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Know the Difference Between a "Gut-Check No" and Nervous Excitement
Here's the scene: my friend Dre and I had just bussed it from Quito, where we were living, to some remote hot springs about two hours north of the city. Our afternoon was spent relaxing in those sweet simmering springs and having swimming races with some local kids. Every once in a while we'd lean back on a boulder or some such thing, check out the blue Ecuadorian sky and sigh with contentment. This was the life, man.
As I tend to do, I had planned the early afternoon return down to the minute. "The bus swings by at 5 PM so we have to hike back down the hill to meet it on the road. That means we have to be out of the springs by 4:30, blah blah." I don't mean to cast a wide net here, but it is fairly well known that things in Latin America do not always happen on time. Thus, when Dre and I arrived at the appointed spot at 4:50, smiling and proud of ourselves for being punctual, we naively waited for our bus for over an hour with nothing passing our way except for a few old Chevy's.