Two concurrent thoughts for the day….
March 26th, 2010 by Les

#1 “I think I have a huge ass!  I think I could hide a flashlight there and it wouldn’t be found for months.  Definitely.”  Yasmeen Ghauri, Canadian Model

#2 “A bus is a vehicle that runs twice as fast when you are after it as when you are in it.”  Unknown Author

#1 – Always have a torch handy.  Okay, so my Welsh heritage is showing….perhaps better put: always have a flashlight handy.  Said flashlight would most likely not be as handy as Yasmeen Ghuari’s, but somewhere convenient.  We must have at the very least six small torches positioned throughout our house…..just not where they should be.  It’s always a good idea to have some type of illumination handy – should the lights go out – actually, not metaphorically.

We have one street light near our front gate.  Though streets are lit in our small village – they are not quite as bright as a typical big city neighborhood.  Hence, when the lights go out – they really go out and it is, as I’ve often heard said, pitch dark in our abode. David made the comment just the other day…so let me get this straight….the large flashlight is in the cupboard below my laptop, next to the refrigerator in the kitchen….usually pushed way back behind the toolbox.  The smaller flashlights, of which there are many, are located – in group – in the secretary which resides next to our front door inside of one of the countless cubbies.  No flashlight has found its way into our bedroom or, for that matter, next to our bed.

So, to carry this a step further, if someone rings our bell in the middle of the night and we do not answer it is possible they may decide no one is home and vault the fence.  Now, for conversational purposes, let’s say they are in our yard, dressed completely in black – Ninja style – and proceed to our front door.  I, as the male of the household, would at this point need to jump out of bed, high tail it through the master bedroom, master bath and careen across the rather large living space to the secretary placed auspiciously next to the front door where our many small flashlights reside.  Upon retrieving at least one flashlight – and hoping the invader has remained stationary just OUTSDIDE our front door – I would shine this 3 inch in diameter flashlight beam in his face (I know, assuming it is a “he”) and say with as much authority as one can muster with tiny flashlight in hand and wearing only knickers – stay where you are!  I would then march backward toward the kitchen keeping as much of the invaders body (which at this point would probably be his nose) in the beam of my 3 inch in diameter flashlight while I try to not only make it to the kitchen but also retrieve the very large flashlight comfortably residing …. well you know where it is.

I’ve moved the very large torch to our bed side table this morning.

#2 – Do not get behind a bus traveling through our tiny cobblestone streets if you can at all help it.  Actually, try not to park on any street the bus travels if you cannot, basically, attach your mobile unit to the curb as I’ve seen more then my share of broken rear view mirrors on numerous cars parked precariously on the streets of Ajijic.

Below is a picture of one of the local buses.  We used to say following a bus was like following a herd of turtles.  If you plan on getting anywhere by 11:00 a.m.(ha,ha) forget it.  Lets face it, buses are big…huge…take up a lot of space, command attention from other drivers and pedestrians alike and can cause major stress to those on, near, riding behind the bus as well as for the bus driver.  As Rodney Dangerfield (American Comedian) said about himself and I think something that can readily be applied to bus drivers in general….they “don’t get no respect”.  However, after seeing the bus drivers in this small village navigate these difficult streets, I have all the admiration and respect in the world for them.

As David took the picture below, the bus driver edged – very slowly – into the intersection.  He came abreast of the vehicle on the corner, reached out of his window and flipped the cars rear view mirror in so that the bus would not damage it.  I’ve never seen a bus driver in the states do that though I have seen them stick their hand out the window usually sharing the universal sign for, putting it delicately, you can pass now.

Buses run constantly here.  They can be caught on almost every corner, especially on the highway, by a simple wave of your hand.  They are economical and surprisingly clean.  If you want to travel to any of the villages’ lakeside and don’t wish to drive, they are a great option.  From what I can see, the bus drivers are great!  Viva Mexico!

Shot #1 as he begins his approach to the corner.

Shot #1 as he begins his approach to the corner.

Shot #2 as he inches forward.

Shot #2 as he inches forward.

We didn't catch his hand coming out to move the rear view mirror.  Trust me, he did just that right after David clicked the shot.

We didn't catch his hand coming out to move the rear view mirror. Trust me, he did just that right after David clicked the shot.

I thought I'd end with David's latest poster.  I love it!!

I thought I'd end with David's latest poster. I love it!!

3 Responses  
  • Sandy writes:
    March 28th, 201011:32 amat

    Okay, the middle bottom is Bird of Paradise but that’s one you probably already know. By the way this posting didn’t come to my e-mail. Would you like me to send a spotlight? That way even if you have no intruder you can pretend to be singers (A new place for Judy to sing besides the shower), dancers or actors or maybe even all the above. I can’t wait to see the show.

    Love all your stories!


  • Les writes:
    March 27th, 20108:07 pmat

    Hi Frank,

    We do not know the name of the flower in the middle or, for that matter, most of those on the poster. We started by asking people who stopped at our booth on the plaza last Sunday if they recognized any of them. Didn’t have much luck there.

    I promised David I would try to get all the names together. I’ll let you know as soon as I have them. Good question and great comment about bus travel here in the lakeside area.


  • Frank Simon writes:
    March 27th, 201011:53 amat

    Loved the bus system, unless you’re going to Jocotepec.

    On the way back, we walked for 25 minutes on the “shoulder” (read ditch) before we got to a bus stop.

    Out of 6 people at the stop, we were the only ones NOT drinking a beer (silly us).

    But at least it was better than the two twenty-somethings having a joint AND a beer on the way into Joco!!!

    As a side note, do we know the name of the top centre picture in David’s “Flores de Ajijic”? Have never seen anything like it up north.

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