DAY 40 - PREGNANT WOMEN AND ELECTRONIC TAGS

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What a day! In the morning I picked up RJ and Lalo to drive together to Ana’s house, who is pregnant and comes out in the first scene of the movie. Even though both of them are from Brownsville and even though I gave them a map to guide me, it took us more than 45 minutes to find the right street which is actually just around the corner of Lalo’s house. There the first drama: Ana is not there. A woman who opend the door after 10 minutes of knocking assumes that she slept at her mum’s place but has no idea where that is…
Then a phone call from Barbara: The guy who wanted to lend us his car for the first scene didn’t show up and can’t be reached anymore. So we need a new car… RJ, Lalo and I start to ask people on the street, but without success. I decide to bring RJ and Lalo to the set on Boca Chica Beach so that we don’t loose even more time and to go on from there.
Then the saving idea: Zuly’s mum will borrow us her car, it’s not exactly what Barbara had in mind but it will work out. While I give Zuly’s mum a ride back to Brownsville I continue calling at Ana’s house. After 3 hours I finally succeed by reaching her and she tells me to pick her up.
So I drive to her house in Southmost where I see two men sitting at the porch. As I come closer I recognize that one of them is wearing an electronic tag and doesn’t look very friendly at me. So I start beaming as much as I can, ignore the danger, come closer and say: “Hi, I’m Constanze, I’m picking up Ana, is she ready?” and oh wonder, during waiting for Ana, we talk about the weather…
Hours later I make my last tour to the beach to pick up RJ, Lalo and Barbara. After getting out of the car for only 2 minutes I already have the feelings as if thousands of mosquitos are sucking away my blood. So back into the car, but oh horror, there are approximately 30 mosquitos already waiting for me. A race against the time starts, how many can I kill before they get my blood… - all I can tell you is that at the end I could count 17 bloodstains…
And oh yeah, just to end the day the same perfect way it started: our Minivan got stuck in the sand and couldn’t get out by itself but when the bordercontrol stopped us they didn’t find the drungs some of us were carrying with them…

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