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On My Way to Bingualism

February 21st, 2009 · No Comments

I’m listening to BBC Brasil’s weekly podcast and following along without a problem.  While I’m translating this week’s topics in my head, I’m simultaneously reading about a shelved government plan on alternatives to the federal gas tax.  And I’m comprehending both. 
This is a pretty new revelation to me, mainly because when I listen to [...]

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This is my Day Today

February 10th, 2009 · No Comments

1. I get an email late Friday night asking me to fill out a questionnaire for a position in Sacramento. I send it back this morning. 20 minutes later, I get an email saying they filled the job. That’s like setting a date with a girl for the weekend and find out she eloped on [...]

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I Finally Get to See the Commercials

February 1st, 2009 · No Comments

The bar in Curitiba didn’t have the sound loud enough (nor do I think ESPN Brasil carried them) to hear the commercials. BBC Sport showed commercials with cars driving on the left side of the road. And the “legal” sites that carried the commercials did IP checks to make sure I was in [...]

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Technically It’s “Leisure” Time

January 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

See, this is what I love about economic terms. The definition of unemployed to economists means I’m looking for work and not currently employed. People who aren’t looking for work are termed as being out of the labor pool, and people who are looking for work, but may be working part time are [...]

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Certainty

December 8th, 2008 · No Comments

In business, it is entirely acceptable and almost guaranteed that clients that spend more money are given steeper discounts. During my time at E*Trade, we had multi-tiered pricing for clients depending on how much they traded with us. $19.99 for regulars and $9.99 for the high volume traders, ie The More You Trade, [...]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 27th, 2008 · No Comments

Other than the usual platitudes about Thanksgiving that I’m sure everyone’s already heard from everyone else, I got a nice reminder of it today. Mom told me this was the first Thanksgiving I’ve been home for in the past two years. I had spent it last year in Munich visiting a friend, since [...]

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I’m Calling It

November 5th, 2008 · No Comments

Not for our new President, but the aftermath. With California (plus Oregon and Washington) being Democratic, McCain would need to win three of the four of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas and Florida. He got Texas only; once Ohio was in the (D) column, it was over. Here’s the predictions:
Bill Clinton is our new [...]

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I already voted

November 4th, 2008 · No Comments

Just to let everyone know. I’m surprised to hear declarations of how long someone waited in line early (or probably hear enough tomorrow) just to vote. Since I’m in one of those technologically advanced states, I got my absentee ballot weeks ago and returned it the day after the third debate. That [...]

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Nonvirtouous

October 14th, 2008 · No Comments

There are few things that should be enjoyed over time. A tall glass of vinho do porto on the Douro shoreline. A long kiss goodnight. Nights that last for three days.
Waiting for a callback about a job is not one of them. Not even for an offer. Just for another round [...]

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My Morning Conversation

September 26th, 2008 · No Comments

-”Larry?”-”No”-”Where’s Larry?”-”I dunno. But I just hung up on you”-”Hey douchebag, get Larry for me”-”Hey, I already hung up on you once”-”Hey, what kind of car do you drive? Cuz I have a Ferrari, and that’s where I am.”-”What’s your broker CRD? You sit in a boiler room selling stock to old people. [...]

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