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Civil. Civility. Civilization.

Civil. Civility. Civilization.

Well, I’ve been in the US for a week, and I can’t say that it has been as enjoyable as I imagined it would be. Because frankly, I am mentally in what I can best describe as an alternate reality. Really, being back in the US is very odd for me this time. Perhaps it’s...

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I don’t know that guy, but tell me about him

I don’t know that guy, but tell me about him

I’m sitting in the Sheraton Hotel in Cuenca in preparation of my flight out in the morning to Quito, and then from there to the Miami, Florida. As you all know, I’m going to go get my COVID vaccine(s), and I’m also going to go spend some overdue time with my mother....

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Leaving on a jet plane…

Leaving on a jet plane…

Well, I did it. I booked a flight back to the US to get a COVID-19 vaccine shot. Actually, two shots, three weeks apart. I had signed up for the vaccine in Florida, which is my legal residence, and really didn’t expect to see anything happen soon, as the entire...

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Before you book that airline ticket

Before you book that airline ticket

The restrictions due to COVID-19, as well as the lack of control of cases here, are causing several countries to block entry of those coming from Ecuador, in some cases regardless of vaccination or PCD test status. Over the last several months, the restrictions for...

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Sho(o)t me, please

Sho(o)t me, please

When I was young, I used to love to play those scratch-off lottery tickets. My heart rate would actually go up when I was scraping off those little silver spots of foil (?), just the anticipation of winning something was almost worth the $1. [Now my heart rate goes up...

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Thoughts running around my brain..

Thoughts running around my brain..

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a rambling, thoughts off the top of my head column, but there are so many little ideas wigging inside my brain that I can’t quite scratch away, that I just have to let them out. Let me start with the election here, because it...

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Will I stay or will I go?

Will I stay or will I go?

Friends here keep asking me what I think about the future of Ecuador, with the likelihood that Andres Arauz will win the April 11th Presidential run-off election. All I can tell them is that from what I read, Arauz will return the country to the ways of Rafael...

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SPECIAL ELECTION EDITION

Ecuador heads to the polls this week to elect its next President (and Vice president and some Assembly members), in what is likely to be an historic outcome, moving the country either slightly to the right or firmly back into the far left that ruled during Rafael...

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You did okay Lenin

You did okay Lenin

Well, Ecuador elects a new president this Sunday. But the odds are that no candidate will get enough votes in the first round for outright victory (there are 16 candidates!). So, there will be a run-off in April. Oddsmakers say it will likely be between Rafael...

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