Good afternoon/evening everyone. I did start this in the afternoon of Tuesday, October 13, but it’s after 9:00 pm now, hence the am/pm. It seems like a long time since you’ve heard from me and to be perfectly honest, I have been contemplating ending my Kat’s Korner career. I know I’ve said this before, but like I’ve also said many times, it takes a lot of time and there are many days when I have nothing to write about, especially with Facebook, where everyone can find out pretty much everything that’s going on. So, anyway, I decided to renew my domain for one more year and then I will reevaluate and decide next October. In the meantime, I’ll just ramble along. Another factor is, I simply don’t go out much, except to play volleyball or go to a race or two now and again, so I don’t really know what’s going on. I can, however, find out and I usually do. I took the photo below leaving Pete’s Camp on Friday evening. It was spectacular in real life and not bad in in a digital photo.
The next big fiesta on the Malecon is the “2nd Annual Tequila and Mariachi Festival” October 16 to 18 from 10:00 am to 2:00 am. The cost is $50 Pesos or $4.00, which includes two drinks (or shots, probably).
I wrote about the latest UABC graduation I attended. My girlfriend, Laura Calderon, who is also the sister-in-law of my co-madre, Leonor Dagnino (the twins mom). I put most of the photos on Facebook to share with the entire family. Also in the same graduating class was Jose Agular, a local real estate agent, who is now also an attorney.
Before the Pete’s Camp Poker Run on Saturday, Rafael Navarro called a meeting for the volunteers and to thank everyone for helping out. He also gave homage to Jim Onsager and dedicated the race to him. On the back of the t-shirts, “In Memory of Jim Onsager” was printed. Pete’s Camp’s car came through checkpoint three, but didn’t stop for a card. Many folks went out of the run after checkpoint two, where they were served lunch. We gave away all the cards we were given, which was about 400, but Checkpoint one and two had run out of cards. It was a nice meeting Friday night and we all met up at 8:30 am Saturday morning and John led the way dropping off different cars at their checkpoint.
After the meeting, we went to the Parrott’s Cracker for fish and chips and onion rings. Those onion rings are to die for – the onion doesn’t come out of the coating when you take a bite. Buckaroo Bob’s is open again and their hours are 11:30 to 5:30, Monday through Friday and they are closed Saturday and Sunday. El Padrinos is open again as well as the Sweet Spot, The Margarita House, Juanito’s down on the beach at El Dorado Ranch; Thrifty Ice Cream out in the Ejido and Fandango’s at Los Arcos. I’m sure there are others, but I’ll have to drive around and check it out. Galeria Olivar Millan is open again and I believe it’s the first Saturday of each month, she has an art show, sometimes presenting out of town artists; wine and food and all free of charge. Pretty cool
If you’re applying for a Temporary Resident card or Permanent card, and you go to an agent, if you are being charged over $400 for the entire process, you’re being ripped off. I’m not naming any agent(s), but I’ve heard more than once or twice or even three times, how much overcharging is going on. Shop around! Also, if you’re a snow bird, and you have homeowner’s insurance, again, shop around. I’ve been told many times how claims are not being paid; receipts are being demanded for items insured, claims being denied and more. Whatever happened to integrity?
Above is the map for the upcoming Baja 1000 and it just so happens, where were were for the poker run, is just about the same track they’ll run on. We’ll probably go for contingency in Ensenada and then beat feet back here to the spot where we can see them come through.
Okay, I’m sure there’s a lot more scoop – like the Cachanilla Swap Meet on Saturdays is back on; Volleyball every day as well as water arrobics (spelling – ugh) and more. Thanks for your patience and I’ll try and get out more and find some scoop for you! I want to remind everyone that in the first week in December, there will be a Celebration of Life for Freda Barber at the El Cortez Hotel. Rotary has started up again and they meet there on Mondays. One Eye, my eldest gal doggie, is doing great and her sprained ankle is much better. Thank you for reading my little Korner of the world and I’ll try and be more diligent in writing, at least every other day! Have a great Wednesday, as that’s probably when you’ll read this! Ciao for now. Kat.