Friday, May 23, 2008

Gonna make a Million in Mexico!

Okay, I have given up on my plan to open Patzcuaro's first tanning salon, but I have come up with something even better.

I have invented an amazing new toy that will take Mexico by storm!

Every kid will want one.

Allow me to introduce.......

Señor Cabeza Jícama !

Thats Mr Jícama Head for the rest of you.

And people wonder what we do with our time in Mexico!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The Cat and Bunny Show!

...4, 5, 6, ready or not, Here I come!
Click on the picture, trust me, it's worth it.

Yippee, I have been a few days without Internet and am thrilled to have it back!

Today I will not be sharing any insights to life in Mexico. No exciting goings on from the village. Nothing of stellar journalistic intrigue today. (boy it almost makes it sound like I usually do that huh!!! LOL) So be warned, cutesy overload ahead.

Just a few pictures of Larry and Diego cavorting in the yard.
It is entertaining watching the two of them play, with the re enforcement of all the predator/ prey instincts.

It can be quite hard to capture them on film, but I was very patient on Sunday and got some shots that I didn't expect to be able to. Quite often when they are engrossed in play, and you come up on them with the camera, they stop what they are doing to see what you are up to.

Which if I am sitting on the lawn with the camera means Diego will hop into my lap to lend his assistance.

No! I have the camera strap so that means I get the camera now!

As you can see from the picture at the top of the post, one of their favourite games is Hide and seek. There Larry is counting with his eyes covered, Please keep in mind neither of these critters can count past 6, so the hiding area is not large

You can click on the picture to get a larger one with more detail. What you may not notice at first in the photo, is our cat Diego is hiding behind our ceramic BBQ. If you look to the lower left of the BBQ you will see a silhouette of the cat with his little yellow eyes peering out. Diego doesn't get the finer points of the hiding part of the game, once Larry gets close to finding him, Diego just jumps out and pounces on him.

Now Larry gets the hiding part of the game very well, but bunnies are better designed for that than cats I think. Larry is also VERY silent, he even has fur on the bottom of his feet for the stealth effect. This frustrates Diego to no end.

Ha Ha, I am hiding behind you!

Now it quickly becomes a game of tag, and the bunny is usually IT!
Diego does great on the straight-a-way, but the bunny has him beat at cornering.

"Its all about the cornering!" (Bunnyo Andredi)

Then once the the bunny puts the cat through his paces, Diego goes for a cat nat, and Larry proceeds to inspect the garden.

Even Larry knows it is important to take a moment to taste the roses, okay that bush is actually a hibiscus but you get the idea!

Taking a moment to taste the roses!

Quiet Time

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

I'm a VIP, no really.

Okay, not really, but I got treated like one.

A new Cinepolis theatre has just opened in the mall, Plaza Los Americas, in Morelia. The new theatre complex includes a Cinepolis VIP, that is reported to be rather posh.

So I am pleased to announce after visiting the place I was quite impressed.
The seats were very much in the "Lazy Boy" style, lots of leg room, plenty of space between seats, cup holders on both sides and a small revolving table. Full multi position recline, sweet!
That may not be a big deal for you, but to a small town boy from the great white north, it is. It's the kind of place Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor would want.

Oh, my ticket cost $75 peso's (for a matinée) , that's $7.50 to those of you north of the border.

As you look at the picture below you will see I have put a small red circle around a button. This button brings your server . Who needs a home theatre!

Like flying in first class. (I imagine)

On the little table you will find a menu covering not only the usual theatre popcorn, soda and such, but Sushi, hoagies and croissants, crepes, and a full bar menu among other things.

Here are just a couple of pages out of the menu, sorry not the best quality pictures.
If you click on the image you will get a larger version if you want to try to read them.




I had a baguette, with fries and a drink, it was nice. Nothing impressive until you remember it was movie theatre food. Didn't try any sushi, I am not a sushi guy. I can count on my fingers the number of times I have had sushi. Ceviche doesn't count does it?

Now all they need to do is add a masseuse and they might not get me out of there. Hey, I wonder if you could book the place for the play-offs?

Sunday, May 11, 2008


Did Michael D. pose for that second figure?

Yippie, yesterday I hit the weight loss goal of 25 pounds. Then off I went to get some Chinese food down at by the docks. Pollo agridulces con arroz fritos, yumm!

Now I know myself well enough to know that my weight will be back up a bit shortly, just as long as I keep the overall trend in the downward direction then I will be happy. Slow and steady wins the race.

So, time to change the goal weight from 25 pounds to 40 pounds. I do think the next 15 pounds will be slower coming off, but hey, I am in no hurry!

After my lunch, I went for a little walk around.

Wandering around the main dock for the island of Janitzio, looking at all the people, food and crafts. In amongst the ceramics you come across are something that seems a little out of place, large tittie mugs. Thats right, I said it, boobie mugs. I never understood the why it is so. You will also find them on plaza San Francisco during Friday market. I could understand if they were sold at the stripper bar, or at the local "El Hooters" restaurant, instead of the local tourist trap. Go figure?????

Another thing you find everywhere in Patzcuaro, and especially at the dock are the dried little white fish. Tried them once, and will not do it again. But, they make for a nice picture.

I then continued back past the restaurant to the street where the wood carvers and craftsmen are.

The first place you see coming down carvers row is Salvador's place. Once you walk in, it seems like the sort of shop that has been there forever, and that there is no one left in the family that knows all the things in there. The sort of place that would be the setting for a Steven King movie, or where you could find the monkey's paw from that old story.

About halfway down the street I came across some carved figures that seemed very appropriate for me that day.

The Three Amigos!

They seems a perfect model for my weight loss.

The first is San Pasqual, the patron saint of cooks. Round and usually shown with a flagon of wine in is hand. He can be the before picture from my diet.

Speaking of San Pasqual, that reminds me of some exciting news. My son, Alexander is coming to visit us in the fall. We are thrilled, haven't seen him in over 2 years. He is living in Australia and working as a Chef in one of Jamie Oliver's restaurants there. Maybe he will like those whitefish.

I am not sure who the next saint is. If he had an animal in his hand I would say Saint Francis of Assisi. But he can be the after picture from the diet. He does look as dashing as I do. Hey, stop laughing!

The last figure is Don Quixote, that is where I could end up if I took the weight loss too far.
Definitely not suitable for my body type. But it would be a funny transition.. From Sancho Panza to Don Quixote in 3 easy steps!


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