Tuesday, September 28, 2010

I'll Trade You Some Chile For Your Vote

Greetings, earthlings! It's that time again--you know, the time where I politely bribe you with baked goods in exchange for your Project Food Blog vote. Except this time I'm not offering baked goods. Nope. The amount of takers was just too overwhelming--especially when certain people who are also lawyer food bloggers decided to put their negotiation skills to the test and offer votes in exchange for empanadas and challah. I'd throw in some lawyer humor right here, but it probably wouldn't be funny to any of you.

Moving on, I have decided to offer up a few more pictures of Chile, including an embarrassing story, to hopefully con urge you to vote for me. So please go vote for me HERE (or click the widget on the right) and then click the link below to read the goods.

Meet Pap y Bilz. These funny looking guys were one of the first things I saw on my walk through Santiago the day I arrived. They are the mascots of two distinct soda flavors manufactured and sold in Chile. The stuff is sugar coma central. Please notice the Nestle ice cream advertisement behind Pap. I should have known right then and there that I was screwed.

While this may appear to be straight out of a Dr. Seuss book, you're actually looking at a papaya orchard near La Serena. Even after tasting just-picked papaya, I still think it tastes like vomit. There may or may not be a picture of me trying to eat one straight off the tree.

September 18th is Chile's Fiestas Patrias, or independence day. They celebrate with lots of parades, festivities, performances, food and drink. This photo was taken at the largest festival in Santiago the year I was there. You'll notice the awesome alpaca chilling front and center with some funky headgear. I have a 16" replica of that bad boy sitting on my bookcase. I also may or may not have a picture of me with this life-sized beauty.

Chiloe is an island in the south of Chile that is lush with greenery, hosting part of Valdivian temperate rain forest. It is therefore extremely wet. Always. On a trip with a few of my roommates, we decided we would take a guided tour of the rain forest despite the morning's torrential downpour. The first two pictures represent the path we were on. It consisted of rail-less wooden bridges, worn down and slick with rain, and craggy paths of tree roots and branches. 

As you can see in the third and fourth pictures, I was ready for the hike. I had on my hoodie, my scarf, and a heavy coat. I also had on my newer running shoes, full of tread and waterproofed. While these two pictures show me watching my step and making it over the terrain, they do not show what really happened. I slipped on a bridge. Twice. Flat on my ass and without anything to help me up. Luckily, I managed to make it through and over the less friendly path without another incident. The last picture demonstrates this, as we wander out of the woods. 

Well, this is where the embarrassing part comes in. Fine, the most embarrassing part. I was fine--I was on flat ground, albeit a little wet. I was doing good, walking with my head held high and talking up a storm. And then I went kaput. I fell. Over nothing. And then I heard and felt the crack. Yours truly managed to get through the wet, slippery and uneven forest with only a little water on my ass, yet proceed to fall and break a wrist walking on flat ground. And this, my dears, is why I am a lawyer. No coordination required.

Oh, and I may or may not have told my parents I broke my arm via an e-mailed picture of me waiving my bright blue cast at the camera.


Jan/Thella said...

first, Pap Y Bilz remind me of the Teletubbies.

second, i love the llama's earrings. was that a llama? was it wearing earrings?

third, i wouldn't normally negotiate with you for a vote because i will vote for you each time but now that you have professed your PFB crush, it somehow excites me to test my negotiation skills so that you'll share her with me >.< hah, does she even consent to this?

last, i totally agree with you about that "no coordination required" part. but gawd, if that happened to me i'd probably just crawl my way back.

i love this bribe by the way! the best i've been offered :)

Lawyer Loves Lunch said...

Why IS that llama wearing earrings? And I too, will continue to vote for you regardless but I really hope you bring some challah to FB Fest :)

Shelly Borrell said...

No chili/Chile needed -- You got my vote already :)

Shelly, Nibbles of Tidbits

Kim said...

No need to bribe me to get me to vote for ya. I love, love, love your blog. Always so witty and funny. Keep up the great work!

Serene said...

My vote can't be bought with anything but a really good post. (Hence why all the voting reminders from people are starting to get on my nerves. :-)

Judy said...

No bribes required - I've already voted!

whatsfordinneracrossstatelines said...

Got mine, wishing you the best of luck! Nice pictures.

Monet said...

Girl you know you have my vote! No bribery required. Your blog is such a creative, intelligent and fun place in the blog world. This posting only confirms my admiration. Thanks for sharing Pap with us!

michelle @ The Domestic Mama and The Village Cook said...

Oh you poor thing! Thanks for being real and sharing your awesome tale. I want to go there sometime... :) I will be very careful.


Fun post--just voted!

Baking Barrister said...

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