The Man-Mountain
November 29th, 2011 by Les

“First the Man-Mountain shall not depart from our dominions without out license under our great seal.”  Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels

“They bury their dead with their heads directly downwards, because they hold an opinion that in eleven thousand moons they are all to rise again, in which period the earth (which they conceive to be flat) will turn upside down, and by this means they shall, at their resurrection, be found ready standing on their feet. The learned among them confess the absurdity of this doctrine, but the practice still continues, in compliance to the vulgar.”
– Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels

David fell.  And so the story begins.  October 31st, in the year of our Lord 2011…aka “Day of the Dead”.

Out the door he flew….not once but twice.  Music, laughter, excitement, firecrackers, bells pealing…the call of sirens, sea deities borne of Greek mythology, enticing our intrepid photographer to come, shoot, capture this moment in time so all can enjoy.  Too fast for moi.

Of course, and as always whenever there is a parade….and there are many….in our small village the streets are filled with people….whole families, children smiling from ear-to-ear dancing in the wake of this or that float, horseman, scary creatures, Aztec goddesses.   And the ever present cobblestones.

Before I continue my tale, let me tell you about our cobblestones here in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico…they are not the quaint cobblestones of the villages from yesteryear found in many a colonial town.  They aren’t even like the FLAT bricks placed end-to-end in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico.  These are the real deal!  Nothing flat about these authentic and very round stones. 

Forgetting the mantra …  “stop – gawk – walk” and caught up in the excitement of the moment the creative being that is David put his camera to eye and clicked…and clicked again.

Out of the blue…he has told me…he felt his feet give way out from under him.  Though all of us who know David care deeply about him and don’t want him to suffer any harm….there is a part of us…let’s explain mainly because of his 6’5” frame that entertain the thought when we register that he may in fact be heading for a..well..header…feel compelled to yell “timber”.

After the fact, and as we discussed what happened while cleaning his legs, and assessing how much damage had been done to same…yet again…we both found ourselves entertaining gales of laughter.  Was there any warning, I inquired?  How the heck would I know…he responded…I was in motion…literally…my feet going hell-bent-for-election trying to keep my body up…not down.

Did you take anyone out with you?   It was like bowling pins…his response.  And then the Gulliver’s story took form…except in this scenario… the Lilliputians were not trying to pin him down…they were coming from everywhere….are you okay… must be careful….let us help you up…they were intent upon lifting him up.

Mexican people are so kind.  Mexican people are so willing to help.  Mexican people are not very tall.  Four men, none of whom were over 5’5” grabbing David as best they could, trying to get him high enough so that his feet clad in size 14 shoes could magically appear under his very tall frame and support him….think Frodo in Lord of the Rings…big feet that really couldn’t help much unless they were directly under his … butt!

And that is where the last man standing…so to speak….placed his hand and, basically, walked his tall frame up to a standing position.  Hooray resounded from the crowd.  Second, the Man-Mountain shall not presume to come into our metropolis without our express order, at which time the inhabitants shall have two hours warning to keep within their doors. Jonathan Swift…again.

David did some harm to his leg.  A trip to the doctor.  A trip to Guadalajara for x-rays.  Water on the knee…bursitis….accompanied by aches and pains…..and the like.

He is doing much better now.  With his usual tenacity he has taken care of his knee, strengthened  his body and used his great sense of humor to heal the pain.  It is important, if you plan to visit our little village, to remember to keep your wits about you when walking these cobblestone ways.  A grand suggestion but fraught with problems for nit-wits like me!!

As the Man-Mountain walks the said roads “of Ajijic” he shall take the utmost care not to trample upon the bodies of any of our loving subjects, their horses, or carriages, nor take any of our said subjects into his hands, without their own consent.”  You-Know-Who

Below are some of the photographs David took prior to his travels to Lilliput….

9 Responses  
  • John & Lisa Bean writes:
    December 3rd, 20111:37 pmat

    Les, a tale well told of David’s cobblestone missteps: Lisa and I went from fear for David at your first three word sentence to hoots of comic relief at the thought of you yelling –TIMBER- on his way down. Glad you suffered no lasting harm, David. For me, flexible sole shoes with no heels or low heels make walking cobblestones both easier and safer.

    ‘Man-Mountain’ and David’s beautiful photo essay following reminds us why we have chosen to spend our retirement in Ajijic. We’ll be down between Jan 12th & 24th and hope to have you over for dinner with us while we’re there.

    John & Lisa,

  • david writes:
    November 30th, 20116:00 pmat

    To all of you kind people who have wished me the best as i recover from ‘the big spill’. i have sworn off running and gawking. i cant help but walk and gawk somewhat – but fortunately, Les does all the gawking for me and points out the great pictures.

    thanks for your wished

  • LuAnn Oburn writes:
    November 30th, 20114:59 pmat

    Hi Les,

    Finally we see a post from you, and I am not surprised that you describe the fall with our gentle giant! I hope that means that he is now well on the road to recovery. His photos, as always, are just beautiful. Take care you two and David, no walking and gawking!


    Terry & Lu

  • Claude writes:
    November 30th, 201112:00 pmat

    Happy you doing better David. Love the pictures.

  • Kathie writes:
    November 30th, 20113:02 amat

    So glad you are back and ok. Love the pictures and the writing.

  • Stephen Millner writes:
    November 30th, 201112:19 amat

    We missed you. Welcome back. Happy Thanksgiving.

  • Sandy writes:
    November 29th, 201110:30 pmat

    Glad to hear David is doing better. As usual his pics are phenomenal. Miss you guys.

  • Joanna Babiak writes:
    November 29th, 20118:29 pmat

    Buenos noches from Hidalgo Street! Glad to hear that David is okay and nothing was broken. And you are NOT kidding around about the round stone cobblestone. My first week here I just walked in slow mo with my eyes cast down but then I went to the kinda expensive sportswear/shoe store at the new Cineplex strip mall across from Walmart and invested and seriously that’s the correct word, folks, in some mens’ Air Nike BASKETBALL shoes with high tops for good ankle support and the air suspension soles makes walking on the cobblestones oh sooooooo much better. I fear no cobblestones now but DO always carry a flashlight to light my way at dusk and after dark. Also, dear readers, beware of the narrow sidewalks that periodically turn into sloped drivewasy, that have mysterious potholes in them, are crumbling or just drop off suddenly without warming. Oh, an low diagonal wires also are attached to some as well. Sometimes walking on the cobblestones are safer haha…

    Have a great week! Joanna Babiak on location at the safe and comfortable Ajijic Suites for the winter

  • Katy writes:
    November 29th, 20118:08 pmat

    I’ve missed your blog! The little Indian princess is beautiful.

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