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Entry Date: 2014-09-22 11:32:52
Subject: Roosters, Tortillas and Alarm Clocks

Concerning the start of the day here, you might say there is something of a dichotomy, but that's probably an understatement. A trichotomy, quadichotomy or multichotomy would be closer to the mark.

When we first arrived, we instructed the boys to clean their rooms, make their beds and keep it quiet early in the morning. After a short while, one of the boys instructed Paula that "Here in Honduras, the women make our beds, get up at 4 AM and make tortillas for their men to take to work." Paula had a response.

The sun pretty well rises all year before 6 AM here. We do not use daylight savings time here. Also, the thing about roosters waking at the crack of dawn does not apply here. Roosters crow 24/7. Children must be prepared and walked to the bus stop by 7 AM. Men typically arrive for their work around 7. For the life of me, I cannot figure out why a hardware store would not open by 7.

I went to town with the simple task of looking for some PVC fittings. The closest hardware store was open at 7, but it did not have the parts required to connect a toilet to a water supply. I know, that's a pretty rare requirement, but sometimes you just think "Wow, it would be awesome if a hardware store stocked parts for sanitation purposes". I drove through the rest of town, passing a dozen or so hardware stores, but nobody was open until I arrived at the last one in town. There it was, in all it's glory, with the $2 in parts required to connect a water supply to the toilet, and there was great rejoicing!

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re: Roosters, Tortillas and Alarm Clocks  by mike rockert on Tuesday September 23, 2014

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