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Donación de cabello

La última vez que me corté el cabello muy corto, fue en el verano del 2007 antes de irme a la boda de Eva y Niv en Puerto Escondido, México. Desde ese entonces llevaba aproximadamente 2 años y medio dejándome crecer el cabello, tiempo en el cual solo en dos oportunidades lo corté un poco. No se exactamente en que momento decidí que quería donarlo pero calculo que fue luego de llevar más de un año dejándolo crecer. Después de una simple búsqueda en internet, encontré Locks of Love, una organización que utiliza cabello donado para hacer pelucas para niños que perdieron su cabello por una enfermedad (Alopecia Areata). También encontré que varios salones de belleza en Austin cortaban el cabello gratis cuando la persona lo donaba a esta organización. El único requisito de Locks of Love, era que el cabello donado tenía que ser de más de 10 pulgadas y yo en ese entonces tenía unas 6 pulgadas así tuve que esperar más tiempo.

Avant Salon Logo

En Octubre del año pasado, decidí que ya era hora de donarlo. La verdad tener el cabello tan largo implica un esfuerzo adicional que no estaba dispuesto a continuar. Busqué nuevamente en internet los salones de belleza en Austin donde podía cortarme el cabello para donarlo y ya ninguno lo hacía gratis. Avant Salon era uno de los lugares que en el 2008 había hecho la campaña de cortes gratuitos para quienes donaran el cabello a Locks of Love, pero no encontré información para el 2009 así que decidí escribirles un email preguntándoles al respecto. Recibí respuesta inmediata de Svetlana Frolova, directora de mercadeo y fotógrafa profesional quien me dijo que la campaña del 2008 ya había terminado, pero que con gusto la extendía para mi. Muy contento decidí tratar de medir mi cabello y no estuve completamente seguro de tener las 10 pulgadas de largo requeridas, así que le pedí a Svetlana si podía extenderme su oferta uno cuantos meses más para tener el cabello más largo, y me contestó que no había problema así que decidí dejar el corte para el 2010.

Finalmente la semana pasada me di cuenta que mi amiga Jocelly, con quien ya había conversado el tema de donar el cabello, se me había adelantado así que decidí que ya había llegado la hora de hacer la donación. Volví a escribirle a Svetlana y me dijo que hiciera una cita en la sede del norte. Los llamé ayer martes 12 de enero de 2010, y me dieron la cita para hoy a las 7pm!

Fue así como hoy a las 7pm me encontraba en una silla viendo como la estilista Hajer Selim me hacía cuatro colas para luego cortarlas y luego me hacía un corte al mejor estilo Hollywood con el cual quedé muy contento y que marcaba el fin de una etapa que debo reconocer fue muy divertida.

Quedo entonces muy agradecido con Svetlana y Hajer de Avant Salón, quienes se portaron de maravilla. El corte solo me costó $20 dolares que son más que justificados, y la campaña para Locks of Love va a estar abierta todo el mes de Enero, así que los invito a donar su cabello si creen que es hora de cambiar el look.

Susto a las 4 de la madrugada

Anoche me encontraba durmiendo placidamente cuando comencé a escuchar ruidos afuera de mi casa. Inicialmente pareció que alguien tocaba en mi ventana, luego en la puerta de la cocina que sale al patio y luego los ruidos se intensificaron y alguien definitivamente estaba tocando la puerta pricipal. Además comencé a ver luces dentro de mi casa como si alguien estuviera adentro con una linterna. Vi que el reloj marcaba las 4am lo cual aumentó mi susto pues a esa hora solo estan despiertos los ladrones (o las trabajadoras de la calle). En ese momento salté de mi cama y me dirigí a la puerta de mi habitación la cual estaba entre-abierta. Vi que la luz venía de afuera y creí reconocer a mi vecino a través de las pequeñas ventanas que estan al lado de mi puerta. En ese momento pensé que mi vecino estaba teniendo algún tipo de emergencia y me dirigí rapido a la puerta. Cuando abrí la puerta me di cuenta que no era mi vecino sino un oficial de policia y luego vi que estaba con otros 3 oficiales. Me dijo que habían pasado por mi casa, habían visto que la puerta del garaje estaba abierta, y luego habían visto luces adentro. En ese momento y todavia estando en un estado somnoliento-asustado no pude responder más que no había nadie dentro de mi casa, y que quien sabe porque mi garaje estaba abierto. Les agradeci por haberme notificado al respecto (y haberme sacado el susto de mi vida!). Ellos se fueron, yo cerre el garaje y me regresé a dormir. Ya en la cama y todavia con la adrenalina alborotada, me puse a pensar en cómo pudo suceder todo: recordé que en efecto dejé la puerta del garaje abierta, pues tenía la intensión de entrar, agarrar mi computadora portatil e ir a Fry’s a probarla con una tv que quiero comprar. Pero al final nunca salí pues la tv que queria comprar ya no estaba en promoción entonces el garaje se quedó abierto toda la noche. Respecto a las luces que vieron los policías, o efectivamente alguien estaba adentro tratando de ver que se robaba de mi garaje, o alguno de los gatos que rondan por el vecindarion entraron al garaje y activaron el sensor de la puerta del garaje que hace que esta se detenga si hay un objeto bajo la puerta y que también causa que las luces del motor se prendan.

Al final no parece que nadie se haya robado nada de mi garaje así que supongo que fueron los gatos. Pero el susto que me pegaron los policías fue total aunque me dieron una historia divertida para impresionar a las nenas este fin de semana.

Chichipanguanorrea goes Spanish

Se habla Español

A deep apology to the english native speaker readers of Chichipanguanorrea, but this is going to be the last english-written post you will read here. I’m now going to write in spanish because it is my native language and I can be more eloquent at it. However I will still publish english versions of some posts either by demand or when I feel it would be appropriate to do so. Feel free then to leave a comment on any post requesting an english version of it and I will translate it for you.

In case you are curious, this is not a 2009 new years resolution or anything. I’ve been thinking about doing this for a few weeks already and finally today I got some spare time to publish this post.

Medellín 2008: The trip


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It all started on July 30th at 3:30am when I get this phone call:

Me: “He…mfff…llo…bmgrrr?”
Cab driver: “Hello are you Mr. Jaramillo? I´m the cab driver and I´m waiting for you outside your house”
Me: “Dude! I asked for a cab for July 31st! You came 24 hours too soon!”
Cab driver: “Oh… errr.. crap!… sorry sir. I will cancel this service then”
Me: “No problem, just make sure you pick me up tomorrow at this time. Thanks.”

Ok that wasn´t really the start of the trip, but it was a funny story. By the way, if you ever need a great cab driver in Austin let me know and I will give you Fernando´s phone number.

It all REALLY started on July 31st at 3:30am when I get a phone call from my cab driver Fernando and he takes me to the airport. I got there at 4:15am and there was no line. Check-in and passing security was extremely fast. My first plane was Austin-Atlanta departing at 5:30am. In Atlanta I had a Donut and orange juice for breakfast and then at 10:30am took a plane from Atlanta to Miami. I got to Miami at 12:30pm and had pizza for lunch. In the past being at the Miami airport has been a nightmare bearable only because you can buy beer and walk around the airport with it, so I had one Heiniken for lunch, and then a Pacifico but I have to say that this time the airport wasn´t as crazy as other times.

Finally we got in the plane to fly to Medellín. The plane had some decorations related to the Feria de las flores which is the city festival celebrated once a year in early August. But that wasn´t all: the Avianca crew in charge of the flight had a few surprises for us the passengers. First they played Me voy para Medellín by El Combo de las Estrellas and then played La tierra by Ekhymosis (rock band from Medellín that Juanes used to be part of). Then they announced that Buchanan´s was sponsoring the fun factor in our trip, so they did a raffle and gave away t-shirts and a bottle of scotch and then gave scotch to all the passangers. Off course I had mine on the rocks. But the best thing came when we were about to land: instead of landing directly at the Jose Maria Cordoba airport located 30 minutes from Medellín when you usually don´t get to see the city, the pilot fluflew over Medellín for about 15 minutes at a not-very-high altitude where you could see all the main city landmarks like the Coltejer building, the Atanasio Girardot stadium, the old airport, the pueblito paisa, etc… it was a blast and at this point we were all singing, drinking, screaming, clapping! It was like being on a flying Chiva.

Anyway, that last part of the trip was a blast, and then seeing my family was even better. We stopped at Rancherito and had a picada and finally came home. I can´t wait to see what is next, but I´m having sancocho for lunch today!

30 years and counting

It has been almost a month since I wrote my last post two days before my birthday. I have to thank everyone who made it to my birthday party. It was really fun. I also want to thank all the friends and family members that sent me happy birthday wishes through emails, instant messages, phone calls, etc…

So what does it feel to turn 30 years old? I got to tell you that it feels really good. Someone told me recently that when you turn 30, you are now officially an adult. You can no longer excuse your stupidity by saying things like: “I was young and I didn’t knew any better!”. It also feels great that many people don’t think I’m 30, so I can pretend to be young and stupid if I really want to. But honestly, playing the grown up mature adult role suits me better.

My parents gave me Garmin nüvi 200 GPS for my car as a present. It is a really cool device and I’ve been playing with it a little bit. I really want to do a road trip to see its full potential and I’m also curious about Geocaching. I also got from my friends in Austin a really nice gift: a $220 certificate from Amazon which I’m still planning to spend. I’m debating between buying a lens for my D40x, a DVD recorder, an Airport Express or a bunch of toilet paper.

Life in Austin: Update (not worth reading)

There is a time in every blogger’s life when you simply don’t have much interesting material to post about, so you decide to create a post about the last few things that have been going on. Unfortunately this is not the first time I do this, so feel free to drop some hate comments and show me your love and appreciation.

Last week I was recognized in my company with the ‘Engineering Excellence’ award which is given to about 8-15 engineers every year. I was pretty happy with the award because it motivates me to keep working hard and doing a good job at work. (Note to self: update resumé)

Last weekend it was Claudia Lorente’s 30th birthday which she celebrated at her place with a fabulous cricket game. A lot of friends were there and I had a great time. The day after was Gabriel’s bday and we celebrated it in my house. I hadn’t had a party in my house in a while and I figured I could have one. The party was really fun, lots of friends, alcohol and dancing until 5am. The next morning I had to play soccer with the NI Eagles and we beated team Black Star 2-0. There are only two games left this season and it looks like we have a chance to finish 4th or 5th place if we win the last two games. Right now we are in 7th place.

I already did my taxes which I still need to send, including a big fat check that I wish I didn’t have to pay. I was surprised how quickly I did my taxes. Either after 6 years doing taxes you get better at it, or TurboTax has became much better, or I just don’t care much about them anymore that I don’t triple check everything. I think it is the combination of those three.

I’m jealous of two friends (Eva Noyola and Natalia Uribe) who are going to Portishead concerts in London and Munich. So far I haven’t seen anything about them coming to the US.

Life is good…

No more FARC in Austin

This coming February 4th: join us in the mobilization against FARC.

It is really sad to see how the “Colombianos en UT” group have changed the main objective for the mobilization. Here is the text they sent through the “Asociación de Colombianos en Austin”:

Please join us Monday, February 4 2008 10:30 am at South First and Barton Springs: we will march to City Hall.

Position of “Colombianos en UT” in reference to the “Un Millón de Voces Contra las FARC” March February 4 2008

We march against, and manifest our rejection of all crimes against humanity committed in Colombia over the last five decades by all of the different parties involved in the internal conflict of Colombia .

We march to say:
NO MORE Guerrillas (FARC, ELN, EPL…)
NO MORE Paramilitaries (AUC, ACCU, CONVIVIR, Aguilas Negras,….)
NO MORE complicity of government officials with illegal armed forces
NO MORE abuse by elements of the armed forces
NO MORE massacres
NO MORE kidnappings
NO MORE forced displacement
NO MORE targeted assassinations
NO MORE extrajudicial killings
NO MORE forced disappearances
NO MORE arbitrary detentions
NO MORE impunity for military and paramilitary officials
NO MORE death squads
NO MORE state sponsored terror

We march for PEACE as long as it is dignified and just. We march for LIBERTY and JUSTICE for all Colombians.

Please join us Monday, February 4 2008 10:30 am at South First and Barton Springs: we will march to City Hall.

http://www.colombiasoyyo.org/

Please distribute widely

This is clearly a mistake. It causes the mobilization to lose its focus. It causes that people identifies them selves with some of the points of the protest but not with others. It dilutes the clear message that started it all: NO MORE FARC. .

Update
I’m glad to inform that the original objective of the mobilization has been reestablish.

My new MacBook

Apple MacBook
Finally I can tell you all about my new MacBook. I bought it last November but I couldn’t publish anything about it in this blog because I wanted to surprise my mother because I gave her my previous laptop as a present.

I’m very pleased with the MacBook but I have to admit that there are a couple of things where I think the PowerBook is much better. I like the PowerBook keyboard better and I also dislike the sharp borders of the MacBook, because it leaves marks in your wrist.

But to be fair, I love the new glossy widescreen display, the remote with front row, the iSight webcam.

I also installed BootCamp and Windows XP on a 10GB partition and was able to play Need for Speed Porsche. The process for getting Windows XP running on my MacBook was really straight forward and all the hardware in the MacBook was recognized and works great so I have to give Apple kudos for that.

Happy Holidays 2007

Navidad VerdolagaDesigned by JD

Chichipanguanorrea 3.0 staff wishes you love and joy during these holidays and an amazing new year 2008. This time we are very sorry we could not hire neither Ugly Santa nor Ugly Elf, but we put together this beautiful christmas tree to keep the holiday spirit alive and we hope you enjoy it (specially if you are a ‘millionaire‘, a ‘devil‘ or a ‘powerful‘).

Show me your teamwork

I spent all day yesterday at the 2007 Challenge organized by First Lego League (FLL) organization which is a Robotics contest for kids using LEGO Mindstorms. The day was very fun and the team i was coaching, the Pond Springs Pioneers finished in 19th place out of 60th teams. But the best thing is that our team got a 2nd place in the ‘Teamwork’ award and we got a nice LEGO trophy.

PondSpringsPioneers

KVUE news was covering the event and they said they were going to post pictures and videos later this week.