Fiestas Patronales de Rincón

Posted by Cassie

On Saturday, we headed downtown to spend some time at the Surfrider Association’s Fundraiser at Rincon Beer Company. They had a nice dinner for a great cause and we hung out there for a while talking with friends. Then we heard fireworks exploding outside in the plaza. We saw a bunch of people from the church standing outside and so we thought we had better go see what all the fuss was about.

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Music in the plaza

It was the annual Fiestas Patronales de Rincón in honor of the Patron Saint Santa Rosa de Lima. In addition to the church gathering there was live music everywhere, a procession and also a big carnival.

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Britton working on his Spanish ordering a pincho (meat on a stick)

At the carnival there were the usual things you might see like whirly rides and junk food (Puerto Rican style of course), but also lots and lots of horse race gambling! Well…not with real horses but a fun carnival version that was gambling none-the-less. This was one of the biggest hits! Everyone was placing bets roulette style on the different horses and cheering them on (the wooden horses)!

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One thing we have found living here is that there is always a party, somewhere. And this was yet another reason to party.

No Business like Show Business

Posted by Cassie

The amazing thing about a complete lifestyle overhaul is that you really have no full idea of what you may be doing from one day to the next and that is part of the appeal! A completely new set has been built for us to write our newest parts and dramas to our life including many unique characters. And this is not just a metaphor…

Since our move we have met so many varied and incredible people with all sorts of talents and histories. Two of those people are our new friends Jon and Rachel Meyer.

They are film-makers, video editors, producers, directors, musicians and all around fun people who have brought us such local recent hits as the Disfunction music video “Johnny” as well as the awesomely absurb webisode series “All Four Love” and have won many commercial video contests. And we are so grateful to call them our friends.

Anyhow, we have been working with them on a few of their projects in various ways: as extras or playing small roles, or even in a larger ongoing project (hint, hint).

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Photo Hint Number 2 of our big project

The most recent one I was a part of was for a short comedy film written, produced and directed by them. I play a local gossip and doctor’s patient trying to get the good dirt. It is a pretty hilarious movie and my scene makes me laugh already just thinking about it.

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You never know where you may end up when you say “SURE!”

When I was a small child, my dad used to have a landscaping business in the summer and a snow shoveling business in the winter. When I would go out with him in the truck in the winter he used to sing “There is no business like snow business” and it wasn’t until years later that I found out about the original song.

Now that I have worked with Jon and Rachel on some of these projects, I can say that there is definitely no business like SHOW BUSINESS. No business I know. Stay tuned for more…!

A Quick Stop at Corcega Beach

Posted by Cassie

We have been staying pretty busy lately but this past week was just too hot to get much done. We have both the fans running and the baby pool has been a lot of fun to cool off in, but one day we just had to go to the beach for a quick dip and lunch.

Lunch at Corcega

We went to Corcega Beach and basically had the whole place to ourselves. It is another very beautiful beach with crystalline blue waters.

Our little lunch spot in the shade

We ate lunch and then jumped in the water for a little snorkeling. We hadn’t been in 15 minutes when we heard thunder rumbling in the distance. It was like a Corn Pops commercial…where we had gotten hot enough to leave and go swimming and then it rained like crazy cooling everything down.

Here comes the rain clouds from the south!

We rushed back to the truck just in time before we would have been soaked. It was a quick stop at Corcega Beach, but we will be back soon!

New Spearfisherman

Posted by Britton

Being new to a hobby or sport can be frustrating, expensive and possibly very time consuming.  With that said I have picked up spearfishing.  I describe it as “snorkeling with a purpose.”

My First Fish

Snorkeling was already fairly new to me, I had only gone a few times while on vacations.  I always enjoyed looking at the creatures that are beneath the surface and wondered if you can eat them and if so, which ones were the tastiest?  Traditional fishing with a rod and reel hasn’t ever really appealed to me; it is a slow pace and you don’t really have any idea as to what is going on beneath the surface.  Spearfishing in contrast is an action sport where you are very involved with and immersed with and in the environment.

Being a noob (newbie/new/beginner) I am still trying to identify what types of fish are what and what equipment is needed.  I got a Hawaiian sling from a local store and have a mask, snorkel and fins.  The Hawaiian sling is a spear with an elastic band that you wrap around your hand and use to propel the spear thru the water.  It gives you about a 3 foot reach or so which means you still need to get pretty close to the fish to spear them.

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Dinner for some lucky birds

I went out today and snagged two small fish (I figure I can feed what I can’t eat to the chickens and turkeys).  I wasn’t sure what they were, but they didn’t look too exotic.  After asking my friend I think one is a blue runner and the other is a mojarra (See below pic)

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The best part of being new to a hobby is having fun with being new.  Catching any fish for me is a thrill and I am already getting better and better!  My expectations are pretty low and easy to meet.  However I am already finding that I don’t want these small target fish anymore.  I want to spear a larger fish and pan fry it for lunch afterward!  Just like anything, step by step.