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Christmas lights on the mountaintop

HERE WE ARE, the last day of 2017, which was a very good year for me, and I hope for you too. Let us pray that 2018 will be equally good or better.

I’ll be elated tomorrow. January First is always my favorite day of the year because it’s as distant as you can get from the next holiday season. There’s just too much hubbub here, too much traffic, too many people.

I shot this brief video — my videos are always brief — Friday evening. We’re all dolled up downtown. What you cannot see is the humongous Nativity Scene spread all over the plaza, which is over to the right. It’s so overboard that tourists come from far and wide, which was the objective, of course. Bring cash.

A few short years ago we elected a new mayor, one of many since I moved here over 17 years back. The mayors came. The mayors went. And you never noticed a lick of difference … until the last election when we elected a fellow named Baéz.

The huge Nativity Scene is, one must assume, due to Baéz. So is the massive street renovation currently under way around the plaza. Other streets downtown have been, or are in the process of being, renovated too. Lord knows they needed it.

Those Christmas lights on the buildings around the plaza are new too.

The scuttlebutt is that Baéz has wider political aspirations, state or national. That’s fine by me. In spite of his being the candidate of the leftist PRD, I voted for him due to the advice of a local sage (R.I.P.) whose knowledge I trusted.

Tomorrow I awake with a smile on my face. January First. Most of the tourists will be leaving, but we still have another week till Three Kings Day. Things won’t completely return to normal till after that. God give me patience.

14 thoughts on “Christmas lights on the mountaintop

  1. Good morning from Canada and the very best of the NEW YEAR to your wife and your handsome self. New beginnings for me also. House is sold here on the Mountaintop, the six-month visit to Ole Mexico is about to begin, and where to after that is still a mystery.

    Here’s hoping there will be new stories coming from you in the New Year. You craft them well. All the best.

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    1. Bob: Well, you’re certainly starting a new adventure. Buena suerte, take care and have fun. Thanks for the kind words, and may 2018 be your best year yet … and we’ve both been through quite a few.

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    1. YaYa Girl: I didn’t mean to imply that people are running around hollering and hooting. No, it’s just an incredible influx of people, and I’ve never experienced such traffic during Christmas week in all the years I’ve been here. Getting from Point A to Point B is a challenge, especially since I live on the edge of town.

      And I hope 2018 is kind to you too. Lord willing.

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    1. Beverly: You’d think that she would, but she doesn’t. Holidays, normal weekends, no matter, she almost always sells everything she brings. Occasionally, we have something to bring home and eat ourselves, but usually not. She has quite a few regular customers.

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  2. I guess you are now paying the price for being in the vanguard of your particular charming mountain town. Can heavy gringification be far behind? You may be forced to move somewhere dreary and charmless. Who knows?

    In any case, I wish you a fabulous New Year’s eve (likely spent in solitude, if I’ve learned anything from these pages) and a terrific 2018.

    Saludos y un gran abrazo,

    Kim G
    Redding, CA
    Which is soon to be left behind in favor of San Francisco. At least for tonight and tomorrow.

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    1. Kim: I sometimes wonder what effect I might have had on bringing Gringos here due to my previous, more cheery, website that began in 2005. As I have noted, we now have 10 times the number of them that we had when I moved here a bit over 17 years ago. You never know.

      Enjoy San Fran, young feller, and an abrazo to you too. Be good.

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      1. You got there early enough to be able to retain, at least in your long-term memory, the character of your mountain. Our beachfront house in Belize almost immediately lost its character as a fishing village when the developers seeking large plots of prime beach to build their high rise condos and such arrived on the scene. After we sold we never went back to that area. Demographics and dynamics of the population became so corrupted that all we have is pictures and memories of when we first discovered it. Nothing can take away from the natural beauty but people can sure be a sore spot on such.

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  3. Enjoy the relative quiet after Three Kings Day until the cacophony of carnival in a month. Not sure if that’s a big celebration where you live, but it’s not one of my favourite times to be in Mexico or any other Catholic-worshiping Latino country. I like to go to sleep around 10 p.m. Happy New Years.

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    1. Brent: My mountaintop town takes Carnival fairly lightly with one exception. Yes, the nutty neighborhood in which I live. We go bonkers. We go so excessively bonkers that the tree-shaking concert held down on the nearby plaza on the eve of Fat Tuesday was repeated (repeated!) the following evening of Ash Wednesday. A freaking sacrilege. But they only committed that religious travesty in their party frenzy one year. Now they cool it on the night of Fat Tuesday, but not at midnight when Ash Wednesday officially arrives, and as they should do, but on until dawn. Nothing much stands between Latinos and drunken revelry.

      Have a great 2018 yourself.

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  4. It is better to be elated today than nursing a hangover. All I had was two shots of Rompope last night. I am grateful to have survived another year in good shape. New Years Day symbolizes a new beginning every year.

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    1. Andrés: I had no shots of nada last night, went to beddy-bye (alone) at 11:30 and slept like a baby for eight hours. Feeling gooood today, which is more than my wife will be able to say this afternoon. She continues to comport herself in some areas as if she were 25 years old. Different strokes, I guess.

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