Monday, November 19, 2012

Rodent Empanadas--Yum!

Golly Gee family!

How be it? Wonderful, I can only presume. Glad to hear that everything is going grand and that I’ve been so far away from the kicks of media for so long that pictures of cats in sweaters for a cat fashion show are just about the funniest things of all time. I mean it—always was but even more now than a year ago. Oh Sparta cats. It’s really weird how that happens, appreciating weird stuff like that. For example: My appreciation of hearing Katy Perry, the Chili Peppers, and that "I Love You Like a Love Song" song are like "Wow!!! Are you hearing this? English, man!" Just put that on the list of things I’m grateful for this Thanksgiving.

Well, we never have to worry about food here in Salta—members, investigators, drunks—give us food all the time. Why, just the other day we were at a house of a family that eats very....exotically. Like they’ve eaten lion, llama, monkey, etc (where the heck do you find a lion in Argentina is what I want to know) and they made these empanadas saying "Here Elders. Have some empanadas of viscacha!”  Turns out viscacha is in the classification of the rodent family. It looks like a fat bunny but alas, essentially we ate ratpanadas. But really, it was tasty. I know it sounds cliché but it actually "tasted like chicken".

We were walking around town the other when I heard something in the distance. We rushed toward the sound of a garage band playing “Crazy Train” by Ozzy. We rushed over there and asked if we can chat with them and then jam—we did. We played the always handy "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and I played the drums. We all did solos at the end and, man oh man, was it just about the funnest thing on earth to play drums again. Later that night we went to see a very cool guy named Patricio and he showed us around his amazing house. He had a library full of the best:  Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Hemmingway, Seuss... He is really great, like a mix of Cousin Sean and Uncle Carl in the scene of music. Patricio loves Bob Dylan, Neil Young, George Harrison, John Prine, etc. We had a great lesson with him and he has a lot of potential. At the end we talked music and he had a guitar so we jammed playing Dylan songs, Prine, Young, pretty much all the bands listed above. Great guy. Super cool.

We had stake conference this weekend. Our ward rented a bus to get the whole ward to go. I got to be on the bus with the bus driver from San Lorenzo to La Loma. It was a school field trip all over again.  The familiar sounds of screaming/singing kids at the back of the bus was all too familiar.  It was a good conference. President and the Hermana Levrino gave really good talks about sacrament meeting; that we should go to sacrament meeting prepared with questions. I loved it. It’s something I should work on. Well familys, other than that, time for queztonz.

  • What about shoes, pal?  Did you get a new pair?

I’m using my Brazilian mailman shoes which are essentially high-tech crocs—I highly recommend them.

  • Did you get the package with the beef stick?  That was the closest thing I could think of to send to celebrate Thanksgiving.  I am pretty sure the pilgrims had these.
Yes I did! I got that package and the four Christmas packages as well.  And there is a package that is a box in the office for me so I presume that’s package five. Thank you so so much

  • Do you have any plans for Thanksgiving?

Weekly planning!!!  Um, something cool. Maybe will go out on a date or something, somewhere nice to eat like the milanesa sandwich shop down the block....soooooo goooood!

  • You’re using lots of sunscreen, yes?  You’re wearing it so in a few years people won’t say “How’s it going, old Cancer Face?”

Yes. Today in her letter Hermana Levrino dropped Cain on us telling us to wear more sunscreen.  So yes, I keep on wearing it.

  • What was for breakfast?

Facturas—always a good decision.

Well family, it’s been real, it’s been fun, and yes, it has been real fun. We were on a cyber quest today. Some fruit boy elder got sent home for things which began by violating the cyber rules so Pres said we can only use cybers that don’t have a wall space in between them.  We walked all around to find a cyber that fit that description and this computer doesn’t have a usb thing on it so sorry, no pics this week. But I’ll try for next week.

Make sure to have a most jolly of Thanksgivings and I’ll be sure to make it home for the next one.

Carly, Have a most excellent birfday! I love you so much. I would buy a Jones soda in your honor but alas, these Argies still don’t know the beauty of Jones yet. We´ll just have to find the next best thing.

Well famz.  Thank you for the letters, for the love, for everything. Have a great week. Just say “no” to drugs, wash your hands, and remember I love you all and it´s all good!

Con Amor,


P.S. Dad, I don’t know if you have heard it yet but there is this song that the kids love here called "Gangnam Style" or something like that.  The kids here keep asking me "What does it say in English?" and I tell them 5,000 times "IT¨S KOREAN!!!"  So just making sure you are up to date on your K-pop music.  Have you heard it? It’s just about all the rage here.

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