I got the news as I was reading my laptop opened to a few of my places that I visit religiously.
It was not good news.
I felt like I was losing a part of my daily routine, a routine that I have grown into over the years.
I wake up each morning, wander into the kitchen, cajole the coffee machine into doing it start up routine, then walk back to the bathroom, make a quick offering to the sewer gods, by that time the machine has gone through it’s rinse and operational check cycles and fetches me a cup of dark coffee to which I add exactly one teaspoon of Rancho Canyon cultivated honey.
I then carefully stumble into my small office which is crammed with stuff, push a few things around the desk in order to make room for the hot steaming vessel.
I rest the coffee cup on the table, click the computer back to life and click on the opening Yahoo page.
I like Yahoo because it can point me to hundreds of not thousands of directions.
And I being an old person set in my ways only visit maybe 20 on a good day.
5 on a bad day.
The news headline I was reading was that Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World was closing up. Going out of business, shutting the doors after decades of operation.
That news didn’t matter, for I have never read the rag, nor knew anyone who did, so in the big scheme of things it was no big deal.
But what followed was.
It was “Thank you and Good Bye” But actually it was in Spanish. It was Gracias y Adios.
For those of you who remember the Danny Thomas show, you will now understand exactly what I did with my first sip of coffee.
No, I am reading something wrong, were my first reactions.
How could this be happening?
There must be some typo or the last line will say, April Fools day, but today is July.
It must be so.
Please say it isn’t so.
One of our resident Patzcuaro retirees has called it quits, to his blog escapades.
He was one of the reasons I was motivated in writing these thoughts to screen.
I had done a search on Patzcuaro many years ago and was directed to some guy who was sitting around the plaza enjoy a cafecito pontificating on life in Patzcuaro.
I thought that was kind of neat.
Maybe I can do that to.
I for one will miss Senor Zapatas writings, sadly things must change, I don’t like change sometimes especially since I have grown to enjoy and anticipate his writings. He was our Hemingway, our writer, our chronicler, he was our resident scribe, talking about life down here.
Judging from enormous volume of best wishes comments on his site, he will be missed.
He is giving up writing about Mexico; he says he will continue writing.
I hope so.
Thanks for all the great political and historical chapters you have published. Gazillions of keystrokes, lots of cyberspace ink.
Sr.Zapata has enlightened many, tweaked a few who deserved it.
For that, I thank you!