See This?


See this? At first glance, you might think it likely that, given the facial hair, it could be attached to something like this:











But you'd be wrong. Because what it's REALLY attached to is this . . . 



Which is attached to this: 





Which is presently probably attached to something like this:

And that totals up to true happiness in the Land of Varmint.

And true happiness is what I got a lot of over the telephone yesterday when I spoke to him down in Nicaragua for free via Skype. (If you don't know what Skype is, you might want to check it out. Especially if you travel or call long-distance a lot.)

Apparently the surf is awesome, the people are great, the food is delicious, the accomodations are comfortable and the guys are having a fantastic time surfing themselves stupid each and every day.

To give those of you in the know a way to meter the level of Varmint Contentment, he talked about the 5am wake-up knocks for the dawn patrol surf sessions without any ire or vinegar. Not even one, itsy-bitsy complaint. For The Varmint to keep silent about being wakened earlier than, say, 9am is about as likely as hiking naked through the Everglades and coming out without a mosquito bite: It just doesn't happen.

Suffice it to say, that was enough to convince me that there are some extraordinary circumstances going on down there. The camp is located in a very remote and rural location and is quite beautiful. During yesterday's conversation, he was visited by a cat, two local surf rats wondering why Senor Crazy was talking to his computer with a headset on, a Chihuahua that looked like a Doberman Pinscer and two pet spidermonkeys.

The nearest community is miles away and consists of a tiny village of just 300 people. So The Varmint is keenly content and residing in Varmint Heaven. The good news is, he's assured me that he's coming home - which is really great of him.

That means I won't have to sell our newborn to hire a hit squad, after all.


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I am a writer and lazy artist who loves travel, architecture and design. Right now, I'm into photography. My fabulous husband (a.k.a. The Varmint) and I are also the principals of a San Diego-based creative agency - and new parents to the divine Baby Mak. Read More >