What a terrible day!

Keagan decided this morning last minute that he doesn’t want to go to the public pool with his best friend even tough he was still completely into it 20 minutes before. I had to ignore his protest because Lukas and his father were already waiting for us at the pool, and they obviously had an amazing time in the water.
He also insisted in the afternoon that he didn’t  want to go to Wendelin farm to get our thanksgiving turkey and check out the animals they have there (the ones that are still alive of course). When we arrived everything was peachy and Keagan seemed to enjoy very much looking at the geese, turkeys, chickens and cattle. What happened tough was that the farmer had to carry one goose who was a bit hurt and when we were with the cattle we found a cow-bell that one of the animals had lost.
Back in the car Keagan got very angry and told me that he was sooo right that it had been indeed a very bad idea to go to the farm because a: the poor goose was hurt and b: a cow had lost it’s bell. He so got his mama’s optimism 🙂

The never-ending story

Today, thanks to Jesus our so very helpful resort manager, we finally got our appointment with the manager of the local bank branch to get our credit cards back. We were reminded that we had to be there one o’clock sharp otherwise our precious cards would be shredded. One o’clock we were in the bank but the manager was out for lunch. So we spent the following 20 minutes hanging out in a Mexican bank. After about 10 minutes I could relax. Even if the guy would not give me the card back, I would simply rob the bank. Piece of cake. Seriously. All employees have the same access code to the secure area and it is 2-1-1-1. How do I know that? The keypad for entering the code is in plain f***ing sight.

But no felony necessary, a well fed, seriously tiny and veeery pompous bank manager finally showed up, checked our passports, let us sign some forms and gave us our credit cards back. He had desecrated my oh so beloved card with a permanent marker. How can he!!!!! But thanks to the swine flu and the ethanol dispensers hanging everywhere, I could wipe the writing off. So welcome back, my true friend, Amexco Blue, welcome back financial independence and goodbye to Tobi’s eyebrow wriggling reminding me of the “conjugal duties” of a obedient wifey, wifey.

And gooooodbye sunsets!

One last call to reactivate my card and I’ll officially book every Spa-treatment they have on offer here.

Stay in Mexico!

Greetings to you; my name is Mr. Mikal Kofi. Hosea, a branch manager of a prime commercial bank here in the Tema District Region of Ghana. For security reasons my bank will remain undisclosed for now until I receive a positive respond from you. It’s with trust and confidence I’m disclosing this transaction to you, that will benefit us.
I need your concern, assistance as my business partner to invest Two Million Five Hundred and Fifty Thousand US Dollars (USD2,550,000.00) in your Country, which my bank is not aware of, because this money was accrue from excess profit made here in my branch.
In a positive response, I intend to make you the foreign beneficiary to enable you receive this money in your Country, you will be entitle to Twenty percent of this money as your commission while I get Eighty percent to be investment as I have mentioned. I will come to your Country with my family to start a new life immediately you receive it. Don’t view this as being illegal. I want to guarantee you that there is no problem at all even in the future.
Urgent respond will be delightful if you accept to work with me as partners REPLY HERE (mikarh08@hotmail.com)
With Regards,
Mikal Hosea.

We will probably stay for longer in Mexico thanks to a new great business opportunity. I just got this message. It’s like a miracle:

Greetings to you; my name is Mr. Mikal Kofi. Hosea, a branch manager of a prime commercial bank here in the Tema District Region of Ghana. For security reasons my bank will remain undisclosed for now until I receive a positive respond from you. It’s with trust and confidence I’m disclosing this transaction to you, that will benefit us.

I need your concern, assistance as my business partner to invest Two Million Five Hundred and Fifty Thousand US Dollars (USD2,550,000.00) in your Country, which my bank is not aware of, because this money was accrue from excess profit made here in my branch.

In a positive response, I intend to make you the foreign beneficiary to enable you receive this money in your Country, you will be entitle to Twenty percent of this money as your commission while I get Eighty percent to be investment as I have mentioned. I will come to your Country with my family to start a new life immediately you receive it. Don’t view this as being illegal. I want to guarantee you that there is no problem at all even in the future.

Urgent respond will be delightful if you accept to work with me as partners REPLY HERE (mikarh08@hotmail.com)

With Regards,

Mikal Hosea.

USA 2009 – Payson, Wildlife Park

After a very lazy day the day before, we went to the local wildlife park. The drive there took a bit longer than expected because we took a wrong turn up a gravel road. After ten or so minutes Devin wanted to turn around because he suspected that this road was way too desolate to be the right one, but Tobi’s satnav said, we should go straight, which we – in our oh so great confidence in technology – then did. After another 20 minutes we figured out that the satnav just told us to go straight to find a place where could legally make a U-turn. So we turned around to enjoy the spectacular view for a second time.

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The wildlife park was really beautiful. First we took a bus ride through the enclosures. Since the animals knew food to be on the bus they got very close and inquisitive.

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The giraffe bull was called Kiboh and we were allowed to feed him hugh biscuits.

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Devin held his biscuit between his teeth and so got a very wet giraffe kiss.

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Keagan was amazed that Kiboh has such long tongue and that its tip is blackish to provide sun protection. The following days we had to deal with lots of sticking out the tongue to be a giraffe.

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The ostriches were said to be one of the most aggressive species in the park but to us they were friendly. Maybe because we had already hugh experience with ostriches since we went trick or treating with one 🙂

Then we went to the “tiger splash” event. It was so entertaining/frightening, we forgot to take pictures. It was like some gladiator thing going on. A juvenile lioness and tigress in a big enclosure containing a big pool. Then 4 young men and one woman entered the enclosure with tons of toys and made the animals “playfully” chase them and the toys. Whenever the chase got too heated the humans could jump into the pool. The lioness would not follow there and the tigress was considerably slower in the water (since she had to swim) than the humans (who could still run). Anyway, even-though it was entertaining, it was also slightly out of my comfort zone and I said that I definetly wouldn’t want Keagan to have such a job. Immediately it became Keagan’s all time favorite dream job. Brilliant.

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Snake time. There weren’t a lot of visitors in the park and so we got the VIP treatment. Snakes give me the willies and it is very funny to be so very cold when it’s about 30°C. I was allowed to hold the boa constictor and was given tons of fun facts about snakes, which I will entertain you with the next time the subject (or something passably close to it) will come up. Oh, I know you guys can barely wait.

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The cutest porcupine on the planet. And the first one I’ve ever seen in person. The zoo keeper even went into the enclosure to give me some porcupine quills, while the little rascal was making the cutest sounds munching away on a sweet potato. Our European hedgehogs have definitely some catching up to do regarding cuteness.

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When we had almost reached the exit someone was so nice and gave Keagan another cookie for the other giraffe which was munched away very fast.

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After such a busy day in the wildlife park we really enjoyed to arrive back at Walas’ home and find out that Laurel had already cooked a delicious pasta dish for us. To everybody’s big surprise Susanna ate the pistachio coated goat-cheese that was served with the noodles. I’m not that sure anymore if she really doesn’t like cheese or if it is more of a political statement 🙂

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Now we had to pack again all our bags because the next day our journey will go on. After our 10 suitcases and bags were packed and in the car Susanna went to bed and motivated me to check in for our flight. But I of course considered it as WAY more important to help Devin setup his new Mediaserver for their amazing cinema room.
When we were finished with this I wanted to check in but could not find the envelope with all our travel documents, passports etc. After searching for a while a woke up Susanna who was wide awake after telling her what’s missing. We opened again all our bags, searched everywhere in the house and finally after Susanna declaring me that she will never ever travel again with me and file for divorce anyway I found the envelope in the car between the seat and the console.
After all this trouble Devin was so kind and provided us with some nice alcohol enriched drinks which made us calm down, withdraw the divorce files and fall asleep very fast.