Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Fantasyland….not Disneyland.

We are visiting Fantasyland. Things seem so foreign, distant, like you are in a horrible nightmare.

Kind of reminds me of a introduction of Rod Serling's old production.....

You're traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind; a journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That's the signpost up ahead — your next stop, the Twilight Zone.

Just think of all the people who have no idea what the Twilight Zone was.

Well unfortunately the dimension is that of uncontrolled chaos.

Traffic, Graffiti, Sky-high prices, Homeless people, Empty deserted car lots, Tons of for sale signs.

On the other hand.....

People still are going out to eat, the restaurants no longer have waiting lines to get in, reservations are no longer needed at almost every place and real estate prices are down to what they should have been all along.

On the way back to Northern California, to visit friends for the holidays and to renew my California drivers license which for some reason I need to show up to do, well OK , it's been 10 years since I had to go to the DMV office.

The only thing that has changed there, is that the lines are bigger, the appointment times instead of a week are now over a month away, and me reading the distant eye chart was a chore this time.

For the first time in my life, I missed reading all the letters correctly on one of the lines.........


That hurt!

The hair turning from brown to shades of something, that's bearable. But the eye chart, that really did it.

I notice that I am walking around with my reading glasses a lot more than I use to.

Not good......

On the positive side, it is sunny during the days, but the last few days it has been hovering around low 20's at night.......

Man that's cold.......Especially when I look on to check the temperature in some of my preprogrammed weather locations on my Iphone.

Morela, 77 to a low of 49,

Key West 81 to a low of 75.

Mazatlan 82 dropping to a chilly 59

Guadalajara is the hot spot with 90 falling to 64 at night

And Don't forget Patzcuaro 83 to 43 at night.

The cold spot on my screen today is Santa Fe, New Mexico. T he high is 23 and it will only fall to 8 tonight........

Gotta Love Global Warming!

Well, there is some getting use to, and it is not easy to get use to life across the border.


Steve Cotton said...

I am not looking forward to my Christimas trip to Oregon.

Felipe said...

Get a Mexican DL. Piece of cake, valid in the U.S.

Tancho said...

Steve, every time I return north, I dread the trip more and more!

Felipe, it is on my things to do, the first of the year!

Anonymous said...

Lightweight! You should be were it is -10 at night and 20 inches of driveway snow.

Calypso said...

I am surprised you do not do battle with Calif. over insurance to get a Driver's license - or do you actually carry insurance for those visits - yikes!

Tancho said...

Calypso, you do not have to have insurance for a drivers license. BUT if you want to register or renew automobile registration you do. That doesn't stop the "visitors" who arrive to California from buying old cars. When they get stopped with either no license or other reason and show no insurance they simply impound their vehicle. They then abandon it, and simply buy another one and keep on driving and often running into locals and causing damage and often death.
Weird system, weird state, weird policies, weird logic. It has change a lot from the good old days.