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TangoSpam
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Once from California..now officially from Buenos Aires.
Interests: Read, and go to the movies or theater. Travel. Great conversation.
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After dinner he takes me home. The conversation is light, until we get to my apartment. He puts the car in park and then leans over to grab me. This is what I hate. Nothing ever seems to be consensual. It is like being conquered. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at La Vida Con Deby
I don't want you to think that I spend my days working, going to the gym, and trying to make some order in my apartment. In addition to all that, I am still finding time to swipe. Swipe means Tinder.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at La Vida Con Deby
ENACOM is is the government entity that oversees all of the communication in Argentina. It is no secret that they are not happy with the either the quality or the pricing of cell phones, Internet, or home phones, as well as TV and the post office. Our new president has opened the door to competition in 2018. He believes that price fixing and lack of competition has created this nightmare of bad and overpriced services. Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2017 at La Vida Con Deby
I am not dancing yet. The men I like to dance with have not arrived. I prefer to talk to the people near my table than to dance. Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2017 at La Vida Con Deby
I walk into the shop. There were 3 people and everyone was on the phone. No one acknowledges me. They continue their phone conversations as though I do not exist. This, however, is normal in Buenos Aires. No, "I'll be right with you" or anything. Not even eye contact. I usually give these situations around 7 minutes before I leave. Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at La Vida Con Deby
We dance the first song of the tanda. I am smiling to myself as he leads me into a double giro, actually 3 of them in a row. It has been years since I danced with someone who knew how to lead and do this. I smile to myself as he goes “Eso.” Vals is my favorite of the 3 rhythms. To dance it with someone who can, is heaven. Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at La Vida Con Deby
That number. It happened last week. To be honest I never thought that I would live that long. I remember that when I was 17, I confided to my sister that I thought I would only live to 30. Well,... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2017 at La Vida Con Deby
I have been able to use my creative energy to design exactly the kind of place I want to live in. It is not perfect. There are some things that I cannot change, but I love it. I feel so at home. Not just my place but my barrio. In a way it is like when I lived in California, but better, because I am here in Buenos Aires. Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at La Vida Con Deby
Now that is a scary thought. I have two YouTube Channels. I invite you to check them out and please subscribe so that you will always get the latest and greatest of Deby. My private YouTube Channel has all your... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at La Vida Con Deby
The woman who wrote this post on Facebook is not an American. She lives in another English speaking country. When I told her she was insensitive - she unfriended me. I am better off with one less "friend." Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2017 at La Vida Con Deby
A silver haired, dapper man invites me to dance. After the first song he says to me, "You don't remember me, do you?" I smile my coy little milonguera smile. "I taught you some of your first steps at Lo de Celia." There were so many of these milongueros who bravely bore my learning curve. The vals with him is lovely. Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2017 at La Vida Con Deby
One doesn't have to live long in Argentina to experience the "Viveza Criolla." Probably more than anything else, it is the one thing that the foreigners living in Argentina complain about. Viveza Criolla (literally translated means the Creole life, but it really has nothing to do with what the translation is.) Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2017 at La Vida Con Deby
I don't know what is worse; someone who only wants to use you for your body, or someone who wants to use you for your English. It sounds bizarre, yet, I cannot tell you how many times someone thinks they are going to get a built in English teacher. Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at La Vida Con Deby
The day I moved some of my stuff from my storage unit, I sent my friend Sam a message. I told him that I was coming for JerryBrown that night. (AKA Brown, or Mr. Brown, this is my cat, not the other Jerry Brown. The Governor. His namesake.) My JerryBrown travels in a mesh shopping bag. He loves it. I grabbed it and went to get him. Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at La Vida Con Deby
I remember when I remodeled my old place, I was freaked out. I couldn't believe what these guys were doing. I was terrified it would never end. (Another issue here..remodeling jobs that get started and never end, because the workers go on to other jobs.) Keeping the dirt and dust contained is a joke. Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at La Vida Con Deby
I interviewed architects who had fantasies of me having an unlimited checkbook. I would tell them what I wanted, and of course, they either did not listen to me, or actually told me, "No, you don't want that." Mansplaining is alive and well in Buenos Aires. Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at La Vida Con Deby
I think anytime you do a remodeling job no matter where you are in the world, it is difficult. I don't think any one country has an exclusive on being difficult to work with.
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I have a few more days in this apartment and then I am off to New Orleans. I want to spend the holidays with my friend Valorie Hart. I like New Orleans. People are friendly. I like their accent. It... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2016 at La Vida Con Deby
How can I not have a favorite milonga? It does not work like that. I know lots of milongas, and I know lots of local people who dance. Where I go can depend on what I am doing that day, if I want to walk there and back, and if the music is good. Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2016 at La Vida Con Deby
One of my students uses Tinder and she told me I should try it. I did, a few years back. I think that I was the oldest person who was using it at the time, and no one wanted to meet me. She tells me that now that there is every kind of person on Tinder. Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2016 at La Vida Con Deby
Yesterday was the day I signed off on the deed to my apartment in Palermo. The new owner was ecstatic. She brought her sister to the signing. I, on the other hand, was thrilled to be out of that place for good. People ask me, "Do you miss your old place?" Not for a second. Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2016 at La Vida Con Deby
Last Friday I moved to a temporary rental I found on Airbnb. The price was reasonable and I could have Maxi and JerryBrown stay with me. There were pictures of the rental. The owner promoted himself as living in New... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2016 at La Vida Con Deby
I have always been proud to be American. I have never been one of these Americans who went into ecstasy while on vacation and someone could not guess where they are from. How many times have I had to listen... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2016 at La Vida Con Deby
One of my students told me: "You are so lucky! You are starting a new life." Yes, I am. I want to write more and teach less. Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2016 at La Vida Con Deby
There was the car accident. The wheelchair, the crutches. The terror of maybe not dancing again. The hard reality of what life in the milonga was really about. The clothing design business that did well until the lovely CFK rained on my parade. I survived. Like always. Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2016 at La Vida Con Deby