Here is Where Things Got Confusing
March 11th, 2011 by Les

“If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, talks like a duck, it probably needs a little more time in the microwave.”  Lori Dowdy

“Today was good.  Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.” Dr. Seuss

Okay, here it is…I started this post with the idea of talking about shopping in Ajijic….not all of Mexico, just our little burg.  Then my mind traveled in a completely different direction.  It’s as if I need GPS sensors in a set of gloves just to keep up with where my mind goes when it’s gone!

A group of us got together the other night to enjoy the melodious tones of Mark Clifton at a local eatery on the malecon.  It was a really beautiful setting with the Margaretville pier just outside the window, Lake Chapala drifting lazy in the late day sun, mountains hazy in the background and people strolling hand and hand enjoying the end of another beautiful Mexican day.

Here’s where things got a little confusing, it appeared our waiters were trying to have a siesta as we were preparing for a fiesta.  Please don’t get me wrong, we were met by a very attentive wait person at the door and guided to a very large table that had been reserved for us near the stage.  We wanted to be close enough to Mark to lend encouragement to his performance…well that sounds good anyway.  Sometimes there is a thin line between encouragement and raucous behaviors…both of which Mark seems to be quite used to…giving it back sometimes faster then we could dish it out.

There in lies the rub…dish it out…to turn a phrase.  As people began to arrive and were seated the waiter began taking drink orders on separate checks to be tallied at the end of the evening.  This would have worked really well had we been the type to sit in the same place all evening…we’re not.  No surprise there!!!

After the first round of drinks were ordered the smiling amigo came back to take the dinner order.  I believe that is when I realized I need not be a nutritional overachiever.  There were two offerings on this festive evening (at least that is the way it started out).  Ham (Hawaiian style) or steak (in gringo vernacular).  The first of us to arrive simply ordered from what the waiter said were our choices.  However, we had a vegetarian with us and she tried, in perfect Spanish, to get the waiter to prepare a little something without meat.  Even with her perfect Spanish it was tough going.  Banter followed, back and forth, this and that until, ultimately she ended up with an omelet (we won’t go into eggs at this moment). 

Moving on… several others arrived and, upon hearing of the two choices, asked the waiter if there wasn’t something else they might have…for instance fish, perhaps?  Fortunately this wasn’t Sea World and their seafood restaurant where you have to wonder, once you receive your order, are you by chance eating a slow learner?!  This is Ajijic.  With much running hither and yon by our waiter, it was finally established they could do fresh fish.  Three orders were immediately placed and, out of the corner of my eye I noticed a person with a bucket and fishing pole leave the restaurant heading toward Lake Chapala.  Interesting!

It is always a good idea to take a hard look at what you are about to eat, when served.  It is not so important to know what it is, but it is, I feel, critical to know what it was.  The food served passed that test.  It was food.  It was recognizable and it was eatable.  The evening progressed.

Tequila.  Did I mention Tequila?  Good.  Yes.  Good.  They had tequila and they had margaritas.  From that point on we became one with the entertainment.  That, my friends, is one of the joys of being in Mexico.  You can have a wonderful time.  You do not need to spend an arm and a leg.  Mexicans are gracious and smile often.  Of course, it helps that we of the expat community are often quite entertaining. 

In between goals is something called “life” that needs to be lived and enjoyed.  Without appearing ubiquitous (as we all know I have an inherit problem with being in only one place at a time consequently I am not everywhere thank goodness), without over-thinking things to distraction, I’d say if you want to take some time to enjoy life in Mexico or anywhere for that matter, me thinks it would require an evening of unplanned jocularity, spontaneous laughter, friends and family with which to enjoy same.  I’d add an easy-going style that can roll with whatever happens and a restaurant that is willing to put up with it all.

 We found that restaurant and friends to enjoy it with.  Welcome to the lake…welcome to our little bohemia!  Viva Mexico.

Ajijic's own Margaretville

What can be seen from the restaurant window.

The mountains overlooking Lake Chapala.

Another beautiful sunsert on another perfect day in Ajijic!

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2 Responses  
  • Sandy writes:
    March 12th, 20111:58 pmat

    I really enjoyed this post but it made me very, very jealous. I so wanted to be there with all of you. Viva all of you! You are coloring the area with you laughter and presence!

    Love you,


  • Joe & Jan writes:
    March 11th, 201111:22 pmat

    We happened to be one of the wonderful group that enjoyed the Tequila!!!! Did I mention Tequila?

    Our friend Candy from Austin, Texas along with me and Joe needed to stay home Thursday to recover, but noooooooooo…we had to go to the Aguas Thermals in San Juan Cosala the next day with friends and enjoyed the Sun which dried us out from the great night before with GREAT friends!

    Thanks Les and David and ALL…..

    Viva Mexico

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