Salon Dousing

They are still working on the street in front of my apartment for the
Renovada Ciudad Colonial project. They are tearing up the bricks on the first part of the street they started working on over a year ago. The bricks were inferior so they are taking them away and adding new and improved bricks.

When will this work ever end?

Renovada Ciudad Colonial Calle Isabel la Católica and Padre Billini. Redoing the brick work.

Renovada Ciudad Colonial Calle Isabel la Católica and Padre Billini. Redoing the brick work.

They started using the incredibly annoying, obnoxious, loud, brain wrenching jack hammer early in the morning. I could not take the noise any longer so decided to go to the salon and get a much needed hair cut. I go to the Salon on Luperon once and then my neighbors salon the next time. This was the Luperon Salon visits turn.

I do love the hair washing lady there. She really massages the scalp a nice long time. Hhhmmm..it feels sooo good.

My regular girl was not there so I let a different girl do my cut. I was in the chair and she was cutting away. I could tell she was not really familiar with cutting extremely short hair but I let her go. I figure how bad could she mess up? It will grow back in a month or so so no big deal. She did not do too bad, not as good as my normal girl but ok.

Anyhow, she was chopping away at my locks. I was sitting in the chair next to the patio door. All of a sudden there was a loud boom. First thing I thought was a bomb or earthquake. The patio door burst open and water sprayed in!

A water pipe burst.

It was strong enough to push open the door and spray the inside of the salon. Not only did my hair get washed in the salon but I got my jeans and tennis washed as well! My left side was soaked and so was the girl cutting my hair!

I was so thankful she was not cutting next to my ear when it happened. Imaging the consequences if that happened.

Anyhow, I got up and trod through the water puddling on the floor as did the other 3 clients and their beauticians. We moved to some different seats further inside the salon.

The owner and her son started sweeping and mopping. We laughed a bit and settled into the new chairs to continue with our beauty treatments.

The visit was over, wet pants shoes and all. My hair was cut, not my favorite cut but it was good.

Returned home to the jack hammer for a few hours more.

Always something interesting happening here in DR.

My Diary Oct. 20-26-1969

I was reading my old diary which I do from time to time just to remember.

I got my diary on my birthday when I was 10 years old from my Great Aunt Ester. I will always be grateful for this special gift and the memories it gives me every time I read it.

I highly recommend that every child be given a diary or notebook to save thoughts and life events in. They will be so happy to have these when they get older.

These are my diary entries from October 20 to 26, 1969. I had just turned 10 years old. I will add more from time to time.

A few explanations.
*Funny to check the spelling and what was important to a 10 year old girl.
*Baby Ronnie and Jill are my cousins.
*Maw is my grandmother. I was living with my grandparents during this time.
*My notebook was so cool. It had a big florescent green flower on it. I was styling!
*I usually went to my parents home on the weekends and when there was no school.
*Kelly and Dougie were my Fernway (Cranberry) neighbors. I loved to spy and make up stories and mysteries.

Janette's Diary October 20 - 26, 1969

Janette’s Diary October 20 – 26, 1969

Juan Dolio Vacation

The Juan Dolio Vacation For Teli and I

I like to get away for the anniversary of the day my son, Billy Jay, died. Even if it only for that day. I hate being in the house and also I like being near water because that’s where we placed his ashes.

I wasn’t sure if I could go anywhere this year because my income drastically dropped. I have been just barley getting by (By the way, please do not use ad blockers when you visit my site or other small web sites. Most make their living from the income from these affiliate ads, including myself). A few very special people helped me out so I was able to take a few days vacation for Billy Jay’s day and also for my birthday.

I did lots of research. I had to find an inexpensive place. Near to water. Accepting a dog. Not too far out of the city, as I had to take a taxi. I searched around and found a great place in Juan Dolio. I am not really fond of Juan Dolio but it was where I had to go. I really wanted to find a river in the campo but, oh well.

I rented an apartment from Juan Dolio Apartment Rentals (Dre has many apartments in a variety of price ranges for a long of short term vacation to Juan Dolio) for 3 days. My two options were one with no air or TV for US$20 a day or air and TV for us$30. I do not have a TV or air so I decided to splurge and go for the air. It is my vacation. The location was great. The apartment was clean. There was a kitchen. Hot water. Secure. Best of all there was air conditioning and cable TV.

Oct. 25, Saturday JC Taxi picked Teli and I up to head to our little 3 night vacation.

Mack Truck sign on the back and it is one of the smallest type trucks on the road. Now is not this just too cute? It is trying to be a big boy truck? lol.

Mack Truck sign on the back and it is one of the smallest type trucks on the road. Now is not this just too cute? It is trying to be a big boy truck? lol.

This truck we passed on the highway killlled me. It had a Mack Truck sign on the back and it is one of the smallest type trucks on the road. Now is not this just too cute? It is trying to be a big boy truck? lol.

 

 

 

 

 

Teli and I got to the apartment just in time to get to the beach and sit there. All went very smoothly at the apartment. I got the keys, put my food in the fridge and Teli and I were off to the water.

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Teli saw some little crabs and she was not very happy

Teli saw some little crabs and she was not very happy

 

I had to get to the water to sit with my sons memories for a little time. Then Teli and I walked around for a few hours and people watched.

Teli watching the sun going down at Juan Dolio

Teli watching the sun going down at Juan Dolio

 

I stopped went to the little Colmado to sit for a while and chat with the owners son. A man and woman were loitering in front of the bathroom door. We were not paying attention, too much talking going on, but the people left…we thought. About 10 minutes and the closed bathroom door still had not opened. We listened to see if someone was inside. No noises but the door was locked. Almost 10 more minutes passed and finally the locked door opened. A man and woman walked out and hurriedly disappeared around the corner and down the street both in a different direction. There were 6 of us watching the door and we burst out laughing. The bathroom is small, a little bit stinky and not a good place, in our opinion, to do the nasty. Too funny.

I then went to Cacique Bar & Restaurant and chatted with the owner, Carlos, who I had not seen for over a year so we had a little catching up to do. I got some Curry-wurst to take back to the apartment. Then Teli and I headed back to the room for the evening to eat and enjoy the air and TV

Juan Dolio as the sun goes down

Juan Dolio as the sun goes down

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oct. 26 – Sunday. I am an early riser but I was told by people that I should not go out at 5 – 5:30AM to walk Teli because it is dangerous. So I waited until around 6:30 to take the morning walk.

We headed towards Guyacanes, just walking and checking out the waters edge. The beach was desolate except for a dog walker here and there. It was wonderful.

No one but Teli and I on the beach at 7AM

No one but Teli and I on the beach at 7AM

Morning in Juan Dolio

Morning in Juan Dolio

In the apartment. Teli is falling asleep waiting for breakfast

In the apartment. Teli is falling asleep waiting for breakfast

When we returned to the room I got a good whiff of some baked goods. I love good bread (funny, that was the name of my bread baking business in USA years ago, Good Bread). I love the smell of fresh baked bread. My nose took me to a place next to the apartment building. They had just taken a tray of fresh croissants out of the oven. I have not had a fresh croissant in years so I bought 2 and Teli and I went back to the room. We both showered, had breakfast and enjoyed the air conditioning and TV.

 

Around noonish we went out to see what was happening in the outside world. It was Sunday and I really do not like going to the beaches on the weekends. There are just too many humans.

Teli on the beach before the crows came

Teli on the beach before the crows came

Sunday before the humans came

Sunday before the humans came

A friend, Buddy, called to take me for a little birthday lunch. He wanted to take me to some deli that he said was really good so we went for a late lunch. They let Teli inside the little restaurant. Teli was so well behaved. I was proud of my little girl. The sandwich was fantastic. I was stuffed. I went back to the room and fell asleep. I ended up staying in, watching TV under the covers with the air on high. It was a great day.

Sun rising over Playa Juan Dolio

Sun rising over Playa Juan Dolio

Oct. 27 – Monday. I got up early. I decided to chance it and take a walk early before the sun peeked over the horizon even though people said it is dangerous. I never had a problem here in the Zone. I do not walk down dark alleys or places that just do not feel right. I watch my surroundings. I also had my little can of pepper spray in my pouch, as always, and my baby Teli at my side.

Teli getting her feet wet as the sun rises over Playa Juan Dolio

Teli getting her feet wet as the sun rises over Playa Juan Dolio

 

 

I had no problems at all. The beach was great and the sunrise spectacular. I loved it when the fishermen rowed by so quietly hardly making a ripple in the silver water.

Teli so enjoyed the smells of the beach. She even found some good stinky stuff to roll in. Thank goodness I caught her just in time.

Teli getting her feet wet as a boat approaches

Teli getting her feet wet as a boat approaches

Early morning fishing in Juan Dolio

Early morning fishing in Juan Dolio

Teli checking out some boats on the waters edge

Teli checking out some boats on the waters edge

Teli and I walking on the beach

Teli and I walking on the beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After a few hours on the beach we got some croissants and headed back to the apartment for a shower and rest.

A little before noon we headed to the beach. This was going to be my day to sit for a while and do the beach stuff.

Ahhh. A nice cold Presidente beer

Ahhh. A nice cold Presidente beer

Monday sitting on the beach

Monday sitting on the beach

Teli and I went to the place near the stairs that I have been going to for years. I went for a quick dip in the sea while Teli stood in the water only getting her toes wet. Then Teli got her spot under the table and I got a nice cold Presidente beer sitting in the shade under the umbrella.

Shucking some clams and oysters

Shucking some clams and oysters

Some little baby clams and oysters for me

Some little baby clams and oysters for me

A trip to the beach is not complete unless I get my clams or oysters. I will not go to the beach if I cannot afford to buy these wonderful slimy morcels. I watched for the man carrying his little bucket. I made sure he had the bottle of hot sauce hanging on the side.

He shucked and I had my fill. Teli does not like them so I had all the food to myself. They were so good. I would have preferred ones a little bit larger but better tiny than none at all.

After a few hours on the beach it was time to go back. We did not leave the apartment again. I was going to enjoy my last night of air and TV.

Oct. 28 Tuesday. Teli and I got up early for our last beach walk in Juan Dolio.

Sun rising over Playa Juan Dolio

Sun rising over Playa Juan Dolio

The sunrise was just too exquisite. Pictures just could not interpret the beauty of the lights reflecting off the water. The small waves rolling and glistening at they hit the beach so softly. The spectacular colors, reds, pinks, greens, blues, yellows and golds of the rapidly changing sky were just breathtaking. I do not know how many times a soft “wow” or “oh my” or “sheww” escaped from my lips as I watched in awe this gift from God just for me. I even had to just sit and watch. I think Teli even appreciated it as she came and sat next to me placing her paw lovingly on my leg like she knew just what I needed at that moment.

Teli and I enjoying the spectacular sunrise.

Teli and I enjoying the spectacular sunrise.

Teli and I enjoying the spectacular sunrise.

Teli and I enjoying the spectacular sunrise.

 

 

I took a few videos and so many pictures.

 

 

 

 

 

The sun rising over Juan Dolio and the Caribbean Sea.

The sun rising over Juan Dolio and the Caribbean Sea.

The sun rising over Juan Dolio and the Caribbean Sea.

The sun rising over Juan Dolio and the Caribbean Sea.

 

 

Teli enjoyed running along the waters edge and getting her toes wet.

 

 

 

 

The sun rising over Juan Dolio and the Caribbean Sea.

The sun rising over Juan Dolio and the Caribbean Sea.

The sun rising over Juan Dolio and the Caribbean Sea.

The sun rising over Juan Dolio and the Caribbean Sea.

Teli getting her toes wet as the sun rises over Juan Dolio and the Caribbean Sea.

Teli getting her toes wet as the sun rises over Juan Dolio and the Caribbean Sea.

Teli getting her toes wet as the sun rises over Juan Dolio and the Caribbean Sea.

Teli getting her toes wet as the sun rises over Juan Dolio and the Caribbean Sea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teli digging in the sand

Teli digging in the sand

Teli got sand on her nose

Teli got sand on her nose

 

She had fun digging in the sand.

 

 

The sun rising over Juan Dolio Beach

The sun rising over Juan Dolio Beach

The sun rising over Juan Dolio Beach

The sun rising over Juan Dolio Beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teli enjoying her last  sunrise over Juan Dolio Beach

Teli enjoying her last sunrise over Juan Dolio Beach

Time to head back towards the apartment.

Time to head back towards the apartment.

We had a great last morning.

Before we returned to the apartment I had to get me some croissants to take home.

Then Teli and I showered and relaxed for a little while.

 

 

Teli was relaxing on the beach her last day of vacation

Teli was relaxing on the beach her last day of vacation

The token toes on the beach picture

The token toes on the beach picture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We went out around midday for a last bien fria on the beach.

After about an hour we returned to the room to pack it up. We enjoyed the last few hours in air and some cable TV while we waited for JC Taxi to come and get us.

The apartment in Juan Dolio

The apartment in Juan Dolio

Teli chewing her paper waiting for me to pack

Teli chewing her paper waiting for me to pack

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teli looking out the window waiting for Juan Carlos taxi to come and get us

Teli looking out the window waiting for Juan Carlos taxi to come and get us

It was a good trip. Teli and I will return.

The ride back to Santo Domingo

The ride back to Santo Domingo

I forgot to add a few morning videos I took.

Sun Rising at Playa Juan Dolio

Playa Juan Dolio Panorama 6AM Morning

18 Hours Sin Luz – Boom!

Yes we do have power outages here. Yes we do have transformers blowing up from time to time. Welcome to the DR. It is just part of life here. Accept it. Getting upset does not help so you learn to just try and relax as best as you can.

The beginning of this week around 8PM. Out went the lights!

I called EDEESTE (the electric company) to report the outage.

I was just shutting down the puter to go to bed so it was no big deal other than not having a fan. I figured that in a few hours the electricity would be fixed and all would be good. I even left the fan on so I would have relief as soon as the electric was restored.

I was wrong. Sweating. Tossing. Turning. All night. The electricity did not come back.

I took Teli out to play with her friends around 5:30AM hoping that when we returned there would be electricity. I tried not to think about it as the kids were running and having fun at the Fortaleza Ozama.

Teli and friends playing at the Fortlaeza Ozama with the AIDA cruise ship in port in the background. 5:30AM

Teli and friends playing at the Fortlaeza Ozama with the AIDA cruise ship in port in the background. 5:30AM

The beautiful morning sky at Fortaleza Ozama

The beautiful morning sky at Fortaleza Ozama

Of course, I had a discussion with the neighbors about the situation before going back home. They said that something happened to a transformer in front of the CODIA building.

One neighbor was screaming and yelling and “getting her bowels in an uproar” (as my Maw used to say) as she passed by in the street.

We all made calls to EDEESTE. I called again. They told me they had men on the way to work on the problem.

Teli and I came home.

I wanted to eat breakfast but did not want to open the door of the fridge. So I made coffee, had some fruit and peanut butter crackers.

I cleaned up a bit. Then I went to read for a while.

Finally around 9AM I called the Colmado for a bag of ice to put inside the freezer to try and preserve my food.

Around noon I was just so tired of reading and playing games on the Kindle. I decided to shower and go outside to see what was going on in the world.

No water.

When there is no electricity the pump cannot run to get the water up to the 3rd floor or the 6th floor water tanks on the roof. It was bucket shower time.

Teli and I headed to sit in Parque Duarte picking up a few of Telis dog friends on the way. Lola and Zippy joined us.

There was still electricity in Parque Duarte as they are on a different circuit.

Just as we got to the park it started to rain. We all headed for cover inside this tiny Colmado. The 3 dogs had to go inside too.

We all just talked. Discussed the dogs, the rain, the electricity being out and whatever else came up while watching the rain come down. After about 15 minutes the rain stopped.

Parque Duarte in the rain

Parque Duarte in the rain

As we were exiting the Colmado there was a big boom! and their lights went out.

Running form the boom at Parque Duarte

Running form the boom at Parque Duarte

A neighbor came running around the corner. Her friend put his hand on her shoulder and she jumped and screamed. We both started laughing. She was a little jumpy after that first explosion.

We both had to go and see what was happening as a billow of smoke poured down Calle Hostos.

Smoke form electrical fire on Calle Hostos

Smoke form electrical fire on Calle Hostos

Just then there was another loud boom and some of the people that were getting close to check the first explosion went running. The electric man came running to check because they were just working around the corner on my street trying to fix the electricity there.

Electrical fire at Oficina de Patrimonio Cultural at Parque Duarte and Calle Hostos

Electrical fire at Oficina de Patrimonio Cultural at Parque Duarte and Calle Hostos

The electric line entering the Oficina de Patrimonio Cultural at Parque Duarte on Calle Hostos had caught fire.

Within 15 minutes all the electricity was restored.

The electric man, Alex, said that when the line blew at the Patrimonio Office they found where the problem was and were able to finally repair the electric.

All went back to normal.

The men returned to their positions at the benches in the park.

The pigeons enjoyed a bath is a fresh water puddle.

Parque Duarte after the rain

Parque Duarte after the rain

Teli and I returned home to check on the situation there.

Around 2AM the electricity went off again. There was a light shining from around the corner of my building so I knew that they were working. Just then there was a big explosion.

I jumped.

Teli went running.

Within about 5 minutes the electricity came back on. We went to bed and had a good rest of the night sleep.

30 Sectors Without Water

It was announced a few days ago that 30 different parts of Santo Domingo area would be without water for 24 hours. (I translated it using bing) “The Acuedcuto and Sewerage Corporation of Santo Domingo (CAASD) reported that more than 30 sectors of the National District left without drinking water throughout the day on Friday 21. The service will be suspended to correct a fault in the valve 48 inch running on the corner of John F. Kennedy Winston Churchill, near the Metro stop Santo Domingo.” (article from CAASD in Español http://www.caasd.gov.do/noticias/2014/11/caasd-anuncia-suspension-del-servicio-en-mas-de-30-sectores-por-correccion-de-averias-en-la-john-f-kennedy/)

In the list of barrios announced Zona Colonial was not one of them yet we have no water.

They said it would be 24 hours and now it is Sunday morning and noone in the Zone has water unless they have it stored like many places do in a tank on top of the roof of their homes. My building has 3 big round black “tinacos” on the roof but they ran out of auga potable (translated to mean drinking water even though we really do not use this water for drinking) about 2PM yesterday.

I have water saved in a big garbage can I use for a water back-up. So I still have enough water to last me for a few days more if I be conservative.

This morning as we were in the street discussing this and about us not being warned by the faulty announcement we decided to unlock the facet in the street and check. Sometimes the lower you are the more water will flow.

We turned it on and a trickle came out. We all cheered!

Water trickling out of the hose

Water trickling out of the hose

The neighbor got comfortable as she almost had to milk the hose like she was extracting milk from a cow. Her sister was in her mucalucks (I am not sure if this is a real name but this is what we always called them when I was a kid) just in case water came back strong she would be ready..lol

The water crisis did not seem to bother the kids this morning as they enjoyed their morning romp at the Fortaleza Ozama. Teli, Buenagente, Zippy and Pokey had a good run. The grass was wet so the street dogs also got a little bit of a bath.

Teli, Buenagente, Zippy and Pokey at Fortaleza Ozama enjoying the morning romp.

Teli, Buenagente, Zippy and Pokey at Fortaleza Ozama enjoying the morning romp.

The morning sun rise was also pretty nice. The Colonial Fest continues on today so there will be some fun stuff to do outside today. Teli even sat for a little while and listened to some live music which was a first for her without going nuts being completely frightened.

Sun rising over Rio Ozama as seen from the Fortaleza Ozama today

Sun rising over Rio Ozama as seen from the Fortaleza Ozama today


Now, all we need is some water so I can flush my potty and do some dishes and laundry.

3rd Or 4th Floor

This is what just happened. The conversation was just to unbelievable. I thought I was on some prank tv show.

The Colmado guy was yelling Colmado outside on the stairs. I heard the neighbor say it was not for him. Then the neighbor knocked on my door. I opened it to tell the man I did not order anything from the Colmado.

Here is the conversation (I am writing it in English but the conversation was really in Spanish)

Man – “Colmado” (*A Colmado is a convenience type store. Many have delivery services)

Me – “I did not order anything from the Colmado”

Man “You are American”

Me “Yes but I still did not order anything”

Man “But the person was American”

Me “But I did not order anything”

Man (with a duhhh look on his face) “This is the 4th floor”

Me “No. This is the 3rd floor”

Man “No, this is the 4th”

Me “I live here and I am telling you this is the 3rd floor”

Man (he had a complete look of confusion on his face)”So where is the 4th floor?”

Me “It is 1 more floor up”

Man “You mean the 4 floor is not here”

Me “No, it is up those stairs”

Man “But an American called and was on the 4th floor”

Me (shaking my head in utter disbelief as the man stood there with his head tilted like he was trying to figure it all out) “There is an American living on the 4th floor, maybe it was him”

Man “Yes, it was a man that called”

Me (Still not believing how not-smart someone could be) “I am a woman and I did not call the Colmado”

Man (huffing like he was angry he had to go upstairs) pointing “The 4th floor is up there”

Me (As I shut the door “Yes, 1, 2, 3, 4..this is the 3rd floor so the next one must be the 4th”

Schewww…I cannot say any more.