These photos of the candelabra plant remind me of how well I do living in Mexico by "going with the flow." You see, each season I hack this thing back to a stump hoping it won't make it and each year
it comes back stronger and stronger. There are lots of lessons to be learned from that.
I've decided to love the plant for the joy the hummingbirds get from the nectar in each and every one of the blooms on the stalk. The power of positive thinking.
This is a mandevilla. For years, literally years, I tried to cultivate this flower in Houston.
Always to no avail. Here they run rampant. Patience pays off.
I tell you this because I've been in a situation for three weeks that has tried my patience to the nth degree. The situation is called Megacable. They are one of the providers in town of cable and internet services.
I haven't had a problem with service since I signed up last August - almost a year. However, when someone moved into the guest house for a short stay, it went downhill. This person unplugged the modem to ask me a question and even though it was reconnected, there has been intermittent internet since then.
Oh yes, I went to the office. Explained the situation. They said they would send someone between the hours of...........never showed. Finally, I took the modem in for an exchange. That took more then 30 minutes to complete as Megacable and most of Mexico is BIG on paperwork. You would have thought I had asked for a loan of $30,000USD.
Of course when I brought it back to the guest house it worked for a few hours and then not. My worst fear. Finally I called and actually got a tech rep who came eventually and changed out that modem three times til he got one to work. Yup, you guessed it, it worked for a few hours and then nada.
Yesterday was the final straw. After scheduling another service call, which was scheduled from 9-2, I , of course, was here every second. No show. Called, they rescheduled for between 4-7 because the techs needed to have lunch from 2-4. No show. At 7 I called and got a woman who said I had never paid my bill and that was why I had intermittent service. Lordy, I nearly lost it. The bill is paid until October. I explained this to her - again to no avail. Her final response was that I would have to go in today and show receipts to someone to reschedule for service.
My patience is thin as is my attitude. I'm going to meditate so that when I DO go into Megacable again today for the fourth time in three weeks, I don't make a fool of myself. Or frighten unsuspecting people.
My mantra will be "Go with the flow". It is one of the lessons of life in Mexico.