Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thursday November 23, 2017 Joes' Secret Garden



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Thursday November 23, 2017
Happy Thanksgiving to all our American friends.
Boy!  What a runaround at Hospital IESS this morning..  I had an appointment to see Dra. Molina this morning to renew my prescription.   The sign on her door says that she is there Mon-Fri 7:00 – 11:00.  I was there at 7:30 and she is not there...  I hang around, then go early for my physio, then come back.  2 other doctors are in her office.  I show them my paper and they tell me to wait until I am called.  All of a sudden those 2 doctors just walk out and another doctor is in the office.  She says she can’t help me and to go see someone else, and the red-vested Information gal has disappeared.  In frustration I go to the Pharmacy section and a really kind fellow named Fernando, who speaks some English, helps get the prescription ordered with the help of a different Information gal.  Around 10:30 I finally get the prescription…  Sheesh…
Today is a really big event for our American friends so Joes' Secret Garden has a very special deef-fried turkey dinner special and the place was packed with over 100 people which is great for them.  Again, we had many groups of new people so they got to meet the many really nice regulars who haunt Joes' and to sample the great cuisine provided by Ken and KP.
I hope you enjoy the photos (without numbered captions today).  
That was the day’s excitement.
Cheers, Al
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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Wednesday November 22, 2017 Mansion Vizcaya



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Wednesday November 22, 2017
OMG, where is November disappearing???  
Today, Johnny, aka Santa, and I met with some of the organizers for the 💑Hearts Of Gold Gala (Dec 21) 💑 to see the new venue and decide where Santa and I could operate publicly but unobtrusively.
Mansion Vizcaya is truly a mansion and has been operating for over a year a tad east below Turi, on the Autopista, wrapping around the Colineal store.  Luckily the traffic circle for Turi is very close so that coming from either direction is not a problem.
The Mansion, is huge, with the main meeting levels upstairs with two terraces with lovely views.  You can see most of El Centro from the right terrace, where we chose a corner for Santa to sit down (hopefully with a lovely elf).  Then we hope to have the patrons line up for 2 quick pics seated or standing next to Santa.  This saves wear and tear on Santa and will make it easy to use a tripod for steady shots.  Anyway, that's the plan.
We go back Nov 27 in the AM to see the place without all the interior walls and to organize the setup of everything.
If you live in the Cuenca area and don't have your tickets yet, please order them quickly.  There are still 2 early-bird tables available at $400, that's only $40 per person, and this foundation really needs this event to be a success, so please join us...  http://heartsofgoldfoundation.org/6th-annual-christmas-cuenca-gala/

I hope you enjoy the photos, all taken with the new Lumix.  That was the day’s excitement.
Cheers, Al
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This is what you see from the Autopista (Note Turi at upper right)

This is the impressive Mansion Vizcaya from the upper parking area

Jeepers, is this from Gone With The Wind???

Looking over the staircase to part of the huge meeting/dining area

This is the view from the left terrace

Those walls will  be removed to add 40% more space approx...

This is the view from the right terrace

Inside the right terrace we hope to set up Santa

View over Colineal to El Centro

Zoomed in a tad

Zoomed in a lot more