Gut Rumbles
 

September 10, 2008

My driver

Originally published May 28, 2004

I became good friends with Gerio when he was ferrying me all over Costa Rica. I figure that I spent about 24 hours total in the van with him, and he taught me Spanish while I taught him English. He always was prompt and polite and he always got me to where I was supposed to be, on time, even though the roads were very dubious in certain places.

He brought his famila to meet me when we left arenal and they rode with me back to San Jose. I believe that they all wanted to say "Thank you" for allowing them to use the van. I enjoyed the ride.

Gerio has a wife who is muy hermosa. She is a small, dignified woman who teaches math in a local escuala. She told me that she didn't speak English, but I learned better on our car ride. Her English was ragged, but still better than my Spanish. We communicated quite well.

Gerio's daughter is 16 years old and absolutely beautiful. She has the long legs, the fine ass and the ample bosom so typical of Costa Rican girls and I felt like a dirty old letcher when I first looked at her. I told Gerio and his wife that "su nina es muy linda," which is supposed to mean "you have a lovely daughter," and I hope I said what I meant. Her name is Victoria and she's going to have to beat the horny boys away with a stick one of these days, if she's not doing it already.

Gerio's son is named Renaldo, and he is one year older than Quinton. The boy is a good-looking kid and obviously well-cared for. He and Quinton could make friends with each other very quickly. I asked him, "Juegas basebol? Mi nino es un SHORTSTOP. Pueda juegar mas mejor con otros ninos." (That's as close as I could come to asking "Do you play baseball? My boy is a shortstop. He plays better than most other boys.")

Renaldo explained that he liked futbol, which every kid in Costa Rica plays. Gerio confirmed that his boy was a top of the line soccer player. His pride was obvious and his esposa nodded her head in agreement. I got a high-five from Renaldo, told him to keep up the good work, and we all settled in for a ride through some of the most scenic country I've ever seen.

I love the people and I love the country of Costa Rica. I have memories from there that I will cherish for the rest of my life.

That was the best vacation I've ever taken.

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