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Have I Got a Deal for You!
Mar 26th, 2011 by Les

A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you’ve forgotten it.  Unknown

C.S. Lewis said: “Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art….It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.”

Over the past almost two years David and I have had the honor and privilege of meeting many of our blog readers when they visit our little corner of the world.  I do not exaggerate when I say this.  However, one must bear in mind you ARE reading my blog.  That does mean you are most likely the other side of wacky, suspect in your take on humor, like people who, at times, talk in circles and rarely reach their point of destination in the common and usual manner.

Oddly, considering my somewhat absurd and certainly skewed writing style and odd take on what it is like living in Mexico, we continue to receive these wonderful emails from our readers saying they’d like to meet us if we have time.  Boy do we have time!  We love this wonderful opportunity.  For those of you considering visiting….just let us know!

Consequently, after much convoluted thought and disjointed musings within the confines of my own mind I have a deal some of you hearty souls might be interested in….or not!

What David and I usually do is have the person(s) who is visiting, just arriving, etc either send us an email or call us when they reach our fair village.  We then make plans to meet; be it lunch, dinner, drinks and, for the early riser, breakfast or the like.  After the initial meet we usually invite everyone back to our house in the village proper for a tour and more chatter.

Let’s face it, ours is not a web site dedicated to information about moving here or, for that matter chronicled and highlighted points on what to do when you get here.  Ours is simply a musing on the absurdities of life in the small village of Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico, from a skewed standpoint.

This is our invitation to those of you who have made the plunge.  Would you like to be involved in the meet and greet process?  What we generally offer is to meet – just the two of us – or if the person(s) would like with a smattering of others that are currently living the Lake Chapala lifestyle.  Getting together is a joyous opportunity to share thoughts and ideas between those here and those maybe, probably, most likely (well, you get my drift), possibly thinking of taking the leap as well. 

If you are interested, please send an email to les@boomerstomexico.com and you may just find yourself in the wonderful position we’ve found ourselves in more time then I can count….meeting some of the most exciting, interesting, absurd, wacky and wonderful people on the planet – like us crazy people not by design but merely by nature!

Viva Mexico!

And the wackiness continues....more Mardi Gras shots...

Can you imagine...that many people....that much crazy!

Interesting fellow?!

And the beat goes on...

A whole lotta woman!

What would Mardi Gras be without a dragon?!

Aw, come on now, I can't even walk on the cobblestones in simple shoes!

Won't you join us?

If you’ve enjoyed David’s wonderful photography, please visit the BoomerstoMexico Photo Store at http://boomerstomexico.com/mexico-photos/ , to see more of the beauty of Ajijic Mexico in David’s photos. 

Of All the Gin Joints
Mar 25th, 2011 by Les

“Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.”  Casablanca – Movie

“When we go to Morocco, I think we should have completely different names and be completely different people.”  Almost Famous – Movie

Warren G. Harding was heard to exclaim: “I have no trouble with my enemies. I can take care of my enemies alright.  But my damn friends – their the ones that keep me walking the floors at night!” 

Ajijic is a small town.  It swells to twice its size during “snow bird” season.  However, no matter what season it may be there are always things to do here.  And, because Ajijic is relatively small, if there is anything to do most of us hear about it.

The eclectic groups of expats that fill the village and surrounding towns and villages on Lake Chapala are networked without the help of the Internet.  This is, for the most part, a good thing.  Although frequently one is reminded of the experiment usually introduced in the 4th or 5th grade in school where the teacher whispers something to the child sitting in the first seat in the class room. The teacher then instructs that child to whisper it to the next child and so on, and so on until it hits the child seated in the furthest seat.  Once it has reached that very last child and he or she stands up to repeat it…well it really doesn’t sound much like what was whispered in the first place.  Somehow you still get the message.

It is not that anyone is attempting to be even somewhat disingenuous; things simply change as each person hears the news.  Without sounding, hopefully, like a shameless sycophant most information shared within the Chapala community is pretty on target.  Obviously I have nothing to gain by saying that I simply think human nature is to try to get the story straight before sharing it with others.  Then there’s the blond factor…but we won’t get into that at this moment.

Let me assure you, however, if there is going to be a party…anywhere….the time, place, directions and any other pertinent information is right on target.  Most invitations rendered are laced with comments like bring friends; everyone is welcome, the more the merrier and so on.

Whether it’s a movie night with Jujubes and Milk Duds (doesn’t everyone eat them at the movies?!) or a full fledged pot luck, a snack and drinks get-together or a meal of epic proportions – everything is welcome.  Before the sun rises over the yardarm people have gathered ready to enjoy the time spent with old and new friends alike.

It is impossible to live here without making new friends.  Its not there is a scimitar hanging over your head swinging lower by the tiniest of increments forcing you to make new friends…it simply happens all of the time.  Whether you are at a get-together, out to breakfast, lunch or dinner, walking the dog or walking yourself people meet and greet.

Perhaps it is the Margaretville atmosphere here.  Warm sunshine – most every day has gentle breezes off the lake beckoning all to sit, relax, visit and enjoy life.

When a party happens, as it has been doing continuously probably forever, people have fun.  Dozens of people spontaneously combust each year.  It’s just not widely reported.  And, in Ajijic, dozen of people spontaneously get together sharing food, music, merriment, laughter and – well – life.  That doesn’t make the news either.

No one ends up with the fuzzy end of the lollipop and, I think, it would be impossible for someone to walk away from this charming village, snuggling close to Lake Chapala, without saying I made a new friend today.

There is a comment in the Wizard of Oz that goes…”hearts will never be practical until they can be made unbreakable.”  To that I say, if you are looking for a place that is welcoming, with weather that is unquestionably (in my mind) the best the world has to offer and friendships that will last the test of time then maybe, just maybe the Lake Chapala area is for you.  I can’t guarantee your heart won’t be broken.  I can honestly say your heart will be open to new experiences, happenings and activities that blend the beauty of Mexico with a melting pot of cultures from every corner of the world.

Enjoy it as you are.  Perhaps open your heart to be come who you’d like to be remembering we who are here would love have each and every one of you walk into our gin joint, in our town! Viva Mexico!

Are you ready to party?!

A neighbor with his "smile" on.

Did someone say parade?!

And the merriment begins...

Could we be more ready?

Mardi Gras - flouring - synonymous.

Won't miss a minute.

And, of course, there are pretty girls!

Ah...what?!

I end with the lovely art shot taken in Chapala on the malecon. Enjoy!

If you’ve enjoyed David’s wonderful photography, please visit the BoomerstoMexico Photo Store at http://boomerstomexico.com/mexico-photos/ , to see more of the beauty of Ajijic Mexico in David’s photos

Here is Where Things Got Confusing
Mar 11th, 2011 by Les

“If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, talks like a duck, it probably needs a little more time in the microwave.”  Lori Dowdy

“Today was good.  Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.” Dr. Seuss

Okay, here it is…I started this post with the idea of talking about shopping in Ajijic….not all of Mexico, just our little burg.  Then my mind traveled in a completely different direction.  It’s as if I need GPS sensors in a set of gloves just to keep up with where my mind goes when it’s gone!

A group of us got together the other night to enjoy the melodious tones of Mark Clifton at a local eatery on the malecon.  It was a really beautiful setting with the Margaretville pier just outside the window, Lake Chapala drifting lazy in the late day sun, mountains hazy in the background and people strolling hand and hand enjoying the end of another beautiful Mexican day.

Here’s where things got a little confusing, it appeared our waiters were trying to have a siesta as we were preparing for a fiesta.  Please don’t get me wrong, we were met by a very attentive wait person at the door and guided to a very large table that had been reserved for us near the stage.  We wanted to be close enough to Mark to lend encouragement to his performance…well that sounds good anyway.  Sometimes there is a thin line between encouragement and raucous behaviors…both of which Mark seems to be quite used to…giving it back sometimes faster then we could dish it out.

There in lies the rub…dish it out…to turn a phrase.  As people began to arrive and were seated the waiter began taking drink orders on separate checks to be tallied at the end of the evening.  This would have worked really well had we been the type to sit in the same place all evening…we’re not.  No surprise there!!!

After the first round of drinks were ordered the smiling amigo came back to take the dinner order.  I believe that is when I realized I need not be a nutritional overachiever.  There were two offerings on this festive evening (at least that is the way it started out).  Ham (Hawaiian style) or steak (in gringo vernacular).  The first of us to arrive simply ordered from what the waiter said were our choices.  However, we had a vegetarian with us and she tried, in perfect Spanish, to get the waiter to prepare a little something without meat.  Even with her perfect Spanish it was tough going.  Banter followed, back and forth, this and that until, ultimately she ended up with an omelet (we won’t go into eggs at this moment). 

Moving on… several others arrived and, upon hearing of the two choices, asked the waiter if there wasn’t something else they might have…for instance fish, perhaps?  Fortunately this wasn’t Sea World and their seafood restaurant where you have to wonder, once you receive your order, are you by chance eating a slow learner?!  This is Ajijic.  With much running hither and yon by our waiter, it was finally established they could do fresh fish.  Three orders were immediately placed and, out of the corner of my eye I noticed a person with a bucket and fishing pole leave the restaurant heading toward Lake Chapala.  Interesting!

It is always a good idea to take a hard look at what you are about to eat, when served.  It is not so important to know what it is, but it is, I feel, critical to know what it was.  The food served passed that test.  It was food.  It was recognizable and it was eatable.  The evening progressed.

Tequila.  Did I mention Tequila?  Good.  Yes.  Good.  They had tequila and they had margaritas.  From that point on we became one with the entertainment.  That, my friends, is one of the joys of being in Mexico.  You can have a wonderful time.  You do not need to spend an arm and a leg.  Mexicans are gracious and smile often.  Of course, it helps that we of the expat community are often quite entertaining. 

In between goals is something called “life” that needs to be lived and enjoyed.  Without appearing ubiquitous (as we all know I have an inherit problem with being in only one place at a time consequently I am not everywhere thank goodness), without over-thinking things to distraction, I’d say if you want to take some time to enjoy life in Mexico or anywhere for that matter, me thinks it would require an evening of unplanned jocularity, spontaneous laughter, friends and family with which to enjoy same.  I’d add an easy-going style that can roll with whatever happens and a restaurant that is willing to put up with it all.

 We found that restaurant and friends to enjoy it with.  Welcome to the lake…welcome to our little bohemia!  Viva Mexico.

Ajijic's own Margaretville

What can be seen from the restaurant window.

The mountains overlooking Lake Chapala.

Another beautiful sunsert on another perfect day in Ajijic!

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

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