Nov. 9, 2010
Went to Adventure Dining with Jack Monday to install some “rope lights” he purchased. Looked like a fairly simple job but 180 feet of plastic lighting later- whew! We had to attach it with connectors and nails to the inside edge along the top rail along the entire railing circling the deck. The view was nice – the macaws did a fly-by – but it was a little hot, even up that high. Part of the difficulty was the denseness of the wood used for the railings. This wood is really heavy and nails did not go in easily. These railings just went up a few weeks ago but they already are infested with boring worms/bugs, maybe termites. Jack went back today to address that issue.
Nicaragua here I come
Bought our bus tickets yesterday (and later I got mine soaked so had to go back today to get a new one). $44 roundtrip. His driver Gilbert took us to aother town to catch the bus and picked us up Sunday. From that town it is a 4-hour bus ride to Nicaragua, plus another ride to Grenada (town, not island). Grenada is located along the country’s largest lake. We will stay there from Thursday to Sunday. There will be border crossing checks going each way, so passports are a must. I hope I can fit enough clothing into my backpack. I’m not bringing my laptop but will take lots of pictures and report to you next week. On advice, took $200 U.S. out of the bank yesterday, which is the currency we will use. I expect the motel room to cost about $50/night, plus food and drink, transportation, sightseeing. The 5-hour bus trip is a killer, though. I can’t imagine doing this every three months, which would have been my option if I hadn’t applied for residency. It’s even farther to Panama. To do it one time – on a lark – will be fun. Jack says he’s packing lots of condoms, as if he doesn’t have enough of that in Jaco.
Bank account hit
I’ve finally become a victim of someone using my bank card number to make purchases online. The first charge I caught was for almost $670, several have been about $40 and the last one was for $888. So far, I’ve been able to cancel the payments through e-mail contact with my bank, but because I don’t have a phone with a keypad I can’t access the banks fraud services using Skype. I need to cancel my current card and get a new account number, but I can’t have my current card cancelled until I receive a new one, which will take several weeks. I’ve asked my daughter for some help. Just one of the challenges people probably face a lot when they move to another country.
Finally picked up my new recliner yesterday after we got back from the mountain. They were supposed to deliver it Saturday but when I asked the salesman he acted surprised. Since we were right there and the chair mostly fit in the back of the SUV, we just took it right then. Still need an additional headrest. Scat took the chair right away, curling up on the seat as soon as I got up. The recliner goes very well with my new floor lamp.