The Law of Inverse Excuses
September 26th, 2010 by Les

“I obey the law of inverse excuses which demands that the greater the task to be done, the more insignificant the work that must be done prior to beginning the greater task.”  Annon.

“The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The firs-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.”  A. A. Milne – British Writer – best know for his character Winnie the Pooh.

My inverse excuse (this is the insignificant part)…I distinctly remember thinking or, more accurately hoping, the theme song for my life would be something akin to “Born to be Wild”.  There are, in fact, some tiny skeletons in my closet (as it were) probably dying to get out and attest to the above mentioned theme song.  Who knew I’d end up plummeting through my life at break-neck speed only to suddenly live to out grow the very wild streak I based my life upon.  I was in such a hurry to “get there” I sped through some life-stations I should have pulled the break cord on and stopped to enjoy.

As kids we, by nature, test our limits…constantly.  Ask any parent with toddlers and grade school age children.  No skeletons left in the closet as we haven’t learned there are things we’d rather not share with any audience.  The skeletons are, therefore, eager to appear in our teens…chomping at the bit even.  Hormones raging, mortification a constant companion, we begin our bid for the freedom of adulthood.  Heck, everyone knows teens are a fonts of all knowledge…just ask…we’ll tell.

Then we hit out twenties.  Beyond the “test” phase and suddenly out there in the real world expected to function, succeed, contribute, enjoyment governed by moderation and mind, hopefully, focused on the present and the future at the same time.  Able to walk and talk taken for granted with nary a look back.

Here I am, I’ve outgrown my “Born to be Wild” phase (well, not completely, tempered with memories of those skeletons still lurking in my closet) and I have a lot of time on my hands to think.  I am not a third, second or first-rate thinker.  I do, however, think a lot…I think.  Honestly.  My thoughts at times seem destined to collide with reality.  I would not want to be a traveler in my mind because “boggling” would be the word used often to describe such a journey.  Locking in on any given topic or subject can sometimes take more energy then it used to take me to control my life which would have been like trying to hold water in a sieve.

There are so many things to see, do and experience in life, in particular, in Mexico I have trouble deciding what I’d like to do first.  The gift of freedom, something I longed for as a teen until it dawned on me that responsibility comes arm and arm with freedom, can be really distracting.

It’s taken us, for some unknown reason, a while to experience all of the things we want to experience here in Mexico.  I believe our delay in doing most things could be called procrastination.  It is said time is money.  Therefore, if we are to believe money is the root of all evil, and knowledge is power we can then assume procrastination is the key to world peace.

Let’s face it, if you procrastinate enough you will never become bored, because you have all kinds of things you should be doing.  I know this because I’m a list maker by habit.  I do not create lists to mark things off that I’ve accomplished; I just like to make lists.  Generally speaking, if I make a list of things I need to pick up at one of our abarrotes, similar to what I’d call mom and pop stores back in my hometown, or at the Wednesday market, I inevitably forget the list.  In some ways the whole experience takes on a humorous flavor as I say, confidently, I remember what I had on the list…no problem. Upon returning home I make a dart for the list and check off all of the things I remembered.  As the years pass I seem to remember less of what was on the list I should have taken with me.  I look at this as a positive.  I wholeheartedly believe it means I’ve already gotten another list started before I set foot out our front door, and therefore it is a good thing.

The greater task…..we had been planning on visiting Soriana’s Market for some time and actually got around to it the other day.  Soriana’s is the second largest retail chain in Mexico.  It is, for all intent and purposes, a mega-store.  It did not have the feel of a Costco or Sam’s, more like a Wal-Mart Super store.

Below are some pictures we took of our Soriana’s experience.  The one picture I really wanted to get, but was unable to do so, was of a white-coat clad fish purveyor moving octopus from a cold chest to the ice-filled display counters.  Sorry folks, I do not mean to pass judgment on types of food people eat, I simply can’t bring myself to even try octopus.  Each time I see people preparing them for sale I remember why.  Octopus is simply not, and I know this is just my opinion, the George Clooney of the mollusk family.

Other than the octopus experience, you will note Soriana’s has a lot to offer.  Many items piled high on shelves or hung neatly on racks with foods of all types, bakery, meats, anything you’d want from a grocery store with many larger retail items, as well.  I’ve always had this weird thing in regard to vending machines.  I like buying snacks from vending machines because for some reason snacks taste better when they fall.  I’ve become a secretive food dropper, prior to putting the food in my cart, so that it can achieve its maximum flavor potential.  Although Soriana’s was too crowded for me to achieve an unseen “food drop” the total experience was both interesting and worthwhile.

I leave you with this thought:  Even the grocery/abarrotes/super stores can be a Mexican adventure!  Viva Mexico!

Sorianas in Chapala.

Soriana's in Chapala.



A little of each.

A little of each.


Strange Produce

There is a strong Canadian presence in Mexico.

There is a strong Canadian presence in Mexico.

Ajijic has had some heavy clouds and rain probably connected to the storms in the gulf.  Though David has taken a similar photograph in the past, this turned out so well it is worth sharing.  He caught the sunlight on the church steeple with the dark storm clouds behind capturing the contrast so well.

Ajijic has had some heavy clouds and rain probably connected to the storms in the gulf. Though David has taken a similar photograph in the past, this turned out so well it is worth sharing. He caught the sunlight on the church steeple with the dark storm clouds behind capturing the contrast so well.

Visit the BoomerstoMexico Photo Store at , to see more of the beauty of Ajijic Mexico in David’s photos.

3 Responses  
  • Rebecca Whitson writes:
    October 3rd, 20105:15 pmat


    I’m stressing my self out trying to pin point the towns I should look into moving to. My plan was panama but the rain and humidity is not agreeing with my boomer body!!!!!! I just moved back to Fort Lauderdale from Tucson AZ and my body and joints are in a revolution.

    I’m thinking about the following 3 places. Lake Chapala, Oxaca and Jalapa.

    I’m thinking about flying into Guadalajara and taking a bus to the different places to get a feel for the 3 places. I have no idea what I’m doing which is scary. I am taking Spanish lessons so I can converse a little bit.

    If you don’t mind, would you please share your insights with me. I would be extremely grateful.


    Warm regards.


    P.S. Love your blog Les.

  • gwen bain writes:
    September 27th, 20103:14 pmat

    where do i go to look for an inexpensive place to stay in chapala jan 1st to march 6, 2011? any help would be much appreciated – gwen bain

  • Laurel writes:
    September 26th, 20105:45 pmat

    I’m sure my female ancesters had very strong gathering instincts. Am I liucky or unlucky to have inheriated all of theirs from the DNA gene pool??? Anxiously I wait fo the day when they will spur me out the door to the mercados of Mexico again. Soriana’s looks like a wonderful place to shop til you drop. I think you and David need to be appointed the official tourist board of the Chapala area. GREAT JOB!!!

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