The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow. ~Bill Gates
Two weeks ago, we had a microwave internet tower installed. We spent the last four years, struggling with a Claro modem stick which provided slow, inconsistent, and sometimes nonexistent service. Now, our internet speed is fast enough to stream video and watch Netflix movies and my favorite series, Orange is the New Black.
I have big plans for my rapid internet, but so does my neighbor, Marina. This morning she said, “Our water stinks. Use your fast internet to tell the world.” “Ummm…OK, Marina. I’ll tell the world,” I responded. It was easier to tell her that I’d try to tell the world, than explain to her how the internet works.
As soon as our tower peeked over the tree line, the word was out. Debbie and Ron have fast internet at their house. One by one they arrived at our door with important messages for the world. “What do you want me to tell the world?” I asked, while attempting to hide my amusement. They always see me on my laptop, and I think that they believe I have an open door to the world. So, here are their pleas.
Tell The World…
- We say NO to the proposed Nicaraguan Canal.
- I have a fully furnished house for rent on Ometepe Island. When pressed for details, he wouldn’t give me a price or a contact number. There’s a cute house for rent in my neighborhood, world.
- The price of rice and beans is too high. We cannot afford to buy our rice and beans.
- I fed Jose and Mario ( names changed for privacy ) three meals a day when they were working at the new airport. They promised to pay me. I never received any money. They returned to Managua. I killed 5 chickens for their meals. I want my money.
- I need baseball equipment for my little league team. My team is playing in bare feet and they have no uniforms.
- Someone poisoned my dog. Can you find out who threw the bag of poison and fish guts into my yard?
- When is it going to rain? We need to plant our frioles and rice.
- Where can I find a wheelchair for my invalid husband? He can’t walk. (Actually, she borrowed an old rickety wheelchair from another invalid in the neighborhood. Sigh. I’m picturing the poor man laying in bed all day now, while his chair is on loan.)
- Where are all the tourists this season? Our hotels are empty. What happened?
- Our water stinks. This plea was easily resolved. Our water department guys flushed all the tubes at our meters and the stink disappeared.
What would I like to tell the world?
- The Nicaraguan people are resilient. After decades of war, they continue to be warm and generous to strangers, expats, and tourists in need.
- They have huge smiles and are genuinely friendly.
- They are some of the best negotiators I have ever seen. There is a ritual for bargaining, and they follow it faithfully.
- They live simply.
- They devote a lot of time to sitting, take siestas in the heat of the afternoon, and know how to relax after a hard morning of work.
- They think about what is necessary, not what they want that may be out of reach financially.
- They do one thing at a time and don’t understand multitasking.
- They do less and do it slowly and deliberately.
- The Nicaraguan people are vivacious and animated. They can throw a great vela, a birthday party, and a wedding all for the cost of a ticket to Disney World.
- I love Nicaragua. Retiring here is the best decision of our lives. It has changed who we are and we now can look at the world with eyes without borders.
Today is my third year anniversary for my blog. How appropriate that in a blink of my eye, I can tell the world. My little town square of an internet tower is quickly turning into a global village of tomorrow.
If you could tell the world something, what would it be?