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Mar 12, 2019 - The New Gig In Town

What started out in December as a potentially troublesome season for Jill has turned into one of her most meaningful Mexico sojourns in quite awhile. When we first got down here the girl had to deal with a bit of a double whammy. First we learned that our dear friend (and former Los Defines worker extraordinaire) Rocio and her two daughters Jacque and Jenni, were no longer in Los Ayala. You may recall that Rocio had left Los Delfines 1 1/2 years ago when she and Ricardo got into a disagreement about wages. Last year Rocio cooked for a...

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Feb 26, 2019 - Let's Have A Party

Let’s face facts here folks - I have a pretty hard time getting excited about a birthday party for a three year old. Oh, as I recall all those years ago, they were actually quite fun when we had family parties for Sara and Molly at that age. Parties for three year old grandchildren were pretty decent too, especially since the responsibility for any urpy kid who had enjoyed too much cake and ice cream was not mine. But I have to tell you, I think I really went above and beyond a couple of weeks ago when I agreed to accompany Jill to a...

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Feb 10, 2019 - Cruising For Charity

When Jill and I get down here to Mexico in mid-December there are already a pretty large number of Canadians who have been here for 4-6 weeks by then. That being said, once the holidays are over, January, February and into early March is far and away the “high season” for gringo rentals at all the local bungalows, apartments and hotels. Needless to say, the gringos come prepared with plenty of disposable cash - which also makes these months high season for charity fund raisers as well. Some weeks back there was the “Cancer de Mama” walk and...

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Jan 20, 2019 - Miracle At Campo

Most of you dedicated readers are pretty aware of my major focus down here in Mexico. Yes, I write an occasional Trip Journal or another episode in my Murph’s life story project, I really enjoy doing family history stuff on ancestry.com, and I read a ton (4 books devoured so far in 2019). But what I really love to do is golf at Campo de Ensueno. I play far more golf down here than I do in Oshkosh. Up there I’m happy if I play twice a week, but here it is usually double that. Of course I play Thursday in Men’s League (which I have described...

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Jan 11, 2019 - The Los Ayala Update

So now that you all know we arrived safely down here on December 15, I thought I’d just give you a quick update on the latest Los Ayala news in the 3 weeks since we gringos took over Unit 1 at Casa Ricardo. With Christmas fast approaching, our sleepy village quickly converted into a pretty darn popular Mexican holiday destination. Our parking lot, which had sported perhaps four vehicles on our arrival, soon had more than a dozen day in and day out. On most every day from our arrival til this past Sunday (Three Kings Day), the village...

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Dec 15, 2018 - The Other LA

Saturday, December 15 We were up again at 5:30 and while Jill was in the shower, I enjoyed my highly nutritious breakfast. Turns out that even without a microwave, lukewarm, 2 day old kraut rolls are pretty darn good. Combined with some leftover Starbuck’s OJ, the day was of to a great start. With Durango at 4000’ elevation, we kind of expected to have to scrape some frost this morning. Even though the temp registered as 28 the dry air yielded no frost - just cold. We were out on the Durango bypass by 7:00 and the sun was just coming up as...

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Mar 15, 2018 - Slip Sliding Away

Well here we are in the middle of March and our three month Los Ayala sojourn is rapidly coming to a close. Next Wednesday the 21st is our last night at Los Delfines, before we pack up and head to Puerto Vallarta for 10 days. In Vallarta we’ll meet our good friends Shari Younger & Elmer Gosh and Patti Noonan & Steve Breckel. Besides catching up with friends, Jill and I will be spending 4 days of language classes at the Spanish Experience Center, the same place we visited this past September for 5 days. Who knows, we may actually be able to...

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Mar 4, 2018 - Now That's Progress - Los Ayala Style

When we arrived here in Los Ayala back in December (it hardly seems possible we have already been here 2 1/2 months), we were not surprised to see only a modest amount of additional completed work on the Catholic church construction project since we left last March. As I have mentioned annually for easily the last 5-7 years (see my report from 2013 below), this new iglesia, grand as it may be in some year well into the future, aint getting built in any kind of hurry. It would appear that the parish’s basic mode of operation is to take up a...

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Feb 23, 2018 - A Break From Reality

Late in the afternoon of Saturday February 10, I hopped in a taxi van with driver Manny, and headed to Puerto Vallarta airport. Daughter Molly, husband Eric, Layla (8) and Gus (4) were coming for a week’s visit. In a classic case of life getting in the way of a good time, Sara and family would not be able join the party this year. Even though the Smiltneeks were flying on Swift Air (a charter through Apple Vacations), their plane was not to arrive until 7:30PM, and then the thing was 45 minutes late. Swift Air was obviously just a bit of a...

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Feb 6, 2018 - Dia De La Constitucion

There is nothing like a good Mexican national holiday to bring a bunch of business to beautiful Los Ayala. I mentioned previously that the town was loaded with visitors all through the holidays, actually until Epiphany (Three Kings Day down here), which means it has been almost a month of relative quiet on the beach. All I can say is that blessed serenity came to a screeching halt this past Saturday morning. Monday, February 5 is Constitution Day in Mexico, and what better way to spend a 3 day weekend than to head for Los Ayala, or more...

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Jan 31, 2018 - The Things I Will Do

You will recall from my earlier journal that we were quite pleasantly surprised when we first moved in to Los Delfines, to learn that Rocio, Jacque and Jeni were actually living here in Los Ayala, rather than 5 miles away in La Penita. That is certainly the good news. The bad news, as you might suspect, is that Rocio and the girls still live 8 blocks away, the girls now both go to school in aforementioned La Penita, meaning they don’t get home from school until at least 2:30, and Jill’s “little girls” are now teenagers (ages 14 and 12). All...

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Jan 13, 2018 - But Sister, I Tried!!

Yes Sister Juliana, I know my assignment was due weeks ago, but honest, I tried. You see its almost like the dog ate my homework, except this is 2018. Let me tell you sister, this has been as hard on me as it has been on you. Yes, you’re right, Jill and I have been down here in Mexico for almost 4 weeks now. Yes of course, we arrived in Los Ayala on Saturday, December 16, after a fairly uneventful 5 day drive down from Oshkosh. Oh yeah, we had cold when we left Wisconsin, then beautiful 75 degree days in Texas, then snow flurries near...

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