Monday, July 10, 2006
Off we headed to town; with our errands increased by (what I thought would be) one more task. I was successful, with absolutely NO incidents (which, I just might consider now to be success; if something can happen (or not) without incident) in getting the driver’s mirror completely replaced. I was astounded at the care and time he took; some 45 minutes to remove the cracked mirror, cut a new one, install the new one, affix the blind spot mirror to the new one and relieve us of the amazing sum of only 80 pesos.
We parked at the Mega store to avail ourselves of the 2 hours free (for 100 pesos of shopping) and headed out to find the Banorte. I wasn’t the least bit surprised to find 2 Bancomer, 2 Serander Serafin, 2 HSBC and a Banamex as well as one I’ve never heard of, before we FINALLY found the Banorte. Sissy and I had stopped for bolsas of agua de alfalfa and by the time we were standing in line at the bank, we needed to be hopping and dancing in line. The transaction was amazingly simple; I gave the account number, she found it immediately on the computer, I handed over the money and she gave me a receipt. Chris, if you read this, you should have your money, and again, thank you so much for the controller.
Back, Sissy and headed for a sanitario (bathroom) at the Mega store, did some quick shopping and lunch purchases and off to the vulcanizadora (tire fixing place). Trying to lower the thingie (don’t you LOVE when I talk technical?) that holds the spare, I found it simply would not lower. I finally got it 1/2 way down when the men fixing and changin the tire were done and helped. Some 30 minutes later we got it down and the spare back up, but I don’t think it will lower again. The tire fix and all labor was a measly $120 pesos.
So, all the fixing was amazingly cheap; $80 for a new custom cut mirror, $120 for a tire fix and labor to work on the spare mechanism, but we now have a busted jack, a busted jack handle (that also works the spare mechanism) and a busted spare mechanism. Course, the maestro at the vulcanizadora offered to fix it for $100 (pesos). So, I guess I’m still ahead. Figuratively.
I almost forgot the Most Excellent News of the day. Course, it could be TMI for anyone but myself. Ever since we got to Guanajuato, some 3 or more weeks ago, I’ve been fighting and fighting parasites with garlic. Garlic has been magical in the past, but it just wasn’t putting these parasites out to lunch, so to speak. Finally, yesterday, I gave in to Flagyl and the difference is amazing. I have a metallic taste in my mouth (typical side effect) but my gut is finally free! The pain in my gut and other regions is gone and I just might be able to exist without having a sanitario within running distance. I feel almost reborn. Now, if I could just figure out how to avoid the damn parasites in the first place!