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    Default A Case Of Murphy's Law...

    The days are slipping away and as we try to pack more and more into each one, I had been wondering just when that wrench was gonna get thrown in. Found out Saturday morning as we attempted to make a Managua trip with a long list of things to do. We didn't even make it to Pan Am less than two blocks away. About 20 feet before the stop sign, we got swiped by a city water truck.

    Roger saw him coming really fast and stopped to give him room to make the turn, but the fella must have been doing 40 kph. He had the wheel turned as far as it would go, didn't touch his brakes at all, just hit us like a train. Not AGAIN, I thought.

    It was your typical accident scene in Nicaragua. The ice cream vendor showed up in a jiffy, way before the cops ever got there. In fact, it took the cops almost 40 minutes to arrive despite the fact that the station is just around the corner.

    The truck driver was a big fella, one who you could tell was used to being a bully and pushing smaller folks around. My fella doesn't push easy. When he got in Roger's face, yelling something in Spanish, Roger's repeated replies of "f*ck you" sent him scowling off (to the police station we later found out) and put smiles on the faces of many of the observers. Definitely a CFG moment!

    After meticulous measurements were taken and a sketch of the scene made, the cop told us to bring the vehicle to the station. No way, Jose...we're wise to that trap. This very same police station held onto Big Red for two months before releasing her for repairs (which took another two months and mucho, mucho cerveza). We told him it couldn't be driven and I stayed with the car while Roger and a friend went to spend an afternoon with the boys in blue.

    It took less than two hours for the guys to return, and I was treated to that Nicaraguan hospitality and friendliness they're known for in the meantime. The owner of Agrimersa came out to offer me coffee and many concerned folks came to tell me they saw what happened. I got a tickle out of the lady who insisted it was the truck's fault. She kept slamming her fist into her other hand, maybe recreating the accident or just emphasizing her words? Quizás. She saw a cop waiting for a minibus at the corner and quickly went to plead the case. I don't know what she said, but she slammed her hand alot. The cop just pushed her away several times until his ride came by.

    I was sitting in the car an hour after the accident when a tiny, wrinkled fella came over insisting that he saw the whole thing and it was the truck's fault. I knew he hadn't been there for the accident and waited for the punchline. Sure 'nuff, the hand came out as he asked for a peso. I thought "Boy, did you catch me on the wrong day!"

    I smiled as I told him "no dinero, solo mi esposo" (rudimentary translation, the cash is with my better half). He nodded his head wisely, patted me on the knee, and went on his way. Regardless of the inauspicious start to the day, we did make it into Managua and found at least half of the items on our list. Checks were at Nicabox, bank at La Union was still open, and my Nica friend Gamaliel had lots of boxes put aside for me for the final packing, so all in all not too bad a day. We drank Toñas and played backgammon that night while recalling the day's adventures. Not sure how the accident report will come out or how long it will take to get the CRV fixed, but at least we're still laughin' and not cryin'!

    (The first pic below shows how far back from the Pan Am Hwy we were when hit, roughly 50 feet, the second is my not-so-pretty-anymore CRV)
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    Default Looks a little like my CRV

    I was standing with my friend talking when I noticed a dump truck backing up in the direction of my CRV. I felt relieved when he safely backed up along side of the CRV. Then right before my eyes, he pulled forward with a sharp right and smashed into my CRV. This is while his co-worker is giving him directions. It turns out the guy driving the truck was "learning" how to drive it. The co-worker said they would pay for the damage after some shouting from my friend. Of course I never saw a cent. I was lucky that the damage was not nearly as bad as yours.
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    Sounds like that driver was related to the fellas who bring in our supplies. I've lost count of the number of times they've run into our corral fence. This last time, the driver backed right into it, then jumped out of the truck and waved all friendly-like at Roger. Guess he didn't think it was bad to run over the fence...quizás?
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    it was the truck's fault! do you need a witness?
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    Talking Rent-a-witness???

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Demento View Post
    it was the truck's fault! do you need a witness?
    Didn't you see her reply????
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    But it says on the internet it was the truck's fault! That's all it takes, right?

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    So you're moving to the finca soon? To live in tents? Your other pictures today show some decidedly un-finished structures.

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    Decidely unfinished is well put, hon. Roger's got the rafters on my outdoor kitchen done and so far today he's fixed the scaffolding to get the master bedroom rafters up. Gotta wait till this last check clears (another thing that takes FOREVER in Nicaragua) before we can get the tiles in anyway.

    There's tons that will be unfinished by the time rainy eason makes us move, but it can't be helped. We simply can't make things (the banks, the legal system, the workers, the builder, etc...) go any faster, no matter what we try. And believe me, we've tried everything.

    I've been camping ever since we moved to this country, so I'm not worried about it. I'm a pretty tough, ol' gal! Besides, I'm looking forward to doing the finish work myself. I may break a nail in the course of all that work, but at least it will be done right. I'd hate to have a house that I looked around at and saw all kinds of things wrong with.

    The more you put into something, blood, sweat, and tears, the more it's worth to you. I look forward to collapsing in my star-gazing chair alongside Roger at the end of each day, sipping homebrew and toasting each other's efforts!
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