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    Nicaragua always provides us new adventures and new ways to get things done. Our move to the finca has been as crazy as anything else we've done here, and I don't know if it's the country or us, but we sure get into some doozies.

    Roger's been working hard moving all our belongings (where did all this stuff come from anyway???) by hauling a packed trailer and Big Red down to Ochomogo to where we keep our tractor, Naranjita. Gato has a small watering hole in Paso Real, and Mrs Gato keeps an eye on our stuff for 100 cords a month. She and her husband have been helping Roger hook the trailer to Naranjita, sending him on his way, then transfering the stuff from Big Red to the trailer for a second load each day.

    When wunderground.com showed rain for Tuesday, we knew it was time to pick up the pace. Roger made three trips to the finca yesterday, not finishing up that last load until well after dark. Gato was concerned when Roger headed for the finca on his tractor around 6pm. It's getting dark, he worried. Roger just smiled and held up the 2,800,000 candle flashlight we found in Jinotepe. Gato shook his head and went back to his card game.

    Steering Naranjita, our small Russian tractor, along a barely visible trail with one hand and holding the flashlight with the other, Roger made his way slowly to the finca. He only got off the trail once, and soon got himself unlost. When he finally made it back to Gato's, Mrs Gato came out of the house and started in on Roger, something about finca and noche and peligroso. She was talking so rapidly that Roger had to keep telling her "mas despacio". She barely slowed her pace, going on and on about how dangerous what he was doing was. Roger tried to tell her the finca "es muy tranquilo", but she wasn't buying that.

    It was a very productive day and most of the Jinotepe house is empty. I'm still surprised at just how much my fella was able to accomplish yesterday. He arrived with the first load in Ochomogo only to find Naranjita had a flat, on one of the back big tires. That had to be removed and taken to Nandaime for repairs before he could even continue the move.

    Yet before that even, he had another traffic adventure. A mini bus pulled a typical Nica transportation stunt and passed him, only to stop immediately in front of him. Since Roger was pulling a heavy load, there was no stopping, only the option of swerving around to avoid a collision. Which was when the minibus behind him decided to pass as well, of course. The second minibus hit the trailer, but there was little damage.

    When Roger pulled out his cell phone to call a Spanish-speaking friend, the other driver panicked. "No policia," he insisted. His vehicle was brand new and he waited around, almost as if he thought Roger might fork over some cash. When Roger saw that there were no plates on the bus, he nodded and smiled. My fella pulled out his cell phone again, at which point the driver took off quickly.

    There is much work ahead of us on Quinta Quijote, not the least of which is floors to pour and dog pens to finish up, but we'll welcome in-country visitors as long as the road is passable. If you're worried about us or simply curious as to our progress, feel free to call us on our cell phones. Roger at 621-1917 and Melissa at 621-1954. We won't have internet access for a while I imagine, so we can't check our emails or stay connected through TRN. As soon as we get back online, I'll be sure to let folks know we're ready and anxiously awaiting visitors, both local and from the States.

    PS If you're calling from the States, dial 011-505 before our phone numbers.
    Time for homesteading adventures!
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    Hope you're not on the dark side of the moon for too long!

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    Quote Originally Posted by catahoula fan View Post
    When Roger saw that there were no plates on the bus, he nodded and smiled. My fella pulled out his cell phone again, at which point the driver took off quickly.

    no plates?
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    Quote Originally Posted by John View Post
    Hope you're not on the dark side of the moon for too long!
    do they get service way out there? a tower?
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    Please be sure and let us know how you get the cistern fixed. At least two of us need to know.

    Good luck!
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    No plates on his vehicle, guess he just bought (or stole) it. As for internet, towers are going up along the Pan Am south like crazy. Folks in Nandaime tell us Estesa will offer service to our area in a few months. I'm not believing that, of course! We'll get satelite maybe, also Roger's checking into using the cell phone and an internal modem to get us service...we'll see.

    Baby's doing the last moving this afternoon, mañana should be me and my dogs and a fridge full of beer! We planned to be in by this past Monday, but a broken rib has slowed Roger down some. Not stopped him of course, he's way too ornery for that. Good thing we've got good herbal meds.
    See y'all in a few...months that is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by catahoula fan View Post
    If you're worried about us or simply curious as to our progress, feel free to call us on our cell phones. Roger at 621-1917 and Melissa at 621-1954. We won't have internet access for a while I imagine, so we can't check our emails or stay connected through TRN. As soon as we get back online, I'll be sure to let folks know we're ready and anxiously awaiting visitors, both local and from the States.

    PS If you're calling from the States, dial 011-505 before our phone numbers.
    Time for homesteading adventures!

    The only problem with that request is it only works if the dam (and not

    the river kind) things are turned on!
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    to rich people in poor countries.

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    didya get ahold of them? news?
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    Since neither has turned on their cellphones it was a very one sided effort
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    to rich people in poor countries.

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    any news? roger and melissa, we miss you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Demento View Post
    any news? roger and melissa, we miss you!
    I tried calling them last week and didn't get an answer.

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    thanks
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    I would love to keep hearing about this move as I want to plan a move back to Nicaragua soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by grifta View Post
    I would love to keep hearing about this move as I want to plan a move back to Nicaragua soon!
    I will give them a call in a few days ande see whats going on. I guess they haven't gotten the Internet up yet. I am also very curious to see how they are making out.

    Last time I spoke to them was in mid September, actually had a few beers with Roger (catahoula's Husband). At the time they were trying to get a handle on the dogs and then they could bring in workers to finish up construction.

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    just got an email from Roger, sounds like everything is fine, the email was very brief. He also said that he only gets to the internet about once every 2 months, I think Melissa is even less than that.

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    thanks!
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