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    If the dems are serious they will coax Michelle to run for VP. Landslide victory plus black m/l female commie in our White House when Joe mysteriously dies.

    You read it here first!

    "Support mental health or I'll break your head"

    ...with a 6 foot stick and mask and gloves....


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    90 days at Penas Blancas, but still costs $22, Nica in and out and CR exit tax.
    Crossing at Peñas Blancas is a bigger hassle. True a greater reward: a new 90d visa. The trip from Leon to Peñas Blancas is a time-consuming ordeal. I’ve done the out-in loop twice and, no matter how early I started, I had to find a decent place to crash for the nite ($30-50). Public transport stops before midnight. An added cost at the border, beyond the $22, is the required-to-enter-CR exit ticket. Bus companies with booths outside CR immigration sell ‘em for $25.

    One tourist company (Turissa-Nicaragua, ads in FB) in Granada said they do 6-hr visa border runs for $25, only on Wednesdays leaving at 8am. They told me it’d cost only $15 for no-travel bus exit ticket. Judging from the FB fotos of long-legged, blonde gringas waiting to board, one could practically guarantee you’d be in a can with symptomless coronavirus carriers for 6 hours.


    Just a note on,
    the rudeness and me-first-ism prevalent in the country right now.
    That’s on TV. Country folk, the great majority, aren’t like that. Even most people in cities behave civilly to one another.


    That AC'd van sounds really nice. I wonder if there is something like that from Estelí to MGA?
    There are plenty of AC'd vans & drivers available for hire here in Leon. They line up beside private schools just before they let out. It should be easy to organize a comfortable, enjoyable round trip to MGA now & again for,say, $70 shared.


    May I quote you?
    Joe Biden is the poster boy for political prostitution.
    I'm looking forward to the fun, once this Chinese virus peters out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by el duende grande View Post
    If the dems are serious they will coax Michelle to run for VP. Landslide victory plus black m/l female commie in our White House when Joe mysteriously dies. You read it here first!
    A brilliant and nefarious scheme! You've put TRN on the political map.

    I considered making AOC his running mate but poor ol' Joe would die before inauguration.

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    Yesterday I visited Migracion Central and got my tourist visa extended for another 30 days. Much had changed this time around. Every taxi driver I rode with in Leon & Managua wore a mask. The inter-local vans going & coming traveled windows open, no AC. In this time of coronavirus some here might consider these steel suicide boxes on wheels. I wore a bandana. Only one other on board going wore a mask. No one coughed. Honestly I was more worried about the hefty woman in front of me who scratched her scalp so hard & thoroughly I expected a shower of lice was coming my way. So I closed my eyes and listened to NPR podcasts the whole way.

    It was a nice surprise to see 3 sinks with plenty of soap along the shaded entrance walkway, so I washed my hands (after all the handles I handled). Before entering the building a uniformed gal without a mask (I don’t recall seeing a mask on any gov’t employees) put a thermometer gun to my head. Pasa. The greater half (passports, exit permits) of Migracion was empty. It was the first day of Semana Santa. The chairs in front of visa extensions were spread widely, 2m apart. There were a lot of clients there - most wore masks - but all proceeded at a good pace. I was out in roughly an hour & a half. All the vendors seemed to be there, tho they had few customers. I got an ice cream sandwich and watched ‘Fauda’ on Netflix while I waited.

    From there I went to MetroCentro. There were very few people to be seen, most had masks on. Half of all the shops had their lights out. I was intent on having a bowl of soup at Casa de Cafe, but their lights were out too. The sign on their door said open til 5:30 - for carry-out. So I ordered. While I waited two couples got frappes & desserts to go and a Hugo delivery guy grabbed his order and left. Hugo’s huge, boxy, purple backpacks with a tweety bird make ‘em unmistakable. (Hugo has caught in big in Leon, appearing, it seems, just before the pandemic. They offered service from many restaurants, but many have closed; they deliver groceries from La Colonia, farmacias - their app is set to offer much more than is currently available.) So I took my broccoli & cheddar soup and the grilled turkey-swiss sandwich up to the Food Court to enjoy, The place was more than half empty (When I visited last month, same time, it overflowed to the point where I had to ask to share a table.) A third of the fast-food counters were closed.

    I walked over to La UCA terminal past a Sports Bar that is essentially a huge cage and normally packed with boisterous beer-swilling college kids. Only two table were occupied, one with 5, the other with 7 youths - no masks, no distancing, and all laughing like there’s no tomorrow. Close to Leon, our inter-local broke down. We all boarded an “express” - which some here might call a chicken bus; it stops everywhere people live. A customized American school bus decked out with chrome, a plethora of decals, colorful plastic streamers and a 32” flat screen above the driver’s logo’d window playing a Daddy Yankee music video. I saw no chickens but every passenger had an unbelievable number of big, taped-up boxes with them and more brought down from the roof. In the Terminal marketplace which has an inordinate abundance of produce, knick-knacks and people (a notch above chaos) I chose to go home in a roofed tricycle with a cushioned passenger seat, to get some fresh air. My driver (the vehicle’s engine) is learning boxing, his record 3-3-2. A pretty interesting kid, so I gave him a generous tip which provoked him to shake my hand. Home, I washed, stripped, washed & ate.

    Did I get infected? Time will answer. I popped a chloroquine + zinc before and after my adventure. I did feel a sore throat coming on last night (could have been road dust) so I hit it with Listerine. I feel fine now. (Is that a throat tickle or is it psychosomatic?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daddy-YO View Post
    A brilliant and nefarious scheme! You've put TRN on the political map.

    I considered making AOC his running mate but poor ol' Joe would die before inauguration.


    This will be a year to remember. I yearn for the good old days sometimes,, but where was he fun when everyone was civil?

    Some wonderful trump rallies. "
    Trump: NBC Called Me Racist for Banning Travel from China

    That was Jan 31, and on March 14 DeBlasio is telling New Yorkers that you can't get the virus on the subway.

    And what if Nicaragua makes it with similar casualties, and shows the world that they didn't have to shutdown after all ??


    RIP the ones who didn't make it.

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    Whoops!

    No more AeroMexico flights to Managua after April 9. can't move that fast, waiting for my wind generator. I Was so excited about those two 70# checked bags, and one 40# in the cabin.


    There is still the lobster/fish boat from Jamaica to Puerto Cabezas.

    That might be more adventure than I am up for

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    For all it’s worth, I, in effect, retraced my steps of 30 days ago. This time around not one taxi driver I rode with wore a mask, neither did anyone in the interlocales, going and coming. No worry, I had my shields fully deployed. Which is to say, I popped half a Cl-quine + bio-Zn before the journey. I didn’t wear any one of my 3 masks. I craved the high velocity fresh air. Migracion Central is creepy in the AM with so few people around. The man at the door with a thermometer gun wore a mask. He had me step on two different soaked mats before entering this time. The rest was routine. I was there at 10:00 and got no.20. I watched a Netflic that was fun: the bad guys captured the White House and took the president in the first 15 minutes; our good guy was on the WH tour, he saves the pres and battles the baddies for the next hour and a half. Next thing I heard, they were calling no.25. The migracion folk were sympathetic - considering the borders are closed and the airport’s closed: no flights out - to us stuck-in-Nicaragua foreign ‘tourists’. They gave me another 30 days on my visa and told me when the borders open I got to get gone.

    Back in the ghost mall MetroCentro, I ate lunch in the Food Court which had more patrons this time around, maybe half wore masks. I finished my Netflic: our hero is idolized by his daughter, gets a kiss from his ex, gets the green light from his old school flame who’s now a big shot, and gets a job with the pres’ secret service. Endings don’t get much happier.

    I walked over to la UCA terminal in 95F+ heat, near 50% RH - it’s the tropics, folks - where I sucked down a 5 cord bag of ice water. The van left for Leon with only 10 passengers, windows wide open. Rode from Leon terminal home in a tricycle. Owner was a cherub-faced kid. The vehicle was ornately decorated, looked like Peewee’s bicycle, but it had an excellent sound system, and was a refreshing break from riding inside steel & glass walls.

    I never met a Semite I didn't like.

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    Does life get any better ?? I'd change places in a heart beat.
    Thirty days,, CR should be open by then for a border run.

    I've begun laying out the unusable area at the top of the farm where the big pines are into Solares. I sold 1.5 Mz on the NE end to a Gringo expat with a Nica wife and 4 kids,, they want to farm it. It's a really nice piece, level, sunny, and good soil,, but its out of sight, and I always had crop theft issues there.

    I have an extended Nica family I've known forever in Condega who want to buy a "compound" big enough for three cabins. They have lots of money so I won't have to worry about black plastic and carton champas. I still have about 5 nice sized lots on a gentle slope, in big pines, with beautiful views towards the Rio Coco. Nights are always cool. I'm not doing those Nica shotgun lots, there will be plenty of room to stretch your arms. Summer days are warm, and even hot in the late afternoon,, but the temp immediately drops as the sun sets. Wintertime,, you would enjoy a fireplace. LOTS of wood.


    I've been going through my truck in the 100+ heat,, 106 a couple of days. I think that I've had mild heat stroke twice,, but I've changed all fluids except the transfer case and the radiator. Completely new brake fluid,, calipers,, pads. All synthetic, even the brake fluid,, good to 475F.

    Both differentials,, ditto, synthetic,, engine oil, always. Power steering fluid,, synthetic,, sucked the old out.
    New tires and rims, hard lesson there, got one hell of a deal on some nice 20" rims and tires last trip,, unfortunately, they don't exist in Nicaragua. New ones are 18", with high sidewalls.

    I missed some of the best time on the farm, summer is so beautiful at that elevation.
    Krisnia teases me shamelessly: Te Extraño ! and Lastima no estás aquí !

    I wasn't going to drive until this fall,, but I'm thinking about end of May now. I'd still rather fly, it's so hot everywhere right now.
    I can get through Mexico, no problem,, Guatemala and Honduras are still being strange.

    The truck will be ready probably end of the week, but it will take me a couple more weeks to load. Vamos a ver!

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    In & out. This trip to Migracion Central was a quickie. Even the rain didn’t slow me down. I wore beach sandals to wade thru muddy puddles. And carried a pop-open umbrella. This was my 4th consecutive month petitioning a visa extension there in Managua (30 days is all I get each time since I’d used up my original 90). It’s become a smooth, albeit annoying, routine. This time around everyone, I mean everyone everywhere, wore a mask. Except in MetroCentro’s Food Court, for obvious face-stuffing reasons. The covid-19 fear is here now and it’s real. One taxi driver was listening to a religious broadcast when I boarded. We discussed how so many high ranking Sandinista officials were dying due to the virus. He said it was divine justice for the killing of so many innocent youth during the May 2018 protests. The best conversations I’ve had with Nicas in the 14 half-years I’ve lived here have been with taxi drivers. That’s why when I flag a taxi that stops, but says he’s going the opposite direction, I say, no problem, I’ll take the tour. With others in the car, they don’t usually open up, but it gives me a chance to break ice, to get into the nitty-gritty on the ride home.

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    " . . Does life get any better ?? I'd change places in a heart beat.
    Thirty days,, CR should be open by then for a border run. >. "


    OK,, for sure next time 90 days. CR just extended everyone until sometime in July, something that could easily be done online in Nicaragua.

    Nicaragua migration probably needs the money. They are getting $150 each to pass all the Cubans,, Haitians, Africanos (and that 5 from Peru) through Nicaragua to the Honduran border.

    Good money,, but not that many of them right now getting out of Panama. And no one paying that $10 or $12 for a new tourist visa,, and won't be until mid July,, when the planes start flying,, or when the Honduran and Guatemalan land borders open.

    But, you have to give Nicaragua credit. Keeping everything open took some balls. And,, when this is all over,, we can see who had the right idea. It's going to be a fast burn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KeyWestPirate View Post
    But, you have to give Nicaragua credit. Keeping everything open took some balls. And,, when this is all over,, we can see who had the right idea. It's going to be a fast burn.
    In large part it was an economic decision. What else could poor, little Nicaragua afford to do? It's unthinkable to shutdown the marketplaces, the sidewalk stalls where so many Nicas eat, all the little mom & pop pulperias, the small gallo pinto y cafe restaurants, cybers, taxis, buses & interlocales? Most Nicaraguans survive on individual free enterprise, practically living from hand to mouth. It's a totally different matter for the Northern zona-franca carpetbaggers to shut down production cause their clients up the line were already in lockdown. The tourist business died the year before with the global condemnation of both the liberal and conservative press for the injustices of the dictatorship in April 2018. Nevermind that the dictators in Russia and China - before covid - were given a pass, with equal or worse repressions.

    No. These are tough times. Nicaragua did what it had to do. RT-PCR tests for cornavirus are definitive, but very costly. Ticos are rich, they could afford to put major resources into containing the pandemic in CR.

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    Which brings up a point--it is better to be rich, not poor.
    Not that it is a fix-all. Stupid socialism in CR is pretty obnoxious, note the moment of silence for Saint Floyd in the CR Congress.

    In one way Nic. was no dumber than Trump. they both fiddled while Rome burned. But Nic. did it later in the game when it could have learned from US mistakes. Nic. is close to Taiwan, surely they got some good advice from them. There is no cure for wuflu but Nic could have taken some precautions like the banks, supers, private parties are doing.

    Bragging that you have upped cleaning buses and taxis to twice a week is pathetic. In cheap labor Nic you could do it twice a day.
    I get the feeling that many political/economic geniuses are biological dunces.

    "Support mental health or I'll break your head"

    ...with a 6 foot stick and mask and gloves....


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