Dark times

Today is thanksgiving in the United States, even though I don’t see much to be thankful for above the Rio Bravo. Glad I live in Mexico. This evening I stepped out to the upstairs terraza about 6:30. I was alone because my child bride was at the gym.

You see the lights of my hardscrabble barrio and you hear barking dogs. The incessant noise of this country annoyed me a lot for a long time after moving here, but now it doesn’t. It’s like that white noise the machines make. I sleep to it. Even the fireworks explosions before dawn that are not uncommon don’t bug me now. Meh.

Dark times in many ways.


In a totally unrelated matter, I bought a package of Ritz crackers this week. I had not eaten a Ritz cracker in decades, literally. And they’re not bad. I’ve been putting ricotta cheese on them for a snack, or what passes for ricotta here. We call it requesón.

What’s next? Spam?

But junk food, comfort food, is ideal for trying times, dark times, so maybe it’s not an unrelated matter after all.

18 thoughts on “Dark times

  1. I love Ritz crackers with peanut butter spread across them, but right now my junk food of choice are Klondike ice cream bars.

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  2. Do not fret. The U.S. will again see light on Jan. 21, 2021. The darkness of the last four years will be lifted.

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    1. Martin: I assume you mean that Sleepy Joe will become president and Round-Heels Harris will be president-in-waiting, and it likely won’t be much of a wait. Maybe, maybe not. The whole thing remains in the air in spite of what the corrupt MSM is claiming. In short, the fat lady ain’t sung just yet.

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    2. Martin, P.S.: Yes, the last four years have been dark and grim, indeed. The booming economy, the lower jobless rates including the lowest unemployment in the black community in the past half century, no new foreign wars, ISIS virtually eliminated, energy independence achieved, military improved, border security improved, jobs brought home from China, NATO nations obligated to pay more for their own defense, the stream of endless regulations imposed by unelected bureaucrats is reversed, tax cuts — true that spending cuts at the same time would have been better — and a president who was nominated five times — yes five times — for the Nobel Peace Prize. Yes, it’s been a dark time indeed. Oh, how did we endure it?

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  3. Not so dark, Felipe. As you say, the fat lady hasn’t sung yet despite what the decrepit media has been saying. We’re pretty happy because we just decided to stay down in Mexico until after New Year’s. Two reasons for that. Christmas back home is cancelled, and our city has gone into lockdown. Then the condo where we are staying is available over the holidays when normally it would be booked. We’re also getting a 50% discount because we were such good customers. The owner has had to let go the cleaning staff and maintenance guy, so we’re doing our own cleaning. Add to that, Quintana Roo is going from yellow to green next week because of a low number of cases. Now I’m looking forward to Christmas. We might even get a small tree! Here’s hoping that 2021 will be a lot better than this miserable year.

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  4. This, too, will pass. The economists talk about the depression of 2008, but I can’t recall anything bad about those years. My income was relative stable. Yes, maybe my investments shrank some, but I expect them to go up and down. No point in panic, they’ll recover. I bought a new car in 2010, mostly because I didn’t like the looks of the new Hondas, so bought the retiring model. That’s usually why I buy a new car.

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    1. Phil: There was no depression in 2008, of course, just a lot of financial troubles that passed relatively quickly. As you point out, it goes up and down. As for what’s happening now, it will pass, but I’m not optimistic about how it will pass. I could be wrong. It happens.

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  5. I do find it interesting that after calling conservatives jackbooted, brown-shirted Nazis for four years, we will be all friends when Sleepy Joe gets in.
    I have never minded the noise in paradise, I spent most of my last 40 years living and working in a very noisy environment. l learned to tone it out over time.

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    1. Kirk: I put people who still vote Democrat into one of two categories. 1. Really bad people. 2. People who are not necessarily bad at all but who are out of touch, just not paying attention, listening to the mainstream media. I believe most Democrat voters are in Category 2.

      We can cut the second category a bit of slack and hope they come to their senses soon, which is what the WalkAway Movement is all about. The first category, on the other hand, must be rounded up and herded into empty stadiums like Gen. Pinochet did. They can be fed and guarded until they see the error of their ways. It’s the best approach for the good of all.

      As for the relentless noise in Mexico, it bugged me a lot for the first couple of years, as I’ve mentioned. Now I just tune it out.

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  6. The barking sounds like my Elsa verbally remonstrating the local deer to get the blazes out of our back yard! That, or our local possums trespassing again! NOT an unusual occurrence. As to the crackers? We like what we like! I like mine with prosciutto or salami.

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    1. Dan: One thing I have not seen in the past 20 years down here is a deer. Not one. No shortage of burros, however.

      Prosciuttto sounds real good. I wish I had some. Or salami. Ain’t got that either. Yum.

      Thanks for the memories.

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