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Thunder and lightning [ Thursday, 09 Aug 07 | 17:34 ]
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Yesterday morning I was awakened by lightning and thunder which raged on for about two hours. And there was rain too, about 17 mm (0.70 in), the most we have had since April. Apparently it affected my Internet connection as it was down for a couple hours during the heaviest downpours. Interesting that the ADSL modem/router indicated that the line was capable of supporting 14 Mbps, even though it couldn’t connect with the rest of the world.

I waited and waited for the showers to end before taking my morning bike ride. Since it was still coming down at noon, I decided to get ready for having lunch in town at El Rodizio Grill for my weekly meal away from home.

I had just started eating my plate of salads and other goodies when two friends sat down next to me. Stefano, an Italian from Milano living in Barcelona came along with his friend, a Brazilian who lives in Castro Valley, CA. All three of us flirted with the hunky Brazilian meat cutter from Bahia, who I’ve mentioned in the past.

Stefano’s friend and I shared experiences about living in the Bay Area especially the “scene” in San Francisco. Although he is ten years younger than myself, he encountered some of the same things that I had, which was one of the reasons for my relocating here. I also found that he and his “ex” both know our beloved iberianbear. It’s a small world after all.

After lunch I took the Metro L4 back to Estaciò de França to pick up my commuter train, Rodalies R1 (aka Cercanias C1). When I got off the Metro train at the Barceloneta stop, the conductor (operator) stepped out of his cab and shook my hand. I immediately recognized him, in spite of his MTB uniform. It was Antoni who I had met in Sitges a couple of years ago. He was decidedly out of uniform then.

Because of the arrival of the AVE, there have been work at the Sants train station and a number of the Renfe commuter lines have been disrupted. Fortunately the Metro system allows me to get where I want, albeit a bit slower. Interesting that at Estació de França despite the number of re-routed trains, there were no fare gates. So passengers could ride without having a ticket.

When I got back home, I headed out for my bike ride towards Badalona about 6 pm and still had a number of mud puddles to navigate around.

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[User Picture]From: gorkabear
Thursday, 09 Aug 07 | 15:53 (UTC)
I gave up on Renfe
At least during August I'm taking the car to work. I'm sick of being late 2 out of 3 days a week. When it's not the AVE it's the rain.
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[User Picture]From: gorkabear
Thursday, 09 Aug 07 | 16:00 (UTC)
Forgot to mention!

My dad worked in the construction of Line 4. The stations between Ciutadella and La Pau were built when he was working there.
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[User Picture]From: ursine1
Thursday, 09 Aug 07 | 21:28 (UTC)

My dad worked in the construction of Line 4

The stations between Ciutadella and La Pau were built when he was working there.

Isn't that the section of Line 4 that is closed for repairs now?

Even the Tram to Besòs is closed for two weeks.

Maybe I shouldn't have stayed home this August.

Chuck
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[User Picture]From: gorkabear
Friday, 10 Aug 07 | 04:30 (UTC)

Re: My dad worked in the construction of Line 4

Now you suffer the consequences of being a barcelonian, LOL.

You aren't much in a hurry. Today I'm in the office at 6.30 because I can't find a parking space later. Grrr
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[User Picture]From: ursine1
Friday, 10 Aug 07 | 04:45 (UTC)

Today I'm in the office at 6.30

You spent all night looking for parking? No wonder I didn't see you at Bacon!

Oh, and that's barcelonés and not barcelonian.

Carlos
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[User Picture]From: gorkabear
Friday, 10 Aug 07 | 18:26 (UTC)

Re: Today I'm in the office at 6.30

It depends
I'm not sure if the adjective should come from spanish (barcelonés) or catalan (barceloní)

but my guess is barcelonan, since minnessota is minnessotan... what do you think?

(in catalan, barcelonès is not someone from Barcelona!)
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From: winstonthriller
Thursday, 09 Aug 07 | 17:40 (UTC)
I enjoy reading your day-to-day tales...nice to see what's going on with people I knew from the City so long ago.

You say "Although he is ten years younger than myself, he encountered some of the same things that I had, which was one of the reasons for my relocating here."

I'm intrigued -- but not sure what you're talking about.
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[User Picture]From: ursine1
Thursday, 09 Aug 07 | 21:59 (UTC)

One of the reasons for my relocating here

When you reach 50 or thereabouts, you become "invisible". It's more difficult to meet new people or to make friends. I have talked to both straight and gay people in my age group who have encountered the same situation. This becomes more important once you are retired since you are no longer connected to a work environment .

Here in Spain it is a little different. People are more friendly or social, as they say here. Also, although there is a youth-oriented culture, it is not as extensive as in the States. And there is more respect for maduros. Plus, when you meet people in ambientes there is not the presumption that you are talking to them only because you want to have sex. Because of this, people aren't "afraid" of being seen talking to you because this might infer that they are not "available".

As a result of the differences, I am able to go out and talk to a number of people from their 20s to 60s. There is not so much of "taboo" subjects and I often talk about politics and religion, for example. Even the King likes to describe Spain as being abierto y diverso. Kind of like the way I thought of the US in previous years.

Chuck
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