Sunday, October 4, 2015

Howard's Blog: I had an accident! / Cuenca, ECUADOR SAT 19 SEP 2015

Howard's Blog: I had an accident!:

Saturday, September 19, 2015

I had an accident!

I was in a terrible accident Wednesday and suffered a major head injury and a concussion. I was on a speeding bus that made a sharp turn sending me through the back door, over the street and onto the sidewalk. I was rushed to the emergency room, by ambulance, and spent ten hours being observed and having my head stitched up. Luckily, no broken bones.

However, I was in a lot of pain. Mainly muscle pain. My vision isn't 100% yet but it has improved. I need several days of bed rest to let my brain heal. The doctor said it took quite a beating. We were scheduled to move into our house Thursday. That has been rescheduled for Monday. The people in the neighborhood that saw the incident were so helpful until the ambulance arrived. I was losing a lot of blood and one man held pressure on my head while a lady attempted to clean the pouring blood off of me with cotton balls.

The police ordered that the bus driver pay my hospital bill or be taken to jail for thirty days. He agreed to pay. The care I received in the hospital was excellent!! Mike is taking great care of me.

Friday, October 2, 2015

I think one needs about 10 yrs to fully Master & Learn a new trade or craft, customs & culture~

FRI 02 SEP 2015-
Sharing from another public Forum / Group, where a friend asked:

 --"Who among you have come to feel like Ecuador is truly "home" to you?"--
 For those who do feel that way, how long did it take before that realization? Was there a precipitating event? And finally, do you attribute any particular thing (an activity, idea, attitude, etc.) as being responsible for your feeling at home here?

Journeyman Jack EC Response: honest question "John Doe", sorry for your castigation from the other group. I guess all of our perceptions & experiences vary, but took me 4-5 yrs, to start to feel a bit at home mainly staying in 1 neighborhood (2- 2+ yr rental contracts, moved 2 doors down, no expats to speak of, maybe 3 expat couples) within 10 km's, mostly friends & business w/ locals - from FEB 2011 - JUN 2015.

I now have moved 1.5 hrs across to Eastern suburb part of town (Quito) to be near the UIO Quito Airport, and for my 4 yrs relationship Ecua G/F to be near Her family & life long friends.

..over the years, being here full time since 2008, nothing made me feel more at home, than having my aunt & uncle living 2 hrs to my north in Cotacachi for 4 yrs until I helped them return back to GA about 18 months ago. (was a downer(:

...or when close friends & family come and visit for 2-3-4 weeks is a special treat that makes me feel at home Here...? <strange I know>

..something I feel helps me, in my case anyways, to make EC feel more at home is to not be back and forth to the US every year, as many do, not knocking it by any means,

...but I just can't fathom putting myself through the emotional / energy / stress & strain of of an INT flight entering & exiting these 2 very different worlds every year,

...or in some cases, expats that max out the res. visa req. of 3) x 30 day trips a year, per year for the first 2 years. like my aunt & uncle did...

(and the saying good byes, or even see yah later, is hard enough when folks leave from Here after a year or 2 or 3),

...I feel the longer I stay put in EC... and not just my home base neighborhood in Quito, but keep focusing on Spanish language improvement & cultural adaptation Here...the quicker it will be home sweet home,

....but by Touring & Introducing others around the country (size of Colorado) about 20,000 km's per / yr. keeps me learning and meeting new folks, - locals & expats alike in all areas of the Country. --as well as helping folks leave and return home permanently...makes life in EC interesting...

~Ebb & flow, ebb & flow ~ I watch them come, I watch them go~

I feel most at home, when I am helping others, learning new routes, and the vastly different ways to go about things, and how to get things done or fixed, it's a learning curve~ to get around, and in and out of other towns / citys and areas of EC. often. keeps me fresh and on my toes. Living and not just existing "like a bump on a log." matter if one has achieved residency visa - drivers license - naturalization - home owner mtn. - and a 2nd home owner coast ~ cars / motorcycles owner, marriage - 40ft container - ~4 car garage and we're still building on~ all that is just documents & pieces of paper that can be achieved most anywhere.

Home is where the heart is, if EC is not sunk down and embedded steadfastly into your heart, if you do not want it with a passion like you have never wanted anything before in your life, then it will not truly be home to you.

I think one needs about 10 yrs to fully Master & Learn a new trade or craft, (even a new culture & the customs of small country) to be frank, (or jack:) I have got a long ways to go, still just a journeyman, serving out my apprenticeship time,

I slip in and out of that warm & fuzzy, homey feeling.
I don't guess I really am after that "feel at home" feeling.

(don't kick me out of the group for this, lol:)
...but, I want new and exciting, learning something new everyday. Classroom for "EC 101" is wide open 24/7/365 everyday if you are willing to roll up your sleeves, apply some elbow grease, buckle down and work at it.

I don't like boring and hum drum routines. If I wanted to feel at home, I would have stayed back in ATL. GA & the SE / US running around in familiar circles where I know it like the back of my hand.

2003 to 08 I had the opportunity to bump around on business & pleasure in and out of Europe - N. Africa - Mid East, before regrouping and coming permanently to EC in 08' I do have a tolerance level for my low end boredom of up to just how much high end excitement, or cultural difference I can handle, we all have to just find our sweet spot, and try and maintain it, as best we can:) my 90 yr old Granny Back Home says, (that I call once a week on Magic Jack:) in the Alzheimer's Ward of an assisted living Center, and still says: "Well To Each His Own"

Some of us Like Morgan Freeman's character have waited too long (mentally & spiritually) to get out of the old country / culture and try to make a go of it, into a new country / culture.

..or as Andy Dufresne says in Shawshank Redemption: "Get busy living, or get busy dying."

Cities Require Precautions, Even Loja!!: Yes, even here! 28 SEP 2015

Cities Require Precautions, Even Loja!!: Yes, even here!: Photo courtesy of QueHayEnLoja
Misconception: Loja is safe at all hours of the day or night.

Clarification: This statement, and variations of it, is written in articles, internet posts, books, etc., about the city of Loja.  Common sense would dictate that it is not true, but all of us sometimes give in to what we WANT to believe rather than what makes sense.  Loja is a CITY,
of course there is crime, of course you have to be careful.

  It therefore strikes me as quite irresponsible on the part of the authors
that repeat this untruth time and time again.  (It is clear that the
vast majority who write about Loja in English-speaking books and
websites have spent very little time in Loja and for some, none at all.)...<read more>