Scratching things off the to-do list...
-- Electric and gas - Nov.15
-- Phone and DSL - Nov.17
Notified I'll be in B.A & changed my address to my family's home:
-- Bank (checking, savings & visa)
-- Master card
Still working with Charles Schwab to open a checking account (no fees for accessing money abroad). There was an error in processing the account.
Signed up for a membership to the South American Explorers club. (multiple discounts are offered; like the Spanish school I'll be attending. Also, they have a place to lock up my bags if I can't find an apartment right away)