Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Tuesday Sept 18, 2018 Preparation


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Tuesday Sept 18, 2018
The "Measure twice, cut once.." saying keeps coming up between me and Carlos again and again.  He takes sloppy measurements, makes a slight change at one end but not taking into account needed changes at the other end.  I try to let him do it his way, asking questions all the time, and ultimately we end up taking hours of work apart and doing it a much simpler way,... usually my way.   But, I like the guy's affability and he does not take offense at anything.  I am just surprised that he gets away at being a house contractor with the constant mistakes and crooked work.   
Today he worked on the last welds for the awning brackets, and then wanted to weld the long roof supports to two of the brackets and test them outside, which we did only to find that he was out about 3" and we were encroaching into the neighbour's space, so we ripped them off,  He decided that it would be just as easy to screw them on the mounted brackets.  So we prepared mounting screw holes, then went outside and mounted 2 end brackets, and also screwed holes for the other 3 brackets (where we want them) then took them all down again for painting the first coat.
Cristina and I ran into good ole Movistar for the fifth time to confirm that they made the error and that we would not stand for any cancellation penalty.  Then we had to go to another place, which turned out to be right next door to the Fiscalia, to return all the old modems for TV's and internet.
We came back and I went to help Carlos where I could.
Adiela came out on her scooter for a visit as well.
Things are moving along on some fronts but nothing quick from the Fiscalia or the Notary.  I am thrilled to have Internet back but have little time to get caught up and properly upload artworks for sale.  Upload speeds are horribly slow yet.
It threatened rain all afternoon, and it got refreshingly cooler, but no rain to speak of.
I hope you enjoy the pictures.  That was the day’s excitement.
Al
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Mounting holes are in place for the new awning

Painting the long supports

First coat on the brackets


Monday, September 17, 2018

Monday Sept 17, 2018 Welding


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Monday Sept 17, 2018
The Movistar guys were here early and got everything running.  We have TV and the sporadic internet.  Maybe it is just my computer that is doing the slowdown with downloading photos, I don't know, because that doesn't need internet...
Cristina says that our landline is only for local Andalucia calls which makes it less than useless.  Jeepers, can't we even call her sister 8 kms away in Tulua??
I did my final class at driving school so now she says that she needs to schedule my first exam and will let me know in the next couple of days.
Cristina insisted that we run to the Fiscalia (public prosecutor) about Christian's death again.  I had to leave her there so I could run back to sign out of class.
Carlos and I did measurements for the proposed front awning and he ran out to get the steel.
Then Cristina returned and had me print up a letter to the Prosecutor that she said that we had to deliver today, so back we went to Tulua.  This time she was able to get right in so it did not take long.  Now we wait some more to find out what really happened.
We came back and stopped to see Carlos' Mom so I could drop off the more than 2,000 songs that I put on a memory stick for her.  She likes the country tunes in particular.
Carlos came back to the house with his heavy welder carried on a horse cart.  He said that that cost about $1.75, and the guy helped carry it to the back yard.
Carlos had already cut the pieces for 5 braces that needed welding so he got to work.  This is going to be a long awning so I am insisting that it be solid and reflective, to keep the morning sun at bay.
Princesa got in my bad books tonight, barking at someone on the street with the other dogs then turning and barreling into my new fan, sending it to the hard floor and causing the blades to smash.  I am not a happy camper about that.

I hope you enjoy the pictures.  That was the day’s excitement.
Al
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A finished brace

Working on the next one

These long pieces will hold the metal awning


Sunday, September 16, 2018

Sunday Sept 16, 2018 Our Area


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Sunday Sept 16, 2018
The internet is, knock on wood, working at the moment so I will keep using it until it drops.  The Movistar guys left us about 10:30 saying they would be back so we were kinds pissed that they didn’t come back until about 1:30.  We had told the office that we were only available in the morning because we had plans with our company.  When they did return, they blamed the lack of internet and TV on Bogota and that they would be back tomorrow.  I must say that the installers are nice guys, very congenial, so I am cutting them some slack.
We were all joined by Carlos, so Cristina, Jessica, Andres and I went on a promised drive up the nearby mountain to the east of us to get a view of our gorgeous green valley (Valle De Cauca), Andalucia and Tulua.  The road was muddy and we reached a steep, muddy spot where it just wasn’t prudent to continue any further, so we walked up the rest of the way, not too far, and I actually made the climb easily.
The two youngsters are budding photogs without cameras, so I dug out the Canon, Sony and the Lumix and they got a try with each.  Most of these photos are theirs, especially the best ones.  And the photos are in no good order, sorry, and I don’t have the patience right now to try…  My bed is calling me.
We stopped for almuerzo near Carlos’ place then went on the other side of town to see the fast-flowing BugaLaGrande River, I think.  Because of the heavy recent rain it is very swollen and dirty.  Carlos says that the water is normally very clear.
Because of more rain starting we came back home and the youngsters went on their way out so they could ride in daylight.  Andres is only going to Tulua but Jessica is continuing to Buga where she lives, but she works 45 minutes away at Calima.  All in all it was a great day with very nice people.
I need to thank all of you for hanging in there during this long delay.  Remember that the Subscription thing on the right is apparently working, so please try it.  Then you should know when a new blog has been published… until it fails again….  I’m taking bets..
I hope you enjoy the pictures.  I am not bothering with captions.  That was the day’s excitement.
Al
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