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A nobody; a nitwit; a pilot; a motorcyclist; a raconteur; a lover...of life - who loves to laugh, who tries to not take myself (or anything) too seriously...just a normal guy who knows his place in the universe by being in touch with my spiritual side. What more is there?

09 December 2006

Other Voices

I don’t spend a whole lot of time reading other people’s blogs. I guess I’m not really a blog-person. But there are a few that have piqued my interest. A woman emailed me about my blog. “La Gringa” is a fellow ex-pat - she from Texas, resettled with her Honduran husband in La Ceiba, a coastal city about 70 miles to my southwest. Although her blog is ostensibly about gardening, it ends up being part diary, part travelogue and mostly, interesting stories of someone a lot like myself – a “spoiled” American trying to come to terms with life in a third-world country.

I write well, but I’m not a good writer. I don’t have that eye for capturing the essence of things and then translating it into words. Sometimes I think I’m not a very observant person. Oblivious would probably be a better description. I envy writers like P.J. O’Rourke, Rolling Stone Magazine’s Matt Taibbi, and George Will. You probably have your favorite writers too.

As a guy who’s been a fairly technical person all his life, I can describe stuff pretty well. You want to know how a helicopter rotor works in language you can understand? I’m your guy. But that can get pretty dry (close friends who don’t have to feign politeness would say “boring”). La Gringa has “it.” She is a good storyteller. Her voice comes through. It’s funny, that. I’ve never spoken with her, but I know exactly what she’ll sound like. You will too.

So if you want to read about what life in Honduras is really like, I recommend La Gringa’s “Blogicito” (a word she made up) over mine. Read it here: http://www.lagringasblogicito.blogspot.com


La Gringa said...

Aaawwwww! What a nice review. I'm so glad that you enjoy my blog.

You are too hard on yourself. I enjoy your blog very much, even though what I know about helicopters, boats, and front end loaders wouldn't even fill a teaspoon. I'd like to hear more about what you do every day!

I think that after awhile you'll find that some of the everyday things and sights are some of the most interesting. After all, this is a different world than most people ever see -- especially for you living on an island with no roads in the middle of the ocean!

You are right about my blog "ostensibly" being about gardening. I really need to get back to work on that -- I've been feeling guilty.

Thank you so much for the kind comments. It's really nice to hear.

Don Ray said...

I agree with your comments on La Gringa's blog. It is entertaining as well as educational. Her blog has become a daily read for me.

island girl said...

Don't sell yourself short. I just read your entire blog and I found it very entertaining. Keep up the good work. The photos of the helicopter on the beach are just stunning.

I will have to tune in to keep abreast of the latest developments.