JULY 2006: “Just when you thought it was safe...!?!?”

    God help me, I'm back and I've got the itch, the itch to bitch.

There she is, not a care in the world, and not a stitch on her back. Doesn't she realize our situation? Doesn't she know how freaked out I can get? Doesn't she...look good. I swear to God, just by looking at her you'd think that she really doesn't have a care in the world. And, if not for me, you'd be right.

I'm better now, but sometimes I feel the need, the need for screed. It's like sometimes, I just gotta grip it and rip it. You know? I just need to let the big dog eat! I gotta turn and burn. I gotta...uh oh, I gotta shut up. You see, bitching is my most developed talent, but for the life of me I can't find anything to complain about any more. It's awful. Of course, that doesn't stop me from pretending—which is what that opening paragraph was all about—but it's not the same, when it's ersatz. Damn.

At any rate, I thought I'd try something a little different this month: June. (Okay, okay, I know it's July, but they don't call me Retro Bobbo for nothin'...) The thing is, I have lots of pictures since my last gallery post, but not a lot of words to go with them. Soooooo, I thought I'd pad this, then just introduce an image link to each set of pics. That first one up there doesn't count, although, if you click on it, you'll see a larger version! (TC won't appreciate that. "Eh, eh...")

Also, the one to the right doesn't count, either. It's just a local-color shot of our closest store, el mercado chino, or the Chinese Store, since it's owned by a Sino-Panamanian. And believe me when I say: the inside makes the outside look reeaaaaal good—Pepsi paints the outside of stores that sell their products. Actually, the only time we usually stop at this mini-super is to buy Skimo Pies. That's Eskimo Pie ice cream bars, but a brand that drops the "E". Go figure. They're only 25¢,however, so it would have to taste pretty damn bad not to be worth it.

Okay, to begin in ernest, let me point out that that's the problem with TC: you have to be watching her all the time or she'll get some new fangled idea in her head that I'll have to deal with. Take allees. Please! Right, I'm with you, I never heard of 'em either. But, as it turns out, an allee (pronounced: AH-lee) is just a fancy French term for a covered promenade, usually covered with trees like the one on the left. (Those French, it's like they have a different word for everything!)

Now, here's where the fun begins. If you click on the picture of the allee, you'll go to the gallery shots of construction of our very own covered promenade. But, you'll have to stop and come back here, once the allee images end, in order for my new method to work. Promise?

The allee is not entirely my fault, however, because TC got the idea while visiting her sister, Jessica, who is always of questionable influence. So, by the time I heard of it, TC already had a head of steam and all I can do, when that happens, is get out of the way. Hopefully, I'll have photos of a more complete allee next time.

Well, as those of you know who didn't come back here once the allee images stopped (for shame!), the next series of pictures is all about animals. Yup, that's right, more photos of our cute little cats and dogs. And this is the plus of this method of presenting galleries: people who don't like animals can skip this section! (Dennis, this is especially for you...). For the rest of you, just click on Roxie and enjoy more zaniness with Casa Ingaso's pets.

So, are you getting a feel for the way this works? I'll try to keep batching like photos together in the future, which should provide a more cohesive and easily navigated series of gallery images...at least, that's my big plan.

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