Did some computer shopping with a friend whose laptop finally expired under the onslaught of heat, salt-air. and plastic parts that fail. Unfortunately, you pay a lot for what you get in Mexico when it comes to electronics and, in the case of computers, the keyboards are all Spanish. You know, the kind where the "Ñ" displaces the colon/semi-colon position and the @ sign that requires two keys to access among other issues.
I did my best to configure his new laptop learning, to our mutual chagrin, there is such a thing as "Windows Home Single Language". The great narrator Thucydides outlined the three causes of war: fear, honor, and interest. Obviously he never had a foreign-language-bound laptop. This inconvenience has since been overcome and after some "getting to know you" time including an agonizingly slow update and several reboots, Steve and his computer have reached an uneasy truce at the risk of it being float tested in the Caribbean Ocean.
A good portion of the city and surrounding areas were out of water for a day or so as the local water company CAPA replaced a large pipe. Here's an excerpt from a news article (Added bonus! You get to practice your Spanish!): "La Comisión de Agua Potable y Alcantarillado (CAPA) informó que luego de los trabajos de interconexión de la línea de 24 pulgadas de diámetro..."
Which translates more or less to "The commission of potable water and sewage (CAPA) reports they are working to connect a 24 inch line..."
But wait! "a 24 inch line"? Don't they use the Metric System in Mexico? Yes, but...In Mexico the Metric System was optional starting in 1857 and obligatory effective 1896. During the interim period several units of non-metric measure were already common so they sort of carried over. Although they were slightly different from the American Imperial System they were encoded in law and over time, due to trade, the American measurements became common. So I can buy 3/4 inch plywood, 3/8" drills, 8" cement block, and 24" pipe. It's metric until it's not.
I had to refill the portable propane tank so hauled it over to nearest refill station up on Maxuxac (Ma-Shoe-Shack) and got in line with everyone else. It's always fairly crowded there being one of only two refill stations in the city. Pure coincidence, I'm sure, but I'm usually the only gringo in line. One guy breaks out of the line and comes over to shake hands. He's one of the vendors at the local Punto Modelo beer drive-through (Yes, a drive through!!!) just a block down the street from our house (Perhaps too convenient?). Funny meeting one's drug dealer in public. hahaha
Barry visited for a day and a half but was happy to return home to recuperate. It seems a new bar has opened and the noise and vibration reach into our otherwise comfortable and quiet abode. Sadly this was middle of the week! No Friday or Saturday night excuse. He didn't get much sleep poor man. But it was a most pleasant visit nonetheless.
Catherine continues her preps for a Sprint Triathlon walking, biking, and swimming every day. The other morning she returns with a small bundle of cat. Apparently this miniature ball of fur crawled into her shoe during weigh-in (a likely story I thought) and her first words were "There's a cat shelter I can bring it to." Yeah, right. By the very next day the kitten had a name - Sylvester - and it already keeps the dogs at bay and is learning how to behave like a cat from Simon, The Elder. The little pest is an ankle and toe biter so we all sit around with our feet up now. Even Simon.
Disaster reparations continue in several parts of Mexico following the terrible earthquakes. Lots of organizations and local stores collecting donations and shipping them to affected areas. It's still front page news down here.
David and his parents joined us for brunch yesterday and Chef Catherine did a marvelous job cooking her signature omelets whilst I added a few sausages on the side. Not long after, the menfolk retired to the pool with cold beers for serious talk. Delicious meal and good friends - always a great combination.
Speaking of which it's time to get back to the sausage grind as I've added new customers and they want some sausage!