I hear it often -- or its kissing cousin: "Have a safe trip."
On my trips north this year to deal with family matters, they were the most common comments on Mexpatriate and Facebook. And they did startle me a bit.
I was tempted to answer similar to Gandalf's response to Bilbo Baggins's when he first meets Gandalf and Bilbo says: "Good morning."
> “What do you mean?” (Gandalf) said. “Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?”
Unlike Gandalf, I know exactly what the "Have a safe trip" wishers mean. They are being nice. If they give any thought to the phrase, they hope my trip will be uneventful and that I will not end up as a bloody heap along some rural road. No one should get themselves wrapped around an axle over a heart-felt concern. Most of the wishers are simply trying to defend the ever-crumbling infrastructure of social niceties.
Published by mexpatriate at November 30, 2020 10:41 am.mexpatriate → Español →
In October, I found out that the state of Guanajuato was issuing new license plates and that I needed to sign up post-haste to get mine. I had just picked up my moto license plate in January when there was Continue reading
Published by Surviving Mexico at November 30, 2020 7:37 am.Surviving Mexico → Español →
For some reason, some time ago… you started to consider a move to Mexico. But you have no idea why. You can’t find the words to explain it to yourself, let alone to other people. For a long while you don’t even try. It’s your fantasy world. But after getting used to the idea, youContinue reading "Does this remind you of anyone you know?"
Published by Changes in Our Lives at November 30, 2020 7:34 am.Changes in Our Lives → Español →
SMA: 5th day in a row with a new record for the number of active confirmed cases. Latest Changes: SMA: 4 new cases, 158 active confirmed cases. GTO: 26 new deaths, 517 new cases. MEX: 196 new deaths, 6,388 new cases. SMA: 55 deaths, 1,005 confirmed, 115 suspected, 792 recovered. SMA: 55...
Published by San Miguel FAQ at November 30, 2020 4:18 am.San Miguel FAQ → Español →
You read that right. That’s me, bookended by two actual accomplished and brilliant authors at San Miguel de Allende’s monthly Prose Café. It is happening this Thursday, Dec. 3, 5-6 p.m. Central. On Zoom. Not only is this free but no pants are necessary. You only need register right here in advance. Fredrika, Molly and ...
Published by Musings, Magic, SMA at November 29, 2020 3:11 pm.Musings, Magic, SMA → Español →
Begin with Chapter One ~ Return to Chapter Twenty-One Hedda Burgemeister, March 1912 March 31, 1912 Dear Emma, My life seems so meaningless at times. After years of study, here I am in New York catering to the narcissistic whims of wealthy elderly ladies who confine themselves to bed so no one will witness the Continue reading An Ostrich-Plumed Hat: Chapter Twenty-Two
Published by Postcards from San Antonio at November 29, 2020 9:43 am.Postcards from San Antonio → Español →
SMA: 4th day in a row with a new record for the number of active confirmed cases. Latest Changes: SMA: 1 new death, 18 new cases, 156 active confirmed cases. GTO: 25 new deaths, 602 new cases. MEX: 586 new deaths, 10,008 new cases. SMA: 55 deaths, 1,001 confirmed, 117 suspected, 790 recovered...
Published by San Miguel FAQ at November 29, 2020 4:42 am.San Miguel FAQ → Español →
What an unusual yet lovely (and delicious) Thanksgiving 2020 was. After the fact, I realized this was only the second Thanksgiving I’ve shared with just one other person. Childhood dinners were filled with parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Even the Thanksgiving I spent in Denmark, the international school I attended prepared a turkey with ...
Published by View From Casita Colibrí at November 28, 2020 6:37 pm.View From Casita Colibrí → Español →
The greeting card industry is massive in the United States. There are greeting cards for every holiday, and for almost every occasion and life transition. Consistently, the largest card sections…
Published by Dr. Stephen Alan Timm at November 28, 2020 1:48 pm.Dr. Stephen Alan Timm → Español →
It is almost like getting stuck in one of the original Grimm Brothers' fairy tales. Well, maybe the bowdlerized American versions where things turn out well in the end. But you are still stuck. I am in the Los Angeles airport once again. It has long been one of my favorite stops because it means that I will be home in Mexico in about three hours. But the airport itself has its own charms. Bustling. Crowded. Efficient. Creative. All of the virtues I enjoy in traveling. If you have been tracking my five trips north to Oregon since August, you already know that the Los Angeles airport has not been "bustling" and "crowded" on any of my trips. I expected they would be back in force n this Sunday after Thanksgiving -- traditionally, one of the busiest flying days of the year. I was wrong. There are a few more passengers in the terminal, but check-in took only five minutes and getting through security even less. I was once again the only person in the security area --
Published by mexpatriate at November 28, 2020 11:02 am.mexpatriate → Español →
SMA: For the third day in a row, a new record number of active confirmed cases. MEX: New record high of new cases. Latest Changes: SMA: 18 new cases, 143 active confirmed cases. GTO: 38 new deaths, 885 new cases. MEX: 631 new deaths, 12,081 new cases. SMA: 54 deaths, 983 confirmed, 102...
Published by San Miguel FAQ at November 28, 2020 4:43 am.San Miguel FAQ → Español →
Bonnie Lee Black wrote: One of the things I’m most thankful for – every day of the year but especially at this Thanksgiving time of year – is my family of friends, far and near. I’ve been fortunate enough to retain friends from everywhere I’ve been, every school I’ve attended, every place I’ve...
Published by San Miguel FAQ at November 28, 2020 3:55 am.San Miguel FAQ → Español →
May I start by saying that photographing San Miguel de Allende’s new Urban Art Gallery in a highway underpass is best not done during Friday morning rush-hour traffic. I mean, really, at how many art galleries can you say you take your life into your hands stepping out in front of a picture, trying to ...
Published by Musings, Magic, SMA at November 27, 2020 2:29 pm.Musings, Magic, SMA → Español →
Above, The Grand Opera House is on the left of this postcard of Alamo Plaza. Begin with Chapter One ~ Return to Chapter Twenty Emma Bentzen Koehler, March 1912 Hands on her hips, Sophie Wahrmunds tone is stern. I am afraid I must report, Emma, that Jennie and Hettie entered the Opera House after the Continue reading An Ostrich-Plumed Hat: Chapter Twenty-One
Published by Postcards from San Antonio at November 27, 2020 8:31 am.Postcards from San Antonio → Español →
SMA: Record number of active confirmed cases. Latest Changes: SMA: 1 new case, 137 active confirmed cases. GTO: 35 new deaths, 331 new cases. MEX: 645 new deaths, 8,107 new cases. SMA: 54 deaths, 965 confirmed, 98 suspected, 774 recovered. SMA: 54 deaths, 964 confirmed, 71 suspected, 774...
Published by San Miguel FAQ at November 27, 2020 4:50 am.San Miguel FAQ → Español →