Since I only post to this blog every other day, some of the updates that get to you are a little old already. Sorry about that. I do not want to go back to trying to post everyday because when I did that, I tried at least twice, I ran out of things to say and eventually stopped posting for long periods of time. So far, posting this way, I have been able to keep a steady flow of posts and that’s what I really want, that steady flow. So, the news might be a little old, but now and again, you will be all up to date.
Last Thursday morning, Oct 12th (my nephew Jayson’s 44th birthday) I went downtown to get a haircut and shave. I couldn’t take it anymore, all that hair touching my ears. Sometimes I just don’t feel like shaving. I wish that facial hair would stop growing as you get older. I wonder how men with lots of wrinkles on their face shave? It seems like the wrinkles would get in the way. I don’t have any wrinkles (and don’t expect to get many, if any (knock on wood)). Anyway, the price of a haircut just went up. It is now P60 ($1.09). It has been P50 (.91) for the longest time. I guess with the peso power dropping they finally had to raise the price a little bit. No complaints from me. Shaves also went up to P60, from P50, but the “skin head” option stayed at P60.
When I get a haircut here, I usually give a P20 (.36) tip. When I get a haircut and a shave, I usually give a P50 tip. That’s what I did this time also. Then I realized that all I had to take a tricycle back home was P100 bills. Trike drivers are notorious for saying “no change”, even when they have it. I asked at the cashier at the barbershop for change, 2 P50 for 1 P100, but she only had 1 P50 in the drawer. She then proceeded to take P50 from her own purse and gave me the 2 P50 bills. I gave her the P100 and an extra P10 (.18) for the extra effort. I don’t like carrying around the coins anyway and the P10 was the only coin I had. She was happy to get the extra.
On Friday (the 13th), I watched my Thursday Night football on the computer. Most of the people around here went to Malajog Beach, but I wanted to watch the game. My wife, Nening and Titing also stayed here while everyone else went.
After the game I went to Mango, I ordered some tacos for my wife and Nening came by to pick them up because the wife was hungry now and didn’t want to wait for me to return from Mango, which would be hours later. I didn’t want to get anything to eat there, but Christian ordered some fajitas, and he was complaining about how hot they were. That sounded like a challenge to me. They were pretty spicy, but tasted great and I asked them to make mine this spicy every time I have this order. The new Mango menu comes out on the 18th (it’ll be out by the time you read ) so I’m looking forward to that, although I know most of what will be on the menu already.
Friday was a bad cribbage day also. Not quite as bad as Wednesday though. Remember, on Wednesday I played 12 games and only won one. Friday was also about 12 games, but I won 3 of them. I don’t think I will be going to Mango today, unless a new person shows up or we have to talk about new, upcoming projects. On Games Day Sunday, I will once again try to sacrifice the most for the Cribbage Gods to see if I can become mostly victorious. Or maybe I will go to Mango today, we’ll see how things go this morning and afternoon. If I get too bored and Christian is not busy, maybe we’ll get in some cribbage and/or shoot a few games of pool.
Still nothing from Christian on what he plans to build in his new open area. He says we need to spend more money so he will have enough to build. I think he is waiting to consult with his mother when she returns. Right now, I’m more concentrated on him finishing the staircase so we can start having the movies upstairs again. The last time we were doing movies, we did not get too many customers and it didn’t last very long. We have lots more people here now and are ready to give it another try. I don’t make any money from it, I’m a volunteer to show the movies, but the admission fee (probably P50, maybe P100) will be money added to our Expat Fund. All monies made from selling popcorn, drinks and whatever else, will go to Mango and/or the Mango employees. Why did I word it like that? I’ll explain in my next post.