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Apr 23rd, 2010 by Les

Darling, the legs aren’t so beautiful, I just know what to do with them.  Marlene Dietrich, German actress and singer.

“The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast.” Oscar Wilde, writer, poet, playwright

I wasn’t doing any work today, just catching up on my foot-dangling.

It was one of those clear, bright summer mornings we get in Ajijic every day before the heat sets in. The hills are turning green and in the valley you can see the plugs getting up to make a sawbuck, and the jacaranda trees tossing their blooms.

We decided to get a cup of joe.  Downing our raincoats and fedoras we looked about as inconspicuous as tarantulas on a slice of angel food cake.  I had spent time trying to paint the suitcases out from under my eyes and was ready to dust out.

Dinner, the night before, tasted like a discarded mail bag. We needed a drink, we needed a lot of life insurance, we needed new cheaters. What we had was a coat, a hat and David’s gams. We’re just a couple of bit players in the game called life.

Okay, I’ve done the hardboiled detective thing as far as I can take it without offending someone.  Gams it is.  Below you will see pictures of David’s gams.  As usual he was a stand-up guy, like a member of the chopper squad he strode out into the street and posed for the duce below (well, actually he had to stand to get the picture).  He didn’t tell me to “go climb up my thumb” but stood stoic for the shots I needed to complete this gam bit.

Does walking on cobblestones pay off?  You bet your sweet keister it does.  Take a look at his gams.

(If you recognize any of this….I plead the fifth!)

Gams of steel.

Gams of steel.

Cobblestone Gams...if you will!

Cobblestone Gams...if you will!

Again, I leave with some beautiful shots of the past weeks....Bird of Paradise

Again, I leave with some beautiful shots of the past weeks....Bird of Paradise

Over the course of four days and nights of time lapse - David's artistry shows through.

Over the course of four days and nights of time lapse - David's artistry shows through.

Our online store should be up and running within the next few weeks.

Absolute
Apr 19th, 2010 by Les

Bill Vaughn, American industry author, mentor and subject-matter expert…whatever that means…said: “We hope that, when the insects take over the world they will remember with gratitude how we took them along on all our picnics.”

And, of course, there is Woody Allen, American actor, author, screenwriter and film director, and one of my favorites, who said: “Life is hard for insects.  And I don’t think mice are having any fun either.”

I have entitled this particular blog “Absolute”.  David and I watched “Alice in Wonderland” last night and I fell in love with all of the characters yet again….particularly the all knowing caterpillar named “Absolute”.  He seemed quite large next to Alice’s diminutive size.  You know, after drinking the potion in the room prior to being able to enter “Wonderland” and certainly after drinking what “Hatter” gave her at the tea party before stuffing her into a teapot.

Today, as we walked through the village and in the most unlikely spot – because of the noise, people, cars and general buzz of activity on the carretera (highway) – we came upon a “realmente saltamontes grande” in other words REALLY BIG GRASSHOPPER.  At first, because of its size, David thought someone had dropped a piece of origami on the sidewalk.  Upon further investigation we found a real-live mutant grasshopper.

He was doing a great job of playing dead….something none of the dogs I’ve known have been any good at….and laying very still.  The fact that this brave mutant was smack dab in the middle of a sidewalk in this busy area of the village didn’t escape us although he seemed to be oblivious to everything and quite stoic given his predicament.

David, being David, became entranced by this character.  So much so that he spent the next 15 to 20 minutes photographing said creepy-crawly creature.  Picture a sidewalk about 2.5 feet in width.  Now picture a 6’5” man wearing a jaunty chapeau kneeling down to grasshopper level, placing his iPhone with a picture of the 7” – from tail feather to head feathers – Gilbert – the cockatiel we had to leave behind –  on one knee, camera in hand getting ready to shoot.

As I stood there watching I noticed, for the most part, as the people approached this area of the sidewalk, and keeping in mind most were Mexican nationals, big smiles crossing their respective faces.  My guess is they had no idea why this large gringo was splayed out across this tiny sidewalk until they moved closer (talk about being stoic).  The smiles became larger and even more friendly as they saw what he was photographing with his iPhone right next to said grasshopper to measure size…at least I think that was pretty self evident.  However, for all they knew, he could have been assisting this huge creature in his attempt to contact a relative, telephonically, in the tree just down the block (I kid you not, that’s how big he was!).  Most of these extremely gracious people actually stopped in mid-walk to allow him to focus and shoot before continuing on their journeys.

Had this taken place on the streets of any big city in the States, he’d have probably been trampled to death.  Just kidding, although I’m pretty sure, if this were during the morning rush, the afternoon lunch or the evening leave taking, it might have been greeted with the proverbial “3 finger salute”.

Ever gracious and accommodating our Mexican neighbors saw the humor in the situation.  And David, with the heart of a true artist photographer, gave compliment to all the wonderful new adventures we continue to have in this welcoming land.  I do believe his gesture and his child-like awe at what he saw translated itself beyond words to these friendly people. As we walked away from this charming bit of Mexicana, I could almost hear Absolute saying…God in his wisdom made the fly and then forgot to tell us why!  In all honesty, Ogden Nash said it but it sounds like an “Absolutism”.

Viva Mexico.

Mutant grasshopper on the move...believe me!

Mutant grasshopper on the move...believe me!

Trust me, still on the move.

Trust me, still on the move.

Isn't this too exciting?!

Isn't this too exciting?!

Not sure who to call.

Not sure who to call.

Gilbert and the Giant Grasshopper

Gilbert and the Giant Grasshopper

I leave you with this beautiful close up of a lilly in our garden David took a few days ago.

I leave you with this beautiful close up of a lilly in our garden David took a few days ago.

Just when I thought is was safe to go onto the cobblestones!
Apr 13th, 2010 by Les

 “Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall down an open manhole cover and die.”     Mel Brooks,  American Screenwriter, Actor, Film Director
 
Does anyone beside me remember the “sidewalk saying” – step on a crack, break your mother’s back?  From what I understand it dates back to 1905 and no I was not even a glimmer in my parent’s eye at that time…thank you very much!

I remember hearing it as a child and thinking no way am I going to take a chance with this one.  I happened to like my mom.  She was always there to greet me when I came home from school.  She loved to bake my favorite things and kept a perfect house.  Even if she did lecture me about how “sock it to me” was just a phase, and young ladies did not say “you bet your sweet bibby”.  I could be anything I wanted to be when I grew up, even if I was a girl. Rather then take a chance I spent my entire childhood avoiding, meticulously, stepping on any cracks in the sidewalk.

That is darn near impossible here in Ajijic because, with cobblestones, there are many, many, many cracks in the sidewalk.  What are also in the sidewalk (see pictures below) are what would call, for lack of a better term, elfin manhole covers.  They aren’t like the big huge manhole covers you see in the States that allow access to the sewer system.  You know the ones where the cops chase the suspect into the dark, dank, rat-infested nether land of underground tunnels with 3 inches of water.  Sorry, yet again I digress.

Any who, these little manhole covers are everywhere.  I hadn’t given them much thought until the other day.  David and I were walking somewhere, yet again, when suddenly, out of the blue a lady on the opposite site of the street stepped on the edge of one of these covers, it shot up hitting her in the shins and toppling her to the ground.

Like most all of us when something like this happens she got up quickly, stated to everyone in the area she was fine and continued walking with a slight limp.

What is unique about these manhole covers is they don’t conform to any standard.  You know what I mean – like a picture showing water or something referring to AT&T, etc. which might give you a hint as to what they are about.  One of them has a replica of a helicopter on it.  Darned if I know what that means.  Maybe miniature helicopters reside below and can be summoned at will by someone with one of those joysticks to attack a fleeing robber.  Sorry, I have a very active imagination.

For now, I am reminded of journeys of my youth when I bit my lip and concentrated fully on not hitting a crack….only now it’s a manhole cover.  It hasn’t affected David in the least.  He goes on his merry way not only stepping on the manhole covers but hitting low hanging trees (at 6’5” he seems quite used to it), bumping into people exiting buildings, taking one fabulous photograph after the other and seemingly oblivious to my concentrated effort to keep up with his youthful stride.

I personally think this is yet another charm connected with living in this little village.  However, I am also someone who thinks Heinz Ketchup is REALLY SPICEY. 

Always an adventure and always a delight.  Viva Mexico!

First example a simple dotted design.

First example a simple dotted design.

Second Example a star design.

Second Example a star design.

Third Example a helicopter....I kid you not.

Third Example a helicopter....I kid you not.

Fourth example.

Fourth example.

I leave you with a few flower shots David has taken recently.

I leave you with a few flower shots David has taken recently.

Simple flowers in window.

Simple flowers in window.

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