Editor’s Note

Last weekend I managed to get some of those chores done that the rain from a few weeks back had put a damper on. The thing with chores in Mexico is that there is usually something much better to be done. Like lounging on the beach, drinking margaritas, talking about the chores that need to be done.
It’s not hard to give up and save them for another day either. This country is designed to thwart running errands, filing paperwork and generally getting thing done and avidly promotes beach lounging. For example, we’ve been living with a holey fence so we needed chicken wire to keep the dogs from running away, again. We set off for the ferreteria. At 3pm on a Saturday. EVERY SINGLE hardware store we could find was closed. Now if that’s not a sign that you should be going to the beach, what is?
We held tight until 4pm when the stores would open again only to find that most ferreteria’s don’t sell Alambra de gallero. A little more driving around (Puerto Vallarta to Ixtapa and back) and we eventually find one that’s both open and stocked. Traffic on Saturday afternoons is brutal. We were justifiably exhausted. So, we decided to call it a day and head to the beach, for a sunset snorkel.
Sunday morning we managed to get to the birria place before they were sold out. The best birria in town is hands down Doña Chato by the church in Los Sauces. Apparently the menudo is good too but, ummm no thanks. Get there before noon or you’ll miss out.
Stuffed like pigs, we rolled home and could have opted for some lazy Sunday Netflix but we stuck to our plans and managed to put up the fence, chop back the ever eager vines and bougainvillea, and get in another snorkel at the beach with a couple of tasty micheladas.
If you can break away from your chores this weekend, try to hit the Riverfest at El Rio; great food and great music for an even greater cause. Maybe I’ll see you there!


One comment

  1. When I stopped by the printing shop for the Vallarta Tribune several years ago, and found one woman who spoke any English, I was informed that you spoke no Spanish, just Canadian English. Myself, I only speak American English, not Spanish, Canadian or British English.

    Now when I read your Editors Notes, is find some words that are not English , but Spanish, or Canadian English? Is this why so many English speaking persons , many highly educated and degreed, omit learning other languages? No put down intended, but just a question, for after taking Spanish in high school and vacationing in Mexico for over 36 years, I do not speak and mostly do not understand Spanish when spoken.

    This must be a dilemma for a Canadian who has moved to Mexico and is the Editor for an English newspaper, in a Mexican city. Multiculturesm has become quite a problem for countries all over the world where the a countries state language is not spoken or understood by a growing segment of the country, and safety and legal requirements are at risk.

    I have learned English words in many fields, however there are over one million American English words that have existed for some years now, and the number is increasing. Many or most of the persons in San Francisco speak in languages that I do not understand, and are noticed even more when they walk down the streets speaking loudly into a cellphone.

    In our schools in San Francisco there are some 68 different languages spoken by the parents of the students, and in the U.S. over 186 different languages. It is like having the Tower of Babel in our schools, city, states and country.

    Forgive me, however as much as my ear enjoys hearing foreign accents, I am a stickler on semantics , and listen intently to the words of others to understand them, and often must read between the lines, and hope that I understand what they are saying. Critical thinking becomes even a greater problem in a multicurtural society.

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