Thursday, 6 September 2012

Living the Life Ecuador coast


Back on the Blog

I know that it has been some time since I published a blog. That has been due to the remodel of our house.  The last five weeks have been very stressful, but the result has been worth the hassle of not being able to live in the house while the remodel was under way.
The next issue is furnishing the new space which we will do together. Hopefully, we find what we have in mind for the space, but unfortunately we have to travel out of Salinas to get the choice we are looking for.

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Labor Day
The American holiday called Labor Day has been celebrated since 1894 and is honoring the many unnamed workers that have worked to produce labor laws that protect workers across all fields of work.
This is what separates the US and other countries from the poor regard for workers that we complain about in other countries. They produce products cheaper and faster, but without regard for the health, welfare and safety  of the workers they employ.
So on this day, spare a thought  for not only how this holiday came about, but also for the gradual erosion of workers’ rights.  The people that are not able to find employment  in their field as a result of their skills being exported to a country that has no worker's rights.



Score Bar
On a lighter note, Score Bar run by Wendy and Will had a meal to celebrate Labor  Day, where they provided the meat and attendees brought a dish. It was well attended and everyone enjoyed themselves.


Taxi

The taxi company off the Malecon called Ruta  Del Sol is trying to take advantage of the influx of visitors by increasing the price of a taxi from $35.00 to $45.00, when there has been no increase in the cost of fuel or labor.
We recently went to the office to get a taxi to Guayaquil and they asked for $45.00. We said "no" and said that we would take the bus, and started to walk out, when they said, "OK, $35.00".

Tsunami  

September 5, 2012 there was an earthquake off the coast of Costa Rica on the Pacific side. This prompted a tsunami alert along the coast of the Americas, which included Ecuador. A notice went out stating that you should be ready to evacuate to higher ground.
Shortly after this, a notice went out stating the alert was lifted. So be ready; have a disaster pack ready with essentials and have a plan.


Emergency Supplies:
Water, food, and clean air are important things to have if an emergency happens. Each family or individual's kit should be customized to meet specific needs, such as medications and infant formula. It should also be customized to include important family documents.

Recommended Supplies to Include in a Basic Kit:
- Water, one gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation
- Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert, and extra batteries for both
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First Aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Infant formula and diapers, if you have an infant
- Moist  towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Dust mask or cotton t-shirt, to help filter the air
- Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)

This is just a sample. If you have medications, wear glasses, need insulin, or a special diet, rotate these items through your pack once a month.
Help may not be around for a few days, so as the scouts say, be prepared.


This month in 1766 there was an English scientist borne by the name of John Dalton, English meteorologist and chemist, a pioneer in the development of modern atomic theory.

How many times have you put down your keys, and when you are just about to leave you spend the next ten minuets looking for them?

Well try this, get a length of elastic ( you know the type that holds up your nickers) tie one end to the key ring and tie the other end to the zipper on your purse, or for men tie the end to the belt loop above your pocket.