A former high school classmate and cherished old friend when reconnecting with Roger through Facebook quoted the old saying: "When God closes a door, he opens a window." The years have seen a number of life changes for us that make that adage ring true. After being blessed with good fortune, a wonderful son and great experiences, we decided to look out that window and prepare for more of what this wonderful life has to offer. We hope through our blog to share our journey from this point forward with family, with friends and with many others. Hopefully we'll make some new friends along the way. We hope you find our tales of some interest, even amusement and perhaps an inspiration for you to treat each and every day as an opportunity and an adventure to share with those who are an important part of your life.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

A Little Excitement in The Hood!

The west wall of the Estadio Cashapata
wound up in the street Sunday afternoon
"Joshua fit the battle of Jericho and the walls came tumbling down!"

O.K. it wasn't quite a biblical event even though it was Sunday afternoon but we did have some tumbling walls in our neighborhood this weekend.

We Yazells live about a long city block block away from the Estadio Cashapata which is a futbol (soccer to you norte americanos!) stadium housing the Club Liga de Cuenca.  It is surrounded by a 3 meter wall (9-10 ft) on top of which there is a chain link fence of about 2 meters (6-7ft).  On one side (west) the fence holds advertising signage.

A friend of ours lives in an edifico departmentos (condominium apartment building) about three blocks away and regularly comes walking her dog on our street.  Sunday afternoon, she calls after returning from her daily walk and asks if we've looked out our window toward the stadium (our house is on a curve so the upstairs window looks down the street with a clear view of the stadium's west wall!).  We looked and to our surprise  we saw a clear view of the field!

The entire street on the west side
of the estadio was blocked!
It seems the high westerly winds we had experienced during the day had caught the metal signage on the fence and proceeded to topple the fence and the upper portion of the wall with it filling the street on the west side of the estadio.  We, of course, had to walk down and take some photos.

Normally you have be inside to
see the play going on  at the estadio!

For the rest of the afternoon, our typically quiet dead end street was active with cars attempting to find a new route around the estadio only to discover there was no way out on Calle Eloy Abad (our street).

Workmen begin work on removing the signage from the fence.

The fence and signage got cleared by sunset
 but the bricks and debris won't be
out of the street until sometime Monday.

Roger, who was working that afternoon on clearing some overgrown brush on the lot next to our wall even got to talk with the policia who came by wondering if traffic could be re-routed through our neighborhood.  

Roger doing some clean up work on
what should have been
a very quiet Sunday afternoon!

Typically the neighborhood Ecua-volley game is the only neighborhood activity we get on Sunday there was a little more going on.  It made for a little extra excitement as we continue our retirement journey:  "juntos en el camino de la vida".

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