Downtown life

Rained cats and dogs downtown yesterday. I was sitting at one of these tables when it started, and we had to move the table a bit back from the street. This rainy season — normally June through October — has been the lightest in all the years I’ve lived here, and I like it. There is more than enough rain, but not too much.

Usually, it’s way too much. Yesterday was way too much.

That’s my sister-in-law’s coffee shop to the left. Business has fallen off due to the Kung Flu, but she’s doing okay. A couple of months ago, the city tore up the sidewalk on this block, dropped new drainage pipes into the ground, laid a level of concrete atop it all, and then ran out of money before laying the sidewalk tiles. They say it will be done in November. The unfinished work is why you see that mound of gravel to the right.

The mayor announced this week that our mountaintop town has become the first plastic-free municipality in the state, a bit of an overstatement because there’s still plastic all over the place. However, our few supermarkets have mostly quit supplying plastic bags, which leads to amusing scenes when customers stumble out the door trying to balance their purchases in their open arms. We bring reusable cloth bags. Duh!

We’re still commanded to stay home due to the Kung Flu, but most people ignore it. I do. You can only stay home so long. I stopped on May 10. We’ve also been threatened by the governor that if we don’t use masks we face 36 hours in the slammer. If that’s been enforced anywhere, I’ve not heard about it. Rules in Mexico are issued to be ignored.

It’s a great nation for a libertarian.

For over a year, the mayor has closed streets around the main plaza to vehicles on Sundays, making it pedestrian-friendly, a move designed to attract tourists. A few months ago, due to the Kung Flu “threat,” the plaza itself was closed to pedestrians to discourage tourists. But the traffic closure continues, so we have two contradictory policies on Sunday. Actual plaza shut to discourage tourists. Street circling plaza shut to encourage tourists.

To paraphrase Gen. Anthony McAuliffe, “It’s nuts!”

I pointed out the contradiction to our mayor on his Facebook page a couple of months ago. He responded that he would think about it. I guess he’s still thinking.

About the only good thing about this year is that we’re spending less money.

And there’s less rain.

In other Hacienda news, my child bride turns 60 next week, raising the question of whether I can continue referring to her as my child bride. It’s always been a matter of perspective. When we wed, she was 41, and I was 57.

¡Mama mia!

My gut feeling is that she still qualifies. In part because she does not look like a woman of 60 summers in the slightest.

Plus, on the day she was born at home in the city of Uruapan, Michoacán, I was a high school junior. When she was 3, I was in the Air Force. When she was 6, I was married with a child of my own and living in New Orleans, never dreaming that my third wife was in First Grade way south of the border.

Life takes unusual twists at times. I like it.

12 thoughts on “Downtown life

  1. Felipe, lots of heavy rains this week in Gringolandia, almost every night. Also, you are correct, the child bride is looking good at 60. You’re a lucky guy. LOL, However, I think I’m a lucky guy too. Mi esposa will be 59 in a few months and still rocks my world. It’s amazing what a little exercise and healthy food can do to slow the aging process!

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    1. Mound: We are both lucky guys. Yep, if one takes care of oneself, one lasts longer or at least in better condition. It is not, as they say, rocket science.

      As for the rain, I think September is trying to make up for the light months of June, July and August this year. Appears so.


  2. We are starting to get more rain Lakeside, but we are about normal for the last 10 years. We need rain here, so Guadalajara doesn’t empty the lake for their drinking water.

    Politicians make a rule to make someone happy, then another rule to make someone else happy, even if they make no sense. Then they pound their chests to show how good a job they have done. I have heard of government people going around and trying to enforce mask rules. All I have seen are northerners going around with a bullhorn yelling. More businesses are trying to open following the rules, but most people who are out and about are not really caring. A couple of places we can even do a little dancing.

    Happy birthday to your lovely bride. May she have many more birthdays. You are a lucky man, my friend.


    1. Kirk: So the rain situation is about normal over there? Not so in this area. Far less rain than usual.

      I will pass along your birthday greetings. Yes, I am a lucky guy indeed.


  3. Your child bride looks great at 60. My half sister just turned 60 and is feeling old.

    This scamdemic is bringing up lots of contradictory rules up here as well. On our ferry system they were mandated by Transport Canada to make people get out of their cars and go up to the passenger deck. Then the WuFlu showed up, and they reversed course and said that you had to stay in your cars for the entire voyage. Now they’ve gone back to the “no staying on the car deck” policy and mandatory masks. People are not happy about it, and many are going to break the rules and stay in their cars. As for wearing masks, we are split on that as we are on most issues. The rules here seem more like suggestions than laws. There is no enforcement.


    1. Brent: As the Kung Flu situation wears on and on, it has become crystal clear to thinking people that it’s nowhere near as dire as we were led to believe back in the Spring. In Mexico, we are mostly ignoring government mandates, and nothing happens either. The entire thing is spiraling into ridiculousness, especially in, of all places, parts of Australia.


  4. I have a similar essay waiting in the editing hopper. After all of the nonsense associated with the governmental control of this virus, you would think that people would see the fault in socialism when government takes on the task of trying to run society. Every government has essentially fouled-up what is essentially a one-car funeral.

    Please pass on my best birthday wishes. I should be delivering them in person.


  5. But Science! Anyone caught pointing out the ridiculous inconsistencies in the rules will be promptly charged with being anti-science. Or perhaps racist or both.

    Honestly, I don’t know why people take this so personally. But I have managed to annoy folks simply by pointing out that masks were discouraged before they were required.

    There’s definitely a social stigma of thinking for yourself these days. Sad!


    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where I don’t wear a mask walking around outdoors, no matter how many dirty looks I get.

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    1. Kim: One of the many, many positive aspects to living in Mexico is that people are nowhere nearly as hysterical over the mask thing. No one yells at you for being maskless, which I understand is not that rare an occurrence above the border.

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        1. Kim: Due to our long and considerable history of violence, Mexicans tend to mind their own business for their own good. Since this was not culturally embedded in me, at times I wonder how I’ve managed to stay alive down here for so long. May it continue.

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