Thursday, May 24, 2007

Andean Adventures - High and Low

The Coastline principals - Dave and Kimberly - finally huffed it down to South America with six month old little baby Wyatt and his giant stroller in tow. After some Buenos Aires highlights including large and luscious steaks at DesNivel, a jaunt down to Caminito in La Boca and then a few days off at one of San Antonio de Areco's excellent Estancias - El Ombu - they headed up to Mendoza for some R&R, more site seeing and wine tasting.

Low and behold, little baby W came down with a grave case of 'larangitis' in the middle of the night and the local doctor was summoned.

I flew up to meet them and thus began our journey into the Andean highlands, passing by the base of Aconcagua - the tallest peak outside of the Himalayas at 6,900m (22,000ft.) - and on to Barreal beyond. And what an adventure it was.
Coughing and wheezing on the bumpy and dusty 100kms of dirt road along the base of the Andes, little Wyatt was not a happy camper. After a few semi-traumatic stops in no-mans land, we finally made Barreal in the late afternoon just as the clouds began to part, reveling the majestic pre-cordilleras mountains to the East, newly dusted by a light afternoon snow shower.
Dave and I came down with similar ailments and coughed and whined as Kimberly drove us back across the great barren Calingasta dessert and on down to Mendoza. A grand and adventurous time was had by all and we made it back to BA safely and sanely, ready for some much needed warmth, food and sleep.

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Friday, May 18, 2007

Paths of Glory for Bonnie and Clyde

After a visit to the Rossi Diagnostic Imaging Center to pick up my films and then a trip to the German Hospital here in BA to have them read, I arrived home and stepping into my flat, the handle on my cane snapped in half - by chance. The doc says that I waited too long to turn myself in to the proper medical authorities but with some jump-start PT, I have a good chance of staving off a knee operation towards some sort of recovery. "Let's take another look at you in two weeks, after your therapy," he said. "But you're always gonna remember which knee it is," he added.

So I invited myself over to my neighbor Nat's place to watch a couple of flicks. Limping down to the corner video shoppe, we picked up Kubrick's 'Paths of Glory' with Kirk Douglas and then another classic American film - 'Bonnie and Clyde'. On the way home and directly across the street from our beloved Patios del Sol, the Universidad de Cine students were setting up for a night time shoot. Ironically, both films we watched ended tragically with key players being set up by the law and then shot to death. "Why don't you teach film at the cinema school next door?" Nat suggested. I think my love affair with academia ended long ago.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Live Video - La Bersuit Veragarbat

My first post to YouTube is very short due to bandwidth limitations but wow - check out what the new Canon SD-1000 can do. This was a short clip from the grand finale - look at all those people, upwards of maybe 80,000!!

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Bersuit Vergarabat - EN VIVO!

The biggest stadium for the biggest band in Argentina - La Bersuit Veragabat - live in River Plate stadium in front of countless thousands... AND, we went in style in the most lujo private box in the entire place - patrocinado por Coca Cola!

Sunday, May 06, 2007

How 'bout a spiked foot to the face?!

Argentine soccer (Futbol in all other parts of the world) gone dumb and DUMBER!!

Sessa kicks out
- strike ultima.