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December 4, 2007

I’m sitting on the beach in Puerto Rico right now. Insane to bring your laptop to the beach, you say? Yeah, you’re probably right—but the beach is only a few steps from my hotel, the El San Juan, so, y’know. The hotel is nice but for the pervasive, thumping techno soundtrack that is seemingly impossible to get away from: in the elevator, in the halls (which you can hear, faintly, the insistent bassline, at night in bed, in your room—no kidding), and even right here, right behind me on the beach. So maybe having a laptop out here, with a just-fine WiFi signal, isn’t so strange. The waves are rolling in and the breeze is cool. There are a few scattered people in beach chairs nearby.

Puerto Rico has been great, if a bit odd. The city seems strangely empty—at least, Old San Juan, the 500-year-old downtown area, does. It’s beautiful, though, the Creole (I think) architecture, all the pastel colors, the little lizards sunning themselves. I like a lizard, I’ve decided. They are cute little critters, how they are totally unmoving and then, bam, in a flash, they’re off.

We’ve seen a lot of interesting hotels. The new La Concha, which is being renovated right now in time (they say, though I don’t see how they will get it done in time) for a Sunday, Dec. 8th opening. The La Concha is an old hotel built in the Tropical Modernism style which has lain fallow for 10 years now—just went to seed. They’re doing a ton of work on it, though, and it looks like it’s going to be a beautiful hotel when it is finished.

That’s all for now. Think I lost the signal.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Joe permalink
    December 4, 2007 9:06 pm

    you said the name of your hotel is “the El San Juan.” Isn’t that redundant? Wouldn’t the translation be “the The San Juan?” Sort of like ATM machine or SAT test.

  2. Micaiah permalink
    December 5, 2007 3:14 pm

    Joe is definitely right on that one. And I know the exact techno beat you are referring to. You’ll have it playing in your head for weeks after leaving. But, oh, to join you in Puerto Rico . . .

  3. Jake-Freedom permalink
    December 5, 2007 4:23 pm

    I would be that Dr. H is most likely mistaken here, calling a Puerto Rican hotel “the El San Juan” would be like calling an American hotel “el The Peabody”.

    Checkmate, Mr. Trampoline.

  4. Anonymous permalink
    December 5, 2007 7:27 pm

    Blasted for a misplaced double quotation mark! The horror! The horror!

  5. Jake-Freedom permalink
    December 5, 2007 8:52 pm

    For real, I mean – who makes “quotation e”rrors anymore these days?


  6. scram. permalink
    December 5, 2007 10:08 pm

    “wo” w?

    O m”y”.

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