Archive for March, 2011

Pork Enchiladas….Again!

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Yesterday, the Iguana Man had chores to do, mainly on the cars…replacing Blonde Mom’s rear window mechanism, and the little (and ornery) brake lights on my Bird.  Fortunately, we have a great friend who is a “gear head”, and he came over to help.  So in deep and abiding gratitude, I invited him and his lady over for dinner, since they’d followed my blog and were dying to try enchiladas.  I was happy to oblige, as we purchased a small freezer last week, and had scored a couple of pork butts on sale….so I was ready!

I used my formerly secret pork enchilada recipe (which I blogged last summer)….and we had lots of Captain & Cokes while I cooked.  A great time was had by all, as we hung on the patio on a beautiful spring evening. 

Chow Down!!!

S&S were suitably impressed…so next weekend I think we’ll have them back for chicken enchiladas with Salsa Verde….stay tuned!

~ Blonde Gator

Selling my Thunderbird

Friday, March 25th, 2011

She’s a beauty, but alas, an expensive toy which is not being used.  A 2005 50th Anniversary Edition, gold on gold, with a beautiful taupe leather and black interior, 35,400 miles.  Clean as a whistle inside and out.  If you or anyone you know might be interested, please visit the AutoTrader ad, our use the Contact Us.  I’ll add a full page of photos here, later, with a link.

VROOM!!!!

 ~ Blonde Gator

Why I Miss Mexico (and Why I Must Live There Someday)

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011
We received an e-mail from our friend John, who lives in Oaxaca, in the Mexican state of Oaxaca (same state where my beloved Puerto Escondido is).  Since I don’t have too much going on right now (other than selling my t-bird, maybe I’ll put up some pics later if anyone is interested), I am stealing his e-mail word for word…and woo hoo, it came with pictures too!

It is GREAT to be home!

In Oaxaca, baseball takes a distant second place to soccer.  However, Mexican League Baseball (“MLB”) is a really good way to spend an evening for a baseball fan.  I would say that the game here is comparable to US minor league baseball.  It is wild and exciting baseball:  High scores, lots of hitting, and lots of errors.  And a LOT of fun!  Here in Oaxaca on Monday nights, 100 pesos (~8 bucks) gets you 3 of the best seats, 3 hot dogs, and 3 sodas.  Parking is behind Right Field and is free.  Compare that to $30 for the worst seats at PacBell park plus $30 to park your car 1/4 mile away.  Not to mention $7 for one churro, which is the cheapest food the Giants sell.  What a joke!  Here in Oaxaca, you get fresh tacos al pastor prepared over a charcoal fire and a comal (one order is 5 tacos) for about $1.50. 

Guerreros De Oaxaca

Last night, Luis and I went to a game with one of his amigos.  Check out the photos to see what kind of seats you get for 1/3 of $8.00!  AND…  Mexican baseball has CHEERLEADERS!  Our Oaxaca Guerreros (warriors) beat Veracruz 8-4, and the cheerleaders were scantily clad.  What could be a better way to spend 3 hours?

Guerreritas

Enjoy!

~ Blonde Gator

The problem with Teachers Unions

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

I just made this comment on a newspaper online forum, and I wanted to share it here too.

My thoughts on public sector unions. Especially the teachers unions.  I don’t mind paying for something, as long as I know what I’m getting, and get what I’m paying for. But I would like to have a choice in the matter.

First, Nationally our schools are failing. Period. The recent fights in WI have encouraged me to do a little research. The following information can be found at nationsreportcard dot gov.  In 2009 12th graders nationally have the following proficiency levels.

  •  Reading 5% Advanced. 33% proficient. (No real change over 20 years) 36% basic. 26% below basic.
    Math 3% Advanced. 23% proficient. 38% basic. 36% below basic.
    Science 1% Advanced. 20% proficient. 39% basic. 40% below basic.

Keep in mind that these numbers have not changed by more than a few points in either direction since Carter started the Dept. of Education that doesn’t educate. Also that (adjusted for inflation) we spend over triple on education that we did in 1978.

I would like to make an analogy to buying a car. I think it’s a good analogy, considering our keiki are far more important.  Would you buy a car from a company that boasted the following?

  •   5% of our cars are perfect, as long as you change the oil, it will not have a single problem for 50 years.  35% of our cars will perform like we advertise. They will get you from here to there, all the computer, and mechanical equipment will function normally, and the life of the car will probably be around 200,000 miles.  40% of our cars will get you from point A to point B, but don’t expect anything else to work. Good luck with the radio, lights, turn signals, power steering, A/C, windows, and locks. They might work, they might not.  15% of our cars won’t make it to the gas station. But you didn’t read the fine print.  If you happen to get one of these cars, no refund, we are not liable.

Yet we still don’t see the problems with having an all powerful teachers union that is not responsible for the results.  For those that care, I would suggest watching a movie called “Waiting for Superman”.

~ Toneyuki

<edit>  If you’d like to do some of your own research into the public sector unions and exactly what is at stake in Wisconsin (can you say grand larceny, writ large?) we’ve been having a discussion on NewsBusters with great cites and a wealth of information.  Basically, the real deal about the fury over the loss of “collective bargaining for benefits” is that unions want to continue to force the State to buy its teachers’ health insurance benefits from the Union Trust! 

~ Blonde Gator

Prayers for Japan

Friday, March 11th, 2011

One of my internet pals, and guest blogger here, Toneyuki (he of the low cal chicken and BBQ sauce recipes), lives in Japan.

My thoughts and prayers go out to Tony, his family and friends in the aftermath of the horrific earthquake in Japan.  Tony posted on FaceBook this morning that he’s fine, which is wonderful news.  But we should all take the time to reflect on what we have and what is important.  Family, friends, health, freedom.  Those are the things that truly matter.

~ Blonde Gator

<edit>  P.S.  I got an e-mail from Toney about an hour ago.  He and his family are fine (on the opposite side of the island from the epicenter)….hope to hear from him again later this weekend.  But great news!

I am Missing Costa Rica, and Road Tripping

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

This coming Thursday will mark the anniversary of our departure on the grand adventure.  We drove up to Port Salerno the other day, to visit the Iguana Man’s brother and sister-in-law, and realized it was the first time since we’ve returned that we headed north on I-95.  We had a lovely lunch, and I was shocked at how much the Stuart area has grown, of course it’s been years and years, BUT!

My friend Paul, who has a beautiful second home in Pariso (little town right next to the Iguana Azul), sent me an e-mail with two articles about the rain forest creatures in Costa Rica, here, and here.  The articles included one of our favorite avian creatures, the Motmot, as well as several creatures we routinely saw in Guanacaste.  Here’s a preview from the linked article:

 

Oh how I wish were in the midst of “The List” again, with such grand discoveries in front of us.  Just yesterday I changed my computer wallpaper from the baby iguana to the beautiful Oaxacan valley.  But, it’s always fun thinking of the great places we’ve been, and the fabulous people we met.  They’re with us always.

~ Blonde Gator