I just changed us (back) to Google search from the built-in search. There are two reasons for this:

  1. I want an "on-site" search to search both NicaLiving and A42. This is the only practical way to do that.
  2. About half the database table space for NL is search information. I am attempting to get the database down to a more reasonable size and decrease database queries.

The one thing I am not sure I like is that the search results replaces the current window or tab. I can change that but I figured I might as well wait for all the complaints. :-)

Bad boy

Bad boy

Animals that push over fences or cross fences to get to crops are fitted with a wooden collar to slow them down.

What convict cichlids do when they're bored

What convict cichlids do when they're bored

The pair that did this lost their territory in the big tank, which now has two breeding pairs in it. I pulled them and put them in a new tank which didn't have a substrate (intended for use as an isolation or grow-out tank.

I may get rid of the substrate in the big tank and put in pool filter sand and another less prolific cichlid.

A friend caught this female and her mate and some of those babies to take to his house, but the male finned the plastic bag and ended up damaged while I ended up with water on the floor.

Ghost Of Christmas Future

more specifically, the future of ObamaCare:

My vision: Post Office has little to do, but they are government employees and union too, can't lay them off.

So they become the first point of contact under ObamaCare.

"I'm really sick, sir, I need to see a doctor"

"Fill out this form, press hard, you're making several copies. You'll receive a notice of appointment withing ten working days in the mail".

"Ten days???"

Internet security on steroids

Normally in Nic. when I go online on a different compu, I get a test question of the ``what is your dog`s name `` type. Even if I fat finger it, I get a second question and move on.

On a recent trip the the US I got the royal treatment. I got the ``you are using a different compu`` message. Hotmail sent a code to yahoo. OK, Yahoo sent a code to Gmail. You guessed it, gmail sent a code to Yahoo! Eventually I found that one would send the code to my cel in Nic., so I called down to Nic and the person with my phone gave me the code and I proceded to unlock the whole mess.

Has the average Nicaraguan benefitted from the relationship with Venezuela?

40% (8 votes)
20% (4 votes)
Don't know
40% (8 votes)
Don't care
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 20

A Moment That Changed Us


My only thought: It's a shame the museum had to open under Barak Obama's tenure as president. We could have waited another two years . . . .

?has it been hot lately?

?has it been hot lately?

the misery season winds down...

Put Your Trash Here

Put Your Trash Here

I didn't have much hope of success when I had Franklin (muralist, welder, Condega renaissance man) build this for me.

We clean the street and sidewalk in front of the house everyday, and the clean street was a magnet for wrappers, bottles, corn cobs, you name it.

Greenwald's No Place to Hide

Today is the release date of Glenn Greenwald's No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State.



was in a bag carried by a woman I picked up on the way back from the farm this afternoon. I don't pay much attention, they are all carrying a bag or bucket, and usually accompanied by a young child or two. They are grateful for the chance to get out of the heat and dust, and rest their feet. Travel in the campo is still very much by foot for many.

This bag was different, it squealed and grunted. I asked her if she was selling it, offered to buy it for the going price C$ 700, pulled my wallet out, reached the money back, and said "Trato!"

Nice Pic of El Gato Negro

Nice Pic of El Gato Negro

Those that can, do.

The rest sit around, predict failure, and watch the fish swim in endless circles. Not much of a life!

Go, Kelly!

You've built a very nice place, and inspiration for the rest of us.

El Circo!

Not the Ringling Bros Barnum Baily circus of my youth with the picture perfect Papa, Mama, and baby or two elephants walking along with trunks wrapped around the tail of the preceding animal. No carnival acts (which I always associate with a circus, although probably never the case). The circus was BIG in Iowa, as you can imagine. School, church on Sunday, the Iowa State Fair, and the circus. The rest was work and more work.

Norman and Norman

I took Norman to the vet Saturday to get him fixed. I'd met the vet before, a guy in Estelí I'd found about a year ago. Saturday was his really busy day, he sells feeds, supplements, and medicines as well as the vet thing, and the store was packed. So, we wound up making the trip back again on Sunday morning.

Interestingly, the vet's name was Norman too, which let to a series of adolescent jokes about cutting the cojones off the right Norman, etc, etc.

Some People Say It Better

From another expat site:

".....Nicaragua: Why We Chose and Love Nicaragua posted by majicjack

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