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... it seems like some of those boxes should be closed.
Step One: disassemble furniture to get the right back drop. Step Two: drive several hours in searing heat looking for supplies. Step Three: cover every household surface in construction debris... Step Twenty Seven: share exuberance when the thing actually works
A pulley, some marbles, a paint stick -- all the things we’d need for a science project. We started our search locally. On the way, I saw a bicyclist holding an infant in one arm and balancing a toddler on the frame. Minutes later I saw an elderly woman perched on handlebars being petaled down a bumpy dirt road. At the hardware store, we gave the clerk our list. Many stores here are set up like Ike’s Grocery on Waltons Mountain, where shopkeepers retrieve items for you while you stand and wait. We didn’t have to wait long; no pulleys or paint sticks. As for marbles, I learned how to say the word in Costa Rican and Nicaraguan Spanish, but in the 10 stores we visited between here and Liberia, there weren’t any. Finally we stopped at the mechanic who fixed our car a few months ago, and he gave us a ball bearing. Let the construction begin!
When I was a kid, we used to stop at the Dairy Queen on the way home from basketball games. Lauren's team stops at waterfalls. Sorry to say that the Lady Pirates lost by two in a nailbiting-fight-to-the-finish game. We'll get 'em next year.
I dared snip a few leaves from my fledgling herb garden last night for the first time. Gary is misinformed about one thing (see Gary's page) -- apparently they don’t actually sell dirt here, just dirt additives. So I bought the additives 3 months ago, then looked for herbs. We moved, and the additives came with us. Then I found some herbs, stole some pots, and scooped up dirt with a kitchen spoon, mixing in the additives I’m pretty sure the way the Spanish speaking sales rep instructed. Last night was no culinary triumph, but it was a triumph of sorts all the same.

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