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Friday, July 31, 2015

I am drinking mate de coca

I am in Quito which I must say is exactly the way I expected it to be. 

I have a bad headache and feel awful -  and can’t breath very well. As a special treat they put me on the fourth floor and there is no elevator - but I have great view of the city. I am drinking mate de coca to see if it will make me feel better. They said I can move but I will tough it out. I would show you photo of my view but it is the usual crappy hotel wifi so I cannot upload it. 

I don’t know what it is about hotel wifi - and it is the same everywhere. This is ‘free’. i.e. there is no separate charge it is just included in the price. At least they do not - like some New York hotels - charge $25 per day. 

When I checked in at United in Indy I used the self checkin booths. It did not work - it never has for me - and I had to get assistance - but I noted that the bag cost is $50 per item. I have a United credit card so that for me is at no additional cost.  I had already paid $89 to upgrade to ‘economy plus’. This gives you the same amount of space as you used to get - without paying extra. 

On board to Quito I had an entertainment system that I could use by paying $8 - but I did not. But I did buy a cheese plate for $8.95. You get a tumbler of coke - or water - for free - but it won’t be long. 

I vaguely remember when you bought an airfare and it included all this stuff. The airlines are now looking at charging for overhead locker space. Can't wait for that. 

I am staying two blocks from the town square at which I have had a quick look. There are people selling everything from bags of fruit to plastic birds which flap their wings and what looks like poo on a stick but I am sure is not - and is delicious. 

I managed also to walk past 12 shoe shiners in a row without succumbing although they pointed at my shoes and shouted at me. I think there might be a local ordinance about keeping your shoes shined. 

There are hordes of police so I think there us very little chance of being accosted by footpads. Perhaps when we go further afield.I found a real coffee shop and had a great cappuccino - and have staggered back to the hotel to collapse. 

There are no results for stage 5 of the walk and no information on the website. So I have no idea what is happening but am confident that Cate would keep going until she finished.

There have been changes to the plans for tomorrow. The runners finish at about 7:00 AM so we have to leave Quito in a bus at 1:00 for a six hour drive into the mountains. I am not looking forward to a six hour drive at night in the Andes. 


Just like a ferry sinks in the Philippines every couple of days and drowns hundreds - buses are always crashing two miles into the ravines in the Andes. Never mind - if I survive at least I will be able to breathe down there.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

She is still going

I got an email from Cate

It said 'Am OK made it across the Andes - about to start long march.'

This is 62 km and will take her well into the night and possibly the next morning.

If she makes it then the final stage is only about 6 km.

Meanwhile I am in Houston on my way to Quito.

 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

There is something seriously wrong here

So the National Rifle Association says that dentists can kill as many lions as they like. It is their God given right to kill lions, tigers, elephants, giraffes, squirrels, gophers, sparrows, northern cardinals – in fact anything that moves.

Except black men. They are not allowed to kill black men. This has to be done by the police - and only in season – which is from January to December. 

In Cincinnati a man committed the cardinal sin of driving while black and was of course shot and killed.

I mean he had no front number plate – that is surely a death sentence for a black man. What was he thinking?.

But – here comes the weird part – the police officer has been charged with MURDER!

Suffering Succotash!

The policeman had a personal camera - which unfortunately showed him murdering the driver in – as they say – cold blood.

Bad business. Without a camera of course the man driving while black would be going for a gun and resisting arrest and quite possibly on his way to rape the policeman’s wife and daughter and bugger his dog.  

You know what these black people are like.

Look I guess that so many black people have been murdered in recent times that they just had to indict someone and this policeman is the bunny.

I suppose he will have to go to the slammer for a month or so and then be confined to his house for a month or so  - and then he can get on with it.

If I was him  - when I was murdering  black people I would cover up the camera lens with gaffer tape. Stops all the kerfuffle.