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The New Suite gets DirecTV, and the floor tile starts...

Things are moving along just fine with the Suite.  The bathroom has all the tile up, and just needs to be grouted.  The new water heater is plumbed.  The kitchen sink has been redone to add hot water.  The front door has been redesigned and has a new lock.  Lots of cement works continues.

 

Here is Alfredo finishing off the old door and one window, so we could make the new bathroom.

 

Manual is beginning the tile for the main room.  The tile design did not make itself known to us until we put down a bunch of them.  It is a good thing we liked what we saw...

This is how it looks when a bunch of them are displayed--quite a bit different from what it appears to be when you just hold one tile in your hand... 

We knew that our guests would like to have a TV, so off we went to DirecTV to see what we had to do to get signed up and watching...

Everyone's blog is filled with horror stories, in Cuenca, of long waits and lousy service from TV and Internet  providers--well, listen to this!  I walked into DirecTV, right next to SuperMaxi in Salinas, sat down, told the clerk what I wanted, dug out my Cedula and Credit Card, she filled out a one page contract, which I signed, and I was out of there in 15 minutes.  I asked when the installation team would come to our place to install the dish and run the cable, and she said "Friday", which was two days off.

Here is the installer running the line...

 

The TV is out there, because they don't use a tone generator anymore, they use the software in the box which sends out a loud beep when it has no signal, and then when the guy is positioning the dish, it beeps faster and faster, until it gets a 96% strength signal (in our case...).

The satellite is parked due west of us over the Galapagos, so our dish is aimed almost straight up (actually 77 degrees instead of 90), and this gives it a lot lower profile, since it is almost lying flat.

The good news is that our installer ran into no problems, and was in and out of here in 45 minutes.  So...total time from sign up to finished installation, 48 hours!

So, now the folks in the Suite get HBO, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox-TV, and a whole bunch more.

In other news, we had a little Sunfish go by at the limit of our telephoto.  This is a really small boat to be so far out in the ocean.  He sailed past us to Montanita, had lunch, and then sailed back to Salinas Yacht Club...very ambitious for a little sailboat that is not much bigger than a surfboard.

 

Posted on Sat, November 6, 2010 at 12:20AM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | Comments2 Comments

Reader Comments (2)

the sail boat, the sun fish is out of cadeate right next to the glass shop. but they do sail pretty far they went fishing off of pelado the island you can see to the southwest, with three people in that small boat. but they are small ecuas,

November 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbill and erika

Hi Bill and Erika...
Thanks for the info...you are right...that little sunfish is an ambitious little sucker!
To set the record straight, is the island we see, called Pelado? Our empleadas tell us that they call it "Viejo". Probably it has lots of names, depending on the speaker...

Bob & Roxanne

November 23, 2010 | Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne

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