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Catching up at the Coast...

Things have been going just fine here at the Coast, and nothing seemed to warrant a blog entry, so here are a few vignettes...

First of all, Rox took a couple of really cute pictures of school kids policing up the beach all around our place.  They were happy to pose and receive a little coca cola change, and a few atta-boys from a nice blond lady...

It's no fun cleaning up a lot of plastic that has rolled up on the beach, but these five young men in their Catholic school uniforms did a great job, as each had a huge, over-flowing sack that he was dragging...and I regret to say, that due to computer problems and the total ineptness of the nut behind the wheel, those pictures are lost.  They are not on the memory chip, or the hard drive--so I apologize to Rox.

Also, the beach seems to be teeming with fish right now...there was even a "truck-boat" as we call them, working in the dark in front of our place past 9 pm

 

 As you can see, where there are a lot of fish, there are a lot of "helpers"--lots of families get a free fish dinner--all of those kids and housewives have a small plastic bag tucked away somewhere...

They know where to put out the nets by checking out these fat pelicans, and watching the fish jump..

 

Dinner at the Casa Blanca has just been a treat since we've been back...the chef's have practically reinvented Rox's fried calamari dish, and we didn't quite know how much of a change had been made, until a couple next to us, ordered it off the menu--what a difference!!!  She has had them substitute a really delicious dish of sauteed mixed vegetables for the normal french fries and boring ol' white rice, and has had her own mustard sauce created to add to the calamari--plus, I always have spaghetti with a ton of chicken swimming in Alfredo sauce, with more Parmesan cheese on the side--plus always piping hot!!!  Yes, we are spoiled...here are a couple of the "helpers" that wanted to pose...

And...school is out in Cuenca and Quito, so we are having tons of Ecuadorean tourists parading around in their fancy "going to Montanita to show off" duds.

And...I have to say...on a lot of them...there ain't much wasted material...

Here is a shot of the hillside flowers that we took as we coasted back home...

Rox took this sunset pic the other night...and she wanted me to include the fact that for over 18 months we have watched sunsets, and have never had one day of fog...not one...a far cry from the views in Santa Cruz...

and...the first six months of this year have seen almost no mosquitoes and very temperate temperatures, compared to the same time last year...

 

If you remember back a couple of entries, you will see the part where I went out and bought a new roll-away jack, 'cause I didn't like the original jack.  Well, as I put that jack in the car, I thought to myself, I will probably never open this thing up!!!  Well--wrong!!!  As we left Salinas yesterday, I noticed that the right front was pulling a little, so I told Rox that I would just check, and sure enough, the tire was really low...I pumped it up with my trusty tire pump, and drove about a mile, and same thing...low again...not good...

So...I tell Rox that we have to change this tire...and as a good team, she put the groceries in the second seat, while I unpacked the new jack...well, I was about as happy as one could be changing a tire...the jack worked perfectly, the car was up, lugs were off, old tire to the back, new tire out of the boot, and fitted on the lugs, everything tight, jack back in its box--all in TEN MINUTES FOLKS!!!  So...sometimes a well spent $26.00 is just that...

 

Posted on Thu, May 28, 2009 at 08:56AM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | CommentsPost a Comment

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