the Santa Cruz Sports Central boys. All their hard work paid off when they performed beautifully at State Championships (at Berkeley) to earn their spot at the prestigious Region 1 Championships. Regionals were held in Reno Nevada and was an […]

Regional Championships