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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!

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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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    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.

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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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    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.

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    I did go through the usual routine last month to re-up for Nicaragua - where else can I go? - but never got around to posting it here. For some reason it went quickly and I forgot about it just as quickly. This time around Migracion Central proroga de visa was packed with latinos (Nicas?) and though I arrived early I got number 35 when they called 17. It took two hours. I got asked many more questions than usual - where did I work before retiring? what did I do? - with a rather important looking guy standing behind one of the usual gals, who are usually more curious about how I like my Nica wife and how she treats me than what I did to earn a living. Change is in the air. At any rate I'm good for another month, a sort of Nica corona-menstrual cycle. From there to MetroCentro's food court. All my taxi drivers in Managua this time around seemed to be Asian. Most people still wearing masks, but more are without than the last two trips. In the food court masks come off as mouths get stuffed. Small tables for 4 now have ugly plastic dividers. I got a Whopper and the first third was delicious; the rest I just wolfed down with Pepsi. Fried onion rings were nice. I walked over to la UCA terminal (OK, rutted, gravel lot), parked my corpus in a comfortable seat, masked-up and slept most of the 1.5 hr trip home.

    Got back yesterday from an extended weekend tour of Granada. Stayed in a couple gorgeous hotels at off-season, coronavirus bargain rates, Hotel Real Merced and Hotel Casa Consulado. Ate and overate at Cathy's Waffle House, Garden Cafe, Pita Pita and, of course, on La Calzada, awash with cold beer and cocktails, musicians, vendors, beggars and dogs. Masks off, fools! The street was packed full 95+% latinos (Nicas, I presume), family nights out, young & old, dancers and seat warmers. Restaurants have totally taken over la Calzada in the first 4 or 5 blocks from the cathedral, no car or motorcycle can pass for the tables & chairs & stages & screen (karaoke) across the street's width. Several live bands. The music was deafening and damned near cacophonous as one walked down the street. Stepping beyond where lights are strung above the street, we found a new spot, a quiet tapas & rum club, Bocanero, Wok and Roll ("Pachanka Sociedad Anonimo" on my receipt). In the back they had a hostel of 6-8 rooms, swimming pool and a disco-tech bar with a lit dance floor that was full - it looked, for all the world like a Hollywood party scene in a movie. Startlingly attractive.

    With exposure to such a raw cross-section of viral laden humanity exhaling I came down with nearly certain signs of covid: sore throat, slight fever, shortness of breath, and a general malaise, debilitation. I popped half a cloroquina + zinc that night and the next. Feeling OK, symptoms gone but still weak. Alas, my days of party-til-you-puke are over.

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    Well, take care. when this shit started I said it was going to be a long 6 months. 5 months in and it is getting really boring. My wife isn't isolating as much as possible but she is making a good effort. at least she wears masks more than Trump.

    Vacation plans are of course, zilch. Garden and dogs are happy, family on both ends are working and healthy. One in the US may have talked her way into identity theft. Banks and everybody online are giving fraud warnings, here included.
    And between covid, recession and wars and uprisings next year may be just as bad on a world wide basis. The number of countries who have handled this well are few and even they are hurting from the economic effects. For an old codger who was trying to make up for all the vacations he didn't take during his working years this is a real bummer.

    Public utilities seem to be ok although the internet seems to be on overload frequently. Video chat and stuff help ease the pain on not visiting people in the flesh. We have had a few family get togethers, just the closest relatives here in town. Its a compromise between risk and mental health.

    With no trips this year, we have money to spend on backyard projects. I do some woodworking to kill time, even tho it would be easier to just have a carpenter do it.

    Did takeout pizza sunday, ate at home with a cold beer.

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    With exposure to such a raw cross-section of viral laden humanity exhaling I came down with nearly certain signs of covid: sore throat, slight fever, shortness of breath, and a general malaise, debilitation. I popped half a cloroquina + zinc that night and the next. Feeling OK, symptoms gone but still weak. Alas, my days of party-til-you-puke are over.


    To bad that the antibody test is not available. It's much simpler and cheaper than the "do you have it now ??" test. It's a blood test.

    If you have the antibodies,, you had the virus,, and are nominally immune (depending on who your listen to, this question of immunity seems to have broken down between red and blue lines as well. But,, you know the same thing happened with the Spanish Influenza,, mention of it was censored out of newspapers in the US and the UK,, it was reported in the Spanish press and hence became known as the Spanish Flu. It supposedly originated somewhere in Kansas.

    You have to wait a couple of weeks to take the antibody test,, it takes a while for them to develop.


    I'd trade places with you in a heartbeat!
    It was 108 yesterday. I'm bored silly. Krisnia is getting squirly . I feel like my life is slipping through my fingers.

    Putin's daughter was vaccinated yesterday. Five million doses of vaccine from Vektor is probably a day's production. If Nicaragua became the first western hemisphere country to be Covid free,, it would be the equivalent of Sputnik II

    To mix some metaphors,, it's time to put this nightmare to bed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KeyWestPirate View Post


    To bad that the antibody test is not available. It's much simpler and cheaper than the "do you have it now ??" test. It's a blood test.

    If you have the antibodies,, you had the virus,, and are nominally immune (depending on who your listen to, this question of immunity seems to have broken down between red and blue lines as well.
    In the US you may think it is red and blue... But in the rest of the world...

    Antibodies seem to dissipate at 3 months...
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    In the US you may think it is red and blue... But in the rest of the world...

    Antibodies seem to dissipate at 3 months...



    At the end of the day, there’s also a huge caveat to consider, says Kamran Kadkhoda, an immunologist at the Cleveland Clinic. “The elephant in the room,” he says, is the lack of robust science behind the usefulness of this test for clinical or public health purposes, given that there are still big open questions, such as what the presence of antibodies actually means about immunity and how long antibodies remain after an infection has passed.
    The bottom line is that more independent evaluations are needed to determine how good these tests are—and more research is necessary to understand what their results can tell us. “For serology, I really think the best is yet to come,” Theel says. “Once we identify whether or not, or for how long, protective immunity lasts and how these antibody tests are related to such immunity, I think that’s when they’ll really be important.”





    Three months.
    All those New Yorkers who got it early on should be coming up for a second infection.

    Much of this begs more understanding. It makes little sense that Covid 19 enables such short immunity, especially compared to another corona virus like SARS.

    But,, we will soon have a living lab going in Russia.
    I have no idea how aggressively they are rolling out the vaccination program.

    I think that my point was,, there is a strange negativity associated with this virus. I don't think the Dems want this resolved until after the election. It's conferring a political benefit. We're currently inoculating 30,000 with the Moderna vaccine as a phase 3 test of the efficacy and safety of the vaccine.
    Why not a million ?


    In Nicaragua,, I talked to a friend who has a nurse friend. She reported that the nurses and doctors are working 24 hour shifts in isolation, to reduce the leakage of the virus from the hospital.

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    Yeah, its still a crap shoot with a long time to resolve. Accuracy of the testing is also an issue. And next comes the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines and how long they work. Even if they came up with one that was safe but only 50% effective it would do much to knock down the diseaes when used with the other precautions.
    You should see the creativity here. Stores are sprouting hand washing stations at the front door. The winner is the one that has pedal operated valves for both water and soap.

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    "Scared That Covid-19 Immunity Won’t Last? Don’t Be - Dropping antibody counts aren’t a sign that our immune system is failing against the coronavirus, nor an omen that we can’t develop a viable vaccine." by two immunobiology ptofs at Yale.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/31/o...-immunity.html
    We have two types of immunity: innate immunity, which jumps into action within minutes of an infection; and adaptive immunity, which develops over days and weeks. When the innate is successful, the infection is resolved quickly, without many symptoms. The adaptive immune system consists of two types of white blood cells, called T and B cells, that detect molecular details specific to the virus and mount a targeted response to it. The body stores the adapted T and B cells, these so-called memory cells are the main agents of long-term immunity.
    Blood tests for antibodies pick up those produced by the innate immune system, which can fade away 2-3 mo after the infection. I'm not aware of any test that identifies T & B cells in the body that have adapted to battle covid-19 longterm.

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    I am caught in a squeeze-play between 3rd base and home. My base in this 3rd world country is a 2-bdrm apartment in Leon; home is a 3-bdrm house near Philly. There are no commercial flights out. All borders are closed. To stay legally I must pay migracion to extend my visa every 30 days. Some two weeks ago I paid 500 cords (= $14.51) for 30d. In a week and a half I’ll have to pay $25, that’s US dollars, folks. No, they don’t want cordovas de Nicaragua at Migracion Central in Managua. Has the dollarization begun? Someone on FB said it could be paid in cordovas at migracion in Rivas, but they want 1015 cords (= $29.45). I don’t want to stay any longer, but I couldn’t possibly afford one of those occasional charter flights for me, wife and our son, especially for all the mega suitcases she insists on hauling.

    Meanwhile Ortega and the commercial airlines that normally service Managua are at loggerheads. “Airlines aren't set up to police the covid status of passengers and that is causing grief all over. And there's often privacy rules in countries that make it difficult for airlines to be able to collect or share any medical information... unintended consequences of consumer protections.” from Chris Newkirk on FB. Meanwhile AeroMex, AA & Copa have told the Aeromundo Travel Agency they will not come to MGA in Sept, but maybe in Oct. Spirit, United & Avianca don’t say on the chance that a deal might be worked out with the Ortega gov’t. We’re stuck.

    And it’s getting more expensive here. La Union doesn’t seem to be getting in any of the cheaper, but of matching quality WalMart knock-offs (Sam’s Choice). Peter Pan peanut butter is more than twice the cost of Wally’s stuff, but no better tasting. And though the shelves are full, they seem to run out of particular items more often, esp. produce. No carrots today; miserable puny papas the week before. Which pushes us into the marketplaces, which really offer better selection, better quality and lower prices. And no corporate overlord. We’ve been going there less & less over the years cause the super is so convenient and they take credit cards. Tough times pull us back into the real Nicaragua (if you don’t mind me using the phrase in an un-chele sense). All of which includes steering away from foreign food stuffs, to get back to enjoying la canasta basica plus the cornucopia of fruits here: papaya, mango, maracuya, melon. Fresh tree-ripened fruit is sweeter. I’ve grown to really enjoy my wife’s beans with tortillas, freshly made that morning and brought to the door, and that crumbly, semi-sharp cheese (queso seco) and fried plantains for breakfast. Fine Nica coffee.

    I have books to read but I don’t; the internet consumes what’s left of me after taking care of our boy. And he’s a MineCraft Monster School fanatic. I guess I’ll vote by mail (assuming the embassy has some special pouch going back for such), but I’ll miss the insanity that’ll grip the nation leading up to and expectedly following this special needs election. And my poor uninhabited house. I got a friend mowing and my cousins looking in on it at times, and my neighbor who emailed me a few years ago when a tree fell on it, but otherwise I half expect the squirrels and chipmunks to have taken it over.

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    Not sure any better here, seems like small occasional shortage, friend went to 3 stores to find romaine.

    I think all the dollarzizatiin is in anticipation of big devaluation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daddy-YO View Post
    I am caught in a squeeze-play between 3rd base and home. My base in this 3rd world country is a 2-bdrm apartment in Leon; home is a 3-bdrm house near Philly. There are no commercial flights out. All borders are closed. To stay legally I must pay migracion to extend my visa every 30 days. Some two weeks ago I paid 500 cords (= $14.51) for 30d. In a week and a half I’ll have to pay $25, that’s US dollars, folks. No, they don’t want cordovas de Nicaragua at Migracion Central in Managua. Has the dollarization begun? Someone on FB said it could be paid in cordovas at migracion in Rivas, but they want 1015 cords (= $29.45). I don’t want to stay any longer, but I couldn’t possibly afford one of those occasional charter flights for me, wife and our son, especially for all the mega suitcases she insists on hauling.

    Meanwhile Ortega and the commercial airlines that normally service Managua are at loggerheads. “Airlines aren't set up to police the covid status of passengers and that is causing grief all over. And there's often privacy rules in countries that make it difficult for airlines to be able to collect or share any medical information... unintended consequences of consumer protections.” from Chris Newkirk on FB. Meanwhile AeroMex, AA & Copa have told the Aeromundo Travel Agency they will not come to MGA in Sept, but maybe in Oct. Spirit, United & Avianca don’t say on the chance that a deal might be worked out with the Ortega gov’t. We’re stuck.

    And it’s getting more expensive here. La Union doesn’t seem to be getting in any of the cheaper, but of matching quality WalMart knock-offs (Sam’s Choice). Peter Pan peanut butter is more than twice the cost of Wally’s stuff, but no better tasting. And though the shelves are full, they seem to run out of particular items more often, esp. produce. No carrots today; miserable puny papas the week before. Which pushes us into the marketplaces, which really offer better selection, better quality and lower prices. And no corporate overlord. We’ve been going there less & less over the years cause the super is so convenient and they take credit cards. Tough times pull us back into the real Nicaragua (if you don’t mind me using the phrase in an un-chele sense). All of which includes steering away from foreign food stuffs, to get back to enjoying la canasta basica plus the cornucopia of fruits here: papaya, mango, maracuya, melon. Fresh tree-ripened fruit is sweeter. I’ve grown to really enjoy my wife’s beans with tortillas, freshly made that morning and brought to the door, and that crumbly, semi-sharp cheese (queso seco) and fried plantains for breakfast. Fine Nica coffee.

    I have books to read but I don’t; the internet consumes what’s left of me after taking care of our boy. And he’s a MineCraft Monster School fanatic. I guess I’ll vote by mail (assuming the embassy has some special pouch going back for such), but I’ll miss the insanity that’ll grip the nation leading up to and expectedly following this special needs election. And my poor uninhabited house. I got a friend mowing and my cousins looking in on it at times, and my neighbor who emailed me a few years ago when a tree fell on it, but otherwise I half expect the squirrels and chipmunks to have taken it over.


    I find myself with the identical, different problem (Is that an oxymoron? Probably not. Where is Walking Man when you need him)?

    I've given up on flying, I just hope that the borders open by end of year. The flying was tempting: a 4 X daily Tufesa bus to Hermosillo, and then a first class flight from Hermisillo via Mexico to Managua. Two 35 kilo bags checked,, included, and 20 kilo carry on . $500 RT with ability to change flight dates at no charge on the return. It WAS too good to be true.

    The solution to the cramped apartment in Leon: A small farm in the mountains where you grow or raise all you can eat, and your kids run safely amok. A Bautista primary,, and a Marista secondary for the kids in Condega. The school in La Lima is complete shit. Kids would love the pigs, chickens,, pelebuey and horses. There is a cow and calf too.

    I'm beginning to show signs of depression: I have much to do,, but cannot seem to focus. I have an unhealthy fixation on Trump's re-election prospects. Annoyed by the endless dithering on the Covid business, when so much could have already been done to get past it, and minimize deaths. I spend too much time on the internet.

    I read, and that helps distract me: ..If The Creek Don't Rise . . Excellent


    But the farm endures, and life in Nicaragua goes on. Walter (RobleDal) got in touch with me on Saturday and asked if he could bring his horse down to fatten it before the Hipico. I wish I could be there. Those boonie hipicos are so much fun. I doubt seriously that the Chicas Toña will make an appearance (they do come to Condega), and cold beer is hard to find because of the dearth of refrigeration, but the guaro flows freely. That pic is Walter planting coffee for Ariana on a patch of land she inherited from her mother.

    The zoo opens up next week,, by appointment, limited hours, so I can take Sebastian to see the baby elephant that was born just when Covid heated up.
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    Seems food prices are up. I don't know, Nicas always complain that everything is expensive. Fresh fruits and veggies are intermittently out of stock. Nic. has several climate zones to stretch fruit seasons but it sure seemed tangerine and pink grapefruit were here and gone in a flash. CR imports may be down, but that may be because a lack of purchasing power on this end. Land and air freight are humming along as far as I can see. Most consumer goods are well stocked. A relative is sending a box with some vitamins for us. Every little bit helps.

    First pitayas are here big time.

    When the Consulate warned go "home" or plan on being in Nic. a long time they were not blowing smoke. I thot 6 months but gross incompetence on the part of governments and gross stupidity on the part of many peepul may stretch this mess out to 2022, at least in spots.

    Garden is going too good. We have more potted plants than Carter has little liver pills. When we get sprung from quarantine who will water all this stuff?

    Wife misses the socialization. I don't miss the parties. The first 10 million pinatas are enough, even tho the little boogers love them. We see the kids/grandkids, one neighbor, and a cleaning lady occasionally. People show up with masks but that doesn't last long. We just try to keep some distance and wash everything after they leave. Run into a couple neighbors on cardio walks. We chat a little from a distance and then get moving.

    Spain is finding tourism in the age of covid doesn't work well. More and more countries are putting them on the NO list. CR is trying hard to follow Spain's example. So far we have probably spent as much on back yard projects as we would have on a small CR vacation.

    I sit and drool online about used cameras and lenses I could buy if I were in the States. New tech keeps coming out and people are blowing off good old classic stuff for peanuts. Probably a buttload of estate/moving/going broke sales coming up too but I am getting old and don't need the junk piling up. When I eventually get back to the US I will probably buy 1 used lens and call it quits. At least car travel in the southwest should be decent. I'll have 1 new grandbaby but after you say cuchicuchikoo a few times what do you do with newborn babies? It's not like you can take her out in the desert shooting used pumpkins the day after Halloween or anything constructive like that.

    Gunna be a long year.

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    " Gunna be a long year. "



    I watched Trump announce the utilization of convalescent plasma this afternoon. This is something that they should have done months ago. They were throwing around numbers like "35 people out of a hundred with serious cases will be saved" It's true that the technology has been around forever,, before most vaccines. This begins immediately,

    NOT a vaccine,, you get sick first , but finally they are talking about early intervention instead of waiting until you are at death's door.

    The date of this research abstract was March 18:


    COVID-19 is currently a big threat to global health. However, no specific antiviral agents are available for its treatment. In this work, we explore the feasibility of convalescent plasma (CP) transfusion to rescue severe patients. The results from 10 severe adult cases showed that one dose (200 mL) of CP was well tolerated and could significantly increase or maintain the neutralizing antibodies at a high level, leading to disappearance of viremia in 7 d. Meanwhile, clinical symptoms and paraclinical criteria rapidly improved within 3 d. Radiological examination showed varying degrees of absorption of lung lesions within 7 d. These results indicate that CP can serve as a promising rescue option for severe COVID-19, while the randomized trial is warranted.







    Trump took a few questions after the briefing. There was immediate hostility from the press corps, they don't want any resolution prior to the election.

    Glum faces on NPR,, endless Trump bashing, but no joy. Orange Man Bad is not going to cut it. They know it, just waiting for the shoe to fall. They let Joe out of the basement for a few minutes and he says he'll shut the country down,, not something anyone except government employees wants to hear.

    Convalescent plasma is something Nicaragua could easily do. You can buy the necessary centrifuge on EBAY for $500.
    Of course, there ARE minor details,, HIV testing of the blood,, blood typing,, nothing anywhere close to the rocket science of developing DNA testing for the virus.


    "35 out of 100 deaths could be avoided" . Use CP for the truly vulnerable patients, and Hydroxy, Zinc and Azith for the rest.




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    The date of this research abstract was March 18:
    The FDA moves carefully, in politically-correct 1st gear, since lives are at stake.

    Front page news, today's NYTimes,
    "First Confirmed Case of Virus Reinfection Found - Researchers said a “young and healthy” patient had a second case more than four months after the first, suggesting immunity might last only a few months."

    And so . . . convalescent plasma will have a short shelf-life.

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