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  1. I agree with you that this just doesn't seem to be able to pass a typical short-term ROI test. However, I lived in Hong Kong for three years while on assignment, and also spent a lot of time inside China during those three years. I learned that the Chinese are long-term thinkers and planners, rather than short-term ROI people to the same degree as the USA. By "long-term" I refer not to 5 or 10 years, but maybe several decades into the future. It will be interesting to see if this project comes to fruition, and if so, what the real intentions/goals of such a large investment by China may be. My current think is: increased trade in Central and South America, sources of food and natural resources for the Chinese, outlets for Chinese products (and services?) of all kinds, and increasing influence in the Americas.
  2. Wow. I’m beginning to think this train thing may actually happen, but if so would it be in my lifetime? I like trains. The longest trip I’ve ever done by train was 3.5 days all the way across Australia — Perth to Sydney. What a pleasure it was.
  3. I'll bet the horse did not have on its lights and did not use its blinking turn signals, and so this is entirely logical. This has to be true because no one could make this stuff up. Sorry, I just have to be cynical about these reports. Was the horse seriously hurt? Hopefully not as much as the vehicle and the driver's ego.
  4. I have heard that term used only one other time. It meant a refueling stop, and no planing or deplaning back then. Is that the inference here?
  5. Curious if today’s outage (still ongoing) is because of another wildfire, or some other excuse. Emergency generators are not designed to run so much. We just seem to have routine, daily “emergencies” when it comes to the power grid.
  6. Microclimates and pests

    Given that we have 42 quintrillion 14 billion 237,017 ants (I counted every blasted one of them! ) surrounding our home in barricade fashion, we plan on trying your approach to keeping them critters under control. Thanks for sharing this secret, and we really hope it works.
  7. Background: When Marcelyn and I travel to PC by auto, we make a game of counting the number of police checkpoints for checking for the speeding (and other unsafe) drivers. Up until late 2017, we typically would see four to as many as about eight checkpoints. That number reflects the number of checkpoints, NOT the number of police, as some checkpoints may have two or three police at the ready. Then in December 2017 we broke a record with 27 checkpoints. Current Story: We returned from PC late yesterday (Friday, February 9th), and broke the previous record by more than double. We counted 56 (!) checkpoints. They were on both sides of the roadway, and the impression we got was that they were wanting their abundant presence known to all. As Keith posted, this obviously is to help minimize the carnage during the Carnavales period that is beginning now. We were stopped twice yesterday to check us out in more detail. One of those checkpoints -- at the inspection stop at Guaybalá -- was a bit frustrating because it involved about a 35 minute stop. They had about a 2 KM backup on the westbound roadway (that included us). We presumed that they had some kind of incident going on, because for about 20 of those 35 minutes no one was moving. And then the queue slowly began moving. When we were positioned third in the queue, the police did ask the driver and occupants of the vehicle then undergoing review to exit their vehicle and then they opened all the doors and were extremely thorough looking in, around, and under that vehicle. Eventually the occupants returned to their vehicle and departed without incident. As we started our turn at the gauntlet, we encountered both police as well as immigration officials. The police asked for driver license and were looking intently inside of our vehicle. We were not asked for insurance or other documentation (e.g., registration, etc.) by the police officer. Then the immigration officer swapped positions with the police officer and the first words spoken were to present our passports. (We obviously look like gringos, natch.) Instead we both presented our cedulas, and everything was in order. Both the police officer and the immigration officer were professional and polite -- but very meticulous and thorough. The driver license and the cedula were carefully read, not just glanced at. Our second encounter with more than just a wave and "adelante" was on the Gualaca/Caldera bypass (we don't go through David). Their location was just a few kilometers from the commercial truck weigh station. This again was a full stop, but fortunately the queue was considerably shorter. Driver license was requested, and it was scanned by a smartphone, and then apparently a database was being queried. There were two policemen in the roadway center, plus two police vehicles, one on either side of the road, with another police officer standing by each. They were stopping both directions and thoroughly checking a database. No one was being waved on through without having been checked. Not complaining here. In fact, we are kinda pleased to see that public safety resources are making their presence well known. The only bad side of our experiences yesterday was to lose about 45 minutes to waiting, thus delaying our arrival at our home.
  8. Can someone tell me what the fine is for driving on a toll road without Panapass installed? Or is that not even possible?
  9. Voting in 2018 US Elections

    We got our confirmation email back from the County Registrar as of this morning. Quick service. Less than 24 hours from time of submission. Again, if you wish to vote in November 2018, you need to get your absentee registration/ballot forms submitted soon.
  10. Keith Woolford is the "go to" guy for these kinds of matters. He is a regular participant on CL, so you probably won't have to wait long for a reply. Others are certainly free to respond as well. I'm just trying to give you some hope at this moment.
  11. We have used CableOnda for our television access for many years, and have been fairly happy with the service. Recently one TV channel (61) displays the video, but there is no audio. Not wanting to believe that there are nefarious forces at play to deny us access to Fox News, we prefer to believe that there is a system failure. In chatting with CableOnda customer service this morning, it turns out that they are are able to remotely diagnose the components in our home, and they discovered that our cable box is failing. A service call has now been scheduled. The representative was very professional, spoke totally in English, and covered every base. Impressive customer service. We now hope that the service call will fix the problem, but no reason to believe otherwise.
  12. Voting in 2018 US Elections

    Reason for posting here is to “bump” this topic back to the top in the activity stream here on CL. We completed our FVAP registration process this weekend. Took about 10 minutes. If you wish to vote this year in US federal elections in November, be advised that there are some registration deadlines that may soon close. Those deadlines vary by state.
  13. We had FIVE power outages yesterday (Thursday, February 1st), with the longest being about three hours. These outages are really hard on appliances, and Thursdays are our laundry day. Not much laundry got done yesterday. Ask me if I am a happy camper.
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