A quick digression from the race report. i learned the word "ajedrez" (chess) while trying to read El Amor en los Tiempos del Cólera (i actually have to keep the english translation version open to the same pages so i can read paragraph by paragraph).
I probably wouldn't have remembered that word had it not been for a recent conversation i had with someone who keeps a book of chess moves on her book shelf. She told me she had been really interested in the book for a few weeks, carried it with her everywhere, studied it whenever she got the chance, then she got kind of bored with it and stuck it on the shelf as she moved on to other interests. I feel kind of like that book of chess moves.