Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

I’ve been receiving emails from Paul, one of my blog readers, about the benefits and use of taking Melatonin.  He recommends a dose of about .1mg to .3mg and I have 3mg tablets so I’d been taking maybe about 10 times the dose that I should.  He recommends taking the .3mg dose about 30-45 minutes before bed and to not view any lighted screens (e.g. TV, cellphone, iPad, Nook) the last hour before bed.

Using my pill cutter and cutting each 3mg pill into eighths I will have approximately a .3mg size taking into consideration the little powder lost with each cut.

One thing I’m not sure about is whether to take the Melatonin with or without my sleeping pills.

Last night I took a .3mg Melatonin at 9:45 but then we got involved in a Robert Redford movie that kept us up.  I DID NOT take any sleeping pills when we went to bed at 11pm.  Still awake at 1am I got up and took 2 sleeping pills.  At some point I heard some strange buzzing noise coming from outside so I got up and closed the window.  The last time I looked at my watch it was 3am.  Yikes!  I fell asleep soon after and woke up at 7:30am and got up at 8am feeling pretty good.

Obviously this is a work in progress; each night for awhile I’ll try different combinations.

Teresa tells me she believes the rainy season is over.  It has been a few days and today is warm but luckily there’s a nice breeze.

I watched the first hour and 45 minutes of the Today show.  I stopped at Bancolombia and made a small withdrawal.  I stopped at a watch repair kiosk that I’ve seen on my way to and from the gym.  I handed him my Timex watch with a note saying that its 4 minutes slow but he doesn’t have to repair it, just advance it by 4 minutes.  As he was struggling with the buttons he told me he can change the month, day, day of the week and hour but he can’t change the minute.  Same problem I had when trying to update it.  Finally he figured it out and I paid him 2,000 pesos.  I stopped at $efecty and after a short line the lady told me I have to go a block away to a different store – Cotrafa – to pay my Une bill.  At that store there was a longer line and only 2 cashiers.  After a 10 minute wait I paid my bill and headed over to Exito where I bought a head of lettuce and 5 tomatoes so Teresa can make a salad for lunch.  I was back at the apt by noon.

I left the apt at 3pm and I saw a taxi outside the corner store.  I asked him if he was free and he said yes.  I asked him if he could take me to El Tesoro mall and he said yes.  I understood he wanted to grab something at the store as he motioned me to get in the car.  When he got in he asked me where I want to go.  I said you don’t remember and I said Santafe mall.  (At least I think I did.)  Twenty minutes later when he turned up the hill by Santafe mall he asked me which entrance.  (And I thought he had found a shortcut to El Tesoro.)  That’s when I realized my mistake, admitted I was wrong as I wanted to go to El Tesoro.  I still arrived at the dentist’s office 15 minutes early.

At 4pm I was taken into his office and over the next hour he completed restorations on 2 of my lower teeth.  I asked him about something that was sticking out of my inside gum and he said that was just bone tissue and nothing to worry about.

I had to wait 40 minutes in line for a taxi back to Envigado.

Teresa told me that she believes the rainy season here is over.

She made arrangements with Jose to continue her private lessons from 6 to 7am.  Wow!

Laura went to the gym, Teresa went to visit with her mother and I watched Season 6 Episodes 9 & 10 of The Walking Dead on Netflix with minimal buffering problems.

At 11pm I took .3 mg of Melatonin and read 2 chapters of a soft cover book my son gave me last Fathers Day.  (The book, about Teddy Roosevelt’s exploration of South America, is The River of Doubt by Candice Millard.)  I finished them at 11:45, took my 2 sleeping pills and went to bed.

Funny grammar errors:
How to write good:
1. Avoid alliteration always.
2. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
3. The passive voice is to be avoided.
4. Avoid cliches like the plague.  They’re old hat.
5. It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.
6. Writers should never generalize.
Seven: be consistent.
8. Don’t use more words than necessary.  It’s highly superfluous.
9. Be more or less specific.

10. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Monday, October 16, 2017

Last night I took my sleeping pills at 10:30 and went to bed.  I fell asleep quickly and even though I got up 2-3 times during the night I always fell back asleep quickly, finally waking/getting up at 8:15.  (Now that sounds like I slept for almost 10 hours but I probably wouldn’t need that much if it was continuous deep sleep.)
Today is another holiday here.

I watched the first 45 minutes of the Today show and left for the gym.  I did all my lower body exercises in 50-55 minutes.  (Because of the holiday there wasn’t much street traffic but the gym was packed.)

I did a quick budget analysis and found that we’ll have to wait until January to have enough cash to have the finca painted.  (We have my visa renewal next month and Laura’s tuition payment in December.)  Of course that could change if Teresa finds a renter or buyer for the finca in the meantime.

I left the apt at 2pm and met Chuck at Bartolos where we had a drink.  He wanted to do something different so we took a taxi to Parque Sabaneta.  It was very crowded and we couldn’t find a free table in the park itself.   We walked around a few blocks, up to the Exito and back down to a bakery where we finally caught a lucky break and got a table.  He had a double black coffee and I had a churro with a café con leche.  There was some type of a religious parade going on that went right down the main street next to us.  I told him about my brother wanting to visit the coffee region next year when he visits and Chuck recommended Manizales, Armenia, and Parera (sp?).  We took a taxi back to Envigado park and said goodbye.  I told him I’ll probably be busy Tuesday and Thursday.

I stopped at Exito where I picked up a few things and was back at the apt shortly after 6pm.

Teresa told me she wants to go to the finca and check out the “pipes” whatever that refers too.  She said she wants to leave like 7am in the morning so I don’t know if that’s going to happen for me.

At 9:45 I took about a 0.3mg melatonin and went to bed at 11pm.  Teresa told me that she wasn’t able to get in touch with “someone” by phone so she’s not going to the finca tomorrow.  Notice no sleeping pills, more on that tomorrow.

Funny grammar errors: Every time you make a typo, the errorists win.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Last night I took 2 sleeping pills and we went to bed at 10:30.  I quickly fell asleep and didn’t wake until 5am.  I woke up again at 7am but quickly fell back asleep finally waking/getting up at 8:30.

Teresa told me Laura didn’t come home until 3am as she was enjoying dancing so much.

I didn’t know it at the time but Laura sent me a WhatsApp message at 10:55 asking me to tell her mother that she would be home soon.

The Colombian Peso closed for the week at 2,929 to the US Dollar.

I watched the Chicago Bears beat the Baltimore Ravens 27-24 in overtime then I watched some of NFL Redzone.

I think Teresa was getting antsy what with being at the finca and then stuck in the apartment with her mother so we went to Santafe with Laura so they could do some shopping.

After they came out of Zara and declared everything there was ugly we had dinner at J&C Delicias for 97,600 ($34.40).  Afterwards they checked out Forever 21 and Tennis with the same result so we went back to the apt.  I think Teresa was just very happy to get out of the apt.

I took my sleeping pills and we went to bed at 10:30.

Funny grammar errors: Hyperbole is the BEST thing ever.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Last night I took my sleeping pills at 10:15 and we went to bed.  We weren’t happy to see the neighbors across the street (same level) having a party but at least there wasn’t any music, only talking.  (This is a holiday weekend.)  The music started about 5 minutes after we hit the bed but at least it wasn’t loud.  I fell asleep within 15 minutes, got up once during the night, finally waking at 7am and getting up at 8am.

I got a manicure and pedicure over an hour for 24,000 pesos ($8) at Nohelia.

I met Chuck in the park and we went for lunch at Carbon de Leña.  He had a burger, I had a caesar salad and we both had limonada de cocos.  From there we went to Bartolos where we had coffee.  Chuck mentioned there’s a place in Envigado called Checko’s where gringos meet.

While sitting there a young Colombian man came up to our table and started talking to us in English.  He introduced himself, said he loves speaking English, and that he wants to sell Chiclets but a box costs 5mil and he only has 2mil.  I gave him the extra 3mil.  We watched men installing huge tall poles around the park.  Chuck says they are only there for supporting the Christmas decorations and then they take them down again.  Hard to believe.

Chuck wanted to show me a restaurant in the Magnolia area of Envigado so we left the park.  Walking past a store I saw Minnie Mouse in the entryway so I stopped and Chuck took our picture.  
We walked a few blocks up Calle 36Sur to a nice looking restaurant on a corner.  I recalled walking past it the one time I got off an Envigado bus and was a little lost.  We stopped at an English language school and Chuck spoke briefly with Victor the owner/teacher.  Victor invited us to come back at 6pm as he was having a BBQ.  Chuck asked if there would be dancing girls and Victor said “next time” I said I would come back next time.  We walked to a church called Iglesia San Mateo.  Across the street we stopped at a bakery where he had a Gatorade and I had a Pepsi and a churro for a total of 6,000 pesos ($2).  Across the street I thought I saw a gringo – baseball cap, shorts, flip flops or fancy sandals.  Chuck called him over and they eventually realized they had met briefly one time before.  Gary Stone, originally from Toronto, was most recently in Panama but has been in Envigado for the past 4 months.  He said Panama is mostly hot, filthy, and the people aren’t nice to Gringos – they just want their money.  Gary and I exchanged business cards.

We walked back to downtown and said goodbye and I continued on to Exito where I picked up a few things we needed.

Back at the apt I showed Teresa and Laura the photo of me with Minnie Mouse.  I told her she’s my new girlfriend.

I watched a movie that Alex intends to market to a US movie distribution company.

I see that the chewable Vitamin C lozenges I bought each contain 500mg.

I took 2 sleeping pills and went to bed at 10:30.

Funny grammar errors: This sign was made in the PAST for you in the FUTURE who is PRESENT.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Friday, October 13, 2017

Uh-oh, today is Friday the 13th.

Last night I took my sleeping pills at 10:45 and went to bed.  Again, for some reason, it took me hours to fall asleep.  The last time I looked at my watch it was 3:15.  Double Yikes!  I got up a couple times during the night finally waking and getting up at 8am.  I took an Excedrin Migraine and soon was feeling my regular self again.

I watched the first 45 minutes of the Today show and then left for the gym.  I saw a husky on the way and another in the park sitting on one of the concrete planters.  It was very friendly and as I petted it, it started licking the bottom of my water bottle.  At the gym I did all my lower body exercises except the Abdominal machine in 50 minutes.  Two girls were sharing that machine for quite some time so I gave up. 

Walking back to the apt I noticed a few soldiers with their weapons standing in the park.  No idea what that was about.  I saw a man sitting outside Exito reading a Gente newspaper and that gave me the idea to peak inside Exito where I found a rack of newspapers.  I grabbed one – now I just have to remember to check there every Friday morning.

Among new US movie releases I would like to see The Foreigner (7.5) and maybe Happy Death Day (6.5).

Locally, I would like to see Blade Runner 2049 (8.6) playing at Santafe mall at 2:30 and Vizcaya at 3pm.

I showed Teresa and Laura the trailer for Blade Runner 2049 and I think Laura wants to go with me.

Albero arrived at 1:30 and took MT back to her apartment in his car. 

Teresa convinced me to wait until she could go to the movies with me.

Albero and Wilson showed up at 6:15 and took most of MT’s personal belongings, including lots of medications, back to her apartment.

Teresa informed me that the woman renting the finca will only do so until November.  I told her I could cover Laura’s college tuition but we still need to find a renter.  Or sell it after we get it painted.

I spent most of the afternoon and evening checking out the Top 100 songs of the 50s, 60s, and 70s and compiling a list that I would like to download to my iPod someday.

Funny grammar errors: What’s the difference between a cat and a comma?  One has claws at the end of it paws; the other has a pause at the end of a clause.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Last night I took my sleeping pills at 10:45 and went to bed.  Again, for some reason, it took me hours to fall asleep.  The last time I looked at my watch it was 1:15.  Yikes!  I got up once during the night finally waking at 7am and getting up at 8am.

My new daily morning vitamin regimen is this:
My MegaMen Prostate & Virility from GNC contains the same contents as Centrum plus other ingredients which I guess are specifically for the prostate.  The MegaMen recommended serving is 2 caplets but I’ve only been taking one each day after breakfast.  (I remember buying them a few years ago for only $9.99 but now they are a bit pricier at $23.99.)  The MegaMen and the Centrum each include 300mg of vitamin C.  So now, after breakfast, I’m going to take a MegaMen caplet, a Centrum tablet and a 500mg capsule from my Exito purchase.  That should give me a total of 1,100mg of vitamin C.  We’ll see if that seems to provide any improvement in my aches and pains and getting colds.  (I understand you can’t overdose on vitamin C, any excess simply flushes from the system.)

At 10:30 I asked Laura why she isn’t in class.  She said it’s a holiday until next Tuesday.  I asked her if she would like to go to Krispy Kreme today for a donut.  I think we’re going to do that after lunch and I’ll stop first to pick up my document at Envios Market.

According to Medellin GURU, Colombia qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia with Tuesday night’s draw against Peru.  I also heard the USA was eliminated from World Cup competition.  Instead of the usual “wait until next year” it’s “wait four more years”.

Laura took MT to get her hair done and when they returned Laura went to get her hair done.

Laura and I left the apt at 4pm, quickly were on an Envigado bus and it left the bus stop right away.  Thirty minutes later we got off at Parque Poblado.  (On the way I noticed the Dann Carlton Hotel is featuring North American food this month.  Of course that could be Mexican or Canadian but I doubt it.)

At Envios Market I was given my document – a funny greeting card from my brother.  It was postmarked September 23rd and it arrived on the 10th so it took about 2 ½ weeks to arrive.  My brother told me it only cost him 44 cents – the cost to get it to Florida.

Laura and I took a bus up to Krispy Kreme where we got an original glazed to go for Teresa and a couple donuts for each of us plus American coffee for me and milk for her.

We took our time and when we left we ran into the English speaking guy who sells peanuts.  I told him Laura was my girlfriend but I don’t think he believed me – anyway, Laura probably corrected my lie when she talked to him in Spanish.  She thinks he’s very cute but I think she deserves someone a bit more professional.

After only waiting a couple minutes we were on a Sabaneta bus.  We had to stand but a block later a mother and daughter sitting right in front of us got off and we got their seats.  We were back at the apt by 6:30.

Tonight on Thursday Night Football it’s the 4-1 Philadelphia Eagles at the 4-1 Carolina Panthers.  Should be a good game!  (I forgot to mention that the only buffering I experienced in last Monday’s game was during halftime.)  The Eagles ended up winning a close one 28-23.

I took my usual 2 sleeping pills and went to bed at 10:45.

Funny grammar errors: You can’t run through a campground.  You can only ran, because it’s past tents.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Last night I took my 2 sleeping pills and went to bed at 10:45.  I usually only sleep with a sheet but last night I added a blanket.  I soon fell asleep only waking at 4am and I took off the blanket.  It took me some time (couple hours?) to fall back asleep finally waking/getting up at 8am feeling great.

I watched the first 40 minutes of the Today show and then headed for the gym.  I completed all my lower body exercises in an hour.

One of my blog readers recommended I take more Vitamin C which should help alleviate and prevent my aches and pains.

I met Chuck at the park at 2:30.  First we stopped at a nearby bakery where he had a pastry and coffee and I had a café con leche.  We were bothered for the first few minutes by a couple bees until one did a kamikaze dive into my coffee.  Needless to say I got a replacement.  The girl working at the bakery wasn’t paying attention and a pigeon flew inside and perched itself on the edge of a sheet of pastries.  She quickly saw her mistake and ran inside shooing it away.  I met a friend of Chuck’s named Richard (about 50 years old) from San Francisco.  He’s been here about 5 years and is living in Envigado with his Colombian girlfriend.  Chuck told me that Colombia is cracking down on AirBnB rentals here because it’s affecting the hotel and hostel businesses.

We moved over to Bartolos and John the Englishman joined us soon after.  John mentioned that there’s a bar about 4 blocks east of the Consumo grocery store where a bunch of gringos get together every Monday and Thursday night starting about 6pm.  He left and Chuck’s wife, Darnelle, joined us.  I left about 5:30 and walked over to Todo Drogas where I bought a 100 tablet bottle of Centrum Silver 50+ for 53mil and a package of 10 Vitamin C +Zinc lozenges for 3,500 pesos.  I actually wanted a package of Vitamin C tablets but the young girl (perhaps inexperienced) said they didn’t have them.

I stopped at the Exito pharmacy where I bought a box of 30 500mg gelatin capsules of Vitamin C for 19,100 and a box of 30 500mg time release capsules of Vitamin C for 23,250.  I got a 3,488 discount on one and a Wednesday 10% discount on the total.
I was back at the apt by 6:30.

I see Blade Runner 2049 (8.6) opened in El Tesoro, Oviedo, and Vizcaya but so far it’s just playing at night.  Pretty much the same thing with It (7.8).  Hopefully next week they’ll be playing (in English with Spanish subtitles) during the day.

Today was a beautiful day, weather wise.  It was overcast most of the day which helped keep the heat down and there wasn’t any rain.

I took my sleeping pills at 10:45 and we went to bed.

That’s the end of the Funny bumper stickers.  Before I return to the t-shirts here are a few…

Funny grammar errors: Education is important.  But cold beer is importanter.