Thursday, April 30, 2009

We've moved! If you see this post then you are at the old blog site. Please update your links and feeds to:

blah... blah... blah... GINGER!

The address is a lot simpler now, it is just Let me know if you have any problems.

I am having a difficult time getting Blogger to upload this post. Frustrating!


Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Oh boy! I'm not sure what I've gotten myself into by trying to switch to Wordpress. One thing I'm going to try is to import this blog over there. Maybe it will work. Here's the first try.

Monday, April 27, 2009

I'm fine, I just haven't had any blog inspiration. I've had Akumal friends Donny and Cheryl with their darling beagle Lucy here and we've been having fun.

They went to Celestun today to see the flamingos and I got involved in installing WordPress and checking the instructions for moving the blog. I am going to play around with it some and then maybe change over.

We've had some great meals, picked up fruit at my favorite roadside fruit vendor and enjoyed Noche Mexicana on Saturday.

Just as well we did that because I think from now until this influenza is over I won't be going to crowded areas or eating with my hands at stands. It's frightening but not yet cause for panic. They have found one case in Chichen Itza in a French tourist who was with a tour that had been in Mexico City. It was inevitable, there are so many tourists flying in and out of this area that we were not going to be out of danger for long.

I'm impressed with the Mexican government's response. I hope that this does not become a world crisis. We've been warned for years that the world is overdue for a pandemic flu as it has been more than 20 years since the last Swine Flu outbreak. The SARS outbreak in 2003 ruined tourism for Toronto for a long time and this is really not what Mexico needs after all the cartel hype*. Plus, I just read that there was a 5.6 earthquake in Mexico City this afternoon. Seems like nothing is going right for this lovely country, I hope this is the last of the bad news.

*edited to correct my SARS reference and to add that the French tourist who became sick at Chichen Itza is now said to have something else, not Swine Flu. Still, there are confirmed cases from tourists who have returned to the US and Canada from Cancun. Also, today the Mexican federal government has closed all schools and large gatherings in the entire Republic until at least May 6th. This is a serious epidemic whether it gets classed as a pandemic or not and, like the rest of world, we are waiting and hoping and doing what we can to stay safe.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

O thou invisible spirit of wine, if thou hast no name to be known by, let us call thee devil.
...William Shakespeare

I went to a wonderful party last night, ate too little and drank too much wine.

Today I've spent napping and reading stupid stuff on the internets.

In fact, while looking for a quote for this post I had a hard time deciding between Will Shakespeare and Fran Lebowitz.

I feel like my prize from the blogger weekend.

It's an indecisive day.

Great people talk about ideas, average people talk about things, and small people talk about wine.
...Fran Lebowitz

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Isn't it hot in Mérida?

The question I get most often.

Yes, it is hot.

Realize this though: mornings are cool and misty.

Evenings are delicious and the air is like sweet, minty, velvet.

Afternoons are hot.

That is when you should be at home... in your hammock... in the cool breezes.