Saturday, August 18, 2012

Day 49 – The Power of Positive Thinking

Date: 8/18/12
Location: Costa de Oro, Costa Rica

Word of the day: Pensamiento positive – Positive Thinking.
Turtle Fact: In the last decade, authorities and conservationists in Mexico and other countries have reported that turtle egg contains high amounts of cholesterol. A single turtle egg can contain the same amount of fat and cholesterol as 20 tacos or 20 chicken eggs. Considering this data, and knowing that those who have the bad habit of eating turtle eggs generally swallow more than 5 at a time, says we can understand why these consumers often feel strange effects on their body. High cholesterol levels increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.

7:30am wake up. Mom was actually up a little earlier than me, checking on the loads for her flight out. Since she is a flight attendant, flying standby and non paying costumer, she can only fly if there is an open seat available on the plan. At the moment, the her flight options are either over booked or looked to becoming canceled do to the number of open seats. However, I was able to get to Costa Rica with a flight that had been oversold by 9 seats. Now we start using the power of positive thinking to get this little worry wart to calm down for the next couple of hours.

We head down for a “small” breakfast. Fruit, Toast, and couple little tasters of rice and veggies. Yum. Around 11am, we pack up her things (as tonight she is staying at our house) and head into San Francisco de Coyote. There, we go to Super Rey to look for a couple thinks for the house (baking sheet, baking powder, cheese and batteries for my NIGHT VISION MONOCULAR – more info later on these). After a little shopping we go behind Rey’s to a Soda (cheap, casual restaurant) for some lunch. With the limited Spanish knowledge I have, we order. You know what I take that back. I knew pretty much what everything on the menu was!
We head back to the house and enjoy an afternoon at the beach. After some time playing in the ocean, showing off my coconut cocktails skills as the girls and my Mom Gossip away. After I get a hair cut from Mom, while there is some decent sunlight left. . Boy am I looking sharp

BACK-STORY: I had never gone to a barber and have always gotten a hair cut from my mother until I was 17 years old. So every now and then I let the hair grow out a couple extra weeks knowing I will be seeing my mother very soon.

Dinner Time. Mom relaxes with her book, while the girls and I cook in the kitchen. Afterwards, we prepare for patrol.  Mom, Hernaldo (Tico that patrolled Costa de Oro SOLO last year) and I head out on the beach at 8pm. Unfortunately we did not see any turtles nor tracks. However it was a very successful walk as I was able to explain information about certain aspects of what we do, procedures we perform and “what if” scenarios. We get back to the house and enjoy some “Rico Pan” (Spanish Elephant Ear) before heading to bed. Sleep.

  • Never under estimate the power of positive thinking.
  • Cheese is expensive in Costa Rica
  • Hair cuts make you feel sexy, rejuvenated.
  • You can use a raw spaghetti noodle as a candle lighter

Food:  Chalupa: a fried corn tortilla sometimes shaped like a boat and usually filled with a savory mixture (as of meat, vegetables, or cheese)
Animals: Crab, Dog, Birds, Moth 

Something I am thankful for: A decent Hair Cut. There has been times, where I should have definitely complained about the buzz work I got done on my dome. However most of these times, there was a person in training, cutting hair (as I have never had a “go to” stylist in any of the cities I lived in). With that said, I suppose I shall take one for the team and community for this person to practice on as most the time I wear a baseball cap anyways.
Something I don't want to admit: I don’t think my phone is going to make it. A couple nights ago I brought my phone on patrol (main source of documenting/photographing) and it rained. Well I had it in my rain jacket, thinking it was staying out of the rain. Obviously not the case. Being a ex-phone guru, I go through the proper steps, take everything apart, shake out excess water, stick it in a sealed bag of rice, in the sun during the day and above the back of the refrigerator at night. Well yesterday I got a charging light to turn on. YES… Today after trying to turn it on and give it a master reset. Nada. Costa Rica whens over technology again. FML.

Days of Rain: 30/45
Total Turtle Eggs I have saved: 1,865

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