A month ago word went around that tortillas were going up in price from 16 pesos a kilo to 18 pesos. The local mafia had decided that this was going to be one brilliant great strategy to provide an easy extra minimally managed stream of revenue. I could just imagine the sly application of genius… Continue reading Guns and Tortillas
Mexico is a tremendously underappreciated country. And up until just a few short years ago I was one of the many who discounted its wonders. During that time of my profound ignorance I somehow held the opinion that Peru was the greatest country in Latin America. Now there is no question in my mind that… Continue reading Rethink Mexico
Cutting to the chase, the answer is not just no, it’s a resounding hell no. And the reason is pure economics. I got to thinking about this subject again after reading an article online about adjunct professors (read, part-time) who are living in the San Francisco Bay Area struggling to make ends meet. The logic… Continue reading The Bay Area – Is it Worth the Cost?
I am told there are something like 2000 known archeological sites in Mexico with perhaps only 200 of those accessible to the public. And then there are those countless others – too tiny or too remote – which also exist but lie mostly forgotten. Here is a story of one such site. Saturday we did… Continue reading Primitive Cliff Paintings
I am taking the entire day off to do some leisurely cooking, a little writing, and spend part of the afternoon indulging in some quality rooftop hammock time all the while listening to the great jazz of Stanley Turrentine, Dave Brubeck, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, and others. I didn’t run this morning so I thought… Continue reading Colima
Murder. A nasty business. And it stinks too. I was okay every morning dodging around a sack of guts (heads?). But the addition of a dead calf was just one putrefying thing too many. So I had to alter my run and change roads. I felt pretty damn good the last couple of days. A… Continue reading Too close and [becoming] too familiar
That’s the body count for the last three months in this tiny corner of Mexico. And that’s just for the 70 km. radius around where I live. At least that’s what a very good friend of mine told me this afternoon. He’s very well connected* so I have no reason to doubt his word. I… Continue reading 1800