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I read in the local news that, as of today, there are new curfew rules:
- Mondays to Thursdays from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. with closure of businesses at 8 p.m. (1 hour before the commencement of the curfew)
Fridays and Saturdays from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. with closure of businesses at 6 p.m.
Sundays from 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. with closure of businesses at 3 p.m.
The rains kept on coming all day. I turned on the A/C early and worked on the computer in comfort for much of the day. Gregory (they fruit seller on the floating green jungle) came by and financed his monthly rent by selling me some mango, passion fruit, yams, chives and something I can't identify yet. I like his spunk, but the supermarket would give me much better prices!
Since the A/C was on, I cleaned the oil-filled bilge and saw that several of the plastic oil containers had been wedged in place and sprung miniscule cracks at the flex points. So I decided to do an oil change on the engine, even though I couldn't find a new oil filter. 6.5l is the total oil volume on the main engine and now I have just 1l spare, but I won't have to clean that bilge again! I will have to buy a new filter and spare for the engine soon... I got rid of the oil at the dump on-site and then sucked up the mess under the engine, a mixture of oil and water. I'll let it settle a bit and then try again later.
The rains abated later on in the afternoon and I headed ashore at 17:30 to get dinner at La Mesa but it was shut down, and all the other places looked like they were in the process of doing so as well! I'd forgotten the new curfews which had stores and restaurants closing at 19:00 on Fridays and doing last call at 18:00 in order to allow the staff sufficient time to get home before curfew. I guess they added in the extra half-hour to make sure. I met one of the other boat owners who has a 4600 Catamaran still sans mast that he'd purchased ex-Irma and was fixing up. We talked as everything around us shut down and I returned to Zanshin to make a small dinner and watch yet another episode of Blackadder.