Wednesday, November 22, 2006


We did it!

Through the magical, mystical forces of peace, love and COCONUT...the VTB Chat Lounge now has its very own Estonian!

Recall that in yesterday’s maiden voyage of the good ship, “Out That Lurker,” we made a desperate plea for the introverted Estonian who religiously checks this blog each day to step forward and join the party.

And he did!

Or she did.

Quite honestly, I’m still not sure about our new friend’s gender. But it really doesn’t matter, because most people in blog chat rooms don’t tell the truth, anyway.

So, let’s hear what our new friend has to say:


A couple words about myself. (Gosh, that sounds like "English for beginners" course). My employer is Fish Murderers Inc. and I proudly pose as the Executive BS Tester for their 3 companies. `nuff said.

I enjoy your blog, Sal, with the COCONUTS and all. It is safely tucked in my IE "Favourites" and during my coffee brake I sometimes click on the link and say to myself quietly (Hannibal Lecter-like) "Sa-al. Hi Sa-al".

How I got here. I will probably be moving to Southern Spain in a year or so if all goes as planned. I had to do some research. After typing "life in spain blog expat" , i got all sorts of info. Expatica Spain had your article and I found your blog. Tadaa!

BTW it`s not that cold here yet. Around zero Celsius. The`re promising tons of snow for Christmas though.

I’m sure that I speak for the entire VTB family--and of course I do, because I’m the dictator around here--when I say, "Tere tulemast!"

Anyone who can mention Hannibal Lecter, Fish Murderers and COCONUT in the same four-paragraph e-mail message is certainly welcomed with open arms and open wines bottles.


At 8:53 PM, Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

Hey, I lurk every morning, but just because I can't type anything that makes sense before 8:30 am anyway. So I come back in the evening, and post a silly comment.

At 9:15 PM, Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

BTW, haven't you been lurking, too??

At 9:18 PM, Blogger Sal DeTraglia said...

Of course! I'm a big-time lurker on many blogs (including yours).

But only blogs are that "Out that Lurker"-free zones.

Smart, eh?

At 9:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Zero degrees! Not cold?
I can a frozen bunch of coconuts!!!!

At 9:32 PM, Blogger christina said...

Wow, I wonder how many more lurkers you're going to drag (in the gentlest of ways, of course - this IS the VTB Love Train after all) onto the premises.

At 3:01 AM, Blogger Nyana said...

i admit, i lurk. (acknowledging a problem is good, right?) but honestly, i seem to have a hard time typing that stupid word verification thing.
is there a course i can take for that?
is there "word verification typing for dummies" book i can buy?
help Coconut man, save me out of my misery. i wanna be a lurker no more.

At 9:08 AM, Anonymous tinakala said...

OMG you found the Estonian National Barbie picture :) I`m a bit darker though.And never, ever in a million years would I wear such a ridiculous hat.
But thanks for the welcoming words.

Religiously yours,

At 10:20 AM, Blogger Sal DeTraglia said...

Tinakala: Hat? Oh, sorry. I didn't even notice that she was wearing a hat. ;-)

Nyana: I have the same problem. Half the time, I can barely distinguish the letters and numbers in the Word Verification window. I could easily solve this hardship by deactivating it, but that would mean receiving ten Comments a day from Nigerians telling me that I've won the UK National Lottery, or that I should buy stock in company XYZ, or that I should buy a case of "natural Viagra." No way!

At 11:14 AM, Blogger christina said...

Us very old people with bad eyesight sometimes just leave the verification field blank and keep clicking "login and publish" until we find a set of letters we we can actually decipher.

Tinakala is a girl! All right! Another one to add to the VTB harem.

At 12:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wanted to stop by and wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving! Will you be doing the turkey thing?


At 2:54 PM, Anonymous Jo said...

I'm with Cream... "Zero? NOT cold??" YIKES! Welcome to the commenting world! ::runs out to find out what the heck "Fish Murderers" is::

At 3:24 PM, Blogger Sal DeTraglia said...

Christina: It's always nice to have new women as VTB Chat Loungers. Not for the naughty reasons that some of you might think; but because women are likely to drink less of the wine bottle than men.

C-Rae: Happy Turkey Day to you, too. No turkey on the menu tonight. This is just another workday for me. daughter and I have been invited to a Thanksgiving party on Sunday at the home of the American family (aka, my "Peanut Butter Pushers") down the street. I will give thanks that I don't have to do the cooking. Not much, at least. I have responsibility for bringing a corn dish--which is laughable, because the Spanish consider corn to be food for pigs and not humans. That's Ok. Ines and I love corn, so we'll have no qualms about eating it all by ourselves. I'm planning to make corn chowder, BTW. I suppose you're having turkey-stuffed ravioli tonight?

Jo: Luca Brazzi sleeps with the fishes.

At 7:38 PM, Blogger Kurt said...

I just type "coconut" until the verifier gives me letters that are more sensible. No really! It started that one day when my word was all g's and q's and j's and I'm just not smrt enough to sort out that kind of thing hehe.

Happy Thanksgiving you expat murikans! I don't know about you, but I will be ignoring the admonishments of Cinder Calhoun and Sarah MacLaughlin, and will be eating real turkey anyway. Hey I left that deer alone, I get a break on turkey day right?! :)

Fun fact about is one of the Finno-Ugric languages, rather than Indo-European...though it has been strongly influenced by German, and has a large number of German loan-words. You'll have to ask tinakala how to translate "The terrorist has stolen my schnitzel and beaten my coconut," however...I'm just a linguist hehe.

At 9:18 PM, Anonymous trac said...

And will the lovely Tinakala be moving in with us all too?

At 9:33 PM, Blogger Sal DeTraglia said...

Kurt: Which is *exactly* why I outted Tinakana. My Finno-Ugric verb conjugations were getting rusty, and I needed someone with whom to practice. Vanha mies jolla on puujalka!

Trac: She certainly will. Although she'll probably feel a bit self-conscious, since she'll be the only one not wearing one of those nifty red Estonian hats. I've already ordered mine from Amazon.estonia.

At 10:34 AM, Blogger christina said...

Oh, no, no, no, no - I wasn't thinking harem = naughty either. It's just that we need someone who can fit into the belly dancing outfit. :-)

And...may I have your corn chowder recipe, please? My kids love corn. It used to be for pigs only in Germany too, but in the last 10 years or so humans have gotten wind of how tasty it is.


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