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  1. el duende grande's Avatar
    Oh, yeah. When you buy a box of medicine count the pills before you leave. Since they sell pills per each, many boxes have been raided. probably New Employee Syndrome.

    An what's the deal with our mini-sinsa? Lotta new employees, mostly very short females.
  2. el duende grande's Avatar
    Employees can't work night shift because of street crime and lack of public transit. Plus it would probably just not go over do to family life.

    Quote Originally Posted by KeyWestPirate
    Nicaragua is always a measured balance between La Vida Buena and La Vida Loca

    All those remesas flooding in next year will raise the cost of living, and the cost and availability of campo labor.
    Pretty soon Nicaragua will be importing labor from . . . . . China ?
    I'm really surprised that we haven't seen some Chinese driven projects like the big stadium in Costa Rica, built with Chinese imported labor.

    Why don't they stock shelves outside of business hours like in US ?
    Lock doors, search employees as they leave their shift.

    Who owns Walmart in Nicaragua now? They said that they were leaving.
  3. bill_bly_ca's Avatar
    Wally world Central america (as a whole) was up for sale but not sold yet is wgat I recall
  4. KeyWestPirate's Avatar
    Nicaragua is always a measured balance between La Vida Buena and La Vida Loca

    All those remesas flooding in next year will raise the cost of living, and the cost and availability of campo labor.
    Pretty soon Nicaragua will be importing labor from . . . . . China ?
    I'm really surprised that we haven't seen some Chinese driven projects like the big stadium in Costa Rica, built with Chinese imported labor.

    Why don't they stock shelves outside of business hours like in US ?
    Lock doors, search employees as they leave their shift.

    Who owns Walmart in Nicaragua now? They said that they were leaving.
  5. el duende grande's Avatar
    Subway and Caesers pizza have popped up on the panam. Sometimes reliable source says pizza is good and reasonably priced, takeout only. Subway is less desireable after I read what their meat is made of.

    Wife had a surgery lately, all is well and she is ending the recovery period. Thanks to the people's president and the spiffy INSS hospital in mga. Bolanos wouldn't have done shit for her. Maybe bolanos was a Republican? Surgery was free and appeared first rate, but of cource I was stuck with transport, hotels, and food. She asked once if I could join INSS but they said I was too old. Pooh.
  6. Daddy-YO's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by el duende grande
    Yes, particulate matter, earth, dust, soil, the stuff of boogers. When the winds pick up in this dry season, it blows up volcanic dust off the fields. In a couple days worth, you can do a proper calculation in it on an adequate surface. But my dear little woman considers it a plague, an apt subject for full-fledged scorn and lengthy bitching sessions. Come time to harvest peanuts, a big crop hereabout, farmers turn the soil to expose & dry the goobers and strong winds create ominous-looking, lite-brown clouds of aforesaid particulate over Leon, jodido. All bitch then. The hum of complaints can be avoid in churches.

    But dangerous, worthy of worry? In micrographic photos they're little boulders. Booger builders. Look at pollen and spores: mace balls with spikes & hooks, not unlike our ubiquitous coronavirus. ** Hey I just learned from a virologist that the total mass of SARS-CoV-2 over the whole planet and in its hapless human hosts has reached one kilogram - political pixie dust ** Some inorganic dusts are bad actors. Airborne glass microfibers and asbestos are nano-needles that puncture cell walls, spill protoplasm and open doors to nasty bacteria, or carcinogens from inhaling burning tobacco smoke.

    Alfred E. Newman vive en Nicaragua.
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  8. el duende grande's Avatar
    Yes, an X-chromosome clean attack will chase a man out of the house! Maybe they do it on purpose?

    Going north does my soul good. I leave the filth and squalor behind and see some pretty mountains. In Dipilto there is a chapel on a rock which is well known in the region. Mozonte has a pretty cathedral if you need some salvation and a hilltop shrine if you are dying for stair-stepper exercises and the town is famous for pottery. It is not far from Ocotal. Ocotal has a cute central park. A former mayor was an amateur botanist so they did the park up pretty, not the usual Moorish monotony.

    By the way, there are many expresso buses that stop in Esteli, some at cotran sur, some at cotran norte, and some at gas. esquipulas. Much better than the ordinarios but you have to ask what leaves when and where.

    A moderately scenic drive is La Pelota in Esteli to Jinotega and a fantastic one is Jinotega by the old road to Matagalpa. This one passes by the entrance to Selva Negra resort, great for lunch and a stroll if nothing else. May I suggest the Selva Negra Burger on the terrace overlooking the Pond?
  9. Daddy-YO's Avatar
    It's nice to get out, stimulating even. Kids got to see wild animals of the world; and papa found religious vision inside a hardware paradise. Staying cooped up at home, same ol', same ol', puts the mind to sleep, perchance to wander into dangerous deviant territory, not to say a duende would ever stray . . . Hey, what'd van & driver for a day cost ya?

    It may have been karmic balance, but as you ventured south, my fam went north, north of your turf, past the Pirate's to Ocotal, in public conveyance, which out of Esteli was a chicken bus. It was OK if you had a window seat, beautiful views, otherwise it was like bedding with Itchy & Scratchy. Highlight: lunch in a restaurant beside the rapids of Rio Dipilto in the little town of the same name. Bargain prices: room for 4 in nice hotel in Ocotal 500 cords (under $15). From there it was onto Matagalpa for guirilla and the new, improved Mirador.

    No rain in Leon. Sometimes cloudy & cool, often clear blue and stinking hot. Air pollution? only when someone in the neighborhood burns trash with too much styrofoam, thankfully rarely. But when - everyday - my little woman mops, pouring half a bottle of Azitin on it, I immediately choke up and start sneezing. Time to vacate and see what's doing in town.

    School's about to begin. All are excited. Hoping that the Covid Lockdown of the world doesn't push it's way into La Tierra del Amor.
  10. el duende grande's Avatar
    Chugging through dec-jan with some weird drizzly weather. Sometimes warm dry days with cool damp nights. The yo-yo weather that I have come to hate. It is really bad on people who have sinus problems.

    Noticing now accuweather has daily reports on air pollution. I always new we had local pollution from cars, wood stoves, and light industry. I sometimes felt it if I walked on the Panam for too long. Apparently there are bigger regional problems of ozone and particulate matter. What is strange is that the maps show more pollution over the sea than the land. This I do not understand. What I do understand is that the real hotspots are over Guate, central mexico, and Haiti, although I don't know what the haitiens could be doing. Usually it takes money to make pollution.

    Well, we took a little trip to take the kids to the National Zoo near Masaya. We rented a van and driver and I insisted on a weekday to avoid crowns and covid cooties. All went well. The Zoo is hanging on. It is a private foundation that took a hit during the tranques for lack of customers and logistic problems and now is taking another hit from covid. It is a little deteriorated since the last time we went, but it is OK fn. Kids were happy. Then we took in Pricemart carr Masaya. It too is still there. Food court seems to have a limited menu and the tables have sneeze guards. There are 3 different ATMs inside and when we were there lines were comfortably short. They accepted my US credit card which was a convenience. Bought mostly food, stuff that is a bargain or they don't have here in the boonies. No big goodies, hanging tight to cash because of what it will cost me when I finally get a chance to travel to the US. It has somehow come to my attention that I am not too big to fail like the banks and airlines.

    Then we went to Sinsa carr Masaya. Holy crap, Mother of God. That place is huge! It's like being back in civilization all over again. Mostly looked around to see what they have for the future. I will never view our Sinsa Enana and it's crappy parking lot in the same light again.

    All in all, a nice quick trip, 12 hours with transportation. Last year we did Volcan Masaya and Pricemart. Maybe next year we will do Puerto Allende, the National Museum, and the Managua Pricemart.

    One relative lost his bean crop to root rot or something after the hurricanes, but everybody else is working and doing OK.

    Traffic was surprisingly light but there is a stretch north of San Benito that is overdo for road repairs but the roads near Masaya were great. My first trip out of the Segovias in a year so it was quite a treat to get to clean, green, modern Managua. Or at least "carr Masaya".
  11. Daddy-YO's Avatar
    I am liking quarantine more all the time.
    Too much of the wrong kind of "reality" can cause most anyone to OD, to want to curl up in a corner with fantasy video and a bottle of FdC.

    On first settling into Nicaragua, watching a crime reporter on TV, they showed a dead man laying face down in the street in Managua who'd just been killed by punks robbing him. Showing the camara where he'd been knifed, the reported rolled the man by his shoulder and all his guts spilled out. For the doubting Tomas in the audience. No editing, raw TV. And no crime scene etiquette, as if it might get investigated.

    When we saw a man get knifed in the back near Jinotega's bus terminal, I just froze, stunned in disbelief. He was a big man carrying a slop bucket on his shoulder. The assailant had slipped a large stainless Bowie-style knife into the man's kidney a good 6". He cleaned the blade off after withdrawing it and walked away. The bucket fell immediately and as the man staggered across the road a crowd gathered and people started screaming. We were all speechless. We went to a coffee shop, saying nothing. That ended our sightseeing trip.
  12. el duende grande's Avatar
    So, one of the relatives is stuck in a bus. She was coming back from the far northern boonies when, as I understand it, a tree fell across the road and a car passed or swerved or something and killed a motorcyclist. Now she is stuck waiting for somebody to remove the tree and for the poilce to finish a fatal auto wreck investigation. I once got stuck for 2 hours waiting for the coroner etc. on a dark road in Tisey. At least with this woman somebody put a sheet over her body before the news arrived to take pictures. The 2 muchachos in Tisey lay there likes sacks of potatoes the whole time.

    Which also reminds me that in my time here as a mild-mannered hubilado, I have seen more people dead up close and personal, like their eyes, or eye sockets, staring up into space, than I did in a year in Vietnam.

    De ja vue all over again. A couple months ago we were going north on the Panam to Rosa Linda Nursery (2 thumbs up, incidentally) and a young woman was sprawled Raggedy Ann doll style in the opposite lane. Seems she had got off the bus with her baby in her arms and was crossing the street when they were hit by a speeding moto. She was dead instantly and the baby was transported to the hospital in serious condition. Speeding around stopped buses is a northern tradition. Anyway, the moto's passenger was dumped on the pavement but stuck around to ID the hit and run driver. I don't know, but I think the bus passengers helped convince him to stick around and cooperate with John Law.

    I am liking quarantine more all the time.
  13. el duende grande's Avatar
    If you are talking about work from home, I think the trap is set. Employees will be told to continue working from home and sooner, rather than later, employers will figure out that they can pay people less. No commuting cost, no work clothes, no restaurant lunch-- What do you need all that money for?
  14. bill_bly_ca's Avatar
    Our 3rd largest Telecom (Telus) just anounced that the WFH regime will continue to the new year

    In our facility only 30 is % of the people are actually in the office.
  15. el duende grande's Avatar
    Cargo has not been stopped, just passengers who have cudies. Or is it cooties? Dhl is freight, your letter is a package. Sucks. 3 day delivery with tracking, plus I had to write a check so when they cash it I know they got the return. M/L, one time it took them 2 years to process the return after cashing the check. I looked it up online once and DHL Esteli was 20 bucks more than MGA. I guess an add-on commish like buying saldo from a pulperia.

    When Correos is up they are 27 bucks, 15 day delivery with tracking if you track real good. The 2 times that I did it they made it in 10 days.
    Online filing never worked for me here. Maybe next year with a few tricks and VPN? People who don't really live here don't know how much it sucks when you are trying to get things done.

    Consulate will do mail for voting and probably other stuff, but who wants to travel 200 miles? At least they will be empty so few germs...
  16. KeyWestPirate's Avatar
    I've been to that DHL agent in Estelí, the price is a rip,, should be half that or less.

    For the girl,, she gets one DHL envelope a day,, and she has made some serious money.

    Does it track within Nicaragua, how long to MGA ?? and that means that there must be SOME plane flying to get it out of the country. Stuff is arriving by some means,, witness the hydroxy donation from India.
  17. Daddy-YO's Avatar
    For the first time in a long life of learning to live with the US bureaucracy, I e-filed my 1040. It was something of a pain in my seat cushion cause I didn't have any of the various 1099 forms it asks for details from. Some banks include them on your internet account page. Others put me on phone hold for more than 20 min's and then say they can't give me that information, call your local. Perseverance pays (for living in Nicaragua too). Cost me zip. I still need to do a state filing.

    Home ownership in Nicaragua must have its bene's, but I rent, and am content doing so.

    Ditto for our 'supers' in Leon, chocked full of everything but customers. And here too the employees own the aisles.

    Most still wear masks, but more & more these days are showing naked lips & nostrils. Significantly, Pan y Paz re-opened for business full time. Just Tues & Fri AM take-out was a tease. Their French breads & cheeses make a pandemic bearable. And they make sandwiches with pesto. The un-McD's. One can OD on burgers. Bar baro offers excellent steaks & cebiches & hummus. And El Mirador remains the top watering hole at sundown.

    Leon has the gumption to flourish. Nicaragua will soon open to Europeans, Brits & Aussies. Americans may have to wait.
  18. el duende grande's Avatar
    Oh, yeah, did Airport X in both directions in January. 2 thumbs up, somebody got the airport budget hotel thing right.
    Slow death is subtle, mostly items disappearing from inventory in local stores, like exterior electrical boxes in Sinsa. Lotta small power and water outages for the dry season, but some are planned outages for maintenance, like all day. One main ferreterria sublet its front to somebody else and are working out of their old bodega on the side street.
    La Casita moved to take out only due to water shortage. El Italiano extended his restaurant to the rear to get some shade. Good grub. The friday veggie fair in central park has expanded by wrapping around the other street in front of the cathedral. Didn't help much with the parking situation, the church had the only good parking downtown.
  19. el duende grande's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Daddy-YO
    Even the Christian Crusaders in that 13th century setting speak modern Turk - robbery! NATO should remove all their missile bases in retribution. Check their Netflix contract. And the women showing their lascivious lips - blasphemy!
    Got thru season 4 on netflix, then found a bootleg channel on fiesbuk for season 5.
    Nice to see a show with superb acting and directing, no cheesecake, and dignified violence. Never too big on Islam, but when you see the barbarian competition (Mogols) they look like champions! Tje next series, about Osman the founder of the Ottoman
    empire, starts in September but who knows when it will appear on netflix.

    Now netflix has a Bolivar series. A little too much bedroom antics and too many female camp followers in the army, but pretty good up to about episode 40 when it starts going full telenovela. Knowing Netflix, it will probably go lesbian before it ends.
  20. el duende grande's Avatar
    Still chugging along
    Burglar alarm 2 blocks away on an un-occupied house went off. good news, our bedroom faces the other direction so with the AC on we cannot hear it while sleeping. but a family member in the front bedroom lost a nights sleep. Last time I tried to see if I could cut off the power, but it looks like I would have to insulate some bolt cutters and cut their main power line. I wonder if Youtube has a video on this??? Anyway, next day we went to selva Negra with some friends and it was finally off when we came back. SN cool and quiet, good lunch crowd but few guests. Always a pleasure to sit on the terazza and watch the wind blow.
    Sinsa had a sale! No customers to speak of, no stuff piled in the aisles, and nothing I wanted to buy, but nice to see a little movement in the economy. Sort of.
    Trash not picked up 2 weeks in a row,, street dogs having a banquet, what a mess. I tie my trash up in a tree, but I need to provide a new string every week because the trash dude doesn't do slip knots.
    Rainy season pretty dry, rio Esteli at the Panam bridge has reverted to pasture, our potholes dry and dusty and now we are theoretical in the caniqula. Maracuya going gangbusters, ayote dwarfed, chaya just slightly waking up. Speaking of food, we found our first red chiltoma at the super in more than a year, seems like they are picking them all green and getting them of to market. Sad because different color chiles have different vitamins so it is better to have both.

    Saw the first "Daniel in 2021" sign by the road. The Paint Party is here to stay, onward to more victories.
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