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Posts on 12/15/17

How I Became a Japanophile; from Edward Mears

(John Eipper, USA, 12/15/17 3:12 am) Edward Mears writes: John E asked me to expound on my "Gaijin experience" here in Japan. As a frequent visitor, my "career" in ...

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Helping with the Olive Harvest

(Roy Domenico, USA, 12/15/17 2:49 am) Some WAISers may recall that, during my visit to Eugenio Battaglia two years ago, I "helped" him with the olives. Maybe I should say that Eugenio generously let me "help" him. I ...

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Wildfires Rage in Southern California

(Edward Jajko, USA, 12/15/17 2:28 am) In October, I wrote about the wildfires that were devastating large parts of four California counties to the north of the San Francisco Bay. Forty three people died; 9,000 buildings were destroyed, am ...

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Posts on 12/14/17

Prosciutto? Ah, Prosciutto

(Boris Volodarsky, Austria, 12/14/17 7:10 am) A very brief comment on Eugenio Battaglia post of 13 December and JE's remarks. In Europe, we do not have a product named "prosciutto." There are all different prosci ...

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Off for Cuba Through December 25th

(John Eipper, USA, 12/14/17 5:18 am) Greetings from Toronto.  As of tonight, WAIS will put down stakes in Cuba.  Our itinerary includes three days in Havana, then Viñales, Trinidad, Playa Girón, and finally V ...

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Olive Harvest Report

(Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 12/14/17 4:05 am) John E asked about this year's olive harvest. Happily, it has been especially good, with plenty of olives not touched by pests. We have not yet finished, as we have 100 trees and the harves ...

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Doug Jones Victorious in Alabama; Death of SF Mayor Ed Lee

(A. J. Cave, USA, 12/14/17 3:44 am) The number 13 is considered unlucky by some, and sure enough 13 December has turned out to be unlucky for the President, the Republicans and what's his name who was running for the Alabama Senate ...

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Posts on 12/13/17

Pricing Prosciutto di Parma

(Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 12/13/17 6:15 am) Yesterday afternoon, after chasing down the season's final olives following an icy day, I went into town to pick up the monthly Limes magazine. My wife asked me to go to the butcher shop ...

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Carlos Slim and the New York Times; from Gary Moore

(John Eipper, USA, 12/13/17 5:03 am) Gary Moore writes: JE asked for more information on whether New York Times coverage might have been influenced by the financial rescue of the Times ...

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The Best Sauce? Hunger/Fome

(Tor Guimaraes, USA, 12/13/17 4:05 am) I rack by brain trying to answer JE's question (11 December) if Brazilian or Portuguese has an expression equivalent to the Spanish proverb: El hambre es la mejor salsa. ...

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