All She Wants to do is Dance, Dance
August 24th, 2011 by Les

Live for Today….Plan for Tomorrow….Party Tonight.  I think this was written by someone here in Ajijic!!

“At every party there are two kinds of people – those who want to go home and those who don’t.  The trouble is, they are usually married to each other.”  Ann Landers – American Journalist and Writer

I’ve decided to allow the “white highlights” in my blond hair to shine through.  It was not a decision taken or arrived at lightly.  It was something prompted by a conversation I had with my daughter just recently.

Her comment went something like: mum, I think you might have to actually age a bit because if you continue at the rate you are going I would have had to have been born when you were approximately two years old.  I think that would border on a miracle and might have to be approved by someone like the Pope an Archbishop somewhere or at the very least Steven Colbert.  She’s a stitch and I love her to death.  It’s been easy, thus far, for me to remain young as my daughter is 5’2”, weighs in somewhere around 100 lbs and looks too young to have three primary school children.  There’s also the fact that my energy level is somewhere in the stratus sphere – something for which I’m eternally grateful.  Oh, and my vision is such that I haven’t had to wear glasses and, therefore, when I look in the mirror I see someone else.  That helps!!

Speaking of youthful people, David and I had been invited to a party over the past weekend.  It was a combination birthday (no gifts please) and welcome to Ajijic party attended by many.  There is no doubt about it, people like to party hardy here. 

By the time David, camera in hand, and I arrived the party was in full swing.  One of our hostesses grabbed David by the arm and immediately introduced him as an internationally known photographer (which he is) to guests seated around a table nearby.  That gave me the opportunity to try to melt into the background – something I think I’m pretty good at.  That is if I don’t drop, spill, bump into or knock over someone in the process.

Many of the people at the party dance.  They love to dance.  They have “dancing shoes”.  Who knew?  I never realized there were dancing shoes though I’d heard the phrase “put your dancing shoes on” throughout my life.  One lady apparently carries her dancing shoes with her (you never know when one might be moved to cha cha around the room) and she showed them to me.

I have to say, dancing does keep people fit and looking much younger then their chronological years.  The women, in particular, age wonderfully gracefully.  For example, one attendee of the aforementioned party who is in her early 60’s, looks like she isn’t a day over 40 while our two hostesses for the evening look like they have led pampered lives (which they have not) as you could never guess their ages.  All are not merely beautiful on the outside, but beautiful within as well.  And all, apparently, couldn’t sit still for long even if their lives depended on it.  Why walk when you can rumba!  Trust me none have the personality of a tree stump.  All are chock full of major character, energy, intelligence with a pinch of pizzazz and a boat load of heart.

I used to love to dance now, however, I’m more like a Weeble…you remember Weebles…Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down.  Opps, I do fall down and we’ve already established my inability to remain upright in my many references to Elaine from Seinfeld and how my dancing mimics her movements…to be kind.  It got me to contemplating the obvious parallels between my life and the crapper.  No offense, just watching the muy muy grande energy these women exhibit makes me tired.

If I tried to tango, for instance, I’d look like a flagitious floozy.  Notorious for dancing like my toes are numb all the while channeling my inner lunatic – hence the Elaine comment above.

The thing is people connect here.  Quickly.  You can meet people while walking down the street and become instant friends.  Invitations to do almost anything are shared instantaneously upon meeting someone.  You can virtually see brains ticking away thinking what group would this person fit in and out pops the invite.

It is not to say there aren’t volunteer opportunities galore, educational opportunities, exercise venues, groups representing all the various lands from which many have journeyed prior to arriving in our little village and dancing lessons, etc.  They exist by the oodles.

However, getting together to share stories, sustenance, laughter and life is important no matter where you are and is not merely a pop psychology panacea – it is lived and breathed here to the nth degree.  The ex-pats that live in this area as well as the nationals know how to make people feel welcome.  Is it any wonder more and more people from all over the world are finding Mexico’s climate and characters a primo destination?!  Viva Mexico!

P.S.  The guys look great too!  What guy wouldn’t when surround by a bevy of beauties!

Below are a few photographs (taken by David, naturally) of the get-together.  The last photo is taken from one of the several porches in the home where the party was held.  Most homes on the mountain side of the carretera (highway) have beautiful views of the lake and surrounding mountains.















4 Responses  
  • Marybeth writes:
    August 25th, 20111:30 pmat

    Wow, this is the house we rented all last winter. Never had that many people there, though. Looks like a blast!

  • Kelly Dilodovico writes:
    August 25th, 20119:37 amat

    My name is Kelly, and I’m Joe and Jan Ritchie’s daughter from Dallas, Texas (well, actually Frisco for those that are familiar with the area.) When my parents told me they were moving to Mexico almost a year ago, I was very sad, especially since we just had their 2nd grandchild 20 months ago. I am still sad that we don’t get to see them very often, however I see now how much fun they are having and how many wonderful friends they have made since they have been in Ajijic. They are truly blessed, and I am very grateful!

  • Katy writes:
    August 24th, 20117:17 pmat

    OMG!!! I am so honored to have been written about without having my name mentioned! Y’all are too wonderful. Les, you captured the essence of the party with your words,and David, you “worked the crowd” perfectly with your camera. Thank you both so much, Katy

  • Jan Ritchie writes:
    August 24th, 20116:36 pmat

    Wonderful wonderful time! Viva Mexico
    Joe & Jan

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