So we told them no, no thank you very much.
Ivan will pick it back up, in its unrepaired condition, on Friday when he has to go into Cordoba again.
And we go back to doing what we thought we'd have to do in the first place: have our daughter bring the part when she comes in December and Ivan will fix it with our son guiding him through the process via long distance.
That means the sharing of the PC continues.
Going to have to figure out a good schedule. In the past we both hopped online at the same time on our respective computers. First thing in the morning we'd check e-mail and deal with doing whatever we needed to do online, business-wise. Late evening is when we liked checking blogs and facebook (me) and surfing the internet for informative how-to articles and videos (Ivan). During the day we're pretty busy and although we hop on periodically during a free moment to check e-mail or facebook, it's not like we have blocks of time during daylight hours for computer stuff.
I'm finding that being a two-computer family is a lot like being a two-car family. You can get by with only one but when you're used to having two, it's a challenge to make things work.
While we're on the subject of making things work...
Lack of rain in a really, really long time means water rationing. Some parts of the city have already been shut off for a day at a time. Not sure when they'll get around shutting it off in our barrio. For the past two days water coming from the faucets has smelled...well, swampy is the best word I can think of to describe it. Not a pleasant smell.
We live a block from Lago San Roque which made front page news the other day with this photo:
And no rain in the forecast.
Even when we lived in Africa, although water was not readily accessible -- we had to haul it from a nearby bore hole well -- it was available.That made me more conscious of how we use (and misuse) water as Americans. It flows from our taps in an unending supply and we think nothing of taking 20 minute showers, dumping all waste water down the drain, turning the water on and letting it run while we do other chores... For the longest time after we returned from Uganda I still took very short showers. But eventually the memory of water as a precious commodity faded and I resumed my old habits.
Now we're back to being more thoughtful. Yesterday when Ivan did dishes, he used the waste water in the garden. Shorter showers are in order. We aren't flushing as often (remember the old rhyme: "If it's yellow, let it mellow; if it's brown, flush it down"?). Now don't go all "Ewwwww" on me. This is life for most of the world.
Yesterday one of Lid's Random Dozen questions was about recycling. Americans are big on being green when it's convenient. But how would we do if water really was a scarce commodity and we had to re-use waste water and flush less often?
Something to think about this fine November day.