Vista of a Mexican yogi

View while sitting cross-legged on the faux Persian rug in the living room. Ommmmm.

LAST DECEMBER, I wrote here about throwing my back out, as they say, rendering myself a temporary cripple.

I’ve had that problem now and then for decades, far more before my last divorce,* but it usually cures itself in four or five days. Last December it lasted two weeks, which had only happened once before. It was a hard time.

But it woke me up. Though I’ve done somewhat light exercise on a regular basis for decades I had begun to get lazy about it, and that matters.

I have a gym set here at home, and my schedule had been thrice a week, and I cheated occasionally. I now do it five times a week. I still cheat some, but not often and not without good reason.

I also do a 20-minute, rapid walk around the neighborhood plaza. Again, I was known to cheat, but now I’m cheating far less.

A new element is some light stretching exercise. I call that yoga, but it’s not. It’s stretching. I do short stretching of my back in the morning before getting to the gym set, and in the late afternoon after returning from my usual café Americano negro on the main plaza downtown.

That afternoon session is longer and involves lying and sitting on the living room floor atop a faux Persian rug. Sometimes I even light incense. I’m invariably alone at that hour, between 6 and 7.

While sitting, I’m getting the view above. The lights are out, and the late afternoon sun is out thataway. Thought I’d share the view with you.

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* It’s an issue with a psychological element.

(Note 1: Aging is no fun though I appear to be holding up better than most geezers my age. Last September I wrote here about a crippling heel spur I had developed. There is no good solution to that except for surgery. I chose to do nothing because it only bothered me now and then. I thought it was permanent, but it lasted eight months and vanished. Just recently. How about that!)

(Note 2: Unrelated to anything written so far but included just to keep you up to date on Hacienda joys and sorrows, a lightning strike on Monday fried our Samsung 32-inch LED smart TV, our TV-cable box, and a wifi box. The surge entered via the TV cable, not the electric wires. I have a surge protector by the TV, but I only had the TV power cable connected to it. The surge protector also has the option of running the TV cable through it, but I had foolishly not done so, an expensive oversight. As for wifi, I have two services, which is how I am communicating with you right now.

(I’ve already purchased another TV and connected it to Netflix, which is all I watch anyway. Our TV cable provider is a company called Megacable. Its service is abysmal, so Lord knows when the second wifi will be restored. I really don’t care about the cable TV, but my child bride watches it while she irons.)

13 thoughts on “Vista of a Mexican yogi

  1. My Doctor is an ex-US Army trauma surgeon from Austin, Texas, who wisely made the move to the east coast of Canada when he got tired of deserts. He leans towards natural and preventive medicine. He stocks his office lending library with books and DVDs of yoga and proper eating habits.

    I borrowed some DVDs, and then bought them online for $10. The only part I have used is stretching and a relaxation bit. Reminds me that I should do them.


  2. Our cable company is going all digital this month, so we had to buy a new TV for our bedroom. It is a 32″ Samsung Smart TV. I just hooked it up last night. After hearing your tale of fried TV and cable boxes, I’m going to get one of those fancy surge protectors with the cable connection. Thanks for the timely warning. Sorry about your Samsung. It must cost a lot more money in Mexico than here in Texas.


    1. Paul: I could kick myself in the butt for not doing the cable connection through the surge protector. I assumed that surges always came through the electrical outlet. Of course, the fact the surge protector also had connections for TV cable should have been a clue, one that flew right over my head.

      Using today’s exchange rate (which is going daily in a direction that helps me but not Mexico in general due to the belief that the leftist nincompoop AMLO will win the presidential election on July 1), I paid $311 U.S. It was on sale, marked down from $337. Sounds like we bought the same TV. I cannot imagine you paid much less or perhaps more.


      1. There are several variations of the same TV, but we got this one through Walmart for $219.00. It’s not the FHD 1080P version, but the HD 720P and it is smart. It’s the the smart part that we were looking for and the fact that it is light as a feather (14lbs). The TV we replaced was about 80 lbs and definitely not smart.


        1. Paul: The one I bought is the FHD version, so I guess we cannot make an exact comparison. Televisions seem really cheap to me. I paid about $600 U.S. for one when I moved down here and, of course, it was dumb as a rock. A surge nailed that one too. This is the second time this has happened to me.


          1. Mexican electricity is a capricious thing, at least in my experience. I’ve suffered more power failures in my relatively brief times in CDMX than I have in my entire life across the USA. And I also suffered one in a hotel in Mérida in 1999. If I lived there full time, I seriously think I’d unplug my sensitive electronics when I wasn’t using them.


            Kim G
            Boston, MA
            Where the power just keeps on flowing no matter what.


            1. Kim: It depends entirely on where you live. Here at the Hacienda, we don’t have many problems. The rental where I lived 2.5 years closer to downtown had problems all the time. I fried a TV there too and lots of other stuff, clock, phone answering machine, etc. Mexican life is always fun.

              What happened here was my fault due carelessness or ignorance. I had electrical wires connected to a surge protector but, even though I noticed the TV cable option on the surge protector, I did not use it. I have it all connected properly now.

              From what the TV repair shop told me, that the TV was likely beyond reasonable repair, I bought a new one a couple of days ago. Then they told me yesterday it could be repaired for 1,800 pesos, which I paid today. Now I have two TVs, one more than I need. Gonna sell the older one.


  3. Felipe: By the by, about 18 years ago, I bought a black market satellite dish (they were illegal in Canada). When they came to install it (about $600), the installer talked me into buying a surge protector for $75. Within two months, the house was hit by lightning. The outlet exploded, the surge protector partially melted, but the TV, etc. was unscathed. When I called the manufacturer, he asked how much the damage was. Being honorable, I told him the truth, and they Fed-Exed a new surge protector.

    The only reason I paid that much for a satellite system was because due to our location, the only tv reception we could get, after wasting several hundred dollars on antennas, was PBS when the weather was perfect.


    1. Kris: Only PBS? Yipes!

      So surge protectors actually work. Glad to hear it. I’m not only going to channel my TV cable through my protector, I’m going to buy a voltage regulator to add to the circuit.


  4. Señor, as always you scatter an assortment of facts that fascinate this old Gringo. Like a professionally thrown frisbee they skim the outer perimeters of my imagination. (I know that because I know a pretty good professional thrower of frisbees)


    1. Ricardo: Fascination is one of the primary objectives of the Moon. It pleases me to hear that that objective is met now and then. Gracias.

      And you have informed me too. I did not know there existed professional frisbee throwers. One is never too old to learn.


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