Sunday, March 15, 2009
New roots old trees
It's funny how and who winds up in Mexico. When I was a kid, I remember watching old black and white Westerns where the bad guys would be chased by the guys in white hats, with the crux of the issue was that they would wind up "South of the Border".
Then for years, I never had any desire to visit Mexico, growing up in The City, we had our Mexican neighborhoods and all I remember is the Ranchero Music and a couple of restaurants that smelled funny.
My parents never exposed us to Mexican food, in fact it wasn't until when I was about 25 that I ever had a taco or a plate that had refried beans.
Spicy, way too spicy was all I heard from everyone......
My first real taste was on my first trip to Mexico. I was attending a convention in Denver, and had to fly to meet my group in Mazatlan. Had some mandatory Mexican food and it didn't taste like the stuff I had before........
March, it was snowing in Denver, sunny and hot in Mazatlan. Guess what clothes I had?
We stayed at the Playa Mazatlan which stands there today. Now it is dwarfed by several tall high rises and a lot more touristy trinket shops.
Back them the road ended several meters after the hotel. Now it goes to the strip that boasts many and multiple properties all filled sometimes with tourists.
Now fast forward 30 years or so and I have new roots. For some reason I feel at home in the south land, and not in the north land.
A friend of mine just built a home in San Miguel.
A beautiful 3 story house with a great roof bar, views of the cathedral and surrounding hill tops.
He feels the same way about his home. We both were in the "phone business" and both feel that our roots have been transplanted. He has not moved down yet, and has a problem each time he has to leave San Miguel.
For me I know it is the simpler life, devoid of the minutia that has consumed every inch of survival up north.
Give me a topic and I can give you an example.
Thankfully Mexico is about 25 to 50 years behind on a lot of stuff.
Gives me time to ponder for awhile.