SIDEBAR
»
S
I
D
E
B
A
R
«
Energizer Bunny Arrested, Charged with Battery
Aug 14th, 2010 by Les

“Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds.  A sense of humor is common sense dancing.”  William James, Philosopher

Audrey Hepburn, Actress, said: “For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.”

Did I make you smile with the title of this blog?

There are hundreds of languages in the world, a smile speaks them all.  Let’s face it a smile can truly confuse an approaching frown.   I mean, isn’t a smile the second best thing one can do with one’s lips?

A chicken crossing the road is…poultry in motion.

Researchers from Wayne State University just uncovered another benefit of a happy face.  People who have big smiles live longer.  This is over and above the research that shows people who smile a lot have more stable personalities, more stable marriages, better cognitive skills and better interpersonal skills, to name a few attributes of the ready smile.

The short fortune teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.

My favorite quote is “Smile a lot it makes people wonder what you are up to”.  I can attest to that.  One of the experiments conducted while I was working toward my psych degree had a group of us spend one entire day smiling.  The idea was to report back to the class on how others reacted to our constant state of “smile”.

As you may have already guessed, the biggest response was people doubting our sanity followed closely by children responding with like smiles.  Animals felt we were not only interesting but safe and older people, particularly those hospitalized, seemed to react more positively to their caregivers because of their smiles.  When asked why, the most common comment was – the caregivers who smiled made them feel loved or cared about.

When your pet bird sees you reading the newspaper, does he wonder why you are just sitting there staring at carpeting?

Why do I bring this up?  On several occasions David and I have had the absolutely wonderful opportunity to meet people who read our blog when they visit Ajijic.  In the course of our conversations one of the most often heard comments is: the Mexican people seem so kind and are always smiling.  Obviously, welcoming someone to your country involves making a good impression.  The Mexicans David and I have met take that to heart.

Whether we are asking directions, looking for suggestions or simply out on one of many walks through Mexico, we are met with smiles, laughter and people who genuinely want to help us grow to know and love this country they love so much.

Are there exceptions, sure, but not many.  From the shy smile of a child, to the from-the-gut laugher of our neighbors, the shop keeper proud of his wares, the mom and dad proud of their children, to the elderly person sitting outside of their casa watching the world go by…they are a kind and gentle people.

Me thinks, perhaps, it has something to do with the fact that the harried world I’m used to in the US, is not here.  The pace is slower.  The attitude, for the most part is familial.  The celebrations are family oriented and their respect for the elderly is from the heart.

We are now meandering to the beat of a different drummer and it all started here!  Viva Mexico!

WARNING: Below are various smiles….be aware…they are contagious!

 

 

Adorable

Adorable

The essence of beauty.

The essence of beauty.

And a good time was had by all.

And a good time was had by all.

Mexican Hospitality

Mexican Hospitality

Another beautiful smile.

Another beautiful smile.

Chicken and a smile...what more could you ask for?

Chicken and a smile...what more could you ask for?

And a child shall lead them.

And a child shall lead them.

Visit the BoomerstoMexico Photo Store at http://boomerstomexico.com/mexico-photos/ , to see more of the beauty of Ajijic Mexico in photographs.

Random Acts of Lunacy
Aug 10th, 2010 by Les

George Orwell, pseudonym of Eric Arthur Blair, British writer and journalist said: “What can you do against the lunatic who is more intelligent then yourself, who gives your arguments a fair hearing and then simply persists in his lunacy?”

“It’s clearly not the lunacy of five years ago, but I think there is early evidence of some frothiness in the market.”  (Frothiness???) Michael Greeley, General Partner at Flybridge Capitol

It is my feeling people should fill a bit of their lives with moments when they stop what they are doing, look at each other or stare at themselves in the mirror and say: “did I just do that?” or “did I just say that?”.  This should, in my humble opinion, take place if not on a cyclical basis at the minimum a few times a year.  Talk about cardiovascular exercises, trust me committing random acts of lunacy can veritably kick-start the old ticker.

Lunacy, quite honestly, is what ultimately brought David and me to this lovely little town nestled in the Sierra Madres.  Granted, lunacy can have its down moments – take the whole pet rock thing or (something I simply can’t explain) the fact that I know there are 18 different animal shapes in the Animal Cracker cookie zoo.  Or, that the king of hearts is the only non-mustachioed king in a standard deck of playing cards.  I’ll stop here however; if you really want a lot of superfluous information my brain is full of it….superfluous information, that is.

I can’t fathom what it must be like to do things in a rational and organized manner (by the way, interesting factoid, a fathom is 6 feet or 1.8 meters), although many of my friends and family, were they to be honest, wish I’d make even a slight attempt at forethought…any forethought at all.

We visited Guadalajara in April of 2009.  Staying at the Hotel Morales in central Guadalajara put us within walking distance of so many absolutely beautiful sights.  The hotel, itself, was a throw-back to the matador days, having been the premiere residence for local and visiting matadors.  A gorgeous old building beautifully refurbished to the grandeur of yesteryear. It made us feel we had immersed ourselves in the Mexican culture from the get-go.

One day we simply hopped in our rental car and took off for the Lake Chapala area.  “Simply” probably isn’t the best choice of words here, as no one, in my estimation, in their right mind would actually want to drive in Guadalajara having never driven there before.  Another act of lunacy…dare I say it!!  Here I might add, David enjoyed driving…suspiciously loony behavior.

Any who, that one trip was enough to make us consider the possibility of moving to Mexico.  Granted, moving to Mexico is one thing and is not to be confused with, let’s say, loony responses to every-day things at home.  After all, I practiced lunacy at home in the states quite often.  For instance, saying when asked “paper or plastic”…. makes no never mind to me I’m bi-sackual.  Now I try to remember to bring the cloth bags with me whenever we journey to the Wednesday market…not that anyone is going to question by bi-sackualness there.  Wow, did I get diverted onto another track yet again??!!

Most of my life I’ve remained within societal boundaries not so much fearful of embracing the lunatic within, but wanting to succeed, conform, etc.  Only occasionally would I break free of my self-imposed bonds and, for instance, hula dance past the demonstration air conditioner in a local store.

Now, simply enjoying our time in this lovely Mexican village, I have chosen to try new things, taste new foods, look into alternatives….like holistic health care, not lunacy by a long stretch and something I truly believed in my professional life was a viable option, but certainly a different mind set then one encounters in the states.  Check out this wonderful website www.holisticinterventions.com .  Or, if you have always wanted to learn an art form you could try one of the many arts groups in town such as Ajijic Society of the Arts www.ajijicart.weebly.com or join the Culinary Art Society of Ajijic www.ajijiccasa.org, to name a few.  All of these things one might not have done if one were like moi and working their arsh off each and every day.  I suspect there are more people like me out there.

I know, dear reader, these are not lunatic suggestions.  However it takes a strong constitution to throw off the ties that bind, the things that may have stopped us from enjoying life prior to arrival in this ancient Mexican village.  Seek out what life has to offer abandoning: “could haves”, “would haves” and “should haves”.  Do something absurd.  One definition of absurd is a statement of belief manifestly inconsistent with one’s own opinion.  Mexico is not the narco wars on the border.  Mexico is quiet towns, exciting cities, many options, wonderful weather and a chance to be…whatever you’d like to be.

I used to have a handle on life.  The handle broke. In the process David and I landed in Mexico. Who’d of thunk it, but here we are.  How absurd!! Viva Mexico!

Hotel Morales Foyer.

Hotel Morales foyer.

Hotel Morales Fountain View

Hotel Morales Fountain View

A lovely antique chair.

A lovely antique chair.

Conversation setting in the lobby of the Hotel Morales.

Conversation setting in the lobby of the Hotel Morales.

This hallway conjured up visions of the people who had visited in its storied past.

This hallway conjured up visions of the people who had visited in its storied past.

One of the many settings that beckon the weary traveler.

One of the many settings that beckon the weary traveler.

A closer look at simple interior design art.

A closer look at simple interior design art.

The bench outside our door.

The bench outside our door.

David continues his series of hummingbird shots with this lovely grouping of four birds in a uniquely square setting.  

Visit the BoomerstoMexico Photo Store at http://boomerstomexico.com/mexico-photos/ , to see more of the beauty of Ajijic Mexico in photographs.

Very Funny Scotty, Now Beam Down my Clothes
Aug 5th, 2010 by Les

“You can always trust the information given to you by people who are crazy; they have an access to truth not available through regular channels.”  Sheila Ballantyne, American novelist.

Woody Allen, American writer, actor, screenwriter said: “In Beverly Hills…they don’t throw their garbage away.  They make it into television shows.”

Okay folks an admission here, I know when to say “cripes”, “an so”, “criminy”, and “aynahey”.  I’ve purchased a TV from Crazy TV Lenny.  One of my crowning achievement is I’m known as a good dancer because I can do a Polka, the Chicken Dance and the Macarena.  Yes, I’m from Wisconsin and I’m proud to say I’ve ridden a duck.

What has all of this got to do with Mexico?  With rainy season STILL upon us, television during the evening hours has become rather interesting.  I know, I’ve been through the 11:00 a.m. appointments that were missed several times when setting up our Telecable hook up.  There are several choices for your television viewing here in Ajijic: Shaw Direct which has a Canadian format in English with 3 major network channels and Fox.  There is Sky which is a Mexican company.  They have some channels in English and most movies in English with Spanish subtitles.  Also, MVS Communications/EchoStar Corp and Dish Mexico…to name a few.

I’ve been accused of not having both oars in the water more often then I care to mention, however this is absolutely the first time I’ve found my television set masquerading as a weather vane.  Yes folks, you heard me correctly… a weather vane.

An evening goes something like this: dinner is done and it’s time to curl up and read or watch a little TV.  Let’s turn on the set and see what’s happening in the states or simply have the opportunity for a good laugh.

We are now hooked on one thing or the other when the TV starts (one of my favorite words lately and with my psych background you’d think I’d figure out why it is one of my favorite words lately but I’d much rather not know is “psychedelic”….again I digress) to perform this psychedelic contortion.  The faces begin to disintegrate into what looks like a Rubric’s Cube set-up.  Voices aren’t impaired, but people look like those ads where you see someone else’s noise on another face, lips on yet another…well you get my drift.

Suddenly it all turns back to normal.  Only to start the same distorted dance a few minutes later.  We have learned now that we’ve been through one rainy season here in Ajijic this means….and here’s where the weather vane comes in….its raining in San Antonio….not Texas, Mexico!  That is where our cable antenna is located.  We’ve also learned, given the fact that San Antonio is approximately ten minutes from our abode, it will be raining here within that time frame.  Cool how that works, huh?

Being rather intrepid detectives we have also surmised that the psychedelic machinations going on will escalate during this ten minute time frame until wa-la the television suffers the loss of connectivity.  Now mind you, this does not happen to any of the Mexican channels…just the American channels.  How cool is that?  A TV/weather vane!  Talk about your surprise bargains here in Mexico…this qualifies for the top ten.

In that ten minute time span we can pull anything left in the yard in before it rains, set up David’s tripod to catch some splendiferous photos of the approaching storm, or simply grab our rain gear and entertain our Mexican neighbors with our rendition of a carefully choreographed rain dance honed over what has now become many days with rain.

Any who, talk about the fun and adventure in our little ancient town in the Lake Chapala area…can you beat this!  We’ve even added a bit of joy to our neighbor’s lives.  I’ve heard it said they enjoy those crazy gringos and their form of rainy day entertainment!  Go figure!!!  Viva Mexico!

[We chose Telecable because of the $26/mo – US cost and the fact that it has been pretty reliable, as both a TV provider and a weather vane.]

The rain...it is approaching.

The rain...it is approaching.

Cool!  I'm addly transfixed!!

Cool! I'm oddly transfixed!!

Grab the rain gear.  Its time to shake our respective boodies!

Grab the rain gear. Its time to shake our respective boodies!

And we have touch down!

And we have touch down!

Clouds heading over the mountains.

Clouds heading over the mountains.

The storm approaches.

The storm approaches.

Clouds obscuring the mountains as we prepare for our rain dance.  Sorry, no pictures of the rain dance as it requires both of our full concentration!

Clouds obscuring the mountains as we prepare for our rain dance. Sorry, no pictures of the rain dance as it requires both of our full concentration!

We have wonderful new photographs of hummingbirds in flight.  

Visit the BoomerstoMexico Photo Store at http://boomerstomexico.com/mexico-photos/ , to see more of the beauty of Ajijic Mexico in photographs.

»  Substance:WordPress   »  Style:Ahren Ahimsa
© Copyright 2009-2011 David and Les Lawrence, Ajijic, Mexico