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Archive for February 2014

Using a Heavy or Hand Slingshot..

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A little different then the slingshots we used to use when we were all kids; this popular device does not have a handle to hold onto, rather requires the user to wrap the thick rubber around fingers on the forward hand to aim.  In theory this should be done quickly because birds and small animals will not wait around for long for people to prepare their heavys..  nonetheless, here are the steps you need to know to fire like a real Peruvian..

Step 1: Collect the correct rocks, not too large and as rounded as possible..

Step 1: Collect the correct rocks, not too large and as rounded as possible..

Step 2: Most right-handed people draw back the ammo pouch with their left hand and aim with their right forward.  If wanting to use it this way, grab towards the center rubber with your right hand like you are shaking hands..

Step 2: Most right-handed people draw back the ammo pouch with their left hand and aim with their right forward. If wanting to use it this way, grab towards the center rubber with your right hand like you are shaking hands..

Step 3: Wrap the top part of the one side of strap over then back under only your index finger on you right hand, Important: do this so that the pull of the strap will be on the INSIDE of the index finger.

Step 3: Wrap the top part of the one side of strap over then back under only your index finger on you right hand, Important: do this so that the pull of the strap will be on the INSIDE of the index finger.

Step 4: The other side of the strap pulls from the tip of the thumb.  Close the bottom of your right hand if there is slack to hold back in the strap.

Step 4: The other side of the strap pulls from the tip of the thumb. Close the bottom of your right hand if there is slack to hold back in the strap.

Step 5: Draw back until desired tightness and let rip.  Just don't aim towards Andrea or anything else of value.

Step 5: Draw back until desired tightness and let rip. Just don’t aim towards Andrea or anything else of value.

Here’s a professional doing the action at full speed.

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February 28, 2014 at 6:36 pm

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Weekend Water System Cleanings..

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Much like community work events in weeks and months past (i.e., here or here), the neighbors came out in two of the annexes last weekend to clean, scrub and maintain their propio water systems.  Hit up Tingo on Saturday which gets together once a year to move and fix pipes, repaint the tanks, and remove and wash down rock by rock in their filters.  Then Sunday morning got with Ocol which has their water system only a 15-20 min walk from the highway.  They do their cleaning about every 2 months and fortunately was one of the only dry days this season.  Hopefully the folks enjoyed be being there and could take advantage of my height to lift rocks and buckets of water over walls and teach the best ways to wipe clean fungus and bleach cement with chlorine.

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February 28, 2014 at 7:07 am

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Puppy Rambo Gives the Chicken A Try..

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At two months old, Rambo does the best he can to put down this chicken for good; just lacks the skills..

And lacks a sharp knife, it’s really pretty quick and painless for the bird when you do it the right way..

Andrea is very proud of the attempt.

Andrea is very proud of the attempt.

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February 24, 2014 at 1:06 pm

Storing and Transporting Cookstove Material..

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XYFJSU297ECZ    It’s all part of the game getting these stoves built in houses around the district.  Luckily, we have use of the old market space to store material and friendly neighbors to help move stuff around.

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February 19, 2014 at 1:15 am

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Traditional Amazonas Music During Another Carnival Yunsa..

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One nice thing about the festivals around here is we start to know what to expect: type of music, type of drinks, time to typically arrive, and types of activities. And when it comes time to have another party where you dance around the yunsa tree (SEE post around this time last year); we know what to expect but it’s always a good time.

During the carnival festival of last weekend, Jarime and Victor came out with their traditional drums and whistles to play festival music..

Then the band kicked in when it was time to circle the tree and get to cutting..

Remember when the tree comes down, the last to cut will be one of next years majordomos (or hosts) for the party.  Andrea and I are not going to go through that again.

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February 18, 2014 at 1:52 am

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Every consider being a priest in Peru..

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This promotional material makes it look like real fun time.

This promotional material makes it look like a real fun time.

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February 13, 2014 at 11:42 am

Cloudy Huancas Canyon..

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So glad that Petra and Simon from Germany came to visit this past weekend.  Nice to see them after after more then 10 or 12 years.  Just our luck the beautiful Huancas Canyon was a bit obscured.

Normally, one could see green fields and many different waterfalls on the other side of the deep canyon.

Normally, one could see green fields and many different waterfalls on the other side of the deep canyon.

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February 10, 2014 at 4:14 pm

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