Cleverly Disguised Responsible Adult
August 17th, 2011 by Les

“My life at the moment is like my wardrobe.  Organized chaos.”  David Whenham

“It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems with potatoes.”  Douglas Adams

Pedestrians do not have the right away here.  For that matter, cars don’t have the right away either.  It is what I would call a free-for-all.  I am fully aware potatoes are not going to solve much less mediate this problem.

Let’s say we all arrive at the corner at the same time.  Some of us are on foot, some in cars, some in all terrain vehicles, some on mopeds or motorcycles, some on golf carts, some on bicycles, some on horseback with the variable of a burro thrown in to make up-coming events even more worthy of note.

One must also consider, again a variable, the sidewalk…some have no curbs, some have a slight curb, some have really, really high curbs, some have steps down the curb and others simply have broken cement.  And, dear readers, where does this all lead to….you guessed it I’m sure… my beloved cobblestones.

It is my contention the object reaching the corner first – it doesn’t matter what it is – has the slightest edge on the chaos.  I believe there are, however, mitigating factors that transcend the obvious – bigger rules the roost.  How puerile that thought would be!

I mean think about it there have been peace conferences (I say this in the sense that all who attended thought their ideas in regard to stop and go lights actually having lights that aren’t burned out, street signs that meant what they said and were not perceived as merely a suggestion, numbers on the various buildings having some rhyme or reason ad nausea) generated by the masses to give a hint to perhaps, if not a law, how a rule of thumb might help in these situations.  Heck just like the Munich Agreement.  Eleven months later Nazi tanks rolled into Warsaw.  Thank goodness there are no tanks here…a few Hummers…but no tanks so far and only one hover craft (thank you R2D2) in residence.

Then there is the male/female thing – men are very much in charge here and respect for the phenomenon is important.  Let’s say, for the sake of argument, the men involved in the stand still on the street corner were in touch with their inner Odysseus and were actually able to look the other way and not be the first to enter the street exhibiting their strength and quest for adventure.  Probably wouldn’t happen but we live in hope.

I’ve also forgotten to mention the Lollipop Guild – Nino’s of Ajijic’s.  Most have learned, at a very tender age; hang onto mum or papa’s hand, skirt, pants whatever you can hang onto because once we begin to move we move quickly and together.

Again I digress, here we all are assembled in mass on a street corner in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico in the Lake Chapala area – I’m merely trying to allow you, dear readers, to understand the depth of feeling that goes into making it across the street without having a heart attack.

My observation has been the most assertive person in the bunch usually sets the pace.  Often that person is one of the elderly women of the village.  They’ve been there.  They’ve seen it all and they move forward with determination and an absolutely astounding ability to not make eye contact with anyone.  Making eye contact, hesitating, sneezing for that matter, reduces your change of taking charge of the situation by a nano-second and thereby renders you lost in the chaos again.

So now, the elderly ladies have entered the street and mo-bile traffic comes to a halt.  If you are smart you plummet yourself into the street immediately after the senioras making hay while the sun shines as the non-mechanical vehicles of transport follow suit and, quite frankly, after that you do not turn your head back to see what happens next because you are: #1 congratulating yourself for making it across in one piece and #2 looking ahead to yet another street corner in the distance where yet another puzzle palace resides.  You must, after all, regain your strength for yet another encounter of man versus machine, versus animals, versus cobblestones….ya da, ya da, ya da.

I leave you with this thought: pretending to be normal is soooo exhausting.  Consequently, it will probably never happen here whilst writing this blog!  Viva Mexico!

Below are some of David’s pedestrian (meaning people – not “pedestrian” meaning run-of-the-mill for he has none of those) photographs.  After his photographs lies a special surprise!


Gringo’s preparing to cross…or not!


Tomorrow, August 18th, is David’s birthday.  If you’d like to send him a greeting please feel free to do so at

Love is the language our hearts use to speak to one another.  For you, David, my heart sings.  Your smile is my sunshine.  Your kiss is my sunset. May the year ahead bring you more joy than you could realize with a touch of humor, a dash of the absurd (my job in a nutshell), good health and the knowledge that your brilliant mind, kind heart and caring ways have touched many and will continue to do so until forever.   Happy Birthday my beloved!

4 Responses  
  • Ron Wignall writes:
    August 19th, 20115:23 pmat

    Happy belated birthday David. Had I known yesterday was your birthday, I might had tried your sunset kiss but alas your hospitality and handshake today was more than enough. Loved your place.

  • LuAnn Oburn writes:
    August 18th, 20119:25 amat


    What a touching birthday message for David! As usual, you have an amazing way with words.



  • Jan Ritchie writes:
    August 18th, 20119:08 amat

    Your blogs are like air to me. I love them and by gosh they have monumental meaning to gringo’s like me & Joe trying to live in our little village of Ajijic.

    David’s photos are the BEST. Feliz Cumpleanos David.

    Joe & Jan

  • Laurel writes:
    August 17th, 20117:54 pmat

    Happy birthday David!
    I wish I could fizzle you another box of chocolates via “Beam me up Scotty”. I can’t think of a better plsce to celebrate a birthday than Ajijic. May your pinatta be filled with many wonderful gifts and warm wishes.

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