Be Obscure Clearly
April 16th, 2011 by Les

Casey Stengel, American major league outfielder and manager, once said: “All right everyone, line up alphabetically according to your height.”

 From a recent article in the New York Times: “In his 2009 ‘Rolling Stone’ article, Matt Taibbi called Goldman Sachs a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money.”  Say what you will about that description, but it does express a clear point of view. 

“Be obscure clearly.”  E.B. White, American Writer and Essayist

As you’ve all probably noticed my general all round conceptual view of life is not clear most things popping into my brain by an accident of extreme stupidity.   Consequently, what Casey Stengel said makes perfect sense to me and, not taking a political stand on what Mr. Taibbi said, I find the quote, while interestingly vivid, way too graphic. 

The very warm summer months are creeping into our little Mexican village.  Heck, all over Mexico.  I bumped into a friend the other day who is a Mexican national.  I asked if the temperature would continue to hover in the mid to high nineties for some time.  The response was an energetic nod of the head, wave of the hand and the words: “Va a llegar más y más caliente hasta junio ha terminado” – “it will get hotter and hotter until June is over”.

My first thought, I think I’ll thumb a ride on the Heart of Gold hoping it will blast off using the Infinite Improbability Drive and take me to cooler climes if not saner environs.  Here’s another case where a switch trips in my brain and brilliant thought boogies.  I’ve lived here long enough to know the shade is ALWAYS cool no matter how hot it gets.  There is not much air conditioning here as homes are built and situated on their lots, for the most part, allowing indirect light while keeping the house immensely cool even in the hottest of weather.

Pushing an obsidian strand of hair back into place (where did that color come from any way?), I conjure up options one might take to engender a cool feeling – not being hip – being thermally comfortable.  Not to appear pedantic however, query I must, how many of us run around in our skivvies?  Maybe more then I can wrap my mind around!  Granted, it may happen more in warmer climes – such as here.  Those of us from northern exposure zones would, the majority of the time, being wearing our woolies – our long woolies – no doubt about it. Here the least clothing one must wear the better.

I don’t know about you, one of my favorite scenes from the movies is a young Tom Cruise, in his underwear and pink dress shirt dancing to Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock and Roll”.  Be honest, how many of you haven’t tried to imitate that very scene!  

The other day, while shopping at Soriana’s (a wonderful store in Lake Chapala) they were celebrating a sale of something or other.  While I’m never quite sure what they are selling, no matter where you go….when there is a sale….there is music playing out of huge speakers so that you have no doubt something is on sale.  Accompanying this loud music are, quite often, pretty girls in micro tiny shorts and tops smiling up a storm.  I digress, any who we are traveling the aisles in Soriana’s when out of the blue comes “Old Time Rock and Roll”.  Picture this, a goodly number of natives and non-natives wiggling down the toilet paper aisle to the beat, adorned with humongous smiles and voices raised in…well I guess you couldn’t call it harmony but pretty darn close!

As the weather warms us, the fun loving smiles of most of the people we meet, no matter where they are from, brings a sense of joy to even the most cynical of hearts.  At that point, everything that is happening is obscurely clear,or should I say absurdly clear!  .  Viva Mexico!

Sisterhood of the Minx (aka Minxes of Mexico) will be celebrating – well just about anything – and having their charter meeting this coming Saturday,  April 23rd at Noon.  Please join us at San Pedro Restaurant and Gallery in West Ajijic.  Email me at for directions.


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5 Responses  
  • Les Wollam writes:
    May 7th, 20111:38 pmat


    What is that painted indian wall in the first picture????

    les wollam

  • Les writes:
    April 17th, 20115:21 pmat

    Thanks so much for your wonderful responses.

    Quite honestly, I’m a huge Douglas Adams fan I wanted to sneak in “thought” from his Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. Thumbing a ride on the Heart of Gold sounded like so much fun! Trust me, after years of many months of snow in the northen climes, I am not complaining in the least about the weather here in Ajijic. Viva Mexico!

  • Laurel writes:
    April 17th, 20112:04 pmat

    Yes, 43 degrees in Milwakee should cure anybody from wimping. (loved it) Have a wonderful Sisterhood of the Minx get together.

    It sounds much more exciting than the Victorian Tea Society meetings that I attend. Wish I were there. More news to come via your e-mail address.

  • Jan Ritchie writes:
    April 17th, 20119:56 amat

    Everytime I read your blog I want to cry. You are brilliant and the photos (OMG). I love it here.

  • Kathleen Westphal writes:
    April 16th, 20118:49 pmat

    Okay….Les…today and ALL week..(ten day forecast in Milwaukee) 43 it’s highest…so no more wimping out on the heat.
    Yup…the house is cool…and everything else here.

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