We are back in Xico. The good news is the weather has been grand. The last two previous years were 24 hour rain and gloom for months on end. That’s it. There is no bad news.
Well OK, there is this:
It took quite a while to find a new internet source. We found Megacable again. It is a love/hate relationship – but 10 mb connections are satisfying.
Since we last talked I bought two guitars – one from Craig’s List and one from Ebay. Both of those methods of shopping are steeped in vipers – I mean it. Most of the Ebay sellers are hustlers and most of Craig’s List marketers are just plain whackos – and rude! But, damn if I do not keep diving back into those black pools.
Because Craig’s list is free to list – there are many just putting stuff out there thinking why not – it’s free! I swear there are people listing items just to entice you – they probably do not even possess the item. The adage ‘If it’s too good to be true’…. Is SO TRUE.
Recall I bought a slew of guitars, a collection, the last time I was north of the border. I coveted and gloated about all my new guitars and accessories (three digital tuners!) I did not go into the details of those many transactions – very complicated and some very convoluted. But I mentioned guitars and posted a few pretty pictures.
Here is a shopping tip for Ebay – Excellent Condition is in the eye of the seller! I really had no idea “In Excellent Condition” was so subjective. It seems to be especially so in the guitar market. Within Ebay I was high bidder on a terrific Taylor guitar the other day. A guitar in perfect condition. Except when it arrived at my sister-in-law’s in Las Vegas it mysteriously had some pretty nasty scuffing on the bottom bout between two strap buttons. It clearly looked like a strap or a strap connection had disconnected and created a scratched path as it shuttled by the bottom of the guitar. The shipping container and the padded guitar case gave no indication of the possibility of roughing up the ax. All things pointed to this as a preexisting condition.
So then it begins: I start questioning and finally complain that I have been deceived and worse. At a few points it got ugly, it usually does – there are no winners in these situations – generally.
I am here in Mexico. My poor sister-in-law is afraid to open any box on my behalf; after all she does not even get the satisfaction of maybe feasting her eyes on a new toy – no it is just, “My brother-in-law is at it again.” And in fairness she is always helpful, and gracious with her time. And she always possesses a commensurate spirit during my frustrations.
No one’s Paypal account has had more kickbacks than mine I think. People are forever having to give back money – or else! Even though there really is no “or else.” This guitar purchase was no exception: a heatedly bargained $225.00 was refunded to my account for aforementioned scratches. This was not a cigar box guitar as you might gather from the refund amount. I still feel taken – and don’t even let me start to describe the Neanderthal that was selling that fine instrument. Proof positive you do not have to have a brain to have enough money to buy expensive toys.
Then our beloved Microwave/convection oven is on the blink (in the convection mode). The BIG BOX that dominates our small cocina has such great sentimental value. Anita helped me buy it more than 30 years ago. We were just friends then. I a rather helpless bachelor, she came to my rescue to get a proper kitchen up and running. It would be several years before we were in love – friendship is a grand way to start a 30 years love affair. We may resurrect the oven yet.
But, then the washing machine! Man if there is one item that is a have-to-have – it is a washing machine. Ours broke after eight years of good service. Getting things repaired here in Mexico is a crap shoot at best. Qualified “MayTag” like repair people are pretty much non-existent here below the Rio Grande. We kept trying to get a load to start thinking maybe it will repair itself or get over its problem kind of like magic. Do you do that? Clearly something is broken and no wishful thinking is going to put Humpty back together again – but we hope on.
We started to ask around the Hood for repair people – prospects were dim.
So I have this electric screwdriver thing…I had already flash-lighted the entire machine from every possible pose – there was no sock stuck somewhere – nothing amiss. But I decided to go for it – take the back off and look in otherwise hidden places. I am pretty handy. But washing machine repairs were low on my skills curriculum vitae.
But as luck would have it, with Anita balancing the machine on edge while I peaked behind the panel – there it was! A tube was hanging in mid-air; not connected to anything. Close by was a bare, lonely looking tube shaft. I pushed the tube back on and drew in breaths of optimism – could we get that lucky?
It worked! I can officially add appliance repairman to my CV.
We are really happy to have our faithful Ecological LG clothes washer amongst the working. Good weather, great location and clean clothes – Life is Good!