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Update

It’s been some time since the last post. Well, I was robbed in August (if I’m not wrong), I was at KFC talking to a friend and when I realised my bag was gone. Notebook, ipod, 2 books and digital camera.

I still don’t have my visa and nobody has any idea when I will get any news.

Readings since the last post:

  • God Delusion, Richard Dawkins
  • My Life, Bill Clinton
  • The accidental president of Brazil, Fernando Henrique Cardoso
  • Irrationality, Stuart Sutherland

Cricket: As explained to a foreigner…

Cricket: As explained to a foreigner…
You have two sides, one out in the field and one in. Each man that’s in the side that’s in goes out, and when he’s out he comes in and the next man goes in until he’s out. When they are all out, the side that’s out comes in and the side thats been in goes out and tries to get those coming in, out. Sometimes you get men still in and not out.

When a man goes out to go in, the men who are out try to get him out, and when he is out he goes in and the next man in goes out and goes in. There are two men called umpires who stay all out all the time and they decide when the men who are in are out. When both sides have been in and all the men have out, and both sides have been out twice after all the men have been in, including those who are not out, that is the end of the game!

Reading

Down and Out in Paris and London

Past reading:

  • A little History of The World
  • The Music of the Primes

Reading

Freakonomics

Past readings:

  • Animal Farm
  • 1984
  • Dreams of my father
  • A short history of nearly everything

Primos

It’s funny one day you’re playing football with your friends, sharing the same interests and when you realise they’re living in a utterly different way and their interests can be quite divergent from yours. I’ve got a few friends form Taubaté, now living in São Paulo though, that I used to study, hang out and share my teenager’s time. We used to listen to the same bands, basically eat the same food and during our spare time we were together talking about everything pertinent to us.

Few days ago we got gathered after almost one year and we’re so different nowadays and i like that.  We still look after to each other and that’s important to me.

There are people looking for money, basically everybody is, but in different ways. There are those how money is to give comfort, those that money is power and those that money is survival. But, at same time, there are those who are working to have a decent future without being a slave of the money. At this point it’s natural to think about money as the only way to have a future without trouble, i don’t think in this way but people tend to be shocked if i say that i don’t want money any more.

Anyway, i was at Mutley by the time they got Taubaté on Friday and it was packed, i had to give up staying there to see Renato and his band. Bruno, Thiago, Fabi, Diego and I went to Cataguá’s lake to have some beer and to catch up after one year. Apart from the wind and that I hadn’t got a jumper, it was remembering the many nights we spent together doing that. How i miss that!

We had barbecue next day and had dinner on Sunday as well. It’s hard to say good bye to the people who are so important to you, when you don’t know when you are will see them again

Anonymous pseudo-teacher

If you are the big boy that is correcting me sending comments, please give me your email and we can talk about your suggestions and i can correct you as well.  There is no way to give you any feedback if i don’t know who you are and how good is your english because your some of your corrections seem to be quite wrong, not for me, but for people who speak native English.

Capitão Gancho

Yesterday, after the presentation of my graduation project, all my classmates and me went to Capitão Gancho. It’s a bar where you’re supposed to experience the neverland characters and drink reactively without spend a fortune.

The presentation was Ok, i had problems to talk. hehehe, that’s right, the words came up in English and one time I stopped talking for almost 30 seconds only trying to say ‘stable’ in portuguese (by the way it’s ‘estável’) but at the end the project was accepted and we did all what we had to do.

The time spent at Gancho was the best time I had there ever. I used to go to Gancho quite often during my time here at Itajubá, but neved had such great time with my classmates as i had yesterday. We drunk quite a lot (arund 60 bottles of 600 ml) and spent 10 Reais (what is about 3.5 pounds) hahaaha. There’s a reason for that. We didn’t pay one part of the bill, to celebrate your graduation and because the bar had had to much money from us during the last 5 years.

I went back home with Raphael, we used to live together, and we went to the house where used to be our student house. There are 5 girls living there now and the house is in the same state of when i left. They were nice with us and we saw the rooms that we used to live in.

The guys came along (Fred e Codorna) and i much appreciate that.