el duende grande

Chugging along...

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Good news, bad news. We are in the North American winter, cool evenings perfect for sleeping without a fan or AC. Broke out the wool blanket this week. Bad news, aguinaldo hit the 22nd, ushering in the Bacanal, a month of greed, drunkenness, and enhanced stupidity. I'll be glad when 26 dic rolls around and ends this crap.

On the political front, the current regime has been quite successful in consolidating its power over the last 6 months. There is a feeling of fear and resentment that hangs heavy, but not much visible going on.

A couple of the relatives have decided to visit for xmas, although the main players have decided not to come. One seems to have decided to not retire here, the other may be moving to Canada or snowbirding it between Canada and Spain.

Somehow the fact that 2 minor relatives are visiting means I have to tile the corredor, so I am back on house arrest. Double whammy, I insisted on the guy who did our bathroom tile so many years ago. He is a talkaholic who drives me nuts, but he does tile right the first time. Red and black, his grandkids just escaped legally and he is waiting till his chain immigration matures enough so he can follow. Onward to more victories! With enough time, they will be able to turn the US into the new Nicaragua.

Black Friday was a turd. We swung by both Sinsa shithole and Maxi Pali to see if they had 6 foot folding tables on sale. Not luck. Sinsa had piddly shit and Maxi Pali had just TVs on sale. Thanksgiving we filled up our 2 tables so we need at least 1 more.

Oh shit, it is trash day so I have to walk the trash down the road for pickup.

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  1. el duende grande's Avatar
    Anyway, took the peluche dog and made it to the trash spot in time. Amazing how an animal with such short legs can run so fast. Picked up some coco fibre on the road, it makes a good component for orchidea mix. The frost is definitely on the pumpkins and it really feels good to be up early.

    It seems the BCN has not yet implemented its 1% tax on bucks. when/if it does it will be passed on to consumers and furriners with foreign pensions will be the first to see it. Banpro's ATM still do not work with foreign debit cards. The others do, but with a bunch of mystery messages like "your card is not chip" but when you breath deeply for a count of 10 it processes your chip card and farts out brand new crispy bucks.. And it looks like nobody has programmed their ATMs for 1000 card notes.

    One of my main hardware stores seems to be out of stuff, a sign of poor capitalization I think. But most are doing a decent business right now and I can't think of any biggies who have gone out of business. Traffic, if anything, is worse and more vicious than before la situacion. It really irks me that somebody in such a high position as the President of the United States of America, and the greatest president since Teddy Roosevelt, could stoop so low as to steal my word and use as if it were his own. "Shithole" has such simple elegance, so much profound meaning, all in one short word! Poets could kill electrons up the Kazoo and never come up with such profound meaning.

    Anyway, the tube says the overpass by the US Consulate is semi-open and semi-working. That sounds about right. And the Consulate is open now for both citizen and Nica business. The wait for visa appointments is, of course, quite long. Their cat 3 travel advisory is a little over stated and outdated, but that is politics. I becha 51% of the peeple in State are dreaming that Trump will resign, so when they found out the Danny ain't no quitter their bubble was severely busted.

    Favorite rumor of the month is that Nicas who leave the country for more than 2 years will have their property confiscated. If it weren't for BS, what would we have to talk about? Corn? No known repercussions on expats for the McRusky and Nica acts. Expats have always been an asset for the Sandinistas, a political plumb and a cash cow, no logical reason this should change. But then, logic can be an iffy thing.

    Anyway, gotta go walk the other dogs. sunday is tranquilo, less traffic, few construction crews, etc.
  2. bill_bly_ca's Avatar
    Anyway, the tube says the overpass by the US Consulate is semi-open and semi-working.


    Southbound apparently - It makes it easier for things to go south
  3. el duende grande's Avatar
    Profound.
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