Never Ever Fart in a Wetsuit

Sep 28, 2007

Ahhh, the married life...

Sep 17, 2007

I love this Flight of the Conchords song about sex after marriage!

My Kind of Humor

Sep 10, 2007

As you may or may not be able to tell, I am not accomplishing much this morning at work. Instead, I've taken this little quizzy-poo to determine what kind of humor I enjoy. Here's my results:

(71% dark, 34% spontaneous, 31% vulgar)

your humor style:

You like things edgy, subtle, and smart. I guess that means you're probably an intellectual, but don't take that to mean pretentious. You realize 'dumb' can be witty--after all isn't that the Simpsons' philosophy?--but rudeness for its own sake, 'gross-out' humor and most other things found in a fraternity leave you totally flat.

I guess you just have a more cerebral approach than most. You have the perfect mindset for a joke writer or staff writer.

Your sense of humor takes the most thought to appreciate, but it's also the best, in my opinion.

You probably loved the Office. If you don't know what I'm talking about, check it out here:

PEOPLE LIKE YOU: Jon Stewart - Woody Allen - Ricky Gervais

If you want to take the same quiz, go here.

Emmy Success!

My favorite SNL short film won an Emmy! Hooray! In case you haven't seen it, you gotta check this out:

here's a link to the story.

Things To Do

Sep 7, 2007

After my whirlwind trip to Mexico last weekend, Hans and I have been trying to decide just how much time we need to wrap things up here and what we really need to get done before we go.

Every major move I have ever made has been very loosely planned. I would quit my job, make sure I had "enough" money, pack my car and leave. I did this when I moved to Colorado and New Jersey. When I lived in Australia it took a little more planning, but not much. I was young and it was as an exchange student, so it wasn't like I had a ton of responsibilities anyway.

I think we should be able to just pack up the truck and leave, but I've never had a successful business that I didn't want to go down the tanker just because I wanted to live in another place. This move is going to require slightly more forethought to make sure that the business can run as seamlessly as possible. We'd really like to be out of the office no more than two weeks or so while we move. So with that in mind, I thought I would make a list of things that I need to get squared away before we can head south of the border. Feel free to let me know if I'm missing something.

  1. The Pets
    My sister has lovingly offered to take on our cat, Sandy, while we are away and until we decide what we want to do with him permanently. Originally we thought we would bring our dog with us, but having pets has proved to be quite a hindrance for us over the last couple years. We always have to find someone to feed the dog when we go away on the weekends or what not. It's a pain. We were thinking about things that are annoying here and whether they would be annoying in Mexico or not and it seems that having a dog would be a bigger pain than it is worth for us. So, we have to find someone who is willing to take care of the dog. We would put him up for adoption, but we really love him, he's a great dog and we'd like the option of coming and getting him or taking him back when we return.

  2. The Mail
    Thanks to Countdown to Mexico, we've learned about Earth Class Mail. I want to get this set up for us and for the business and test it out for a couple months before we leave. Generally, we get a ton of junk mail and only a few bills and checks each month, so this might be a great solution.

  3. The Bills
    We have to make sure that all the bills are set up to be paid online. I want to set the mortgage to auto-draft from an account every month so we don't have to deal with that. We also need to cancel any services that we won't be using and make sure that the lawn mower guy has plenty of money on hand from us to keep our yard looking reasonable while we're gone. No need to piss off the neighborhood!

  4. The Bank Situation
    We need to figure out what we're going to do about our personal and business bank accounts. Right now they're at two different banks. We don't want to open a Mexican bank account until we deem it necessary. We're thinking that with online banking and a person on the ground in the US to help us, we won't need to use a Mexican bank. We're thinking about opening personal accounts at the bank where we have our business accounts so that everything is in the same place. We need to look into whether we will be able to transfer money between all the accounts.

  5. The Phones
    We have our cell phones through Verizon, otherwise known as the Devil. Their phone system is not quadband or whatever- that means that the phones don't work in Mexico. Hans' contract is up this month and he's going to switch to AT&T. My contract isn't up for another year, so I need to see what I have to pay to get out of my contract with Verizon so I can get into one with either AT&T or TMobile. We need these to work before our move because while we are out of the office driving through the US and Mexico, we need to be able to answer emails and continue business as much as we can.

  6. The Car
    I need to take my car in for service and I want to sell it before we leave. I'm currently making payments on it and there is no way I'm taking it to Mexico. It's just not the right car for down there. So I want to get it cleaned up and sold and I want to buy an older VW Golf (like 2001-2002ish) outright so that I'm not making any payments. If we decide we want my car down there, I can always come back up and drive it down. VWs are great in Mexico, so that will be easy. In the meantime, it will sit at our house or possibly on the street at my in-laws so that we have easy access to a car when we have to come back to NJ for business or whatever. It beats renting a car.

  7. The Visas
    Once we have an actual date when we're leaving, we're going to start dealing with getting our visas here. We'd like to not have to deal with the Tourist visa and we have the income to get an FM3, but we'll deal with this much closer to leaving.

  8. The House
    Well, I think we're not going to rent it right away in case we find that we really can't do business there. In the meantime, we'll need to make sure the pool is closed and that the yard is clean before we leave. If we decide to rent it, we might have to come back and empty it... maybe we should empty it (except for furniture) before we go... dunno.

  9. The Mexican Apartment Situation
    I may need to fly down early, find an apartment and get it set up with internet. We need to be able to hook our router right up and have our vonage phone ready to go once we get there. Since I speak enough Spanish to accomplish this, I'm the natural choice for the person who has to do all the dirty work. Hopefully we can find an apartment where we can rent month to month or something, because we have decided that in order to work we need to have our own internet connection so we can keep our Jersey phone number.

So, that's the short list, I guess. It seems a little overwhelming, but also exciting. I'm sure I'll think of more stuff later. Anyway, I had better get back to work.

Poor Doggy

Sep 5, 2007

Poor Chico got bitten by a pit bull on Monday. I wasn't there, but he went to Flat Rock Lake to swim and hang out with Hans and some of his friends. Apparently, when one of his friends arrived with his two dogs, one of them bit Chi on the front leg. We took him to the vet and they gave him this lovely cone to wear and gave us several meds to give him- antibiotics, anti-inflamatories and some betadine. He just thinks he's getting cheese as a special treat for existing!

More about Whale Sharks

Check out the awesome photos and video that Anna captured while swimming with the whale sharks. I wish I had a little housing for my camera so I could have taken some video, but that is about the only time I have wished I had a camera while underwater. Except I think I wanted one when we were in Indonesia, but that's just because the diving was so amazing there.

Another Quick Trip to Mexico

Sep 4, 2007

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Well, I got back late last night from another great (but too short) trip to Mexico. We went down Thursday morning and arrived in Cozumel in time for a quick lunch and welcome margarita. After getting checked in, we took the ferry to Playa del Carmen to meet up with Roberta who had rented a couple cars for us. The temperature in Playa was approximately the temperature that I imagine Hell would be in the summer. I knew it would be hot, but I wasn't prepared for the actual oven-like heat. Roberta informed us that Playa is usually cooler than Coz since it gets the ocean breezes more... um.

Anyway, we finally got the car cooled down after about 45 minutes and were able to shut the windows and attempt to stop sweating! We drove for three hours through rural Yucatan peninsula. We passed a couple towns that had solar panels for electricity and farm animals in the front yards. We all talked about what it must be like to be from a town of 20 people or so.

There had been some thunderstorms, so the tarantulas were climbing out on to the road to dry off. The roads got progressively worse as we approached Chiquilá (pronounced chi-ki-LA). We took a small boat from Chiquilá to Holbox (pronounced hol-bosh), an island off the northern tip of the Yucatan peninsula that Europeans have been enjoying for decades. The color of the water was an amazing light green rather than the brilliant jewel tones of the water at Cozumel.

Our hotel was lovely. We slept like rocks and awoke in the morning to search out the whale sharks. It was an overcast day, so it took us a while to find one and in the end we only ended up finding one. It was amazing to dive with an animal bigger than the boat we were riding on. Hopefully I will get some video footage from Anna to post so you can see how beautiful the shark was.

Anyway, after one day with the whale shark, we reversed the process, boat, car and boat to get back to Cozumel. First we stopped off at one of my favorite restaurants in Playa, La Cueva del Chango (the monkey cave), and had a delicious meal and way too much to drink.

The next two days we spent diving and generally enjoying Cozumel. For whatever reason, the weather wasn't as hot as that first day the rest of the trip and we all decided that if August/September is as hot as it gets, we'll be fine here.

On the last day we spent happy hour in the pool bar at Casa del Mar. The pool had been empty when we arrived, but it was repaired and refilled in time for our last day. After a couple beers, we all retired to our rooms to get ready for dinner. Cat emerged for dinner with green hair. Not just a little green, but emerald green hair like she had dyed it! It wouldn't have been a problem if she was planning to be in Jersey for more than 5 hours before flying out to Vegas to do a presentation in front of 600 people! A quick phone call to her mom (and after setting an appointment in a salon in Vegas) we were armed with some remedies courtesy of the internet.

First up was tomato juice. We were all skeptical, but after 45 minutes of juice we rinsed out her hair and were surprised to see the water running green out of it. Next up was lemon juice, at which time I had to hit the sack! When I woke up, Cat's hair was blonde again. Thank you internet.

Finally, we spent a long time talking with Roberta (the owner of the hotel and dive shop we always use) about the logistics of moving to Mexico. She was very encouraging but expressed concern about us choosing Playa if Hans intended to be away on business often. She thought Cozumel was safer for someone like me to be living alone. Hans and I have started considering Coz again on her recommendation, since everyone we know in Playa would be likely to tell us that it was totally safe (and it may be for them because they're all Mexican). Besides, I'm sure Anna would be a lot happier if we were on the island... And we already know several people there... we'll see.

Well, back to work, I guess.