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Living with the Presidente.

A tongue in cheek account of living with the Presidente, OR how to survive and extended 'family' of 183.

A different type of fencing
21 July 2008 @ 13:00

Well, here we are again. El Presidente is missing and he has been missing since 9am and it is now 11.22am. Has he taken his mobile ? NO. Are there dishes in the sink ? YES.

They are starting to erect the fencing around our perimeter road today. In the planning of this, there was a lot of discussion about a piece of land to the side of the apartments which did not belong to us but which ( according to the ex presidente ) would be ours in 2 years if we tidied it up and planted it. ( he believed in the tooth fairy too !! )

A couple of owners seemed to be keen gardeners ( for me apartment living has the bonus of NO garden, but each to thier own ) so they set about this task with gusto and achieved a nice garden area which still belongs to someone else !!

Also from some apartments, this garden area is thier view so it was decided at AGM not to continue the brick wall which surrounds most of the building ( why the origional builder did not complete this wall is anybodies guess !!) and put up a wire fence, so these owners could still see this garden area................which is NOT ours !! fact, we are told the land belongs to the town hall and they may eventually use it to build a sanitation station ( can't wait ), but Hey Ho, this is a democratic Urb so we get a fence so that we can always see the sanitation station IF 'they' build it.

So this morning ( after 2 years waiting for AGM agreement, AGM proposal agreement  for collecting the money to do the job with, planning permission and the builder being ready to start ) we are off !!

Now bear in mind, this project has been on two lots of AGM minutes and numerous committee meeting minutes ( which are displayed on the notice board each month ) and the fact that owners have contributed money wise to this project, you would have thought everything would be hunky dory ? WRONG.

El Presidente had not been gone ten minutes when the phone rang.

'What's going on outside ? I want to speak to the Presidente and can you hurry up because I'm speaking from England'.
Well  Hello to you too and it's lovely to hear from you.
'Come on then, where is the Presidente?'
Well at the moment he's with the people who are erecting the fencing, shall I get him to ring you back ?
'No, I want to speak to him now. I don't agree with this b***** fence and I want it stopped'.
Did you object when you got your minutes 2 years ago or when you got last years minutes ?
'I'm f****** objecting now'.
I'll pass your message on then shall I ?
( just out of interest, someone from here must has phoned this person to tell them the work had started this morning, WHY )

Door bell rings.......................I've got my washing out, these people won't make any dust will they ? 
I suspect they will cos they have to cut into the curb to erect the fence which is what you wanted isn't it ?
Well yes, but I don't want muck on my clean washing.
( answer, not said, but thought.............Well take it in then !! )

Phone rings again. Same person.
' Is he back yet, I want to speak to him now'.
Sorry he's still missing but I will tell him you've called.
'This is no f****** good I want to speak to someone who knows what they are talking about ( EXCUSE ME ??? )
'I'll ring back in a minute, make sure he's there'.


No Presidente.

Phone rings again.................................I answer.....................................


Translated as , bugger off and leave me alone.    ( AND the Presidente is still not back !! )

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Harley said:
21 July 2008 @ 11:41

I just carn't stop titering..........this will be hubbys lunch time read.

Hi Karen, great to meet you the other week

More said:
21 July 2008 @ 12:31

Karen, you are SO FUNNY !! I always drag OH in here to read your latest blog.

promedia said:
31 July 2008 @ 00:06


shouldnt you be making the fencing guys tea rather than messing about on the phone?????

great blog and nice owners you have

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