Friday, March 31, 2006

7AM - Little Mavicito's First Panoramas.
Yesterday afternoon on our walk, Little Mavicito took his first panorama pics. This morning we are publishing those panoramas!

For his size, Little Mavicito makes some big pics! Be sure to click the Thumbnails, OK?

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El Boleo Museum.



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Santa Rosalia Harbor from behind the old foundry.



9AM - Chito and Alty Porch Project, Last Day.
Yesterday when Alty came home from work and saw the Porch project, she was not happy. An exposed unfinished concrete edge was ugly. Neither Chuy, Guero or me could remember what the old floor at the concrete looked like. We decided to put an incline to conceal the concrete edge and make walking easier.

First the rest of the railing fence was reattached. Then began work on the incline. In order for the boards of the incline to not stick up to much, Guero sawed and chisseled the wood away. Amazing!

Chuy and Guero nailed down the incline, and the job was finished!

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11AM - Settling up and saying goodbye.
Now came the time to pay Chuy and Guero for their work.

$250US Foundation and supports and $100US Floor. Pretty good price! After paying, we said goodbye and the men climbed in the 1971 Toyota pickup and went home.

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12 Noon - Going over the Porch Project.
Everybody on The Team wants to thank all of you who wrote emails of support and donated to pay for the Chito and Alty Porch Project. Thank you sooooooo much! It gave us a tremendous feeling to help these nice people!

Labor for the job is $350 and materials, $454. Total cost, $804. Donations of $602 were received from readers. So we on The Team only had to come up with $202. MsTioga says that this sounds like a pretty good deal to her!

2PM - Pic taking fiends!
Mavicito and Jorge have been going all over El Centro and taking pics. We are pic taking fiends. This is the last full day for The Team in Cachania, and we need pics for the Memories Page.

One of the places that Jorge passes almost everyday is just before the descent from the road below the hospital. In the pic below, Mavicito is looking at the Biblioteca, the white building toward the rear. The yellow building in the lower left is the famous, Terco's Pollito Restaurante.

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Biblioteca high view.

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4PM - Family goes to Mariscos Neto!
I've been talking to Alty for weeks about taking the family to 'El Pollo Real Restaurante' (a BBQ chicken place) just before I leave Cachania. Now that Mariscos Neto has been found, how could we go anywhere else? Mariscos is seafood, and as I've written before, Neto's prepares great mariscos and serves gigantic portions.

We all climbed into Chito's car (except for the kids Mom-Neyreyda who had to work) and drove down the hill, thru El Centro to Neto’s. I ordered fish prepared in garlic. Alty ordered breaded fish. Chito, Alejandra, Ana and Victor ordered breaded shrimp.

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A just before we begin to eat pic.



5:30PM - Adventure in El Centro.
We asked permission for the kids to walk back to Hill Camp with Jorge. Ana and Victor wanted to go, Alejandra said no.

We walked thru El Centro looking at all the stores, and just talking and messing around. The chamacos (kids) wanted a treat, and we decided to head over to Jugos Y Nieves for ice cream (Juices and Ice Cream).

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On the way to Jugos Y Nieves.



6:30PM - Hill Camp.
The chamacos showed me a new camino (trail) back up to Hill Camp. Victor seems to be experiencing my going away. He clings to my arm as we walk along. When we come back to Chito and Alty's home, another family member is missing me too. As you may see in the pic below, Lassie wants some love. Lassie is a big and mean looking dog, and actually is sooooooo full of love, you would not believe.

We all said our goodbyes. But one last bit of business was to be settled.

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My friend Lassie in the bougainvillea.



7:00PM - Ana makes a bargain.
Ana has helped me with the garden before. Ana is a responsible and clear thinking girl, eight years old. I asked Ana earlier in the day if she would be interested in taking care of The Garden while I was north. A big smile came to her face. We made a deal and I told her not to say anything until I asked for permission, which Grandmother Alty gave to me this evening.

The deal is, that I will pay Ana to water the plants daily, keep the stone edges and brick fence in condition, and rake the garden once each week. If the garden is looking good when I return, she will receive an undisclosed tidy sum.

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My friend and gardener, Ana Karen.





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