We ain't in Kansas anymore

Trip Start Jun 07, 2009
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Flag of Ecuador  , Loja,
Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Hello Dear Ones!

Thought I'd share a couple of Ecuadorian adventures!

One night this week I was going to bed and noticed there was music wafting up from downstairs. Hmmm. Turns out there were 8 gentleman and one guitarist drinking and singing and singing and singing. Less talk, More music. At 11:30 I went out and asked them to be quiet. Soooo, for the next hour they sang quietly!!! No kidding. At 1:00 I shooed them away, but not before I stuck the camera out the window and got a recording. No fair judging the pictorial quality. Just listen...For hours....Part of me was jealous...

We attended a birthday party this week. Mille-has 2 great sons, one that helped us buy this place. Jose, her 16 year old makes the best smokey cheese you'd ever want to taste. They have a great little restaurant and bread and chocolate. YUM. Anyway. We sandwiched a group of us into the restaurant. Napolean was there--a professional singer. They had rigged up back up music and he belted out tunes one after the other. I was close to tears. So nice. Then we all danced. Too much fun.  In 2 weeks Napolean has a concert locally-he knows  "Dooby Brothers, Rolling Stones and Eagles" songs. Too much fun.
31th and 31st at Timothy's for you local fans.

Misc: pics of Bruce with the world's best tamales-cheese wrapped in banana leaves for $0.80! and Jenice making soup-hard to see that chicken-knee she's holding over the soup!

The day of the storm:
I got inspired to get started working on a commercial space we have. Sanded walls, cleaned off paint, cleaned out window canals. Worked for about 4 hours, then took 2 Advil and grabbed some ice. 
About 3 pm I complained to Bruce that I could barely see to read my book-- as it was so dark! Ah, then the rain started, and then the wind came. It rained for a long time.  Can only compare the rains to those I heard and saw in India: Sheets of driving rain, whipped by wind! The rain was going sideways.
I heard Bruce holler for me in a high pitched voice. He's usually so calm, so I shot upstairs barefoot. Water was pouring in from under an outside door. We baracaded the door jam as we went off to inspect the property. He hollers again: " Bring towels!!!"  A bedroom was halfway under water--the balcony had overflowed into the room.  While we were mopping up that, our downstairs renter called--" Better get down here-I think the Disco's flooding!"  Bruce ran off to check the downstairs as I finished with the bedroom.
Now, the disco is about 1200 square feet. I looked down at the courtyard and hollered something about the drains (which were obstructed with leaves). Bruce pulled off the leaves and the covers to the drains and the courtyard began to drain. He ran back through the pouring rain and wind into the disco. I grabbed 2 brooms and went to the disco. It resembled a swimming pool! There was water over 1/2 of the floor!  Evidently the patio had filled up and the water overflowed under the door and into the disco.
We swept and swept, and the rains abated, and we swept and mopped, and mopped some more. Neighbors came out--eyes wide as they swept out flooded rooms and comiserated with each other about the storm
The previous caretaker for this property (Eugenio) came over. He said he has never seen such wind and rain together-very rare. Good thing--would hate to think we would have to be on the look out for storm damage every time it rained.
We then went up and mopped up the other apartment, which had the same problems with the balconies. Drainage, anyone?  What were the builders thinking???

The river, which is a block from here,  ran brown. Bruce picked us up a beer which I downed in multiple glugs. Washed towels, made dinner and collapsed into bed.
I slept like a baby.

The next day:  It's beautifully cloudy today with hints of blue sky. It feels quiet outside-like after a snow. The air feels heavy, and a bit cool. The good news is that everything here is tiled! and bricked! So there's few residual problems.  (Actually we had some leaks and will be working to repair those--Ah, the joys of home ownership).

Hopefully we will not have to share a similar adventure  any time soon! 

Lots of love,
Jenice of the wind and rain

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