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April, 2005 - Issue #47

 

BOB AND CAMILLE IN NICARAGUA

 

GATE DUTY

Doodie stands guard on April 3rd.

 

LOLO

A recent addition to our work force, Lolo reminds Kimo not to bite the hand that feeds her before helping serve up the dog dinner.

 

NICE CATCH

Per catches a nice one on April 4th.

 

DITTO

Per and Chelsea hang out on the deck during cocktail on her last evening as bartender at Casa Iguana.

 

TRAVELING SALESMAN (AND WOMAN)

Don Plastico and his capable assistant carried their wares to the gate April 5th to sell us some plastic bowls, baskets, brushes and a machete.

 

TAKING A LOAD OFF

Our new hammock alleviates the strain of standing on our feet all day on April 7th.

One foot up is good - two is better.

 

THE TEAL BIKE

Joaquin fixed up a new bicycle from parts on April 9th in addition to a number of other projects, including the new menu board, below.  His work speaks for him.  Joaquin was so quiet during his stay at Casa Iguana, that we often forgot he was around.  So we weren't surprised to realize that we forgot to take his picture before he left.

 

A STRETCH

Pablo holds up a big King Mackerel on April 11th.

 

TROPICAL ABUNDANCE

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A large clutch of coconuts glow in their roost at sunset.

 

WHAT'S FOR DINNER?

Camille updates all the whiteboards every morning.  Here she posts the menu on the new board that Joaquin made from a piece of driftwood on April 13th.  Notice the two radios - one to communicate with Martha as she cleans rooms and the other to reach the rest of the staff.

 

A GOOD DAY FOR HAIRCUTS

Bob and David became blood brothers or "hermanos de sangre" a few months ago when they both cut themselves on the same day.  Since then there have been similar events linking them as special friends.  On April 17th, for example, Camille gave Bob a haircut and when David showed up to work the evening shift a few hours later, he was sporting a new haircut as well.  Also, please notice that they have the same tee shirt, one that says, "Islita" with a picture of a fish on it.  Islita, or "Little Island" is the local term for Little Corn Island.

 

HAPPY GUY

Terry, from Canada, joined us as our new Engineer on April 18th.

 

WHY IS THIS WOMAN SMILING?

Alyssa, also from Canada, became our new chef on April 20th and promises to wow our taste buds with her creations.  Her debut menu consisted of conch fritters, a honey orange sauce, coconut rice, and carrot cake.

 

STUMPY

This scrappy fellow was chasing another gecko around our window sill at dawn on April 21st.

 

HIDE AND SEEK

Terry and Bob peer through the bush for a glimpse of a large green iguana as it climbed up a tall coconut palm later that day.  If you look carefully, you can see the beast in the upper right corner of this photograph, just above the stick that leans up against the palm trunk.

 

EARTH DAY, APRIL 22

 

Bob blows a solemn note on conch shell in celebration of Earth Day.  He was inspired by reading "Lord of the Flies" to fashion a horn from this shell.  Tim and Zoe organized a sand and surf clean up to honor the day.  Dozens of people spent half a day picking up trash.

 

At the end of the day, the beach looking like this.

 

ANT WARS

Ants eat other ants.  These three-quarter long ants stood beside a wire around a tree branch and ate the tiny (circled) ants as they made their way up the tree.

 

DRINKING AT THE WATER HOLE

 

Miniscule "crazy" ants line up for a drink of spilled coffee on one of the tables at the lodge.

 

RED-HEADED GECKO

 

Bob scooped this colorful fellow from our sink and took him/her outside.

 

BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER

This tiny bird flew into a window and sat, stunned, on the edge of the table long enough for us to take its portrait.

 

STEPPING OUT

Terry makes a set of steps for the deck outside the lodge.

 

BY LAND OR BY SEA

 

April 26 began with this beautiful sunrise.

 

BAD BEE

This green bee stung Chelsea in the office on April 28th.

 

BIG CRAB

This large land crab did not pinch Camille, but it did try.

 

VIEJITO

This old Great-tailed grackle has been hanging around our work bench for so long that he mimics the sound of the power drill.  The white feathers in his wing and tail are the result of injuries.

 

IN MEMORY

Joaquin left this interesting piece of art behind.

THIS MONTH'S QUOTES:

"To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival." - Wendell Berry

"It's obvious that the key problem facing humanity in the coming century is how to bring a better quality of life - for 8 billion or more people - without wrecking the environment entirely in the attempt." - Edward O. Wilson

"Sharing the food from national territories is operationally equivalent to sharing territory; in both cases a commons is established, and tragedy is the ultimate result." - Garrett Hardin

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