Friday, January 22, 2010

The Update Post

Sheesh, with all of the last minute preperations, and court issues (if you are my friend on facebook, Im sure you have read about it = if not, I will post a bit here in a minute) and everything else that is my life, I almost forgot that I had said I was going to post this blog post. Anyway, this blog post is where my mother will come and periodically post updates in the comment section. So if you care, and want to keep up on the updates until I can come back or can get online, check the box that says to email follow up comments to you. That way, everytime she updates, you will see it :)

As you know from my last post, Lale was in a bad car accident. He is still really bad, from what I hear, but he is at home. I dont know to to much about the accident, just what he told me the one day I was able to talk to him - and he was so drugged he told me a couple of different versions, LOL. I dont know whose fault it was, what happened, nothing. All I know is that our truck looks like a pancake, both our truck and the trailer flipped/rolled over a couple of times, and the driver of the trailer was put in jail for 2 or 3 days.

So this past Wednesday my father in law had to go to the fiscalia, which I am assuming is like court. Why? Because the owner of the trailer decided to sue us for the damage to the trailer, as well as the lost product (there were bananas in that trailer). It was decided by the judge or whatever that we would have to pay her L340,000 - almost $18,000 or Lale would have to go to jail. And we had 24 hours to pay it in. WTH??? Thats crazy. My brother in law, who was going in place of Lale, because he can barely walk, went back on Thursday, the day the money was due, and said to the judge, look, he is sick, can't walk etc. etc. why would you put him in jail. Plus, with him in jail, how are you going to get your money. Let us work out a payment plan and you will get paid, but there was no way we could come up with that money in 24 hours. Um, we make less than that a year. WAAAYYYYY less. And we have a family of 11. (but someone told the owner that I was a gringa, and also that my brother in law is a well known locutor - so we MUST have money. the funniest part of that is Lale and I, and that brother in law and his family are the poorest of all the brothers and sisters, LMAO) Anyways, the owner of the trailer said nope, I do not want any payment arrangements, I want my money. So the judge gave us an extension. Until 10AM today. Oh yeah, thanks. we couldnt get it in the first 24 hours, but those second 24 hours, thats a HUGE help. Thanks.

My poor father in law was calling all the family members, and everyone he knows to lend us the money - and borrowing a little here, and a little there, he was able to come up with the $18K and paid the bill. So that was taken care of, and as a bonus, we are now the proud owners of a broken down tractor trailer. Woo Hoo. Yeah the judge told my father in law to take it home after he paid the money.

The next step when I get there is to figure out how we are going to pay this money. We are going to have to sell our land, although I dont know if we are going to sell all of it, or just part of it. I am hoping to sell all of it, pay what we owe, then use the rest and move and build somewhere else. Really I do. I have been telling Lale for awhile now that I wanted to move if we could. Maybe this is Gods way of getting us to where we need to be. So all of my plans - for my pulperia, finishing my house, etc. etc. is now on hold (yet again) as we figure out what in the world we are going to do.


Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry about all of this and I hope your husband gets better soon. I wonder why you all had to pay if the truck driver was at some fault and had to spend time in jail. It seems like the court system isn't what we would call fair here in the US. I wish you the best and hope that everything works out when you get back to Honduras! Cuidate

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The Mom said...

My goodness that whole situation just sounds terrible. Hopefully Lale will agree with you and your land will sell quickly...and then you'll get a new home elsewhere and you can continue with your plans :-)

Anonymous said...

Sounds like they saw "easy money" from the gringa and the DJ or so they thought, after all, we gringa must have tons of $$ with don't know what to do with it, Gesh!

Patty said...

I am so sorry to hear the outcome of this whole mess. What about your livestock? Are you going to have to sell all of it, too? Too bad you can't come to Trujillo and start your dreams over.

Live Simply Love Strongly said...

I'm so sorry your family has had to go through all of this. Doesn't seem fair. Do you think the guy might have paid off the judge or had friends who were friends with him? They must have heard gringa and seen dollar signs...Again, so sorry and hope this all works out for the best in the end.

Lynette said...

Wow! It sounds like a bad dream. I'm so sorry. 18k is outrageous!!! I pray everything works out in your favor in the end. You never know, it could be one of those blessings in disguise.

My3Ro's said...

I will continue to hold your family in my prayers. I am so sorry this is happening to you guys and I agree it is unfair you had to pay that. Hugs and stay strong. You are an amazing woman!

Heather said...

Missing you already!

Amie Vaughan said...

i'll be praying for y'all. what a nightmare.

Olancho Bound Gringa said...

That is horrible. I can't believe that. I pray everything works out for you guys. I'm sure your not happy to owe everybody & their brother now. I hope everything sells quickly for you all. Check out Olancho area. I'd love that! Best of luck on everything. Hope we hear some good news from you soon.

Anonymous said...

anyone have any updates????????????

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La Misionera said...

I'm so sorry to hear about the accident. I am very familiar with the "they're white, they have to be rich!" line that is frequently used. I know another family where the same thing happened, and they lost a lot of money trying to pay back what was lost in goods. Hopefully something can be worked out. Asking someone to pay that amount immediately is crazy. Who has that kind of money!?! I know I don't.