Sunday, March 24, 2019

Saturday, March 23, 2019


I slept well finally waking/getting up at 7:30.

I left the apt about 9am and walked up to Merkepaisa grocery store then turned 2 blocks east where I found Zoo Wings (although it was closed).  I continued downtown where I bought 4 DVDs: The Mule, Wanderlust, An Interview with God, and Colombia Magia Salvaje for 10,000 pesos.

We had what looked like a woodpecker visit our hummingbird feeder.
About 2:20 in the afternoon we experienced a strong temblor that lasted about 30 seconds.  It shook the patio doors pretty well and I could feel it move the couch I was lying on.

I left the apt about 3:30 and walked down to the mall where I had a café con leche at Café Arangos for 3,600 pesos.

I left about 4:15 and heard a peal of thunder on the way back to the apt.  I was a little surprised because, while it was cloudy, I didn’t see any dark clouds.  A block from the apt I started feeling raindrops.  Luckily a car was entering the complex which gave me a shortcut through the gate.  By the time I got up to the apt it was a downpour.

My google search uncovered that the earthquake was officially a 6.1 at 2.21pm.

I watched an interesting movie on Direct TV called Home Sweet Hell. 

9,285 steps.

Joke of the day
A state trooper pulled over a car going just 19 miles per hour on the highway. As the officer approached the car, he noticed it was two elderly women and they both looked very pale and wide-eyed.
"Good afternoon ladies. Do you know why I am pulling you over?" asked the trooper.
"I'm terribly sorry if I did something wrong but I know I wasn’t speeding" said the driver.
"Well, that is true, you weren't speeding...but you were going entirely too slow on a highway and that is equally as dangerous."
"No, Officer. I was going exactly the speed limit...19 miles per hour!"
The trooper laughed a little to himself. "Mam', this is Highway 19. That is not the speed limit, but simply the name of this highway."
Very embarressed, the elderly driver grinned and thanked the trooper over and over for informing her of the mistake.
"But before I let you go, I have to ask... are you guys feeling okay? You both look awfully shaken."
"Oh sure, we will be fine. We just got off of Highway 120".

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Friday, March 22, 2019


Teresa woke me up at 7:30 so she could serve me breakfast before she leaves for the gym.

I watched the first 20 minutes of the Today show and then left for the gym.  I bought a Q’Hubo newspaper on the way.  The gym wasn’t very crowded perhaps because this is a long weekend.  I completed all my exercises in 90 minutes.

My cold and back are better but neither are 100%.

We had ribs for lunch today.  Teresa usually gives me a lot so today I asked her to give me only 6 but she filled the rest of my plate with salad.  I ate 5 ribs and most of the salad but she’s still overdoing it on the lunches.

Among new US movie releases I would like to see Us (7.6), Hotel Mumbai (7.1), and Dragged Across Concrete (8.0).
Locally, Us (7.6) and Five Feet Apart (7.1) are playing at Viva Envigado.

We took a nap from 3:30 to 4:30.

I vegged out the rest of the day.

I finished reading Jack Higgins’ The Eagle has Landed.

I made contact with a gringo named Rory on Facebook looking for a chess club.  Even though he’s young it appears from his profile that we have a few things in common.

6,291 steps.

Joke of the day
I was barely sitting down when I heard a voice from the other stall saying: "Hi, how are you?"
I'm not the type to start a conversation in the men's restroom, and I don't know what got into me, but I answered, somewhat embarrassed, 'I'm doing just fine."
And the other guy says: "So, what are you up to?"
What kind of question is that? At that point, I'm thinking this is too bizarre so I say: "Uhhh, I'm just traveling for work."
At this point I am just trying to get out as fast as I can when I hear another question. "Can I come over?"
Ok, this question is just too weird for me but I figured I could just be polite and end the conversation. I tell him, "No.....I'm a little busy right now!"
Then I hear the guy say nervously...
"Listen, I'll have to call you back. Some idiot in the next stall thinks I'm talking to him." ​

Friday, March 22, 2019

Thursday, March 21, 2019


Well, today is the first full day of spring – at least in the States.  Lol.

I got up at 7:30, took my shower and at 8am we had no more running water.

I met Jerry at the Eduardo Madrid Bakery near my apt at 9:15.  I learned he’s been here for 4 years, he’s 66 years old, his SO is a 57-year old Colombiana who works at EAFIT, he swims, and takes Spanish lessons.

We said goodbye at 10am as he had to leave early to buy something at Exito before going to swim at 11am.  He swims at Inder or Eafit.

I walked up to Avenida Poblado where I soon caught a Sabeneta bus to Poblado.  I found 50 pesos (about 2 cents) on the floor of the bus – good luck.  I picked up my mail from Envios Market.  There was no package but I received my March Chess Life magazine, 2 letters from BSI Financial, a letter from Making Home Affordable, and one from MetLife.

I’ve been noticing route maps at some of the bus stops.  Also it looks like McDonald’s now has a parking attendant!?

I returned to the bakery and bought 6 sesame bagels.

Teresa was back at the apt when I returned.

The water came back on at 3pm but it looked rusty or dirty.

We ordered wings from Go Wings for lunch.  They also gave us a couple coupons – one for 6 free wings and the other for a lunch combo.

We took a nap from 3pm to 3:45.

I found 2 new movie releases starting tonight at Viva Envigado.  Weather permitting I think we’re going to see one of them tonight.
We got some rain in the late afternoon and early evening so we skipped going to the movies.

It wasn’t until after 7:30 that the water started looking clean again.


3,048 steps.

Joke of the day
A young blonde was on vacation in the swamps of Louisiana. She really wanted a pair of genuine alligator shoes to bring back for her boyfriend but didn't want to pay the high prices the local stores were charging.
After becoming very frustrated with the local shopkeepers, the blonde shouted, "I'll just go out and catch my own alligator so I can get a pair of shoes at a reasonable price!"
The shopkeeper replied, "Good luck! Maybe you'll luck out and catch yourself a big one!"
Determined, the blonde turned and headed for the swamps, set on catching herself an alligator. Later in the day, the shopkeeper is driving home, and he spots the young woman standing waist deep in the water, rope in hand. Just then, he sees a huge 9 foot alligator swimming quickly toward her. She lunges, wraps herself around the beast and with a great deal of effort hauls it on to the bank of the swamp. Laying nearby were several more alligators all tied up.
Completely amazed, the shopkeeper got out of his car and walked toward the young lady.
Just then the blonde flips the alligator on its back, and frustrated, shouts up at the shopkeeper, "Ugh! This one isn't wearing shoes either!!"

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Wednesday, March 20, 2019


I slept pretty well getting up once at 4:45 finally waking/getting up at 8am.

I was a little surprised that Teresa was still here.  I thought she had an early morning gym class.

At 8:30 a Une guy showed up.  I thought he was going to check for gas leaks like they did last time in the other apt but Teresa said he is here to check the water.  He had a hand held device with a wand at the bottom and he touched it near all of our water sources.  I understood we are using too much water?  I asked Teresa if she uses the washing machine every day.  She said no but mentioned that we had visitors here for 3 weeks last month.

This morning I took my last 500mg Amoxycillin (aka Amoxicilina) tablet for my sinus infection that I had been taking 3 times a day.  I also finished taking the “cough syrup” I was on.  I hope I’m not going to regress.

Teresa left for the gym at 9:30 and I left at 10am.

I completed all my exercises in about 90 minutes.

Using Whatsapp I made plans to meet Jerry (who I met Super Bowl Sunday) at the bakery tomorrow at 9:15.

About 7pm a portero came by and informed us that the water will be off tomorrow from 8am – 4pm.  I’m not sure if this is related to the new guardhouse construction or something about the large water tanks I saw behind the pool a couple months ago.

I watched the movie about the shooting of Osama Bin Laden.  My mistake was that it didn’t end until 10:30 so when I went to bed at 11pm it took me about an hour to fall asleep.

5,910 steps.

Joke of the day
Passengers on a small plane are waiting for the flight to leave. They're getting a little impatient, but the airport staff assures them the pilots will be there soon, and then the flight can take off.
Finally the entrance opens, and two men dressed in Pilots' uniforms walk up the aisle. Both are wearing dark glasses, one is using a guide dog, and the other is tapping his way along the aisle with a white cane.
Nervous laughter spreads through the cabin, but the men enter the cockpit, the door closes, and the engines start up. The passengers begin glancing nervously around, searching for some sign that this is just a little practical joke. None is forthcoming.
The plane moves faster and faster down the runway, and the people sitting in the window seats realize they're headed straight for the water at the edge of the airport. As it begins to look as though the plane will plow into the water, panicked screams fill the cabin.
At that moment, the plane lifts smoothly into the air. The passengers relax and laugh a little sheepishly, and soon all retreat into their magazines, secure in the knowledge that the plane really is in good hands.
Meanwhile, in the cockpit, the pilot turns to the co-pilot and says, "You know, Jim one of these days, they're gonna scream too late and we're all gonna die."

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Tuesday, March 19, 2019



I got up once during the night, finally waking/getting up at 7:30.
Teresa had already left to go to the “neuva eps pharmacy” in Envigado to get her cancer medication for free.

I had to go next door to Exito to buy a couple bags of milk.  There was a light mist in the air so I took my umbrella with me.

I had a bowl of cereal and left the apt at 9am with a light jacket and my large umbrella.  I had a 2 minute wait for the metro bus.  As soon as I sat down I got a call from Jose.  He said the weather in Medellin is really bad so he wants to cancel our meeting for today.
At the Ayura metro station I took a taxi to the mall.  I called Teresa and learned that she has to go to Avenida Oriental in Medellin to pick up her medicine so I will probably be on my own for lunch also.

I had coffee at Habia Una Vez for about an hour then I walked back to the apt.

At 11:30 Teresa called me and told me to meet her for lunch between 12:30 and 12:45 at La Bahia.

Just before noon Teresa called me and informed me that she was hungry so she’s already having lunch at La Bahia.

I watched the first 20 minutes of the Today show.

Teresa returned just before 1pm.

I went to Jack & Roll in La Buena Mesa where I had the best burger I’ve had in Medellin.  The total cost was 34,416 pesos ($11) but next time I think I’ll get it without the bacon and I’ll skip the fancy juice drink.

I walked down the hill where I found Jerry McNamara’s (the guy I met at the Super Bowl party) apartment a block from the small church.  It’s a nice building and it appears he’s on the top floor.
I walked to the mall and upstairs where I had a café con leche with a slice of carrot cake at Café Arangos for 10,500 pesos ($3.50).
Back at the apt Teresa told me she waited 3 hours to get her free medicine saving 200mil ($65).  I understand she will have to do this every month for the next 5 years.  The good news is she can catch a bus at Avenida Las Vegas and the pharmacy is very close to where she gets off the bus.

From my February, 2019 Reader’s Digest: A new study found that about 70% of women with the most common type of early-stage breast cancer likely do not need chemotherapy after surgery.

Last night I ordered new gym waterbottles from Amazon for each of us – glass for Teresa and metal for me.  Even though I chose the free (thus slowest) shipping option, today I received an email that the order has already shipped.

8,021 steps.

Joke of the day
A lawyer defending a man accused of burglary tried this creative defense:
"My client merely inserted his arm into the window and removed a few trifling articles. His arm is not himself, and I fail to see how you can punish the whole individual for an offense committed by his limb."
"Well put," the judge replied. "Using your logic, I sentence the defendant's arm to one year's imprisonment. He can accompany it or not, as he chooses."
The defendant smiled. With his lawyer's assistance he detached his artificial limb, laid it on the bench, and walked out.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Monday, March 18, 2019


Wow!  I think I got up something like 4 times during the night, finally getting up at 7:45.

Teresa had already left for the gym.

She returned at 8:45 but she was one minute late for making me breakffast as I had already started a bowl of cereal.

I watched the first 20 minutes of the Today show.

Teresa said she believes it is going to rain soon.  It is overcast and cooler than usual.  I was tired so instead of going to the gym I took a nap from 10am to noon.

I vegged out again most of the day although I think my cold and my back are a little better today.

2,189 steps.

Joke of the day
Two children ordered their mother to stay in bed one Mother's Day morning. As she lay there looking forward to breakfast in bed, the smell of bacon floated up from the kitchen.
But after a good long wait she finally went downstairs to investigate. She found them both sitting at the table eating bacon and eggs.
"As a surprise for Mother's Day," one explained, "we decided to cook our own breakfast."

Monday, March 18, 2019

Sunday, March 17, 2019


Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  I’m 25% Irish but I don’t think I own one piece of clothing in green.  Lol.

I got up once at 4am, Teresa woke me at 5:20 (said I was snoring), and finally got up at 8am.

We left the apt at 10:40 (so much for leaving early) and took a taxi to Mayorista.  Even though we didn’t pick up any meat we didn’t get back to the apt until noon.  I bought a large jar of Knotts Berry Farm strawberry preserves and some sugar made from sugar cane.  I read that the best sugar for hummingbirds is the sugar from sugar cane.
Teresa made me lasagna for lunch.  Not like what I used to get in the US but it’s still good.

I vegged out the rest of the day.  I did get to see a movie that was on my list – Downsizing (5.7) – which was interesting.

I refilled the bird feeder and we had quite a few visits from hummingbirds until it started getting dark.

2,813 steps.

Joke of the day
A young man stood before St. Peter who tells him "Son, to let you into Heaven you must tell me one good thing you've done on Earth"
The guy thinks for a moment and replies "Well, I saw some bikers out the front of a bar harassing a girl. So I walked over to the biggest biker, kicked his bike over, pushed him to the ground, and told him to leave the poor girl alone!"
St. Peter is quite impressed with this and says, "Well done my son, and when exactly did this happen?"
"About 5 minutes ago".