Thursday, September 30, 2004

Y esa cara de azoramiento?

Y esa cara de azora?
photo by: bracuta

Rommy, que hacias?

Woah! I can see the lights....

Woah! I can see the lights....
photo by: bracuta

A tad too much Johnnie Walker...

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Mount St. Helens VolcanoCam - Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

A quake yesterday in California (strange, right?), may be a warning signal that Mount St. Helens is waking up and getting ready rumble... Watch out for it with this link to the volcanocam (will it melt if the volcano erupts?).

Paris burns in new sex tape

I guess she never learns. Girl, stay away from video cams!!!

Mel Brooks Writing Spaceballs Sequel

Nobody knows, the trouble I've been through... (you'll only understand this if you've seen the movie)
May the Schwarts be with him!

City-Sized Asteroid to Pass Earth This Fall


"being jennifer garrett: Let's try it, shall we?"

This sounds like fun, so I'm going to give it a try....

Think of 3 pictures you'd like to see. Leave whatever you'd like to see in the comments. Things around my house, or whatever... something I can take a picture of easily. Once I have enough requests, I'll start posting them. If I can't, or won't, take a picture of something you've requested, I'll let you know.

My place in the universe...

I concur...
My place in the universe

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Ponder this one

Sent by Kika:
Top Ten Reasons Hurricane Season is Like Christmas
10. Decorating the house.................. (boarding up windows)
9. Dragging out boxes that haven't been used since last season (camping gear, flashlights)
8. Last minute shopping in crowded stores....................
7. Regular TV shows pre-empted for "specials"................
6. Family coming to stay with you.......................
5. Family and friends from out-of-state calling..............
4. Buying food you don't normally buy ... and in large quantities
3. Days off from work.............................
2. Candles........................
And the number one reason Hurricane Season is like Christmas .
At some point you know you're going to have a tree in your house!

Por fin! Paul Oakenfold viene a Santo Domingo

Party! Party! Party!

Deep Dish en directo en la Marina del Río Isabela

So many activities, so little time!

Pet Shop Boys se presentará en Chavón

Click for more info

PSB OnLine Body

It is true!!! They are coming!!!

Pet Shop Boys and the Producers?

I can't believe it!

MSNBC - Former 'Sex' star Nixon switches roles

Huh? I thought Samantha was going to be the one... Anyways, if you're happy, good for you, girl...

Linux News: Commentary: Macs Are More Expensive, Right?

Take that! - Dale Jr. says dad helped him out of fiery wreck

Parents look out for us even after they leave...

Monday, September 27, 2004

A few questions and thoughts

If I may, regarding last week's series...
I forgot to talk about Speed's death last week on CSI:Miami. He had been having this attitude on some of last season's episodes. I just knew something was going on with him, specially when he told someone that for him it was "only a job", while we know that for almost everyone working at CSI their job is a passion. Anyways, farewell Speed...

What on Earth happened to Chegwidden? Who appointed Sturgis acting JAG? Harm is the most senior officer in JAG, yet they chose Sturgis? He has been on the show what, 2 years, and he's acting JAG? What about Mac? She has been a judge in some cases.... And what's this thing with Webb???? She was so in love with him she dumped him because he faked his death to protect her? I mean, I don't really care about their relationship, it's no secret I'm a Harm-Mac fan, but they could've done it better.
Just some thoughts...

Apple 1 Computer

This is what you call computer history. And you can buy it at ebay. Man, if only I had that kind of money...


I'm sorry. I had to let that out. We've only had 3 hours of electricity since yesterday and I'm kinda mad.
Oh, by the way. The government decided to raise taxes to 16%.
Crime is at its highest.
And they ask for our patience.

Skype - Free Internet telephony that just works

Now, this is new. I'm willing to give it a try.

Leyes inexorables

"Cuando necesites abrir una puerta con la única mano libre, la llave estará en el bolsillo opuesto". (Ley de Fant)

"La única vez que la puerta se cierra sola es cuando has dejado las llaves dentro". (Ley del destino).

"Cuando tengas las manos embadurnadas de grasa, te comenzará a picar la nariz". (Ley de mecánica de Lorenz).

"El seguro lo cubre todo. Menos lo que te sucedió". (Ley de Seguros de No pay)

"Cuando las cosas parecen ir mejor, es que has pasado algo por alto". (Segundo Corolario de Chisholm).

"Siempre que las cosas parecen fáciles es porque no atendemos todas las instrucciones". (Don Reed).

"Si mantienes la calma cuando todos pierden la cabeza, sin duda es que no has captado la gravedad del problema". (Axioma de Emergencio).

"Los problemas ni se crean, ni se resuelven, sólo se transforman". (Ley de la persistencia de Einstein).

"Llegarás corriendo al teléfono justo a tiempo para oír como cuelgan". (Principio de Ring a Bell).

"Siempre que te vayas a conectar a Internet, se producirá la llamada que habías estado esperando durante todo el día".Principio de Dialer).

"Si solo hay dos programas en la tele que valgan la pena ver, serán a la misma hora". (Ley de Jones)

"El precio total a pagar siempre es superior al del presupuesto, exactamente 3.14 veces lo presupuestado. De ahí la importancia del número Pi". (Ley de Pi Llao).

"La probabilidad de que te manches comiendo, es directamente proporcional a la necesidad que tengas de estar limpio". (Ley de Soup)

"Todo cuerpo sumergido en la tina hará sonar el teléfono". (Ley de Omay God)

"Todo cuerpo sentado en el inodoro hará sonar el timbre de la puerta". (Ley de Ooh Shit)

"La velocidad del viento aumenta proporcionalmente al precio del peinado". (Ley meteorológica de Reynold también conocida como Principio de Llongueras)

"Cuando tras años de haber guardado una cosa sin usarla decides tirarla, no pasará más de una semana que la necesites de verdad" (Ley de la fatalidad irreversible).

"Siempre que llegues puntual a una cita no habrá nadie allí para comprobarlo, y si por el contrario llegas tarde, todo el mundo habrá llegado antes que tú". (Principio de Delay).

"No te tomes tan en serio la vida, al fin y al cabo no saldrás vivo de ella". (Teorema de la seguridad absoluta

I don't mean to be gross, but...

A word of advice: never, I repeat, never, eat a bag of pistaccio nuts by yourself. Such action has consequences. And you will have to pay them. Trust me.

Sunday, September 26, 2004


"De Nosotros Empanadas buenas, puedo tomar su orden?"
I'm blogging in my car while waiting to buy some "empanadas" for dinner...
I have spent all day at home. This was a long weekend because on Friday it was "Dia de la Virgen de Las Mercedes" holiday. Most people went out of town for the weekend, but I decided to stay home for a change. Well, not really. Because of hurricane Jeanne, there were not many options. The only feasible place to go was Cabarete, and it was going to be crowded. Besides, I needed the rest. Get some sleep!
Wednesday night was horrible for my ulcers. I went to Abacus with Rosita and Maria Eugenia and drank a tad too much. I ended up going to sleep way too late for a weekday, and paid for it on Thursday. I had work on Thursday night (Jose was DJ'ing at a party), so had to do something until I had to go pick him up. Eventhough it wasn't Friday, we decided to go to Steak House. After a while, and since it was Thursday, we went home 'cause I had recorded all my shows and couldn't wait to see them.
CSI. CSI. What was I doing before CSI? I can't even remember. I just know I can't get enough of it!
ER season premiere. I must confess I haven't been seeing ER since the beginning, but for the past few years I've been hooked on it. And now Eli (Once and Again's Shane West) is on it! It couldn't get any better.
It's a pity Kem left Carter all alone, but since I heard Noah Wyle was leaving the show maybe it means he decides to go to Africa to be with her. It's a shame; I wanted him and Abby to end up together.

Mi aguita amarilla...

Esta cancion es medio viejita, pero tumbenle el oido. Todo eso es verdad. La de aqui termina en Guibia.

(Los Toreros Muertos)

Y creo que he bebido más
de cuarenta cervezas hoy
Y creo que tendré que expulsarlas
fuera de mí
Y subo a water que hay
arriba en el bar
y la empiezo a mear y me echo a reír

Sale de mí
un aguita amarilla cálida y tibia

Y baja por una tubería
pasa por debajo de tu casa
pasa por debajo de tu familia
pasa por debajo de tu lugar de trabajo
mi aguita amarilla
aaaay, mi aguita amarilla...tralalalá

Y llega a un río
La bebe el pastor
la beben las vaquitas
riega los campos mi aguita amarilla
ahahay, mi aguita amarilla, tralalalá

Y baja al mar
Juega con los pececillos
juega con los calamares
juega con las meduzas
si con las meduzas que tu te comes

Mi aguita amarilla, mi aguita amarilla

El sol calienta mi aguita amarilla
la pone a cien grados 
la manda para arriba
Viaja por el cielo
llega a tu ciudad y empieza a diluviar

Moja las calles
Moja a tu padre
Tu madre lava la vajilla 
con mi aguita amarilla
Moja el patio del colegio
Moja el ayuntamiento
Mi aguita amarilla, mi aguita amarilla...

Y creo que he bebido mas 
de cuarenta cervezas hoy
Y creo que tendre que expulsarlas fuera de mí
Y subo al water que hay arriba en el bar
Y la empiezo a mear y me echo a reir
y me pogno a pensar
donde ira, donde ira, donde ira, donde ira
Se esparcirá por el mundo
Pondrá verde la selva
Y lo que más me alegra es que mi aguita amarilla
será un líquido inmundo.

New Zealand News - World - Abandoned boy said to have been raised by a dog

Romulus or Remus?

eCuaderno v.2.0: Spanish Speaking Bloggers Blogging in English: un post abierto

Qué les parece la idea? Yo me anoté...

Friday, September 24, 2004


Interesante, muy interesante. Y lo que más me llama la atención es que me lo imagino sucediendo. Aquí, tan cerca. Tienes agallas para hacerlo! Dejarlo todo a un lado para seguir un sueño. Me sirves de inspiración...

Thursday, September 23, 2004

MGD lights.

MGD lights.
Originally uploaded by Bracuta.
MGD at Abacus, taken with my T610.

Lights out...

Lights out...
photo by: bracuta

I took this photo using my new T610 last night at Abacus, using the "negative" setting.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004 - Naked Wookiees and broken R2-D2s - Sep 21, 2004

Nevertheless, the Force will always be with them.

Things You'd Love to Say at Work, but Can't

1. I can see your point, but I still think you're full of shit.
2. I don't know what your problem is, but I'll bet it's hard to pronounce.
3. How about never? Is never good for you?
4. I see you've set aside this special time to humiliate yourself in public.
5. I'm really easy to get along with once you people learn to see it my way.
6. I'll try being nicer if you'll try being smarter.
7. I'm out of my mind, but feel free to leave a message...
8. I don't work here. I'm a consultant.
9. It sounds like English, but I can't understand a word you're saying.
10. Ahhh... I see the screw-up fairy has visited us again...
11. I like you. You remind me of when I was young and stupid.
12. You are validating my inherent mistrust of strangers.
13. I have plenty of talent and vision. I just don't give a damn.
14. I'm already visualizing the duct tape over your mouth.
15. I will always cherish the initial misconceptions I had about you.
16. Thank you. We're all refreshed and challenged by your unique point of view.
17. The fact that no one understands you doesn't mean you're an artist.
18. Any connection between your reality and mine is purely coincidental.
19. What am I? Flypaper for freaks!?
20. I'm not being rude. You're just insignificant.
21. It's a thankless job, but I've got a lot of Karma to burn off.
22. Yes, I am an agent of Satan, but my duties are largely ceremonial.
23. And your crybaby whiny-butt opinion would be...?
24. Do I look like a people person?
25. This isn't an office. It's Hell with fluorescent lighting.
26. I started out with nothing & still have most of it left.
27. Sarcasm is just one more service we offer.
28. If I throw a stick, will you leave?
29. Errors have been made. Others will be blamed.
30. Whatever kind of look you were going for, you missed.
31. I'm trying to imagine you with a personality.
32. A cubicle is just a padded cell without a door.
33. Can I trade this job for what's behind door #1?
34. Too many freaks, not enough circuses.
35. Nice perfume. Must you marinate in it?
36. Chaos, panic and disorder - my work here is done.
37. How do I set a laser printer to stun?
38. I thought I wanted a career, turns out I just wanted paychecks.

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Oh baby, baby, it's a wild world...

I just heard on the news that a plane was diverted because Cat Stevens was onboard. Only because he changed his named and turned to Islam? Dunno. They mentioned he's on an international terrorist watch list.
Is this the same guy that sang Moon Shadow? His songs are (or were?) very pacific, how could he have turned into a terrorist?
I was a child full of laughter...

I've been abducted by aliens!!!

No, not really, Sorry to disappoint you. Actually, my office has taken a step backwards into the 20th century and has banned messenger and mail access, so that's why you haven't been seeing me online lately. But, alas! I am always one step ahead! If you check out my sidebar you'll see a new addition, a tag board or shout box as some call it. Now, if you want to talk to me all to have to do is post, 'cause I'll be checking in once in a while. Or not. But beware, everyone will see what you write, so be careful of what you say. Or not. Please be also adviced that I can't check my email as much as I used to (I usually do it at lunch and after work now), so if you really need to talk to me about something personal or just because you want to hear my voice, give me a call. Or not.
I hope this works... or not.

Oh boy!

Oh boy!
Originally uploaded by Bracuta.
To the left, water. To the right, water. In front, water. Let's go back. Oh no! Water!

Can anyone tell me where the supermarket is?

Look! Floating golf carts!

Star Wars: Episode IV | John Lowry: Restoring Films to the Galaxy

Macs continue taking us to the future... in a galaxy far away...


Originally uploaded by Bracuta.
The Chavón river bridge, after Hurricane Jeanne.


Originally uploaded by Bracuta.
The Chavón river bridge, before Hurricane Jeanne.

Sunday, September 19, 2004

Another view of the Marina

Another view of the Marina
Originally uploaded by Bracuta.
Chavon river flooded and entered. This is a view from the sea.

The Marina is completely covered.

The Marina is completely covered.
Originally uploaded by Bracuta.
An bird's-eye view of the Marina's central plaza, completely covered with water.

Ivanoska, Marie-Laure and Rosita

Ivanoska, Marie-Laure and Rosita
Originally uploaded by Bracuta.
At Taboo Bamboo, the party just starting. I went to bed at 5:00 am!

Your heart will go on...

Your heart will go on...
Originally uploaded by Bracuta.
Loli, is that your heart beating for Benoit Cassar?

Red Bull

Red Bull
Originally uploaded by Bracuta.
DJ Cassar's Red Bull table, him spinning in the back.

He uses an iBook!

He uses an iBook!
photo by: bracuta
Imagine my surprise when I saw Cassar was using an iBook!
It was a great party, with excellent music and company. Many thanks to Enriquito Peynado, Taboo Bamboo's owner, for the VIP treatment.

The Lights

The Lights
photo by: bracuta
DJ Cassar at the after party downstairs at Taboo Bamboo.


photo by: bracuta
Ivanoska, Benoit Cassar, Rosita and Gaby (from left to right), partying at Taboo Bamboo.


photo by: bracuta
Some of DJ Cassar's equipment...

Benoit Cassar Vs. Guarionex Aquino

Benoit Cassar Vs. Guarionex Aquino
photo by: bracuta
Benoit Cassar, Buddha Bar Paris' resident DJ whistles while Guarionex Aquino's percussion group mixes along with him, last night at Taboo Bamboo.

Saturday, September 18, 2004

Wanna swim?

Wanna swim?
Originally uploaded by Bracuta.
Look at the water level!


Originally uploaded by Bracuta.
This is the central plaza at the Marina, now being used as parking for the boats.

Where's the car?

Where's the car?
Originally uploaded by Bracuta.
Water rose very high, almost covering the villas at the Marina.

On the Marina

On the Marina
Originally uploaded by Bracuta.
The boats are on top of the Marina.

La Marina

La Marina
Originally uploaded by Bracuta.
This is collage of pictures taken in Casa de Campo's Marina, La Romana.


Originally uploaded by Bracuta.
Dad, mom, Memo and me a few years ago, while on the "Aida" cruise, at Curazao. Look how young Memo looks!

Chavon River

Chavon River
Originally uploaded by Bracuta.
Usually the Chavon River in La Romana is less than 2 feet deep. These are Hurricane Jeanne's results.

Friday, September 17, 2004

Uhhhhh... LEAVE!

Uhhhhh... LEAVE!
Originally uploaded by Bracuta.
Dear Jeanne:
I know this is paradise but... LEAVE ALREADY! Why are you stationed here?? As if we didn't have enough problems to deal with already!


Originally uploaded by Bracuta.
My mom comes from the rural town of Arenoso (roughly translated would be named "Sandy"). My uncle still lives there and he battled through Hurricane Jeanne last night. The Yuna river runs about 30 meters in front of my uncle's house, and it is fairly normal that when there is much rain the river floods.
My aunt spoke to my uncle at around 6 o'clock this morning, and he told her they thought they were going to die last night. He hadn't been able to get out from his house yet (his is one of the few cement and blocks houses in town, the rest are made of wood and zinc), and they had been badly beatten by wind and rain. He thought many houses had been lost and possibly even lives. Oddly, he still had phone service. We are supposed to call later to find out what happened.
All this and the river hadn't flooded yet, but the Camu river, which flows to the Yuna, has already flooded, so it is just a matter of time 'till the Yuna floods.
God help them.

::: NaDa :::

ZIp. Zero. Zilch. NADA.

Thursday, September 16, 2004

Preparing for Jeanne

Preparing for Jeanne
Originally uploaded by Bracuta.
My father insisted on securing the only unsecured window at home, located at the entrance to the elevator.
I left work for the day, so I'm chilling at home, waiting for Jeanne to leave.
Down here it is raining and a little windy, but nothing out of the ordinary. The East coast of the island is a different story.
Let's hope we don't get hit too hard.


Originally uploaded by Bracuta.
This is Ruri, Rommy's baby, at 14 weeks old. Doesn't he remind you of someone?

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Tropical Storm Jeanne

Tropical Storm Jeanne
Originally uploaded by Bracuta.
This one is coming right to us.... gmail invite spooler

Want some Gmail invites? You can get some for free here, or better yet, ask me for some, I've got some....

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Excessive surgery...

I believe God made plastic surgeons for a reason. I for one am not going to let age take over, but please, if you're going to go through with it, at least try to resemble yourselves after surgery!
I saw Sharon Stone last night in Catwoman. She looks great. She looks better than great. But she doesn't look like Sharon Stone.
I am watching Barbara Walters on 20/20 as I write this. Her face is expressionless. She can't even open her mouth as much as she used to.
What is wrong with you people? Newsflash: it's useless, you WILL get old!

New shows...

Father of the Pride.
I love toons. I love CGI. I love animals. I loved Las Vegas. I love magic. What else can I ask for? I don't know. I liked it, but it didn't kill me. I'll give it a shot.

Medical Investigation.
Jay Leno couldn't have said it better: NBC's CSI. I loved it.

It's good. It's goood. Ivan Sergei is such a cutie!!!

It always happens. The magic disappears when the group is broken. Sorry, Joe. Your show just didn't cut it for me. Your sister, boring; your nephew, a momma's boy; your neighbor, dull. Please, do something to fix it. Anyways, I'll keep on watching for Friend's sake.

Jack & Bobby
Definitely a keeper. As Loli said, tears are going to be shed. The whole Kennedy-eske trama is going to keep me hooked to WB after Charmed.

A must see! Heather Locklear looks 25 and Blair Underwwod couldn't be hotter! Sparks are going to fly!

Has the world gone mad?

Can someone please explain to me how Brooke Shields ended up being Jackie's mom??? Broke Shields ain't no one's mom!!!! She was married to Andre Agassi!!! She's almost my age!!!!

This is why I like Biz so much....

By the way he wrote this article and the facts he gave, Biz has climbed up the ladder of knowledge in my book. Seems to me he knows his way around the Federation.
He completely understands me!

Google nejwI' 'Itlh

Today is a good day to die!

Another site in Klingon!

Murió con flores...

Vamos a ver cuál de mis sobrinos lee mi blog. El primero que me responda se gana mi t610 (dañado, pero con la posibilidad muy remota de arreglo). En Orange dijeron que no se podía, pero traten a ver si alguien se los arregla.


Bill Gates Address To A High School Senior Class
Love him or hate him, he sure hits the nail on the head with this!
To anyone with kids of any age, here's some advice. Bill Gates recently gave a speech at a High School about 11 things they did not and will not learn in school. He talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world.
Rule 1: Life is not fair -- get used to it!
Rule 2: The world won't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.
Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won't be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.
Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.
Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping -- they called it opportunity.
Rule 6: If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault, so don't whine about your mistakes, learn from them.
Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent's generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.
Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools they have abolished failing grades and they'll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.
Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.
Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.
If you agree, pass it on.I
f you can read this -- thank a teacher!
If you are reading it in English -- thank a soldier!!

Monday, September 13, 2004

The Caribbean Sea

The Caribbean Sea
Originally uploaded by Bracuta.
The Caribbean Sea is usually very feisty, but Ivan made it furious.

They found it amusing

They found it amusing
Originally uploaded by Bracuta.
Eventhough it is out of focus, you can still see the people standing a few meters from the waves, having the time of their lives. A day earlier 4 kids were collecting fish and rocks Ivan was throwing out into the highway, when suddenly a big wave struck and pulled them back to the ocean. Their bodies were recovered days later.
This is not the actual picture of those kids, but I took it after the tragedy had happened.
People just never learn.

They covered the cars

They covered the cars
Originally uploaded by Bracuta.
Being an island, the DR is surrounded by water. We were driving on 30 de Mayo Avenue and the waves were so high they actually covered the cars. None were pulled back to the sea (thank God).

Ivan's fury

Ivan's fury
Originally uploaded by Bracuta.
Javier (left) and Memo (right) take a closer look at the waves.

Ivan hits the coast.

Ivan hits the coast
Originally uploaded by Bracuta.
It passed by, but we still felt him...

My cell, the "Dawg"

Apparently my cell phone was thirsty, so he decided to take a dip in the toilet to freshen up.
A few months ago it was my pager, who also got thirsty and took a dip in the toilet. At least this one was at home, and it was clean. I took it out and washed it (with water and soap) and disinfected it, and 3 days later it was working again (it doesn't make any sounds, but at least it vibrates). Motorola is a good brand!
Last Friday at Steak it was my new cellphone's turn. On a public restroom. Thank God the cleaning lady had just gotten out of there and the toilet was clean, but still... EEEEWWWW!!!
I took it to the shop this morning and they said they were going to try and save it. It will cost me RD$3,500.00. I paid RD$6,000.00 for it, so fixing it will cost more than half what I paid for it.
From now on, I will potty train all my equipment.
I never have a dull weekend...

Saturday, September 11, 2004

9 things I hate about everyone

1. People who point at their wrist while asking for the time.... I know where my watch is pal, where the fuck is yours? Do I point at my crotch when I ask where the toilet is?

2. People who are willing to get off their ass to search the entire room for the tv remote because they refuse to walk to the tv and change the channel manually.

3. When people say "Oh you just want to have your cake and eat it too". Damn right! What good is a cake if you can't eat it?

4. When people say "it's always the last place you look". Of course it is. Why the fuck would you keep looking after you've found it? Do people do this? Who and where are they? Gonna Kick their ass!

5. When people say while watching a film "did you see that?". No Loser, I paid $12 to come to the cinema and stare at the fucking floor.

6. People who ask "Can I ask you a question?".... Didn't really give me a choice there, did ya sunshine?

7. When something is 'new and improved!'. Which is it? If it's new, then there has never been anything before it. If it's an improvement, t! hen there must have been something before it.

8. When people say "life is short". What the fuck?? Life is the longest damn thing anyone ever fucking does!! What can you do that's longer?

9. When you are waiting for the bus and someone ! asks "Has the bus come yet?". If the bus came would I be standing here, dumass?

Friday, September 10, 2004

Sabes que eres Dominicano si:

Esto me lo mandó María Eugenia:
Algunas de tus expresiones diarias consisten de:
"Anda la mierda"
"Anda el diablo''
"El diache"
"Que Vaina!"
"Ta' To"
"Y Es Fácil"
"¿Qué lo Qué?"
"A Po' Ta Bien"
"Que Tripeo"
"Tu si Jode"
"Ta Cool"
"Ta Jevi"
"La creta"
"Tu ta pasaa"
"Cojelo suave"
"Que Bufeo''

1. Si vives, o tienes familia viviendo en Washington Heights (o mejor dicho Guaachinton Jais) . . .
2. Si la gente te dice que pares de gritar cuando en realidad solo estas hablando.
3. Si creciste teniéndole miedo a "El Cuco"
4. Si cuando te ríes a carcajadas también aplaudes.
5. Si eres capaz de bailar sin música.
6. Si aprendiste a bailar merengue y bachata antes de que pudieras caminar.
7. Si le apuntas a las cosas o a la gente con tu boca o tu nariz.
8. Si alguna vez tus padres te dieron o te tiraron (pegaron) con: chancletas de goma, extensiones, una percha (plástica o de metal), o un cucharón de arroz.
9. Si gastas todo tu dinero en el verano comprando FRIO-FRIO con sabor a fresa o frambuesa.
10. Si alguna vez saliste a la calle con rolos o rulos y en chancletas.
11. Si alguna vez tus padres fueron a la parte de atrás de una bodega o colmado "pa jugá lo numero" de RD.
12. Si consideras que el plátano es uno de los principales grupos alimenticios.
13. Si puedes oler las chuletas que se están cocinando en tu casa desde la esquina de tu calle.
14. Si en tu país, oyes a gente desde la calle que gritan "se fue la luz!"
15. Si en tu casa en RD, tienen en cada habitación un alampara de gas o aceite.
16. Si creciste oyendo a Fernandito Villalona, Sergio Vargas, y Los Hermanos Rosario (merengue)
16. Si tu papa o tu tío siempre te dicen que no tienen dinero, sin embrago llevan el celular (móvil) ultimo modelo y cadenas de oro y guillos de oro en el cuerpo.
17. Si derramas un poco de alcohol en el piso al servirte un trago y dices "eso e pa lo muerto!"
18. Si bebes Presidente, Brugal, o Mama Juana como si fuera AGUA.
19. Si algunas vez te ha dado un a diablo cojuelo o lechón
20. Si tienes 3 elefantes en tu sala.
21. Si tus sofás están cubiertos de plástico o de tela ripiada (pedazos de tela).
22. Si muchos de los jugos de tu casa vienen en polvo y solo tienes que mezclarlo con agua…como el TANG
23. Si comes Mangú casi todos los días
24. Si comiste arroz, habichuelas o frijoles con algún tipo de carne como tu cena anoche, y tal vez lo comas de nuevo por dos días.
Si le dices a algunas cosas:
A la Afeitadora… GILE
Al Esmalte de Unas…Cute
A las Toallas Sanitarias…Kote
Al Vicks Vapo Rub… Vivaporu
A las Camisetas… Poloché
Al Guardián de seguridad… Guachimán
Al Cereal… CONFLE
Si crees que el Vivaporu es la cura para TODO.
Si tu carro o coche de 4 pasajeros, llevas a 7 personas en el, y si llegan a subir 7, siempre hay uno que grita "caben má"
Si alguna vez has estado en un carro publico ;)
Si utilizas una camiseta vieja, toalla o cualquier cosa útil como suape o fregona, y muchas veces utilizas tus pies como el palo.
Si alguna vez te han tirado AGUA FLORIDA para la buena suerte.
Si tu casa en RD tiene en la pared de las verjas pedazos de cristal para espantar a los ladrones.
Si a un gato le dices MISHU
Si tus juegos de la infancia eran: EL ESCONDIDO, POLLITO PLEIBI, APARA Y BATEA, EL GALLO, o ese juego del palo y la rueda.
Si tus padres para Halloween te disfrazaron de VAQUERO, CAMPESINA, GITANA, O HAWALLANA
Si gran parte de tus sartenes y ollas están guardados dentro del horno
Si en tu colmado o mini market dan crédito (fiao)
Si una cerveza bien fría con escarcha le llamas VESTIDA DE NOVIA o UNA FRIA
Si tus padres te dieron ACEITE DE BACALAO cuando estabas enfermo/a
Si alguna vez fuiste a QUISQUEYA PARK

Hurricane Ivan Video

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En el espíritu Olímpico...

Este chistecito me lo mandó mi amiga Arabel:
Un hombre conoció a una hermosa dama y decidió casarse con ella en ese preciso instante.
- ¡Pero si no sabemos nada de nosotros!- dijo ella.
Y él le contesto:
- No hay problema, nos conoceremos sobre la marcha.
Ella estuvo de acuerdo, se casaron y se fueron de luna de miel a un lujoso hotel. Una mañana estaban los dos tumbados junto a la piscina. El se levantó, subió al trampolín de 10 metros y realizó una perfecta demostración de todos los estilos de salto que existen. Luego, regresó y volvió a recostarse junto a su esposa.
Ella, sorprendida, le dijo:
- ¡Eso fue increíble!
- Fui Campeón Olímpico de Salto. Ya te dije que nos conoceríamos sobre la marcha- contestó el.
En eso, ella se levanta, entra a la piscina y comienza a nadar a lo largo, de ida y de vuelta. Después de treinta largos, salió y se recostó junto a su marido.
- ¡Asombroso! ¿Fuiste nadadora Olímpica de Resistencia? - le dice el marido.
- No -contestó ella-, yo era puta a domicilio en Venecia.

Bracuta rode the Kawabunga Humonga from Down Unda

You read right. Yesterday afternoon I was reckless and went with my three nephews to El Malecón and 30 de Mayo highway to snatch some pictures of Ivan's waters hitting our coast. It was an awesome experience (don't worry, we were never in any real danger. I wouldn't do that to my kids). At noon I will be posting the pictures I took as well as some video (how am I going to do that?).
Tha Big Kahoona!

Thursday, September 09, 2004

My workstation

My workstation
photo by: bracuta

This is my first post using my cell phone!

Me inspiró...

El Evangelio de hoy
Lc 6,27-38
Jesús les dijo a sus discípulos: “Amen a sus enemigos y hagan el bien a los que los aborrecen; bendigan a los que los maldicen y oren por los que los maltratan. Al que te golpee en la mejilla, preséntale también la otra; y al que te quite el manto, no le niegues la túnica. A cualquiera que te pida, dale; y al que tome lo que es tuyo, no se lo vuelvas a pedir.De la misma manera que quieran que los hombres los traten, así también trátenlos ustedes. Porque si aman a los que los aman, ¿qué mérito tienen? Pues también los pecadores aman a los que los aman. Y si hacen el bien a los que les hacen bien, ¿qué mérito tienen? También los pecadores hacen lo mismo. Y si dan prestado a aquellos de quienes esperan recibir, ¿qué mérito tienen? Pues también los pecadores dan prestado a los pecadores para recibir otro tanto.Más bien, ustedes amen a sus enemigos y hagan el bien; presten sin esperar ningún provecho. Entonces su recompensa será grande, y serán hijos del Altísimo; porque él es bueno para con los ingratos y los perversos. Sean pues misericordiosos, como también su Padre es misericordioso.No juzguen, y no serán juzgados. No condenen, y no serán condenados. Perdonen, y serán perdonados. Den, y se les dará; se les dará una medida buena, apretada, sacudida y rebosante. Porque con la medida con que midan, serán medidos."

Hurricane Ivan update

Hurricane Ivan update
Originally uploaded by Bracuta.
Ivan is crossing just below us. Right now we are not feeling anything here in the city (it is a little cloudy though), but on my way to work I heard over the news that a part of "El Malecón" (our seaside avenue) was closed, from Metaldom to Manresa, because of high tides. They even said that tides were so strong that walkway cement benches were being thrown to the middle of the street.
People were advised not to ge near "El Malecón", but being a tipical Dominican I will go down there to see the waves and maybe snatch some pictures. Nothing more enticing than being told not to do something!

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Vote for Roxy!

This local internet magazine, Santo Domingo Times, is holding a contest in which my friend Rosita is participating. Please vote for her! Click on the link! If you need her info, drop me a note.


"Eppur si muove!" | 09/07/2004 | Trekking into new territory

Bracuta of Borg will finally be known to the world.

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Breaking the law

Breaking the law
photo by: bracuta

Only in the DR. For all you non-spanish speaking readers, the signs reads "No Parking".

Monday, September 06, 2004

Ladies, start your engines...

Ladies, start your engines...
Originally uploaded by Bracuta.
I actually did it! Hit the pedal to the metal!

Taking a rest, cooling the brakes...

Since my baby is not a race car, I needed to cool off the brakes for a while. After all, I was going kinda fast...


From our friends at

Economist Eduardo Tejera, whose 15-year-old daughter was raped by a gang of five men on Friday, 27 August, said he expects those responsible to receive the full weight of the law. He questioned the fact that several of the accused had been released from custody on four previous occasions without having received any judicial penalties. Tejera said the country must rise up in wrath and indignation, not only because of the incident involving his daughter, but because last week 15 rapes were committed, and so far this year there have been 133, while most of the perpetrators of these crimes roam free. Tejera publicly denounced the rape of his daughter in indignation when medics told him of the many other cases that go uninvestigated because the parents choose to keep silent. Tejera's daughter, who was returning home from a disco accompanied by another youth, was taken by the men dressed in military garb when she arrived at her Avenida Anacaona high rise. Nineteen-year-old Natanael Gonzalez turned himself in yesterday, the fourth of five men sought in the attack. The police have located a house on 11 de Julio and Altagracia in San Carlos, where they found military garb and weapons used by the group, said to be part of the Banda Los King. Samuel King, the fifth member of the gang, remains on the loose.

Several TV and radio talk shows have been proposing that establishments frequented by youths close their doors earlier. For years now, adolescents and young adults have been visiting these late-night hotspots from 12am to 3am, arguing that nobody shows up before those hours. Zoila Luna, Adriano Miguel Tejada, Cesar Medina and Freddy Beras Goico have all addressed the matter on their respective programs. Beras Goico commented that in the US, such businesses close at 2am. Despite the fact that the DR's crime rate and incidence of violence is below the levels of Puerto Rico, Mexico and Colombia, the public figures asserted that the country must act now and not wait till things get worse.
Instead of proposing that the bars close early, why doesn't the police take action against the criminals so we can live in a crime-free environment? I mean, after all, we do have the right to have some fun, don't we? We spend our days at work, we should be able to go out and be social, have some fun with our friends, without our parents having to go through hell every night wondering what is happening to us on the streets. Or are we prisioners in our own land? Are we really going to allow crime to take over our lives?


Un chistecito para aligerar el día:
Un AMET detiene a un abogado que conducía a exceso de velocidad.
AMET: Señor, usted conducía a exceso de velocidad ¿puedo ver su licencia de conducir?
ABOGADO: No tengo, me la suspendieron la última vez que cometí una infracción.
AMET: ¿Puedo entonces ver la matrícula del vehículo?
ABOGADO: El carro no es mío, lo robé.
AMET: ¿El carro es robado?
ABOGADO: Sí. Pero creo que la matrícula está en la guantera, la ví cuando guardé mi arma.
AMET: ¿Tiene un arma en la guantera?
ABOGADO: Sí. La coloqué allí después de matar a la dueña del carro y poner su cuerpo en el baúl.
AMET: ¿Lleva un cadáver en el baúl?
ABOGADO: Si señor.
Al escucharlo, el AMET, alarmado, llama por radio a su cuartel y llegan varios patrulleros con un jefe.
CORONEL: Señor ¿puedo ver su licencia de conducir?
ABOGADO: Por supuesto, aquí está.
CORONEL: ¿A quién pertenece el vehículo?
ABOGADO: A mí. Aquí tiene la matrícula.
CORONEL: Por favor abra lentamente la guantera para verificar si hay un arma adentro.
ABOGADO: Sí señor, con mucho gusto. (El abogado abre lentamente la guantera y no hay ningún arma adentro).
CORONEL: Señor ¿quisiera por favor abrir el baúl?
ABOGADO: Con mucho gusto (Lo hace y no hay ningún cuerpo adentro)
CORONEL: No comprendo, el AMET informó que usted no tenía licencia de conducir, había robado el carro, llevaba un arma en la guantera y que había un cadáver en el baúl.
ABOGADO: ¡¡Ah claro!! y apuesto que el mentiroso dijo también que conducía a exceso de velocidad .......

Conspiracy theory

Shock Afraid Whoa Fainting Nervous Nervous 2

Estos ingratos!

Yo aquí mega preocupada porque Jose estaba en altamar, cansada de llamar para saber si tenía la suerte de conseguir señal y hablar con él y esos azarosos de bonche en el barco, dándose la gran vida y disfrutando. Si no me creen, miren los mensajes que mandaron, sobre todo el de Gregorio, que me lo encontré muy simpático.

From: Jose F. Hermida Pereyra <>
Sent: Saturday, September 4, 2004 4:48 PM
Subject: Hurracan

Loca te escribo rapido pk el internet es gratis y hay mucha gente en fila.... (decimo k e pk se va a hundir y no estan dando todo gratis)... Puede ser que duremos un dia mas en agua a 100 millas de miami ya que por el hurracan han cerrado el aerpuerto y el muelle. Tratere de comunicame luego en la noche a ver si consigo senial cerca de cuba o miami. No ha caido agua en el crucero, hay un solazo... En la noche nos avisan si nos quedamos o no (como eso de las 6)...
Todo esta bien, ablamos luego
Ps. Averiguen lo de mi pasaporte porsiacaso vuelvo el lunes en vez del domingo....

From: Gregorio Cano
Sent: Saturday, September 04, 2004 6:47 PM
Subject: importante

choco el barco notenemo k keda pal de dia en el mar pa ve si lo pueden arregla o si no van a nlleva ata la costa en barkitos
gracias al huracan nos kedaremos un dia mas pk van a cerrar el puerto de miami legamos a miami a las 6 de la tarde de manana o mas tarde asi k llama a los padres de fede de ñe de jose de lui y de efrain k ahora se conoce como extasis y diganle la buena noticia
si tienen alguna asugerencia de como llegar mañana no la digan pk no vamos a llegar.
sin manada k decirles
se despide cariñosa y atentamente tu mejor y uniko hijo gregorxxxxx er papi
el puerto lo habren a las seis no habra ningun tipo de comunicacion hasta esa hora al menos k llamen y no tienen el telefono y no hay senal por si lo averiguan.

Cuando Javier cumpla 15 se va a ir para un crucero, pero por el río Yuna!


Gracias a doña Karmen por este email, muy útil para los momentos que estamos viviendo.
Información de seguridad para las mujeres.

Por favor toma el tiempo necesario para leer esto. Tal vez no sea nada novedoso para ti, pero quizá lo sea para alguien más. Después de leerlo envíaselo a quienes te interese estén enteradas, nunca está de mas tomar precauciones en este mundo loco en el que vivimos.

1. Tip del Tae Kwon Do: El codo es el punto mas duro del cuerpo, si estas suficientemente cerca, úsalo.

2. Si un ladrón te pide tu bolsa o cartera, NO SE LA ENTREGUES EN LA MANO.
Lánzala lo mas lejos que puedas... en cuanto él vaya a recogerla CORRE EN LA DIRECCIÓN OPUESTA.

3. Si alguna vez te encierran en la cajuela de un auto. Rompe las luces traseras, saca tu brazo por el agujero que queda y comienza a agitarlo, el conductor no lo notará, pero los demás sí. Esto ha salvado a algunas personas.

4. Las mujeres tenemos la tendencia de subir al auto y revisar la chequera, la lista del mandado, retocar el maquillaje etc. NO HAGAS ESTO. Es la oportunidad para que alguien se suba en el asiento del pasajero y te obligue a ir a donde el quiera. TAN PRONTO COMO TE SUBAS AL AUTO, CIERRA LAS PUERTAS Y VETE.

5. Algunas notas acerca de los estacionamientos:

a) Antes de subir al auto, fíjate que no esté nadie adentro, o alguien a tu alrededor que te observe. Si es así aléjate y busca un guardia.

b) Si estás estacionada junto a una van, sube a tu auto por la puerta contraria a la que esté cerca de la van. La mayoría de los asesinos en serie ataca a sus victimas jalándolas hacia sus vans mientras la mujer intenta subir a su auto.

c) Mira el auto que esté enseguida del tuyo, si alguien está sentado y te parece "sospechoso" o "peligroso" no te acerques, ve en busca de un guardia. ES MEJOR ASEGURARSE QUE LAMENTARSE.

6. SIEMPRE toma el elevador en lugar de las escaleras. Las escaleras son algunos de los lugares preferidos por los maleantes para acechar a sus victimas.

7. Si estás en una situación en que el ladrón tiene un arma pero no te tiene bajo su control: CORRE RÁPIDO!!! El ladrón solo podrá acertar un tiro de cada 25 (objeto en movimiento) Y aún mas, es casi seguro que no te de en un órgano vital, SIEMPRE CORREEEEEE

8. Como mujeres, somos muy fáciles de sentir compasión. Ted Bundy, un asesino en serie era muy atractivo y de buenos modales, se aprovechaba de este sentimiento muy femenino, usaba un bastón y fingía no poder con los paquetes para subir a su auto, pedía ayuda a alguna mujer sola y abusaba de ella.

9. Por último, el "truco" del bebé llorando. Si escuchas el llanto de un bebé en algún auto, deja tu instinto maternal a un lado y NO te acerques, avisa a algún guardia, puede ser una grabación. Lo mismo puede suceder si escuchas ese llanto en la puerta o cerca de tu casa. Llama a la policía y NUNCA abras la puerta. Esto fue mencionado en el programa America's Most Wanted, al estar analizando el perfil de un asesino en serie.

Por favor envía este mensaje a todas las mujeres que conozcas. Podría salvar una vida. Mientras mas informadas estemos, mas seguras nos sentiremos, especialmente las que acostumbramos andar solas.

Guardian Unlimited Film | Features | Paul Berczeller on the man who inspired Steven Spielberg's Terminal

I saw the movie last week, and I think it was very good. Maybe some people don't like it because it lacks special effects or because it's not a horror film, but I believe it was a film that showed that people can survive no matter their circumstances and furthermore, the inspiration and value of a promise.

Projected Path

Projected Path
Originally uploaded by Bracuta.
See that beautiful island right smack in the middle of the projected path? Recognize it?

Hurricane Ivan

Hurricane Ivan
Originally uploaded by Bracuta.
Saved from Frances, running from Ivan.

I feel the need... the need for speed!

Hitting 140, chilling, watching the view and enjoying the ride...