When I meet friends husband and wife duo Eden and Angelo Villagomez for happy hour here, our first drink is a communal one. It’s served in a giant, hollowed out pineapple and garnished with a flaming lime. The concoction inside is mostly rum, with a bit of fruit on top..
And this phone has a feature mine does not. Guan pops open the back to show me: It has two SIM cards, not one. You can pop the card, which is associated with a specific carrier, in and out of one phone and put it in another. Our robust restaurant search took us to every area of the ever growing city of Puerto Vallarta. We made sure to include restaurants that were high end, as well as restaurants that were more on the economic side, right down to inexpensive street stands. From elegant restaurants to the casual sidewalk stand, we found wonderful food as well as wonderful dining experiences.
And yes, $1.5 billion is a lot of money. It’s a lot even if you take the smaller cash payout $930 million instead of the lifetime annual payments. It’s a lot even after you account for taxes: If you live in a state that doesn’t tax lottery winnings, once you pay Uncle Sam, you’ve got $561.72 million..
That wasn my intention. What I wanted was to discover how each of these men and, along the way, some of the many others who suffered from the disease experienced and thought about their addiction. If anything, it was an expression of my faith in literature, and its power to map the more difficult regions of human experience and knowledge.As to the origins of my interest, I might as well admit I grew up in an alcoholic family myself.
Growing up, he was influenced by the writing of Ernest Hemingway and decided he would be a foreign correspondent. He attended the University of Western Ontario for only a few weeks when he dropped out to begin writing for newspapers. He first wrote for the rural Woodstock Sentinel Review before landing a job with the much larger London (Ontario) Free Press.
So repulsed were some observers that they blamed an early season television ratings dip on Kaepernick’s audacity. A lanky and athletic quarterback with a fascinating personal story, Kaepernick had become a superstar four years ago while leading the 49ers to the Super Bowl; now he had sparked a fierce, polarizing discussion that transcended sport and industry, politics and age.President Obama said the 29 year old quarterback was “exercising his constitutional right” to protest; Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg called Kaepernick “dumb and disrespectful”; Navy Adm. Harris Harris, speaking at a ceremony this month honoring the Pearl Harbor dead, said that those killed 75 years prior “never took a knee” when the “Star Spangled Banner” was played.