Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Tuesday, February 25, 2020


Last night I went to bed at 10:30pm, got up twice during the night, finally waking/getting up at 7am.


I left the apt just after 8am and walked to the mall.  I first recycled 3 plastic bottles in the machine outside Exito.  I was having breakfast at Habia Una Vez when Jose arrived.  We chatted about my brother’s visit, my new notebook computer and our travails with the dining room table.  At 9am we moved up to the food court.


Wrapped around lunch, I lost 2 games to him and he left about 2:15.  I went upstairs to Mr. Kutz where I got a haircut for 30 mil.  In the middle of the haircut, at 3pm, it started raining hard.  


I went downstairs to Todo Fresa where I had a café con leche and read some news on my cell phone.


I left at 4pm and through a few raindrops I walked to Parva where I bought a loaf of sano bread before returning to the apt.


Teresa returned about 5:30.


I downloaded and installed Slingbox on my notebook computer and watched a little of the Democratic debate.


6,383 steps today.


Joke of the day

Hilarious responses to public notices:

Public notice: Please remember to date the food cans!  Thanks!

Response: Tried on 3 occasions to date cans.  They only think of me as a friend…

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Monday, February 24, 2020


Last night I went to bed at 10:30pm, got up twice during the night, finally waking/getting up at 7:30am when Teresa got up noisily. 


My back was feeling normal by the time I left the apt at 9:30 and walked to the gym.  I had just completed the first rep on the Seated Row when my right wrist started bothering me (arthritis).  I skipped the rest of those reps and went on to the Treadmill.  For my last exercise, the Biceps Curl, both machines were in use so after waiting 5-10 minutes I just left.


About 4pm we were in a taxi to Pricesmart.  While stopped at the light at McDonald’s the driver informed us there were more demonstrations on Avenida Las Vegas.  (I was pretty sure they were on the other side of EAFIT but I guess we decided not to take any chances.)  We had the driver drop us off at Viva Envigado.  Teresa asked me if there were any good movies playing.  I checked my app but didn’t see anything starting soon.  We had coffee at Juan Valdez where we shared a chocolate donut then Teresa did a little shopping.  She found a top for the gym at ProChampions for 89,900.  We ran into Jose Avandaño from the gym; he has seen 7 movies this year and I only 6.  I was planning on taking a taxi back to the apt because I didn’t want to sweat in my jeans.  We made a trip to the restroom and while waiting for her to return I checked my Cine Colombia app and saw that Dark Waters (7.6) was starting in 20 minutes at 6:15.


While waiting in a short line to buy tickets we ran into a couple of ladies from the park Smartfit.  I added 50mil to my account and bought 2 Preferencial tickets for 21,200 each.  In the Platinum room we ordered a hot dog to share, a small popcorn and small sodas for each of us.  I should have added more than 50mil because I came up about 7mil short which I paid in cash.


We had the nice reclining seats for the 2 hour and 6 minute movie which we both enjoyed.  I thought I heard a peal of thunder at one point and when we walked back to the apt it was obvious they had a short shower.


9,295 steps today.


Joke of the day

Hilarious responses to public notices:

Public notice: Don’t like the restroom locked?  Thank the guys who throw paper towels in the toilet.

Response: Don’t like people peeing on the floor?  Thank the person who locked the restroom door.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Sunday, February 23, 2020


Last night I went to bed at 10:30pm, got up about 5:15 when I heard a notification on my cell phone, quickly fell back asleep and finally woke/got up just before 7am.  I took an advil to see if that would help loosen up my back.  (I don’t think it helped.)


I understand the dining room table will be delivered today.  Strange, it being delivered on a Sunday, but what do I know?


Teresa asked me to meet her at Mayorca later as she had a blouse to exchange.  (It seems she’s always exchanging something.)


I left the apt at 8am and walked up to Avenida Poblado.  It was a 10 minute wait for a bus and because there was no traffic the driver drove like a bat out of hell.  At one point we hit a pothole or speed bump that lifted us all about 6 inches out of our seats.  That certainly didn’t feel good for my back.  (At some point as I get feebler I’m going to have to give up buses.)


I got off at Calle 7 and walked up the hill arriving at Ganso & Castor at 8:30 and Glenn and James were already there.  I ordered their granola with Greek yogurt but it came without acai berries so obviously I didn’t order it correctly.


At 10am we moved to Pergamino #1 on Carrera 37 where I had another café con leche with an almond croissant but I didn’t finish it.


I called Teresa but got her voice mail.


About 11:30 we shared a Didi car and I got off at Mayorca mall.  I walked up to the Nike store which is where I thought she would most likely be.  I called her again but got her voice mail.


I sat down outside the store and called her again 15 minutes later and she finally answered.  She said she was inside the Nike store.   (I didn’t see her the first time I looked.)


She bought a pair of leggings for the gym for 106,000 ($31).


We went up to J&C Delicias where I had a Thai salad and she had a Florentine salad.  I tried their durazno (peach) juice which was quite good.  While waiting for our food I observed a nearby couple get some type of food in a bread bowl but was told it wasn’t soup.  We got a dish of ice cream for dessert to share.  The total came to 76,500 which I paid in cash.


While I went to the restroom Teresa went to Puro Cuero.  Inside she asked me about one of the dining room tables – do I like it more than what we ordered?  What is this about?  I thought everything was settled.  As we left she said something about the sales rep said she wants 150mil more for the darker wood.  It appeared Teresa declined the offer and she said it would be delivered tomorrow.  I question – if it’s to be delivered tomorrow then its already been made, so what color is it?  After awhile I understood that the sales rep will call tomorrow for our answer.  They can deliver it now with the light wood or for 150mil they will deliver the darker wood in 8 days.  Sigh!  I told her I wanted the darker wood.  I hope that’s settled.


As we were leaving the mall I noticed the KFC restaurant also had a huge Kentucky Fried Chicken sign.  I thought they changed their name permanently to KFC?


Finally, today, my insect bites stopped itching; it only took 5 days.


For supper I had hot oatmeal with a slice of toasted bread.


5,012 steps today.


Joke of the day

Hilarious responses to public notices:

Public notice: This printer is here temporarily.

Response: In the greater scheme of things, aren’t we all?

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Saturday, February 22, 2020


Today is 2/22/20 – That’s a lot of twos.


Last night I went to bed at 11pm, fell asleep quickly, got up once during the night, quickly fell back asleep and finally woke/got up at 8:15am.  PS. When I got up during the night I had to make 2 attempts due to my weak back.  Sigh.


It was a cool morning so I put on jeans and a t-shirt and at 9:30 walked to Avenida Poblado.  I stopped an Envigado bus as I was crossing the street.


As I got on I heard someone say “good morning” which I returned without looking.  After I paid the driver and turned around I said, “it looks like a school bus”.  Upon further reflection they were almost all Boy Scouts, all dressed up with troop penants obviously on their way to some campout or jamboree.


At Envios Market I picked up 6 documents including 3 1099s, and a Reader’s Digest, and a Chess Life magazine.  I paid Nobraskja 39 mil for my March box rental.


At Parva I went through my mail while having a large café con leche for 4,500 pesos.


I stopped next door at the copy center where I printed calendars for February thru April which I hope this can help us keep track of our appointments and other commitments.


Outside I caught a Sabaneta bus back to Envigado.  At the border of Poblado and Envigado I noticed another squirrel bridge crossing over the road.


Back at the apt I went through my mail more carefully and went through my Acer User’s Guide again.


I’m feeling more confident with my notebook and Windows 10 but I still have lots of questions for Juan.


We received a little more rain late in the afternoon.


I went through some of my new videos on The London System.


We had another brief shower in the evening.


I set an alarm for 7am on my cell phone and recharged it next to my bed.


4,854 steps today.


Joke of the day

Hilarious responses to public notices:

Public notice: Coffee maker not hot.

Response: But it has a great personality.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Friday, February 21, 2020


Last night I went to bed at 10:30, fell asleep quickly, got up once during the night, quickly fell back asleep and finally woke/got up at 7am.


There was something on TV about a controversy over Uber.

Also, 21.8% of the air contamination comes from buses.


Opening today in the US is The Call of the Wild (6.7) which we might see tomorrow.  Teresa asked if its playing later anywhere and I checked and its playing at Viva at 7:15.


A thunderstorm came through about 3pm but the rain ended completely by just after 4pm.


I’m reviewing the 485 page ChessBase manual trying to figure out how to copy the database games from my old computer using Shredder to my new notebook using ChessBase.


I reminded Teresa that we should leave by 6:30 to catch the movie on time.  She replied, “tonight?”  I said “yes, you know how difficult it is to get tickets on Saturday night”.


About 6:15 I put a bottle of root beer in my tech bag and we walked to the mall.  I exchanged my 2019 Platinum card for a 2020 version and they gifted me a notebook, a new popcorn bucket and free platinum tickets and snacks for my birthday month but they didn’t transfer 8mil that I had remaining on my old platinum card.  I bought 2 premium tickets for the 7:15 showing of The Call of the Wild (6.9) for 12,700 each.  In the Platinum room Teresa ordered chicken nuggets and a chicken sandwich to share.  We also ordered sodas and a refill of our new popcorn bucket.  The movie was like a Walt Disney production with lots of CGI.


The movie ended by 9:10 and we walked back to the apt.  We stopped in Exito on our way back and picked up 2 bags of milk and we had to wait in a long line.


At 10:30 it started raining lightly and there were still drops at 11pm when we went to bed.


7,850 steps today.


Joke of the day

Hilarious responses to public notices:

Public notice: To the individual who stole the bike previously here…if you have a shred of decency you will return it with a new lock and reevaluate your life choices.

Response: Hey bozo, it’s illegal to lock your bike to a handicap pole.  Check with the city for your bike. They probably removed it so it would not block a wheelchair accessible van.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Thursday, February 20, 2020


Last night I went to bed at 10:30, fell asleep quickly, got up once during the night, quickly fell back asleep and finally woke/got up at 8am.


I left the apt at 9:25 and walked to the copy center where I printed a photo of the downloads on my notebook.

I was back by 10am so I could watch some of the Today show.

I took a nap from 12:15 to 1:30.

My notebook battery died so I had to recharge it. Still 3,011 files left to upload to OneDrive.

What, Uber is back!?  Someone reported on Facebook that it has returned to Colombia as a Car Rental company, whatever that means.


We left the apt about 3pm and walked 2 blocks to the Mercado Madrid grocery store.  Our first time there, it’s a lot smaller than our usual Euro but a lot closer.  I didn’t find our usual brand of eggs which probably means I’ll have to tote them from the mall Exito.  I also didn’t find my Hunt’s BBQ sauce but luckily I’m not quite out as yet.


At checkout they made the mistake of charging it to dollars for a total of $139.48.  They nicely and patiently backed out the charge and changed it to pesos which equated to $132.55 saving us about $7.


A young man pushed a cart filled with our groceries up the hill to our apt and I tipped him 10mil.  It started raining just as we returned to the apt, first rain in weeks, but it only lasted about 15 minutes.


With some difficulty I finally logged into Claro Video and for 9,600 pesos rented Yesterday for the next 48 hours.


5,193 steps today.


Joke of the day

A guy with a black eye boards his plane and sits down in his seat.  He notices immediately that the guy next to him has a black eye too.

He says to him, "Hey this is a coincidence, we both have black eyes. Mind if I ask how you got yours?"

The other guy says, "Well, it just happened. It was a tongue twister accident. See, I was at the ticket counter and this gorgeous blonde with the most massive breasts in the world was there. So, instead of saying, 'I'd like two tickets to Pittsburgh', I accidentally said, 'I'd like two pickets to Tittsburgh'. So she socked me a good one."

The first guy replied, "Wow! This is unbelievable. Mine was a tongue twister too. I was at the breakfast table this morning and I wanted to say to my wife, 'Please pour me a bowl of Frosties, honey.'  But I accidentally said, 'You ruined my life you fat, evil hag'."

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Wednesday, February 19, 2020


Last night I went to bed at 10:30, fell asleep quickly, woke up once with a right calf cramp, quickly fell back asleep and finally woke/got up at 7:30.


Yesterday at Santa Elena I got insect bites on my arms and legs.  I’ve been putting Caladryl on them which helps a little.


Teresa left about 9:15 for her gym class.  I stayed behind as I had some computer work to do and I wanted to watch the Today show at 10am.


I left the apt just before noon and walked up to Avenida Poblado where I caught a bus after a 10 minute wait.


The bus was slow going down the Gold Mile and I got off a block and a half too early but I was still at their hotel by 12:40.


Bryan, our private driver, arrived a couple minutes early and we left the hotal at 1pm.


He took the tunnel, which cuts the trip to/from Medellin by 20 minutes, and we were at the airport by by 1:40.  They checked their bags then we went up to Piccolo’s where Joan had a salad and Jim and I had pizza.


At 3pm I said goodbye to them for another year.

Outside I helped a young black man who had apparently just arrived.  He showed me the address he was going to and I told him to take the San Diego bus.  I told him it cost 10,500 pesos but he didn’t have any so I sent him to the 2nd floor to the red Davavienda ATM to try first.  When I finished with him I found my bus was full and I was 2nd in line for the next.  It was about a 10-15 minute wait for the next one and another 10-15 minutes until it pulled out.


I got off at San Diego mall, walked through the mall and across the street soon was on an Envigado bus.  I don’t think the bus got over 20mph and not just because of the heavy traffic down the Gold Mile.  I returned to the apt just before 5pm.


I took a shower and turned on my notebook and I see an icon on the bottom that says OneDrive is uploading files to the cloud – only 5,800 more to go.


Teresa called me – she’s at the mall with her mother at Crepes & Waffles.  I told her I’d be there in an hour or so.  I had 2 mini waffles with California (ice cream, strawberries, and whipped cream).


When I arrived and was looking over the menu they went downstairs for coffee leaving me with the check.  Lol.


I joined them at the ice cream Crepes & Waffles and led them to Habia Una Vez.  I ordered a café con leche and a slice of Carrot Cake.  The waitress told me it’s the last slice but I ordered it anyway.  A young lady was walking by with her pug and right next to our table it put on the brakes and sat down.  I understood she said it wanted some carrot cake.  I told the dog the last piece is mine.  The cake was a little dry but I ate most of it anyway.  In a few minutes the lady’s husband came with a takeout order and they all left.


We left about 8pm and walked back to our respective apartments.


9,897 steps today.


Joke of the day

A young banker decided to get his first tailor-made suit.

So he went to the finest tailor in town and got measured for a suit.

A week later he went in for his first fitting.

He put on the suit and he looked fabulous; he felt that in this suit he can do business.

As he was preening himself in front of the mirror, he reached down to put his hands in the pockets and to his surprise he noticed that there were no pockets.

He mentioned this to the tailor who asked him, "Didn't you tell me you were a banker?"

The young man answered, "Yes, I did."

To this, the tailor said, "Who ever heard of a banker with his hands in his own pockets?"