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  1. My little pup didn't make it

    I suspect I should have declined the pup when one of the other pups in the litter was seriously ill. I've seen in a high school biology class how massive worm infections can be (dissection of a cat body preserved for high school biology classes). The vet had started treating him for a bacterial infection, but he wasn't doing much better after three days and passed a mass of worms before the third day of treatment. Sweet little pup -- not quite sure I want to try this again. When I raised litters ...
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  2. And sometimes a butterfly comes by

    to remind me that I'm in the tropics.

    A Welsh friend and I were talking about when I'd be safe to come visit (I've had an eye infection) considering that she's got a baby in the house. A black and white striped butterfly with narrow wings drifted by in the middle of Jinotega's business district, not a shape or combination common to either the US or the UK. Eyes following it, we both stopped talking for a moment, then said, "Wow, how beautiful."

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heliconius_charithonia ...
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  3. Expat Fantasies, Nicaraguan Realities

    The common fantasy here of a business that would "help the Nicaraguan people" and make money for the businessman is making those craftsmen into exporters of their goods. Many times, the boot maker or the furniture maker is running something more like a small factory than a simple 19th Century cobbler's or wood worker's shop. They make a range of things -- some custom, some production. The job satisfaction is seeing the customer pleased with the goods. It's reasonably creative work, ...
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  4. Reposted from Google+

    People who don't switch countries of residence on a regular basis tend to be anxious that they're going to do something irretrievably wrong and their papers will not be in order and they will have to go back to the homeland, motherland, fatherland, to fix things. If they're North Americans (maybe some other countries, too, with the same stick up ass problem), they want to know what the rules are that will make their documents okay, and any deviation from the rules seems like a nightmare, even if ...
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  5. In Nicaragua, for Pensionados

    Once you've gotten everything through the Nicaraguan consulate or consulates required by the states that issued your documents, you take everything to Intur in Managua and get their instructions for how to proceed. They'll look over your documents and if they're satisfied with them, they'll send you to Minrex (cabbies know where it is). Minrex authenticates the consular stamps and you then make all the photocopies you need and either have a translation already from the US or hire a translator ...
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