Archive for February, 2008

a regional misunderstanding

February 22, 2008

Here’s an excerpt from a wonderful book Streetwise Spanish:

A Mexican lady married a man from Buenos Aires and went to live in that city, where she encountered some problems with linguistic differences. One day she called the maid and began to explain the tasks that she would have to do in the house. “In the evening,” she said, “You should clean the table after dinner and then you have to wash the dishes.” (In Mexico, trastes means dishes, pots and pans, but in Argentina it means bottom or buttocks.) The maid almost fainted and replied, “All right, ma’am, I’ll do it for you and the girls, but not for the mister!”

daylight saving time

February 13, 2008

For those of you in the United States and, especially, traveling to and from the United States, did you know that daylight-saving time begins March 9? We’ll spring forward one hour. Don’t forget!

My partner and I discovered a glitch in American Airlines’ reservation system last year. They didn’t account for daylight savings time in Argentina (our departure time shows 11am when it should have been noon), so we arrived an hour extra earlier at the airport. No wonder we were so confused by our flights and gate numbers (as in where the **** is our flight/gate? Duh we were ****** too early). Imagine how horrible it would have been if the time change went the other way??

Anyway, here are some details about Argentina’s recent time change:

An important new change has taken effect in Argentina…DAYLIGHT SAVINGS.

Daylight savings went into effect on December 30, 2007. Remember that the southern hemisphere seasons are reversed so the old spring ahead fall back works EXCEPT THE OPPOSITE. Argentine clocks will be turned ahead one hour because it’s spring in the southern hemisphere. To make it more confusing, at least for North Americans, the time will return to normal on March 16, almost one week after the U.S.

world poker tournament on the travel channel ?!?

February 3, 2008

Can anybody try to explain or justify to me what a world poker tournament is doing at the Travel Channel?

A TV show with the word world in it does not qualify it as a show about travel. Does anyone else see or think how absurd this is?