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Parade of the Horses this Sunday

I was beginning to think that we were going to have a weekend without a Parade – Whew I need not worry about being without a weekend Parade.  We will try to take some pictures and put them up here after the weekend.

Once a year the horse owners in the area parade their horses up Leather Street. Many of the riders are in full regalia, and there are some beautiful Passafino, Arabian and other horses.

The riders gather at Plaza del Sol at 9 AM, and parade up Leather Street around 10:00 to 10:30 [subject to Ecuadorian time!] on their way to the Bull Ring outside of town. It is an interesting spectacle.

The afternoon is filled with amateur bull fighting (they don’t kill the bulls) and other activities.

Produce Delivery Just arrived

Yes another delivery of Organic Produce, just like last week but I couldn’t resist showing it. Yes this too was $5.00 delivered to our door. This is what we received this week:

1 bunch Italian Parsley (hard to see it is under the Basil in the picture)
1 bunch Carrots
4 each Leeks
1/2 lb Mizuna (look it up, it is on the far right in the picture and is pretty cool stuff)
5 each Green Peppers
1/2 lb Spinach (on the far left in the bag)
2 heads Red Lettuce
1 bunch Basil
2 each Zucchini

We have some Cilantro and a bit of lettuce left over from last week and that is it. Already looking forward to eating this this week. Don’t expect us to put this up every week it is just that it all looks so great I had to share it.

Susan B. Anthony – We know where you are…

Yes I am talking about the Susan B. Anthony Dollar. Yes that coin that came out 1979 – 1981 and again for some unknown reason in 1999. Wouldn’t you just know it that Jimmy Carter, yes that president is the one responsible for making this coin. In total there where 888,842,452 coins minted for circulation. Now you are thinking ah yes I remember those – whatever happened to them. Well, I am about to tell you what happened to them.

These coins are one of the silliest things ever to be minted. How is this for logic to collect them, “The Susan B. Anthony dollar is probably the least popular coin made in America. This makes collecting a complete set of the dollars quite easy and affordable!”. Now doesn’t that just make you run out and start collecting them?

To me the following is a pretty concise reasoning as to the unpopularity of the coins:

SBA Coin Gets No Respect
The late, great comedian Rodney Dangerfield said it best when he lamented he got no respect. His words probably suit the Susan B. Anthony dollar coin, too.
The poor Susan B. Anthony dollar, struck from 1979-1981 and also in 1999, is one of our nation’s shortest-lived coins. It also could probably qualify for being one of our least-popular coins, too.
Perhaps the biggest complaints about the coin came from those who lost 75 cents each time they confused the Susan B. Anthony dollar coin with the quarter (because they look so similar and are about the same size). However, I’m sure that each of the Susan B. Anthony dollar detractors can think up other reasons why they just don’t like the coin.
It goes without saying that it is an insult to call the Susan B. Anthony dollar coin the Carter Quarter. This is a direct reference to Jimmy Carter’s signing into the law the bill which authorized striking the about-quarter-sized coin.

The only place you see these coins is when you go to the Post Office and buy stamps from a machine and then this truck load of SBA coins comes out for change if you used a bill larger than what you purchased. Then try to get rid of the things. So why am I going on about these coins? Well, I will tell you…

THEY WERE ALL SHIPPED TO ECUADOR!!! That is why you don’t see them in circulation in the US. The above picture is the change I had in my pocket this morning. Notice 6 SBA Dollars in that pile of coins. Notice too that there are a couple of them on each side of a quarter. That is a good reminder as to why they where so disliked in the US. The only good thing I can say about them being here is there isn’t that many Vending machines that you run into. So it doesn’t cause to much of a problem.

Another reason I think you see them all over the place here is that since the money is the US dollar you see some very tired paper money in use here. So tired you would never see it in circulation in the US. Now the Banks here are getting picky so you can be caught with a bill that stores won’t take. I have taken some back to the bank, and that has worked for me. But I think that answers the question why the SBA’s are so popular here – they don’t wear out. In a country where you usually spend $5 or less at a time these are working out better for everyone than the paper dollar.

So now you see, yet another baffling mystery is solved, you now know what happened to the Susan B. Anthony dollars and can rest easy at night know these facts…

Everyone loves a Parade

Today marked Cotacachi’s 151st birthday! There were people in the parade from all over – as far away as Intag (great coffee from there btw).
And a parade it was – this morning for over two hours


Dave & I stood and watched it go past us – the children are the cutest!!


Even a version of the RCMP – sort of

This just in…Organic Produce

We mentioned before that today we were going to get our first Organic Produce delivery, right to our door, this morning. Well I just brought it into the house. I’m not sure if it all will show up in the picture so let me list what we received for $5.00 and it completely filled a grocery bag.

1 – bunch Basil
2 – heads leafy lettuce (Red Sail to be precise)
1 – bunch Carrots
1 – bunch Beets
1/2 – lb. Cherry tomatoes
4 – small Zucchini
1 – bunch Swiss Chard
1 – bunch Radish
1 – bunch Cilantro

And here is what it looks like laying on a counter in our apartment:

This is the Site if you want to learn a bit more about this farm http://www.everyoneweb.es/kurikindi/

I met the Dolly Lama in Ecuador

I must admit this wasn’t the first time to meet Dolly Lama and it has never been like a religious experience or anything either. It has always been just a casual meeting, nothing formal, and not much is said either. I am sure this is the next incarnation though, as this Dolly Lama is very young indeed. In fact Dolly is just 2 or 3 weeks old. Now that I have you totally confused let me straighten it out for you… Well to shorten up the story…

This is Dolly…

 

Dolly started to be a sad story but things got better fast due to some very nice people, Tim and his wife Mari. You see her mother rejected her right after birth and Tim and Mari took over and brought Dolly into the house. They have a dog that now thinks Dolly is her puppy. If you don’t believe me look at this…

As you can see Dolly has a nice home right now and seems to be having a great time. Who would have thought to find Dolly inside a house being protected by its mother (a dog) and supported by a great couple (Tim and Mari).

What is going to happen to the Lama world I ask you!!! Will this lead to the end of Lamas grazing all day in the pasture and just enjoying their grass? In other words, change Lama culture as we know it? Or, will it lead to a deeper understanding within the Lama Culture and change life as we know it for all life forms on the planet? Only time will tell… But in this observers view… we have yet to see the depths of the rippling effects.