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Pillows at Sunrise...

We awoke yesterday to be greeted by balmy, warm air and a sky full of pillows...take a look...


It looked like the best spring day as Rox began her walk on the beach...


And...we concluded with a "knock you socks off" sunset ...


In between sunrise and sunset, I took off down to La Libertad (the can-do city next to the tourist-beach city of Salinas). 

Here at the Coast, the warm, sea air does amazing good for people who suffer from arthritis, lung congestion, allergies, and plain flaky skin.  It does also have a few minuses...like coating salt on everything that is exposed.  Salt does its best to corrode any metal it touches.

This salt air is especially damaging to our car, which does not have a garage--just a car cover.  Today, I was on my way to get new horns, as my three year old ones had gradually quit.  You must have a horn for defensive driving in Ecuador.

I go to a little wiring shop that sells all manner of lights, mirrors, and parts for autos.  The owner takes a few minutes to hot wire my old horns, after removing the front grill.  He determines that the horns are toast, and we go into the shop to listen to various horns.  I especially don't want the little "road-runner beep-beep" horns.  After getting half deaf hearing samples, we settle on those that sound like a fifties Buick Roadmaster.

Now I am parked out in the main road of La Libertad--the same road as you take to the Salinas beaches--so it is pretty busy as he makes the switch.  Luckily, there is a huge bus sitting just behind us that blocks a lot of the dangerous approaching traffic.

He gets the horns installed and wired up, but then we find that only one will fire up when I mash the horn button.  So, he takes all the wire leads, cuts them off, and adds new connectors--now we have lots of noise!!!

I had been having trouble with a calcium build up in our window washer nozzles, so I asked him to clean these out also.  This involved me hitting the washer button while he jammed a needle into the clogged nozzles.

During this whole time, I had been talking to a couple of nice police sergeants.  They looked spiffy in their uniforms, but didn't seem to be in any hurry, so we talked about where I was from, where I lived now, and how much I liked Ecuador.  Two of them even helped block the water from the clean nozzle side, so that we could get more pressure on the still clogged side.

Pretty soon I was surrounded by nice, police sergeants--like maybe 20!  They were all three-stripers, and had just finished eating in the next door restaurant, and that huge bus behind us was theirs.  Turns out they were on their way to an NCO Academy of some kind.  Big smiles all around as they boarded their bus and took off...

I also got new washer liquid for the reservoir.

Oh...and the cost for the new horns, installation, the repair of the washer nozzles, and the new special washer liquid--TWENTY SIX BUCKS!!!

So when you hear a car honk at you that brings back memories of the old Buick Roadmaster, turn around and wave, 'cause it's us!!!

Posted on Sun, June 5, 2011 at 05:19AM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | Comments4 Comments

Reader Comments (4)

What a nice story of every day life. It made me smile.

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCheapchick

Well, Thanks mucho Cheapchick--your comment made me smile...it's amazing how those smiles have a life of their own...spreading ripples of good vibes...

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBob

aahhhhhhh, your life is wonderful.
Weather here has just improved for the weekend, more rain on Tuesday, so all the beautiful sunsets matter to us. Keep the pics coming!

Cheers to you two
Shelagh and Peter

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShelagh

I have been reading your posts for a while now, love your blog! My hubby and I (along with my 17 yr old son) will be in Salinas the week of July 2nd - and would love to drive up to where you are, to possibly pick your brains about the area. We hope to make the leap within 12-18 months. Also, we are bringing some items for a couple of expats in the area, if there are things you are needing/craving and they are small enough to fit in a suitcase, it would be our pleasure to bring it to you! Tami

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTami

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