Votes, death, spiders, mail & flu

I sent my vote for the Blond Bomber toward Houston on October 1, registered mail, figuring it would have plenty of time. This was assuming registered mail here moves at least a bit faster than unregistered mail, a dicey assumption.

It arrived at the Mexico City airport 27 days later. I could have driven there in five hours, give or take. Registered and express mail from here can be tracked on the Mexican postal system’s website, and then it can be tracked on the USPS website using the same number.

It has been visible on the USPS website for a couple of days, so I’m assuming it made it over the Rio Bravo, but there is no further info. I have found the Mexican tracking system better than the USPS. Once I sent a Social Security form, registered mail, and it crossed the border and vanished. Yes, the Gringos lost it.


The Honda was in the shop this week due to a suspension problem. I got it back yesterday and immediately noticed one tire was very low on air, so I drove a couple of blocks today to my tire-repair man who found the leak and fixed it on the spot for $2.50 U.S.


The Night/Day of the Dead arrives Sunday. Both state and city governments have tried to discourage it due to the Kung Flu, so I suspect we’ll see fewer tourists jamming our highways and streets. How much fewer is questionable.


We’re considering a trip to the beach, Zihuatanejo, soon where we have not been in about three years. Probably be a good time due to more folks staying home. Our favorite hotel is the Casa Sun & Moon. We always get a big suite facing the ocean.

It’s time to stop talking about going and actually go.


And she came screaming!

Well, not screaming, but my child bride ran rapid and distressed. There was a big, black spider in the bathtub. I won’t say he was as big as my fist, but he was huge, the second big spider here in the last three days. I trapped him, escorted him to the yard where I smashed him flat. She said it was a brown recluse, but it wasn’t. It did look scary though.


We get a flu shot every October at the Star Medica hospital in the nearby state capital. Alas, the vaccine has yet to arrive there. Next week, we’re always told on the phone. Next week! It costs 800 pesos each at Star Medica, but it’s available free here on the mountaintop at a government clinic. I’ve only gone to a government clinic for a vaccine once, and I received the wrong vaccine. I now look askance at government clinics.

Socialized, government medical care!

But that may be where we get it this year.


The high point of today is that my child bride made a huge pot of green pozole, and no one does it better than her. We’ll enjoy that for lunch, then head down to the government clinic to see if the flu shot is available and, even more important, if there’s a line to stand in. If so, we’ll just keep on trucking. Life’s too short to stand in lines.

Might not get the correct vaccine anyway.


Vaccine update! We went to the government hospital and got the vaccine quicker than we’ve ever done it at Star Medica, and it was free, closer to being actually free than the stuff the leftists promise you above the Rio Bravo. (That free means your neighbors are paying for it.) There was no wait. We were told there’s a shortage of shots, and only certain people get it. Being over 60 did it for us.

By the way, what’s up with the anti-vaccine hysteria? Appears to be something embraced by conservatives more than anyone. I don’t get it. I like vaccines.

30 thoughts on “Votes, death, spiders, mail & flu

  1. This one made me laugh, Felipe! Thanks. Especially the part about your voting ballot taking 27 days to arrive in Mexico City. I had the same problem myself with the Mexican post office back in 2007. It took me three months for a package from the states to arrive.

    Enjoy that pozole, amigo! Salud!

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    1. Mike: One just has to wonder about how the mail can be so slow here unless it’s done intentionally. It’s absurd. A letter to or from the United States averages about two weeks, but it can be longer, sometimes far longer. The mind reels.

      Of course, it is not beyond the pale of possibility that the bottleneck is sometimes above the border. As mentioned, I have experienced that.

      As for the pozole, it was yummy!

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    1. Ms. Shoes: What sets her pozole apart is that it’s not just very tasty but fairly healthy too. Restaurant pozole, from my experience, often is greasy, gristly crap.

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      1. Señor Gill: Some folks say we’re not in a pandemic now, and if you look at the percentage figures, they always begin with 0.0 and then a third number, like 0.05 percent, etc.

        Of the population, of course.

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  2. Not a very good move smashing the spider. They are one of the more beneficial insects.

    Green pozole was a special treat on my abuelo’s ranch near Zapotlanejo every year during the corn harvest. Fresh elote and miltomate with real free-range chickens, (pollo de corral). Just the thought se me hace agua la boca!

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    1. Antonio: For years, I trapped creepy-crawlies and tossed them into the yard, but recently I’ve changed my approach. The two main invaders are crickets and big spiders. Crickets get into the kitchen, sometimes elsewhere, and sing their bloody heads off at night for weeks and weeks. It’s quite a racket. Luckily, the kitchen is quite a distance from the bedroom. The little buggers can also bite. The primary way I catch them is that I simply find them trapped in the kitchen sink in the morning. I squash and trash them.

      As for spiders, I usually leave them in peace in the house, taking a live-and-let-live attitude. But now and then we find a really BIG, ugly one. I don’t know what they are, and I don’t know what the effect of their bites might be. I used to toss them into the yard too, but now I kill them for no other reason than I think they might find a way to reenter the house.

      Beneficial? Yeah, probably in some way, but I imagine the very few I kill have thousands of relatives still walking free. Kill or be killed. It’s nature’s brutal way.

      But thanks for the feedback. Always appreciated.

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  3. Four more days and the election is over, thank God. We have the two worst human beings running for senator. One says, “She walks and talks with Satan.” But she replies, “No, I don’t. I haven’t seen him since the debate.”

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  4. Went to a kid’s birthday party, and his mom made pozole that I really like. It was red. Don’t think I have had green.

    Our graveyards are all cleaned up and full of flowers. One of the big ones had a big chain and padlock put on the gate. People went around to the back and removed a section of fence. Don’t know if they will spend the night or not on the first and second.

    I could be nicer to bugs at our casa, but my wife would probably beat me around the ears if they were not dispatched right away.

    No matter who wins the election. there is going to be some very unhappy people up north, and I don’t think they will go peacefully into the night.

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    1. Kirk: Pozole comes, most of the time, in three versions, red, white and green. I vastly prefer the green, not too fond of the white.

      My downtrodden barrio has its own cemetery, but I don’t know what the plan is or if people will jump the fence if it’s padlocked. I suspect they will, and they should. Few people in my neighborhood pay much attention to masks and distancing anyway.

      As for the election, I suspect Trump will win handily if the Democrats don’t manage to steal it in some way, and don’t think that’s not their evil plan. When Trump wins, the black shirts and black faces will start their riots. I have read that Trump is planning to cite the Resurrection Act, and send in federal troops to anarchic places, i.e. Democrat cities. I hope so. That is what Eisenhower did back in the 1950s in Little Rock, Arkansas, to force Democrats to integrate the schools. It worked too.

      And yet people still vote for Democrats. Incredible.

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    2. That may be a fatal mistake.

      https://summit.news/2020/10/27/were-going-to-make-sure-trump-leaves-leftists-plan-to-storm-dc-after-election/

      If it is declared an insurrection, and if the military has to be called in, there is no appeal to military tribunals. It is judgment and shot before lunch. It hasn’t happened since the Civil War to the best of my recollection. But remember those strange questions during the interrogation of the supreme court nominees?

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  5. Hola senõr,
    We tried pozole a couple of years ago but found it uninspiring. It was off the street, so that’s probably why. As for spiders we have a log cabin in the woods so we are inundated with all kinds of insects. It is my job to remove the big spiders from the bathtub and sink. We have about four different species: daddy long legs, wolf spiders with big hairy legs, Orb Weavers which get quite big and make beautiful webs in the fall, and jumping spiders which are smaller and harder to catch. I usually kill them on the spot but occasionally capture them and release them outside (not sure why). Woodbugs … kill. Carpenter ants … kill. Termites … kill. Earwigs … kill. My rule of thumb is that if they dare enter our abode they are fair game. It’s not like they’re endangered. This year there were a lot fewer of them for some reason. Maybe they got the message.

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    1. Brent: I’ve been uninspired with restaurant pozole most of the time, but my wife makes a spectacular version, so it depends on where you get it. As for bugs, any spider that has hairy legs better stay out of my line of sight. Daddy Long Legs are okay. Did you know they are not really spiders, if I remember correctly. There is one common “spider” that’s really not a spider. And I think it’s that one.

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      1. Street and restaurant pozole can be all over the place, just like any chicken soup. And some homemade iterations aren’t that great, either. It all depends upon the caring skill and talent of the cook and the ingredients. The very best is made with dried pozole (hominy) which has been soaked overnight, cooked, drained, and often deheaded with care. It’s a time-consuming, painstaking process. Second would be the frozen version, and if anyone offers up canned hominy, run away.

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        1. We have tried to make menudo several times. She soaks the nixtamal and puts me to clean it. Then when we cook it, it never seems to pop. It cooks and cook and cooks. It turns out to be a big waste. She follows her aunt’s recipe faithfully. It wasn’t until after she passed away, her daughter said “Oh, she just used canned hominy.”

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  6. My voting experience in Nevada may be one piece of evidence why rushing new voting devices into operation without adequate testing will lead to questionable results. I tried voting online in Nevada. It is an entirely new option. I filled out the required form, made my choices, and tried to send it electronically to the clerk. It refused to send. When I called the office, I was told they were having trouble because the system was not properly drawing signatures from the DMV list. When I told her, the system said I had voted even though my ballot had not been dispatched, she said that was true. I went ahead and filed out the absentee ballot that had been mailed to me, scanned it, and emailed it to the clerk. I have no idea if either ballot will actually be counted. Or if I will end my retirement sharing a cell with Bernie Madoff.

    As a side note, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania sent me an unsolicited absentee ballot. I have no idea why. I have been to Pennsylvania, but I have never lived there. To reassure you, I simply threw it away unmarked.

    I am a skeptic when it comes to conspiracy theories, but my faith in the integrity of this year’s election is about zero. We may as well be voting in Tanzania.

    Speaking of conspiracies, the anti-vax crowd seems to be ecumenical. It takes believers from all parties. And I am not surprised. Voters on the fringes of the political spectrum seem to have similar lifestyles. Lots of ex-hippies. Distrust of Big Pharma and almost anything medical. Foes of GMO, especially food. I run into them quite often, and it is never easy to vet the naturo-socialists from the survivalists.

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    1. Señor Cotton: I am fairly sure that the voting chaos was planned by the leftists, though it surely could backfire. Mail-in ballots that never arrive can just as easily be for Biden as for Trump. It’s a mess this year. I’m just hoping my Trump vote will arrive in Houston by Tuesday evening.

      Maybe Pennsylvania will send me a ballot. I will check Trump and email it back, if that is an option. Emailing to Houston is not an option.

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    2. Señor Cotton, P.S.: In my opinion, there should be only ONE WAY to vote, and that is the way that Mexico does it. You go to the polling station on election day, show your laminated, full-color, Voter ID that you obtained by proving your citizenship, get your ballot, step behind the curtain, vote, and drop it into a box on your way out the door.

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