Monday, August 25, 2014

Is that Desecheo?

This is a little island just off of Fajardo.  No one lives there but people stop for a quick swim on it' s beach. 

Las Croabas

Las Croabas

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

Typical Tropical Vegetables

Yuca (Casava), yautia blanca, and yams (batatas).  Love the abundance in Puerto Rico


Sunday, June 08, 2014

Gravity with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney

Spoiler Alert.  If you are ambivilant about seeing the movie,  go ahead and see it.  It is already on DVD so it is not going to be expensive.   Then come back and read my musings.

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.  

Something unexpected happens.   Clooney's character appears on the hatch to her vehicle and comes in.  How didn't she get sucked out? Was it a dream, vision, or apparition?  We never really find out, but what ever it was, this intervention saves her life.  Suddenly, she realizes she needs to survive, especially for Clooney and for her deceased daughter as well. 

I can say I really liked it.  The movie was more than simple entertainment.  It had a meaningful message that is so pertinent today.  In fact, I am ready to see it again.


 

Friday, May 30, 2014

The Harbinger II

If you have not read the Harbinger, by Jonathan Cahn and have no idea what it is about you need to watch this video.  It is astonishing how God has predicted and warned the United States that it needs to repent from its evil ways and return to him.  The call to repentance is so dear and he is so merciful in shaking us.  Judgement begins with the house of God.  If you are a Christian this is for you.  If you are a seeker this is for you.  If you are an American this is for you.  This message is for you regardless of who you are.  God is not dead and He is not silent.

Here's the link:
http://youtu.be/Vvn9cSHJLQk

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Temblor! 5.8 Earthquake in PR

We had an earthquake her today around 5:15.  It registered 5.8.  Whenever I check the US Geological Survey (USGS) website I see 5.4 and I usually say, ha.  Like okay, that is not that terrible.  I have been through earthquakes of 5.4.  It shook my chair with a strong hand but this one today was a 5.4.  In fact before learning the official reading I had a pretty good idea that it was probably a strong 4 or a  5. something.  A minute later, I knew the intensity.  I was right.  In fact, at first they said a five point 3.  That was officially raised to a five point eight.  That is serious business folks.

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!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Cruz de Malta Welcome Me

Just down from the green bush at the Condo entrance are about ten Jerusalem or Maltese Cross bushes which we call Cruz de Malta here in Puerto Rico.  They too are a pleasure to look at in all their orange glory.    

Details

I am moving back to Puerto Rico. So it was my delight to discover that just as I had in my house in Orlando on the front left side of the walkway leading to my house I had a bright lime green bush.  It is the same here in Carolina.  The same exact bush.   This one was blossoming this week with these small lavendar flowers.  Isn't this one more detail of God's love?

Monday, May 12, 2014

Rain Drops Keep Falling on my Head

Remember I had written about how cool it was the other day and that it felt like air conditioning.  Well, if I didn't say it, I meant to. In any case, it was very cool day especially for a typical May day in the middle of the Caribbean.  It was so cool that it broke the record all the way back to May in 1944.  That is how cool it was.  77 degrees cool.  Nice.  Just to give my house the air conditioned feel, I turned on a fan ever so gently.  Well, I meant to turn it on ever so gently but I actually put it on full blast and got cold.  

The week ahead looks promising as well.  Mid eighties all the rest of the week which is a respite from the suffocating heat and humidity.  When we talk about humidity here, it should be in bold letters because this is serious humidity which requires at least two showers a day and a constant flow of ice cubes and water through out the day. Of course, not only is water required but the constant whirl of a fan can be heard in each room.  In some cases, two fans.  

But not, this week.  This week one shower will be enough and letting my hair partially air dry will continue to be a cooling strategy, but not required.  Zumba will not seem as taxing.  Blowing drying my hair with a fan right next to me going full blast won't seem oppressive.  

This will be a better a week.  Mid 80's.  I can live with that.