Thanks to Vinicio, we are now the proud owners of a 1994 Isuzu Rodeo. His mechanic checked it out and thinks this will be reliable transportation for us. There are no guarantees, of course, but everything we have researched on the web indicates this is a well made vehicle and it should meet our needs just fine. This picture is not actually "our" Rodeo, but you get the idea. We don't even know what color it is yet. I think we need to come up with a name for it/her/him. What do you think?
John has some "other" suggestions for a name, but I haven't included them in the poll. You'll have to see what he came up with on his blog.
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Vincio's mechanic did some thorough checking on that Jeep Cherokee and it turned out to have a transmission problem, so he passed on it. He has now found a 1994 Isuzu Rodeo that might just work out for us. The mechanic will check it out this week and if it's in good shape, Vinicio will make an offer to buy it.
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We are taking a break for a week and going to the Annual Texas Star Party in the Davis Mountains of West Texas, just north of Big Bend. This will be our 3rd year to join with hundreds of other amatur astronomers to do a little star gazing in North America's darkest skies.
We'll be pitching our tent under our favorite tree and camping for the week. The ranch where we stay has a huge ranch house where they serve "all you can eat" lunches and dinners for a very reasonable price. We usually fix a light breakfast and make coffee Tico style with our Costa Rican Chorreador de Cafe in the mornings. Afternoons are spent relaxing with a good book and taking long naps. This year's party is in June so it may be warmer than we're used to. The last two trips have been in early May and even though the daytime temperatures get pretty hot, the nighttime temperatures are usually cool enough for a light jacket.
The TSP now sets up a wireless network which provides internet access all over the ranch, so we'll try and post some photos later during the week. Cell phone service is another matter. There are a couple of spots on the ranch where you can actually pick up cell phone reception if you stand real still. It's really funny to watch folks walking around pointing their cell phones at nothing, looking for signal bars. We're just going to take our Vonage V-Phone (small USB device that plugs in to laptop and gives us full access to our home phone) with us for regular telephone reception.
We've all become slaves to technology in one way or another.