Thursday, May 28, 2009

Yelling Aussie: interrupting paradise

Most of the Australians we have met on this trip have been incredibly good natured. Not this lady.

We were sitting on the web (there is only one cord at our condo complex), on skype (internet phone), holding regarding an insurance claim. We were on hold way too long, which was frustrating. She was waiting. We nicely told her we were on hold.

A while later she walked up and started yelling. "You've been on for like an hour!" (I don't think so), I can't believe it. I am waiting here, I have things to do!"

I couldn't believe she just walked up and got all screamy and in our faces. I said, "we're holding for an insurance claim; do you think this is fun? Or that we are doing it to try to ruin your day? We've been on hold for almost thirty minutes, what do you expect us to do?"

She retorted, "I have an insurance claim to make, and the offices in London are going to close. YOU ARE SO SELFISH!"

Sensing an opportunity I cross examined her. Who is more selfish? The person who is sitting on hold, or the person who demands that thirty minutes of holding be thrown away so she can start her own call that has the same purpose?

She stomped away, stumped by her own idiocy. She sure should have been embarrassed by her childish fit.

What is really funny is that if she had just asked nicely, we probably would have given her the cord.

I sure hope she hasn't and doesn't plan on reproducing.


Trinidioms #51

"Well, you have been hurtling insults at me..."

Carlsonidiom Addenda #2

"It was sort hard to get the information out of him. It was like pulling hair."

Book Update

Life in Cabo sizzles on.

My family was here a week and then I was sick (thank you, Montezuma) for a few days. We took them off and started writing mid-week of week two. We've put in basically a work-week thus far, and have about 130 pages (book-style, not Microsoft Word). That doesn't mean they are any good, but we are pretty excited that the words are coming so easily.

We get up usually at 6:45 (can you believe it?), walk the beach before the sun hits it hard, eat breakfast and usually walk to Starbucks or the Grocery store (about 25 minutes away). Then we get back, maybe send a few emails and usually start writing by around 10:00, usually stopping sometime between 4:00 to 6:00. We run on the beach, eat dinner, catch a movie or have a romantic night in. It's pretty great.

Our days off are more "in the sun." Lay around, read, sleep, that kind of thing. They're pretty great too!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Trinidioms #50

"Take your jokes aside..."

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Trinidiom #49

"I'm comfortable in my own shoes."

Friday, May 22, 2009

Carlsonidiom Addendum

As I mentioned, the idiom habit comes from maternal side of Trina's family.

One relative just said that Ron and Trina will be "tan as buttons" when they get home.


Thursday, May 21, 2009

Trinidiom #48

"I am on my last wit"

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Trinidiom #47

"Oh yeah, I body surfed at a Jars of Clay concert once."

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Hello from Mexico

Today is May 16th and it's beautiful in Cabo San Lucas.

We arrived here a week ago, all anticipation, raring to go. We haven't been disappointed. We were joined by my parents (who actually were on the same flight as us, despite our origination in Boston) and then my sister Amanda and her husband Scott, whose plane was (somewhat characteristically for them!) 40 minutes after ours.

It's been quite the week. We've had fun introducing them to our favorite spots. We all went to dinner at Mi Casa, which I've come to call the best Mexican restaurant in the world. It's at least one of the best, and we all enjoyed everything from their earth-shatteringly tasty mole (mole-ay, for those of you who think that is pronounced mol) to their carnitas, queso fundido, and of course their sizable and heavily infused drinks.

For boys night out, to celebrate father's day (early), we went to Brasil, the steakhouse. It is the standard Brazilian/Argentinian fare, mesquite grilled meat brought around on swords, cooked to juicy perfection. We had rib eye, new york steak, top sirloin, ribs, filet mignon (actually, was there mignon? there usually is!), turkey wrapped in bacon, chorizo, etc. It was wonderful and disgusting all at the same time. We capped it off with too much to drink and some Cuban cigars. If only my dad had let us shave his head, then we could have all looked just alike! But alas. My dad's fun-o-meter was full.

The girls went to Panchos that night, another place for fun Mexican food.

We danced at Cabo Wabo, ate dessert at Senior Sweets, walked the marina (lusting after the yachts), walked and ran the beaches, swam in the Sea of Cortez, ate nachos and fruit salad at the Finis Terra, hung out at Playa Grande, drank mango margaritas and daiquiris at Sol Mar, and of course baked in the sun on the beach and by the pool.

Lot's of reading, lots of napping, maybe just a bit too much alcohol and sunshine make for some tanned, just-a-bit-fatter-than-when-we-started, but nice and happy people.

We said goodbye to my family this morning, as they headed back to real life. Although we are very excited to be here for as long as we are, we are of course sad. Now everything reminds us of the fun we've been having with them.

So we coped with this in classic Mexican fashion. A two hour siesta!

Trinidiom #46

"until I'm in the hang of it."

Monday, May 11, 2009

Trinidiom #45

"10-40 good buddy."

Friday, May 08, 2009

Trinidioms #44b

Contributed by Kristiane--Maid of Honor at our Wedding.

"I've just got to get my hands wet"

(hands dirty, feet wet)

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Trinidioms #44

"I'm trying to work myself down"

(it's wind or calm down, work up)

Where in the World...?

Fair question.

We came home from India in a bit of a rush. We spent about 4 weeks between Seattle and Portland recovering, although I'll admit I only remember about 2 of them clearly. Something about the process of recovering and imbibing oodles of Pepto Bismol seemed to increase the frequency of Trinidioms. Weird.

On April 24th we flew to LA to surprise our friend Sarah (lives in NY, was in LA for a conference) and spend a few days with our close friends Kristiane and Darron before meeting up with our April 30th LA-Cabo flight (previously scheduled to follow our April 29th Cairo-LA flight). That was a long sentence. Sorry.

Somewhere around April 27th, swine flu captured the world's attention and the fear of instant death upon reaching Mexico forced us to delay. We rescheduled for May 3, but on April 30 the State Dept, CDC and our doctor were still all recommending we don't go. We re-rescheduled for May 9th, hoping that a little time would fix things.

Discovering that our new approach to problem solving is to book a plane...we decided on April 30 to fly to Boston on May 1.

There were three excellent reasons for making this rash decision:
1. We had a lead on an amazing apt that required signing a 24 month lease.
2. Boston University School of Medicine was having an Open House/Orientation for admitted students on May 2.
3. Roundtrip airline tickets LA-Boston were $189/person

One thing we didn't think through was the content of our suitcases. My backpack contains - 3 bikinis, a large beach towel, 7 bottles of sunscreen, 3 one-pound bars of Trader Joes dark chocolate, one pair of pants, no coat, 9 books for beachside get the idea. Turns out Boston in May isn't exactly like Cabo in May. I'm sure I looked hilarious running around in windy, rainy, 45 degree weather in capri pants and a cover up.

BU open house was fantastic! So glad we made the trip. Reminded me of all the reasons BUSM was my top choice. The event answered tons of our questions, helped us think through everything from apartment shopping to gym memberships to grocery delivery services.

A few days later, we were invited to stay at the apartment we are considering renting for two years. It is a 2 bedroom furnished townhouse in East Cambridge, with an office, a treadmill, a piano and a new washer/dryer. (If you're familiar with the area it is about equidistant from the Kendall/MIT stop on the red line and the Lechmere stop on the green line.) It was as good in person as it looked online and it is looking like we'll have a home here come August 1.

We're now staying at the home of a good friend for the last couple nights before we fly out. Last night she took us around the South End and showed us a few trendy spots that I was barely cool enough to get into. But, it has been fun to get to know our soon to be new home.

Tomorrow (Friday) we fly Boston to LA and spend the night at an airport hotel. Saturday, we meet up with Ron's parents to fly LA to Cabo San Lucas. We have clearance from both my India doctor and my US doctor and assurances from the American hospital in Cabo that they are well supplied with Tamiflu should the need arise.

So, now you know.

The first week we're in Mexico we'll be drinking mango daquiris with Ron's sister Amanda and her husband Scott in addition to Ron's parents. We'll spend the other 5 weeks getting down to business and writing our book.


Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Trinidioms #43

"We're sewing the seeds of our own demise."

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Trinidioms #42

"Don't worry, she'll tote the line."