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Aguardiente for everyone!

The Official Palace of Drunkness (Palacio Oficial de la Peda) is proud to announce that the Aguardiente is back!

Guarito!

1 garrafa : 1750 ml

2 tetra packs : 1000 ml x 2

5 half bottles : 375 ml x 5

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Grand total : 5625 ml

Medellín in the latest National Geographic issue

There is a full article dedicated to Medellín (the city I grew up) in the latests issue of the National Geographic magazine. However the article only highlights the negative sides of the city, beginning with the title:

People in Medellín are really mad about the article. Even the city major wrote a letter to John M Fahey JR, President of the National Geographic Society complaining about the article.

I'll try to be objective here:

People from Medellín tend to see the city as the most wonderful city in the world. We feel great pride of being born there. The city indeed is great in many aspects: the weather, the people, the food, the landscape among other things. But also the city has its problems: violence, poverty and insecurity. You also get so used to be surrounded by violence in our country that you don't worry about it anymore. Sadly you get used to it.

Medellín became famous because of the drug business, violence and Pablo Escobar back in the early 90's. It's been more than 10 years since all that is gone; however the stigma will remain for many more years.

I just did a quick Google search on the word Medellín and the first article about violence or drugs showed up in the 3rd page.

It doesn't really matter anymore what happened to Medellin in the past. The present is better and I hope this trend continues to the future.

PD: I'm going to Medellín next week !!!! GUEPA JE!!!!

Gimme tha PowerBook!

I looked today at Apple Store special deals website and found that they had a very cheap refurbished PowerBook:

Apple Certified PowerBook G4 12-inch TFT

PowerBook G4 1.33GHz/ 256MB/ 60GB/ SuperDrive/ AP Extreme Card/ E/ 12-inch/ Aluminum – Apple Certified

Original price: $1,799.00

Your price: $1,299.00

� Save 28% off the original price

So I told Kirsch about it, because I knew he was looking to buy one. Then he says to me: you should buy it!

I've been wanting to buy a new Apple computer for a while, since my iBook G3 600MHz is almost 3 years old, and I told my mom I was going to give it to her. So the idea of buying it started jumping in my head, until I finally decided to buy it.

But wait! there is more!

Now Marcos is suggesting me that instead of giving my iBook to my mom, I should sell it on eBay and with the money I can buy a Mac Mini for my mom… that actually sounded like a great idea.



UPDATE

I'm writting this update from my new PowerBook!

I'm a gringo!

UPDATE

Monday, January 31, 2005, 9:01 PM

Now is 100% official: I received my green card in the mail today!

They said it was going to take a few months… it took less than 3 weeks!

AWESOME!

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Well… not really… but close

I just got back from the immigration offices in San Antonio where I got my passport stamped with the most ugly (but beautiful) stamp ever seen.

The stamp goes:

PROCESSED FOR I-551

TEMPORARY EVIDENCE OF

LAWFUL ADMISSION FOR

PERMANENT RESIDENCE

VALID UNTIL JAN 12, 2006

EMPLOYMENT AUTHORIZED

Starting today: I'm a permanent resident in the USA.

The official told me, that I should be getting my “green card” in the mail in about 3-6 months. In the meantime, I should use my passport with the stamp.

The whole process took about 3 years and a couple of thousand dollars…

Is good that National Instruments got selected as one of “FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For” (rank number 40) and today we are having a deck party. That means I'll have free beer to celebrate how well 2005 has started!

Cheers!

PD: Maybe now, someone would like to marry me!

🙂

I won $1000 for Colombianitos.org

At National Instruments we have this campaign called 'Community Connections' which encourages employees to donate time and resources (money) to the community. So for the past two years I've been donating money to COLOMBIANITOS.

(Little Colombians) is a non-profit organization that helps Colombian children who have been victims of terrorism and violence that has affected Colombia during the last 40 years.

The 2004 Fall giving campaign started last monday and they added a new incentive:

By making a monetary donation to the campaign this year you will be eligible for a daily incentive. Each workday during the campaign we will draw one donor's name and NI will give $1,000 to the charity of their choice. Fifteen lucky donors will have the opportunity to positively impact their charity with an additional contribution from NI. Donate early and improve your odds!

Guess who had an email in his inbox this morning with the title: Congratulations – You Won the $1,000 Fall Giving Campaign Incentive for November 2nd!

AWESOME!!!

=)

At least I got some good news this morning, because knowing that Bush got re-elected makes me wanna puke… =(

Bitter Danish Cookies…

I was reading the main Colombian newspaper today El Tiempo and founded a very sad article:

The Danish organization Revolt (Opror) donated U$ 8.500 to the Colombian rebel group FARC-EP to defy the Danish law that prohibits the support of terrorist organizations outside Denmark.

I sent them a message using their website, but I didn't saved the text.

I also sent an email to my Danish friend Anders Meister, and here is part of the text of that email:

“A group called Revolt (Opror) donated $8500 dollars to the Colombian Terrorist group FARC.

FARC used to be a revolutionary movement (40 years ago) when CHE Guevara and Fidel Castro were fighting to liberate latin america from the oppression of dictatorial governments.

Today, FARC is the main owner of the drug bussiness, and the worst kidnapers in the world. They have been in the USA list of terrorists groups for a while and got included in the EU list of terrorists groups a few years ago.

Those $8500 won't really make a difference to FARC's finances… that's like nothing to them (because the drug business gives them millions of dollars), however is not about the money, but about it's meaning.

I'm sure this organization did this donation based on ignorance and not as a bad faith thing. It's sad but FARC has been very good at promoting their group as a Revolutionary cause… obviously they don't mention all the bad things they do…”

Anyway, I think the Colombian government needs to do a better job on promoting what really FARC has done to the country (as well as the ELN and Paramilitares).

Is ironic that you can go to the market and buy Danish cookies. And when Anders was here in Austin, we asked him about the cookies and he had never heard about them. Neither about swedish porn! =)

So I guess is very easy to be ignorant about facts in countries we don't really know.

Just for the record, LEGO is Danish!!!

Let me introduce you my Drum Set

My drum set

This is my new DW Pacific 5 pieces EZ with a pdp double pedal.

Double pedal: DP402

Hi-Hat stand: HH820

Drum throne: DT700

Cymbals Stand: CB700

Snare stand: ?

I bought it at the Guitar Center, last sunday.

Elizalde helped me buying it and setting it up. It came in boxes and we had to put together the whole thing. I'm very exited and I want to start learning how to play it…

I hope my neighbors don't get mad!

My VW Golf died!!!

CDATA[UPDATE:

I got my car back. It was the battery. They changed it and I had to pay only $3. If I had bought a new battery and tried it, it would had cost me about $70 so I'm glad I used the road side assistance! You would not expect the battery to be part of the 4 years / 50.000 miles guaranty… sweet!

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Yesterday, I borrowed my Golf to Paulina, because she had a medical appointment in south Austin. At 6:30pm she picked me up at NI, and parked in the visitor's parking lot. When I tried to start the car, it made a really odd noise, and the engine never started. It seemed to be an electrical problem, because the clock and the mileage (the one you can reset) went to 12:00 and zero respectively.

I called the VW road assistance number and they sent a guy with a towing truck (is that how you call it?). He first tried to use cables to see if we could start my car with his battery, but it didn't worked. So he towed my Golf to the VW service center and I left the car there. They have envelopes where you can write down your contact information and leave the car keys, so they can work in the car the next morning.

I'm still waiting for their phone call and I'm very curious to know what happened to my baby.

Muleiro gave me a ride this morning. It sucks to live in North Austin and not have a car!

By the way, if you own a VW TDI, check this great website: TDI Club