Avoid Reality at All Costs
September 9th, 2011 by Les

“The first time I passed through Switzerland I had the impression it was swept down with a broom from one end to the other every morning by housewives who dumped all the dirt in Italy.”  Ernesto Sabato, Argentinean Journalist and Novelist

“You really think you can explain why you left port without a full compliment of olives?” Morgan, Futurma

Living in Mexico is often pretty magical stuff for me.  Take, for instance, the lowly broom.  Mine broke. On the one hand, if I were trying to terminate the operation of a witches coven (not saying there are any here – just my usual circuitous way of looking at things), I’d probably seize everything in sight.  Therein lies the rub, how would I tell the ordinary household broom from a getaway vehicle?

I grew up loving Disney’s Fantasia.  My very favorite scene was Mickey Mouse, as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice, causing the broomsticks to come to life.

The Broomsticks appear because of Mickey’s magic and are somewhat the main antagonists. When Mickey tries to do one of the wizard’s spells by making a broomstick come to life and to get arms, the broomstick is supposed to do Mickey’s job; however, Mickey’s magic seems to get out of control (boy can I relate to that!). Mickey tries to stop it by smashing it with an axe. The remaining pieces of the broomstick all turn into additional broomsticks. They flood the house until the magic is stopped by Yen Sid.

Being a seeker of esoteric knowledge, I’d like to get my hands on whatever spell Mickey might have used on the broomsticks to bring them to life.  You can bet your sweet bippy I would also start chopping away if more would magically materialize and begin sweeping madly.

Live your life without limits.  Let the brooms take charge.  Heck, if you live in Mexico, they have already taken charge.  Everyone learns to use a broom here – even those who had never touched one in their past (believe it or not they are out there) embrace the broom psychology.

We live in a dust bowl.  We have Lake Chapala on one side, land lots of land to the east and west and the Sierra Madera’s on the other side.  Dust is a part of life here…lots of it.

I used to think my specialties were making facts as I see them obtuse, eating donuts and creating mayhem.  I have now added sweeping to my list of specialties.  One must never stop growing.  Without becoming too analytical (read rational which is never going to happen), I’d say embracing the fact that one must sweep every day, several times a day should be considered good exercise.  We all need exercise.

Just throw on some loud rock music.  Might I recommend “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” by the Stones (somehow that seems so appropriate) and shake your booty.  Not only does the dust move around, because lets face it we never get it swept up, but the neighbors, especially if they are Mexican nationals like those in our neighborhood, hang over the wall (I love to see the ninos doing just that) and are entertained watching the crazy gringa gyrating to the beat.

No sense in trying to discuss this as anyone living here knows trying to sweep up the dust just isn’t going to happen.  Logical debates can’t be made out of illogical theorems.  Bottom line…embrace the absurd, boggy on down with whatever music floats your boat, grab that broom and have some fun.

As Katie in Horton Hears a Who said: “In my world everyone is a pony, and they all eat rainbows, and poop butterflies.”  Well folks, in my world everyone must have a broom so what the hey, give that broom a personality, grab the handle, shake up that dust, get in the grove and spout some positives….just don’t inhale while you’re doing it!!  Viva Mexico!!

(The “olive” quote has absolutely nothing to do with this post.  I simply liked the quote and could not, for the life of me, figure out a way to work it into the dialog.  Ma Ma said there’d be days like this.)

Meet Bromleigh Broom….



Brooms on the carretera….

Dia incicio de la Independencia September 16th…





I leave you with another beautiful pathway leading to Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico


6 Responses  
  • Laurel writes:
    September 14th, 20117:06 pmat

    Hi Les,
    Have you thought about , you really being a Baby

    Broomer. This could be a sub category of a Boomer. :)))))

    More later. Time to go to work….

  • Jaime writes:
    September 13th, 201110:33 pmat

    I salsa while I sweep!

  • Sandy writes:
    September 13th, 20111:29 pmat

    Bromleigh is sooo handsome. Would you send him here as my dance partner. Loved this post. Actually LOL.

  • Sandy writes:
    September 13th, 20111:27 pmat

    Bromleigh is soooo handsome!!! Would you mind sending him here as my dance partner? Loved this post. Actually LOL.

  • Gretchen writes:
    September 13th, 201112:45 pmat

    I certainly hang mine up when I am there……. what nicer way to dry clothes and not use precious fuel, other than the beautiful sunshine and wind.

  • Susie writes:
    September 9th, 20115:37 pmat

    Speaking of things like sweeping with a broom, is hanging clothes on the line common there?

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