We hadn’t been on a Beach Day for a long time, today was the day a bunch decided to spend some time relaxing at Pelicano Resort near Esterillos Este.
We plopped our stuff down on the nearest table and headed toward the water – about 100 yards away across the dark sand beach.
Damn. Hot Sand. Damn.
Even with flip-flops on the sand that flew up and under our toes was HOT. HOT. HOT.
So we did the careful flat-footed walk until we got to the water.
We did our little thing in the little tide and went back to the stuff and made ourselves at home. Shortly a woman came walking up the sand moaning and wailing about the hot sand.
Since we all moaned and wailed about the hot sand, we were unmoved. Somebody through her flip-flops to her.
Yeah, she was BAREFOOT.
She got second degree burns (maybe worse) on the bottoms of her feet. You know, second degree burns where the skins falls off and it hurts like hell?
As soon as she sat down and showed the bottoms of her feet, we realized the seriousness of her injury. The poor woman was really suffering. An ambulance arrived and took her to the nearest clinic.
I sure hope they had good drugs because I can’t imagine what her life is gonna be like while she heals.
She apparently walked about half way to the water and realized she was in trouble and turned around and walked back. We are guessing that she had neuropathy of the feet that prevented her from realizing that she was burning herself. I could not have walked three steps in my bare feet on the sand – literally.
Lesson learned: do NOT underestimate the power of the sun near the equator on sand.
Our oldest daughter, Amy (aka Bulbous says her hubby St. Todd de Cubbville) had a brain aneurysm a bunch o’ years ago. This triggered a series of brain operations to fix her head. Above you can see the bump for a shunt to drain fluids out of her noggin that they installed in one of her surgeries.
The past few years, she has complained of sometimes being “groggy” when she wakes up. After tinkering with meds and stuff the docs agree that it’s time to get serious about diagnosing what’s going on inside her bean.
So she will be admitted to Tampa General Hospital and her brain will be hooked up to monitors and the docs will attempt to trigger her “groggy” feeling. We’re actually hoping for a major brain fart to give them a clue how to treat her.
Because they want her to be under constant observation (aside from video monitoring) I’ll be visiting and staying with her the first few days before St. Todd de Cubbville takes over. Then I get relegated to dog-sitting.
Found out today, I will be staying in the same room with her at Tampa General. We both use CPAPs, so Bulbous put it… we will be Roomie Hosers.
There is a huge fund-raiser this Sunday in Atenas. It’s the seventh annual Chili Cook Off. There will be 24 teams entered – about 1/3 of them Ticos to give samples to the paying public. In addition, there will be more food and drink to purchase as well as raffle tickets.
2000 are expected to attend. The proceeds benefit a local orphanage.
But the Gringo Give Back doesn’t stop there. As a matter of fact, this highly visible and publicized event is just the tip of the iceberg.
Many gringos choose to give back in a variety of ways.
A prominent local gringo businessman paid for school supplies for his handyman’s children: clothes, shoes, paper, books, etc.
A gringo family provided a Christmas for a family that never had enough money to buy presents for their kids.
Another gringo couple pays for neighbors to have their dogs or cats spayed or neutered.
A group of gringos donated rakes and shovels to the local fire department because that’s how they fight fires on the mountainsides far away from water supplies.
Gringos generously chipped in cash and other household supplies when a fireman died in a blaze.
Gringos with cars often shuttle people to the doctor or emergency room.
A youngster got to study English during the summer (now) because a group of Gringos paid for the classes and books.
So enjoy the Chili Cook Off. Wander – around the sponsor area and tell them “thanks” and tell the Chili Cook Off teams “thanks” and spend a few bucks on raffle tickets and drop your extra coins in the kettle.
But don’t think this is the only way Gringos Give Back.