Well, well, well.. and what else have we here?
I do know this is one of Rachael's favorite TV shows and that she's mentioned using her skills of Latinish to translate the Latinish bits of the rituals and whatnot. Hee! I's so excited. It being that this is Friday and the weather promises to be truly awful this weekend, I intend to make a giant bowl of popcorn and start watching this. :P
Rachael: Thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou! I don't know what to say other than thankyouthankyouthankyou. What a wonderful surprise! :-D I'm looking forward to watching these, and I'll try to pace myself. No promises, though, 'cause I might just get so wrapped up in the story that I'll forget to pace myself and be all googly eyed. Thank you tons, dear! Squee! You's a peach.
The box from dad was a reminder that he just spent about a month in Guatemala working to help a coffee co-op get its financial stuff sorted out and see where they could cut costs. From what he told me, the co-op is run by the church and the villagers, some of whom have a couple of acres where they grow coffee, which they pick, sort, roast, and package before exporting it for sale. It being that dad is an economist, he volunteered to help out, and spent a month going over figures and whatnot. He called once to let me know he'd got an allergy to something in the air--possibly volcanic dust and ash--and that he was astonished at how the villagers carry the 60 lb bags of coffee up these steep, almost vertical stepped embankments using a sling-type affair over their foreheads. There are a lot of doctors volunteering in the area, some of whom were from Minnesota, and the chiropractors among them did a lot of tut-tutting over how this method of carrying heavy loads is bad for the spine and neck in the long term. Dad didn't say whether any of them came up with a solution for the problem, though, or what they proposed to do to help the villagers with their misaligned spines. The contents of the box, then, must be Guatemalteco! Dad has contributed another t-shirt for my already vast collection, and this one depicts a scene from the creation cycle "segun el Popol Vuh". I'm not up on Guatemalan cultures or mythology, so I'm not sure who or what this Popol Vuh is; I should probably trot on over to the library to do some research. :P