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January, 2011:

Pop, and mastering fear….

So, that time of year rolls around again, the anniversary of Pop’s death. It’s been six years now, and I still wonder if I will ever get through one milestone unfazed. I always seem to think that the “next time” it will be easier or less taxing, but it just doesn’t seem to happen. At least not yet. 🙁

Anyway, here I am, going through my usual introspective grieving period that I have now grown fairly accustomed to. I start looking for some inspiration on what to write about regarding Pop. On one hand, I have to be grateful for these milestone periods I go through regarding my parents. Because it seems to be the sole force that makes me have to sit down and write. (more…)

Great new header graphics, by a rapidly improving Mietsie! :)

One of the spiffy new headers by Mietsie! 🙂 (just refresh any page to see the others!

If you’re noticing that the site has a bit more “splash” and some new visual life on it, it’s thanks to a new series of headers that Mietsie back in Belgium made over the last couple of days. They are a refreshing and welcome update to the tired. old, amateurish ones I made a couple of years back when I was bored, probably a little intoxicated, in need of a hobby, and trying with obvious futility, to be artistically creative. :/

For those of you who don’t know Mietsie, she’s someone who goes way back with me since this whole Andiamo thing started. She’s the cousin of Raf, who was my first crew on Andiamo when she left Mexico under dark clouds in late ’04. Over the years, we’ve been through a lot fun, crazy, happy and sad times.

She was involved in a horrific car accident last November. Her car was broadsided by another car going at full speed when she was on her way home from a friends’ get together on a late Saturday night. The car’s full impact was directly on the driver’s side door. (more…)

The Road to Nowhere….

Chunks of road... gone...

While I was gone due to a friend’s medical emergency in Belgium in late November/early December, the rains came down on Panama. And down, and down. So much so that by the time I had returned, many parts of Panama were underwater. Floods in the low-lying areas, mudslides, landslides and massive erosion in the highlands. The extent of the damage and havoc was, in a word, devastating. (more…)