Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Monday, October 15, 2018

Today is another holiday in Colombia – Dia de la Raza (day of the race) aka Columbus Day.  Interesting that they would honor the day that Columbus arrived in the Americas since it wasn’t long after that Europeans subjugated their indigineous population.

Last night I got up once, or twice, during the night finally waking/getting up at 8:35.

I watched the first 20 minutes of the Today show and left for the gym.  I completed all my exercises in less than two hours.  It was probably faster today because it wasn’t very busy and I had forgotten to bring my cell phone.

When I got back to the apt Laura informed me she’s been contacted by another family, this one from California, just south of SF.  (I’m starting to lose count.)  Their letter said they have 4 kids and they are looking for an au pair with an excellent driving record.  She actually has a perfect driving record since she doesn’t drive at all but I’ll try to get her some more practice before she leaves.

I received an email from Medellin Guru titled 9 Best Steakhouses in Medellin and the Aburrá Valley.  At the top of their list was Lucio Carbon y Vino, the restaurant here in Buena Mesa in Envigado.  I showed it to Laura and informed her that I tried to get her mother to go there last weekend.  Laura said the mistake was talking to her mother who seems reluctant to try anything new.

I seem to have misplaced my USB drive; I can’t find it anywhere.  I did find an old one that I hope still works.

I watched some of the 49ers vs Packers game on Monday Night Football.

I emailed Jose and confirmed that we will be meeting to play chess tomorrow.

Joke of the day
A man was reading the newspaper when an ad caught his eye: New Porsche! $500!

The man thought that it was very unusual to sell a Porsche for $500, and he thought it might be a joke, but thought it was worth a shot. So he went to the lady’s house and sure enough, she had an almost brand new Porsche.

"Wow!" the man said. "Can I take it for a test drive?" Unlike what he expected, the man found that the car ran perfectly and he took it back to the lady’s house.

"Why are you selling me this great Porsche for only $500?"

"My husband just ran off with his secretary, and he told me I could have the house and the furniture as long as I sold his Porsche and sent him the money."

Monday, October 15, 2018

Sunday, October 14, 2018

I got up once during the night, again at 6am, and catnapped until getting up at 8:30.

I had a large bowl of oatmeal for breakfast, changed into my Ciclovia clothes and headed out.  I walked the 30 minutes to Carulla and back.  At one point I passed a small tent they had set up for bicycle repairs.  I noticed a man with a hand pump blowing up a tire.  A few feet further and I was stopped by a crossing guard as the traffic light had changed.  I heard a loud bang which I imagine was the tire exploding.  It didn’t look like anyone was hurt.  I stopped at Exito and bought a package of sandwich bread.

At noon I made popcorn and poured myself a Coke and sat down for the game.  My Chicago Bears lost to the Miami Dolphins 31-28 in overtime.  Drat!  I look forward to these games all week and this is what happens.

Laura left to go meet with a friend at the mall.  Later she sent me a text that she’s been contacted by another family (5th?) this time a couple from Colorado Springs who are both in the medical field and are expecting their first child in January.  Talk about being Miss Popular.

Teresa left about 6:30 to take her mother to the mall and meet up with Laura.

My chess tournament synopsis: Well, I ended up with 4 wins out of 7, which is good for me even if I’m mostly playing these patzer children.

I played 4 games with White, winning 3.  With White I always played e4 and my opponent responded with c5 twice, d6 once, and Nf6 once.  I played the King’s Indian Attack in each game. 

I played 3 games with Black, winning 1.  My opponent always opened with e4 and I always responded with c5 and I played the Sicilian Defense, Najdorf variation.  Obviously, I need more practice with this opening.

Joke of the day
A guy was at a local beer hall when a beautiful woman walked in. The beer hall was full and there was only one place to sit: next to him! Always a friendly guy, he decided to strike up a conversation with his pretty new neighbor. But as soon as he said "Hello, Miss..." she turned to him and screamed at the top of her lungs, "WHAT KIND OF A PERSON DO YOU THINK I AM, YOU PERVERT!"

This really caught him off guard as all of his friends in the beer hall were glaring at him for trying to molest this newcomer. He slouched down as far as he could on his stool, and looked at what he knew would be his last drink here in a long time.

After a few minutes the lady said to him, "I'm sorry if I scared or embarrassed you. I'm a Psychology student and I'm doing a study on what happens to an innocent person when they are falsely accused of something in public. Please don't take it personally. We're friends, right? Shake hands?"

He looked at her, her hand stretched out, her eyes imploring and then he yelled out, "A THOUSAND BUCKS FOR A NIGHT!!! ARE YOU CRAZY??"

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Saturday, October 13, 2018

I got up once during the night and woke/got up at 7am with Teresa.

After showers and a quick bowl of cereal we left the apt at 8:15.

At Euro we bought groceries and back at the apt Laura helped us carry them up the stairs.

Teresa and I took a nap from 10:30 to 11:30.

At 3:30 I left the apt for the mall.  My goal today was to see how many coffee cafes I could find.  On the first floor I counted 7, on the 2nd floor I counted 5, and I didn’t check the 3rd floor because it’s the floor with all the restaurants and food court.

There were so many people there I’m sure it raised the temperature a few degrees because I felt quite warm.

At a store called El Deportes (the sports) I found some exercise gloves Teresa was looking for and a young lady told me everything now is at a discount.  I also saw for sale a “training mask” that I’ve seen a man wear in the gym while he’s running on a treadmill.  It functions to inhibit oxygen mimicing (sp?) being at a higher altitude.  (We already are at a higher altitude!)

I had a café con leche and slice of carrot cake at Café Arangos on the 3rd floor – the same location as last Thursday – for 9,300 pesos.  The internet drifted in and out so much I was never able to get a good connection so I read some from my paperback book.

I stopped at an area identified as a wifi zone but there I couldn’t get a wifi signal at all.  Don’t believe everything you read.

As I was leaving the mall the only place I got a strong internet connection seemed to be just outside Starbucks and at the main entrance/exit to the mall.

I was back at the apt by 5:30.  When I informed Teresa how crowded the mall was now she’s no longer interested in visiting tonight.

I’ve noticed recently that my Expat Exchange emails seemed to be intermittent.  Today I happened to look at my Spam file and that’s where I found lots of unread emails.  Yikes!  Can someone out there tell me how to – I think the term is whitelist them to my email address?
Laura just informed me she’s been contacted by a 4th family – this one from Mercer Island, Washington.  From their profile it looks like they have a baby because they claim having only one child 0 years old.

Laura just got a letter emailed to her and they are 2 gay men.  What’s funny is that they are talking about their 3 month old daughter meeting other children and experiencing other cultures.  It appears they sometimes have to travel on business so I can understand their needing some backup.  I understand they are also looking for help starting in January.  This should be interesting.  Laura is very interested!

8:15 and Teresa went to visit her mother.

8:30 and someone nearby turned up the music so loud that everyone in the neighborhood could hear it.

I spent some time on the phone talking to my ex.  It appears she needs more help with a loan modification form.

Joke of the day
A businessman walks into a bank in New York City and asks for the loan officer. He says he is going to Europe on business for two weeks and needs to borrow $5,000.

The bank officer says the bank will need some kind of collateral for such a loan. So the businessman hands over the keys to a Rolls-Royce parked on the street in front of the bank.

Everything checks out, and the bank agrees to accept the car as collateral for the loan. An employee drives the Rolls into the bank's underground garage and parks it there.

The businessman returns two weeks later, repays the $5,000 and the interest, which comes to $15.41. The loan officer says, “We’re very happy to have had your business, and this transaction has worked out very nicely, but we are a little puzzled. While you were away, we checked you out and found that you are a multimillionaire. What puzzles us is; why would you bother to borrow $5,000?”

The businessman replied: “Where else can I park my car for two weeks in New York City for only 15 dollars?”

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Friday, October 12, 2018

Last night I fell asleep quickily, got up once at 4:30, took me some time to fall back asleep, finally waking/getting up at 8:30.

I watched the first 20 minutes of the Today show and left for the gym.  I picked up a free Adn newspaper and bought a Q’Hubo on my way.  I completed all my exercises in 2 hours and picked up a free Gente newspaper at Exito on my way back to the apt.

I took a 30 minute nap waiting for Teresa to finish preparing lunch.

Among new US movie releases, I would like to see First Man (7.0) and Bad Times at the El Royale (7.7).

Locally, I would like to see The Wife (7.4) playing at 6:20 and 8:50 in Viva Envigado; maybe next Wednesday.  I might have been interested in Bleeding Steel (5.4) but the trailer had a lot of Chinese language which means it will be translated into Spanish not English.

Laura talked to the family from Seattle last night.  She loved seeing the boys with their blond hair and blue eyes but she’s afraid their farm is just too far from the city.  And she thinks the girls in Massachusetts will be easier to care for than boys.

After lunch Teresa said she’s cold and wanted to go to bed so I took a 2nd nap from 3:15 to 4:15, only sleeping 30 of those minutes.

Has the World Series started yet?  I have no idea.

We decided not to take the 2nd apartment because it’s too small.  If we took it we would have to sell our current furniture and buy smaller furniture; too much work and too much additional cost.

Teresa talked to the agency and I understand the 3rd apartment we were going to see today has already been rented.

When she tried to call the owner of the 1st apartment there was no answer.  If necessary I understand we can just stay in this apartment for another year or so.

We were going to go to the mall today but once again Teresa kept putting it off until finally she said not today.

For dinner we ordered food delivered from Frisby for 39,000 pesos.

Tonight Laura talked to the family from San Diego.  They asked her how much driving she has done and she said 3 times for 1 week.  She’s afraid that her lack of driving skills will put her our of contention for an au pair job.

Teresa wants to go to Euro tomorrow, early.  She said 7am but I’m pretty sure that won’t happen.

I’ll probably go to the mall sometime tomorrow.  I’d like to check out the SmartFit to ensure it has the same machines I’ve been using at the current location.  And I’ll probably hang out somewhere for coffee.

Joke of the day
A man walked into an emergency room with two black eyes and a five iron (golf club) wrapped tightly around his throat. Naturally, the doctor asked him what had happened. “Well, it’s like this,” explained the man, “I was having a quiet round of golf with my wife when she sliced her ball into a pasture of cows.
“Well, we went to look for it, and while I was rooting around, I noticed one of the cows had something protruding from its rear end. Sure enough, when I lifted its tail, there was my wife’s golf ball.”
“And?” pried the doctor.
“Well, that’s when I made my mistake. I lifted the cow’s tail and yelled to the misses, ‘This looks like yours’.”

Friday, October 12, 2018

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Last night I went to bed at 10pm, fell asleep quickly, got up once during the night, woke up at 6am, tried to get back to sleep, gave up and got up at 6:30.

Teresa informed me she’s going to see another apartment this afternoon; I understand this one is just down the street.  She is leaving early for an exercise class at the gym and then going to the finca.

I left the apt at 7:30 and had breakfast at Carbon de Leña.  Back at the apt I watched the first 20 minutes of the Today show.  On my way to the metro I could see workers have expanded the outdoor patio behind the library.  I didn’t see Herman at the Envigado station.

I took the metro to Aguacatala station, walked across the street and caught a Circular Sur 303 bus.  I saw a sign that said they are working on lowering the roadway (probably something to do with the Metro Plus).  I got off at Viva Laureles and walked to Mall Laureles right behind it and who did I see sitting there but Dario. He asked me if I brought my chess pieces.  No I didn’t.  I got his cell phone number even though I know he’s very busy with business.  I asked him if he knew if the toilet paper machine in the men’s room took the small 200 peso coins or only the large.  He took me around the corner to a pharmacy and I asked the young clerk for “papel hygienico” (toilet paper).  She pointed to her nose and said “para nariz” (for the nose)?  (She must be thinking of kleenex.)  I pointed to my ass and said “no, para aqui”.  I thought she and another young lady there were going to crack up.  She said no they only have toilet paper rolls. 

I said goodbye to Dario and went downstairs where I bought 2 packages of toilet paper.  I thought I only had 1 coin but I was happy to see I had 2.  It’s always nice to have a backup.

I walked over to John’s office and saw it is now a Sastreria (tailor shop).  Walking down the street I saw Maria (the cute dog walker) walking a couple of dogs.  I confirmed that Pizza Americana wasn’t open – I think they open at 4pm on weekdays.  I got lost, with all the A, B, C streets and diagonals, for about 20 minutes until I finally arrived at the NYC barbershop where Alberto cut my hair for 10,000 pesos.

I walked from there to the Floresta station where I took the metro to the Poblado station and then caught a metro bus up to Parque Poblado.  I stopped at the Cedimed ATM where I made a withdrawal of all 20s.  I walked up the street to La Strada’s Mercado del Rio.  I noticed they have a Piara rib place but I stopped outside at Papa John’s where I had an individual pizza while enjoying their A/C.  I couldn’t get a strong internet connection so I walked to McDonald’s (where it is cold inside) to cool off a bit.  I got internet there long enough to find out that the pollution reading today is 59 P. AQI – Pollution Air Quality Index – which according to Wikipedia is Good leaning towards Excellent.  I soon left and walked to the bus stop outside Oviedo.  While sitting there, an attractive young lady stopped in front of me and asked me something.  I only understood “green and metro and bus” and while trying to figure out how to respond a middle aged woman stepped between us and answered.  I only understood “no and metro and bus”.  When the woman left I apologized to the young lady because I speak poor Spanish and understand even less.  She laughed and then said she understands nothing of my language.  At that moment a green Metro bus pulled up and she headed towards it.  It looked like she got a butt enlargement but whoever she had it done with “she chose wisely”.

A few minutes later my Sabaneta bus arrived and I took it back to Envigado.  I bought a couple bags of milk before returning to the apt.

At 4:45pm I laid down for a short nap.

At 5pm Teresa called me – she’s still in Caldas so I guess we won’t be going to the 6:20 movie tonight.

Right after, Jose Cruz called.  I guess I accidentally made a pocket call to him earlier.  He informed me that SS is giving us a 2.8% raise next year and we made tentative plans to meet next Tuesday.

Medellin Guru had a review on the new Viva Envigado mall.  I learned: 1) Envigado has a population of over 230,000; 2) the mall cost the equivalent of 217 million dollars; 3) there are 2.8 million square feet; 4) on opening day the mall was 85% occupied; 5) the 4th floor will have a sand volleyball court, 5 soccer fields, a climbing wall, a space for joggers, and the SmartFit gym; 6) there is an office tower with office space; 7) the children’s play area is called Happy City; 8) fast food places include Al Carbón, Burger King, Dunkin Donuts, Frisby, KFC, Presto, Mis Carnes, Montolivo, Papa John’s, Qbano, Sarku Japan, Sr. Wok and Subway; 9) Restaurants include Chef Burger, Crepes & Waffles, El Rancherito, Federal Rib, Il Forno, Parmessano, and Sport Wings; 10) There are 2 Juan Valdez cafes and a Starbucks; 11) It is open Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sunday & holidays 11am-8pm; 12) Viva Envigado is reportedly the largest mall in Colombia.

Teresa came back about 6:30 and told me to get dressed because we’re going to see the other apartment.  We met the owner, Martha, outside and she took us to the apartment.  (She spent 30 years in Pennsyslvania so she spoke English which definitely came in handy.)  I like the location, I like the modernness of the building and the apartment, but the kitchen, dining room and living room areas are very small.  She’s renting it for 1,600,000 pesos.  After we saw it we invited her to join us to go to Antica Pizza.  She joined us and for the first time we tried their pasta which is also very good.  The restaurant had the US vs Colombia soccer game on which Colombia won 4-2.  For the first time we walked back to the apt – about 10 blocks.

I asked Teresa which apartment she likes best and she said the first one but I understand she’s going to talk to the agency tomorrow about seeing another.

Laura said she talked to the family near Seattle and she loves the kids but she’s afraid they live too far from a large city, meaning Seattle.  She believes both families are looking for an au pair to start next January.  Tomorrow she will talk to the family near San Diego.

Joke of the day
An atheist was walking through the woods.
“What majestic trees!  What powerful rivers!  What beautiful animals!”  He said to himself!
As he was walking alongside the river, he heard a rustling in the bushes behind him.  He turned to look. He saw a 7-foot grizzly bear charge towards him.  He ran as fast as he could up the path. He looked over his shoulder & saw that the bear was closing in on him.  He looked over his shoulder again, and the bear was even closer.  He tripped and fell to the ground.  He rolled over to pick himself up but saw that the bear was right on top of him, reaching for him with his left paw and raising his right paw to strike him.
At that instant the Atheist cried out, “Oh my God!”
Time Stopped.  The bear froze.  The forest was silent.  As a bright light shone upon the man, a voice came out of the sky.
“You deny my existence for all these years, teach others I don’t exist and even credit creation to some cosmic accident.  Do you expect me to help you out of this predicament?  Am I to count you as a believer?”
The atheist looked directly into the light, “It would be hypocritical of me to suddenly ask you to treat me as a Christian now, but perhaps you could make the BEAR a Christian?”
“Very Well,” said the voice.
The light went out. The sounds of the forest resumed. And the bear dropped his right paw, brought both paws together, bowed his head & said: “Lord bless this food, which I am about to receive from thy bounty through Christ our Lord, Amen.”

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Another typical night’s sleep.  (I thought maybe my sleep would be affected by the Coke I drank late last night and the fact I skipped my melatonin pill and procedure, but nope.) I woke/got up at 7:45.

I understood Teresa was going to look at 3 apartments while I was at the gym.

I watched the first 20 minutes of the Today show and left for the gym.  I completed all my exercises in 2 hours.

When I returned to the apt Teresa was all excited about an apartment she found.  From our current location it’s just down the hill and around the corner facing the newly remodeled little park.  She says it’s on the 2nd floor, with 4 bedrooms and 2-3 bathrooms.  She says the rooms are very large and she especially loves the large kitchen.  I understand it’s about the same price as we’re currently paying.  Also, we can start moving things in as early as October 20th although I have to pay November’s rent by October 25th.  I told her that should be no problem. 

We left the apt and met an agency woman at the apt at 3:30.

The apt is old or a better description is probably old-fashioned.  It has 2 large bedrooms and one small bedroom that isn’t much bigger than a walk-in closet.  It has 3 bathrooms including one done in pink; how nice.  There are separate dining and living room areas with a large raised area adjacent to both that I understand would be my area for my computer/chess table.  It includes a small balcony and a garage space under the building.  She loves the large kitchen but I don’t see that it’s much larger than the one we have now.  It does have a working stove top and a hot water heater.  I don’t think the apt is anything special but Teresa is excited so that’s most important.

We all went over to Bocados Bar where Teresa filled out the paperwork for the application.  Wilson led me to a copy center in the little mall where I got my Cedula printed 150% larger and printed my last 2 months’ bank statements.

Now it appears there is some misunderstanding regarding payment.  I naively thought we would be getting 7-10 days free and I wouldn’t have to make another payment until December.  Now it appears I will somehow have to pay for those days.  I don’t want to pay each month on the 25th of the month since I get my SS about the 1st of the month so I’ll probably be paying separately for 6 days to the end of October and then make the first monthly payment the 1st of November.  Teresa is afraid someone else might grab the apartment in the meantime so she’s going to talk to someone at the agency tomorrow.

I think I forgot to mention there was no charge for my doctor’s visit yesterday.

Tomorrow The Wife (7.4) is playing at Viva Envigado at 6:20 and 8:50.  I think, I hope, we’ll see the earlier showing.

In the evening we had some light rain.

Teresa and I were both very tired so we went to bed early at 10pm.

Joke of the day
A huge muscular man walks into a bar and orders a beer. The bartender hands him the beer and says, “I want you to know I’m not gay but I have to compliment you on your physique, it really is phenomenal!  I have a question though, why is your head so small?”
The big guy nods slowly. He’s obviously heard this question many times. “One day,” he begins, “I was hunting when I got lost in the woods. I heard someone crying for help and finally realized it was coming from a frog sitting next to a stream.
So I picked up the frog and it said, “Kiss me. Kiss me and I will turn into a genie and grant you 3 wishes.” So I looked around to make sure I was alone and gave the frog a kiss. POOF! The frog turned into a beautiful, voluptuous, naked woman.
She said, “You now have 3 wishes.” I looked down at my scrawny 115 pound body and said, “I want a body like Arnold Schwarzeneger.” She nodded, whispered a spell, and POOF!, there I was, so huge that I ripped out of my clothes and was standing there naked!
She then asked, “What will be your second wish?” I looked hungrily at her beautiful body and replied, “I want to make sensuous love with you here by this stream.” She nodded, lay down, and beckoned to me. “We made love for hours!”
Later, as we lay there next to each other, sweating from our glorious lovemaking, she whispered into my ear, “You know, you do have one more wish. What will it be?”
I looked at her and replied, “How about giving me a little head?”

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Typical night, I’ll spare you the details.

I happened to notice on the Spanish TV news the Colombia soccer team arriving at the Tampa airport and being greeted by fans.  I imagine if they arrived at an airport in any other state in the US nobody would know who they are.  Lol.

Teresa informed me that Esmeralda is coming over tonight and they are going to the new mall.  I told her I would probably go with them.  (I think there are some areas I haven’t seen and I might find someplace for a café con leche.)

Laura was contacted by a woman from Brighton, Massachusetts who has 1-year old and 3-years old girls.  Laura answered her right away and I believe they are going to talk soon via Skype.

Teresa left the apt at 9:45 for a 10am gym class.

It looks like they planted some sod on this side of one of the walkways in the park behind the library.

Wow! We’re only supposed to have a high of 74 degrees today.
Laura heard back from the mother and they are going to have a Skype conversation at 3pm.

I want to see A Simple Favor (7.2) which is playing in Viva Envigado at 8:20 but it’s also playing at Vizcaya at 4:50pm.  I don’t think I want to be leaving the theater at 10:40.

After lunch I thought we were going to go look at apartments but Teresa said she’s too tired.  I told her to stop going early to the gym if she’s going to be too tired later to look for apartments; that IS our priority right now.

Teresa and I were taking a nap about 2:45 when Laura came in and informed us that she talked to the mother and she speaks Spanish.
Today is one of the rare days that it actually feels cold; it’s probably about 70 degrees with an expected high of only 76.

I soon got up and at 3:30 Laura left with me for eps.  We took our umbrellas because there was a light rain.  At the front counter Laura gave the girl my Cedula and appointment slip.  We were sent upstairs and we took a seat with others.  It was nice that since it was such a cool day it didn’t feel stiffling inside.

After a 5-minute wait I guess my name was called and we went into one of the consultation rooms.  A 30-something woman was the doctor and she reviewed my blood results and as I expected they were much improved.  She said to keep taking the cholesterol medication (I ran out about 3 weeks ago), she gave me 3 months of prescriptions and told me to come back in 3 months for more tests (blood pressure?).

We left and Laura went in search of a banana before going to the gym.  I went to Todo Drogas where I bought the cholesterol medicine for Teresa and I for October.  At $efecty there was no line to pay the Direct TV bill.  Uh-oh.  As I removed the bill from my tech bag it shredded.  I had put it in my bag with my wet umbrella and now it had come apart.  I gave pieces to the cashier along with the 200mil and he stapled the receipt to it.  I was a little more careful as to how I stored it as I left. 

I was thinking of going for café con leche but first I called Teresa and learned that she was at Mimo’s on the 2nd floor of the new mall Viva Envigado.  I told her I would be there in 30 minutes.

I stopped at the copy center on the way back to the apt and had a few things printed from my memory drive and made 2 copies of our Union Libre papers.

I returned to the apt and dropped some things off and exchanged my small umbrella for my large umbrella.  I walked down to the mall and walked around the inside ring of the mall and finally took the only offshoot I found (towards the metro) and there I found them – Teresa, MT, Esmeralda and her youngest son Alejandro. 
After they allowed me to rest for a few minutes we went upstairs to the 3rd level and walked around.  We stopped at a small café called Café Arango opposite the new car display.  I put 2 tables together and we all had coffee and pastries.  Wow! I had the best carrot cake I’ve found in Medellin.

I received some texts from Laura and one was that she had been contacted by a 2nd family from the US – this one from Seattle, Washington.

I asked Laura if she was going to join us for the movie tonight.  She said yes and she would soon be leaving the apt.  I told her where we were sitting and when she showed up she said she was contacted by a 3rd family this one from outside San Diego.  (What is this au pair day?)  She wanted something to eat more serious than a pastry so she went for a Subway sandwich.

I took the opportunity to go to the theater and I bought 3 general tickets for 3,750 each.  (The only remaining preferred seating tickets were all on one side.)  I am now 4 visits short of getting my Platinum card.

Back at the café I understood that Esmeralda and Alejandro wanted to join us for the movie.  I told them that today is half-price Tuesday so it only costs 3,750 pesos for a general seating ticket.  I went with Alejandro back to the theater and we found 2 seats still available next to ours.  He bought them but they came up as 5,000 each.  I told him I forgot that I get a discount with my Cine Colombia card.  He had them cancel the tickets and reprint with using my card.

Back at the bakery it was getting close to 8pm and Laura hadn’t returned so I texted her to meet us at the theater.  I paid the bill of 51,800 pesos.

At the theater, lines were long for each of the 8 open cashiers at the concession stand.  When we got up to our turn I saw that the popcorn bins were empty and employees where actually catching popcorn in their buckets as it was being popped.

Finally at 8:35 we had our snacks and headed to theater 9.

As we settled into our seats the movie was already in progress.  It was very good with a number of plot twists.

It was over at 10:30 and when we came out I wanted to look at the new Platinum area.  A young lady gave us a tour – they have 4 screens that show special movies only for Platinum card holders.  One example was abour Queen and Freddy Mercury.  She showed us their special room where (like the special room in El Tesoro) you can order food from your seat.  The only problem is it appears that these are quite a bit more expensive.

I ducked quickly into the 4D theater and saw seats moving to the new Venom movie.

As we were walking out of the mall workers were busy buffing the floors.

Joke of the day
One day a kid went to school and the teacher said, “For homework, I want you to find out the difference between ‘hypothetically’ and ‘realistically’.”
So the kid went home and asked his father, “Dad, what’s the difference between ‘hypothetically’ and ‘realistically’?”
His father replied, “Ask your mother if she’d sleep with somebody for a million dollars.” The son sort of looked at his father funny, but proceeded.
“Mom, would you sleep with someone for a million dollars?” The mother replied, “Well son that is quite a large sum of money…but I think I would.”
So the son went back to his father and said, “Dad, Mom said she would do it, but I just don’t understand what that has to do with ‘hypothetically’ and ‘realistically’?”
The father replied, “Don’t worry about it just ask your sister if she’d do it.” Reluctantly the boy went and asked his sister. She replied, “A million dollars? OF COURSE I WOULD DO IT!!”
So, the boy returned once again to his father saying, “Dad, she said she’d do it too, but I still don’t understand what that has to do with ‘hypothetically’ and ‘realistically’?”
The father replied, “Well son, HYPOTHETICALLY we’re sitting on two million dollars, but REALISTICALLY we’re living with a couple of whores!”