Monthly Archives: July 2014

Monday Night Poetry

It had been too long since reading at an open mic so I thought I’d try the one held at the Central Greensboro Public Library on third Mondays. I’d never driven out to Greensboro for poetry before but when I … Continue reading

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Epilogue, Brazil 2014

Congratulations to Germany on winning the 2014 World Cup! They are worthy victors and the winning goal was phenomenal. In 1994 and 2010 I got to watch the runners-up play but this is the first World Cup where I saw … Continue reading

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Home again, home again, jiggety-jig!

Just a quick to post to inform my dear readers that I am safely home. Once in the air Monday night my next worry was how my old Honda Insight would run after sitting in a hotel parking lot for … Continue reading

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One can never be too early to an airport…

One can never be too early to an airport. I have always considered that an axiom but yesterday I discovered that in Brazil one can indeed be too early. I got to the airport in Salvador at 6pm, four hours … Continue reading

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I should have packed a hammock

About a third of the balconies visible from mine have hammocks suspended from hooks fixed to the walls. My balcony has hooks too so if only I’d have packed a hammock I could’ve been even more slothful this vacation. But … Continue reading

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Statistics, because America!

As my month in Brazil winds down here are some facts which I find interested but maybe that’s just because they’re about me and the World Cup matches I’ve been to over the past twenty years. I have attended 19 … Continue reading

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Netherlands-Costa Rica, Quarterfinal

The final match in Salvador featured the fewest goals but the most drama. As this was my sixth match here, I felt comfortable in the routine and waited until Argentina defeated Belgium before getting on the bus to the stadium. … Continue reading

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Brazil and Pizza

This evening I went out with Domenico and friends to watch the Brazil quarterfinal at Passione Italiana. For some reason the restaurant only opened after the match finished but we were allowed in early to watch with the staff. Brazil … Continue reading

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It’s still the little things…

On the World Cup schedule this is listed as a rest day so I took their advice to heart and did very little. Had some feijoada for lunch at the nice buffet across the street, finished reading Voltaire’s Candide and … Continue reading

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Pelourinho

Today I visited the Pelourinho, the historic and tourist section of Salvador, with my lovely native guide, Tamara. Coincidentally it was also the celebration of Bahian independence so streets were closed to vehicles and packed with pedestrians. While independence came … Continue reading

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