Saturday, December 9, 2017

Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Easter Island.

 Busy, hot, humid, chickens, mopeds, nice people and great food. We walked a lot today and discovered those statues are a lot bigger than I had thought.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Sunset in Santiago Chile

  It was an up early day to fly from Buenos Aires to Chile.  The flight takes you over the snow covered Andie's. This is a giant city with many different downtowns and about 13 million people. It is located in a semiarid valley.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Buenos Aires Beautiful City

 After a grand time at the largest waterfall in the World, we are in a new place tonight. The money here is the risky Peso. Now at 17 for a US dollar. 80 will get you a cold beer. 1000 will get you a nice diner.

  The falls are well worth seeing in this life.

  All going well so far.
Opera House from our hotel

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Enjoyed Rio

  Our time here has passed but we really enjoyed it. My pics are on FZ80 camera and I only have IPad pics to show now.

  Today was cable car to Sugar Mountain. Great views of city and sailing ships. Then a very cool church and then the thousand steps of graffiti. It was a workout to make it to the top but totally worth it.

  Our bags are packed and will be picked up at 6 am for our next site, the worlds largest waterfalls.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Cog train

View from Windsor Leme bar

  We went up to the Christ The Redemeer statue today on the electric cog traction train. It is very large in deed. Then more sights to be seen.
  Afterwards Kathy took a very long walk on this beach. Diner at the Cococabana Hotel was yummy.

  Inflation is a huge problem here. US exchange rate at our hotel is 1 US= 3 Brazil Reals.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

8 Hours In A Boeing 777

 We had a good flight and no problems with customs. By 11AM we were checked into our hotel on the beach. Low overcast day kinda chilly.

 We met the tour group of 42 people and then went to a fantastic steak house. The food was amazing.

 Wake up call at 6AM and breakfast then ride the cog train to see Jesus. The weather should be better also.

 I had never seen a first class section like on that AA 777. Look it up.

Friday, November 24, 2017

A Bad First 48 Hours

  No pics until we get faster internet.

  It was a long trip down and all went well, just very tired after it. Our bags all arrived OK and we got a nice new Dodge Caravan to drive to the Cabana.

  We parked across the street from our Cabana as neighbors use our driveway when we are gone. As I got out of the car I heard an alarm blaring. I had my keys out and walked toward the sound and my door. It was our Cabana alarm system making all the noise. I punched in the code and it quit. The neighbors were outside and thanked me for turning it off as it had been on for a few weeks now. I asked why they did not ask the two other neighbors to turn it off. They said the cops came and said all appeared secure and they just learned to ignore the sound. 

  It was at this point I decided; 1. The two neighbors with the keys and code are deaf. 2. The other younger stoner neighbors were not too bright indeed. 3. The police respond to check premises yet do not contact alarm company. 4. The alarm company had just put an ignore on the alarm and did not contact me to have some one disable it. 5. No one seems to be upset by it. 

  As we hauled our bags into the Cabana I noticed it was warm. I tried the Air Conditioner and It did not work. ( hum) I then opened the windows since it was cooler outside. We went out to eat and grabbed some things for breakfast.

 I was up early and went to get the car off the jack stands and driven around a little, before going to get Kathy to help with the car swap and rental return. I also sent a text to realtor who sold us the Cabana in 2009 and has stayed in touch, she knows high quality repairmen of all types.

 The key would not turn the garage lock and I had to get some WD-40 and monkey around a lot to get it open. Then I saw there were no lights on the battery trickle charger. I put my key in the car and nothing happened. The battery was completely dead. I removed the burned up trickle charger and got out my high quality never used jumper cables. The rental van has a big battery and this would be a quick job. Boy was I wrong. The battery had an internal short. It got too hot to touch quickly and no power to car either. I got the jumper cables off before they melted and enjoyed the bright arc.

 As I waited to let the battery explode or catch on fire, I decided to look the car over and take it off the jack stands. Well that did not happen either as one of the four brand new tires I had installed before we left was totally flat and one side had detached from the rim. ( Well F me! ) This required a removal and haul to tire shop. The battery was still way too hot to remove but had not caught on fire.

 The tire had a loose valve core or so they said. Anyway they fixed it free. Then I went shopping for a new battery and the one that fits that car is expensive. Walmart and BJ's had one with BJ's EXIDE costing less. 

 Back to the car and with knowledge on the process to remove the battery I went to work. It is theft proof for sure. After replacing it and the wheel, I drove the car around to make sure no other gremlins were in there, then noticed no frigging cold air from the A/C. URG!

 I returned to Walmart and they were sold out of Freon except for a 12oz can with dye and lube. I bought it and started car A/C and connected to low pressure side and dumped the 12 oz inside. Most of it anyway, I have glow yellow hands now. The A/C works great again!!!

 Returning the rental went smooth as I really needed a break now.

 Returning the cable box which I had paid to keep and then got billed for each month was a little harder. The company I had paid got bought by a company that did not honor old contracts.

 The house A/C guy showed up and I met him outside and said I think it is a failed Capacitor or at least hope so since that would be cheap and quick to fix. He was a great technician and took my advice with a laugh. He came in with a small tool bag and went to looking and ten minutes later had replaced the failed capacitor and shown me how to do it next time. He left me the part box to know the correct one to buy.( $ 20 on Amazon ) He quickly checked Freon level and said it was great. I paid the $ 180 for the service call, labor and part. 

  The neighbor has also shown me a stack of vinyl siding and said some of that is yours. I am missing about a ten square foot section at the peak of my roof. That is a job for another day. 

  We had a safe drive to and from Tampa and a Happy Thanks Giving with family. That went very nice.