4/4/10: Santiago, Chile
I’m trying to make room on my resume for a new line that goes something like this:
Prominently featured on worldwide phenomenon television show THE AMAZING RACE.
Now I’m not sure how copyrights work when pasting screenshots of television shows in a wildly popular blog, but I am sure that CBS never asked for my permission to be included in the show so if I were them I wouldn’t be taking this one to court. Just in case though, this picture was uploaded courtesy of CBS’s The Amazing Race, a Jerry Bruckheimer production.
Tonight was actually filled with firsts for me. In addition to my appearance on The Amazing Race, here’s what else happened:
- Tried Chilean chocolate milk for the first time (it was delicious)
- Tried Chilean steak that was on sale from the grocery store (it was unchewable)
- Participated in an earthquake
Can you say “participated” in that context? I suppose that’s not the correct verbiage, but I can’t think of a better way to say it and I’m anxious to tell you the story.
Zhou had just fallen asleep and I was just finishing watching the aforementioned television show starring Kevin Curry when I felt a small rumble. I checked my stomach. Still full from the vegetables I ate during dinner (we threw away most of the meat). I checked my Blackberry to see if I was getting staffed. Oh wait, I don’t have a job so I don’t carry that around anymore. (Side note: even though it’s been nine months since I last worked, I still sometimes get the dreaded feeling of Blackberry vibration. That’s how bad investment banking was.) I was about to check to see if Zhou was kicking the bunk below me, when all of a sudden the walls began shaking. It honestly felt like baby elephants had just broken in the front door downstairs and were playing a game of Twister.
Three seconds later, it stopped. I hopped down off the bed and saw that it had awakened sleeping Zhou (something I have learned NEVER to do), so I knew I hadn’t imagined it. I headed downstairs to yell at the elephants and saw that the couple in the next room was out to do the same thing.
Downstairs on the couch, the hostel worker guy was relaxing, watching TV as if nothing had happened. He looked rather disturbed that we were interrupting his show.
“Yep that was an earthquake. I’d say maybe a 4. Happens all the time. Go back to bed.”
And that was that.
Picture of the Day: The view from our room of our hostel’s patio.