Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Odds & Ends (09-09-09 edition)

I walk into this glass door approximately twice a week.

As I've noted before, puxe (pronounced "POO-she") means pull.

Oi Galera! The Brasil x Chile World Cup qualifier* is on and has most of my attention. I can focus just enough to post a few random photos that have been collecting.

First, let's talk about quase-obsessions.

Brazilians love the fusca (the old VW beetle). They are everywhere. I saw this lovechild of the fusca Victoria captured (featured on and the Torres dune buggy in the neighborhood recently.

Like the rest of the world, it seems, there has been no shortage of Michael Jackson sightings.

I kinda understand the massive outpouring of... whatever... for MJ, but I'm not sure I'll ever understand the omnipresence of Pica-Pau (Woody Woodpecker, to USAmericans).

This super-manly restaurant sign makes me giggle.

As I recently shared, I assumed my oven didn't work during my first year here. Now that I know how to turn it on, no frozen food is safe. Interesting though, that the instructions on this pizza simply say: 1) take out of box, 2) remove film, 3) put pizza on baking sheet, 4) put in the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese melts.

A temperature would be helpful, particularly for those of us unaccustomed to cooking in Celsius. My second attempt was better.

How much is that doggy in the window?

Lastly, another in the Sul Café fun-mug series – previously featured here and here.

"Those who drink coffee are more amorous." Dang straight.

Hope you have some random-happiness, or better, happy-randomness in your week.

*Brasil defeated Agentina, under the ultra-smug Diego Maradona's guidance, 3-1 in Rosario, Argentina on Saturday. That is a hot topic here these days. As if that wasn't humiliating enough (even the New York Times had a say on the matter), earlier this evening, Argentina lost to Paraguay (ufff), putting them out of the Top 4--the automatic entrants in the 2010 World Cup.