Una vista del rebaso - a view from the hideaway
Las Palabras: Nosotros estamos de vacaciones! - We are on vacation!; Nivel intenso - intense level; Estes jugetes mundano - these sophisticated toys; Ay! Progreso en paraiso es muy complicado - Wow! Progress in paradise is very complicated!
We've taken our little show on the road - at least as far as Puerto Vallarta where there are roads! The "big city" is always amazing but I am most dazzled by this high-speed internet connection. In Yelapa I turn the computer on, then go make my coffee, then move to Yahoo mail and go make my bed, etc....finally, I get on. Well, thanks to my Computer Store pals, Daniel and Tom, and my pal, Kate finally coming to the computer side of life, my little old laptop is outfitted with a high-speed card, which is blissfully functional. I have no time now to do anything - it's either on or it's off! No loafing around, waiting for pictures to be downloaded. Hmmm, will we actually get this service in Yelapa or is it like our water/sanitation system? More likely we will fall back on our old lessons learned - paciencia, tolerancia, compromiso - ending up with an almost high-speed connection, which, of course, will only work when we have power...
Progress in Yelapa remains as mysterious as the candle-lit days of yore remain romantic in our memories. We wanted everything we now have; electricity, telephones, internet, refrigeration, etc. Yet, we do not seem to be able to quite maintain the newer, nivel intenso of technology. We cannot keep the jungle from rotting our power poles or insects from invading almost anything electronic, especially those numerous but useless holes found on TVs, radios, telephone jacks or computers. We just can't keep our multitude of natural elements away from estos juguetes mundanos.
Not that long ago when we left Yelapa we would pack things in plastic, close up as much as we could and walk away leaving our casitas in the hands of our favorite capricious gods and/or goddessess or with a hasty prayer to the care of the Guadalupana - my personal savior. If there was a major catastrophe there was not much that could be done until the internationals returned to resume responsibility for the usual - leaking roof, plumbing clogged with roots or even dead crabs, a downed tree. All disasters that could be handled by manual effort. However, these days not only do I have my pal, Olga, water my plants but she is also on the lookout for blown fuses, failed refrigerator, disabled SKY boxes, TV or radio exposed to just too much moisture and for incoming cuentas for all these wonderful toys. All mechanical victims of summer weather must be exported for repairs, sometimes to Guadalajara and some are just deemed to dead to deal with. For my part it is now my responsibility to maintain contact with my casita since the mighty telephone leaves me no excuses. There is no more blithely walking away, taking a break from the responsibility of maintaining my little piece of paradise....Ay! progreso en paraiso es muy complicado!
Don't be ridiculous! Of course we don't want to go back, of course we will do whatever is required to have music, cold food, hot food, contact with our pals all over the world. The other day I was emailing Kate, who is in Paris, while doing instant messages with Frankie in British Colombia and Kathryn Hill in Nova Scotia...and I am in Mexico! What part of that would I ever want to do without again?
In the meantime we have been everywhere, visited at length with some really great old friends and met some new buds too. This is the local vacation everyone should have - a beautiful apartment, lovely neighbors, olympic size swimming pool, a girl friend for Desi and an endless beautiful view of the Bay of Banderas.
Entonces, es un rebaso muy lindo! So, it is a very pretty escape!
Como siempre, con abrazos!