Monthly Archives: January 2010

chick<8000clicks>chick: 1 Hour of Play

If Plato were alive today he could add matchmaking mogul to his list of achievements. Put aside his important philosophical dialogues, his studies of logic, mathematics and rhetoric. Never mind his intense musings with teacher Socrates or his stern lectures to student Aristotle. Plato knew something far more valuable.  He supplied us with a basic […]

It’s Not Quite a Jaguar

I’ve never been without a car since I was 16 years old. Living without my own form of transportation was unthinkable; driving represented freedom and independence. A transportation snob through and through, I experienced public transit when necessary but never by choice. I’ve always been happiest behind the wheel, whether for a short drive or […]

Blue Monday 2010

Today is allegedly the most depressing day of the year. where W = weather, d = debt, T = time since Christmas, Q = time since failing our new year’s resolutions, M = low motivational levels and Na = the feeling of a need to take action (D is not defined). Factors contributing to segunda-feira […]

chick<8000clicks>chick: Hibernation

Britain is covered in snow and the rest of Europe is preoccupied with weather warnings. Thanks to Santa Bravo we now have accurate indoor/outdoor temperature readings, barometric pressure forecasts, historical min/max records, humidity measurements and current lunar phases. Our weather data comes to us with Germanic speed and precision and we always know when to put […]

Marmite Socks

It’s raining. I’m knitting. It’s pouring. I’m knitting. The sky is grey and the ground is sopping wet. The Christmas decorations have come down and the holiday festivities have come to a screeching halt.  A momentous decade ended and we slipped into 2010 with a small but slushy thud. This is winter in Central Portugal and […]

Ano Novo

A new day, a new month, a new year … a new decade. A bright-eyed and bushy-tailed Penfold woke me up with Rabbit Rabbit this morning so we’re off to a good start. Feliz Ano Novo to all my readers and subscribers from 49 different countries. May 2010 be filled with love, peace, health and laughter for us all. […]

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