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Embracing the Absurd
August 31st, 2010 by Les

Joseph Heller, novelist, said: “I’m going to live forever, or die trying.”

“The trouble with absurdism is that it dances with fate around the quicksand of nihilism.”  Joe Kincheloe, writer of “Fiction Formulas”

I wasn’t sure what I wanted to say in today’s blog.  I do not support the nihilism theory which argues that life is without objective or meaning. I embrace the absurd with relish thereby negating the definition of nihilism and giving life a clear objective and focused meaning for me.

There were many thoughts bouncing around my otherwise uncluttered mind, as I sat down to write.  Age was high on my list and a story kept popping into my mind.  I was camping with my son’s family.  They had decided a camping trip would be a fun and different way to celebrate my birthday.  The first evening and the date of my birth many decades prior, found us all seated around a picnic table.  My daughter-in-law and the kids carried out this wonderful birthday cake shimmering with candles for each year I’d been on this year.  Suddenly and without warning, campers from nearby camp sites encircled our table and began singing Kumbaya.  Next year, no candles.

Here’s what I want to know…does Ginseng really work?  How come even now when I don’t avoid sugar I don’t have to worry about being infused with too much energy, ever?  Why is it I’m no longer embarrassed to sing along with the elevator music when I’m lucky enough to remember the song drifting out of the speakers?  An evening out on the town has changed drastically from what it might have included back home.  Heck, it had begun to change once I hit my 30’s.  Add a few decades on to that and the term “out on the town” takes on a whole new meaning entirely.  Really, there was a time when going out meant not leaving the house before 10:00 p.m.  I’d hate to tell you what I’m usually doing at 10:00 p.m. now.

Okay, so I’m still the life of the party even if it lasts until 8:00 p.m. The question is: how long will that last?

There are, I would guess, a multitude of discos, dance parlors and clubs in and around our abode in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico.  We’ve seen some and we’ve heard about others. We are also heading into the festival season.  Marching bands and their pulsating music can be heard wafting through the cobblestone streets at any time.  We’ve heard there is a 3-D theater in Chapala and we know the American Legion post is alive and active there, as well.

Not only can you go out and enjoy yourself in the evening at random, the Lake Chapala Society always has something going on and many opportunities to enjoy the area and the Mexican culture, as well.  Check out their website at http://www.lakechapalasociety.org .  They not only host many events they are also a conduit to the community around Lake Chapala and at large…throughout Mexico.  You name it, you can find out about it at this site.

Since moving to the village of Ajijic, we’ve become what might be described as homebodies.  Don’t get me wrong, we certainly are out and about often….I have only to remind you of the many odd adventures written about in this askew of center blog.  Come eventide we often find ourselves hitting our mirador or porch and watching the sun set.  The reflections on Lake Chapala with its translucent peach glow that rises from the mountains as the sun disappears behind them is a must see.

Our lifestyle, at the moment, lends itself to well, quite simply, anything we want to do.  We do not have a clock to punch, a deadline to meet, a place to be and, for that matter, anything that needs to get done immediately.  We also have found ourselves enjoying a whole new aspect of life – that of observation, contemplation, reflection and learning.  Not the type of learning one experiences when attending the university, but that of absorption…something like a sponge soaking up every drop of water in its path.

We’ve shared with you the pictures David has taken of the stars in the heavens above our casa.  More recently we had this absolutely breathtaking summer evening creep up upon us.  It had actually stopped raining and the bugs had gone where ever it is the bugs go once there isn’t enough moisture or bare flesh to keep them interested.

David found himself looking across Lake Chapala at the little villages on its banks, just below the towering mountains.  The photographs below are those he took that spectacular evening.

One of these nights we may go out and trip the lights fantastic…emphasis on the TRIP part of the sentence.  Until that time, our more quiet endeavors to capture the heart of Mexico in our little village of Ajijic through photographs, emersion in the culture and down right curiosity is all the excitement we have to offer.  I leave you with this thought, experience is a wonderful thing.  Experience enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again. Moving to Mexico was not a mistake.  Viva Mexico!

A sparkling night in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico.  As much as any night can sparkle, I suppose.

A sparkling night in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico. As much as any night can sparkle, I suppose.

Another view from our mirador looking toward the mountains and the small, lighted villages below.

Another view from our mirador looking toward the mountains and the small, lighted villages below.

Revisitng the stars from an earlier post.

Revisitng the stars from an earlier post.

I leave you with this lovely "movie star" we ran into on our way to the market.  Enjoy!

I leave you with this lovely "movie star" we ran into on our way to the market. Enjoy!

This is the latest offering in our online photos store.  A poster, entitled “14 Hummingbirds”, it gives you a glimpse of the activity in our backyard.

Please visit the BoomerstoMexico store to see all of David’s photographs of Ajijic, Chapala, Guadalajara and more.

http://boomerstomexico.com/mexico-photos/


4 Responses  
  • Stephen Millner writes:
    September 3rd, 201010:06 amat

    Contemplation Rocks!

  • david writes:
    September 2nd, 201010:13 amat

    Hi guys–

    some people have been saying they cant get their posts up. if you are having any trouble, please write me at david@boomerstomexico.com

    thanks

    david

  • Sandy writes:
    September 1st, 201012:14 pmat

    Holy Humming Birds!!! I’m excited to see one of them in my Fuchsia plant. I can’t imagine what I would do if I saw the amount you have in your photo. It reminds me of my grandmother’s home in Green Bay. When I was a kid (just yesterday, by the way) she used to have bazillions of them in her flower beds in the fron yard.

    Okay you party animals, just wait until I get there. Hope you’re building up your stamina for dancing.

    Love,

    Sandy

  • Laurel writes:
    September 1st, 20105:06 amat

    Photo number 3 is definately a”Stary,stary night. Too bad Vincent never made it to Chapala. Imagine what he could have painted from all of the area’s inspiration.

    I feel like the land’s beauty has completely seduced you as it did me. May you and everyone else have many more stary,stary nights.


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