Singing Potatoes
September 4th, 2011 by Les

“I was nauseous and tingly all over.  I was either in love or had smallpox.”  Woody Allen, American actor, producer, writer.

“I knew who I was when I got up this morning, but I think I must have changed several times since then.”  Alice, Alice in Wonderland

I feel like Zsa Zsa Gabor’s eight husband on her wedding night: I know what I’m supposed to do…I just have to figure out a way to make it interesting.  These words would never have been uttered by Jack Colton.

Jack Colton, Michael Douglas’ character in the movie Romancing the Stone suddenly appeared on a hilltop in Columbia in the middle of no where to rescue Joan Wilder – Kathleen Turner’s character.  And rescue her he did with flare, chutzpah, determination, gun power, a touch of humor and a lot of testosterone!

David and I enjoy watching movies in the evening.  Romancing the Stone, made in 1984 and staring Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito makes for great viewing.  The storyline is as follows:  Joan Wilder, a mousy romance novelist, receives a treasure map in the mail from her recently murdered brother-in-law. Meanwhile, her sister Elaine is kidnapped in Colombia and the two criminals responsible demand that she travel to Colombia to exchange the map for her sister. Joan does, and quickly becomes lost in the jungle after being waylaid by Zolo, a vicious and corrupt Colombian cop who will stop at nothing to obtain the map. There, she meets an irreverent soldier-of-fortune named Jack Colton who agrees to bring her back to civilization. Together, they embark upon an adventure that could be straight out of Joan’s novels.

Well hells bells, isn’t that a hoot.  We both agreed when we first saw it we thought it was fun to watch and exciting.  After watching it again a few evenings ago we came to another startling agreement (not that agreeing with each other doesn’t often happen as I’d say we do at least 10% of the times) we’ve been there done that.  Okay, almost been there done that!

I’m a pseudo writer, frustrated writer, absurd chronicler of times spent in Mexico – the title of the book I am forever writing, at least at this moment is Two Americans in Mexico – The Humorous Chronicles and it is yet unpublished.  No surprise there!

David at 6’5”, camera forever slung across his shoulders with a decidedly cultured yet irreverent look at life as a photographer of the rich and famous puts him at least in the ballpark of a soldier-of-prosperity so to speak.

Several scenes were right out of the festivals we’ve been to in Ajijic, Chapala,Guadalajara.  The clothing, the beautiful casas behind tall walls no one would ever guess where there.  The cantinas and the bright colors.  The ancient buildings and large churches.

I mean, lets face it, it’s not like we are experiencing the Year Without Summer which took place in 1816.  The sun shines pretty near every day.  Nor are we trying to find someone to blame for anything at all…like they tried to blame Benjamin Franklin for no summer because he was experimenting with lightening and electricity.

And I’m pretty sure my book will be nothing like Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein which she wrote in 1816…you guessed it…during the Year Without Summer as she was vacationing in Switzerland and stayed in the house with nothing to do.  Who’d want to go out under those conditions?

I’m sure my usual train of thought which has become off track, at the very least, and probably more likely become a huge train wreck has become rather confusing…more so than usual, dear reader.  The only thing that helps me maintain my slender grip on reality is the friendship I share with my collection of singing potatoes.

Here’s where I’m going with this, last Thursday we had another Meet and Greet get-together (photographs below).  As I looked around the table I suddenly felt like our very life could be a romantic adventure.  Not just David and me, the whole kit and caboodle sitting around the table, heck living life huge in the Lake Chapala area of Mexico!

For, your see, each one of the men present could have downed an Indiana Jones hat, kakis and leather vest and jumped to the rescue of the brightly clothed beautiful women sitting at the table. Okay, okay maybe with a little more restraint – but jump none-the-less.  Of course, as usual, my mind wondered.  With the resident burro bellowing in the background, laughter, good spirits, camaraderie and good food was shared by the fearless adventurers all seemed right with the world.

Each one of the people seated at the table had left something behind….life, family, friends, the “known” and set out to experience the “unknown”.  Sure, some had been adventurous all of their lives – one couple living out of the US for over 35 years.  However, all had ended up here.  All were in Ajijic seated at a long table at Yves restaurant overlooking Lake Chapala talking about…what the heck brought them here!  Whether they had researched it to death or simply spun a globe and their finger landed on Ajijic, they were here.

The epitome of adventurous people, these charming sojourners seated at this long table ready for who knows what may come next!  The spirit of Jack Colton and Joan Wilder is alive and well in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico!  The power of positive thinking is alive and well… well… as well.  The question looms large….what’s taking YOU so long to get here?!  And again I say, Viva Mexico!

Below are photos taken at the Meet and Greet and around town.  Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to picture yourself in these pictures!








The Path to Ajijic


See...It's This Way


Hi, We're Waiting For You


What's Taking You So Long


2 Responses  
  • Donna Rizzo writes:
    September 12th, 20111:49 pmat

    Hi Les,
    I always love your posts!!! They are fun, positive and sometimes make me laugh out loud….like the comment about Elaine’s (from Sinefield) dancing. You do realize that you have a rather warped sense of humor. I believe it is the only way to live life.
    I will me there the evening of Sept. 26th and will stay for approx 12 days…..whoppie! I would love to meet you, David and the meet and greet group!

    -Donna Rizzo

  • Jan Ritchie writes:
    September 5th, 201112:05 pmat

    Well my dear Les and David you’ve done it again. What a great read and photos!

    I love “this is the path to Ajijic”

    I can’t say enough about the interesting people that we are meeting here. A fun time was had by all. Even the resident burro!

    In Les’ words …Viva Mexico!!!!


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