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A word about the place I was Born
right in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean between Europe and North
America, the Azores is on a parallel with Lisbon at a latitude of 39
43'/36 55' N.
The nine islands have a total surface area of 2,333 km2 and an Exclusive
Economic Zone extending over 984,300 km2. Island areas range between 747
km2 (Sao Miguel island) and 17 km2 (Corvo island).
The peak of the volcano of Pico attains a height of 2,351 m constituting
the highest point to be found on either the Azores or mainland Portugal.
The population is currently 238,000 inhabitants.
S. MIGUEL ISLAND
São Miguel is the largest of the Azorean islands and its capital Ponta
Delgada both the busiest harbour and largest town. After Horta it is the
next most popular port of call for yachts, especially for those arriving
from Europe. Although over half of the population of the Azores live on
this island, there are still large areas of uninhabited great natural
The island is 65 km long and never more than 16 km wide with two high
volcanic areas separated by a lower central area, which is the
agricultural heartland of the island with both livestock grazing and
crops grown in tidy fields. It is from the green fields in this area
that the island derived its local name, "ilha verde", green island.
AZORES, THE WAY I SEE IT
The outline of the
garden-like islands on the horizons of the sea. Peace and quiet. Flowers
in the fields, in the villages, in the houses. The blue and green of
dreamy lagoons. A pace of life in which there is time to stop and
appreciate living. Art treasures that recall pages of a centuries-long
history. Nature in all its original splendour. A meeting with the past
involved in everyday life. Invitations to discover and experience a
different world, repeated on each of the nine islands of the Azores.
The Azores' commitment to the preservation of nature and environmental
protection led the European Union to award the Azores an honorable
mention in 1995 as part of the European Awards for Tourism and the
Environment. The region's commitment to nature is borne out by the
presence of dozens of natural reserves, areas of protected landscape,
parks and forests, all of which are a fitting testament to the
commitment the regional government shows towards their ecological
A small town in the southern cost of the São
Area: 8,53 Km²
I SHOULDN'T HAVE SURVIVED
I’m over 35 and should be dead. Here's why.
According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, because I was born in the
60’s I shouldn't have survived.
My crib was covered with bright colored lead-based paint.
My parents had no childproof lids on the medicine bottles, doors or
cabinets, ... and when I rode my bike, I had no helmet.
(Not to mention the risks I took hitchhiking.)
As a child, I would ride in a car with no seatbelts or air bags, and I was
lucky because my dad's car had all seats, some of the cars in the Azores
didn't even have seats back than.
Riding in the back of a pickup truck on a warm day was always a special
I drank water from the mountain springs in the Azores and later from the
garden hoses in Toronto not from a bottle.
I ate cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank soda pop with sugar in it, but
I was never overweight because I was always outside playing.
I shared one soft drink with my friends, from one bottle, and none of us
died from this.
I would spend hours building go-carts out of scraps and then rode down the
hill only to find out I forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes
a few times, I learned to solve the problem.
I would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as I was back
when the street lights came on. No one was able to reach me all day.
NO CELL PHONES!!!!! Unthinkable!
I did not have Playstations, Nintendo 64, X-Boxes, no video games at all,
no 99 channels on cable,no video tape movies, surround sound, personal
cell phone, personal computer, or Internet chat rooms.
I had friends!
I went outside and found them.
I played dodge ball, and sometimes, the ball would really hurt.
I fell out of trees, got cut and broke bones and teeth, and there were no
lawsuits from these accidents. They were accidents. No one was to blame
but me. Remember accidents?
I had fights , punched and got punched and got black and blue and learned
to get over it.
I made up games with sticks and tennis balls and some of my friends even
ate worms, and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out
very many eyes, nor did the worms live inside us forever.
I rode bikes or walked to a friend's home and knocked on the door, or rang
the bell or just walked in and talked to them.
Little League had tryouts and I never made the team, I just had to learn
to deal with disappointment.
Some of my friends weren't as smart as me ....hahahahaha , so they failed
a grade and were held back to repeat the same grade.
Tests were not adjusted for any reason. My actions were my own.
Consequences were expected.
The idea of parents bailing us out if we broke a law was unheard of,
Parents actually sided with the law. Imagine that!
My generation has produced some of the best
risk-takers and problem solvers and inventors, ever. The past 50 years
have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to
deal with it all. And I am one of them! Congratulations to us over 35!
I had the luck to grow up as a kid, before lawyers and government
regulated my live, for my own good!!!!!
People under 35 are wimps!