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“The time has come,” the Walrus said,”To talk of many things:”-the Walrus and the Carpenter

Let’s all boycott daylight savings time!

Tomorrow starts daylight savings time in Mexico. In 2013 the USA lost 433,982,548 dollars in lost productivity due to this abominable practice according to this article. Let’s all do our internal clocks a favor and boycott daylight savings time! Yes, I am calling for a grassroots boycott of daylight savings time! Go ahead and sleep in, arrive late for your appointments. Do your circadian rhythm a favor and boycott daylight savings time. Write your congressman, senator, or other representative, tell them NO! No more messing with the clock! I just remembered that it’s Spring Forward- Fall back.  However, I still hold to my original idea and want the whole changing the clock thing to stop!  

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INAPAM and CITUR- turning 60 in Mexico is a good thing.

What do these three things have in common? Disneyland, Arroyo High School, Me. 2015 is our 60th birthday year! Yup, I am now a senior citizen, turning 60 in Mexico is a good thing. It means you can get an INAPAM card and a CITUR pass. INAPAM stands for Instituto National de las Personas Adultos Mayores – the program covers a lot of cool stuff. With my INAPAM card, I also qualified for a CITUR pass; sorry, I don’t know what the letters actually stand for, or if it’s just a cute way to spell city tour. CITUR entitles you to a reduced fare on some city buses, but not all. The ones with A/C are usually exempt. This is a significant savings if you are a regular bus rider, like me. The lower fare has me chosing a different bus line, I used to take the bus with a/c if given a choice. Normally, I am not given to social commentary but ...

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10 things I have learned from being an ex-pat

10 things I have learned from being an ex-pat seemed like an easy topic. We’re starting our second decade of living in Merida.  I thought that this list would just write itself but it’s getting harder and harder to point out the extraordinary things to you because quite frankly, it’s all normal. 10 things that I have learned from being an ex-pat I have food issues. While I willing eat goat, sheep, tongue, liver, and in theory- grasshoppers, it bothers me that the deli-lady cuts our bacon in the wrong direction. I’m rude. Not by American standards, but by Mexican standards. I sometimes will walk around the block so I don’t have to stop and chat about the weather with our neighbor who sits in front of his doorway. I often forget to kiss and say hello to everyone in the room when I enter. Ditto for when I exit. I’m not sure what American cuisine is. Mexicans will ask ...

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Still alive and sewing

Every time I look at my blog and see that I haven’t blogged even once in 2015, I get a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. Then I feel overwhelmed, I start a blog post, but it doesn’t feel right or something happens to distract me.For example, for quite awhile the blog was receiving enormous amounts of spam, over 20 thousand a day, in consequence, nothing was worked right. If you have made a comment recently and noticed the new format, that’s why. If you haven’t made any comments, I totally  understand. You were probably afraid that I was dead. If you signed up to get email notification of blog posts, don’t  despair. Eventually, I’ll figure out how to do it and I’ll announce it on the blog. Of course, you probably aren’t reading this, since you are expecting an email from me. Sorry. I’ve missed blogging and writing, so I’m just jumping in and starting anew.  Since ...

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Day of the Dead Merida style

Last night was Halloween, we went to the Day of the Dead celebration. Tonight, on the Day of the Dead, I’m going to a Halloween carnival.  In Mexico, you just have to go with the flow. The city closes several streets for Hanal Pixan, the Mayan version of the Day of the Dead celebration.We showed up at 6pm, which was nice. No big crowds, the stage was bare and most of the chairs were empty. By 6:30, half an hour after the official start time, we decided not to hang around any more waiting for the Botanical garden to open or the music to start. Time is a variable thing in Mexico after all.   Our group wandered south Calle 66 towards the cemetery, admiring altars, declining offers to purchase  tamales, mini-pibes, or Day of the Dead bread.  The smell of copal hanging heavy in the air, making my nose sting. Later I realized it was the underlying scent of ...

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Mexican Butter.

Where can I find good butter in Mexico? Mexican butter is probably one of the most discussed ex-pat topics, right behind toilet paper disposal. When the Dunosusa mini-market opened their doors down the street from our house, I asked for butter at the small deli counter. The lady offered me margarine. When I repeated that I wanted butter, she shrugged, replying,”It’s the same thing.” I didn’t argue but neither did I buy the proffered plastic placebo. Is placebo the right word? I assume that most placebos are either benign or inert. Poison sounds harsh but is more accurate. The Extra (a convenience store similar to 7/11) recently started carrying butter. However, ten years ago, nearest butter was 7 blocks away but only Lala or La Gloria brands. Mexican butter tastes odd to most North Americans, probably to Europeans too. It has a slightly plastic mouth feel. It’s okay in cooking, but I wondered about that off taste.  It worried me. ...

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Life in Merida- not all fiestas and parades.

People probably imagine our life here in Merida as exotic and exciting. Life in Merida is not all fiestas and parades, sometimes it’s just life. Instead of a parade, there will be a Chiapan family marching by, trumpets and drums making a discordant cacophony, stopping at our door hoping that we’ll tip them to go and play somewhere else. Sometimes, it’s the alarm at the Dunosusa going off at 7am every morning. Sometimes, it’s firecrackers and ambulances. Sometimes, it’s just life in a city of a million people.Life in Merida is not all fiestas and parades. Generally, my personality is sunny and optimistic, so much so, that I’ve been accused of being a Pollyanna. I don’t think Pollyanna is such a bad role model, do you? However,I have been a tad blue lately, getting up well after 8 am, and just generally feeling listless. Yes, I know activity is the enemy of depression and so I have started doing  more ...

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Modem deficiencies-technical difficulties

Dear Readers, I have a couple of new posts almost ready to go. Unfortunately, the modem has been very uncooperative. First, both Husband and I were unable to even connect with the blog, though everyone else I asked had no problems. Resetting the modem seems to have cured that, but I can’t seem to upload any photos to my posts, which is holding everything up! So really am back, just having technical problems. regards, Theresa

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Me Made May and some technical difficulties

Just a line to tell you all that I have several blog posts that I have been working on. The writing part is going along well, the hold-up is in the photos. I have either not taken enough photos, the photos are too blurry to use, or I still need to edit them.  I use an online editor and the internet slows way down when it’s warm, just like everything else around here. The other day it was a mind numbing 43ºC which is 109.4ºF, for the first time in a quite awhile I didn’t find the pool water too cool. Husband just walks into the pool like he’s taking a stroll, I dip my feet, then slowly work my way up to my waist. He says that the hot air makes the contrast stronger and I should just jump in. Like in so many things, he is probably right, but that doesn’t mean that I am changing my ways. ...

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