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David at Leisure
Nov 22nd, 2009 by Les

“The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion.  He hardly knows which is which.  He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he’s always doing both.”  James A. Michener

David is a commercial photographer.  He says I am prejudice, but reality speaks for itself.  Most all of the pictures contained in our blog site are David’s.  He has an eye for interesting and beautiful things.  He can make the mundane seem fascinating. He will barrel right in, when there is a picture to be taken, and take it.

He has the ability to make people smile radiantly.  He draws people out with his sense of humor and makes them relax – even the mega stars and public figures he’s photographed become more human and more likable.

Some of the most difficult shots I’ve seen him take – buildings without much merit, roof tops for people who sell roofing – turn out amazingly compelling.

He does not have a sense of how talented he is – others do.

In the next few posts I’m going to take you on a journey letting you get too know our little hamlet.  David has joined the crowds who are celebrating the patron Saint of Ajijic – St. Andrew – and taken the most wonderful photographs.

However, before that happens, I wanted to share a little of David’s sense of humor with you.  He is, as the quote above says, “the master in the art of making little distinction between work and play” and you will rarely see him without his camera…except in these shots which I took in our backyard.

David Getting Ready to Jump

David Getting Ready to Jump

Mid-Jump

Mid-Jump

Touch Down

Touch Down

After Jump

After Jump

Patience
Nov 19th, 2009 by Les

“A handful of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains.”  Dutch Proverb

Since I’ve never been burdened with a bushel (or any other measurement) of brains, I use my patience often.

As you’ve heard me lament many times already, our furniture and belongings have not yet arrived.  However, our patience has supposedly paid off.

They tell us our furniture has made it to Ajijic.  They tell us this, though I have no proof except for two phone calls David has had with our movers over the course of the last few hours.

We received a message, after an email inquiry I made yesterday, that our belongings had arrived and we needed to contact the movers for delivery.  David called immediately and was asked, when would he like to take delivery?  His response, how about now was greeted with, how about Monday.

Okay, we can make it through one more weekend.  I’m wondering if it would be possible to go and visit our stuff?  You know maybe pull out a few hundred things we are dying to get our hands on?  Perhaps, gaze upon a few items that hold special meaning – like, maybe, our toaster.   I guess that isn’t going to happen as they are still in their crates.

Life is full of ups and downs, a few steps forward and ten steps back.  For now, we march as one into the weekend knowing – though we have sustained yet another slow leak in our air mattress, our time is near its end and we will simply bound joyously into four more days of adventures in sleeping.

Pass the bottle of sleeping pills; I think I’m ready for a quick nap before the bed hits the floor!

(The pictures accompanying this post are a view of our blow up mattress and of Lumpel-Still-Skin – our cat – sequestered within said blow up mattress.)

The Blow UP

The Blow UP

Lumpel Still Skin

Lumpel Still Skin

The Gardener
Nov 18th, 2009 by Les

A Quiet Garden Corner

A Quiet Garden Corner

As you know I like to begin each post with a quote…or something similar.  This morning, as I began writing my post I came up with many quotes that seemed to fit the bill and was hard pressed to find just the right one.  Weeding out most of them (ha, ha) and sharing one with David I thought was particularly funny, him not so much – these are the two that struck a note:

A Veggie New Age Song:
Peas would rule the planets, and love would clear the bars.
It was the dawning of the Age of Asparagus, age of asparagus

And a Rodney Dangerfield quote:

My wife’s a water sign.  I’m an earth sign. Together we make mud.

David’s family, as I understand it, had a person who did the major yard work while he and his brother Jody did the mowing.

When I was younger I mowed the lawn with a push lawn mower (3/4 of an acre) and later on my brother took over.  I do still have some lingering thoughts in regard to that process since once he started mowing my father decided to buy a riding lawn mower.  I’ve gotten over that, though I still think it was a bit unfair to pay him more when he actually enjoyed riding that mower!

My point, you are probably wondering is this – we have a gardener – Senor Magay.  He is absolutely wonderful!  I mean it.  He performs magic on our yard.  It’s not an easy yard to take care of – large with many different types of plantings, lots of watering, raking, cutting, pruning, fertilizing, etc.  He does it all.  He smiles the entire time.  He receives $100 pesos (about $7.76) for stopping in once a week for this work, and working three to four hours.  The amount that was actually agreed upon between the people who set up our house for us was $90 pesos, but David increased it to $100.

I’m not used to having anyone do my lawn, yard work, etc.  On top of it – there David and I sat, this lovely Saturday afternoon…he on his laptop and I reading “The Historian” enjoying life on our porch.  I felt guilty sitting there.  I felt I should be down there lending a helping hand.  Yet, Senor Magay, like so many of the Mexican people we have come across, would not hear of it.  They are pleasant, smiling, generous, always wanting to practice their English on us and extremely helpful.  Working hard seems to be a past time, although I’m still trying to get used to the hours – starting in the morning until lunch – gone for several hours – returning and working, often, until sundown.

They make me tired just watching them.  I guess it’s time for lemonade!

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