A42 email issues

Update: OK, I now claim it is "really fixed". The email should come from staff@a42.com and there is now an SPF record for A42. I will bow three times to the east. Let me know if you encounter any problems.


Due to the "server disaster" which required A42.com to scramble for a new home, there has been an email issue on the site. (Thanks Doug -- while your message confused me I did some testing and figured out what was happening.)

Pila & Antenna

Pila & Antenna

The top of the rock seen in The Promised Land:


Bean Runner

Bean Runner

Not to be confused with Blade Runner, one of my all time favorite movies.

The idea: Run to Honduras, load up with 20 quintales of red beans at 55 cents /pound (these prices are in limps), drive back to Nicaragua, and sell them on the street for 75 cents /pound, netting $400 -- less combustible . . .they were really nice beans too, clean and uniform. That makes me competitive with the Sandinista distribution in MGA, AND you don't have to be FSLN to buy my beans . . .

Fascinating Bit Of Sandinista History


This incident comes up in all the books about the war. Until now, I didn't know the perpetrator.

Curious that it would be a Swede that authored the bombing. Does sound like something Borge would do, but we can't ask him now.

So, ALBA Medical School

was only open a short time according to the following article dated the first of December:


"To be sure, Venezuela isn’t retreating into a hole. Maduro last month ordered the creation of a medical university in Venezuela to turn out doctors from around Latin America. He’ll present the proposal at this month’s summit in Caracas of the Bolivarian Alliance of nine leftist nations that includes Bolivia, Cuba and Ecuador".

hague convention and reality

It is (was) the time to renew my residency and I was expecting a much simplified process because Nicaragua is now a signature of the Hague convention. Although renewal is easier than the initial issuance of a cedula, it can still be a frustrating process.

This is what I typically needed.

1. photocopies of my passport and my old cedula 2. passport photos 3. certificate of health 4. police record

Expat misadventures in kiteboarding schools

At different times, the writer started two kiteboarding schools (one based out of San Juan del Sur but actually on Lake Nicaragua) but closed them both when polluted water was making the customers ill.


In the article, they mention an interesting google maps feature. If you zoom in on water and see fish bones, you can get toxic [sic] reports.

sball edit: The locals provided some much needed fact checking of the original article and its author.

Global Warming And Obama-nomics


Less disposable income in the US should mean less tourism and investment in Nicaragua. Continuing stagnant home prices means fewer retirees can bail and seek an off-shore retirement opportunity.

Nica economy seems to be chugging right along. Maybe Nica tourism is all that anyone can afford now.

My take: socialism advances in the US with all the associated downsides, and capitalism advances in Nicaragua and the country prospers.

Snowden Interview: Call Me Ed

Clearly nothing to do with Nicaragua but some will want to discuss it. I moved the post to http://a42.com/forum/pg/topicview/misc/general-chat/snowden/snowden-inte...

Urban Farming

An article in NationOfChange talks about some ways urban farming (and not just veggies) can be done. The article is not a how-to but rather intended as inspiration.

There are some examples presented but the two things you should take away from the article are:

  1. If grow organic locally works in Brooklyn and Singapore, it surely will work in the tropics.
  2. Creativity is the key.

Fox News Is

Sad News - Judge Jim Richards - Che Guevera

Sadly, one of our long term members, Che Guevera, Judge Jim Richards, lost his battle with cancer today. He leaves behind his wife Laura and a young family. The Richards family reside in Fort Bend County, Texas.

Jim was one of a handful of people here on the site who I felt I got to know. In his last e-mail to me, he said he was enjoying the pool where he was sitting in Nicaragua but I learned later that he had gone into respite care.

Contact for electric buyback plan

I am looking for a government contact to whom I can present an idea for reforming laws related to electric energy generation. Something that clearly would benefit the world and will also help Nicaragua attain a higher level of power from renewable resources.

I am sure it won't surprise anyone here that I am talking about PV solar. Right now, being off-grid in parts of Nicaragua makes a lot of sense but what I what to suggest is that a favorable law that allows users to sell power back to the grid is in the interest of the consumer as well as in the interest of all of Nicaragua.


May 13, 2014 - Nicaragua seeks to de-dollarize economy
Nicaragua, one of the most unofficially dollarized economies in Latin America, is asking the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for help to strengthen its currency.

Rain, Finally

We had a nice, gentle, extended rain last night.

Cooled things off, should knock down the dust. I'm beginning to suspect that the dust might be responsible for all the respiratory illness I see in the kids during the summer.

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