Happy New Year everyone. I know it’s been a long time since I’ve written anything, but in that time, I’ve had three kids. Two are now in college and one getting ready to graduate. Not! I simply took some time off until the writing bug came back. Margaret Reisch Downing will also be back ~ tomorrow or Thursday, to be exact. (It looks like Thursday as I didn’t get mine up yesterday). I look forward to her writings as she’s very talented. We’ve lost friends and neighbors during 2015 and met new friends and neighbors. I stopped playing volleyball at El Dorado for a bit (cold wind – warm pool) however, I plan to start up again when we have sunny, sunny days. A lot has happened since I last wrote. I’ve been on a few desert runs; parties and a couple of trips down south. I am freaking out right now because I hit what I thought was “Save Draft” and I lost three paragraphs. Oh well; I was babbling on about what I’ve been doing so I’ll just give you a short recap. Lots of Thursday evening get togethers with friends at the Ranch; desert runs, although I haven’t taken my Barney out this winter. The battery is dead and it’s also too cold because you sit so high. I plan to paint it the same color when it warms up and get a new battery for it. We had a nice time Christmas Eve driving from the cop shop and all over town in rigs all lit up. Judy and Dan Martin have been instrumental in keeping this Christmas Eve tradition going for almost twenty years. After the run, everyone met up at the Martins’ home for homemade chicken soup and chili and lots of other goodies. It’s a great group and I’m glad to be included. By the way, I’m uploading the entire album to Facelessbook, so you can see the photos not posted here. #Bajakat!
The Taste of San Felipe is scheduled for Wednesday January 20, 2016 starting at 1 PM. There are two starting points for the tour. One is La Morena on the Malecon and the other is La Vaquita Restaurant (Puerta Penasco and Mar de Cortez North – Curios Street North). This is a yearly event, which is sponsored by the San Felipe Rotary Club and it’s always a fun time. I will say, please get your tickets early as they sell like hotcakes and try and get there early to make sure you get your goodies. Remember; it’s for charity in scholarships, clinics and much more, so be generous. Buy your friends a few tickets (unless you’re in the same tax bracket as me jaja). How it works is you get your ticket and start at either place named above. Many of the restaurants in town and some out of town, offer a taste of what they offer on their menu and it’s easy to fill up. One year, I can’t remember if it was The Pavillion, Margarita House or Parrott’s Cracker, but they had a bus to take you out there. You’ll have to ask when you buy your ticket ($15.00 or $250 pesos) and there will be a list of which restaurants are participating. Tickets are available at the swap meet, Fat Boys, Sun Runner or from any Rotarian.
Okay, I’m always doing this, but it just hit me that I didn’t know what “selling like hotcakes” meant, so I went here and this is from their site:
“While the word “hotcake” dates back to the late 17th century and ”pancake” first appears in England around 1400, this phrase, with the figurative meaning “to be in great demand,” didn’t appear until around 1840 and there’s no evidence of a great hotcake demand that might have led to its creation. Instead, etymologists are left to assume that since hotcakes have always been popular at events like county fairs and church socials, where the crowd greatly outnumbers the culinary staff and the cakes often sell as fast as they can be made, the term was coined and spread through popular usage.”
“An alternate explanation is that in Britain, Canada and Australia, pancakes are traditionally eaten on Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent in the Christian calendar (Americans know it as Fat Tuesday) because it is an occasion for using up all the fat, butter, and other ingredients that people plan to deny themselves during Lent. In anticipation of 40 days of ritual fasting, the pancakes are gobbled down quickly and effortlessly, even if they’re not literally being sold.” So, now you have something trivial (to some) subject to discuss at your next cocktail party rather than how fat your neighbor is jaja.
So, now it’s 8:44 pm and I left the computer for a few hours to watch the boob tube. I happened to have gotten hooked on the series “Breaking Bad” and you can see them all on Netflix or find a buddy whose downloaded them all. Very good writing; actors; directors and anyone else who produces it. I haven’t seen Season Five and I have six, I think, from Season Four to view. I know there’s more I have to tell you, but I don’t want to overlap Margaret. Skooter has his head and nose under my left arm, where he (and Panda, RIP) flips my arm up for attention. Dang. I remembered what was deleted and I haven’t re-written it. January property taxes are due, however, if pay in January, 2016, you get a whopping 20% off. I have heard (and I’ve not verified it, but I will when I go to pay my taxes) some folks in “upper scale” neighborhoods have had their property tax doubled, tripled, and someone said 400%. The story, as I’ve heard it, is the tax folks have gone out and “reappraised” property, hence the higher rates. I suggest you take it to the tax office, next to the fire station and ask for a reappraisal or a deduction. I was told, however, this is from the last federal administration, (PRI not PAN) everyone is taxed at two different levels. One for nationals (at the time it was 8% of the value of the property) and one for foreigners with bank trusts. This was many years ago, so the laws have probably changed, as most things do in San Felipe. My reason for going to the tax office years ago was because my taxes had been raised and, as in the states but not Mexico at the time, no one came out to appraise my property and I questioned this which is why I know what I wrote above. My taxes for two lots in town, and commercial to boot, are less than $130.00 a year, so I don’t really have much to complain about. They have probably changed how they do things, but my property is still listed as two vacant lots. Go figure.
The photo above was taken by Wornout at Judy and Dan Martin’s after party for the Christmas Light Parade and Gift giving. I have more photos, but my Nokia doesn’t take such good night photos, and most of them were of the backs of people, which I detest (not their backs but photos of peeps’ backs) so I only have a few and they ain’t that good.
The same group had a holiday Christmas buffet – breakfast – and gift exchange, held at Wornout’s house. It was a lot of fun and great food. I believe I went to two of these this season, but here are some photos of the event on New Year’s Day.
My friend, Vito, is putting his home up for sale at Campo Cristina: “A Home with a view down south. It’s located at Campo Cristina. The home is 900 square feet +450 feet of garage. It has 3 beautiful big arched patios. East, South and West. It’s on 1-1/2 lots and the yearly fee is $1200 for the property. It sits on top of a bluff with 2 arrojos on both sides. Very private and safe. Closest neighbor is at 80 yards away. 50 yards above the sea level and 100 yards away from a private trail to descend to beach . Beautiful view !!! It also has a small solar system that charges a car battery and from there I have 2 lights in the bathroom and 2 in the kitchen ( 12 volts) . I also have a nice generator in a little shed next to the house and off of that I have big lights in the house and garage. I only use it when I have guests. I am fine with the rest and I also have lanterns. The house has also a fantastic wood stove and is well insolated from winds. It has a refrigerator and stove and the biggest type of propane container . Also 3 big water thanks on top of the patios. A fan over the main bed, but I always sleep on the roof of one patios in the hot days. 7 windos and 3 doors.” If you’re interested, please message me and I get you in touch with the owner. I had some photos from years ago when I went out for dinner, but that’s a few hard drives crashed and lost. Vito will be down in February to take some photos and I’ll post them then.
Bruce Barber is speaking at the SFARP meeting this morning about his book and trips to the desert. It should be very interesting. Here’s a nice little article on Shrimp you may enjoy or not, but it’s worth the read. The Score Baja 250 is just around the corner – well a couple of corners. February 25-28 beginning in San Felipe and ending here. It’s a blast – especially contingency on the Malecon, so mark your calendars and when the map is available, I’ll put it up here. We went to CowPatti’s end of the year party in Puertacitos New Years Eve Day and there were plenty of peeps there. Good food with cool peeps. I love the south beaches and the different types of folks who live down there.
Tomorrow is the Thursday afternoon “get together” out at El Dorado Ranch and Friday is a run down to Gonzaga and a bit further to check out the status of the road. It should be fun. Everyone meets at the closed Pemex on Airport Road at 9:00 am. I’ve got to get this up and onto the World Wide Web and it’s good to be back. Have a great day!