My Slinky’s Kinked…
November 26th, 2010 by Les

Lewis Mumford (US sociologist, urbanist and historian)  said: “Humor is our way of defending ourselves from life’s absurdities by thinking absurdly about them.”

Rosalia de Castro (Galician writer 1837-1885) writes: “I see a path, but I don’t know where it leads.  Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.”

And I’m having trouble un-kinking it.  That’s why this blog is so late in coming…in case you’ve noticed its lateness.  My mind can focus on one thing at a time and, for some odd reason, it usually picks the most absurd thing in my life at the moment.  Have you ever tried unkinking a Slinky?!

The days remain lovely in our little part of the world.  No rain, much sunshine, beautiful balmy weather great for walking, hiking, traveling to any one of the interesting places surrounding Ajijic, Jalisco Mexico.  The nights are cool, in the low 40’s, and great for sleeping.

The town has filled with “snow birds”.  Restaurants are busy, the Wednesday market is even busier with fractured Spanish rolling off the lips of Americans, Canadians, South Africans, Australians, British, Scandinavian and panoply of other countries hither to unmentioned.

Excitement is in the air.  Art galleries are opening, classical dance, plays, music from every venue imaginable.  Various exercise and fitness venues are available everywhere and volunteer opportunities are in abundance.  Bus and train rides to places you’ve only dreamed about.  Drivers who will spend an entire day with visitors taking them to any place their hearts desire – the North Shore of Lake Chapala to Guadalajara, Mexico City to the Yucatan and beyond.

Evenings can be spent enjoying dinner and dancing, simply walking on the malecon or sitting on your mirador enjoying the sunset.  Or, if your fancy is early mornings – basking in a heavenly sunrise.

St. Andrews festivities are in full swing honoring the patron saint of Ajijic.  Skyrockets can be heard in the early morning, at noon, around 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.  Native dancing, rides for the children, scrumptious food and little ones running everywhere, squeals of laughter permeating the air.

I have many friends in the states.  Most will, if asked in a moment of weakness, tell you they don’t work in an office; it’s simply Hell with fluorescent lighting.  Here’s one of the problems of everyday life that I can remember, there isn’t any background music.  Here in Mexico there is often background music.  Melodious tones of every type of music imaginable will drift in your door on any given afternoon.

In my unasked for opinion, the hardest part of not working (even with fluorescent lighting)….is not working.  I mean, wrinkled was not one of the things I wanted to be when I grew up, but “being” nothing at the moment is harder to handle then the new wrinkles I see each day when I look in the mirror.  Often times I find myself smiling inanely because I don’t have a clue as to what is going on around me.  Yes folks, I am still working on my Spanish and using more and more of it to communicate with our neighbors but find a generous smile and my finger circling my brain (indicating loco) helps immensely!  The Mexican people love to hear you try to speak their language and are so very gracious in helping you pick the word that fits the occasion.  Thank goodness!!

My train of thought does have a caboose, dear readers, and I think I’m getting to it.  We recently had to get our pictures taken for our new FM3 cards.  I guess I still haven’t quite mastered the art of kicking back and relaxing as my FM3 picture stills looks like I really need to take a trip somewhere.  I mean, if the photographer can’t be kind, it would be nice if he’d have had the decency of being vague….soft lighting….maybe a little mist in the background making me look dark and mysterious.  Right now I look like Harry from Harry and the Henderson’s fame.

We are busy.  We have been so fortunate in that over the past year we’ve met many of our blog readers.  Most have let us know when they will be visiting and we make every attempt to get together with them when they are here.  Usually that involves dinner or lunch, perhaps a drink, and a trip back to our casa to give them a feel for “colonial Mexican” architecture and living.

Many of the people we’ve met are struggling with a decision to move or not to move to Mexico.  All have similar concerns and thoughts about their safety (as do their families).  Others simply wonder if it is right for them.  Two of our dearest friends – we met them months ago when they visited and are now joyfully able to see them on a regular basis as they’ve actually moved here and are experiencing life “first hand” have added much to our lives here in Ajijic.

And so I say, sometimes it is only in adventure, in not knowing what is around the next corner that has enabled me to catch a glimpse of success in knowing myself – in finding myself.  More than anything else, you are given the time here in this (at the moment) not so quiet village of Ajijic to explore the uncharted you and truly enjoy the sail!  Viva Mexico! 

Below you will see some of the large prints David has had framed for the show December 3rd, 4th and 5th, 2010.  They are also available online at  Please feel free to visit any time.

Time Lapse Lilies

Mazamitla Dining Room

Amazing Hummingbirds

Hummingbird in Natural Setting

Hummingbird's Gentle Wingspan

Hummingbirds through the Window

The Pier in Ajijic

The Malecon in Ajijic

3 Responses  
  • Terry Oburn writes:
    November 28th, 20109:01 pmat

    Absolutely stunning photos! You are going to be a big hit at Lakeside in the coming years, David. And we get to see it happen!

    Looking forward to seeing you both at the show this weekend.

  • Sandy writes:
    November 27th, 20101:16 pmat

    Holy moly…They are all wonderful! I can’t pick a favorite this time. Good luck with the show, David!

  • Laurel writes:
    November 27th, 201012:55 amat

    What a welcome sight to see one of your blogs again on my e-mail list. I figured you were really busy with prep for the art shows. Sounds like the town is comming alive again with the flood of gringos heading south.

    the pics for the show are gorgeous. I hope you sell a million.

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