Happiness returns

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The sun is shining. The frog is happy.

IT’S BEEN MIGHTY miserable hereabouts the last few days. No sun, plenty cold, no gasoline. But this day dawned better.

The sun is out and bright. Air is cool, not cold. Gasoline remains hard to find, but it’s an imperfect world in which we reside.

Noonish, I was sitting on the yard patio. That’s its new name, nothing high-falootin’ or esoteric. The intention was to read my Kindle and relax beneath the umbrella, but I took the above photo instead.

Then I came indoors to check on the lunch I was fixing. My child bride was out in her pastry kitchen all morning working on tomorrow’s goodies to hawk on the downtown plaza.

Barbecue chicken in the crock pot, tomato soup (canned Campbell’s. I’m not particular), and a pile of little pastas to round it off.

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Simple meal for simple people.

I spent much of the morning transitioning to a new web browser, Vivaldi, which is quite nice. I shun the big boys, especially anything related to Google. For the last couple of weeks I used Maxthon (second time), but it proved too buggy. Plus, it’s Chinese, and I prefer to dodge stuff from China and Russia. China is communist, and Russia is, well, Russian.

Google is communist too.

Another notable event in this happy day occurred when I heard the garbage truck’s bell  clanging on the back street. Usually, I just ignore it due to laziness because I normally leave garbage bags at a dumpster on my way downtown in the afternoon. But the gas crisis inspired me to get off my duff and walk down the street to the truck with a 15-peso tip.

Late afternoon will find me on the big plaza downtown with a coffee, perhaps a chocolate-chip cookie and the Kindle. A happy day.

24 thoughts on “Happiness returns

  1. We are in a fog cloud … all day long … following a beautiful day yesterday. And they promised sun this afternoon and through the weekend. At least we’re not in Seattle. But bring back the sunshine, please.

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  2. Felipe: Many years ago I gave up prepared soup due to the high sodium content. I now make my own, using vegetable or chicken broth sometimes. For a quick lunch, I use tomato juice. Heat it on the stove or in the microwave, add some pasta or leftover rice, voila!

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    1. Señor Cotton: The lunch in question was yesterday’s, and it was quite tasty, as are all lunches prepared by yours truly. We eat about half our lunches, the main meal of the day in Mexico, of course, in restaurants. My main cooking day is Friday. As for your proofreading one of your pieces, that would be less work for me. Go for it!

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    2. Señor Cotton P.S.: A question just occurred to me. Do you eat your main meal of the day in the evening, Gringo-style, still? Were I a betting man, I would say yes. Tell me I’m wrong.

      I know a couple who’ve lived here longer than I have, over 20 years, and they keep their American eating schedule. Makes it difficult to invite such people over for comida because they just had their lunch two hours earlier.

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        1. Gerard: The couple I mentioned cannot carry on a conversation in Spanish. They muddle by well enough, however. Not speaking Spanish in Mexico provides one with a very different experience, and not in a good way. But you know that.

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          1. There is a tendency to treat people who are assumed to be ignorant of the language as furniture. “Why do you have that?” “Does he have a lot of money?” “Does it speak any Spanish?”

            And, a lot of secrets come out in such cases.

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  3. The sun out and not as cold sounds like grilling weather. Just curious if you do any outdoor cooking there. I enjoy your blog.

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    1. Thirsty: Yep, it would be grilling weather, and yes, we do have a good-sized BBQ pit on wheels that requires charcoal. None of that fancy-pants gas stuff for us. We bought it about eight or ten years ago at Costco. We used it a good bit for a couple of years, but it just adorns our downstairs veranda now. Maybe we should cook something again. I’ll give it some thought. One problem is that if I do, my wife will want to invite 50 to 100 relatives over to join us. Now that’s no fun. Not for me at least.

      Thanks for enjoying the website. I have fun with it.

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  4. The gas crisis has inadvertently killed sixty six people trying to save a few bucks. I would call that more than a crisis.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-46929950

    I’m assuming that the fuel shortage affected garbage pickup. That sucks. My first job after high school was a garbage man. It was fun. We got to hang off the back of a truck and people gave us beer if we hauled extra stuff away. That job also taught me how to swear. Not good.

    When you said you were transitioning you had me worried for a moment. 😉

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    1. Brent: Actually, AMLO’s colossally ill-conceived plan is trying to correct a problem that concerns way more than “a few bucks,” to put it mildly.

      Nope, the garbage trucks are still rolling. No problem there. Actually, I’m surprised to see as many vehicles on that road as I see. Last night, my wife drove home from the gym, which is on the far side of town from where we live, and she said every gas station she passed was dark. Every one.

      No, I’m not transitioning. Not now, not never. I like what I am. No worry!

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      1. Just joking, of course. I’m not sure what the price of gas is down there, but ours peaked at roughly $1.50 over Christmas/NYs and now is down to $1.35 and that’s Can$. We pay the highest price in North America. Wahoo!

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        1. Brent: I never paid attention to the price of gas in Mexico until recently. There was only one price, one gasoline provider, Pemex, so you had no choice anyway. But now we do have other choices, and gas stations have started to post prices on big signs like they do in the United States. It’s a step in the right direction, one that AMLO had nothing to do with. He likely would have opposed competition. In fact, I think he did.

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          1. It is all still PEMEX gasoline. Just sold under a different name.

            The oil industry reforms, which could have been beneficial to the country but weren’t, were a sham. Just as the rest of the parastate companies that were privatized, it was designed to make the rich, richer and leave the poor with the crumbs. Gasoline prices have doubled since reforms were enacted. So much for competition.

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            1. Gerard: Wasn’t the acceptance of other fuel companies part of the energy reform, opening of the market? And that was a good thing, in my never-humble opinion. Gasoline prices have risen due to less repression by the government. They were artificially low, not sustainable over the continued long haul. Competition has not fully kicked in yet due to pretty much all gasoline still being provided by Pemex.

              With luck, government will get out of the gas-station business altogether, and capitalism will reign, always a great thing.

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