Dec 18th, 2012 by David

“A good holiday is one spent among people whose notions of time are vaguer than yours.” John Priestly

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They most be felt with the heart.”  Helen Keller

Why be limited by logic?  Seriously, I’ve reached the age when life stops giving me things and starts taking things away…like my memory for instance.  How frustrating it is to get up from the kitchen table, head down the hall, come to a dead stop mid-way to who knows where and lament…what was I going to get?

We have not been in Newberry South Carolina for that long.  We are still comparing life here to the life we led in Mexico.  Sentences still begin with, this would have cost that in Ajijic, and it costs this here.  Traffic would have been like this in Guadalajara– chaotic (a topic of continuous conversation among ex-pats who live in Mexico) and is now like this in Newberry – tranquil to the point of boredom.  If someone had told me I would long for the rush of adrenalin I got whenever we went for a drive in Mexico, I’d have thought them crazy.  There is a part of me, the lunatic within if you will, that has overcome me at times here and prompts me to change lanes without blinker engaged and mind at the ready…just move.  I don’t give in but the thought still startles the heck out of me!

Driving is calmer here.  I do remind myself  Newberry is not a booming metropolis and is certainly not comparable to Guadalajara except that both places are beautiful in their own way and have automobiles.  Choices in the type of fuel we put in our mobile unit are abundant…not so in Mexico.  Prices change daily here and I find myself straining my neck to see where the price is the least.  In Mexico, you simply pulled into the only gas station available, Pemex, and bought the only fuel for whatever price it was.  Life made simpler.

Shopping for groceries does not take on the same sense of adventure it did in Chapala.  While there are certainly far more items to choose from, the excitement of wondering  just what a product is does not present itself here…basically we know.  I can remember walking down aisle after aisle in Soriana’s thinking…my heavens what is this….it looks interesting…could I use it somewhere…should I take a chance.  Here I’ve gone back to grab and drop (into cart) as my shopping behavior.  No excitement there though I often find things at check out that make absolutely no sense…it is me not the object…you know, the whole “sense” thing.  Let’s face it, how often do I make sense….again I digress.

And then there’s the walking….walking without boundaries.  David has, upon more then one occasion mentioned…I don’t have to look at my feet anymore.  I can actually walk and look around without fear of upending myself and having three to four gracious amigos try to set me aright.  I no longer feel like I am living the life of a giant with Lilliputians running interference.

There is beauty here as there is beauty in Mexico.  This place is rift with the history of a young America not unlike the history that can be seen in every village in Mexico.  There are fabulous structures showing the heritage of the deep south here, as there are architecturally magnificent buildings including entire sections of prehispanic and colonial cities in Mexico.

And the people.  The people are warm and welcoming here…southern hospitality in abundance as were the Mexican people and their graciousness and good humor.  Children of both countries with their shy smiles and sweetness abound and bring a smile to your face and touch your heart with happiness.

As this holiday season brings joy and hope to many and the new year fast approaches, David and I look back on the many things that made Mexico our home for three years and look forward to life in small town USA.

May we take this opportunity as 2013 approaches to wish you a gentle heart, good health in abundance, the sweetness of love, gratitude born of experience, caring for those less fortunate and a peace which transcends hope and gives great joy. Let yourself go and explore the child within…laugh heartily and do something crazy…it does lift the spirits and makes you laugh from your gut.  It has been a pleasure sharing with all of you our exploits in Mexico.  Your comments have touched us and we are thankful for your presence in our lives and the opportunity to share David’s wonderful photography and my absurd and often irrational outlook on life ala Mexico.

May your hair flourish, your pimples diminish, your abs harden, your heart soften, your teeth whiten, your skin darken, your stocks rise, your cholesterol fall, your happiness increase, and your mortgage decrease, as you will be in serious trouble if everything is in the reverse.

Viva the United States of Mexico and Viva the United States of America!

Christmas in Mexico


Lighted Garden


Child in Manger Scene – Ajijic


Downtown Newberry


A Building on the Square
Beautifully decorated building in downtown Newberry

Our Friend Em

Best Wishes and the Happiest of New Years

David and Les

This and That and Lolita’s
Nov 3rd, 2012 by Les

Milton Berle once said: “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door”.

Graham Greene said: “There’s always one moment in life when the door opens and lets the future in.”

We are currently working on our new South Carolina blog.  An opportunity has presented itself and I thought I’d share it with all of you.  I’ve missed some opportunities in life.  Had they come in as temptations it would have only required one knock…as it was even pounding me over the head with a rubber mallet didn’t work.  Consequently, while our SC blog is under construction I will continue to write here.

Our friends, Steve and Lana Coffman own Lolita’s Inn/Gallery/Healing Center located not far from the plaza in Ajijic Jalisco Mexico.  If you are thinking about Mexico, I would like to suggest you visit their web site .  We’ve talked so much about considering Mexico and all it has to offer.  We’ve also commented on visiting first to get a feel for the area and if it is right for you.

This is a rare opportunity to not only see the area, stay in the well appointed luxury of a gorgeous inn, but to purchase a business that is already up and running successfully..if you are of the mind to do so.  This is what Steve and Lana write:

We are a new property having moved in October 2012.  Our first year has been a resounding success.  The high seasons are booked in advance (mostly snow birds from the US and Canada) and our summer season is starting to become popular for the getting out of the heat and humidity crowds in the southern US.  People living in Guadalajara often use our inn as a weekend retreat and that market is growing.

We never dreamed it would be this enjoyable and easy.  We built Lolita’s Inn with the idea of selling it.  Once sold we intend to stay in Ajijic and start our next adventure.  Our sights are set on finding the perfect people who want to retire and have some income or simply don’t want to stop their life after retirement. 

Lolita’s is small, for easy management, cozy, comfortable with an atmosphere of warmth and friendliness you’ll utterly enjoy.  It is also within walking distance of other galleries, restaurants, boutique shops and the beautiful Ajijic Malacon…boardwalk.

David at Lolita’s Inn Gallery and Healing Center

David had a gallery showing at Lolita’s and it was a simply wonderful place to show off his work as well as meet and greet the absolutely interesting people who live in or visit the area.

If you simply want to get away…spend some time…or are looking for a business opportunity…please visit or email

On with another thought as I try not to clutter my brain with too many thoughts at one time.  The filter that keeps all my thoughts from pouring out of my mouth hasn’t been changed for some time…I guarantee nothing.  I will continue to post on the BoomerstoMexico website until we have finished constructing our new South Carolina website.  Once it is completed, we will have a grand opening.

Please consider this a taste of what’s to come.

Our good friend Emmie took us on a tour of downtown Newberry.  Since we live two blocks from most everything…we walked from our house to the tour.  Below you will find pictures of one of the oldest hardware stores around these parts. 

Bill Shull runs this hardware store.  His great grandparents opened it in 1884.  Many of the antiques in the store were placed there before they became antiques.  Bill has everything from the traditional chain, rope, cabinet hardware and wood screws to a copy of his father’s 1994 Nobel Prize in Physics, which isn’t for sale.

Upon entering the store and hidden among ALL of the STUFF a lone anachronistic voice called out: “oh, no…don’t tell me you are moving here. No offense…we don’t need more old people (author’s comment…we aren’t that OLD) we need new blood.”   Ah ha…the legendary Mr. Shull.  I started to say something when he interrupted again with: “well, shut my mouth (which didn’t happen I might add)…don’t tell me you’re a Yankee!?”  To which I replied:  “Let me guess …  you must be on the Newberry Welcoming Committee…am I right?”  All was said in good humor though I believe Mr. Shull must be one of Newberry’s resident curmudgeons extraordinaire.

I’ve been told growing old is mandatory.  Okay….since it appears remaining a child is optional…I choose that option…thank you very much.  Newberry is a college town.  Home to Newberry College (go figure) which is celebrating its 150th anniversary and Piedmont Technical College among other schools of higher education, they tell me.  The place is hopping with lots to do and opportunity to nurture the child within to the extreme.  I am excited about sharing with you via word and David’s photographs what we may encounter on my first foray into living in the true south.

Beside the photographs of the hardware store…you will also find a small church we found after taking a trip down a street that simply looked inviting and the cotton fields (I’ve never seen a cotton field other than in photographs and David hadn’t seen any in years) that surrounded the church.  What fun!!

Enjoy…there will be more to come.


Yup…you guessed it…a window display!



Sometimes I Need a Border Collie
Oct 29th, 2012 by Les

“What a wonderful life I’ve had!  I only wish I’d realized it sooner.”  Sidonie Gabrielle

“You must learn from the mistakes of others.  You can’t possibly live long enough to make them all yourself.”  Sam Levenson

……. to keep my mind on track.  Where has the time gone?  Lately, oh for heaven sakes most all of the time my brain is like a sieve.  Whatever I pour in seeps out.

The trip from Mexico to Newberry South Carolina was interesting.  The first leg of the journey and ultimately the worst leg started out in a precarious manner.  We had all of our belongings we wished to take back with us packed and loaded the day before we left.  Strom White did a great job of squeezing everything we owned into one lift van and a palette.

Squeeze was the key word here….and squeeze we did…everything else went into our car.  Have you ever been so distracted by life’s minutiae, you simply can’t, well function?!  David, being the wise man that he is, stayed out of my way as the day we were set to leave I turned into Attila the Hun.  Not a pretty sight.  Instead of being considered the Scourge of God… I became the Scourge of the Moment in all its ugliness. 

I’m not kidding folks…door to car slightly open…arm within…pushing, shoving, closing slowly then ultimately slamming shut before everything burst free.  That was me. And being me….of course…I had to reopen the door many times before the process was over.

In the end…off we went…pulling the car slowly out of the gate…waving to our neighbors and bottoming out on the cobblestones…off we set not in the least prepared for the adventure ahead.

I thought we had planned this trip to the nth degree.  Au contraire, my friends.  No amount of prep would have made it any easier.  Apparently, when my ship came in I was in the bathroom with my pants down..because the ship sailed into unchartered waters.  For some reason our GPS…though we had it set up for Mexico…didn’t seem to know where we were (like me…I never know where I am and find that oddly comforting…but, again I digress) going any more then we did.  It, like us, plummeted straight ahead caution to the wind and little on the brain.

We made it to our final destination, Matehuala, eventually.  I will not bore you with the crazy details except to say no banditos were encountered.  Simply wrong turns, potholes bigger then our car and a sense that our GPS lady had a diabolical side we weren’t aware of prior to this particular time.  There were a few stops by local polica and federales …check points if you will.  All were traversed without incident.  You merely had to put up with all traffic including many 18 wheelers pushed into one lane so they could drive through portable detectors.

The next day dawned bright and, though we felt like we were the only people traveling on the toll road to the border, time went by quickly…even if we crossed at a different international bridge then the one we had mapped and we ended up on Laredo Texas in such a way we felt we’d been transported there without knowing exactly how it happened…we were home!

The rest of the trip was uneventful, for the most part. We are now in our lovely home in Newberry. The furniture arrived a week ago.  We are settling in…getting to know the neighborhood and taking a deep breath.  It seemed like we had held our collective breaths for a long time before leaving!

Mexico is a beautiful country.  Its people are its biggest treasure.  The landscape is amazing and the weather even better.  It is, however, a developing country fraught with growing pains.  There is much to do.  There is much to see.  The cost of living, something that is upper most on a lot of people’s minds at this time, is less then in the US for the most part.  Here’s what I believe to be true, the more people from North of the Border and Europe that move to Mexico…the more the prices for things will continue to rise.

If you are thinking of moving to Mexico…by all means go there and spend as much time visiting as you can before you make the move.  Whatever area you may think you want to live in will have its pros and cons.  Visit first and make an informed decision … before committing.

Below are photographs David took just before we left and also photographs taken in our new home.  We are not Carolinians yet…far from it…and there are stories to tell already.  If you wish to hear them…to see David’s wonderful photography of the area…stay tuned to this blog.  If not, just reply to our notice of a posting and I will remove you from our list.  If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask by writing any time and I will try to answer them as best I can.  Hopefully our book will be published as an ebook in the near future…if I can just pull my thoughts together enough to finish it!!  There is logic, reason, science and there is thought verified by experience and then there is me…everything I say should be suspect…funny perhaps, but suspect.  Just wanted to warn you.  Cést la vie…it goes to show you never can tell what might next pop out of this over fertilized brain.

Church in Tlaquepaque Mexico



Ixtlahuacan Mexico


Newberry – House off Main Street



Fruit on the Vine – Enoree River Winery


Enoree River Winery

Up the Road from our House


Up that Same Road….Barn in the Sunlight…Newberry South Carolina

You Guessed It…Up That Same Road

Yes…the Same Road

Our Friends House Looking Beautiful in the Fog


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