Thursday, November 24, 2011
Pictures. Yeah. Well, I decided to admit that I just don't like the camera I've had for a few years. I've been looking around. I bought 2 new ones, a shirt pocket digital point and shoot and a video camera. I say that like the little one is not much, but its a Cannon Elf 300HS. Seems to take good pictures from what little I've played with it so far. No, you don't get the practice pictures here that I've taken of my messy apartment. The video one is a Sony Handycam. A co-worker has one and I like his. I want to play a bit with video, so decided to jump while I'm someplace to take fun videos. Tomorrow after work I'm headed back down to the capital for the weekend and another visit to the garden/park/Jesus statue with working cameras this time.
And, tonight I caught up with laundry. Only clothes not washed are what I have on. I'll see if I can keep up with it this time.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
I am getting things done. Other things are slipping. I tell myself that I'm making progress.
Last night I went down to the restaurant here at the hotel for dinner. I usually don't eat at night, but I was hungry and tired of being hungry. The waiter here speaks some amount of English. He likes me and trys to have conversation. It had the usual reasult. He kept saying he had one question for me. He said this for over an hour, in many ways. I'm still not entirely sure if the question was about inviting himself up to my room, or inviting me to church. I do know he was being very heartfelt and sincere about whatever the question was about. At some point a Babtist missionary from Tennessee kept being mentioned, so I decided it was about church. They will be praying for me, the two of them, pretty much without ceasing, this weekend. I'm still not entirely sure about the one question even now. I have educated guesses, and I'm not counting out the original idea. This is how a lot of my conversations with local Hondurans goes. It is always friendly and sincere, but I'm never really sure the two of us are discussing the same subject at any given time. Then again, it's not all that different when I'm talking to someone who shares the same language as I.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Saturday, November 12, 2011
This weekend has been very different from others I've had down here. Two of the people from post that I work, Louis and Melinda, with came to town yesterday. While we were running around, 2 female Majors who recognized them at the Mall joined up with us. I had wanted to check a different casino, and asked if the original 3 of us could go to that hotel for dinner. We invited the two female soldiers to join us. 5 of us went to the Mayan Hotel for dinner. The food was awesome. The service was not so great. The restaurant here at the hotel would probably have been better for ambiance and service, but it was nice to get out to a new place. The casino at that hotel turned out to be the only place I've seen down here that has on-site table games. The only other ones I'd seen here are video ones. However, I'm not a table game person so I was not impressed with the rest of the options. Louis and Melinda and I went to the Clarion Hotel casino for a short while later, but it was so crowded that we didn't stay long.
While all of us were together we decided to schedule a tour of the city this morning, so I'm in the process of arranging that. I'm good at coming up with things to do and arranging them, but most of the time I'm alone so I don't actually get out and do much. This is working well this weekend because the soldiers aren't in country long enough to really know what there is to do, while I'm enjoying having company to actually do things. I'll take pictures and let you know what we see.
Friday, November 11, 2011
The trip up on the buss was uneventful. The taxi driver who picked me up seemed to know me, as he kept saying the name of the casino I usually go to. I checked in, and the front desk person, Walter, was falling all over himself even more than usual to let me know how happy he was I'm here. He walked me up to my room, which is considered a perk I guess, to check in while in the room, not standing at the counter. I knew I was getting an upgrade since I had filled out the survey about my last stay. To be honest, I waited until the second time they sent it to me, and then decided that I would mention the two small issues I'd had. I did tell them that it was all handled by the front desk immediately.
So, we get to the top floor, a floor above where I thought I was going and 2 floors above my usual rooms (these things matter when you are at a classy hotel). He proudly opens the door to... the Presidential Suite! I am awestruck! I have 2(!) bathrooms, a living room with TV, a dining room with a table that seats 8, a walk in closet that I've gotten turned around in more than once this morning (before coffee...), a water jet deep tub with 2 steps up to it, a separate shower... wow. I'll get pictures and post them.
The strange thing is, with all this there are some things I'm thinking are, well, not up to par. So much effort spent on the WOW factor, and details are lost. I'm feeling badly wondering if I should mention them, if it will look like I'm angling for another upgrade. The coffee in the room is still just the one packet, and not enough for the full sized pot, even when I only filled it part way. The included breakfast in the private 9th floor dining room was mostly just fruit and scrambled eggs. I was actually hungry, so I wanted some plantains or bacon or something. The guys working there, both last night and this morning, seem to ignore me. Granted I didn't come dressed for 9th floor, but I have had to ask for everything. That is not up to even the service I get downstairs. I watched the waiter here take a cup from one of the (well dressed...) gentlemen as he drank the last of his coffee not even giving him time to set his cup down before refilling it. I had to ask for more.
I'll post more later. Time to get going, the maid is here.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
I am at work, waiting until I can leave for my 3 day weekend. As usual, I'm going down to the Capital to the casinos and such. Hopefully some folks from here will join me tomorrow and we can branch out and see a bit more of the city. No promise of pictures, but maybe. I also did a project chart of the basics I want to finish up before leaving here. My timeline shows me ready at the soonest sometime the end of February. sigh. I'm trying to figure out when my next trip home will be. Looks like January. So, I'm getting comfortable with the idea that I may spend the next year or so here. Not my original plan, but the longer I'm here the more comfortable I get. Even Honduras can be a rut it seems.
Sunday, November 06, 2011
So, now I'm off to do some of the things that would be nice to be able to post that I've managed to accomplish around here.