November-May: Perfect! June: It’s starting to get hot and humid now. A little rain but it’s nice! July-August: Good lord, this is a lot of rain but at least it cools things down a bit! September: How is it still this hot and humid? October: HOW IS OCTOBER THIS HOT!
One of the nice things about living in Las Vegas is that you’re largely immune from natural disasters. There is the risk of earthquakes, but nowhere near the same risk that exists in neighboring California. No major, destructive earthquake has hit Las Vegas since being settled by Europeans in the mid 1850s. Of course, nowhereContinue reading “Our first hurricane”
Suppose I should address the elephant in the room and explain why it’s been months without a post except I really have no good explanation. Like all things in life, it’s a little bit of this and a little bit of that. We travelled all around the country for the better part of a monthContinue reading “Man, it’s a hot one (extreme Rob Thomas voice)”
In most respects living in Mexico is not very different from living in the United States. This will disappoint many people, but the physical and cultural proximity to the US — much more pronounced in a resort town like Puerto Vallarta — means if you squint your eyes and don’t think about it much there’sContinue reading “Things I miss, an incomplete list”
You’d be forgiven for thinking that I may have vanished off the face of the earth, especially after I realized my last post detailed occasional struggles with transitioning to life in Mexico. I’m not paying a great deal to have this here site hosted, but it’s certainly not the best use of my money toContinue reading “Semana Santa”
I’ve been silent here for quite awhile for a variety of reasons, all of which I’ll eventually try to get into. We’re still trying to settle in and running into bumps in the road here and there which are frustrating me and which I need to get over. The most recent involves trying to getContinue reading “Pushing through the six-week blues”
With a month living in Mexico now under our belts thought I’d just share some of the unique things we’ve found living south of the border. Street dogs It’s pretty rare in the US to see a dog just walking around without an owner near it, but you’re apt to see several here any timeContinue reading “Checking in after one month in Mexico”
I’ve been reading Reaganland, the latest volume in Rick Perlstein’s incredible series of books (Nixonland, The Invisible Bridge) that serve as not only a history of conservatism in the 1970s, but also as a pre-history of the modern conservative political movement. If you’ve ever wondered how we got to a place where the Republican PartyContinue reading “Reading Reaganland and the slow-motion death of America”
In the 1996 cult classic Happy Gilmore our hockey-obsessed eponymous hero gets a date with the girl of his dreams, the PGA PR director Virginia Bennett portrayed by Julie Bowen and decides to take her on a romantic ice skating date. This is a very, very young Julie Bowen (above), presumably before she was defiledContinue reading “Talk about your all-time backfires”
It’s probably never wise to admit publicly to committing a crime, but there’s only like 10 or 15 people or so reading these posts and like old Red riding the bus down to Zihuatanejo to meet back up with Andy, it’s hard to imagine the US or Mexican government sending in the federales to dealContinue reading “¡Ay, it’s a pirate’s life for me!”
Well, sort of. Just as we were putting the final touches on packing our belongings to head to Mexico I received word from my host at The D Casino that I had been selected as one of the finalists in the drawing for a 2020 Corvette Stingray ZR1. The only catch being that the drawingContinue reading “We’re heading back to the US”
Got high for the first time in a long time today. I’ve been abstaining for awhile for the most part for a variety of reasons, some practical though some simply because I’ve known for awhile I’m not going to be able to smoke weed here as much as I used to at home and itContinue reading “On being the villain of your own story”
Well, that was an eventful day and a half. Wait, I was talking about our move to Puerto Vallarta; what were you thinking of? Unfortunately, the seditionist and insurrectionist acts of pro-Trump right-wing terrorists is not a laughing matter of course, but if you can’t laugh you gotta cry and I intend to do neither,Continue reading “¡Bienvenidos a Mexico!”
We visited Battle Creek for the first time in 16 months on Sunday, spent some time with my lifelong friend Chad, and said goodbye to my mother for awhile. The drive back to metro Detroit was spent mostly in silence, accidentally giving me a chance to reflect on the drive between Detroit and Battle CreekContinue reading “A trip along I-94 and Memory Lane”
In the regular phone calls with my mother during this pandemic I remind her that the cliche “no news is good news” has never been more true. With that in mind, this update is largely in the same vein. We’ve been staying at Tanya’s mother’s house since Dec. 13 and have literally not left theContinue reading “Feliz Navidad!”
It’s been a tumultuous several weeks, but we closed the sale of our house Friday and have been spending the last several days bouncing from hotel to hotel here in Las Vegas before we fly back to Michigan to spend the holidays. Were it not for COVID, this would much more fun of an adventure,Continue reading “Without a home during a pandemic”
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