Saturday, July 22, 2017

Friday, July 21, 2017

Last night I took my sleeping pill and cannabis drops and went to bed at 11:30am but it still took at least an hour to fall asleep.  I woke up at 7am and got up at 8am.

Teresa tells me there will be a mass for Guillermo in Caldas at 3pm.  I said I would go with her.

I watched the first 30 minutes of the Today show and then headed to the gym.  So far it’s a sunny day with just one cloud far off in the distance.  (We’re supposed to have a high today of 84 degrees.)  I saw the adn newspaper girl in her usual spot but I guess she temporarily ran out of newspapers as she was just standing there with empty hands.  The gym was very crowded today but I still completed most of my exercises in an hour and 45 minutes, including 5 minutes at speed 5 on the treadmill.

On my way back to the apt I bought a Q’Hubo newspaper at the regular newsstand but today there was a middle aged woman working there instead of a young man.  Maybe they are under new management.

I see on the MBE website that I have another document being processed in Miami.

Among new US movie releases I would like to see Dunkirk (9.0) which should open here next week.  Locally, there isn’t anything I want to see.

Teresa told me it’s too hot to go to Caldas today so she’s going to ask a priest in Envigado to do a mass for Guillermo.  I don’t know if she means today and/or if that means we’ll actually go to it.

Teresa thought I was very strange as I ate an apple while spreading peanut butter on it.  It’s kind of like a taffy apple.

I solved puzzles on Chess Magnet School for 45 minutes and I am now 40% towards my next promotion to Knight (#9/21).

Teresa left the apt at 8pm to visit with her mother.

I watched a couple more hours of the World Series of Poker.  I’m not really a poker player but I still find it interesting.


T-shirt of the day: Am I getting older or is the supermarket playing great music?

Friday, July 21, 2017

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Today is Colombia’s Independence Day!

Last night I took my sleeping pill and cannabis drops and went to bed at 1:30am but still got up several times during the night.  At 9:30am I was awakened by a cramp in my right calf.  (I guess I’ll be having a banana with my cereal for breakfast.)  I finally got up at 10:30 and Teresa and Laura both got up about the same time.

Well, we’re officially 6 months into the Trump presidency; 1/8 the way through his term.  How’s that working out for you America?

I checked the MBE website and it says that I have a document “In Transit” so I think my chess magazine should be here next week.
At 2:15 it started raining but didn’t last long.

I solved puzzles on Chess Magnet School for 30 minutes and was promoted to Jouster (#8/21).

I still can’t get Rosetta Stone to work right.

I watched some George Clooney movie on Direct TV.


T-shirt of the day: Sometimes I wrestle with my demons.  Other times we just snuggle.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Last night I took a 2mg sleeping pill and 2 drops of cannabis oil under my tongue.  It took maybe an hour to fall asleep but I only got up once during the night.

I watched the first 30 minutes of the Today show and then left for the gym.  I did almost all my exercises, including 5 minutes at speed 4 on the treadmill in an hour and 45 minutes.

On my way back to the apt I noticed the newspaper stand where I usually buy my Friday Q’Hubo newspaper is back.

I took a nap from 12:30 to 1:30.

I made myself a glass of iced tea and added a few drops of lemon.  Yes, it is lemon!  Yay!  Ah, finally my tea is complete and it’s delicious!

I solved puzzles on Chess Magnet School for 30 minutes and I am now 50% towards my next promotion to Jouster (#8/21).

I started working on Rosetta Stone and right away it gave me the “4118 We’re unable to communicate with the server right now.  Please try again later” error message again.

Teresa told me that her finca neighbor, 63-year old Guillermo, got drunk, fell down in a bus and is in the hospital.  Teresa wanted to call to see how he’s doing but we are all out of minutes.  I dressed and walked down to Gana where I added 50mil to her cell phone and 20mil to mine.  She called the hospital and found out he’s believed to be brain dead. 

At 9:15 Teresa informed me that Vicky was going to pick up Teresa and Laura to take them to the hospital and do I want to go with.  She explained there will be lots of tears and they won’t be back until 2, 3, or 4 in the morning.  They made it sound so attractive I decided to take a pass.

I played some chess on my iPad and cell phone, started watching Django Unchained on Direct TV and finally gave up and went to bed at 1:30am.

I heard the ladies come in about 10 minutes later.


T-shirt of the day: That’s it!  Whoever is in charge of making sure I don’t do stupid shit is fired!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Last night at 10:30 I took a 2mg sleeping pill and 2 drops of cannabis oil under my tongue.  I slept pretty much through the night waking up briefly when I heard the black Labrador barking his fool head off.  I finally woke/got up at 8am.

Teresa left for the gym and I watched the first hour of the Today show and then took an hour long nap.

I was working on Rosetta Stone when it gave me a “4118 We’re unable to communicate with the server right now.  Please try again later.”  I tried twice more before finally giving up.

I solved puzzles on Chess Magnet School for 30 minutes and was promoted to Herald (#7/21).

After lunch Teresa decided she wanted to delay going to Mayorista until early evening. 

MT came over at 3:30 and left at 6pm.

Teresa and I left the apt at 6:30 and we caught a taxi after a wait of a couple minutes.  Approaching Mayorista from the south I could smell smoke from the fire from the previous week.  As we entered from the north entrance everything appeared normal and I saw no sign of any fire.

I helped Teresa pick up a few things and then I headed to produce where – gasp – I think I found lemons.  Lots of them.  They are yellow, they’re in the right shape for lemons and they’re imported from Chile.  I took one.  I can’t wait to try it with my iced tea.  I also took a can of Euro chile that I thought I would try.

By the time we checked out it was raining outside.  We were back at the apt by 8:30 – as usual it took 2 hours.

It was still raining lightly when we went to bed at 10:30.


T-shirt of the day: I don’t mean to interrupt people.  I just randomly remember things & get really excited.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Monday, July 17, 2017

Last night at 10:30 I took a 2mg sleeping pill and 2 drops of cannabis oil under my tongue.  I slept pretty much through the night waking up briefly about 6am finally being awakened by Teresa at 8:30.

At the gym I saw a woman with an iPod and I asked her where she bought it.  I understood it was a present from her brother in Los Angeles but she said I could buy it here at Monterrey mall.  I did my exercises in 2 hours including 5 minutes on the treadmill at speed 4.  While telling my joke I introduced Ron to Jose and Oscar.

When I came out of the gym it was misting slightly but I still had to make a stop at the grocery store as Teresa asked for a head of lettuce.  I was in line for about 10 minutes in my sweaty workout clothes.

After lunch Teresa and I walked down the hill where we met MT. 
We walked to Avenida Poblado where we all got on a bus.  I was surprised to see the bus had one of those automatic card readers but I paid the 6,000 pesos in cash and MT refunded me 2,000 for her fare.  The bus drove 2 blocks and then turned.  I asked Teresa what was going on as I believe Teresa led us onto a Metro Bus without first checking the destination list on the windshield.  (When Teresa is distracted, talking to her mother for example, she misses things.)  Teresa talked briefly with the driver but I understood we weren’t going to get our money back.  We got off and walked back to the main street where we quickly were on a bus that had Monterrey listed on the window.

Teresa and MT got off a block from Stella Duran and I got off at Monterrey.  I started upstairs where all the stores are electronics and walked systematically around the floor.  I finally found a Mac store but it was only selling laptops.  I did ask at the counter and was told to go downstairs to La Clinica.  Since I was almost finished checking the whole floor anyway I kept on looking.  

Downstairs I finally found La Clinica – both of them – but neither of them had Apple iPods.  I did find regular mp3 players however.

Leaving the mall I noticed a long legged gringa just ahead of me with a large backpack.  She got caught after a traffic light change in the sun in the middle of the crossing while I stayed back in the shade waiting for a new signal change.  When we both got going again we both headed in the same direction although she was increasing her lead.  She did turn down the same street I did so I figured she might be headed to the hostel but she soon crossed the street and walked further on.

I stopped at the Casa Blanca Hostel and had a bottle of water and read some from my Nook but Teresa and MT soon came out. 

After a 5 minute wait of watching already occupied taxis pass us we finally caught one back to the apt.

Teresa went ahead into the building and I stopped at the corner store for milk.  (Better to buy it now then have her ask me later when I’ve already changed into my relaxing clothes.)

I spent the evening reading my email and news on my laptop and reading my Nook.


T-shirt of the day: I can’t go to hell.  Satan has a restraining order against me.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Last night I took a 2mg sleeping pill, 2 drops of Cannabis oil and went to bed at 10:15.  I was awakened once at 2am by Teresa’s snoring got up once more around 4am, finally waking/getting up at 8:15.  My eyes feel real good.

It’s a mostly sunny day so we’re heading to Santafe de Antioquia – this time without Laura – who has to stay home and study.

MT came over and we left the apt at 9am, walked down the hill, and quickly caught a taxi to Mall Laureles.  We all had hot chocolate or coffee while we waited until 10am for our bus to leave.  There were several other people going so we had a full van but luckily I got to sit shotgun up front.  Here are a few photos I took on the way:




This is the toll booth before entering the 6-mile long tunnel:



We stopped at the usual restaurant – Parador Rancho Alegre - 


Of course there was a soccer game on TV.

where I had calentao and coffee but there was so much rice & beans I couldn’t finish it.

The town square in Santafe is still torn up and it looks like its weeks or months away from being finished.

At the resort – Hosteria de la Plaza Menor - 








Teresa was disappointed to see the secondary pool we usually use was occupied.  She also didn’t want to use the main pool but she did find a corner where she could get some sun.  I told her it’s best not to come on weekends then.

Today I mainly sat in the wifi area playing chess on chess.com on my cell phone.  A couple time I lost games I was winning just because I temporarily lost my internet connection.  Occasionally I would switch and read a little from my Nook book.

I finished Michael Connelly’s Blood Work: Terry McCaleb Series #1 and then downloaded his City of Bones: Harry Bosch Series #8.

We all left just before 7am and I was a little surprised we didn’t stop at the restaurant on the way back.  Maybe we would have got stuck sitting at the tunnel opening again.  It started raining lightly around the time we reached the tunnel.

Back at Mall Laureles Teresa and I shared a Frischuleta from Frisby and we got a FriSnack to go for Laura.

Outside Exito we quickly caught a taxi back to Envigado.


T-shirt of the day: Sarcasm is an art.  If it was a science I would have my PhD.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Last night I took a 1 mg Isoklon sleeping pill (with minimal water) and 2 drops of cannabis oil 10 minutes before going to bed at 11:15.  I was hoping the former would help me get to sleep and the latter would help keep me asleep.

I fell asleep pretty quickly but I was awakened at 1am by a heavy downpour and again at 3am by a car alarm.  I finally woke/got up at 8:30am.

After my shower I went to the corner store for milk.

After breakfast I walked to the other side of the block where I bought a couple packages of chicken at Tienda D1 so Teresa can make chicken pasta for lunch.

I walked to $efecty where I paid the Une bill for July.  I noticed an arts & crafts flea market in the park.  I stopped at the paper store and had a copy made of our Panini Grill receipt.

Back at the apt I tried getting into Rosetta Stone but I received an “1141 Fatal Application Error” and it says I have to contact Customer Support.

For 30 minutes I solved puzzles on Chess Magnet School and was promoted to Guardian (#6/21).

I checked my tracking info and found my American Chess magazine was arrived yesterday morning in Miami.

Teresa and I left the apt at 3:50, waited 5 minutes for a taxi and were at El Tesoro theater by 4:15.  Today’s movie was in one of their premium theaters so it cost 71,200 (about $24). We went up to their top floor and, for a change, ordered off their menu.  I ordered a medium popcorn and large soda and Teresa ordered BBQ chicken legs and a medium soda for a total of 40,648 (about $14).  We got last aisle center seats and the movie started after only 10 minutes of coming attractions.  There were only 6 other people in the theater with 4 of them on either side of us.  Finally, the waiter brought our food.  Because it was a scary movie the theater was dark most of the time but I still managed to eat one of her chicken legs.  She told me she dropped something so I turned on my Nook and saw she dropped the BBQ sauce on her purse.  I turned it upright and we cleaned off her purse with the napkins they gave us.  The movie, Wish Upon, wasn’t very good which was probably why it was only rated 4.6.

After the movie we stopped at Todo en Arte where we went upstairs for the first time.  While Teresa was deciding which notebooks she wanted to pick up for Laura I took a look around.  I was surprised to find Scotch tape – first time I’ve seen it here in Medellin.  The tape in dispensers was ½” but the refills they had were ¾”.  Go figure!

I paid for 2 notebooks and a box of 48 colored pencils for 94,400 COP with my debit card and they gave me a receipt that showed it cost $32.24 in USD.  That figures out to 2,928 COP per USD.

Teresa found a couple dresses in Zara that cost 119,800 and I paid for it with my debit card.  (Back at the apt I found that I was debited $39.36 which corresponds to 3,044 COP per USD.)  I still haven’t figured out how/when they calculate it one way versus another.

We quickly caught a taxi back to the apt for 10,000 pesos.

The Colombian Peso closed for the week at 3,022 to the US Dollar.


T-shirt of the day: Sometimes I wish I were a nicer person.  But then I just laugh and continue my day.