Friday in Town

We went into town late this morning to get a little exercise.  Took the #8 bus down (as usual).  Met Chuck at the bus-stop and he rode with us as far as San Sebastian where he was meeting friends for lunch.  We had a nice chat riding in – and discovered another dentist (a lady that he likes) – we’ll go see her on Monday to get Mimi another check-up (in English this time).

Just walked around town for a bit, then headed to the California Kitchen to try out their food.  Corn chowder (lots of corn, red & green peppers, potatoes — very good), hamburger with fries (wow, fries were great), and a fish dish with scalloped potatoes and glazed carrots (all good).  All in all, great experience.

Went to the indoor market (one of them) which is extremely colorful.  Mimi did the shooting here – actually, she does most of the shooting.  We didn’t go downstairs, where the meat is, so no dead body pics today.  Upstairs is an unknown, but we’ll try to get up there next time we go – I think it might be pots and pans.

Walked back to the bus-stop – probably 10 or 12 blocks and rode big-blue back to the apartment.  I’ll tell you, my new pants that arrived a few days ago are already falling off.  I made a couple more holes in my belt this morning to try to hold everything together.  We are definitely getting more fit.

We have been trying to order a smaller camera (a Canon sx230 hs), but so far BHPhoto in NY is holding things up for “verification”.  It might be bacause the internet service we use is in Ecuador – not sure, but we’ll get Daneica to call them on monday and see if we can straighten it out.  We want a camera that is small and doesn’t stick out so much (make that call attention to itself).  We haven’t had any problems with thieves, but it’s good NOT to advertise our expensive stuff.  We’ll use the Nikon for studio work mostly.  And if this Canon takes good pictures, then we’ll get one more so we’re not fighting over the camera.

Speaking of which, I’ve asked Alfredo to get me pricing on some lights I’ve designed for the studio.  That was a couple of weeks ago and I’m still waiting for a quote.  Mañana!

We have a new baby next door (Javier & Laura) – a boy named David.  Mimi and I are going to shoot him next week – I’ll post the pics.  Very cute little guy – sleeps all day and up all night – parents look a bit haggard but very proud.

So, here’s some of today’s shots – compliments of Mimi.  BTW, the harp player was just sitting next to one of the churchs playing away, hoping to sell some CDs.  He was good.  The hallway photo is just a hallway we passed, and the interior is California Kitchen.

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Wednesday is Wash Day

We all know that Wednesday is wash day – because they both start with “W”.  So, I though I’d show y’all how we do our wash.  See if you can pick out Mimi in any of the photos.

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Just Makes Me MAD!!!

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Well, got up this morning to find our blog on #*@&** Google’s Blogspot.com deleted (by Google).  No if, ands, or buts, just gone.  Just wanted to strangle the dorks.

Anyway, decided to try something new (wordpress) before I totally give up on blogs.  Mimi and I decided that something with more photos would be better for us – so I think this format will work great.

OK, onward.  My dental work is done for now.  2 broken teeth repaired, 1 major root repair & filling, 1 gone.  Total cost … you ready for this … $135.   Now it’s Mimi’s turn.  So, we went to a Clinic that was recommended to us this morning for Mimi’s cleaning (to start).  Nice doctor – nice assistant – practically no English spoken.  We were all laughing at the situation, but the end result is we had no idea what he was telling us and his English was as bad as our Spanish, so we were all in the dark.  Next stop for Mimi is either Doctora Ortega or Doctor Acosta (both speak English).  We’ll keep you posted.

Got my pants today (finally).  There is a post office club here where we can order stuff from the states, have it sent to a Miami address, and they forward it to us for a fee.  Takes about 2 weeks to get the stuff, but it does get here.  Pants cost $25 from Wally-world.  Forwarding fees were $13.  A little pricy, but hey, you can’t buy the stuff here.

Upping our Spanish lessons to 3 per week.  We’ve been busy and the lessons just fell off, so we told Noshy to push us.  Next lesson is thursday and we’re going to start hitting the flash cards.  YIKES!!!

Tomorrow (actually, it’s today – it’s now 2:11 am here)  we’re going to an insurance seminar.  Health insurance.  100% hospital, 90% everything else.  Take a guess!!!   Yep, you’re right … it’s $40 a month for the two of us.

OK, I’m going to publish this now and go to bed knowing that we have a blog again.  Will let everyone know the new address when we wake up.

Oh, the photos in the slide show above came from the roof of the TV station where Noshy works.  I climbed up there a couple of days ago and got some reasonably decent shots.  We’re ordering a small (but decent) point & shoot camera in the next day or two and we’ll be (make that Mimi will be) shooting like mad soon.

Chow Chow!

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