- The President is corrupt, incompetent and does not act with the best interest of the country in mind.
- Congress and the Judicial branch are corrupt, incompetent and do not act with the best interest of the country in mind.
- 60% of people working in public service are incompetent, corrupt and do not act with the best interest of the country in mind.
Look this is the least bad picture from Mamacita’s birthday bash, eat the cake moment. Whatever the picture taker person tried to do obviously didn’t work. The camera has an “auto” setting but inebriated people don’t use “auto” settings any more than middle age guys ask for directions. Hey Kodak & co, don’t be a bunch of stiffs. Add an “inebriated” mode to your products already and preserve millions of happy moments for future generations!
No good pics but the party was a blast, take my word for it 🙂
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I do not give a cuy’s behind what you think my web site should look like. The whole freaking internet is starting to look “the same” because every web designer and their sister are scared that Google won’t show their pages in search results if they don’t follow Google’s design guidelines.
As explained by an 8 year old. Nr. 4 is my favorite: “I love the ocean because it’s by the beach”
Picture this: we’re developing an application that calculates residential heating and cooling loads, for building code purposes. We’re a week or so away from releasing this puppy after 18+ months of proverbial blood, sweat and tears. For testing purposes I like to use known addresses, my own home, some friends’ homes, and a few addresses from popular culture, say the House of the Rising Sun. I’ve used 461 Ocean Blvd many times because it’s a real house, works good for testing, and it’s in Florida, a big market for us. I’ve probably used the address 40+ times in testing.
Today one of our developer happens to be listening to Melissa on Spotify which has a special meaning for me because an Allman Brothers & Lynyrd Skynyrd concert was the reason I fell in love, got married and moved to Peru.
I’m not all into popular culture but Duane Allman was close to Eric Clapton and together they revolutionized electric guitar playing, 2 lead guitars complimenting each other instead of the traditional rhythm + lead guitar. While “Melissa” was playing in the background our newest developer needed an address for testing. The subconscious works in funny ways.
Developer girl: “Which address?”
Me: “Eric’s house, 461 Ocean Blvd”
Developer girl: “OK. Is this Eric guy like a singer or something?”
Me: “I quit my job, moved to Peru, got a wife, 3 kids and a dog because I went to an Allman Brothers concert and you’re asking me if Eric is a singer or something ?!?”
It’s a good morning with Mamacita’s home made kiwicha pancakes. Yes, that’s me eating from a princess Ariel plate. I have 3 kids, it happens sometimes.
May you and your loved ones have a wonderful Christmas and a blessed New Year. I may be more Grinch than usual this year but there is a cure: chicks who play guitar.
PPK is likely out as President of Peru very soon, due to fallout from the Odebrecht scandal. That’s quite a stunning turn of events in that most observers probably had PPK pegged as the least corrupt president of Peru in a very very long time – which may still prove to be accurate regardless.
The sad, scary reason why the Odebrecht scandal is probably bigger in Peru than anywhere else, except maybe Brazil, the home of Odebrecht?
Because Peru was happy to have Odebrecht.
Odebrecht built useless roads to nowhere in pristine jungle, gas pipelines through mountains where many people still have no running water or electricity, and Lord knows what other mega-dog projects because Peru wanted them to. The Odebrecht style mega projects serve to obfuscate the fact there is no investment in local communities, no local expertise in areas like engineering or organizational behavior, nor promotion of a strong local business community that might eventually generate such talent and expertise as is needed in a modern society. The level of bureaucracy and incompetence is so bad in Peru that things simply don’t get done. Basic infrastructure, education, security, science, you name it – it doesn’t get done. So Peru was happy to have Odebrecht come in and do something, anything, corrupt or not.
While other large multi-national construction companies decided to sit out Peru for fear of corruption and local expertise is not available, Odebrecht was the only thing left and Peru was happy to have them. Were it not for Odebrecht’s conviction in the US, Odebrecht would still be in Peru and Peru would still be happy to have them here.
Update 12/16: Judging by local media PPK is now more likely to stay on as President of Peru for the foreseeable future than even 24 hours ago. Anything can still happen but although PPK appears to have lost personal support in his inner circle, the Lima establishment knows full well if PPK leaves it essentially means ushering in the next era of Fujimorismo, which is not a choice of the establishment. There are more and more calls for due process and some commentators are even calling the current political crisis an Odebrecht/Fujimori coup d’etat. So as much as the establishment and even his own inner circle has soured on PPK, they are even less excited about the alternatives.
FWIW my rant before the last elections that a Keiko Fujimori presidency is not good for Peru at this time.
A traditional Peruvian Huayno, made famous by Raul Garcia Zarate who passed away this past Sunday. He is considered one of the greatest Peruvian guitarists ever.
Sorry I just made that up, it would be great if it were true though. Come on PPK, grow a pair and be the first head of State to recognize independent Catalonia. Latin America will never get back the gold and silver that was hauled to Spain back in the day of the Conquistadores but turnabout’s fair play, Latin American countries ought to be the first to step up and recognize independent Catalonia.
I admit I haven’t followed the details of the Catalonia independence movement but I believe people everywhere are entitled to representative government.