The tail of October

Here’s my little pumpkin for Autumn 2020.

Back in my newspaper days in Texas, I always marked October’s arrival with a small pumpkin that I sat atop my office computer terminal. In time, even a few of my coworkers started doing the same. Well, one at least, that I recall.

Now I don’t have the fat computer console we used in the 1990s, so I sit my little October fruit atop the Epson printer just a tad to the left of my H-P screen.

Autumn brings changes, and one happened this morning as I told Abel the Deadpan Yardman that mowing is done for this year. The rain has ended, and some yellow spots are appearing in the grass. In time, the whole lawn will be brown, dead and crunchy.

I know Abel wasn’t happy with the news since it’s a good little chunk of change for less than two hours of relatively easy toil once a week. No matter. It had to be done.

He still has his day job, tooting a trumpet.

Speaking of toil, I enjoy witnessing the ongoing house construction across the street. You may recall that one guy alone is doing the work. Well, mostly. His wife shows up to tote some stuff for him, and a couple of times a month, a younger fellow chips in, but it’s primarily a one-man operation.

He was working this morning, but he took off for a spell. Noon shot.

A sharp eye will notice that he’s building his own wall to the left directly abutting the property wall of his neighbor, as he should. It would be cheaper and faster to just utilize the neighbor’s property wall. When the sex motel was built next to our house, the owner should have done the same, but he opted to take advantage of our property wall.

Our town is one of Mexico’s primary Day of the Dead destinations for tourists. Due to the Kung Flu, festivities were cancelled a month or two ago. Then, due to complaints from business owners because it’s a YUGE income generator, it was back on again. And now it’s off again.

The graveyards will be closed to tourists and, if I understand correctly, to the locals also. Sad situation, both spiritually and financially.

We’ve been told to build our altars in our homes. We usually do that anyway. Well, my child bride does while I sit, watch and offer moral support from the sofa.

It’s a lovely day here on the mountaintop. The sky is blue. The air is cool and breezy, and we’ll be dining this afternoon on ravioli from Costco. Yum!

11 thoughts on “The tail of October

  1. Sorry to hear the Dia De Muertos is cancelled. Seems that is true for all of Mexico. What an honorable tradition. Have enjoyed the full season at Oaxaca a couple of years ago. I’m certain it’s a huge income generator for the area.


    1. Ricardo: Actually, for us it’s a blessing. The traffic is horrendous. We mostly stay home and hunker down. But for lots of others here, it’s a bit hit, and that’s not good at all.


  2. They were advertising trips to your mountaintop here at lakeside last week for Day of the Dead. All the graveyards around here will be closed to people also. We went around Chapala last year and local high school students had set up altars and told us all about the people, teachers and doctors mostly. It was very well done and we will miss it this year.


    1. Kirk: Kinda strange someone was hawking trips to here just last week. If they come, they’ll not get the normal experience.

      I was doing, again, calculations this morning of the number of Kung Flu cases in Mexico compared to the population. It’s minuscule. Same goes for the United States. One’s chances of getting coronavirus are quite small. Chances of dying from it are even far smaller. Lots of hoopla, however.


  3. According to official health department figures, dubious they may be, testing here is one of the lowest rates per capita than other industrialized nations. Even Mongolia is testing a larger portion of its population. Meanwhile, the death rate is among the top 10 worldwide.


  4. So, in other words, you’re saying that the initial reports of the death of the day of the dead were greatly exaggerated? At least for a while? So Mark Twain-ian of you.


    Kim G
    Ajijic, Jal
    Where there seems to be a suspiciously large number of properties for sale.


    1. Kim: It’s not the first time I have been Mark Twain-ish. As for the properties for sale, I pray they are not moving to my mountaintop. Best they hightail it back over the border.


  5. Unlike yourself, I don’t consider the cifras minuscule in neither total cases nor total deaths. I know eight who have died and many others who have contacted the virus.


    1. Antonio: Very interesting. I have to think you are not typical. According to the figures on the federal government website, the one that provides info on most every town in Mexico, a fraction of one percent have become ill to date, and an even smaller fraction, significantly less than one percent, have died. Of course, we must cast a suspicious eye at almost any government website.

      In contrast to your experience, I know no one who’s had the Kung Flu except for a Gringa who visits here on occasion, and that is just hearsay. She reportedly had it in the United States a few months ago and has since recovered. I know no one at all who has died.


    2. Antonio, P.S: I have not heard of even one doctor or medical organization that has not said the overwhelming majority of Kung Flu cases are mild, which to me is yet another reason to cast a suspicious eye at the hysteria.


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