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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
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    So, nice to be home, warts and all. Of all the things I notice when abroad, cleanliness stands out in my mind so a night in Las Mercedes gives me a day of clean before returning to the camping life. Speaking of cleanliness, the trash truck did not come this week. Lotta garbage on the street. I guess its a values thing, I like Chamuca trees more than garbage.
    La Mercedes is a comparative bargain at less than $100 otd, but they still haven't figured out how to cook bacon. Maybe a job for a Peace Corp mission?

    On the practical front, gave the little woman a check to deposit in our account for monthly expenses .No luck, bac said there is a new law that all Nic banks cannot accept checks drawn on US banks. To what degree this is the true poop I knoweth not, but bottom line one more nuisance to deal with.

    Planning our second annual family beach outing. Last year 's got canceled due to the festivities, but we are trying to pick up and move on.

    Airline situation has settled down, prices are ok if you are going to Miami or easy connections on the east coast, crappy for the west, CA, SA, and Europe. MGA was just getting to be a convenient place but now is back down to an also ran like Tegu or San Pedro. Had a nice flight out of Guate to DFW, but that is out for the future due to thieving anal retentive Honduras. Monitoring some fantastic bargains out of San Jose

    Finally broke ground on my little hobby greenhouse. Running about 12 years late, but you know what they say, it's hard to remember you came to drain the swamp when you are up to your elbows in alligators.
  5. bill_bly_ca's Avatar
    There was a rash of posts on the Life in Shallow Jual Del Sur stating the same about US checks
  6. KeyWestPirate's Avatar
    You should really try El Camino Real.
    Price is about the same,, but they really have their shit together.

    It's Las Mercedes for white people (am I allowed to say that)?

    The killer buffet breakfast is only weekends now,, but still a great breakfast included weekdays.
    They just seem to do everything right.

    We're dropping off my daughter and spouse for a night there prior to their flight back,, and we want to try the Airport X. They offered to pay my fare at the Camino Real, but am curious about the Airport X

    I got a price of $31 on Booking.com,, don't remember if that included taxes. They charge $5 and $3 for shuttle back and forth,,, with taxes Camino Real is right under $100. For a fast overnight,, I'd rather take the $50 and use it to buy Charmin at PriceSmart,, ---- unless the Airport X turns out to be a a real dump.

    When this economy finally REALLY dumps,, I will have the only Charmin in Nicaragua,, will be able to name my price. The rest of you will be using that single ply, brown Cuban stuff, with the wood chip inclusions.

    That $100 million from Taiwan will give Danny another month or two,, at the most.
  7. el duende grande's Avatar
    So. today was National Cuajada Soup Day. Sorry if I wasn't a religion major in skool and I still don't understand much of it. All went well, a little hot and sticky. Later someone proposed we order some home delivery pizza, no dissenters, but no extra for that famous American breakfast of pizza with eggs. Life in the jungle has changed in recent years.

    Grandkids and nephew kids had a great scream fest in our 10 foot above, ground pool in our 11 foot backyard. Dawgs know peeeple=leftovers and were happy. No bones this time, just pizza crusts and misc. Fed the kids Lemon Pie ice scream. They didn't like it but the dogs were not picky about it at all. Plastic pools are the rage now, saw one in a welding shop today, another below a tree in a construction site.

    Traffic on the Panam horrible lately, every one going to the beaches and fincas and supers but today was dead and hopefully deader tomorrow.

    One of my backup ferreterrias has apparently closed, another is still short on stock and my favorite had a complete change of personnel and attitude. Maybe I will get smart and stop building stuff and get some rest. Or see the Andes before I die.

    Latest project is my first greenhouse/shade house for shade plants and a plastic table with chairs for coffee time. Roof and 2 walls are up and we are filling the planters with suitable mix as we can get it. Hope to finish the ends this coming week.

    Another month of misery season, bedrtoom AC and vikingos on Netflix are my salvation.

    Another party tomorrow, somebody's new boyfriend is coming to visit and the whole family is on alert to give him a serious looking over. Hope he works out, the last jerk did her wrong. Lunch for the new guy and pullaso for dinner. Pullaso is good, except no bones for the dawgs.
  8. Daddy-YO's Avatar
    Another month of misery season, bedroom AC and vikingos on Netflix are my salvation.
    For occasional counterpoint relief check-out an episode or two of 'Norsemen' (Nor-semen), also on Netflix, a bawdy Monty Python wannabe.
    Goes well with a stomach full of cheese soup.
  9. el duende grande's Avatar
    Then I got hooked on Resurrection Ertugrul, my new vikingos are turcos. With 90 shows per season it keeps me entertained during the hot sticky afternoons. Plus I like their swords better!
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    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!
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
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