Jillian: How will it end, I wonder? In order to address this unanswerable question with poetry and symmetry, I look back to the beginning. Rereading the early entries, from the planning stages to our first enthralled weeks in Mexico, through all the trials up to this present moment; as I listen to the waves, I am writing the final post, for now. That’s right: Dropped In is officially going on hiatus.
Malcolm: All I am listening to is the air conditioner, which, believe me, is awesome. Jillian can wax poetic all she wants; the truth is, writing for Dropped In just doesn’t make a lot of sense, anymore. Things have changed, and this portion of the story has, we think, come to a close, for now.
J: Malcolm and I have agreed that the story arc is ended, the narrative of an engaged couple in their late twenties taking a leap in faith and life has been told. We are married and that adventure will continue for (I hope) one thousand years. We are living in Mexico in a fairly contented situation; the horror stories of our present are mundane and much less humorous.
M: DroppedIn was always about the planning, and the newness. We were just two people making a leap, and recording how that felt. Looking back on the archives, it is amazing to see just how wide open our eyes were, and how excited we were to change our lives. Now that we have settled into our lives here, the writing we continue to do (and want to do) just seems inappropriate for this site.
J: There are surprises, complications, moments of awkwardness, sadness and hilarity, but unless we elect to adopt a smart mouth six year old to keep us on our toes or incongruously enter a water skiing competition I am afraid, friends, that the show may be over.
M: Jillian is right. Only a last-season surprise cast addition would recreate that sense of the new, as, for us, life in Mexico has normalized. We will never become experts at living here, and don’t want to present ourselves that way. We’ve Dropped In, and now it’s time for new projects.
J: It has been a blast to keep this public journal, photo album and record of some of the best events of our lives. We learned more about ourselves and the experience by shaping it into this website and interacting with you, our audience. What began as a place for comedy and complaints evolved into a portal into our world so friends and family could see us and say hello, and went on to become a source of information, a place to cry out, a way to check in and be kept in check, our window to the world that is not a panopticon or a scrapbook, but a thing greater than the sum of its parts. I just wanted to say thanks to all of you for listening, it has been one good journey.
M: Keeping this site going for the last three years has been incredibly rewarding, and we do appreciate everyone’s continued participation and feedback. So, what’s next? A few things:
1. Many of the more nuts-and-bolts articles will be edited, polished, and brought over to Yolisto, where both Jillian and I will continue contributing the occasional article about living in the Yucatan. We will also be continuing contributors to The Truth About Mexico, a country-wide, collaborative magazine authored by some of the brightest authors in Mexico.
2. We will leave this site archived and up, because we do think there is some good information in its pages, and just in case something radical happens that would be inappropriate to discuss elsewhere, though right now, we can’t imagine what that would be. For a quick guide, and to try and shape this project into a story, here are our favorite posts from the life of this blog:
- July 4, 2006: Record/Record
- July 27, 2006: A Day of Lasts (Reflections on our last day in America.)
- August 8, 2006: Entrada (First impressions.)
- August 19, 2006: Sabado Gigante: We Nail Down an Apartment (Breaking out of the hotel, and into the city.)
- August 25, 2006: Gauging the True Cost of Living
- August 27, 2006: House Hunting Along the Gulf of Mexico
- September 6, 2006: We Put an Offer on a House
- October 3, 2006: First Trip to Progreso
- October 15, 2006: Celebrating One Year of Dropping In (First-year website anniversary.)
- October 23, 2006: Vivo en Merida (More first impressions)
- October 28, 2006: Malcolm & Jillian Interviewed on Yucatan Living (This was significant because, for the first time, we were becoming a part of the resources that we had previously spent years reading and dreaming about.)
- October 31, 2006: Food for You Animate Them (Jillian’s Day of the Dead photos.)
- January 4, 2007: San Crisanto: The House that Wasn’t (The details of our first offer falling through)
- January 10,2007: Continuing to Nail Down a Life in Mexico
- January 23, 2007: Progreso Street Scenes, Vol 1 (Photos from our first real rental house, in Progreso.)
- January 24, 2007: Merida Costco Invaded by Gringo Marauders (Wherein we learn that living here is, actually, pretty easy.)
- March 13, 2007: Daytrippers (If anyone tells you to go to Belize to renew your tourist visa, stop being friends with them immediately.)
- March 29, 2007: Look What We Bought (After seven months, we close on a property.)
- April 16, 2007: Here are Your “Before” Photos (Or house, as purchased.)
- May 10, 2007: More Progress in Chelem
- May 20, 2007: Gaining Entry into the Mexican Credit System (Afterword: Never, ever buy a car from this dealership.)
- May 27, 2007: Turning 29 at the End of the World
- June 28, 2007: Been a While Since I Rapped at Ya (With Jillian in America, I move into our wildly unfinished new house, and sleep in a hammock.)
- September 18, 2007: Whatever Dude, We’ve Got Crabs (Our new home has some unexpected pests.)
- October 31, 2007: Celebrating Two Years of Dropping In (Our two-year anniversary.)
- Novemeber 7, 2007: I Give My Left Arm to the Maya (Now I’m committed.)
- Novemeber 9, 2007: The Protean Waters of Yucatan
- November 13, 2007: Wedding Photos: User Contributed Edition (Our wedding in Merida.)
- November 30, 2007: Renovating Our Beach House, Volume 2
- February 12, 2008: La Tratto, Dehydration, Star Medica, and You: A Cautionary Tale
- March 4, 2008: Building Community with the New Yolisto (Yolisto re-launches)
- April 14, 2008: Expatriation is Freedom (But Not the Way You Think)
- April 25, 2008: Welcome to the Gringo House
- May 29, 2008: Photo Notes from a 30th Birthday in Cancun
- July 1, 2008: The Dark Lady
- July 2, 2008: Did I Tell You About the Time We Didn’t Get Robbed? (The police in Merida are fantastic.)
- July 31, 2008: Renovating Our Beach House: Volume 2.1
- September 4, 2008: Renovating Our Beach House: Volume 3
- October 13, 2008: Anniversary Anticipation (The Third Anniversary of Dropped In)
- October 14, 2008: Remodeling the Guest House: Take 1
- November 10, 2008: Becoming 30 on the Mayan Riviera
- November 14, 2008: The Accidental Gringa
- December 8, 2008: Renovating Our Beach House: Volume 4
- January 28, 2008: It’s Not All Margaritas and Monkeyshines
- March 11, 2008: Loading Up the New Living Room
- This is just the brief overview. There is much, much more to read. As you browse through the posts above, be sure to check out the automatically-generated links to related posts below the body of each article.
3. Finally, we have launched a completely new site, called “dinnercraft.” The bulk of our new writing will appear there. Check it out, and be sure to read the “about” page for a quick overview. This blog will have multiple authors and contributors, and should be a lot of fun.
M: Thank you again for listening to us for the last three years. I’m sure we’ll talk again, soon.
J: And…we’re out.