19 May 2011 – Thursday

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One more day and it’s the day before Friday! In case you haven’t figured it out, I’m working Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 6:00 p.m. so when Friday hits, I’m happy as a clam at high tide.  With the economy the way it is in San Felipe and being too young for social security, it’s a necessary evil.  Well, it’s not evil – just different.  On to the soap box.  There is something really bugging me and I was going to write the person back, although I don’t know who it is nor do I care, but my Gmail account is indisposed.  On Kat’s Korner, I have received about three comments from this person I’ll call Pete.  He or she (I’m not sure it’s a real name but I have my suspicions) consistently leaves nasty comments which I don’t approve so they don’t get posted.  I will post most all comments if they are respectful, even if they are upset about something I wrote about, but I will trash any comments received from Pete because they are negative and mean and my motto is – if you don’t like Kat’s Korner – don’t read it Pete!  Okay, I got that off my chest and now I don’t have to write to that person and I may even block him/her from leaving comments.  I mean really – I cut and paste and so this person thinks I should sell Kat’s Korner because I’m not interested in San Felipe.  I beg to differ.  I have had a home in San Felipe since 1995 and I lived there permanently since Nora and I will continue to keep writing about San Felipe or Newton, Iowa or Timbuktu if that’s what I enjoy.  It’s not like I receive a paycheck for doing it!  Okay, that’s enough energy wasted on Pete.  I guess I didn’t have it all the way off my chest. I do now!  Photo by AnitaNet.

The weather here has been beautiful, which to me is so wonderful because I’ve been cold for so long.  The 43rd Annual Tecate Score Baja 500 is fast approaching.  My buddy, James Hatton, will be going and he’ll send reports and photos.  “Going to Ensenada in two weeks for the Baja 500 with COPS Racing (map attached). My job during the race: hang out between RM180-190 where there’s some BIG silt beds. It’ll be my job to unstick any of our three cars if they get stuck (one of our drivers tends to get stuck a bit). In addition to our people, I’m going to see LOTS of racing – I hope to get some good pics.  I’ll report back, post race.” Thank you Jim and I’m looking forward to your photos.  Please click the map to see a larger view.

And, from a racer and Kat’s Korner reader, David Ditrich, Esq. – “Well, the rumor that the 2011 SCORE Baja 500 would go through San Felipe has proven itself to be just that, a rumor. Attached is a course map. As you can see, the course runs South on the West side of Hwy 5 and then turns West at Hwy 3. It looks like a rough son of a gun! I can’t wait! In order to catch the fast cars twice, I think that up close to Check 1 and then again after check 2 will be a good call for spectating. It should be much, much cooler than down at Borrego!  Regards, Dave.”  Last year, Shawnee and Bill Bowden and I went up near Valley of Trinidad to watch them come through and you can see those photos here, if you so desire.  There are over 200 photos, so you might want to start a slide show and sit down for a bit.  That was my “almost got hit twice” race, but certainly my own fault for getting too close; it was so warm out and I didn’t wear a hat so I’m sure I was suffering from heat exhaustion, not heat stroke.  I remember last year I said I had heat stroke and someone wrote in and told me the difference.  Heat stroke is a lot more dangerous.  At any rate, while I was in the gallery, I checked the views on Gallery #1 and ‘drum roll’ 6057 files in 61 albums and 1 categories with 0 comments viewed 143546 times.  Woohoo!  That’s a lot of views considering it was dumped at one time and I had to rebuild it and start the count over.  If anyone out there has a Mobile Me account, would you let me know how to get a view count?  I have combed through Apple’s web page, and Googled it, and have not been able to find an answer.  It looks like Bubba or DJ Mexico provided the music for Rick’s party.  Bubba is also the DJ at Pete’s Camp and you can hire him for private parties.  He’s got a pretty good selection of music, so he’s able to provide tunes for all ages and he’s a nice guy.  You can reach him at 576-0359.   Photo by AnitaNet.

Rick, who lives across from Kiki’s RV Park on Golfo de California at a campo named Marcos, had a barbeque the other day and AnitaNet went to take some photos.  The ribs barbequing sure look good as does the salad table.  One thing about living in San Felipe – you can barbeque pretty much the entire year.  There might be a few windy days when it’s impossible, unless you enjoy sand in your meat, but for the most part, it’s a year round barbeque place.  Photo by AnitaNet.

If you’re trying to send me a email and it’s Wednesday evening, forget-about-it!  It won’t let me send emails either because I have exceeded my storage space.  This happened about a year ago and I bought 20 gigs of extra space but when it came time for renewal, I just shined it on not thinking about literally thousands of emails stored for many years going out the window.  So, to make a long story even a bit longer, I bought the storage tonight but it takes twenty-four hours to process, so please write again if you did try and if you’re expecting an email from me today, you’ll just have to wait until Gmail stops holding my account hostage.  This is a photo of Lloyd, who was managing one of the smaller campos near Kikis.  He is the guy who drives that beautifully restored Volkswagen Karmann Ghia which is painted metallic blue and the same car certain men in blue have been trying to get off of him for years.  Sorry; they can’t have it – he’s leaving it to me.   Photo by AnitaNet.

If you are looking for another venue for Karaoke, it looks like Cesar, Manager of the Pavillion at the Ranch, is hosting one on Wednesday nights with “Robbie”.   They have over 16,000 songs to choose from and the fun starts at 6:00 p.m. until closing, which is probably around 10:00 p.m., unless, of course, the place is packed and then I would imagine they would keep it open.  The other venue, as most of you know, is Mac and Nan at Rumors on Thursday and Saturday nights.  I’m not sure if Bandidos stills has Karaoke, but that’s a much younger and a bit rowdier crowd than I’m accustomed to.

Here are a few photos of the party Rick had the other day and AnitaNet was there to capture some of the fun.  This is a photo of Debbie Lux and Billy Burke.  Debbie is the bartender at the Happy JackAss or Los Arcos Restaurant, and Billy is from back east, but he’s been retired and living in San Felipe for many years.  Billy lives in Playas de San Felipe and Debbie used to live right in town, but I’m not sure where she’s living now.  Both are active in the Lions Club of San Felipe.

I am happy to announce  Mikey and I are going to tie the knot July 1, the day after my birthday.  It’s just going to be a small affair, but when we come to San Felipe, we’ll have a big party and you’re all invited!  I’m very happy and content but that doesn’t mean I’m never going back home to San Felipe!  If you hear that rumor, slap it down.  Speaking of Rumors, I believe I told you about their one year anniversary party.  Yes, I know I did because I had to dig out the photo and it’s also Memorial Day weekend.  Also on the same weekend is the annual Percebu Poker run and if you’ve never been to one of them, it’s not so much the run but the party afterwards.  There’s food and drink and dancing and as a matter of fact, I made a video of the cowgirls dancing and put it on You Tube. It’s gotten almost 5,000 views since 2009. I missed it last year but I heard it was a blast. The lady dancing in front and to the left is the head of Social Security here in town. She’s a doll and she told me it was probably her entire family watching the video so many times was why there were so many views, and that was when there were only 2,700. Life’s funny that way – or as it’s truly like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get. You can watch that (and more) video herePhoto by AnitaNet.

I don’t normally discuss politics on the Korner but I was so disappointed Donald Trumph isn’t running for the Republican candidate and not because I think he would make a good president because I most certainly don’t.  What I’m upset about is missing out on all the jokes John Stewart and many others will miss out on when they can’t make fun of him.  I mean seriously – the guy is delusional.  Oh well, some one else will take his place.  John Stewart is not only hilarious, he’s really very intelligent and well read on the issues of today.  I think even some conservatives watch him because he is so funny as is Stephen Cobert.  How sad about the Governator – I feel sorry for Maria.  What a sneaky swine.  Can you imagine how his wife felt when she found out, although I can’t imagine how he pulled that off for so long.  She must be naive, very trusting, or indifferent.  Who knows, but to be in what you thought was a very happy marriage which produced four kids and lasted 25 years and then you find out your loving husband has a ten year old child with a former employee, has got to be a mind blower.  Arnold’s a jerk and without sounding like a Valley Girl, totally tacky to embarrass his family and himself like he has.  I feel bad for his children too.  On a cheerier note, if you haven’t seen AnitaNet’s Malécon photo log, take a look by clicking here.  She’ll be following the proposed improvements to the waterfront and let’s hope it (the proposal) doesn’t end up in the same place as the Escalera Nautica.  San Felipe pays more than their fair share of taxes and we deserve to have our Malécon refurbished.  After all, it’s the place where all tourists want to go so it should be especially clean and pleasing to the eye.  So, we see how it was before and after.  Pat Butler, developer of El Dorado Ranch and D’Andre White, co-owner of the Sweet Spot and former San Diego Charger enjoying a chat in the sun.  Photo by AnitaNet.

One of San Felipe’s best kept secrets is a little known campo called Las Arenas.  It more or less borders with Club de Pesca, although there’s a huge lot or two in between.  When I came to San Felipe to see the lot I had won in 1995, I went to this campo to look at a house that was for sale.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t on the water and if I was going to buy in a campo, I wanted to be on the water and I needed more room for my dogs.  At the time, I only had two dogs and they both died and are buried in my yard.  As I was saying before I became maudlin, Dunie has been the manager of Las Arenas for as long as I can remember and if you are looking to buy, Dunie can tell you which houses are for sale.  Dunie is an old Net member and I made a few trips out to fix her dial-up but she was one of the lucky ones with a 577 prefix as she was able to get DSL.  At first I thought the Illustrated Lady had gotten to Dunie but on a closer look, her arms have sleeves on them; not tattoos.  I know both of these women, but I can’t for the life of me remember the name of the woman on the left and I do apologize!  I’m sure she lives at the same place as Dunie and she’s German or I’m nuts!

I’ll be back with more photos of San Felipe and a couple of photos of me wearing my new hat(s) and t-shirt from Mike Carol and I’ll give you the scoop about him then.  I will tell you he’s a past president of Los Vaqueros Las Vegas, Ltd. and as part of their logo it says “Men of Industry – Feeding at Risk Children” which is very cool.  You can see that site here.  He also has a business called Pinnacle Media which makes banners, magnetic signs, store fronts and more and you can see that site here.  I believe he has a place in San Felipe or Ensenada, but I’m not sure.  He reads Kat’s Korner so maybe he does live here.  At any rate, he sent me a couple of hats and a t-shirt that has Spanish writing on it.  Cute little hats, but you’ll have to wait for those photos.  Have a pleasant Thursday and keep a smile on your face and it’s bound to move to your heart.  Now how profound was that?  By the way, this is Rick whom I mentioned above and you might remember him from the Fandango where he had a small restaurant.  Hasta mañana!

27 Responses to “19 May 2011 – Thursday”
  1. Roland Johnson

    Any new news on road condition from Mexicali?

    • Kat

      Yes, they are down to one detour and the bridges are finished. A pretty smooth ride – still one detour which or actually where they are working that is one road around the corner, but there’s a guy there. Nice night flashes on the highway. It’s going to be great when it’s done.

  2. Mike & Sue Parrott

    If you are willing to stay in Iowa in the winter then Mikey must be a great guy. Glad you have found happiness.

    Regards,

    Mike & Sue

  3. Rasta Gypsy

    #1: trump’s a classic dweeb
    #2: arnold’s classless jerk, and
    #3: fo-GIT the likes of peteyboy!!!

    as for your email account, next time you find yourself in SF, letz just delete somma those outdated, unnecessary emails!!

    and as for that “quiet” July 1st event: CONGRATS, Hermannita!! don’t know who’s luckier — you or Mikey — abrazos y besos a todos, Chica-Amiga!!

    ~*.)

    • Rasta Gypsy

      . . . sorry ’bout the double-post, but tried commenting via “Marie-Katherine” (my new laptop which is NOT cooperatin’ 😉 so here i am now on “Ol’ Faithful” (altho slower’n frozen ‘lasses), and now i see whutz already posted. ah well, guess my opinon just goes “double”, huh (as lmbao)?

  4. Rasta Gypsy

    Chica!! trump is a major dweeb, arnold a total jerk, and we ALL can fogit ’bout losers like peteyboy: we love ya and enjoy your “rants”. you bring us great insights on local events, etc.

    OH!! and congrats on your snagging Mikey! looking forward to seeing you guyz here on da “hunnymoon” — abrazos y besos a todos!!

    ~*.)

  5. mike carroll

    Kat,
    Thanks for the shout out. A friend oif mine has a place in Club de Pesca. Even though I’m not there, I’m there mentally a lot. I want to get my family and my autistic son down there as I think it would be a great place for him. I’m in Vegas full time which actually looks a lot like San Felipe, particularly when you’re out on Lake Mead. Have a great weekend and enjoy the hats. Mike Carroll

  6. Lu Gallant

    Congratulations on your wedding plans. Are you going to bring Mikey to San Felipe? Has he been there before??

  7. Wayne

    Just a note to thank Rick for letting me come to his party!!

  8. SHAWN

    HI KAT JUST WANTED TO SAY THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO . I HAVE NEVER EMAILED YOU BEFORE BUT WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW WHAT YOU AND YOU WORK DOES FOR ME . I COME TO SAN FELIPE FROM THE o.c. WITH MY DAD EVERY YEAR FOR THE PAST 10 YEARS ALSO WITH MY BROTHER IN LAW WHO INVITED ME AND HIS DAD WHO HAS BEEN MAKING THE SAN FELIPE TRIP FOR OVER 30 YEARS. WE HAVE GROWN TO 20 MEN THIS YEAR AND WE KEEP GROWING . ANYWAY I HERE ALOT OF BAD FROM PEOPLE ABOUT GOING TO MEXICO AND I READ YOU COLUMN AND IT REMINDS OF HOW SAFE IT IS THERE . THIS TRIP IS A HIGHLIGHT OF THE YEAR FOR ME AND THE OTHER GUYS . WE STAY AT PLAYA DEL SOL WE GOLF,FISH,POKER RUN @PERCEBU AND WE BBQ IN OUR CAMP SUNDAY.BY THE WAY THIS IS MEMORIAL WEEKEND . WE HAVE 6 GUYS WHO COME ALL THE WAY FROM KENTUCKY WITH US AND THEY HAPPEN TO BE AWESOME BBQ EXPERTS .ANYWAY THANKS AGAIN FOR ALL YOU DO I HAVE BEEN MEANING TO WRITE TO YOU FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS BUT IM NOT REAL GOOD AT THIS THANKS SHAWN

  9. Ken Carter

    Kat, the lady pictured with Dunie is “Josette”, originally from Lyon, France, and has lived in Las Arenas for about 25 years.

  10. steve

    hey ,you keep wriring iam living my san felipe life thru your korner.tell this pete to put where the sun do not shine

  11. Larey Hazelton

    Kat, was pleased to see the photo of Lloyd in your latest post. We met Lloyd several years ago at the campo when we (both He, Rita an I) were all guests. We liked SF so much we bought a house in EDR and Lloyd stayed on and became manager (gotta watch those Canadians, they’re taking over). He is such a great person we are so proud to claim him as a friend.

    Larey

    • Kat

      I agree. He’s deaf as a door knob, but God love him – he’s a sweetie. Did you have to pay Lloyd a commission on the house haha!

  12. Christina & Jeff from Phoenix

    Hello Kat,

    Congratulations on your engagement!
    We hope to visit San felipe soon.
    Christina

    • Kat

      Thank you – maybe I’ll see you there!

  13. Donna Robbins

    The lady with Dunie is Josette and she is French. They are both across the street from my husband, Gary and I. Dunie and Josette are the best neighbors a person could ask for.

    • Kat

      Well, I was close – I knew she had an accent and I even remember her house and now the name. This getting old is for the birds. Thanks for the comment and the scoop!

    • Ken Carter

      I saw Josette’s picture and I hope it is a recent one as I was wondering if she was still alive. If so, please say hello to her from me,as I’ve known her and Dunie off-and-on for the last 25 years. Mention “Ken Carter, the T-Shirt Guy”. Thanks much…Ken Carter (Mtn View, CA)

      • Donna Robbins

        Ken, I live across the street from Dunie & Josette at Las Arenas. I forwarded your message to Dunie to give to Josette. They are both doing great. Josette is active and a lot of fun.
        Take Care, Donna

  14. Sandi Flannigian

    Best wishes to you and Mikey!! We do miss U… to update you, Denny is at Rumors on Thursdays and Fridays, on his Keyboard, playing lots of great music

  15. Tom

    Kat: Please call. Important. 577-4025

  16. Tom

    Kat: Please call me re proposition. g-mail says you are over limit and can’t receive e-mail

    • Kat

      I know – I exceeded my storage so I paid for 80 gigs and I still can’t send or receive. It should be fixed by tonight.

      • Tom

        Have an offer you’ll find hard to turn down $$$$$$$

  17. Mac Davis

    Hola Kat.. Congratulations on your engagement!

    Thank you for mentioning karaoke with Mac n Nan, our nights at Rumors are Tuesday and Saturday nights.

    Denny Flannigan performs Thursday and Friday nights.

    • Kat

      I knew it! Seriously, after I wrote it I thought, no, they are at Rumors on Saturday but not Thursday! Thanks Mac. I knew you’d write in. k

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