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Internacional BBQ

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I woke up a little late, obviously, and put on my bathing suit to head to Meli’s parent’s house for lunch. Lunch was two small steaks, rice, beans, salad and the bread crumb Brazilian dish. Delicious. I passed up on dessert and just drank a few sodas while sitting in the downstairs living room, where Oli showed me her stocking. After applying a fair amount of sunscreen, I put my “reminisce” mix on and after cleaning it, I laid next to the pool and drank Pilsen. A moment later, Tad asked me to help him get the K-State game on, because Roberto’s computer was having issues loading ESPN3.com. I found the game and set it up to start streaming. Tad joined me at the pool with Meli, Oli and Caca while Guga slept because she went to Meli’s doctor appointment that morning at 9. We talked about real estate, travel, visas, health insurance, graphic design, (Caca is studying it), and…

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Downtown Bird

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After the last recap of my trip, I got a strong dose of guilt for failing to mention paft of the evening at, or actually on the way home from, Moby Dick. On our way home, around 1 a.m., the Brazilian tricksters who convinced a certain American tourist that hair in his food on NYE was good luck, also convinced Meli that I had been kicked out of the bar for fighting, and then proceeded to vomit all over the inside of her mother’s car. Needless to say, she was upset, so she woke Jorge, who didn’t believe a word of it – partially because I was not drunk when they left us, and because he knows who was on the other end of the phone. He was, however, correct. Guga, Caca & Baba continued the joke until we arrived, where immediately upon seeing me, Meli could tell I had neither been in a fight, nor had I repainted the…

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Flighting Connections

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The emotions people experience after touchdown and prior to takeoff are not documentable. Family, friends and significant others have various ways of materializing the standard hello/goodbye into something much more tangible than the familiar two-syllable exchange. Inbound, I notice smiles, laughter, high-fives, handshakes, and running (sometimes) combined with an aerial hug and kiss. For variety, a three-quarter, or full spin is added, (and can even be followed with a smooch session, or hand-holding). Some are just simple head nods – usually between bros. Outbound, I observe aggressive waving, extended [group] hugs, low-fives and long kisses goodbye, many times combined with ocular condensation and/or the repeating, 15-degree shoulder twist. Feet remain stationary, while everything north of the knees rotates on a vertical axis back and forth. Bros exchange a fist bump, handshake hug or just a simple “later”. I people watch as all of this happens around me, traveling from gate to gate on the horizontal escalator….headphones in, with my music…

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