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Eschew Obfuscation
August 17th, 2010 by Les

A few Douglas Adams Quotes:

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”

“Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experiences of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.”

The nicest thing about the future is that it always starts tomorrow, thereby avoiding confusion.  If you think it is easy to push things off, procrastinate as it were, or, like me enjoy the anticipation of doing something….anything but am not in a hurry to do so…. Mexico is the place for you.  George Bernard Shaw said something like if you leave the smallest corners of your head vacant for a moment (I do that all the time), other people’s opinions will rush in from all quarters.  Can you just imagine the chaos in my mind?!

A good time to keep your mouth shut is when you are in deep water.  Since, as you’ve probably guessed, I have a distinct problem with keeping my mouth shut I shall wade (read weigh) in on some of my askew of center thought process’ in regard to the medias portrayal of Mexico et al..  I have not as yet reached the age when happy hour is considered a nap.  However, I’ve spent so much of my life in a constant state of “hurry” .  I consider Mexico a culture shock when it comes to a leisurely pace, followed by a siesta, followed by …..well, you get my drift.

I’ve embraced the “what’s the rush” attitude….not completely but certainly I am living my life at a shockingly slower pace then I ever thought I could attain.  In the process, as you’ve noticed, my mind seems to wander off on tangents with no clear train or track establishing any limitations.

For instance, as I’m writing this blog the thought crossed my mind; do you realize that in about 40 years we’ll have thousands of old ladies running around with tattoos?  What has that got to do with anything?  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always had a problem with staying focused, not when I was doing a therapy session or as a vice president of a company in Wisconsin, but in the rare moments when I had some down time I had no trouble entertaining myself with weird and fanciful ideas.

Mexico is a decidedly beautiful country.  With the rainy season coming to and end…at least that’s what they tell us….it seems more lush and tropical then I could have imagined when we first visited in April of 2009.  I also understand, from conversations both David and I have had with people in the US and Canada, there is a very active campaign being perpetrated by the Mexican Government to try to convince people Mexico is safe.

Okay, we are down here folks.  We are not a part of the Mexican government.  We are proud to be US citizens and that will not change.  Our lives are unbelievably quiet here.  Certainly much more then they were in Dallas and, by golly, a hop, skip and a golender sprung quieter then in Wisconsin. (By the way, I’m Welsh and the “golendar sprung” quote is supposed to be German but I’m not sure I got it right.)

We are not living in one of the border towns.  If our family or friends were to visit, we would say fly in to Guadalajara.  If they wanted to make the trip by car, we’d recommend crossing the border at Laredo, Texas.  We’d also recommend sleeping on the US side of Laredo and leaving early in the a.m. so that, once over the border, they could put as much distance between themselves and the border as possible after hitting Mexico.  That’s what we did.

Are Mexicans still trying to get across the border?  Sure they are. Wouldn’t you want to live in the “land of milk and honey”?  We are hearing, however, that the numbers are becoming smaller and smaller.  My thought, this may have something to do with the troubled economy in the US and the political unrest when it comes to the “anchor baby” controversy.  They too are trying to avoid the border.  Their education system has vastly improved over the years especially in the past decade.  As US kids are preparing to go back to school so are their Mexican brothers and sisters.  One has to merely visit the local clothing stores to see uniforms, backpacks, school supplies, etc in every nook and cranny.

With few exceptions, most of the younger people we’ve met….in their late teens, 20’s and 30’s all speak flawless English.  Many speak of how they want their country to be able to give its citizens some of the things America has always represented.  They realize the Mexican people have a rich heritage and to preserve that heritage and build upon it they must educate themselves while using that education within their borders.  They are passionate about making Mexico a better place with more opportunities for everyone.

It is both interesting and exhilarating to be able to watch these people grow this tiny village of Ajijic into a wonderfully exciting artist colony.   There are people from all over the world migrating to the Lake Chapala area.  They are being inspired by, not only the people, but the lovely lake and beautiful mountain ranges just outside their collective doors.

On the one hand, I understand the hesitation and down right fear the media is generating and the narco wars are fueling.

On the other hand, I am someone who has lived here for almost a year and have not felt frightened or intimidated or, for that matter, regret having made the move – although I do miss my family and friends immensely.  To be honest and given the “Law of Probability” which states: The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act, I’ve come to the following conclusion.  Realizing just how often I accomplish amazingly stupid acts, and how often those acts are observed by people relaxing on the plaza.  One might think twice (perhaps David might think twice since he’s with me) about moving here.  So far I’ve garnered only applause at my lack of grace and my loony behavior!  And I say again, Viva Mexico.

[If you have some personal questions you’d rather not put on the blog site, please feel free to contact either David or me at the following email addresses: les@boomerstomexico.com and david@boomerstomexico.com.  We will be happy to attempt to answer your questions as best we can.]

I took this picture while sweeping our porch the other day, early in the morning.  The mountains had yet another beautiful look.  I never tire of their beauty.

I took this picture while sweeping our porch the other day, early in the morning. The mountains had yet another beautiful look. I never tire of their beauty.

Believe it or not, this picture and the next one in line were taken from the Wal-Mart parking lot.  Beauty is everywhere.  There was a time when I would not have taken time to notice it.

Believe it or not, this picture and the next one in line were taken from the Wal-Mart parking lot. Beauty is everywhere. There was a time when I would not have noticed this beauty.

The second picture from the Wal-Mart parking lot.

The second picture from the Wal-Mart parking lot.

The next few pictures, including this one, were taken as David and I set out on a morning walk just the other day.

The next few pictures, including this one, were taken as David and I set out on a morning walk just the other day.

This is a picture of a flower pod on the cactus just inside our gate.

This is a picture of a flower pod on the cactus just inside our gate.

A cactus arch surrounding the flower pod just inside our gate.

A cactus arch surrounding the flower pod just inside our gate.

A window cross, just down the block from our home.  This picture was also taken just the other day.

A window cross, down the block from our home. This picture was also taken the other day.

Visit the BoomerstoMexico Photo Store at http://boomerstomexico.com/mexico-photos/ , to see more of the beauty of Ajijic Mexico in photographs.


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