Monday, August 25, 2014
Yesterday, I got to drive out to Fajardo and enjoy the turquoise ocean view, the cool breeze propelling the white sailed boats, the lapping of the waves, and the company of a friend. If I had planned it better it would have only cost the price of the gas. Alas, it was totally spontaneous. Next time though, I will take a picnic basket full of drinks, ice, and sandwiches.
How do you get to Las Croabas? Once you are in the Fajardo area, follow the signs for El Conquistador Resort. There is a clear sign before you reach the hotel with directions to the Croabas, a small fishing village surrounded by restaurants
a park, benches, and little spots to throw a blanket or towel to sit and soak it all in. We did and I loved it.
Remember, El Conquistador has nothing on Las Croabas except all its amenities and expense and both enjoy the same view.
Monday, June 30, 2014
Sunday, June 08, 2014
I saw Gravity starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. I thought I was going to see this epic science movie. In fact, I listened to Science Friday on NPR and was convinced that the movie was worth seeing on all the special effects that made it credible. Well, to my surprise, not only was it space filled in a realistic way, but it also contained some pretty credible lines of thinking. It was worth seeing and thought provoking.
I am a pretty conservative person yet I was able to get through this movie without too many issues. In fact, the movie's use of expletives seemed totally appropriate given the life and death circumstances they were experiencing. To my surprise the two main characters do not remain simply two stereotypical astronauts trying to survive but are developed as two individuals with frailties and faults who you want to know better.
The movie moves along with the possibility that neither of them is going to survive as they deal with the shock of their crew's deaths and it becomes evident they have to hatch a survival plan. In this struggle the movie explores the will to live in spite of enormous personal losses. We see a two people deal with real life dilemmas. One of them is a true hero and sacrifices his life for another.
The movie was marketed with its sci fi angle yet it delivered a much needed message that life is worth living and quitting isn't an option. The whole idea of an afterlife is subtly presented with religious icons in both the Russian Soyuz and Chinese spacecraft leading Dr. Ryan Stone played by Sandra Bullock to consider God.
It is when she realizes how helpless she is that she is open to the idea that the only one that can help her is God. As she moves from spacecraft to spacecraft she has several interactions that lead her into realizing that there had been believers on them. She observes that above the control panel on the post Communist Russian Soyuz she sees an icon of Jesus and the Virgen Mary. Since this vehicle can not take her home she moves on to the Communist China's Soyuz spacecraft. To our surprise there too we find a religious icon as well. A miniature golden Buddha sits atop of the control panel as. What is ironic is the on the American vessel there were no signs of a religious icons. Yet in spite of all these encouragements to seek God, she gives up and turns down the oxygen.
Friday, May 30, 2014
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Wednesday, May 28, 2014
We weren't even close to the epicenter and as I sat on an ottoman, I felt it shake underneath me. At first, it took me a at least five which felt like ten seconds to realize it was an earthquake and it was still shaking when I was cognizant of what was going on. I was on a ninth floor with a view to the ocean visiting with some friends at her house. I can assure you it was not a fun situation. It was quite alarming but I kept my cool. I am so glad I was with friends. One of my friends felt some of the aftershocks. I was not certain if I was feeling aftershocks because I was so jumpy it felt like ever thing was shaking. Fortunately, we listened to the news and learned the facts which were a bit reassuring Particularly that we were not in the epicenter.
Now alls well that ends well. Dios nos proteja!