Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Tuesday June 27, 2017 Apology


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Tuesday June 27, 2017
Yes, I am apologizing for being a bad boy and not blogging since Saturday, and it's not looking good until Thursday either.
It is mostly because I am so tired with the double medication of Gabapent that I have virtually no energy or desire to get out the camera.  We have had some spectacular days recently but, with the problems with Buzzer's electrical system (I wish I could transfer some of my electricity!!!), I am not getting out.
Updated:  Went for physio yesterday and today.  First they wrap a cold pack in my towel and put it across my shoulders for 20 minutes but I asked for 40 minutes the first time.  I can barely feel it.  maybe it is the heavy insulating value of a good Hudson's Bay towel that dulls any effect.  So I only went for the 20 minutes today.  That is followed by a very nice shoulder and neck massage.  All this feels good for about 1/2 hour.
A funny thing though, my "permission" slip for the therapy showed "Tseis" for the therapist.  Seis means "Six" so I was thinking she had at least 5 prior siblings, lol.  So I decided to ask her if her name was Seis, and she burst out laughing, and called over "Trece" or Thirteen!!  The physiotherapists have designation numbers she tells me and her name is Gabriela, and we all laughed and laughed.....  I think I will keep calling her Seis to lighten the mood...

I took Buzzer in Monday and the mechanic, Pancho, phoned the Quito office and I understand that they are going to cover the new battery under warranty but said the new alarm is a also a culprit in killing the battery.  So I have left Buzzer with Pancho for 2 more days and asked him to install a hidden switch to turn the alarm power off.  Hopefully we will have no other problems.  He didn't call Tuesday, so I guess I don't get it back until tomorrow.

I have finally heard from my Paralegal about my end-of-life documents after 3 months (she wanted 2 weeks....) and we have an appointment on Friday.
Sorry, no photos. That was the day’s excitement.
Cheers, Al
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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Saturday June 24, 2017 Joes' Secret Garden


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Saturday June 24, 2017
Had to leave Buzzer last night at the dealer so that he could confirm to me today that indeed the battery is the culprit.  He took a photo of the mileage so that he could talk with the warranty people on Monday to see if they will cover a new battery or not.  Apparently the warranty on electrical is only 2 months but I pointed out to the mechanic that I have been complaining about it since the beginning, so we'll see how convincing he can be.

After picking up Buzzer I rode directly over to Joes' for BBQ night, always a favourite with the crowd.  Ken and KP outdid themselves again tonight, starting with the delicious onion rings with 2 sauces, and then to the ribs and sausages.  All of our table couldn't even finish the dessert.  Nobody went home hungry for sure.  It was interesting to see how many Canadians were there tonight!
I hope you enjoy the photos. That was the day’s excitement.
Cheers, Al
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Friday, June 23, 2017

Thursday-Friday June 22-23, 2017 Herederos

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Thursday-Friday June 22-23, 2017
Thursday I badly needed a day of rest because I am not getting the sleep I need with this neurological problem that just won't improve.  I am using my TENS machine regularly now but any relief is purely temporary.  I start physio again on Monday but I am not hopeful after hearing some of the regimen inposed by the Doctor to the Therapist.
We got, and disseminated, notice that the Liquidator will be announcing the next payout for Coopera, with $2,400,000 being proportionately split to the remaining 518 investors.  The notice is supposed to be in all the papers tomorrow that this will occur from June 28 to July 14.
But I did drag my sorry a$$ out to ride with the Herederos.  They initially wanted to just ride to El Centro for Corpus Cristi and I was not enthused about that because I got my phone stolen the last time I went into crowds downtown.  But then we heard that one of our members was at IESS Hospital where his wife was about to undergo surgery.  He had not eaten in a long time so the decision was made to grab him some food and meet him at the Hospital.
We actually stopped at Big Kabuda's Burgers to grab him a good meal and met him at the Emergency entrance.
Then they decided to ride up to Baguanchi, straight south of here, where I was just a couple of days ago.  I always called this area El Valle because the #15 bus is called the El Valle bus (along with #14) and it comes up here to Baguanchi and turns around..  So that is my mistake for the past 5 years...  The roads are being repaired in different areas and in typical Ecuadorian style, big piles of dirt or big depressions are not roped off or marked for danger in any way.  There was a co-ed community soccer match going on in the schoolyard and some cute spectators liked my camera...

Friday AM we enjoyed another beautiful sunrise then I was rushing to get as much accomplished as I could, then showered rapidly and got Buzzer over to the dealer.  I have had to kick-start it about 5 times over the last 3 days and it is a real pain-in-the a$$ so I told them to find out if it is an electrical problem sucking the battery dry, or if the battery itself is the culprit (and that is my bet)...  I also decided to get another early oil change and warranty check while they are at it.
I had checked all the local papers online and there is not one peep about the Coopera payout.  Anything to do with Government in this country is always an exercise in frustration.
There were a bunch of tents getting set up at the Artesanal Center at Bolivar and Huayna Capac, with a lot of it appearing to be about the Paramedic services...
I also spotted a large billboard for a motorbike auction on July 8 by the El Juri group, no address... We are supposed to magically know where the old Coca-Cola warehouse is in the Industrial Park....
 I hope you enjoy the photos. That was the day’s excitement.
Cheers, Al
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The gorgeous Puente Roto (Broken Bridge)

A big tree toppled into the Tomebamba, stripped clean

Todos Santos is irrresistible for a night shot.

A few of us are ready to ride

Reverse angle on the bridge

Meeting Christian at Emergency

Stopped at Baguanchi with a soccer game behind us

Lineup #1 with flash

Lineup #2 without flash

This little guy was interested in our bikes

This little gal wanted her photo tken, then got reluctant, ha, ha

Don't know if this is a street dog or not

The Coopera notice I received

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Wanna buy a bike???


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Wednesday June 21, 2017 OBG Dance


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Wednesday June 21, 2017
Yesterday Cristina rescued 2 more large baby birds because they can't seem to get airborne for more than 2 seconds and the parents can't help them.   Maybe it is because they are just too fat to get off the ground for very far.  She spent half the evening putting them up in trees but the parents just screeched at her so she brought them inside, afraid that they would get hypothermia.  So Mother Goose is at it again...
We went to get the replacement phone for Cristina after lunch and had to wait an hour while he went to get it, and then we had to configure it somewhat, etc.   Again, he did not charge us anything to replace the phone but I gave him $10 as appreciation for his honesty and service.  Cristina seems happy with it in the new pink carry case...  So if you need a new or used cel phone, or repairs, I highly recommend Paul at Accesorios y Reparaciones in a tiny inner "mall" a couple of doors from the NW corner of Gran Colombia y Mariano Cueva. Phone or Whatsapp at 098-701-9019.  Paul even speaks a little English.
And across the street I did a little scouting for Ken and KP for a warming oven for Joes'.  There was a 5 tray oven that may interest them...  Keeping food warm for a lot of people is always a major challenge.
We almost got caught in the rain again... Ugh... We noticed that the river was extremely high again so there would no doubt be flooding in the west end today. I feel so sorry for those poor folks in the low-lying areas.
Tonight was another instalment of the Oldies But Goodies dance.  We had about 40 patrons show up out of the 60+ that registered... Typical fair-weather friend response in Ecuador....  Those who did come had an awesome time and helped celebrate Liliam's birthday, and also to say goodbye to Linda and Ron (Sparky) who leave July 1 for Mexico.  We are so sad to see them leave.
The next dance is scheduled for July 19th.
I hope you enjoy the photos. That was the day’s excitement.
Cheers, Al
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5-tier warming oven for sale

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Baby bird #1

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Both in their "nest

They seem content to let Cristina help them

The lovely Villa San Carlos

I wish that fireplace actually threw out some heat

The view from the door.  Great entryway.

Waiting for the patrons to show up

George is in a party mood

It didn't take long to get rockin'

The gals know how to have a good time

A trio with big moves

Happy Birthday Liliam

The dance floor was always busy

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A very fun crowd on hand tonight