Moments in Mexican time

HERE WE SIT, self-quarantining on the mountaintop this morning with time to kill. We’ll be self-quarantining for a couple hours more till we get into the Honda and head to a German-style restaurant that abuts the big lake nearby. With luck, it will be open. If not, we’ll continue down the old, curvy highway till we find an eatery that is open.

You gotta eat.

Meanwhile, for your entertainment because I know you too are self-quarantined, here are a few videos that I’ve taken over the years.

Sometimes we get hot-air balloons high in the sky.

There was also that day when we were driving the twisty two-laner with a great view of the lake near Ucazanastacua. Can you say Ucazanastacua? I know you can say Bob Dylan and Mr. Tambourine Man. There was lots of wind.

Every year during Easter Week, we get these people making tamales on one of the downtown plazas. It gets really smoky, and at night it looks spooky, the fires and all. But it won’t happen this year. It’s been canceled due to the Kung Flu hysteria. Sad.

A train passes just past dawn five years ago near the Hacienda. Trains rumble by six or seven times every 24 hours, day and night. You get used to it. Some are noisier than others. It depends on the engineers and their desire to honk the horn.

If the German restaurant is open, and I’m guessing it will be, I’ll order Bratwurst and sauerkraut. After packing it all in, we’ll return to the Hacienda to start that self-quarantine thing again with Netflix’s help. At least till tomorrow when we’ll likely drive to the nearby state capital to stock up on goods. Get some toilet paper and lettuce.

The sweet thing about self-quarantining is that you can decide when and if to do it. There’s a freedom about it, which I embrace. Stay clean.

36 thoughts on “Moments in Mexican time

  1. I like watching hot-air balloons but never would go up in one because I’m afraid of heights. The tamale-maker video was interesting. Sounded like an explosion nearby and nobody jumped. Have a great week.

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    1. Thirsty: I went up in a balloon once in Houston around 1996. It was fun. What they don’t tell you is how noisy it can get when the burner is turned on. I’ve been up in just about every aerial gizmo available. Balloons, gliders, parachutes, small planes (myself flying), big planes, etc.

      That explosion you hear on the tamale video is just more Mexicans shooting off rockets. It’s a national pastime. I’ve almost grown used to it. If something makes noise, Mexicans embrace it.

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  2. I hope that Mexico’s experience with the coronavirus remains a small and minor affair. It’s not as quiet as it should be considering the steady march of infections in our part of the country. At least in my neighborhood it’s quiet. There’re people mostly sheltering at home, with the occasional stray chicken wandering about.

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    1. Laurie: I hope Mexico gets off light too. I am optimistic. So far we’ve only had 848 cases and 16 fatalities, drops in the bucket, statistics-wise. Oddly, it’s worse in Ecuador and Panama.

      I’m the stray chicken in my neck of the woods. Life pretty much is going on as usual. We just got in from a walk around the plaza and a sit on a bench there. All is good.

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  3. We call it social distancing here. We’ve really been doing it for about three weeks now although the first two were really just camping. Restaurants are all take-out only here. Pretty ugly news from the bigger cities, and from Italy and Spain. But Supreme Leader’s TV ratings are up, so all is good, I guess.

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    1. Creigh: Here on the mountaintop, some restaurants are open, others have closed. We hope enough stay open so we won’t have to eat at home everyday. That would be a bother, plus boring. We ate at that German restaurant this afternoon. Weren’t many other customers, however. Darn few. I left a big tip, doing my little part to keep the economy going.

      As for the Blond Bomber, have faith in him. He always does the right thing.

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  4. As of January this year, there were approx. 3,000,000 cases of flu in Italy with a total of 240 related deaths reported. Meanwhile Italy reports nearly 100,000 cases of covid-19 and nearly 11,000 deaths. And this is with strict preventative measures now in the third week. Simple math shows there is no comparison.

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    1. Jonas: But I’m bad at simple math. And Italy is not a normal nation. Second-oldest population in the world, heavy smokers, heavy huggers and kissers, plus a defective government-run healthcare system. Italy is not a good nation to use for comparisons. Meanwhile, I’m off to Costco today.

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      1. Actually it is a very good example. I suppose Spain wouldn’t work for you either? You are completely mistaken about Italy’s healthcare system. It has a reputation as a very efficient system. The WHO considers it to be the 2nd best in the world. It would be nice if you could convince yourself to leave your narrow-minded views aside once in awhile and view things in a more objective manner. Seeing things strictly in black and white as you are want to do is very typical of conservative thinking. Sticking one’s head in the sand and wishing problems away never works.

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        1. Jonas: Your info on the Italian healthcare system runs contrary to what I have read. But I just dug a little further, and what you say rings correct. One wonders then why they were caught with their pants down to a great degree with the coronavirus thing.

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        2. Jonas, P.S.: And then there’s this. The Italian healthcare system was so clearly overwhelmed by the Kung Flu that it might be appropriate to say that WHO’s former praise for it was quite uninformed. I prefer that approach.

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          1. That’s one way of looking at it. The old Felipe way. But then you see that Italy had around 3 million cases of the flu with only 240 deaths. And that’s with all the old people and smoking and hugging and kissing! That’s pretty darn good by anyone’s (other than yours) standards.

            But instead of arguing the quality of Italy’s system simply comparing the statistics of covid-19 vs seasonal flu gives anyone with any objectivity a clear idea of the danger the experts have been warning us about. Even your hero is now boasting of what a fantastic job he’ll have done if there are only 100,000 dead in the US.

            All the best to you and everyone in Mexico.

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            1. Jonas: I think the prediction of 100,000 to 200,000 deaths in the U.S. is way overboard. China has had (well, so they say) just 3,300 deaths out of 81,000 confirmed cases. Plus, China began opening businesses 10 days ago. It’s winding down there. Western Europe has a population of about 185 million and their Kung Flu fatalities are around 27,000 now. Of course, it ain’t over yet. Western Europe’s population is about 60% of the U.S.

              America will not see 100,000 deaths from this. You heard it first right here.

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              1. Felipe: China’s statistics are utter bollocks. Their deaths are probably 20 times higher than what they reported. If you quote their official statistics, you are simply promoting the communist party line. Don’t believe a thing they say; it’s all BS.

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                1. Kim: So quoting their bogus stats is akin to visiting Cuba as a tourist? That also promotes Cuba’s communist regime. In my defense, I did add, “so they say.”

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                2. China is engaged in an intense propaganda war right now with the purpose of rewriting their very sad history with the Wuhan Coronavirus. And it’s horrifying that the Western “mis-leadia” seem to be going along with it. I personally think we should not cede even an inch in this propaganda war.

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                3. Kim: The American media, almost totally leftist and loathers of Trump, are jumping on this latest issue to go after him. The Russian collusion flopped. The impeachment flopped. Now it’s this, a last-ditch hope before the election in November.

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                4. And now, in the middle of this, Schiff is investigating Trump yet again! I sincerely hope the American people send this useless group of do-nothings packing in November.

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                5. While I don’t think they would do such a thing, if the Republicans used the Democrats’ Trump Playbook on the next Democrat president, this country would become formally ungovernable.

                  I get why the Dems don’t like Trump. (Though it’s mostly a style question.) But they are failing their duty to the country miserably, aided and abetted by the Fake Mis-leadia.

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              2. Felipe: P.S. The 100K to 200K death estimate is based on the social distancing in the USA working. It could even be worse if people don’t stay at home. If social distancing is not implemented everywhere or is widely ignored, the death toll could well be far worse.

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        3. Jonas, P.S.: When you mentioned that WHO has Italy’s healthcare system rated highly, I checked and found it’s quite correct. Truth is that I knew little about WHO except that it’s the World Health Organization. I just, however, found the video below. It reveals what I should have known already. The WHO is very political and in today’s world, when you’re speaking of a global outfit, that means left-wing. Same, of course, goes for the U.N.

          Bottom line: The WHO cannot be trusted. Sad. Watch the video and be enlightened!

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          1. Jonas: And that’s the precise opinion I have about watching CNN, MSNBC, reading the NYT, WP, etc.

            Actually, I don’t think you’re up to date on Fox News. While the opinion shows on Fox largely continue conservative, and thank the Goddess for that, the news division is famously heading in the wrong direction to those of us on this end of the political spectrum. There was some ownership change at Fox some few years ago. It’s not nearly what it once was, and getting worse by the day. Sad, sad, sad.

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            1. Jonas: Sadly, I am seeing a familiar route with you. People on the other side of the political fence usually start commenting here in one of two ways. One is just an immediate outburst of ire and curses. I almost always stop that immediately due to first comments being moderated. I quickly add them to the blacklist and never see their stuff again. The second route is that they begin politely enough but, with time, they cannot control themselves, and gradually slide into rudeness and name-calling. I see that route ahead in your case.

              I have added you to the permanent moderation queue. Feel free to continue commenting. Comments are nice. If the comments are calm and constructive, I will pass them along, happily. If not, they will just stay unseen. Completely up to you.

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            2. I think it was the name that I put at the beginning of my reply. Isn’t that how you sent his comments to moderation? By using a keyword filter?

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                1. OK, well you said in an earlier comment that you had put him on moderation, and setting a flag with that name would be one of several possible ways to do it. So forgive me for having thought you might have done it in the way I implied.

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                2. Kim: I understand completely why he would not want to be permanently moderated. I wouldn’t like it either, but it’s an intermediate step that is not total blocking.

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        4. While I’m sure there are some good things the WHO does, it has utterly discredited itself in its handling of the Wuhan Coronavirus. WHO has clearly become a mouthpiece for an evil, totalitarian government which gives not a whit for the health and safety of it’s population, nor for the truth. WHO’s head should resign immediately and let someone competent take the reins.

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  5. Mostly quiet out here on the Western frontier of Texas. Paper this morning says we now have five cases in our little cowtown of about 100,000 mas o menos.

    Lots of businesses closed, all of us that can are staying hibernated as much as we can stand.

    When you’re as old as us, that’s not so difficult to accomplish.

    Buena suerte, Señor Felipe, with your barrio and the plague outcome.

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  6. My self-isolation took a bizarre twist on Friday. Headache. High Fever. Cough. Limbs aching so bad I could not walk. And record-breaking diarrhea.

    I thought it would be ironic with all of this talk about coronavirus, I would develop a case of dengue. It isn’t. Well, it isn’t dengue.

    I saw my doctor this morning. Her diagnosis is an extreme gastrointensinal infection.

    I slept through the weekend; I have never been so fatigued. Until it passes over, I will dare not get far from my front door.

    At least, I am an early adopter of the coming Mexican shutdown.

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    1. Señor Cotton: Two things. One, thanks for sharing that you had “record-breaking diarrhea.” Two, I wish you a swift return to normalcy.

      At least, this has kept you off the streets. Perhaps airplanes too.

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