Bananas for DVD
One of the things I don't remember being discussed here but do remember being discussed in "Life is Hard," by Roger Lancaster (highly recommended if you're not queer-squeamish, but the best parts aren't the queer theory parts) is gift exchanges. My unique contribution to the neighborhood appears to be photo DVDs. I've given out three of them so far, in exchange for food and beer. My neighbor saw my new hummingbird feeders and I showed him some of the photos I'd been taking, so now I've been invited to the finca to take photos of birds and stuff and will burn a DVD for them. After we established that I was willing to do this, he handed me this stalk of bananas.
Bananas are one of those things where they're always cheap and the birds and fruit flies are always going to get them before I, at least, finish them off.
Meanwhile, the local hummingbirds haven't a clue what a hummingbird feeder might be and are not checking it out. I understand that it takes expat hummingbirds coming down from the US and Canada to teach the local hummingbirds what the feeder has in it. I'll see if any of the local birds uses it before the northern birds come down in October. A Costa Rican site said that they had feeders out for three months before birds began using them.