Friday, September 20, 2019

Thursday, September 19, 2019


Last night I went to bed at 10:30, fell asleep quickly, got up once during the night, finally waking/getting up at 6:45.

I left the apt at 7:30 and walked to Carbon de Leña.  (I didn’t take the bus because I was afraid all the jostling would hurt my back.)  I had my usual breakfast for 9,200 mil.

Approaching Bancolombia about 8:30 I ran into Jerry.  We chatted for awhile and for my back he recommended I buy Dolex and take it twice a day for 8 days and also Dololed twice a day continously.  I bought both and the former (15,100 COP) I found out later is just 500mg of Acetaminofen which I have plenty of already.  The latter (12,050 COP) contains dry extract of the marigold flower.  He asked me if he took his girlfriend/wife to the States if she would be covered on his Medicare.  I believe not but I said I would try to find out.

Inside Bancolombia I had a little difficulty getting my turn number to print out.  I walked past the cashiers and noted that the one who helped me at the beginning of this month was in her usual spot at window #7.  I sat down and noted they were serving D400 and I had D402.  Before I could get my Reader’s Digest out they called D401.  I guess no one responded as they called D402 but it was for window #2.  I handed the young lady my World Remit info, my Cedula, and the piece of paper with “300” followed by my Cedula number and the word “Extranjeria”.

Incredibly, everything went smoothly and 5 minutes later I had my cash and was walking out of Bancolombia.  I hope in the future it will continue to be that easy.  Only problem is I forgot to reclaim the “300” note.  I guess I’ll have to make one up myself for the future.

I noticed the Exito across the walkway from Bancolombia now has express lines.  I don’t mean like separate lines for purchases under 10, I mean a single line where you then go to the next available cashier.

I took a bus back to the apt and dropped off my money and a few other things.  I understood Teresa would be leaving soon for the gym.

I walked back to Avenida Poblado where I caught a Sabaneta bus to Envios Market.  Unfortunately my “documents” didn’t include my Driver’s License only another Capital One credit card offer.

I took a bus back to Envigado and stopped for coffee at Parva.  It was quite busy and I ran into Mark and Jeff again.  While waiting in line we met a young Colombiana who spoke good English who said she’s a veteranarian specializing in horses and soon she will be visiting Ocala, Florida for further training.

At noon I called Teresa and she said to wait at Parva as she was walking back from downtown.  When she arrived 20 minutes later we walked back to the apt.

After lunch we tried to take a nap from 2 to 2:30.

Teresa and MT were going to Santafe mall so I left the apt at 2:40 and arrived at Oviedo by bus at 3pm.  I bought a ticket to Yesterday; yeah I know I’ve already seen it. The movie is just such an upper.  Today there were probably a dozen people in the theater. 

Afterwards I walked the block to Santafe and met the ladies at J&C Delicious.  They were waiting for me to arrive to pay the bill.

In Falabella Teresa found a pair of leggings on sale for the gym.
We took a taxi back to the apt.

10,764 steps today.

Joke of the day
A young man asked an old rich man how he made his money. 
The old guy fingered his expensive wool vest and said, "Well, son, it was 1932. The depth of the Great Depression. I was down to my last nickel." 
"I invested that nickel in an apple. I spent the entire day polishing the apple and, at the end of the day, I sold the apple for ten cents."
"The next morning, I invested those ten cents in two apples. I spent the entire day polishing them and sold them at 5:00 pm for 20 cents. I continued this system for a month, by the end of which I'd accumulated a fortune of $9.80."
"After that," the old rich man continued, "I invested the $9.80 into a market stall so I could polish and display a lot more apples. I began making about $50 a month from then on."
"Then my wife's father died and left us two million dollars."

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Wednesday, September 18, 2019


Last night I went to bed at 10:30, was awakened at 1am by a cramp in my right calf, quickly fell back asleep, got up once at 6am, finally waking/getting up at 7:30.

We have a light rain this morning, our first rain in weeks.

Well, my back is back to being a problem.

I forgot to recharge the battery on my electric shaver.  I plugged it in but it still doesn’t work.  After about 20 minutes I unplugged it and it worked long enough to give myself a shave.

I finally figured out the *** in my chess software.  It’s when it gives you a “find the best move” situation, even if it’s for your opponent.

I took a whole Excedrin and my back was soon feeling much better.
It wasn’t long before my back started bothering me again so I skipped the gym today.

After lunch I stopped at a new copy center I found next to Aymara.  It’s nice that I found a location close to the apt.

I went to Parva for coffee.  It rained on and off all afternoon and the café was empty until later in the afternoon.

On my way back to the apt I stopped at Eduardo Madrid Bakery where I bought 2 English muffins.

I received an email from Envios Market that I have documents waiting for pickup.  I hope it’s my Driver’s License.

We started watching Loving (7.0) on Netflix as recommended by one of Teresa’s friends but after an hour she said she would be too tired to finish it tonight.

I finally ate my half of the slice of carrot cake that Jose brought us from Maria.

Because of the early rains the temp didn’t get over 78 degrees today and that was around noon.  I love it!

4,533 steps today.

Joke of the day
A man was walking one day, when he came to this big house in a nice neighborhood.
Suddenly, he realized there was a couple making love out on the lawn.
Then, he noticed another couple over behind a tree.
There was yet another couple doing the nasty behind some bushes by the house.
He walked up to the door of the house and knocked.
A well-dressed woman answered the door and the man asked what kind of a place this was.
"This is a brothel. Do you want to get in on the action, honey?" asked the madam.
"Nah. I’m good thanks,” he replied, “but I was just wondering what the heck is going on out here on the lawn.”
"Oh, we're having a yard sale today," said the madam.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Tuesday, September 17, 2019


Last night I went to bed at 10:45, fell asleep quickly, got up once at 5:30, catnapped until finally getting up at 6:30.

Last week Chuck gave me a Thermacare wrap to use on my back.  Sunday I put it on at 3pm and took it off at 11pm just before going to bed.  It’s supposed to work for another 8 hours and my back did feel less week and sore the next morning.  My back still felt good this morning.  I wonder if Bengay would have the same affect.

I left the apt at 8:15 and arrived at Habia Una Vez at 8:30.  I had my usual mini breakfast of scrambled eggs with tomato and onion, a croissant with cheese and a small café con leche.  I finished and Jose had yet to arrive so I ordered another café con leche.  He soon arrived and joined me for coffee.  He brought me a slice of carrot cake from Maria.  Yes!

We went upstairs to the food court and I had the Black pieces for the first game.  As agreed he played the first move of the Sicilian opening but soon deviated.  I got aggressive early and got myself in trouble and I resigned on the 31st move.  (Back at the apt I entered the game into my chess computer database and did a blunder check on it.  For some strange reason the results only displayed the first 8 moves followed by ***.)

For lunch he had his usual burger and I had a sandwich from Q’Bano.

In the 2nd game I played the London System and he got a strong attack going that I managed to repel.  Then I gained a pawn and had the opportunity to win but I missed it and I lost again in the endgame.

I had a café con leche at Todo Fresa, bought milk and eggs in Exito and returned to the apt.

I received an email from Envios Market that my package of “documents” has been delayed in the US.  I hope that’s not my Drivers License.

I left the apt at 5:15 and met Chuck and John outside Otra Parte.  I told them we should meet later because we’re always waiting for the restaurant to open.  However, this time traffic was so bad we didn’t arrive at Mercado de Sabaneta until exactly 6pm.

It’s a bit smaller than the Mercado de Envigado but this one also has restaurants on the 2nd floor.  It was large enough to accommodate the 140 gringos who showed up tonight.  I met a guy from Chicago, a White Sox fan who really hates the Cubs.

I learned from Jeff Paschke (sp?), the founder of Medellin Guru, that the closed Mercado de Envigado is being remodeled.  I understand they are moving the restaurants in the back closer to the front to make room for a dance/party area in the back.  Jeff also will also be setting up a relationship with an insurance company and real estate agency in Medellin to make it easier for gringos to get health insurance and rent apartments.  I met the mother and son that were in the same row as me when I saw Yesterday last Thursday afternoon.

Chuck, John and I left just after 8pm.

I told them that we should be able to meet next Saturday to go see the finca.

7,406 steps today.

Joke of the day
A preacher went to his church office on Monday morning and discovered a dead mule (jackass to the knowing) in the churchyard. He called the police. Since there did not appear to be any foul play, the police referred the preacher to the health department.
They said since there was no health threat and that he should call the sanitation department.
The sanitation manager said he could not pick up the mule without authorization from the mayor.
Now, the preacher knew the mayor, and was not to eager to call him. The mayor had a bad temper and was generally hard to deal with, but the preacher called him anyway.
The mayor did not disappoint. He immediately began to rant and rave at the pastor and finally said, "Why did you call me anyway? Isn't it your job to bury the dead?"
The preacher asked the Lord to direct his response. He said: "Yes, Mayor, it is my job to bury the dead, but I always like to notify the next of kin first!"

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Monday, September 16, 2019


Last night I took a full melatonin, went to bed at 10:45, fell asleep quickly, was awakened briefly by thunder, got up once at 5:30, finally waking/getting up at 7am.

I watched the first 20 minutes of the Today show then left for the gym.  I completed my limited set of exercises in an hour and 5 minutes.  I did increase my treadmill speed from 6.0 to 6.2 so I’m nearly running.  I could feel the difference between my knees and my ankles.

Back at the apt Teresa called me and informed me that she was still at nueve eps but she would call me when she is finished.  A few minutes later she called and asked me to meet her at La Casita Parilla for lunch.  I changed my clothes and took a bus downtown where it was just a long block walk to the restaurant.  We both had their chicken breast for 11mil.

I walked to Parva where I had a lemonade and waited for Teresa to finish getting her nails done.  She called about an hour later and told me not to wait as she won’t be done anytime soon.

I returned to the apt.

Chuck called me and he told me about the problem he’s having cancelling his AT&T service back in the States.  We agreed to meet Tuesday at Otra Parte at 5:30 and take a bus to the Medellin Guru gringo meetup in Mercado de Sabaneta.

I watched some Monday night football.

7,815 steps today.

Joke of the day
"Important Announcement: In light of the rising frequency of human - grizzly bear conflicts, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is advising hikers, hunters, and fishermen to take extra precautions and keep alert of bears while in the field. 
They advise that outdoorsmen wear noisy little bells on their clothing so as not to startle bears that aren't expecting them.
They also advise outdoorsmen to carry pepper spray with them in case of an encounter with a bear.
It is also a good idea to watch out for fresh signs of bear activity. Outdoorsmen should recognize the difference between black bear and grizzly bear dung.
Black bear dung is smaller and contains lots of berries and squirrel fur. Grizzly bear dung has little bells in it and smells like pepper."

Monday, September 16, 2019

Sunday, September 15, 2019


Last night I went to bed at 11:30, fell asleep quickly, got up once during the night, finally waking/getting up at 8am.

I watched NFL football starting at noon.  The hated Packers beat the Vikings.

Starting at 3:20 I watched the Bears in a close one against the Broncos.  So, close the Bears won on a 53-yard field goal in the last second of regulation.

I spent most of the day downloading a large collection of chess videos I bought for $49.99.

14,479 steps today.  Obviously I forgot to record and reset my steps yesterday morning.

Joke of the day
A married couple was in a terrible accident where the man's face was severely burned. The doctor told the husband that they couldn't graft any skin from his body because he was too skinny. So the wife offered to donate some of her own skin. 
However, the only skin on her body that the doctor felt was suitable would have to come from her buttocks. 
The husband and wife agreed that they would tell no one about where the skin came from, and they requested that the doctor also honor their secret. After all, this was a delicate matter. 
After the surgery was completed, everyone was astounded at the man's new face. He looked more handsome than he ever had before! All his friends and relatives just went on and on about his youthful beauty! 
One day, he was alone with his wife, and he was overcome with emotion at her sacrifice. He said, "Dear, I just want to thank you for everything you did for me. How can I possibly repay you?" 
"Honey," she replied, "I get all the thanks I need every time I see your mother kiss you on the cheeks."

Saturday, September 14, 2019


Last night I went to bed at 10:30, got up at 1am, 6am, finally waking/getting up at 7am.

Among new US movie releases there isn’t anything I want to see, including Monos (7.5), a Colombian film which has been out for weeks.

Locally, I would like to see Angel has Fallen (6.7) only playing at Santafe mall and I would like Teresa to see Yesterday (7.0) playing at Oviedo mall.

I left the apt just before 9am and took a bus to downtown Envigado.  I stopped at the copy center where I printed some chess notes and bought a couple cash envelopes.

At Todo Drogas I bought another pack of 30 Zopiclona because sometimes Teresa swipes one and I’m afraid I might run out before I can buy more next month.

I made a withdrawal from Banco Caja Social and still arrived right on time (9:30) at Carbon de Leña.  Glenn and James were already there waiting for me.  I recommended the calentado with huevos revultos and we all had that with coffee.

Afterward I was going to invite them for coffee at Parva but Glenn had to mail a letter to the States.

I walked with them to the mall where we found the Deprisa store just outside Exito.  Glenn gave the young rep his addressed envelope and after correcting a couple of her address mistakes he paid 111,100 pesos to have it UPS’d to the States in 4-5 days.  
Wow, I thought I only paid 30mil when I had an envelope Fedexed to the States a couple years ago from Envios Market.

We went to Habia Una Vez where we had a drink until they had to return to Sabaneta.

I went into Decathlon where I found another section of “short pants”.  I went through a lot of different sizes until I finally found a pair of light material that were size 34/34.  I bought them for 81mil.
I sat in Cine Colombia for awhile cooling off.

I went up to the restaurant area but all the tables in Sarku’s were taken and I didn’t feel like waiting.

I took a seat in Best Burger but while looking at the menu I got a call from Teresa.  She asked me when I’m coming back to the apt for lunch and to remember to pick up a head of lettuce on the way.
I stopped in Exito and bought the lettuce and walked back to the apt.

I tried on my new short pants and they are slightly tight around the waist and a little long.  I did have to remove my shoes but I was able to unzip the pants into shorts and rezip them back to pants so I think I can do that without much trouble in public as long as I have enough light.

I understand Teresa called Darnely and since Darnely isn’t going to the party neither is Chuck and since Teresa won’t know anyone she can talk to she isn’t going.

I left the apt at 8pm, stopped nextdoor at Exito and bought a 1 ½ liter bottle of Coke.  Marcos apt was in a gated community Bosques de Viva Grande, Calle 25B Sur #45-50.

He and his girlfriend Johanna (sp?) greeted me at the door.  I gave Marcos the bottle of Coke and a little birthday gift – a small package of salted-in-the shell peanuts I had my daughter bring me when she was here.  I chatted with them a bit and while they were getting me a drink I said hi to about 5 Colombians sitting out on the balcony.  One spoke a little English.

I chatted with Marcos for awhile until John and his wife Adelaida (sp?) arrived.  John and I chatted for some time about one of his favorite topics – bicycling.  He mentioned the last movie he saw was Coco (8.4) which he strongly recommends.  Interestingly, my daughter Jeannie recommended the same movie.  He informed me that the Mercado de Envigado restraurant court has closed due to lack of business. He still wants to see the finca so I have to arrange that.

I finally left just after 11pm and walked back to the apt – a mere 4 blocks.

 steps today.

Joke of the day
A dentist was getting ready to clean an elderly lady's teeth. He noticed that she was a little nervous, so he began to tell her a story as he was putting on his surgical gloves... 
"Do you know how they make these rubber gloves?" 
She said, "No?" 
"Well," he spoofed, "down in Mexico they have this big building set up with a large tank of latex, and the workers are all picked according to hand size. Each individual walks up to the tank, dips their hands in, and then walk around for a bit while the latex sets up and dries right onto their hands! Then they peel off the gloves and throw them into the big 'Finished Goods Crate' and start the process all over again." 
And she didn't laugh a bit!!! Five minutes later, during the procedure, he had to stop cleaning her teeth because she burst out laughing. 
The old woman blushed and exclaimed, "I just suddenly thought about how they must make condoms."

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Friday, September 13, 2019


Last night I went to bed at 10:45, fell asleep quickly, got up once during the night, finally waking/getting up at 7am.

Just as I was going to bed last night it started raining lightly.  I think it may have continued throughout the night.

Teresa had already left for the gym.

I watched the first 20 minutes of the Today show then left for the gym.

I completed my exercises in a little over an hour.

Teresa was back at the apt when I returned.  She said she had to wait 2 hours at nueve eps to see a doctor.

She informed me that the fan is fixed and I can pick it up at Home Center.

After lunch we took a nap when suddenly Teresa jumped out of bed.  I smelled something burning and she told me she left a pot on one of the burners.

I walked to the mall where I had something scanned to my flashdrive, picked up the fan from Home Center, and had coffee in Todo Fresa.

I walked back to the apt, plugged in the fan and it worked.  I reboxed it and put it in the storage area in the garage.

MT called.  She is coming over because she’s bored.

Some time later I asked where MT is and Teresa said she’s tired.

I traded messages with Jooks (Glenn) and I’m meeting him and James for breakfast tomorrow at Carbon de Leña at 9:30.

7,935 steps today.

Joke of the day
Two sisters, one blonde and one brunette, inherit the family ranch. Unfortunately, after just a few years, they are in financial trouble.
In order to keep the bank from repossessing the ranch, they need to purchase a bull so that they can breed their own stock.
The brunette balances their checkbook, then takes their last $600 dollars out west to another ranch where a man has a prize bull for sale. 
Upon leaving, she tells her sister, "When I get there, if I decide to buy the bull, I’ll contact you to drive out after me and haul it home." 
The brunette arrives at the man’s ranch, inspects the bull, and decides she does want to buy it. The man tells her that he can sell it for $599, no less.
After paying him, she drives to the nearest town to send her sister a telegram to tell her the news.
She walks into the telegraph office, and says, "I want to send a telegram to my sister telling her that I’ve bought a bull for our ranch. I need her to hitch the trailer to our pickup truck and drive out here so we can haul it home." 
The telegraph operator explains that he’ll be glad to help her, then adds "It’s just 99 cents a word." 
Well, after paying for the bull, the brunette only has $1 left. She realizes that she’ll only be able to send her sister one word.
After thinking for a few minutes, she nods, and says, "I want you to send her the word, ‘comfortable.’" 
The telegraph operator shakes his head.
"How is she ever going to know that you want her to hitch the trailer to your pickup truck and drive out here to haul that bull back to your ranch if you send her the word, ‘comfortable’?" 
The brunette explains, "Don’t worry.  My sister’s blonde. She’ll read it very slowly."