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Bonding with friends


Barb who writes From the Snow to Mexico to keep her friends updated on their Mexico adventures is blogging again. That means that she and her husband, Mr.B,  are in Progreso soaking up some sun. Barb and I are kindred souls, not really extroverted but not totally introverted, interested in crafts and the world around us, but not really wanting to always be in the thick of things.

We made plans to meet up at the Galerias Mall to watch the new James Bond movie. Husband and I walked downtown where we grabbed a taxi. We jumped into the ratty backseat, quickly giving up on a search for seatbelts and settled in. We started chatting about the sorts of things married couples talk about.The odd thump coming from under the taxi or maybe the trunk, was stealing my focus from our conversation when  suddenly Husband exclaimed “Where are we going?”, he wasn’t having an Alzheimer moment, the driver was taking the scenic route down Paseo Montejo instead of zipping up Technologico. Stammering, the taxista, tried to explain that he was avoiding heavy traffic by going that way. However, his leisurely pace turned breakneck, as he sped up and started weaving in and out of traffic. He had been busted and knew it.

In all the time we’ve lived here, this is probably the second time we’ve had  someone do that. I’ve taken taxis where the driver has gotten lost and I’ve been stuck in traffic but most drivers are honest.

Even after taking the long way around we arrived a half hour before our planned rendezvous. Immediately inside the door we found B&B, who had also were early. True to our upbringings we would rather be early and wait than be late, even after eight years here, it isn’t an easy habit to break.  Going upstairs to the Cineplex, we discovered that the 3:40 show was now a 4:40 show but we had arrived just in time for the 2:50 showing. Opting for the earlier show, we bought tickets.

I’ve never been a big James Bond fan, but this movie grabbed me from it’s first chase scene .. Action films like this are made for the big screen and this one was great fun. I recommend it.

I have a confession to make, the smell of the popcorn was very tempting. Do you think movie theaters have a buttered popcorn scent that they spray to make you hungry? Popcorn has always been a favorite snack of mine. Going to the movies, sharing a large soda and an enormous buttered popcorn with Husband is something I miss.I could have one of my own, but I like the intimacy of sharing. I think next time we go to the movies, we’ll have some popcorn.

About Theresa Diaz Gray

Born in New York City, I grew up in California, and have lived in 3 countries and 6 states. I'm a first generation Cuban-American who lives in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. I'm committed to living an abundant and creative life and helping others do so too through DIY!


  1. Eric,
    This is the first Bond film that I really liked. However, I”m with you on the popcorn variations. One of my favorite ways to eat popcorn was with Parmesan cheese and butter.Now, I like a mix of cayenne, curry powder and salt on jicama spears rather than popcorn.

    you are right, but a treat is just that a treat. Since I rarely have soda(it’s much to sweet and fizzy for me), an occasional once a year coke split with Husband is okay.


  2. Don’t have the popcorn. Or the soda. Pack a snack.

  3. Saw the Bond movie. This grinch wasn’t impressed. I must be getting bored with fantasy and entertainment. I thought [Sean] Bond was so cool when I saw Goldfinger at 17. [Daniel] Bond delivered a good performance; I’ve simply outgrown visual trickery.

    But popcorn still captivates. No, not the movie kind. We make our own with sunflower oil. We grate some cheese, and shake them together in a large paper bag while still hot. I sprinkle on cayenne or curry powder, while Mary simply adds salt. It almost beats the widescreen experience.

  4. Steve,
    by now you’ve probably seen it. Some movies are just better on the big screen.

    LOL, it sure smelled good. Okay, popcorn will be bought the next time I go to the movies.

    Oh, how sad. Is it just too overpowering? My sense of smell isn’t what it used to be, but I don’t think I smelled much popcorn besides Barb’s, inside the theater, of course, there were only about ten people in there.


  5. This is the first movie in a couple of years that prompted me to say to Paul, “We should see that!” Then you reminded me of the buttered popcorn smell, which I find revolting. Ugh.

  6. Theresa, the popcorn was really good. You should have had some.

  7. Nice to hear you enjoyed the Bond film. I am considering seeing it in a few days.

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