Sunday, April 17, 2016

What A Bargain!

Sunday morning and we decided to go out for tacos and a stop by Home Depot to look at some things and get ideas.  This afternoon I'm going to Mexico City but I'll return tomorrow in time for happy hour.  I didn't want to stay out too long this morning so I could prepare my things and pack.  

Arrived to Home Depot and they were having a clearance sale.   Can you imagine the surprised look on my face when I saw a new Weber Q with all the instructions and complete (sans box) for $88 dollars?   I sure couldn't.   Unbelievable when just yesterday they had the larger one at HEB for 9000 pesos.  Yikes.  

Now we have one for home and one for trips.   I just need to find a place under the bed to store it in the trailer. 

We also got a nice fountain for the front yard for half price and three small appliances for $289 pesos; a sandwich machine, a toaster, and a coffee maker. 

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Matamoros to Reynosa and Home

I think we have recovered from our trip to San Miguel de Allende with Norma and Croft.  They had it tough because after a week of partying they had to drive back to Arizona.  I hope they had a good time because I know we did.  One of our best trips and it wasn't in an rv.   Now that's weird!  Renting is a good option if your not a full timer.  I guess it depends on how much of a rig you buy and good the gas mileage is.  The drive back and forth was a blast.  I know I'm retelling the story but it was a good one.

Back to work and on the road.   No sooner did I get back to work and I worked in two different schools in the RGV.   Amazing, the state of Texas is one giant corruption pit.  More police, city officials, mayors, etc.  all caught up in the drug business, casino corruption and it's not just with Mexicans.  One case the whole city counsel is in jail since last month for corruption with Vietnamese.  This S@#$ makes me laugh.   

Went to school on Wednesday and Thursday and some major changes are taking place.  I've worked at it for almost three years now and things are starting to happen.  I think I have one more year there and then it's time to move on.  I found another school that needs some restructuring so I am putting together a proposal to present next month.

Thursday afternoon I went for a trip to Matamoros.  I know you're thinking, Yikes!!!  I rode with the representative and his boss insisted we drive to Laredo and then cut across to Brownsville.  I said no way to that.  We crossed at McAllen and over to Brownsville and then took the bridge to Matamoros.   Spent a difficult night there.  I've got some kind of bug and I want to not say it's Dengue.  But the signs are pretty obvious.   

We stayed at the Holiday Inn and I had  a nice room.  The rep didn't want to pay for two rooms and I had to tell him that I don't share rooms.  Too old for that.   Only problem was, when I went to bed one of the black out curtains was missing.   This is a big problem in hotels.  People think because they are staying just one night they don't report issues and all of a sudden the room is a disaster.   So I did what any good Mexican would do.  I had to find a way to tie the inner and outer curtain together.  Hey, it worked!

Visited a huge private school that has kindergarten to university with over 1000 students.   Nice people and a great time spent with them.  On the way home I said to the rep, "Let's not be silly."  We took Hwy 2 from Matamoros to Reynosa on the Mexican side.  What a wonderful highway, smooth as silk and the countryside is in bloom.   I would recommend Brownsville/Matamoros to anyone.  It is a major port and they move people fast.

On a side note, we redid the yard.  We had the trees cut back and new grass put down.  14 cubic meters of dirt, 500 sq meters of grass and fertilizer.   The trees are in bloom and the grass has taken root.  Time for it's first cutting.   

Not sure what to do for summer yet.  I would like a job in the U.S. to add to my SS but if I don't I want to go to Valle de Juarez for two months.  I need to get some serious research and reading done.  Any ideas for a job?