This afternoon we found ourselves flying up route 128 towards Glouster,
"Tell me again why you want to drive for an hour to buy a little piece
"What I need is not a ‘piece of plastic’. It’s a highly specialized
"This place I want to go is the most complete sporting goods store in
Actually, what we had was a coupon. Norma was along because, well,
As we parked she spotted a Pier 1 Imports across the tarmac and we
The only other place we knew that had the brace we wanted for sure was
We wandered in and ambled over to Tennis, feeling old and decrepit among
We were outraged! They had every conceivable piece of equipment
Our righteous indignation boiled up and so of course we immediately
They had a whole football field full of hunting and fishing gear, with
But nothing for an aching tennis elbow.
We had circumnavigated both floors of the huge sports warehouse, and
In the words of the inestimable Rossana Rossanadana, "Never mind."
Archive for May 3rd, 2005
Now, for something a bit different, the Dowbrigade would like to dig out and dust off his Ethnographer’s pith helmet. The Paucity of postings during the past few days is due to our work putting the final touches on the web page of our son’s new Eco-tourism Hotel nestled in a valley high in the Andes mountains. While we cannot officially announce it until we get the OK from the boss, we can post a link to one part of the site: the continuing compilation of our translations of the legends of the region, one of the earliest inhabited spots on the entire Americn continent, North or South.
High in the Peruvian Andes lies an isolated valley, rich in history
In the 1980s a cave was discovered a few kilometers north of Carhuaz,
The legends in this collection can trace their origins to the Chavin culture.
This wide valley, some 200 km long, is split by the Santa River and fringed
It is largely a land which time forgot. Wedged between two soaring mountain
It is here, in the still-under-construction "Eco-Hostal
It contained a charming and revealing collection of myths and legends, collected
Although our translation is imperfect and the last in a chain of oral
The War Between the Ancoillas and the Apuchallas
Back in the old times there were two gigantic mountains. One, Apuchallas,
The other, Ancoillas, fabulously rich due to the gold and silver that
The inhabitants of Apuchallas were afflicted with hunger and misery.
The people of Apuchallas occasionally came to the Ancoillas to plead
"Give us a bit of food," they implored, or some of the gold and silver
But the overbearing (ensobercidos) Ancoillas laughed at them, and threw
"Get out of here, fleas. There is nothing for you here!"
In this way they insulted and humiliated them, without an ounce of compassion.
Apuchallas attacked with their slings. But the giant stones he was flinging
Ancoillas, proud of his power and wealth, didn’t take Apuchallas seriously.
"Your anger makes me laugh," he crowed, "You are angry because
And for a long time things stayed that way, with Ancoillas ignoring his
A long time passed, and Apuchallas did not grow weary of his attack.
Both giants were now exhausted.
In the last battle, al rayar el crespeculo, Ancoillas burst the right
Half blind, the ancient laborer could not extract his vengance. While
Ancoillas felt happy.
"Now I am the Sole Master of the Earth" he shouted repeatedly. But
On the other hand, the population of Apuchallas began to feel happier.
It seems that during the long war, Apuchallas had flung at his enemy
Links to all ten of the Legends
AMSTERDAM – American students traveling abroad confirm the findings of
"I’ve been in Amsterdam for two months and have yet to begin a conversation
from the Onion