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Messages - Mesozoic Mister Nigel

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But I'm leaving today! So, not so bad.

Yeah, Miraflores is nice, but pricey.  I also saw on Facebook you had some Chinese food.  Peru's actually got quite a sizeable Japanese and Chinese population, due to 19th century migrant workers, so it's sorta become part of the culture over there.  Hell, even one of their President's was of Japanese descent (though he was also a raging asshole).

Yes, both of the Chinese places Iīve checked out seem to have menus very based on fried rice, which is interesting. I like eating various cuisines while traveling to see if I can get a handle on the local variation (ie. Oregon Chinese vs. Arizona Cinese vs. Malaysian Chinese vs. Peruvian Chinese) but because of how touristy this area is I can't tell whether the fried rice thing is a tourist thing or a Peruvian Chinese thing.

I joined a few others from my group for an Italian Peruvian dinner, which was lovely.

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Hardcopy edits of LO 2 & 3 are complete.  Tomorrow I enter the edits, and upload the books.

Holy crap.

Kick ass!

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But I'm leaving today! So, not so bad.

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My recollection from 12 years ago is that Bebemos does pretty good burgers.  It wont feel like you've died and gone to burger heaven or anything, but they feel like proper homemade burgers, and a real cut about the usual McD's or Burger King fair.

Not so sure about the chicken place...there are a lot of chicken places in Peru though, and most are cheap and cheerful.   When I was there it was about 2 soles for a good serving of chicken and thick cut chips, maybe three if you wanted a drink and desert or starter.

Popeye's in the States is the bomb.

I did notice that there are an awful lot of chicken places here. Unfortunately, I'm staying in Miraflores, which is ridiculously expensive, priced for tourists, and even the cheapest food here is still 12-14 soles.

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The hostel people insist I'm in the right hostel. I have no idea where the other students are and I've already walked all over Mireflores and down to the beach and itīs all just shopping. Bleah.

The most interesting thing so far today, besides the fact that this district is full of thousands of feral cats (in the square across from the hostel, there are at least 50 sitting in tourist's laps at any given time) was that I thought I was ordering an enchilada combo for lunch, but it turned out to be a sort of hamburger made with hot pink spicy ground ham and shredded chicken, wrapped in a potato crepe, with ketchup and shoestring potatoes. It was clearly a miscommunication, and I have no idea what to ask for if I want to replicate it. It was weird, but good, and I fed the extra ham to feral cats.

If you want an actual, nice hamburger, ask for the nearest Bembos.  And get some Inca Cola, while you're there.

I wouldn't be entirely surprised if that is where the other students are, too.

That's good to know! I was eyeballing the Bembos and wondering if they're any good. There are also a lot of Popeye's Chickens.

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Maybe I should go for another walk and try to find some iced tea or something.

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The hostel people insist I'm in the right hostel. I have no idea where the other students are and I've already walked all over Mireflores and down to the beach and itīs all just shopping. Bleah.

The most interesting thing so far today, besides the fact that this district is full of thousands of feral cats (in the square across from the hostel, there are at least 50 sitting in tourist's laps at any given time) was that I thought I was ordering an enchilada combo for lunch, but it turned out to be a sort of hamburger made with hot pink spicy ground ham and shredded chicken, wrapped in a potato crepe, with ketchup and shoestring potatoes. It was clearly a miscommunication, and I have no idea what to ask for if I want to replicate it. It was weird, but good, and I fed the extra ham to feral cats.   

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Sometimes when I'm volunteering, someone will ask me, "What church do you go to?" I'll say something like, "I don't go to church." If they ask why, I say something like, "I'm not religious." or "I'm an atheist."

This has sometimes led to someone giving me at least a five minute long lecture about Christianity. Once, someone went on for about 20 minutes. Usually, it ends on a pretty calm note, but other times, people seem to get frustrated with me. After this happened several times, I decided to avoid conversation with anyone there and just try to help out silently.

Have any of you had a similar issue? Do you attend any Volunteer Work organizations that aren't church-based? Why do you think so many of these institutions are connected to churches?

Iīve never had it come up.

Many charitable organizations are religious partly because many religions hold charity as one of their core tenets, because communities that arise around religion are already in a prime position to organize charitable works, and a combination of the two. It also depends a lot on where you are and what kind of charity youīre interested in, for example, environmental volunteering is probably less likely to be organized by a church than feeding the homeless.

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I am bored as hell and also suspect that I am in the wrong hostel. There are 3 Fying Dog hostels, all in the same neighborhood, and I havenīt seen any of the other students in this one.

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Little Orange in the Underground is UP!

As I said earlier, I broke the story up into the three arcs.

Book 1 is Little Orange in the Underground. (Up now1)
Book 2 is Little Orange and the Engines of Creation.  (Up by Monday)
Book 3 is Little Orange at the End of the World. (Up by Next Friday)

They go for $2.99 each, and proceeds go to Little Orange, care of Nigel.


1  Only on Smashwords.  The other sites will take a few days.

Hooray!

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I'm certain a Kitty Parsons poetry book would go smashingly.

YES.  When our mutual friend returns, I shall ask her to pass the idea along.   :lulz:

There is wifi at the hostel in Lima! unfortunately I will only be here tonight and then we head into the mountains.

I think a small book of Kitty Parsonīs works would be a delightful idea, although her body of work is still quite small at this time.

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Yeah, I donīt think thatīs in question, although Iīm certain to be more skeptical of his reasoning processes given his failure in that area.

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That sounds very similar to a lot of BLM complaints about Sanders when he says, "trust me, racism is an economic issue."

Yes, very much.

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This thread caused me to return to the arguments against human uniqueness outlined by the illustrious Professor Trol Bearington.

http://www.principiadiscordia.com/forum/index.php?topic=32883.msg1192322#msg1192322

I forgot all about that thread.  :lulz: It was hilarious.

How do you remember all these dumbass threads?

It's impossible.

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Get a Surface? Not particularly a cheap option but they (should) run Windows 10 now which is the same OS whether it's on tablet or proper computer.

Really? Because it was my understanding that with the Windows 8 Surface tablets this was actually a lie and they actually ran something called "Windows RT"

What I am hearing, here, is "I want a tablet that is also fully-functional computer but I only want to spend $150".

I don't expect that; I expect to end up with a tablet that is a very low-end computer only*

*(ie. with all feasibly removable tablet-specific things completely deleted and preferably formatted over)

So you want a tablet that has all tablet functionality deleted?

Have you considered getting one of these? https://jet.com/product/9c7fc841ce764c9ca3458c73a04fad4a?

regardig that sarcasm

1.) It'd have been more apropos if you'd linked me to a handheld game console.

2.) It'd have been funnier if you'd linked me to a brick.

No, it wouldn't.  :lulz:

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