Rain Rain Go Away!

Editor’s Notes

This week finds my laundry heading into day six on the line. It looks like I might have to concede and drop it off at a Laundromat to get rewashed and DRIED! Holy rain and humidity. But it is important to remember that if damp laundry is your only problem, you have a blessed life. The tropical storms Ingrid and Manuel are being called the worst storms in Mexico’s history. Over 100 people have died, whole villages are washed away, infrastructure has disintegrated and people are resorting to extremes just to save themselves and their families.
There are many, many agencies that are collecting funds, food and supplies. Take care to support legitimate organizations that will truly benefit the communities affected. Perhaps one of the best known with a secure international presence is the Red Cross (Cruz Roja). At the best of times, Mexico’s Cruz Roja operates on fumes and the financial toll these storms have left in their wake will affect everyone. On page 9 we have a great article supplied to us by Luis Melgoza that outlines how and where you can make donations to the millions of affected people.
In addition, it is important to remember that in major disasters like this many pets and farm animals become separated from their families. Agencies that help look after these animals are often overlooked for the more pressing need of human suffering. Understandable of course, but in our efforts to help please don’t forget about our furry friends.
A quick glance at weather.com tells me we have more grey days ahead but, for those of us on the ground, it is clear that the typical summer weather of afternoon showers is on its way back and as such, tourists should be tanned again on time and my laundry should be dry soon.

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  1. Dear Madeline,

    When I steped off the ground and entered the airplane to Puerto Vallarta Saturday September 28, the last thing in my mind was wet laundry, but the burned up objects that fell from the sky above the San Francisco Bay Area durning my ride to the airport.

    Once the United Airlines airplane took off, my thoughts moved on to my meeting with you, plus while looking out the windows high in the sky, the U.S. astronauts aboard the Appallo space missions to the Moon, back in the 1960s.

    When the eagle landed on the tarp of the Puerto Vallarta Airport, and I stepped off on to Mexican soil, my first step was a step for American shoppers, and a giant leap for the Mexican economy.

    The first shop I stepped into at the large flea market alongside the Cuale river, the woman attending the store said that she remembers my from last two years when I had purchases 9 sky blue amber pendants. She also said that people had come into her shop asking for blue amber that they had read about in the free English newspapers.

    Not having any blue amber in her inventory, I went into another shop in the market several shops away and found a sky blood red at sunset amber pendant containing a small scorpian, with stinger tail curved back, and claws outstreatched. Almoat better and more beautiful than blue amber.

    Next at the Marina flea market, at the shop 69, the young lady in attendance said she had blue amber pendants,so of course I purchased all five of them, in heart shapes, round and rectangular, all clad on the sides in Mexiann sterling silver, open on the back, and containing 24 million year old life in Mexico. One an ant with six spider like legs, the others with some incects, and plant material.

    So, the eagle has landed, and already, there two very happy Mexican shop owners, which is very good for the Puerto Vallarta economy.

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