A Quick Update

In 2010, we moved back to the small town in Colorado that I never stopped missing while we lived in Mexico. Now I sometimes miss Mexico, but I wouldn't travel as freely as we did when we were there, camping out in remote areas and so forth.

Mexico today is in a period of change, and in many ways it is more dangerous now. That said, I have plenty of American friends who still live there very happily, just taking a few more precautions than they did in the past.

Just to say!


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Oct. 14, 2005 — It’s early on a Friday morning and today is dedicated to getting ready for tomorrow’s garage sale. We’ve been working on it off and on all week.

We have some interesting challenges here in rural Colorado — we don’t want to leave our motorhome out of the garage overnight because bears come through the neighborhood from time to time, and they break into vehicles that have even a vague hint of food. So we’ll take Cando out first thing tomorrow morning, and today we’re working without our full space. We’ll set the alarm for six tomorrow morning, ugh.

Going through our belongings brings up varied emotions. Happy memories come up about when I bought something or maybe Kelly gave it to me for a birthday. Looking through my box of old clothes that don’t fit… Trying to decide which of my books on dogs and dog training I can part with… Wondering what in the world I was thinking of when I bought this or that…. Overall, the feeling of paring down is very pleasant.

Much as I think of myself as part of the alternative culture, I certainly do have some mainstream habits when it comes to possessions. I’m going through:

  • Plenty of kitchenware
  • Lots and lots and lots of books
  • Quite a lot of clothing even though much of it is 10 years old or more and much comes from thrift stores
  • Six file drawers of papers… actually, these can wait till after the sale
  • A small dog crate that was Sunbeam’s. Larry is too big for it but I am already thinking small dogs in the future
  • An amazing assortment of little stuff in the bathroom

I did bite the bullet yesterday and actually throw out an old Windows 98 laptop. The screen has lines going through it, it won’t go online or connect to a printer, so you’d think it would be a no-brainer. Guess I have more than a little packrat in me.


I mention this computer because I learned something worth sharing. Even if you delete your files, even if you reformat your whole hard drive, data can be recovered. Old financial records of Paul McCartney hit the internet after he got rid of a computer. There’s a market for interesting data from old computers.

So what to do? I found a free piece of software that would overwrite my old hard drive, and ran it. I’m not mentioning its name because there must be better ones out there. It was a nuisance to use, but there were credit card numbers, passwords, etc., on the old thing, so it seemed prudent.


We’re putting most of the stuff we keep into a storage unit near here and just taking a few things back to Mexico with us in Cando. Taking our medium-sized dog Larry will limit the number of things we can cram in — and help protect those things, I suppose!

We don’t know yet whether we will come back to the US and have a home here, whether we will live in Mexico for a good while, or ultimately both. Makes it challenging to decide what to do with stuff.

What about that mug I got in Ashland, Oregon, when we lived there? Easy, keep it… it has a dog-and-cat picture on it that reminds us of Dorrie, the Komondor who lived with our llamas, and Who, the shy barn cat.

What about the set of checked cloth napkins that commemorate an International Llama Association conference in the 1980s, which we used during the three summers that we led llama day-hikes on our ranch outside Ashland? Umm, the packrat rises up in me. I will never lead another llama hike, of that I am quite certain, but there’s so much good feeling connected to those napkins, and we do use them… a few times a year. I didn’t toss them out either.

Heigh-ho, off to sort things out! Our future is out there somewhere, shiny and bright, and somewhat less cluttered!

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