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lramiro520 3:00am, 16 January 2007
Welcome to my photojournal for 2007.
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HI!!!

Enjoy!
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msspider66 11 years ago
You and Allan have inspired me to take a picture of my eye.

[Ms Spider66]
ebilflindas 11 years ago
I love the soft touch on this. It's so, uh, soft!
_____
ebilflindas: Everyday Dad
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Eyes are the rave for the moment...good one. The 2$ bills are unique because they have discontinued them (in print I think). They were used to pay the military during WWII and Korea...when payments were made in cash - my dad made 62$ per month then...hence the 2$ note (cheaper to issue than 2, 1$ notes).

Hello - hope all is well.

CollardGreens: Oops!
satrina* 11 years ago
Nice shot, I agree with ebilflindas it's so soft! I really like the way the effect works with this shot

I haven't had root beer since I was a kid, I loved it back then, will search for some of that

Satrina: av meg
lramiro520 11 years ago
Oh cool, lee! I'll let ya know if I'm in the area around then...sounds like fun. I hope your training is going well.
dda1605 11 years ago
Cool picture of the shower, it seems you really feel better.

(Didier 2007 )
lramiro520 11 years ago
Yes! I am feeling much better, thanks!
sunshinecity 11 years ago
Hey I love the close up of your eye and you in the towel!!
Some great shots!!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
lramiro520 11 years ago
Sunday, March 4, 2007
Under The Covers


Lazy Sunday. We had minor snow showers throughout the day. Light flooded through the windows filling the bedroom with ample amounts of natural light and I relaxed under the covers without a worry in the world. I'd have to say that my most labor intensive tasks for me today were to buy groceries and cook dinner. Oh, what a tough day I had! :) It's just too bad the real world kicks back up tomorrow!
msspider66 11 years ago
I love lazy days. Snow is a great reason to have one.

[Ms Spider66]
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
This brings back memories of being "snowed in", when I was a kid. We'd be waiting on the village square for the bus, and invariably a snowball fight would spontaneously errupt. We'd be fully involved in it until someboy would point out that the bus should have been here more than half an hour ago, and we'd run home to dump the school bags, grab the sleighs and head for the slopes where we'd spend the morning.
Nowadays, tons of salt are dumped on the roads...
dda1605 11 years ago
Great composition, without the comment it would have been difficult to guess what it is.
Nothing better than staying home with a hot chocolate when it is snowing outside.....

(Didier 2007 )
satrina* 11 years ago
Your covers look like clouds! And it sounds like a really tough day for you ;)

Satrina: av meg
eelend PRO 11 years ago
lazy days are great
i truly love them


eelend's 2007
lramiro520 11 years ago
Monday, March 5, 2007



For a Monday it was pretty darn productive. I think that on most Mondays I am still too zoned out to really be useful in any sort of intellectual capacity, even if I try. Maybe it was because my weekend was almost too restful that any sort of mental stimulation was adequate to jump start my brain today. After seminar I walked over to our temporary lab facility to finish setting up and to make other adjustments in preparation for the project I'll be starting tomorrow afternoon. It's still a mess over there and one of the procedure rooms we're supposed to have still needs to have its ceiling installed, but most of the other rooms are usable at this point. I dusted off my "official" lab notebook today. It doesn't look too official from the outside, but it contains brief, yet detailed descriptions of all of my experimental designs. Research is fun, but damn, I feel out of practice right now.

It was a very blustery day. When I went up to campus this morning it was quite nice--a sunny 39 degrees F. But as the day progressed the wind picked up and a nasty wind-chill settled upon us. The walk home was just awful not only because there was lots of snow blowing into my face but also because the nice weather this morning fooled me into not wearing a coat to work--only a hoodless zip-up fleece over a thin long-sleeved shirt. The wind became calmer as Bo and I made it further down the hill towards our apartment, but when I checked the weather forecast when I found that the wind-chill caused the temperature to drop to near zero degrees F. That'll teach me to check the forecast before I walk out the door...
satrina* 11 years ago
Here we have a saying: "Febrero loco y Marzo otro poco", something like "crazy February, crazier March" because this months have so much up and downs in temperature, yesterday was cold in the morning, hot at noon and freezing winds at night...

Satrina: av meg
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Under the covers...It took me half a minute to figure out what this was...perhaps the recent grappas have a lingering effect...nicely done.

CollardGreens: Oops!
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
Who's Leora? And why did you steal her notebook? ;-)

Nice pic.

ParaScubaSailor en voillage (prononcez voyage, petits voilleurs)...
lramiro520 11 years ago
Tuesday, March 6, 2007



This is my friend, Thomas, and this is his standard camera pose. A bunch of us went out to dinner tonight and eventually ended up at Thomas' apartment to watch Kill Bill and to share a magnum of wine. A nice way to end a busy day. I started running my research experiment today, but otherwise, not much else to report.
lramiro520 11 years ago
Wednesday, March 7, 2007



It was a great day, but it went by in a blur. I was in a very cheerful mood. Nothing special happened to me today, but it was very busy...just busy enough for me to feel exhausted in a good way. I've been having more of those types of days lately. It's refreshing and hopefully this good streak will last a while longer.

Bo and I went joyriding in his car tonight. Well, not really...we just drove out to get some groceries, but he was making random quick turns because I was taking silly photos in the car. I'm having a lazy evening. Bo is in the living room trying to convince himself to start grading exams. He is one of the teaching assistants for the same class that I TA'd for last spring, Adult Psychopathology. He has about 250 exams to grade from a class of 250 college students with bad handwriting, and they are all piled up on our floor eagerly awaiting him to flip through their crisp pages. I, on the other hand, am relishing the fact that I don't have any teaching/TA responsibilities this semester. And so if those exams on our floor start smiling at me to try and lure me closer and closer still, I won't feel a single ounce of guilt in smiling back and simply walking away.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Dropped by to say a lazy hello...Hello. Run don't walk away from the exams...fail them all and ask them WHY ? It is psy after all...pathology aside !

CollardGreens: Oops!
sunshinecity 11 years ago
Ya know... I like that blurred pic, it's a good blur, a quality blur if you will! LOL, really!

Thomas is a funny guy, huh? Great lighting in that shot!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
eelend PRO 11 years ago
poor Bo
that pile of exams must be threatening
:S


eelend's 2007
lramiro520 11 years ago
@Collard: Oh, the joys of holding their futures in my hands! Mwaahahaha!

@sunshine: Thanks. I kinda like the blurry pic too :) And yes, my friend is very funny!

@eeland:My boyfriend is planning his attack on the exams...tonight!
lramiro520 Posted 11 years ago. Edited by lramiro520 (member) 11 years ago
Thursday, March 8, 2007

Leaving Campus

I am working a bit this evening. While Bo is grading exams nearby, I cleared off the dining table with the hope that I can get a few things done tonight as well. I've been looking at some of the brain photos that my research assistant took. Many are good, but many are of so-so quality so I'm just trying to make the best of the situation. He took nearly 900 photos and will have well over 1,000 once our project is finished. Of course, some of the photos look like crap. There are many that aren't focused properly. But more frustrating is the fact that there are many images in which the brain areas we are looking at aren't even properly framed in the photo. There are very distinct brain regions that are simply cut off, and thus can't be analyzed using those images. My research assistant is a great guy. I've repeated to him again and again what needed to be done, but I get the feeling that a lot of the things I tell or teach him just end up going in one ear and out the other. Sigh. I also need to start thinking about readings that to assign the class for next week's meeting because Bern and I are leading it again next week. We'll be discussing social recognition in large mammals such as whales and elephants, and so we're trying to find some cool research findings about some of these larger creatures. Did you know that elephants can communicate with each other through vibrations in the ground? Or that some species of seals can distinguish between the cries of pups from their own species from pups of different species...while, for some reason, other species of seals aren't able to make that distinction?

Today's picture was taken as Bo and I were walking through campus after work. It makes me happy to see that daytime is becoming longer again. During the winter months, it is not uncommon for me to arrive at work before the sun is up, and to leave work after the sun has already set. Because I don't have a window where I work, I often miss what is happening outside. In the winter, I can miss the sun for days at a time. But today I made it to campus with daylight on my shoulders and departed just in time to watch the last bit of sun fall into the horizon. We are due for another brutal streak of bitter cold in my area. Stay warm, everyone!
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Being a pulmonary physiologist (no kidding) I am keenly interested in how this wonderful living machine (human body) operates. The backup systems, the genious level details of function that the human body encorporates. My area is only how to get the good gas in and the bad gas out (O2/CO2) so as to feed the more important organs like the one you are photographing. I can only imagine the level of nuance that must exist in the human brain. I know enough about neuron behavior to be awestruck at the simplistic beauty of a synapse firing...yours must be an interesting world...bravo.

CollardGreens: Oops!
eelend PRO 11 years ago
lovely shot
i like those colours


eelend's 2007
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
I think Thomas and my friend Zach must be long lost soulmates. I have so many photos of Zach in a similar position. Interesting....

I love your eye photo... the soft light is wonderful..

Erica Day by Day 2007
satrina* 11 years ago
Dropped by to say hi! Hope you're doing fine :)

Btw the colors in this last shot are great!

Satrina: av meg
sunshinecity 11 years ago
That's a lovely shot!
And how interesting what you shared about seals and elephants! I had no idea!!! Isn't nature just the most curious wonderful thing??!?

sunshinecity
~ a picture, a story
*sweet coffee* 11 years ago
Lovely colours in your last picture!

* sweet coffee * candy for the eye
lramiro520 11 years ago
Thanks, everyone!
lramiro520 Posted 11 years ago. Edited by lramiro520 (member) 11 years ago
Friday, March 9, 2007



I mixed chemicals during much of the afternoon. Because of the renovations and having to move all of our equipment to a new room, I couldn't find the little mask that I usually wear to prevent myself from inhaling the fine powders of some of the more toxic chemicals. I ended up having to bring out the big guns and wear this scary mask instead. Better safe than sorry.

It was a long day. After I finished making up various concoctions and finishing some desk work, I went to Bo's office to continue working and keep him company as he finished entering the grades from those dreaded exams. We finished late into the night and got home at around 10:30. We had a very quick dinner and within an hour of coming home from work, rushed over to meet Erik for a drink at Korova. As it turned out, quite a number of our friends were there. The funniest part of the night was when Anirban and Abhijit came up to me to tell me that they were looking at my Netflix queue and they started making fun of me for one particular movie rating. They said, "Leora, now we know everything about you just by looking at your Netflix account!...YOU REALLY LIKED MEAN GIRLS!!!" I laughed for a very long time. So let me announce to the whole world that, yes, I enjoy watching cheesy chick flicks! Interesting (but unsurprising) how your online life can come back and kick you in the ass! LOL!
lramiro520 11 years ago
Saturday, March 10, 2007



I spent a full 8 hours at work today. Eric and I plowed through our experiment and we were both very eager to get out of there to try and enjoy the rest of our Saturday.

This evening Bo and I went to Liz's apartment for dinner with her and Mark and it was quite nice. Afterwards we went to Kat's place to check out her party for a little while. Kat has a very cool bouzouki that she purchased from Athens, Greece. One of her friends tried to tune it, but it seemed to be a very difficult task and was unable to do it with all of the partygoers nearby.
lramiro520 11 years ago
Sunday, March 11, 2007



I frequently pass through a part of a hallway that has a bunch of writing on the ceiling and today I finally had a chance to stop and look at it. The ceiling has lots of dents with signatures and circles drawn around them. I didn't understand what the dents meant until I saw part of the ceiling that had corks lodged in it. Apparently, these dents were dents from champagne corks in celebration of graduate students who were successful in passing a rite of passage: passing a qualifying exam, or better yet, finally earning their PhD. I''m currently in my 4th year of graduate study and I can only hope that I can have a celebration like that soon.

I talked to my little brother today and I actually thought about him all day before I had a chance to call him to say hi and to congratulate him. He just took his SAT's and thankfully, he thinks he did a good job. My little bro is a full nine years younger than I am and I can't believe he is almost grown up. My brother and I are very close and I absolutely love him. Because of our big age difference we never experienced that nasty sibling rivalry that many siblings experience in young age. We have a very goofy sense of humor around each other and I certainly miss him alot now that I'm living six hours away from him. I miss watching him grow up, and even though I get see my family quite a few times each year, I feel like I've missed big chunks of his life and that makes me feel sad. Even though he's not really a full adult yet I know that he deals with a lot of grown-up issues and I only hope that he is learning and trying to deal with them in mature, healthy ways. I know, even though he's never told me or probably anyone else in the family. And of course, I wish him the best, but just as much, I hope he will talk to me about it one day soon.
lramiro520 11 years ago
Monday, March 12, 2007



Today was my weekend. Finally, I didn't really have anything to do, so I went to seminar during lunch and then went home shortly afterwards. It was great to finally relax, although I have so much work to do before Bo and I head off to Germany and Denmark on Friday. I can't believe we're leaving in 4 days! I have so much to finish in the lab. Tonight we had a late dinner at a Chinese joint that we hadn't been to before and then met up with friends at Korova for trivia night. We had a great name: "(H)eman-Meat is Team-Name Spelled Backwards". We lost, but hey, nobody had a name as cool as us. Tonight's photo is from trivia night. It was packed inside. And fun.
lramiro520 11 years ago
Tuesday, March 13, 2007



Our first shot of warm weather in a long time. It got up to 65F today. However, we got dumped with so much snow during the storms last month that even though it was T-shit weather outside, there were still large mounds of snow and ice everywhere. To celebrate the nice weather Sam and I threw a very spontaneous barbecue at the lake. There were 7 of us who showed up, not bad for an hour's notice. The ground was very soggy, but the hot-dogs were yummy and the sunset was gorgeous. It was a fabulous preview of the spring weather that will hopefully arrive soon.
lramiro520 11 years ago
Wednesday, March 14, 2007



Busy, busy, busy. I get one more full day before I'm on a plane bound for Europe. I have to plow through 1,000 brain pictures tonight so that Eric can get going with cell counts. His thesis deadline is quickly approaching, so we're in a huge rush to get done. My mind is spinning. I'll be dreaming of brains tonight....If I ever make it to bed.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Nice Stuff - knew you were busy - count the cells then get on the plane and have a nice cocktail before going to sleep ! Weather is shaping up great for you !!

PostGrad...seems like an eternity when you are in it...seems like the blink of an eye when you are finished. Rejoice in the present !

CollardGreens: Oops!
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
bon voyage!!!
satrina* 11 years ago
It's good to see you're back, hope you finish your job soon to get some rest before your flight!

Have a nice trip!

Satrina: av meg
lramiro520 11 years ago
Thanks everyone! I'm running around like crazy today!!
ebilflindas 11 years ago
Hope you're having a blast over there!
AliThinks 11 years ago
Oh, enjoy your time in Europe!

Alison
lramiro520 11 years ago
An unfortunate turn of events. Not in Europe. I shall update shortly.
lramiro520 11 years ago
Friday, March 15, 2007



So excited to be leaving for Europe tomorrow!
lramiro520 11 years ago
Saturday, March 16, 2007



So we didn't make it to Europe after all. A huge storm hit the northeastern part of the country which resulted in our flight being cancelled. We checked in our baggage and made it to the gate. Our plane was at the gate. People were ready to board. And then they decided to cancel 10 minutes before we were supposed to depart. The earliest that they could fit us in is for Monday. Thanks to Mark, we arrived back to our apartment safely later in the night.

While we were waiting at the gate, Bo was informed that his dad is extremely sick. Originally, the doctors said that they predicted that he only had about 3 more weeks left in him, but now they predict only a week. We have canceled our plans to travel to Europe and Bo will travel to see his dad in Georgia.
lramiro520 Posted 11 years ago. Edited by lramiro520 (member) 11 years ago
Saturday, March 17, 2007



This afternoon, Bo was informed that the condition of his dad has deteriorated very quickly, and they do not think that he will make it to morning. Because of the awful weather in upstate New York, the airports are stagnant and every flight is booked. We each grabbed a few items of clothing, hopped in the car and rushed to Georgia, a whopping 16 hour drive. We left New York at around 4:30 in the afternoon. We took turns driving and set up a little radar detector to the car so that we could avoid the watchful eye of the police as much as we could. We both drove very fiercely, using good judgement, but unafraid to step on the gas pedal when the radar indicated no one watching. As we left town, Bo called Maria, his stepmother (wife of his dad) to tell her that we were on our way and that we would be there by morning. She said that he might not make it through the morning. We did our very best to make it there as quickly as we could.

Bo's father died tonight at 11pm.

Bo happened to take a photo in the car at that exact same time.
lramiro520 11 years ago
Sunday, March 18, 2007

Mourning
Farewell

A very sad time.

We arrived in Athens, Georgia this morning at around 8am. We went straight to the home of Bo's dad and Maria. Understandably, Maria is a wreck and so my plan is to try and help out around the house as much as I can this week.
sunshinecity 11 years ago
Awwww I'm so sorry to hear about that! Please extend my deepest sympathy to Bo!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
msspider66 11 years ago
I am very sorry to hear about Bo's dad. Please extend my deepest sympathy also.


Kelly

[Ms Spider66]
ebilflindas 11 years ago
I cried as I read this.
I am terribly sorry to hear of this, but stand amazed at the turn of events that kept you and Bo from going away. Take care.
lramiro520 11 years ago
Thank you all very much for your condolences. As I know Bo reads this thread, I'm sure he will appreciate your words. The idea that we could have been so far away as all of this was happening makes my stomach churn and so in the end I'm glad our flight was canceled otherwise we could have been in the air before Bo found out the details of his father's health.

Best,
-Leora
ItinerArts 11 years ago
What an awful time... My condolences.
lramiro520 11 years ago
Thank you.
Simon-K 11 years ago
So sorry to hear your news, you must be so glad to have had your flight cancelled
dda1605 11 years ago
Terrible story, very sad. I hope you won't know any more sorrow in you live. My condoleances to Bo.

(Didier 2007 )
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
There are no accidents -- you weren't meant to be on that plane. So sorry for Bo's loss. Losing a parent is hard -- I've been there. He's lucky to have you. You won't be able to find the right words -- there aren't any... just be there for him.
satrina* 11 years ago
Oh my! Do you know that I just went through the almost exact situation? Lyn's dad died March 18th at 1:10 am, that's why I haven't been here lately.

My condolences to both of you and as Bella says, just be there for him, and it's really a nice detail you helping around the house, I know Maria will appreciate it like Lyn's family did.

A big hug for you and Bo

Satrina: av meg
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Just stopped in - thinking about you and Bo...

CollardGreens: Oops !
AliThinks 11 years ago
So sorry to hear about this. You were truly meant to be there for Maria.

I'll be thinking of you both.

Alison
lramiro520 11 years ago
Thank you all for your thoughtful comments. Last week was a very long and tough week to get through. We are back in New York now and trying to catch up with everything that we've missed!
lramiro520 11 years ago
Monday, March 19, 2007



Bo and I drove to atlanta to pick up some of his relatives from the airport this afternoon. Bo's half-sister, Frida, and the brother of Bo's dad, Jan, flew in from Copenhagen. As soon as we arrived back to Maria's house, Maria took them both to the funeral home to view the body. It will be cremated tomorrow.

Frida and Jan brought a tiny jar of beach sand with them which they will give to Bo's dad during the funeral service. The sand has special meaning in the sense that the beach sand is from the west coast of Denmark, the area of the country that Bo's father loved the most. Bo's dad has only been in the U.S. for about 10 years or so, it's important that his life in Denmark is acknowledged.

Tonight, Bo is writing a speech that he will give during the funeral service.

Today's picture is pretty random. It was really the only part of the day in which I felt as if taking out my camera was appropriate. We drove to WalMart so that I could pick up a pair of black pants for the funeral, but we also managed to get Bo's car washed before driving to the airport so that it would look somewhat presentable when his family arrived. We went through one of those automatic car washes, something that I always seem to get a kick out of. I kind of like the picture because it seems to represent how I'm feeling right now. Dazed.
lramiro520 11 years ago
Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Hamlet

Even the dog knows something is wrong. Hamlet used to always sit on the sofa with Bo's dad.

It was a beautiful day with temperatures at around 80F.
We took Jan and Frida for lunch in downtown Athens, followed by a stopover at Wal Mart, so that they could get the "WalMart experience".

However, that was probably the most positive part of the afternoon. Afterwards came a big argument concerning the funeral service, and in particular, whether it is right to--at the funeral-- publicly acknowledge and discuss some of the specific problems that Bo's dad faced which ultimately led to his death, or to highlight positive, but very general aspects of his life. One side of the argument felt that it was important to respectfully address these issues because it would provide a more complete story of this man's life. A big concern was that if the speech was very general, the service would seem very anonymous and not at all personal. The other side argued that he would be put to rest in a more dignified way if people did not publicly rehash the problems in this his life. Unfortunately, the speech that is causing so much tension is Bo's.

Sadly, there is a lot of bitterness in the house this evening and I can only hope that some sort of peace can be made for the sake of Bo's dad. Bo is very upset and very hurt that his speech isn't welcome at his father's funeral, especially since it was his opportunity to make a contribution to the ceremony.
lramiro520 Posted 11 years ago. Edited by lramiro520 (member) 11 years ago
Wednesday, March 21,2007

Per Nielsen

Bo and I went back downtown while the others went out shopping this morning. We ended up at an awesome restaurant, Harry Bissett's, which specializes in cuisine inspired from New Orleans. I had a fabulous meal. Eggplant stuffed w blue crab and shrimp and topped with crawfish etouffe, plus a side of mashed potatoes. It was one of the best $8 meals I've had in awhile.

Bo and Maria didn't speak to each other at all today. Bo was in the room working for most of the day, perhaps even pondering what he should do--suck it up and write another speech, talk to Maria again, or not attend the funeral because he feels the service is not the type his father would have wanted. Bo is quite upset. So lunch was pretty much the only good part of the day.

Today's photo is the obituary that was printed in the local newspaper in Athens, Georgia. The funeral is scheduled for tomorrow morning.
laheringer PRO 11 years ago
I'm so sorry the two of you have to go through this, especially when you thought you'd be chilling in Europe right now. But the reality about death is that the relatives always find something to fight about. It's the old joke about smokers smoke because it gives them something to do with their hands. Fighting about funerals and the will gives people something to do with their grief.

Hang in there. It will all work out.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
To regain focus on return to normal...your photo from carwash really had me going - I like to guess what it is before I read...this one good. Welcome home.

CollardGreens: Oops!
lramiro520 Posted 11 years ago. Edited by lramiro520 (member) 11 years ago
Thursday, March 22, 2007



The funeral was at 11 this morning. It was a warm morning with slightly overcast skies and a nice breeze. It was a small graveside ceremony after which the cremated remains were placed into the vault and sealed. It was quite sad. However, Bo and Frida's worst fears came true in the sense that the service sounded very anonymous with no personal notes or stories interjected into the formal ceremony. Today's photo was taken after the ceremony. It was taken by Bo. Danish relatives who were unable to make it to the funeral requested that photos be taken so that they could see what happened during the ceremony.

This evening, when the Bo, Frida, and Jan were in the den looking through books and photos, I went downstairs to keep Maria company. It breaks my heart to watch her mourn.

But now the next part of the drama is starting to settle in: legal matters. Bo doesn't care about any inheritance. He never mentioned it before hand while his dad was sick, nor did the matter ever seem to genuinely cross his mind before or as the health of his father declined. What is now pissing off Bo is the fact that there may be a Danish-written document that is in his father's desk that could possibly be written specifically to Bo and Frida. However, Maria does not want either of them to read it until she gets Jan to translate it for her. Bo doesn't seem to know what it is. It could be a will, but no one in the house is certain.

One thing is for sure and that's the fact that the letter was definitely not for Maria, and if the document really is for Bo and Frida, then all hell is going to break loose in the house because they have the right to see it and it would be none of Maria's business. Bo also casually noted that yesterday, as he was going through his dad's things, that he was able to access the little desk drawer that has a bunch of important documents. Today, the drawer is locked. Bo hasn't confronted Maria about the document, but the tension is certainly building up.
lramiro520 11 years ago
Friday, March 23, 2007



Bo and I planned on leaving today and we did, but not in the best of ways. He managed to confront Maria about the mysterious documents, but she denied that they even existed even though Jan told Bo and Frida that Maria told him about document(s) that she wanted him to translate. We left in a rush even though we had already packed up everything. I said goodbye to Maria and consoled her a bit. Bo did not say goodbye to her (although he did, of course, to his Danish family). He was absolutely furious even though he didn't really show it.

Today's photo was taken on the road. We crashed at my parent's house in Maryland. We arrived at about 3:30 in the morning. We were both exhausted. It has been a very draining week.
lramiro520 11 years ago
Saturday, March 24, 2007



My first non-death/funeral related photo in a while. Bo and I are staying in Maryland for the rest of the weekend. I haven't told my best friends that I'm in town and I hope they will forgive me, but Bo and I need some time to relax and be non-depressed by ourselves. With all the drama that is going on in Bo's family right now, it seems that we both feel very relieved to be amongst my family right now, which seems to be much more united and stable than Bo's at the moment.

Tonight Bo and I went into DC to Black Cat to watch a 3-band concert: Panther, The Black Lips, and Pony. I was excited to have an opportunity to be free with my camera again so I really let loose.

While we were taking the subway back home Bo told me that he thinks I have the coolest parents ever because they seem to have the perfect mix between concern and curiosity of what's going on in both of our lives. It felt really nice to hear that from him. That comment, coupled with all of the horrible things from last week have really motivated me to appreciate my family much more these days.
AllanThinks 11 years ago
Just catching up after several weeks.

I'm so sorry for your loss, and the difficulties that ensued.

Your photos have been outstanding lately. I especially liked the ones from the 8th and 18th of March.

Allan
satrina* 11 years ago
Sorry to hear you and Bo had a rough time, but good thing is that you have each other. Glad to have you back :)

Satrina: av meg
ebilflindas 11 years ago
What a super band photo!
Good to see you cut loose with the shots.
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
i have been through a lot of what you're going through - the only thing worth saying is
when you're going through hell, keep going
and
all things pass
and crap like that
thinking of ya
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
it's touched a lot of us this month -- wierd...maybe later this year we'll have a burst of births (we've had one -- put your flare on)....
:::::hugs::::::

" BellaGaia (Living with BellaGaia) "
lramiro520 11 years ago
Sunday, March 25, 2007



A slow, but nice day. Bo and I went out for lunch at a small seafood joint called Jerry's. Bo got a hearty serving of sea bass while I ordered a dish known as the Crab Bomb a nice big 10 oz Maryland crab cake...yum! When we got home, my dad was just finishing up changing the brake pads on Bo's car. Other than that, it was a pretty slow day. Earlier in the morning, both my mother and brother were in tears and hugging each other after my mom expressed concern about my brother's life. I don't think either of them were angry at each other...just emotional.

Later in the night, I was attempting to help my brother with one of his homework assignment: to write a poem in Spanish. Now I don't speak Spanish so I don't think I was that big of a help, except for the fact that I was flipping through my brother's Spanish idiom book to try and find some funny phrases.

Bo and I are leaving for New York tomorrow morning.
lramiro520 11 years ago
Monday, March 26, 2007



We got back into town tonight at around 6-ish. But no time to rest because Bo had a soccer game at 9. I decided to go since I needed to find a way to let loose after a long drive. Tonight, the Mystery Machine played Quadzilla and won 10 to 2. Bo made 4 of the goals :-)
lramiro520 Posted 11 years ago. Edited by lramiro520 (member) 11 years ago
Tuesday, March 27,1007

Locksley

It was back to the office today for the both of us. It was a slow day. I really don't feel like being back and it doesn't seem like my mind was ready to be back at work either. I met with my research assistant today to talk about our data and to discuss the write up that will constitute his undergraduate thesis report. We worked together for hours today. As he was feeding me with counts of brain cells, I was processing the numbers and preparing the data for the stats analysis.

Tonight, Bo and I went to a concert at Castaways. Another 3-band concert: Locksley, Scissors for Lefty, and a local ska band called Locale. It turned out to be a weird evening. The promo poster had Scissors for Lefty on it with "Locksley" and "Locale" written on it in black marker, so I assumed that Scissors for Lefty was the main act and Locale as the opening, with Locksley in between. But the actual line up was completely messed up. The first band to play was Locksley,and they were AWESOME. So very energetic, and as Bo says, a very tight band. Next up was Scissors. They were alright, but did not have nearly as much charisma as the "opening" band. I actually felt like leaving halfway through their act. Then came Locale, and they were just awful so I think we left after their first song.

Overall, a very fun night and some great music (at least at the very beginning). Today's photo is of the drummer from Locksley.
lramiro520 11 years ago
Wednesday, March 28, 2007



Bo and I have lived in our apartment for about 8 months now and tonight we FINALLY bought our first house plants!! We got two 3.5 ft plants and a small aloe plant. And just for fun, Bo decided to buy a little grow-it-yourself kit that came with jalapeno seeds :) We've thought about buying plants for a while now, but next week Bo's mother and step-dad will be flying from Spain to visit us, so we figured we should probably start to make our apartment look more pleasant!
sunshinecity 11 years ago
I agree with Allan, your photos as absolutely wonderful!

I hope things manage to get back to normal... it might take some time, but hopefully they will.
You are both on my thoughts.

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
lramiro520 11 years ago
Thursday, March 29, 2007

Karate Moves

Another draining day at work and dealing with Eric's thesis. He submitted part of his thesis into me today so that I could make corrections and I'm sorry to say that I had to butcher the poor document. He has a lot of work to do and many improvements to make on the quality of his thesis and so the next couple of weeks will be tough on the both of us.

My friend and former office-mate for the first 2 years of working in New York, bid me farewell today, as he is moving back to China tomorrow. The reasons for him leaving seem very suspicious to me because he is leaving the PhD program involuntarily, but our department literally never kicks anyone out of the program. I can't figure out why the department asked him to leave. If he were American he would have gone down kicking and screaming like the rest of us, but because (at least I think) of cultural differences he decided to leave without argument. He is a smart person, but sadly became a victim of the system. I am sorry to see him go and I am pissed off at our mentor (we share the same advisor) because he did not stand up for Song (my friend) in front of the "higher powers". My advisor does not stand up for any of us. And that is extremely frustrating.

Bo and I went out to our favorite Asian restaurant for dinner and ended up having drinks at the Chanti afterwards. Since it was still fairly early into the evening, there weren't too many people there so we played a few games of pool. The most random part of the day came when these middle-aged twins walked into the bar and saw that I had a camera and asked me to take a picture of each of them doing their karate moves. It was hilarious! They really didn't have any moves except for whatever they posed for me though, but maybe if I run into them again they will unleash their wrath :)
ebilflindas 11 years ago
4 goals? Wow! I bet it felt good for him to cut loose out there--poor goalie!
AliThinks 11 years ago
I haven't visited your diary in a while. I'm sorry about all the strife you had to deal with after Bo's dad's death.

On the other hand, I will second (or third, or fourth) the statement that your photos have been outstanding!

Alison
lramiro520 Posted 11 years ago. Edited by lramiro520 (member) 11 years ago
@ebilflindas: yeah, i hear ya on that one!

@Ali and everyone else: Thank you for your condolances. We're both doing fine and trying to get back into the swing of things again.

I've come to really love RAW. It has won me over!
lramiro520 Posted 11 years ago. Edited by lramiro520 (member) 11 years ago
Friday, March 30, 2007

Happy Birthday, Samantha!


Today was my friend Sam's 28th birthday. A bunch of us went out for dinner at Lost Dog Cafe, followed by drinks at Korova for the rest of the night. It was all quite fun, especially since Bo was feeding Sam with shots for much of the night!!
lramiro520 Posted 11 years ago. Edited by lramiro520 (member) 11 years ago
Saturday, March 31, 2007



Can it actually be true that I am finally caught up with my photo entries?!?!?! How Awesome!

It turned out to be a really good day. Eric and I had planned to work in the lab all afternoon but he ended up calling me asking us to reschedule until tomorrow because he hit a nice groove with his thesis writing and wanted to ride the wave as long as he could. So instead of working in the dreary basement, Bo and I enjoyed much of the afternoon out of the house. We had brunch at Kelly's followed by some random shopping and a stopover at the grocery store. When we got home, Bo made a yummy dinner which consisted of kidney beans and chilie peppers stuffed with ground beef, cilantro, mustard powder, cumin, and onions. Yum!

After working for a bit, we went up the hill to a house party at the Stewart Little Co-op. It was pretty fun, because as always, they had a party theme. Tonight it was supposed to be a trashy party (The official theme was: Derelict). There were skirts that were made of junk mail, neckties made of duct tape, lampshade hats, etc. The cooler of beer was actually a bathtub sitting on bricks up against the wall. The DJ played electropop from the 80's and hits from the Spice Girls and Ace of Base, which was strange, but it worked.

Anyway, now I'm exhausted. Off to bed! Sweet dreams everyone...I hope the weekend has been nice to you thus far!

Edit: Today's photo just happens to be random and has absolutely nothing to do with anything I've written about for today! (It's just a photo of the back of the shirt that Bo was wearing).
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
Just catching up after a rather hellish week, and I see you've had a week even worse than mine. My sympathies and thoughts go to you and Bo on the tragic loss.

Nice that you've caught up...


ParaScubaSailor en voillage (prononcez voyage, petits voilleurs)...
lramiro520 11 years ago
Sunday, April 1, 2007



I spent the day in the lab working with Eric, my research assistant, doing one of the most tedious tasks of our project: slicing brain tissue. Not human tissue, but rodent tissue. Little tiny brains that are about half an inch long and quarter of an inch wide. Surprisingly, these little tiny things take a long time to slice. I can slice an entire brain from the tip of the olfactory bulb to the base of the cerebellum in about an hour and half. Luckily we were able to cut down the time since we're not interested in the entire brain and so it takes Eric and me about 45 minutes to cut each brain. In about 45 minutes we are able to cut through 3/4 of the brain with slices that are 40 microns thick, or in other words, 4/100ths of a millimeter thick. We sliced a total of 10 brains today which took us over 8 hours.

After working, I gladly went home and chilled with Bo and noow, it's bedtime. I've been able to fall asleep quilte easily these past few days. The past week has been full and satisfying even though I swear that I'd rather retire and be a couch potato at this point.
ebilflindas 11 years ago
So that's a bit o' frozen rat brain?

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eelend PRO 11 years ago
wow
what do you do with those slices?


eelend's 2007
dda1605 11 years ago
Great soccer action picture on the 26th. I see they have girls on the team....This is refreshing

(Didier 2007 )
Tom Hall (tommune) 11 years ago
Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.... rat sliiiiiceeeeeeeessssss.....

Tom Tommune's 2007 in Austin
lramiro520 Posted 11 years ago. Edited by lramiro520 (member) 11 years ago
@eelend: we stain the tissue in such a way that we can visualize, under a microscope, specific brain cells that are activated in response to a specific behavior. In a way, it's like a "poor man's" version of an MRI. In this case, we study mechanisms associated with social recognition.

@dda1605: Yes, the league that bo plays on is co-ed. They require a certain minimum # of women to be on the roster!
lramiro520 Posted 11 years ago. Edited by lramiro520 (member) 11 years ago
Monday, April 2, 2007



This is our bedroom at the moment. Messy. Messy. Messy. Although we usually don't keep our room totally immaculate, at least we usually have the decency to keep the floor clutter free. This has not been the case since we got back from Georgia. On the bright side, we will be cleaning soon. And cleaning very very well. We need to since Bo's mother and stepdad will be visiting us (from Spain) at the end of the week. Funny how moms tend to bring out the tidy side in us all....
lramiro520 11 years ago
Tuesday, April 3, 2007



When will we get a break? Gas prices in upstate New York have skyrocketed to astronomical costs. On Friday, Bo and I have to drive to and from New York City to pick up his mother and stepdad. It will be about a 5 hour drive, and with the current gas prices, it will be an expensive one.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Ahem... Europe is at about $5.50 per gallon for diesel...
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Your photo diary is a good one for me - both entertaining and visually stimulating - glad to see you caught up...

CollardGreens: Oops!
ebilflindas 11 years ago
I'm sorry to say that those prices are practically a bargain compared to the 3.50 out here on the Left Coast...

And messy room? Puh-leaze.
;-)
eelend PRO 11 years ago
i must say... i love your bedroom


eelend's 2007
lramiro520 11 years ago
@ CG: i'll make sure to walk everywhere next time i'm on your side of the ocean! I guess European gas prices have always been more expensive than American...makes me never want to have a car if I ever live in Europe! :)

@ebilflindas: Holy smokes, that sucks for you guys. For some reason I always thought California would have similar prices to NYC. I hope you have own reliable bicycle...and a reliable pair of legs!

@eeland: Thanks :)
dda1605 11 years ago
WooooW - If I want to kill my wife once, the best weapon will be to leave the room like that :)

(Didier 2007 )
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