Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Monday, January 18, 2021

Last night I went to bed at 10:30, fell asleep quickly, got up once at 1:45am, woke up about 5:30, catnapped until I got up at 6:15.

2 more days of the Trump presidency.

I have an ongoing game with Mr_Blamo that is now up to 67 moves. He has a rook, knight, and pawn and I only have my queen. I just keep checking his king hoping to get a draw but I don’t mind his persistence as he’s never beaten me and this may be his best chance.

One of my blog readers asked, “I am curious, what percentage of Teresa' clothing purchases do you think she returns. It seems shopping/returning is her hobby. “Isn’t it every woman’s hobby?” I think she returns about 80% of her purchases. More accurately, she exchanges them mostly because, clothes at least, she seldom tries things on in the store waiting until she gets home.

I left the apt at 8am and walked the back streets arriving at Marcos’ apt at 8:18. We walked to Parque Envigado where he withdrew cash from an ATM and bought 3 cigarette lighters. We returned to La Buena Mesa where we found Parva had not yet opened so we stopped for coffee at Los Portenos. I told him about my problem with my apt payments and he told me about his problem getting his TV rehung on his wall. I returned to the apt by 9:30.

Juan Cardona texted to thank me for referring Juan Carlos for English lessons with him.

I started new correspondence games and my opponents are from Canada (1268), Nigeria (1317) and Lithuania (1466).

I found a Marcos Lemonis program called Streets of Dreams on CNBC.

I finally forced a draw in my game against Michael lowering my rating to 1443 but he still hasn’t beaten me. I have a total of 6 games going on right now.

Teresa returned at 12:30. She said she had coffee with her friend in Viva Envigado. So much for pico y cedula.

I won another short game against Mr_Blamo and my rating is now 1446.

I want to change my Direct TV account from Platinum to Basic. I kept the phone number of a young man that speaks English that helped me a couple years ago with my account. I texted him and he responded that he still works for them. (He also said that the office is currently closed because of the pandemic.) I made the request but its unclear as to whether he can make the change himself or if Teresa (the account is in her name) has to call their office at 604 4111.

At 4:30 the sun was encroaching on my desk. A few minutes later the sun hit the edge of my computer before going behind the building across the street so I don’t believe there will be a problem sitting in the sun.

Teresa beat me in parcheesi today 2 games to 1.

I watched a couple more episodes of The Last Kingdom.

On the evening news they listed the names of dozens of Colombian doctors that have lost their life to Covid-19.


The US has 23,721,328 ð 23,877,477 ð 24,091,135 coronavirus cases with 394,300+ ð 396,500+ ð 398,600+ deaths.

Per Medellin Guru, as of this afternoon Colombia has a total of 1,891,034 ð 1,908,413 ð 1,923,132 cases with 48,256 ð 48,631 ð 49,004 deaths. Medellin has 167,631 ð 168,895 ð 170,159 cases (not sure why that count didn’t change), an increase of 1,375 from January to 17th to 18th. Envigado has a total of 15,587 cases, an increase of 106 from January 17th to 18th.


Joke of the day

A guy gets hit by a bus and finds himself in front of iron gates. Confused he asks where he is. "Hell," said the devil "but before you get overly concerned, it's not as bad as you think it is..."

"What?" said the guy, starting to panic. "How can that be, I'm a good person, this can't be right, it can't be!"

"Calm down," said the devil, "the rules for going upstairs are a lot stricter than people realize - and besides, like I said before, it's really not that bad here."

Unconvinced, the guy prepared to object but the devil cut him off.

"Let me give you an example," he said, "what's today? Monday, right? Yes, Monday. Do you gamble?"

"I gamble a little bit," said the guy, "I play poker with my friends every now and then and always have a bet on the big horse races."

"Perfect," said the devil, "then you're going to LOVE Mondays, Monday is our gambling day. In the morning we play blackjack and roulette, at lunch we bet on the horses, in the afternoon we bet on sports games and at night we play cards. It's really a lot of fun, you're going to LOVE Mondays"

"That does sound ok," said the guy, "but if it's all the same to you I want to talk to the man upstairs and see..."

"Do you drink?" the devil interrupted.

"Sure," said the guy, "everyone likes a drink every now and then."

"Perfect," said the devil, "then you're going to LOVE Tuesdays, Tuesday is our drinking day. We wake up, have breakfast with amazing Bloody Marys that takes us to an early lunch where we have pizza and beer then drink beer and whiskey all afternoon until dinner time where we have the best wines, followed by port and cognac. A very popular day, you're going to LOVE Tuesdays."

"That does sound pretty good," said the guy, "but..."

"Do you ever do drugs?" said the devil.

"I smoke pot every now and then," said the guy.

"Perfect," said the devil, "then you're going to LOVE Wednesdays, Wednesday is our drug day. Probably our most popular day to be honest. We start off nice and easy with the finest hash, then move on to coke as a nice pick me up, then we go out and do ecstasy and dance and have a great time then we wind the day down with some top-notch heroin. And don't worry about the dangers because you're already dead! Yes, you're going to LOVE Wednesdays"

"Actually, that sounds great," says the guy

"Perfect," said the devil, "are you gay?"

"No, I'm not gay," said the guy.

"Oh," said the devil, "then you're not going to like Thursdays."

Monday, January 18, 2021

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Last night I went to bed at 10:30, turned on the fan, fell asleep quickly, got up once during the night, woke/got up at 6am.

3 more days of the Trump presidency.

Streets are nearly deserted. I did see two men, one after the other, walk to Exito, peer inside, realize it was, indeed, closed, and walk away.

ItzChrxs resigned his game but due to his very low rating I only gained 2 points to 1441.

I gave myself a haircut.

I blundered a knight against cwelch231 so it’s just a matter of time before I resign.

Mattdaly resigned his game increasing my rating my 3 points to 1472. I think this is the highest its going to be for awhile.

I watched more episodes of The Last Kingdom on Netflix.

Teresa beat me in parcheesi today 4 games to 2.

We are still on pico y cedula but at least tomorrow I can go walking.

I resigned my game against cwelch231 (1533) and my rating fell 16 points to 1456 then I won a quick 24-move game against Mattdaly to increase my rating to 1459.


The US has 23,437,428 ð 23,721,328 ð 23,877,477 coronavirus cases with 389,900+ ð 394,300+ ð 396,500+ deaths.

Per Medellin Guru, as of this afternoon Colombia has a total of 1,870,179 ð 1,891,034 ð 1,908,413 cases with 47,868 ð 48,256 ð 48631 deaths. Medellin has 167,631 ð 168,895 ð 170,159 cases, an increase of 1,231 from January to 16th to 17th. Envigado has a total of 15,481 cases, an increase of 151 from January 16th to 17th.


Joke of the day

"Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same." Oscar Wilde.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Last night I went to bed at 10pm, turned on the fan, fell asleep quickly, got up at 1am and 4:30, couldn’t fall back asleep so I got up at 5am. I went back to bed at 6am and slept until 7:45.

4 more days of the Trump presidency.

Teresa talked to her gym friend Olga then informed me the lockdown doesn’t start until tomorrow so we’re going to have lunch out “en la calle”. Glenn confirmed that it starts 6pm tonight.

Teresa left at 10:15 for the gym. Later she will call me and we’ll meet for lunch.

I resigned my game against Howex (1571) and my rating dropped from 1454 to 1439.

Teresa called me just after 1pm to inform me she’s having lunch with a friend in the park so I ordered chicken wings from Go Wings. They arrived quickly and hot as usual.

Teresa returned then left again to exchange a pair of jeans at the store (Todo Outlet?) in La Buena Mesa.

For supper we ordered a whole fried chicken from Frisby using Rappi again. That means chicken tamales and salads with chicken breast the next few days.

The US has 23,264,350 ð 23,437,428 ð 23,721,328 coronavirus cases with 386,900+ ð 389,900+ ð 394,300+ deaths.

Per Medellin Guru, as of this afternoon Colombia has a total of 1,849,101 ð 1,870,179 ð 1,891,034 cases with 47,491 ð 47,868 ð 48,256 deaths. Medellin has 164,220 ð 167,631 ð 168,895 cases, an increase of 1,284 from January to 15th to 16th.  Envigado has a total of 15,327 cases, an increase of 141 from January 15th to 16th.

Joke of the day

You don't appreciate a lot of stuff in school until you get older.  Little things like being spanked every day by a middle-aged woman.  Stuff you pay good money for later in life. Bob Hope.

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Friday, January 15, 2021

Last night I went to bed at 10:30pm, turned on the fan, fell asleep quickly, got up at 1am and 5:30, finally waking/getting up at 6:45.

5 more days of this presidency; unless he’s removed from office first or resigns.

Michael resigned our game overnight, raising my rating to 1416.

I left the apt at 8am and walked the back streets. A paneled truck with 3 Colombians inside stopped and asked for directions. They were visably dismayed when I told them my Spanish wasn’t very good. I asked where they wanted to go and they showed me an address on their cellphone which also said Villa Grande. It had to be a little north and west of where I was standing. I gave them directions and later I confirmed with Marcos it was his apartment complex so I did good. I completed my walk and returned to the apt by 9am.

I beat Teresa 2-1 in parcheesi today.

I’m hearing that Medellin is going to be on lockdown over the weekend, through Monday but it appears the mayor of Envigado has so far resisted going along with this order. If Envigado isn’t included then Glenn and I can meet for breakfast in La Buena Mesa.

Cwelch231 resigned our game and I increased my rating to 1449. Matt Daly resigned which increased my rating to 1454. (He was winning that game but instead of continuing to apply pressure he hesitated which gave me an opportunity to consolidate my position and start my own attack.)


The US has 22,991,139 ð 23,264,350 ð 23,437,428 coronavirus cases with 382,600+ ð 386,900+ ð 389,900+ deaths.

Per Medellin Guru, as of this afternoon Colombia has a total of 1,831,980 ð 1,849,101 ð 1,870,179 cases with 47,124 ð 47,491 ð 47,868 deaths. Medellin has 164,919 ð 166,220 ð 167,631 cases, an increase of 1,411 from January to 14th to 15th. Envigado has a total of 15,186 cases, an increase of 147 from January 14th to 15th.


Joke of the day

Sex is one of the most wholesome, beautiful and natural experiences money can buy. Steve Martin.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Last night I went to bed at 10:15pm, couldn’t fall asleep (felt stuffy), turned on the fan, fell asleep quickly, woke up at 4:30, catnapped from there, woke/got up at 6am.

6 more days of this presidency; unless he’s removed from office first or resigns.

According to Medellin Guru, pico y cedula doesn’t begin until tomorrow so I should be able to get into the mall this morning.

The street is wet so obviously we got a little rain overnight.

I left the apt at 7:30 and walked to Parque Envigado. Carbon de Lena wasn’t opened yet but it was only 7:50. I bought another box of Zopiclona at Todo Drogas and returned to the park. The restaurant still wasn’t open and neither was the copy center where I wanted to buy another chess notebook. I’m just too early. I walked to El Pastelito where I had their calentado with scrambled eggs and a café con leche.

I walked to the mall and paid for Direct TV at the Baloto kiosk. I was having a café con leche at Todo Fresa when Teresa called and told me she would soon be joining me. When she arrived (in her gym clothes) she had coffee with a couple chicken pastries which she said were delicous. Teresa did some shopping (lots of good sales she said) and found a pair of leggings in the Puma store. Around noon we walked over to Bocados Bar where we had lunch at Wilson’s restaurant. MT soon joined us but said she wasn’t hungry but they soon ordered Ajiaco.

Teresa said shewas going to go to SantaFe mall. I walked back across the street where I bought a few things at Exito and took a taxi back to the apt.

Cwelch231 (1557) resigned his game and my rating increased to 1412. I’m feeling comfortable with my other games.

I had a 2-hour chess lesson with Juan Castro.

Teresa returned at 5:15. She said she was calling me all afternoon and why didn’t I answer. She sent me a test call but my phone didn’t ring and she got my voice mail. I think Claro is having a problem. Later, about 8pm, I got messages from Claro that I had 2 missed calls.


New York City will terminate business contracts with President Donald Trump after last week's insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday.


The largest union of Amtrak workers called on Amtrak to step up security measures in and around Washington, D.C. in the wake of the Capitol riot, including banning people on the no-fly list. The call for increased security comes after flight attendants wanted pro-Trump rioters banned from planes.


Following the Democratic sweep at the ballot box in Georgia, Republican officials are racing to tighten election laws to prevent a repeat of the purported massive electoral fraud they claim took place this cycle. At the same time, Trump’s handpicked Peach State fraud buster, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia Bobby Christine, is admitting privately to his staff that actually there isn’t any fraud at all. “Quite frankly, just watching television you would assume that you got election cases stacked from the floor to the ceiling,” Christine said Monday on a call with lawyers from the Northern District Office which was leaked to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I am so happy to find out that’s not the case, but I didn’t know coming in.”


Airbnb said today that “in response to various local, state and federal officials asking people not to travel to Washington, D.C.” it will be canceling all reservations in the area for next week, which is the week of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. This will apply to all reservations on Airbnb-owned HotelTonight as well.

The company had already said that it would ban anyone who was involved in last week’s riot in the U.S. Capitol, but it’s now taking a much more aggressive step to avoid housing anyone who might have violent plans during the inauguration.


Famed Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein on Wednesday responded to the impeachment of Donald Trump for inciting the U.S. Capitol riot with a damning rebuke of the president’s congressional GOP enablers.

In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Bernstein described Trump as “deluded,” “delusional” and “the most dangerous president in our history,” warning it was “imperative that he be restrained in a constitutional straitjacket in the next few days.”

Cooper asked Bernstein how the country could move on when so many of Trump’s supporters believe his lie that the 2020 election was stolen from him.

“This is the crime of his Republican enablers,” Bernstein responded, noting how almost 200 GOP House Republicans had earlier in the day voted against impeaching Trump over the insurrection that rocked Washington last week. It was the second impeachment of Trump’s one-term presidency.

Bernstein compared the current support of congressional Republicans for Trump to the significantly less backing afforded to former President Richard Nixon over the Watergate scandal, which prompted him to resign.

“That’s the huge difference in the dynamic,” Bernstein explained. “Because this president, in his irrational, illegal, and seditious conduct, has been enabled by his Republican congressional cult, and there’s been no restraints placed on him by that cult.”


The US has 22,797,730 ð 22,991,139 ð 23,264,350 coronavirus cases with 379,000+ ð 382,600+ ð 386,900+ deaths.

Per Medellin Guru, as of this afternoon Colombia has a total of 1,816,082 ð 1,831,980 ð 1,849,101 cases with 46,782 ð 47,124 ð 47,491 deaths. Medellin has 163,802 ð 164,919 ð 166,220 cases, an increase of 1,301 from January to 13th to 14th. Envigado has a total of 15,038 cases, an increase of 185 from January 13th to 14th.


Joke of the day

"It's been so long since I've had sex, I've forgotten who ties up whom." Joan Rivers.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Last night I went to bed at 10:30pm, fell asleep quickly, woke up once about 4am, fell back asleep quickly, woke/got up at 6:30.

7 more days of this presidency; unless he’s removed from office first or he resigns.

I blundered a rook in my endgame to kyrichen55 (797) and my rating dropped from 1464 to 1412. I also lost to 64cuadros (1269) and my rating is now 1374.

I left the apt at 8am and started my walk with the back streets. When I got to Avenida Poblado I headed north to the Honda dealership then east to Chuck’s apt complex. I dropped off his spare set of apt keys with the portera. (He’s a Trump supporter and it’s about time we started shunning these people. Actions have consequences but so do beliefs.)

It isn’t often I’m on the east side of Avenida Poblado so I walked south to Aymara, crossed the street, passed Parva, through La Buena Mesa and back to the apt by 9am.

Teresa returned at noon. She told me a fantastic story of walking to Parque Envigado, Jumbo, Parque Envigado and Parque Salado.

Approximately 4:25pm EST, Donald J. Trump has been impeached for the second time 232-197, 4 abstained.  Ten Republicans joined in to impeach him.

Teresa wanted another wide-brimmed hat like the one she has but it doesn’t have any label on it. In Amazon I googled “womens summer hats” and darned if it didn’t show up on the first page. I ordered that and a couple other things for her. I was able to pay for the complete order using an accumulation of past gift cards.

We were going to meet James tomorrow morning for a go-away breakfast but he texted us that he wasn’t feeling well and he still has to pack. His flight to Lima, Peru leaves Friday, then in August he flies to Dallas for a visit.

Again, late afternoon the sun started creeping onto my desk area but then it got a little cloudy which saved me once again.

Teresa beat me in parcheesi today 3 games to 1.

We learned on the 7pm news that the government is enacting curfew and pico y cedula again. I’m not sure if the latter applies to Envigado though.

I finished reading David Edmonds’ Bobby Fischer Goes to War.


The US has 22,544,451 ð 22,797,730 ð 22,991,139 coronavirus cases with 375,100+ ð 379,000+ ð 382,600+ deaths.

Per Medellin Guru, as of this afternoon Colombia has a total of 1,801,903 ð 1,816,082 ð 1,831,980 cases with 46,451 ð 46,782 ð 47,124 deaths. Medellin has 162,443 ð 163,802 ð 164,919 cases, an increase of 1,117 from January to 12th to 13th. Envigado has a total of 14,853 cases, an increase of 106 from January 12th to 13th.


Joke of the day

"See, the problem is that God gives men a brain and a penis and only enough blood to run one at a time."

Robin Williams.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Last night I went to bed at 10:30pm, fell asleep quickly, woke up once about 4:15, fell back asleep quickly, woke/got up at 6am. I’ve started something new where in the evening I dim the light on my computer and I stop playing chess around 8pm to give my eyes and my mind a break before going to bed.

8 more days of this presidency.

Hnidingo (1291) resigned his game during the night increasing my rating to 1486 but I’m losing my other 3 games, 2 of which are to lower rated players.

Johnathon just announced his new restaurant location on Facebook. It’s still BrooklynRN in the Manila location of Poblado I mentioned a Sunday ago. He’s got a new look and new menu. I’d like to try the Philly cheese steak and pulled pork sandwich.

Teresa informed me that Medellin’s ICU beds are 87% full. She said its due to people getting together to watch futbol last month.

I left the apt at 7:45 and arrived at Viva Envigado at 8am. I first printed my 2020 payment schedule at Auros. In the mall Habia Una Vez wasn’t open yet so I went upstairs and recycled an empty Coke bottle. Back downstairs I found Jose waiting for me.

I had my usual complete breakfast for 10mil. Jose just had coffee and a chicken pastry.

Upstairs he won the first game with the black pieces.

For lunch we each had a sandwich from Q’Bano.

I won the 2nd game with my turn with the black pieces.

He left and I paid our cellphone bills at Claro. Back downstairs I had coffee at Todo Fresa. I resigned my game against cwelch231 lowering my rating to 1464.

I picked up a few things from Exito then returned to the apt by taxi.

Teresa returned from the finca about 5pm. She told me her new idea – she wants to build a 2-room “house” next to the finca for us or her and friends to stay over. She is hearing rumors that we may go under lockdown again for 4 months and this would be a place for us to stay. I made it clear I have no desire to return to the finca, for 4 months or even overnight.

Teresa wanted Frisby chicken so I placed the Rappi order. When the app said they were out for delivery I went down to the porteria waiting room. At first I thought the driver got lost as he went east past La Buena Mesa but on 2nd thought I think he was making another delivery first.


Liz Cheney (R-WY): “The president of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack,” Cheney said in a statement, adding, “There has never been a greater betrayal by a president of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.”


The bonkers Republican logic on why Trump shouldn't be impeached: No punitive action should be taken against the President who told a mob of his supporters that "we fight like hell and if you don't fight like hell, you're not going to have a country anymore" because, if that action is taken, it could lead to violence?


There can be no talk of "unity" or bipartisan anything until the Republican Party makes one basic conciliatory move: it must give up on voter-suppression as a national policy. The party must give up on it in national elections, and it must give up on it in state elections, and it must give up on it in local elections. It must stop huffing its own product about phantom "voter fraud." It must embrace the philosophy that the more people who vote, the healthier our republic is. Republican members of Congress could demonstrate their good faith in this regard by voting for the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which is sitting in the Senate Judiciary Committee at the moment. Until the Republican Party does all this, there is no unity to be had that's worthy of the name.


BOSTON — The Harvard Institute of Politics removed Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) from its Senior Advisory Committee in the wake of last week's deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol, pointing to her unfounded claims of voter fraud in the November election.


The US has 22,321,995 ð 22,544,451 ð 22,797,730 coronavirus cases with 373,300+ ð 375,100+ ð 379,000+ deaths.

Per Medellin Guru, as of this afternoon Colombia has a total of 1,786,900 ð 1,801,903 ð 1,816,082 cases with 46,114 ð 46,451 ð 46,782 deaths. Medellin has 161,101 ð 162,443 ð 163,802 cases, an increase of 1,359 from January to 11th to 12th. Envigado has a total of 14,747 cases, an increase of 124 from January 11th to 12th.


Joke of the day

"There's very little advice in men's magazines because men think, ‘I know what I'm doing. Just show me somebody naked!’" Jerry Seinfeld.