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More fun as Rich's Birthday Celebration continues on and on and...

The evening of Rich's birthday, we had a few openers for Rich, and we know that they will be useful in their new apartment in Cuenca, 'cause with concrete walls, you you have to have a drill with concrete bits, just to hang a picture...here are some of the bits to go with the birthday drill...

 

and a couple of pics showing the sun setting...

 

 

And they even brought gifts for all of us!!!

I loved the professional warm up jacket I got from the Cuenca Soccer team (pic later)

 

Rox knows just where she will place this hand thrown and painted ceramic vase from Cuenca...

 

Agripina is opening a neat magnetic necklace..pretty, and rare, around these parts...

 

 

Isidro is jumping up and down to show his excitement for his playing jersey from Soccer Cuenca...(a little joke...)

 

And, if we weren't having enough fun, Agripina came up a little later to let us know that our pressure tank for the water system had sprung two pencil sized leaks...well, let me tell you folks, water tanks don't grow on trees in this neck of the beach...so we were facing a one hour trip each way to buy one in Salinas...not fun...

But...Rich and I decided to go north to the Olon hardware store, on the off chance that they might possibly have one in stock...well the birthday gods were smiling--we found one!!!

 

It was almost identical, except it was a little taller and had the ports reversed.  That's the good news...

Now, both Richard and I have put in numerous water systems over the years...but it just didn't seem like a fun project to take on while celebrating his birthday...

So...we called Agripina's son, who is a contractor, and will also be Papa Noel this year when we give our Christmas party for the neighborhood kids...take a look...

 

We got the old tank out quickly, due to the fact that we had installed unions on all important connections last year.  Here are a couple of pics...

 

 

We provided the beer...it is not typical to drink beer on the job...

And...how would we ever get anything done without Agripina supervising???

 

Oh...just a thought...the cost for all the labor to put this in...twenty bucks...two beers...good-OOO!!!

 

Naturally, we had to celebrate with dinner at the Casa Blanca...and, it was even more special, 'cause Rich and Nancy had a mini-reunion with Hector, their ol' buddy...

 

And yes...those are the size of the happy hour drinks...We tip the bartender and cook when we leave (in addition to the waiter), and he makes sure that the drinks are huge and that there is plenty of firewater in them to make them perk...

A reader wrote to say that the Casa Blanca was not on the list of someone's "Good restaurants in Montanita".  That was interesting, since two of the four named are closed, and the others are mainly "cheap"...

Most folks go to a lot of other restaurants here in Montanita, because the food is cheaper.  Although, we look for value also, we think that a lot of people who write reviews don't eat at the Casa Blanca for one, and also, there is no beating the location for "people watching", the friendliness of the wait and cooking staff, and and ambiance of the place in general--Usually when Rox and I finish our meal, and 4 happy hour drinks each, the total tab for both of us is $21.50!!!  We figure we won't bust the budget with those prices... 

 

Posted on Fri, August 7, 2009 at 10:45AM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | CommentsPost a Comment

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