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A Brass Band Before Dawn
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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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Feb. 20, 2006 —  This is the fifth day in our newly purchased Mexican house. We arrived in our motorhome about noon last Thursday. It was a job to park it inside our locked gate. We were famished. I found a local tortilleria and we were about to make quesadillas when some people here engaged us in a conversation that confused us and cut into our joy at arrival. I’m not giving details on purpose.

Say what? A bit shaken, we got to our lunch and then began unloading things and carrying them uphill to the house. The afternoon continued with two local people warning us, one at a time and in rapid Spanish, that the other one was a bad person and not to be trusted. I’m inclined to believe both of them on this one.

Ah, tropical paradise! It was all a bit much. The unheated swimming pool was on the chilly side but I got in it that first afternoon and felt much better. I’ve been getting in just about every day for a dip. It’s still too cold for Kelly, who has ideas for warming the water in a solar manner.

But later for that. We’re still figuring out what the light switches do or don’t do, how the watering system works, and so on. I took our bed from the motorhome up to the house and created a makeshift bed on the floor, till next week when we will bring back our bed, other furniture, and cat from Bernal, where they’ve been since last winter. I got the kitchen sort of organized, while Kelly got the TV set up in time for watching the Olympics and fixed a lot of little things around the place. He got us back online after a few days.

I wasn’t to the point of feeling we’d make a mistake, but every night I was dreaming we were back in Crestone, Colorado, where I was so happy to see my friends.

Things turned around on Saturday morning. It was still dark when I woke to the sound of a brass band playing. Kelly woke too. It was 5:30AM. We lay there enchanted, listening to the band, which was quite good. I wondered if it was someone playing a CD, but Kelly — a mean saxophonist himself — said no, it was live. As we listened, the band moved (marched, we assume) further away.

Why a brass band at that hour? We have no idea. Life goes on in Mexico at all hours.

I got up and greatly enjoyed the dawn, a steaming cup of tea warming me as I sat on the swing on our front veranda, gazing out to our peekaboo view of Lake Chapala, listening to the birds.

Later that morning, we went out grocery shopping and had some very friendly encounters with shopkeepers when we told them we would be living here. Last night some American friends came over and we enjoyed hosting our first guests. It made the place seem more homey. We’re both enjoying puttering in the yard, which can use a lot of attention.

And so life continues, the echo of the brass band cheering me through the rough spots.

1 Comment from the old blog:

At February 20, 2006 12:07 PM, Blogger catalyst said…

Once, when we were living in Guadalajara, a brass band woke us just after midnight. I got up and went in search of it. Found it about a block away. It turned out it was her birthday and her husband had hired the band to wake and serenade her as “her day” began. Friends and relatives were also outside with gifts and eventually everyone went inside to party. I have no idea how long it went on. But watch out for “Las Mananitas” – the Mexican version of “Happy Birthday.”

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