The Feast is BACK!

The Feast is back, and this week the questions came Ammy – Enjoy!

Appetizer
Do you believe there is intelligent life on other planets?
It is matematically impossible for there not to be life in other planets. I actually just had this conversation with a friend, and we both think there is life in other planets. He has a theory that they are just letting us get to a certain point before coming in and slapping our hands for screwing up the environment.

Soup
What is one thing you said you’d never do, but you eventually did?
Get Divorced. I felt that a marriage should be forever, but nobody is perfect. One thing that actually trumped the while marriage thing was the fighting and arguing. I have always said since I was a kid that I did not want a unhealthy environment for my kids to grow up on, so I still hold that one up.

Salad
Who is the teacher that influenced you the most in school?
I wish there was only one, but there is a multitude of teachers that touched my life. My Spanish teacher Gonzalo “Chalo” Orozco back in Colombia (don’t think second language, think English teacher here) who first infected me with the book worm virus, My first ESL (English as a Second Language) Ms Panagakos who believed in me more than I did myself and gave me not just guidence but friendship. My second ESL Teacher Ms Gutekans who to this day does not believe I picked up English so quickly. My Physiology teacher who in highschool pushed me harder than any of my college teachers… the list goes on. Teachers are one of the most important people in our society, I wish they were more respected!

Main Course
If you could trade places with anyone for one day, who would it be and why?
Bill Gates for sure… unlimited expending power at my fingertips… cool house… but most of all, I could donate billions to good causes.

Dessert

What is your favorite dish to prepare?
Any Colombian dish, Arroz con Pollo, Arepas, Carne en Salsa, Papas rellenas. Any time I cook Colombian food it reminds me of family, my country, and everything that I really care about in life. Not only that, but sharing Colombian food with others makes me feel like I am sharing a little of my heart… ok that was a little too Care Bear for me, now I need to pick my nose or something.

Mechanics

Owning cars is such a hassle. First they depreciate faster than perishable items, heck they are perishable items. On top of that, anything wrong with them can cost you an arm and a leg. On top of all of that, you have mechanics that want to rip you off every single chance they get.

I like having a local guy to go to, but moving to a new city is a fresh start and the search begins for a reliable shop. So, the Streets of Kansas City ended up not being very nice to the “Panter” yes without the H, but that is a whole Spanish inside joke (The monty is black) that is not for everyone, LOL. I got a pretty nasty hole on the side of one of my tires. Nothing can be done to repair it so it had to be replaced.

So I go to a place that is right next to where I work thinking, sweet I don’t have to go all over to get this taken care of… and what happens, the guy tries to rip me off. He wanted to charge me $275 just for the tire. Mind you, these are Z rated tires and expensive. Thankfully I called around and found a place where I will be going back to next time I need something done. They gave me the same tire for $167. They were helpful, friendly and just overall a place where I felt I was not being ripped off.

White and Nerdy

I have not laughed this hard in a while…

Know Thy Neighbor

Today I realized something that made me both happy and concerned. I know my internet friends better than I know my own neighbor. April and Kris got into a car accident last night and thankfully, they are both ok. She called me late last night to let me know what had happened to her and today I called her to see how they were doing. During I conversation I realized that I know more about her than I know my next door lately. In fact, I did not even see her for the first 3 months I was here.

This is not a new thing, even though Kansas City is a far friendlier place than Michigan was, I do not feel more comfortable walking up to a neighbor and introducing myself than I did back there. At the last house I got to know the people next door mainly because they shared a patch of grass. In Chicago I got to know a couple of neighbors also, but besides the “small talk” we shared we never really shared all that much.

The internet is a wonderful tool and it is connecting people all over the world. While I cherish my friendships with all my blog buddies it does bother me a little that I do not even know the people I live around. Further more, I don’t even feel the need to do so. I have also had experiences with bad neighbors and I hope I don’t have to ever relive those again. While it is true that you chose your friends and not your neighbors, I would still want to live in a place like back in Colombia where you knew everybody on your block.

I have some wonderful friends at work now, and I have met plenty more that way, but I still have not met anyone from just the neighborhood that I could call a friend. It is hard to miss something you never had, but in my case, some of my best friends were people that lived around my house. I am not complaining in the sense that I don’t appreciate the wonderful group of friends that I do have, however it is hard not to have someone that I can call and say, hey lets catch a movie… well that is not entirely true, I do have that back in Chicago… but since I am not there now, you people have to come and visit!

In the end I am really lucky. I have friends in all corners of the world… what’s even better, I have friends all over this country that I can go and visit. Maybe I should do that soon, go and see some of my friend in TN, TX, or CA.

Running around

This week has been interesting. Lots of putting things back together, lots of running around. I did get to spend some time with some friends and share some Colombian food with them. That was an excellent time.

Since the Friday meme is in limbo and I don’t have time for a real post I figured I would do one of these weird what I am up to posts.

I actually watched Fast and the Furious Tokio Drift and was entertained. I thought it would suck, but it was great for an action movie. Drifting looks life fun, but all the car crunchin was sad. Some of the cars were surprisingly slick, I laugh at the tunner scene sometimes for overdoing some of the stickers, but a couple of the cars had some excellent looks to them.

Tonight I have a special invite to a club from a local DJ. It should be cool, off to dance some Salsa and Merengue. What are your plans for the weekend?

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