Where I was and how to learn English....

I know I went missing... I was having a few pretty bad days last week, and decided to vanish from blogging to avoid saying horrible things in my happy blog... (I think the last post was more than enough...)

So, how are things today? Well, boring... It's a really warm day and all I want to do is sleep... but I've been sleeping way too much lately to be good for me... So, I'm staying away from my bed! Unless I'm sitting and I'm reading my book...

Now that I come to think of it, there are so many things that I should consider doing and so little that I really want to do, apart from reading, of course!

What am I reading? Anne Rice's Lasher! (At last!)
I've tried to read this book a million times!
I don't think any of my loyal readers (at least, the ones I dream I have...) know this, but I have to confess it, I'm a huge fan of Anne Rice! Mostly her Vampire Chronicles and the Life of the Mayfair Witches series...

I finished with the Vampires years ago, but I've been sort of forced to read the Witches' books because they are so entangled in the last couple of book from the Vampire Chronicles that I can't help myself... I love the stories so much! All so confusing, yet so appealing....

When you've read so much about this characters you can help but know even the most silly details but get all messed up with the details that you even make them part of your life...

Anne Rice's influence in my life has been quite clear... and I must blame her books as the reason why the English language finally caught me...
I had, for years, tried to learn English by my own means; with, almost, all my cousins (within my same age range) studying in bilingual schools I needed to learn it in order to understand them. And since the English I learned at school wasn't exactly the best you can get, I had to figure out ways to learn it... It wasn't weird to see me reading the chapters of my English books before we even reached them, or reading words out of the dictionary...

I don't think I even analyzed what I was doing, I just wanted to understand, I didn't want to left out...

And then the television was of enormous help, like almost everybody I know, the tv's Closed Caption was the perfect way to learn! Cause, I could hear it and read it... The first few seasons of Dawson's Creek were my teachers (yes, make fun of me all you want! it worked!)
And when I reached the university, I had a pretty decent English... I've never ventured into having a conversation in both English and Spanish without worrying that people would make fun of me, but as most of my friends had graduated from bilingual schools, I just did! For some time, they didn't even know I graduated from an only-Spanish school!

And here's when Anne Rice crossed my path :-p
One of my friends was a huge fan of Anne Rice... I had no idea who she was... I had heard of Interview with the Vampire, but I had never seen it... and after months and months of listening how they talked about it, I decided to get the book 1 of the Vampire Chronicles (None of my friends had it, because someone had borrow it to someone and so on...)
It was sort of my birthday present to myself that year... I decided that I was going to sit with it and a dictionary and read the thing...

In a few days, I finished the book! I barely used the dictionary! And from then on, I was sold!
I was able to get all the books to date from the Chronicles from my friends and at some point if I read a book before one of them, they would even come ask me what a word meant!
How cool is that!?

From time to time, people even asks me where I went to school, and when I tell them where, they look at me and ask "Where did you learn English so well then?"
I know it's not perfect, but it's good enough... and trust me, I practice it everyday (one of the reasons why this blog is written in English!)
Now most of the books I read are in English and most of the sites I visit are in english... From time to time, I even think in English (ridiculous, I know!).

But returning to the main subject, Lasher! I can't read it! Or couldn't... Today I finally passed the doomed pages where I always got stuck! I guess it had to do with the fact that it seemed that Anne had deserted us... After her change to religious literature (Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt and Christ the Lord: The road to Cana) and her bold statement announcing that no more books on Lestat were to be written...

It broke my heart (I'm sorry, I get that passionate about books!)

But writing this post was such a good thing.... I have a tiny gadget on the side of my blog post editor, that shows photos and articles to back up the posts... I barely use it, but I always look at it, you never know when something interesting may come out, even if not to be used here... and I saw this!

Lestat Lives, says Anne Rice and dated 4 months ago...
If by some chance you are fan of her, you understand my happiness... The last book left so many loose ends, so many stories to be told! Maybe one book isn't exactly what we were expecting, but it's better than nothing!

Ok, nevermind... Just checked her website... I guess I'll have to live wondering what would have happened... I think it's cruel to her readers but hey, she knows what she's doing... Still need to finish Lasher to read Taltos and be done with the witches... sadly, at last...

What I'm trying not to learn

Every so often you have a class that makes you wonder, why do I bother?
We've all had those... I've had a few... And I do think that one of the ones that I'm taking this term can be counted as the worse... Or at least it gets into that dreaded Top Five (or is it Bottom Five?) of really bad courses you've taken in order to get a piece of paper that says you are someone....

School isn't always exciting and it actually turns a bit depressant when your Ethics teacher keeps telling you that you can't change the way the world operates nowadays...

How is it possible that he can say that you just can't afford to be ethical?!?!?! I think this is what I'm finding harder to understand!! How an Ethics teacher can tell you that the Journalism is already bad enough and that you can't make anything to change it?

I understand that in Honduran Journalism are plenty of thieves, and people that make the whole profession look like the worst vermin in the world! (If you are Honduran, or have ever been here, paste name here __________________ .)
But I do believe that his position should be to encourage us to change the image that Honduran Journalism has, and try to make it better, not to bluntly crash our dreams (or at least mine), telling us that all we can do is go with the flow and see silently how the whole country goes to hell just for a few bucks!

As if going to a 2 hour class just for this and to hear my classmates try to explain what he should be explaining, wasn't enough... and I say try because he won't let them, interrupting them every two seconds with stupid questions, silly jokes and stories of countless times when a journalist has received money to keep his/her mouth shut.

But I guess he has his reasons, Why go against the whole system? Why try to fight what is already deeply rooted in the national media? Is it all worth it to have a clean conscience? But hey, at least he always makes it clear that he has never taken money from anyone... I guess it's good to discourage us... Who are, after all, the future of the profession...

My sister-in-law's new glasses

Yes, my brother has a new girlfriend (whom I do like! I swear!) and lately she´s been mentioning that she´s getting a new pair of glasses, but she has to wait for a long time, cause she´s getting done at a public hospital...
Glasses conversations always lead to me wanting, nearly dreaming I needed them! I know, silly! I don´t need glasses, no matter how many times I´ve gotten my eyes checked, they are perfect, and yes, I am proud of it, but the thing is, with some many adorable frames I just can´t help myself from wanting a bunch of them...
Like this pair!

I just have to have them!

www.zennioptical.com has so many pretty frames.
And come on, with frames from $8 in so many pretty styles I just can´t stop drooling... Had I seen this site earlier (and had my brother started dating the girl a few days earlier) I would have totally send her there! (Oh, and the shipping is great! Less than $5 for as many glasses as your heart desires!)

Prettily sponsored by www.zennipotical.com

Toncontin is back!

Well, finally some light in this mess!
Just a few minutes ago the President's Private Secretary, Raul Valladares announced that, 36 days after the accident, Toncontin will finally be reopened!

This week, some of the pressure groups that have been involved called out to the citizens of Tegucigalpa to protest against the closure by stopping their cars for five minutes at 10 am and 3 pm.

Taken from La Tribuna

And finally last night, in a news show, the transcript from the flight 390 black box was presented and it apparently demonstrated that the pilot and copilot underestimated the warnings from the air traffic control tower...releasing the airport from blame.

But still after that, the president seemed unwilling to give up. Earlier today he went to the American Embassy's 4th of July Celebration and apparently continued with his position of keeping it closed to Type C and D flights.

At first my mom told me that Mel Zelaya had decided to keep the airport closed and that was his last word, and that was what the Secretary was saying... and since I got too late to her room I couldn't hear what he said. But we changed channels and they were screaming (yes, really!), saying that the airport was finally opened... but until Palmerola was ready, after that it would be closed for C and D flights. But they have to have both the new airport and the new road to Comayagua ready, not just the airport. Which for me, makes all the sense in the world...

I'm so glad that he finally stopped being stubborn. I was getting worried about my grandmother returning from the States... We would have been forced to go pick her up to San Pedro Sula and that was going to be, not-less-than 1,500 lempiras (about $80. Ok, maybe that doesn't sound like much, but it's a ridiculous expense when we live 2 miles away from Toncontin.)

Ingrid Betancourt, free at last!

Now, this has to be one of the best news of all year!

I was at school when I received a phone call from a friend, just to tell me that she had been freed! I couldn't believe it!

Ingrid Betancourt is a Colombian politician who was kidnapped over 6 years ago (February 23rd, 2002) by the FARC (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia - Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia)

Over the last year many have been the news related to her, mostly about her health and the inhuman conditions in which she was being forced to live. Hugo Chavez (President of Venezuela) came up with Operation Emmanuel, where Clara Rojas (Ingrid's campaign manager) was released.
It was named Emmanuel in honor of Rojas' child that was conceived while they were captive.

Also, in April, as the uncertainty about her situation was getting worse and worse (specially after an announcement that she had been in a hunger strike for a few weeks) Nicolas Sarkozy, the President of France announced that he would launch a humanitarian mission to contact the FARC and hopefully get Ingrid's freedom.

Finally, today in an amazing operation Ingrid Betancourt and other 14 hostages were released by Colombian Military Forces.

"Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos said military intelligence agents infiltrated the guerrilla ranks and led the local commander in charge of the hostages, alias Cesar, to believe they were going to take them to Alfonso Cano, the guerrillas' supreme leader.

The hostages, who had been divided in three groups, were taken to a rendezvous where two disguised helicopters piloted by Colombian military agents were waiting. Betancourt said her hands and feet were bound, which she called "humiliating."

The pilots, she said, were posing as members of a relief organization, but "they were dressed like clowns," wearing Che Guevara shirts, so she assumed they were rebels.

But when they were airborne, she looked behind her and saw Cesar, who had treated her so cruelly for so many years, lying on the floor blindfolded.

"The chief of the operation said, 'We're the national army. You're free,'" she said. "The helicopter almost fell from the sky because we were jumping up and down, yelling, crying, hugging one another. We couldn't believe it." " - Excerpt from Internation Herald Tribune.

I don't think that any of the people involved in all this will ever read it, but Congratulations to Colombian Goverment and to Ingrid Betancourt, the 11 colombians and the three americans just a huge HUGE Welcome back!

Yes, I'm excited! I can't help it! Even if the politics in my country are hard to understand, it's amazing to see that somewhere in the world, governments are still fighting for freedom and justice.

And still talking about the airport

I know, it's turning annoying, I know! But right now I'm watching what Mel (our president....) is saying about the airport and I can't help talking about it... apparently, the decision is that it can't be used by big airplanes.......

Wait, we knew that already...

Ok, ok.... for what I understand, the airlines will have to use smaller aircrafts if they want to land in Tegucigalpa... Sadly, I don't hear anything about fixing the airport, just forcing the airlines to use different planes... and obviously, making Palmerola's Base, the new airport...

Now, hear me out... I'm not against it... I think it's a good thing to do! But, come on! How long will that take? It won't be finished in 2 months like he claims! At least not a decent one... I can even imagine the people arriving to a bunch of tents!

And the road to Palmerola... that's another thing! When will that be over?

It's ridiculous that he's nearly forcing all the big international airlines to stop coming to Tegucigalpa...

I have to be honest, I'm worried! Soon after the inauguration ceremony I knew I've made a mistake voting for him... But right now, is really really REALLY embarrassing to know that I actually helped a bit in this mess!