First of all, I can’t begin to tell you how much I appreciate all the messages of support that I received. I can tell you that is not easy to bring a tear to these old eyes, but you all did just that.
It took two hard days of driving to get here but we found everything normal and no National Guard in site. There had been a couple of dozen National Guardsmen here on Wednesday and handful on Tuesday just walking around and taking notes. We spent Saturday and Sunday talking to as many property owners as we could. I must report that I am very disillusioned with these Venezuelans. They are all very upset and worried but none want to form an organized resistance. Some with more money than sense are searching for someone to pay-off. Others say that they are business owners and they are afraid that if they put-up a resistance that the government will come after their businesses next. Others are just plain scared. The only people willing to stand with Rosa and I are a group of men who work maintaining yards and doing odd jobs in the development. They know that if the government takes control of all these homes they will be without work. And, by the way, all of these workers are Chavistas.
So, it looks like if push comes to shove, it will be Rosa and I and a handful of local laborers and my three dogs as the only ones willing to make a stand.
There is some good news. In the Sunday news paper there was the story of a Chavista woman who represents a group of people made homeless by the latest floods and she had some words for the President. Paraphrasing, she said “Yes, Mr. Present, we are angry. But we are not angry with people who have more than one house. They earned their money and have a right to spend it as they see fit. We are angry at you Mr. President. For 12 years you have said that you are going to build hundreds of thousands of homes that the poor could buy on credit and every year you built between 15,000 and 30,000. You know that is not enough Mr. President. It’s not the fault of these home owners that we are homeless. It your fault Mr. President.”
So as strange as it may sound, we are getting more support from the Chavistas than we are from the other property owners.
We don’t know what is going to happen with the sale of our house. The woman who has a contract to buy it is a Chavista who works for the Ministry of Education. W have been told by a third-party that she doesn’t seem to be worried. In other words, she thinks that her position in government will protect her. We’ll have to wait and see. The contract expires on the third of March.
Anyway, here we are camping out in a house with out one stick of furniture. A kindly neighbor lent us a small plastic table and one plastic chair. At least now I have a place to sit down and a place for my lap top. For the next few weeks, it looks like I’ll have plenty of time keep the blog going. The reality is that we don’t know what is going to happen next. All I know is that if they want to take my home they’ll have to take it by force. But for the time being, we are safe and sound and we are going to try to stay that way.