Monday, April 21, 2008

get on the bus

Den spent hours re-working my blog and giving it a facelift this weekend, and he didn't even seem to mind when I was IM'ing him every six seconds. I really like it. Den, you are the real deal, brother. Thank you. The bus in the header was a picture I'd taken out of a front windshield in El Salvador as we were winding our way through the country, what's missing are all the guys with guns.

I'd never seen as many guns in my life as I did during that trip. Everybody had a gun, and everyone used their gun (generally an enormous machine gun type gun) in everyday activities. We'd ask for directions, folks would gesture to the left with their gun that way! We'd walk in a door and there would almost always be a dude sitting near the entrance either holding a gun or with it propped up next to him. We'd drive down the street and men on horseback with guns slumg over their backs would ride the other way. It felt like the Wild West with all those guns. Their Civil War only ended in 1992 after decades of lawlessness and strife. I'd imagine folks were pretty used to defending themselves and old habits must die hard.

32 comments:

Defiantmuse said...

I dig that photo.
and the layout.
mucho.

:)

metro mama said...

Love the new look!

metro mama said...

Love the new look!

mamatulip said...

Jen, it fucking ROCKS.

Den, it FUCKING ROCKS!

Mad said...

Who da man?

Den is da man!

Looks fabulous Jen and Den.

TZT said...

It looks great!

thordora said...

Love it! And the ads don't seem to freeze up my system anymore!

blooming desertpea said...

I like the new face lift you (or Den) has given to your page, it looks fresh.

Family Adventure said...

It's a great new look...and it's really YOU.

Guns freak me out. We were in Costa Rica for a couple of years, and although they've enjoyed much more peace than El Salvador, there were guns everywhere there, too. I always worried that one would go off accidentally, but it never happened on my watch.

Heidi

Magpie said...

Nicely done!

QT said...

You guys did a great job - it looks awesome.

Kyla said...

Dude, the guns. I know. I went as a senior in high school and was quite surprised by all the machine gun gesturing.

liv said...

i really love the change. easier on me than the black, my love. and you're inspiring me to get my new blog on. (how long have i been saying that??

kristen said...

lovely new digs. xo

Gwen said...

Looks great, Jen! (and Den) We were escorted once through Guatemala, to Tikal, by boys with machine guns. That, shockingly, didn't make me feel at all reassured about my safety.

Mrs. Chicken said...

Looks awesome! Lovin' the green and the new header.

painted maypole said...

looks great. apparently I am not the only one with a new blog look this week. must be spring fever! :)

Karen said...

it looks so great!!!
I was momentarily disoriented - thought, how did I get here? - wherever here is! = but it is so perfect!

Chicky Chicky Baby said...

FAB-ulous! Even without the guns. Though I generally prefer my weapons to be of the water propelling type.

meno said...

Wow, i salute you with my gun. Looks great!

Redneck Mommy said...

Good job Den!

I love it!!!!

Makes me miss you even more, Jen.

cce said...

For some reason the new look around here makes me feel like cracking a cold beer, something very third world and wonderful about the whole thing. Now I'm going to clean my sub-machine gun and come back for more Jen-isms.

flutter said...

This is gorgeous, nice work!

love you, btw

Oh, The Joys said...

Love it! Go Denguy!

Bea said...

Whoa, pretty.

Eileen said...

I love the new look, the green is a great color! I hate guns. I just don't think I could ever get use to them, but I know people do. They just freak me out. People do what they need to do to feel safe I guess. I just makes me sad.
Have a good week.

Deezee said...

layout is very nice on the eyes.

guns...they give me the creeps!

lildb said...

I'm trying to tether my head to the awareness that I am not allowed to place my tongue on the surface of your blog,

but oh, Jen,

I waaaant to.

(I promise to abstain mightily, if at all possible.)

(It's very, very nice.)

(I like it alot.)

(allooooooooooottttt.)

(you are beautiful.)

Susanne said...

The new layout looks really great. And easy on the eyes. Wow.

I remember when you wrote about that trip and the guns. Shudder. (About the guns, not the trip per se.)

TEOM said...

Very, very nice new look...

Jennifer said...

Love, love, love. There is much love for the new digs. Love.

urban-urchin said...

The weirdest thing to me about going to the middle east when I was 17 was seeing kids my age with machine guns.

The idea of people gesturing with guns- JEEZ! I think I'd need a strong prescription to xanax and a decent supply of depends to have made that trip....

looks fab sister