A month in Buenos Aires
In addition to sleepers and
Juan and I are headed down to Baja for the next few weeks, so I am leaving you with this gallery. Incidentally, Baja is where this first photo was taken, in November 2004. Two other photos in this gallery are from that same trip. Can you tell which ones? Scroll over the photos to find out…
Last week, we lost power for 24 hours here in San Francisco. We’d somehow neglected to pay PG&E for oh, say, five months. Sheesh!
Also this month I recovered this old photo of my roommate Saeed smoking a cigarette out the window during the blackouts in Villa Crespo after Buenos Aires was flooded. It is a strange thing to not have electricity for long periods of time. While it wasn’t a big deal here in San Francisco, where I could still get WiFi and go out to the hallway to plug in a hairdryer, it was depressing in Buenos Aires. Both Saeed and I were lost, and the lack of distractions made us feel extremely poor.
But the blackouts can be magical. This one night we lost power when I used to live out by the beach, and the only other person at home was my roommate Andrew. We weren’t buddies, but that night we emerged from our rooms and sat on the sofa, lit candles, probably smoked a joint, and talked about life. It was the most we ever interacted during the whole time we lived there together.
I don’t know how long it was before suddenly all the lights turned out at the same time, and the hum of the refrigerator broke the mood. I turned glum, thinking the evening was over, and that we would return to our respective rooms and computers. But then Andrew did something I’ll always remember–he jumped up and turned off all the lights and we resumed our conversation.