I hate traveling anymore. I’ve been satisfactorily convinced for quite sometime that I’ve been everywhere that truly matters. And the idea of leaving Mexico for any amount of time takes me frighteningly far out of my perceived comfort zone. And frankly, people just piss me off these days. The arrogance and stupidity of Americans leaves… Continue reading Alaska – Part 1
Every new season starts predictably with a sputter, a stop, and a start again. Today, glorious: The sky, the clouds! The sound, the rumble, and the rain. And the change itself. The precipice. Teetering, until now, [soon] where the weather finally unleashes long torrential rains unto this dry land. Yes! PS – Humorously, much like… Continue reading Rainy Season Has Started
40 kilometers away lies another little town which is as remarkable as it is unknown. San José de Gracia – a town of maybe 15,000 – lies in low mountains of the remote northwest corner of the Mexican state of Michoacán. The town is so far away from anything of consequence that all most people,… Continue reading San José de Gracia
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