Saturday, October 31, 2009

Creamfields 2009?

For those who have never heard of it, Creamfields is a huge music festival that started in the UK and has now grown to be a yearly festival in more than 10 countries. Creamfields began in BA nine years ago, and has become the event of the year for over 50,000 lovers of electronic music. They dance all day/all night long and watch world renown DJs work their magic. However, Electronic/techno/trance has never been my thing. For some reason, I've always associated it with tight shirt - sunglass inside/at night - wearing, pill popping, euro-trash. But after living in BA, this music is nearly impossible to avoid, since it is played at the majority of the clubs. So against my will, I have grown to tolerate it.Creamfields was supposed to take place this Saturday, November 7th in Palermo. Tickets have been sold to over 40,000 people, and international DJs have been booked -- not to mention the excitement of thousands of fans in anticipation of this rapidly approaching day. However, the one thing that organizers forgot to do is obtain a permit from the government (Waynes World all over again!). But unlike Waynestock, the local government is not going to allow the festival to take place this Saturday. How can this be the biggest electronic music festival in the world, and a week before the event there is still doubt whether it will take place? Worst of all, the organizers of Creamfields, who have thus far made millions of dollars in ticket sales, have yet to make any statements. They haven't updated their website, and they haven't given the anxious ticket holders any information. Facebook groups instantly popped up with thousands of ravers wearing stupid emo haircuts - denouncing the government, but not the organizers. They are calling for a protest at the Obelisco, one of the most famous monuments in the center of the downtown area. I bet the cast of characters at this demonstration will be 100 times more entertaining than the actual festival...
"In case that on Monday we have the worst news, Sat, November 7 everyone is invited to the Obelisco! Friends of Creamfields, we are going to protest for our rights....Please the only thing I ask is that you are not violent verbally or physically, we are all united for the same reason because we are peaceful people"

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Foto, Foto, Foto, Foto!

The commercial above was on the air a few years ago for Personal, a cell phone company that was promoting a new camera phone. One thing that many people do not know about Argentina is that they have some of the funniest commercials around. It's a sort of self-deprecating type humor that pokes fun of the culture by using hilariously ridiculous characters and sillyass music.

"All Girls Look Good From A Far" If a FCC-type organization existed in Argentina (never gunna happen) it would be the richest org around... people would flip their shit if commercials on network television showed bare ass dental flossed thongs with heaping spoonfuls of political incorrectness. What quality entertainment!

"The Hit of the Summer"

Monday, October 19, 2009

Update: Rich complainers prevail!

Last week I wrote an entry about the time change fiasco... here are some updated:
  • The time didn't change! At the last minute, they called it off.
  • There was no coverage on the time change - there was coverage on fútbol, Miss Plastic Surgery 2009, and segments how ketchup has less calories than mayonnaise.
  • The main newspaper's current time had been changed reflecting day light savings time, as did and a few other online publications while the "news" stations (yes, I always put that word here in quotes) did have the correct non-changed time.
I guess what shocked me the most is that no one seemed to give a shit about the debate... no one really seemed to know the correct time, nor did they really care to investigate more to figure it out. I don't know why I find this topic so interesting... I could over analyze and go into a long explanation how this is a prime example of the difference between a North American's perception of time and an Argentine... where I come from, time and punctuality is very important - here it is non existant. Basically, argentime = you can be an hour late for something and blame it on the culture.

I found a brief explanation here on

Monday, October 12, 2009

I have to fill a prescription, could you run to Poison Pharmacy and pick me up my meds?

Names and signs written in Spanish are instantly funny to me. It is even funnier when the names are copied from English, with the meaning either lost in translation, or just doesn't make any sense whatsoever. To me, the absolute best is when the name is copied in English, but completely inappropriate for the store/product that is being advertised.

Proyecto Cartele, or Project Signs, is a website devoted to graffiti and signs that just make you laugh and wonder - who were the geniuses who came up with this?

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Day light savings time? No thanks.

Controversy has erupted among some of the provinces in Argentina - whether or not to change the clocks on October 18 for daylight savings time. It was my understanding that in spring many countries choose to move the clocks ahead not only to take advantage of long sun-filled days to perfect their tans, but it conserves a fair amount of energy.

Apparently, some of the local provincial governments - pressured by the gastronomical industry - decided that changing the clocks one hour would negatively harm the economy... according to the anti-time changing committee, people will spend too much time outdoors during the day which will cause the food and nightlife industry to suffer (even though prime restaurant time doesn't peak until 10:30pm, and bars even later). So, basically, a group of rich restaurant owners don't want the rest of the whole Argentine Republic to enjoy an extra hour of daylight because they would lose a couple pesos, and the government listens.

The provinces of Mendoza, Santa Fe, Catamarca, Salta, Chubut, Neuquén and San Luis all decided against the change - imagine it is 7:00 in New York and Illinois and 8:00 in Wisconsin and California...

Monday, October 5, 2009

Kitties don't like to be walked

This cute little kitty needs to take a xanax or paxil or something because she was TREMBLING the moment she saw daylight.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Dashi Sushi

One of the better Japanese restaurants is Dashi - they have about 6 locations in the city that all offer delivery. Dashi is a bit more pricey than most Japanese restaurants, but the fish is good quality. We ordered the other night and for some reason it was just ehh - 1 combinada of all salmon plus an extra roll (Ichiban) that had crab, shrimp, cucumber wrapped in salmon and caviar... sounds tasty but the roll itself costs around 43 pesos and had a soury taste to it.. this whole box set us back 100 pesos. We both agreed to take a break to take a break from sushi for a while....

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Argentine Diet: Panchos y Hamburguesas

And they say that Americans eat food that is bad for you....My favorite Argentine stuffed his face with 2 hamburgers with cheese and 2 hot dogs.