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Just when I thought is was safe to go onto the cobblestones!
Apr 13th, 2010 by Les

 “Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall down an open manhole cover and die.”     Mel Brooks,  American Screenwriter, Actor, Film Director
 
Does anyone beside me remember the “sidewalk saying” – step on a crack, break your mother’s back?  From what I understand it dates back to 1905 and no I was not even a glimmer in my parent’s eye at that time…thank you very much!

I remember hearing it as a child and thinking no way am I going to take a chance with this one.  I happened to like my mom.  She was always there to greet me when I came home from school.  She loved to bake my favorite things and kept a perfect house.  Even if she did lecture me about how “sock it to me” was just a phase, and young ladies did not say “you bet your sweet bibby”.  I could be anything I wanted to be when I grew up, even if I was a girl. Rather then take a chance I spent my entire childhood avoiding, meticulously, stepping on any cracks in the sidewalk.

That is darn near impossible here in Ajijic because, with cobblestones, there are many, many, many cracks in the sidewalk.  What are also in the sidewalk (see pictures below) are what would call, for lack of a better term, elfin manhole covers.  They aren’t like the big huge manhole covers you see in the States that allow access to the sewer system.  You know the ones where the cops chase the suspect into the dark, dank, rat-infested nether land of underground tunnels with 3 inches of water.  Sorry, yet again I digress.

Any who, these little manhole covers are everywhere.  I hadn’t given them much thought until the other day.  David and I were walking somewhere, yet again, when suddenly, out of the blue a lady on the opposite site of the street stepped on the edge of one of these covers, it shot up hitting her in the shins and toppling her to the ground.

Like most all of us when something like this happens she got up quickly, stated to everyone in the area she was fine and continued walking with a slight limp.

What is unique about these manhole covers is they don’t conform to any standard.  You know what I mean – like a picture showing water or something referring to AT&T, etc. which might give you a hint as to what they are about.  One of them has a replica of a helicopter on it.  Darned if I know what that means.  Maybe miniature helicopters reside below and can be summoned at will by someone with one of those joysticks to attack a fleeing robber.  Sorry, I have a very active imagination.

For now, I am reminded of journeys of my youth when I bit my lip and concentrated fully on not hitting a crack….only now it’s a manhole cover.  It hasn’t affected David in the least.  He goes on his merry way not only stepping on the manhole covers but hitting low hanging trees (at 6’5” he seems quite used to it), bumping into people exiting buildings, taking one fabulous photograph after the other and seemingly oblivious to my concentrated effort to keep up with his youthful stride.

I personally think this is yet another charm connected with living in this little village.  However, I am also someone who thinks Heinz Ketchup is REALLY SPICEY. 

Always an adventure and always a delight.  Viva Mexico!

First example a simple dotted design.

First example a simple dotted design.

Second Example a star design.

Second Example a star design.

Third Example a helicopter....I kid you not.

Third Example a helicopter....I kid you not.

Fourth example.

Fourth example.

I leave you with a few flower shots David has taken recently.

I leave you with a few flower shots David has taken recently.

Simple flowers in window.

Simple flowers in window.

The flags of 5 countries at the Las Palmas in Matejuala
Nov 12th, 2009 by David

The flags of 5 countries - Texas, USA, Mexico, Canada, Japan

The flags of 5 countries - Texas, USA, Mexico, Canada, Japan

Just wanted to point out to you folks that out front of the Las Palmas hotel in Matejuala, the flags of 5 countries proudly fly. First, of course, is Texas, followed by the US, Mexico, Canada, and Japan. Japan bought their way in by building a Nissan plant nearby.

We Have Arrived!!
Nov 1st, 2009 by Les

My head is spinning at the moment. So much to share about our journey from Dallas to Ajijic.

I’ll keep it short for now….

After leaving Laredo we anticipated many problems trying to get through immigration and get the tag for our car.

While we were there about one and one half hours and no one was particularly helpful, most tolerated out apparent confusion. We did not have all of the copies we needed for the car and had to go back a few times to get everything in order – however immigrations took less then 20 minutes and after we got the car tag they waved us through a line of 25 cars and out of the lot. Within minutes we were on the road to Monterrey.  (We were never stopped at any checkpoint throughout our journey – which leads me to believe Gilbert could have made it – though he would have probably chosen that moment to burst into the only two stanza’s he knows of Row, Row, Row Your Boat – so we are greatful that Josh and Johnice are giving him all the love he needs for a wonderful life.)

The weather was beautiful and the scenary interesting and new to us. We stayed at the Las Palmas motel in Matehuala and the people couldn’t have been nicer. The accommodations were great and the food served in their restaurant that evening drew us back for breakfast the next morning.

Here’s the “honesty” part…while David drove from Dallas to Laredo and Laredo to Matehuala, his leg was bothering him so much, I drove from Matehuala to Ajijic.

I’m a pretty calm person and don’t get rattled easily – however we took a wrong turn and ended up driving through San Luis Potosi which, quite honestly, freaked me out…we made it through and just when I began to get my nerves settled down we hit the mountains! I’m not used to moutains quite as high as these and narrow roads, some without guardrails, with much traffic including many, many trucks. I’m not sure I too a breath until we finally left the mountains.

After a few deep breaths, construction and a few stops for David to stretch his legs, we began our journey to our final destination.

Welcome to “freakout” land again! I was always amazed at how David handled driving in Guadalajara and I also knew it wouldn’t be my idea of fun. By this time David was pretty used to my freaking out and we made it through better then I thought.

We arrived in Ajijic as the festivites for “The Day of The Dead” were really getting started…people everywhere. Children in costumes – adults in customes, music, fireworks and so many cars on such narrow streets it was amazing!

We arrived at Hidalgo 71 in Ajijic, Jalisco around 8:00 p.m. I know David was nervous about how I would react to seeing the house for the first time. It is beautiful and he did a fabulous job of of picking out a beautiful Mediterrian house where I’m sure we will have many beautiful adventures together.

Let’s hope our furniture and possessions arrive soon and we can begin our search for just the right additions to our new home.

We are both excited!

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