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The Reports of my Death are Greatly Exaggerated

As they are wont to do in a small town, the so-called “coconut wireless” has been abuzz with news of our departure. Gawd, what a dicky sentence. What am I, the Pope? Actually, I’m pretty sure no one has noticed our plans to leave, since following our year’s hiatus, no one really reads this blog anymore. It is now mainly made up of Jillian and I writing to each other via a server in Texas, rather than simply talking across the room. But a few friends have been asking questions about our future and our plans, and so I assume others may be wondering, too.

Myth #1: Malcolm and Jillian hate Mexico, are snotty little shits, and are leaving forever.
As much as we may complain, we still find a lot to love about living here, and will continue returning to the area seasonally, whether in a new, smaller house of our own, or in a rental in the beach or in the big city. And, of course, if our house hasn’t sold, we’ll continue to use it on visits back. After nearly four years of living here, after turning our house from a crackershack on the beach into a fully-functional, contemporary home, we just need to see what is next, whether it’s a farmhouse in Maine, or a hotel in Spain.* We never meant to live here, or anywhere for that matter, forever. That’s a very long time, and it’s a great big world out there. That being said, however, we are kind of snotty.

That reminds me, and this is totally an aside, but do you think people are pulling back from us slightly because we’re leaving? Is it like being a patient with a terminal illness, and no one wants to invest too much in you anymore? Or is it a perceived rejection of the dreams of others? I dunno, just spitballing here.

Myth #2: Yolisto will be shut down/given away/abandoned/sold to Russians.
Though still not entirely embraced by expats living in Merida, for reasons that remain unclear to me, I am incredibly proud of the site we have built and the community that powers it. I think that we have also built a resource that will continue to hopefully be bigger than the people behind it. When Merida Insider closed its doors, I was baffled that it could just be taken offline. At a certain point, you have a responsibility to the people that count on your site for information, communication, or whatever other needs you have set out to fill, and I take that responsibility very seriously.

Obviously, there will be some changes, but I think they will benefit the site. Being slightly separate will allow me to focus less on the personalities involved in the site, and more on what I should be doing, which is moderating disputes, answering questions, and developing features. You can expect that I will fade into the background a little bit, but the site will hopefully become stronger as a result.

Myth #3: Malcolm and Jillian are leaving in March, and DroppedIn will go back on hiatus.
Nah. Right now, our plan is to load up the truck, and drive north on or around June 18th, taking our time, and arriving in Washington D.C. in time for the fourth of July. Frigin’ patriotic, right? It’s my favorite holiday, and I think having it there will be one helluva “welcome back.” This is tentative and prone to change, but it’s where we’ve landed for right now.

Though we may get involved in other projects, I have a feeling that we’ll continue to blather on here on DroppedIn. When we shut it down the first time, it was with the idea that since the Mexico chapter was closed, the site was closed, too. Now, we’re less sure that’s what it’s about. For some reason, writing here has always been easiest for us; has always felt more intimate and more honest. I think we’ll keep updating it, even as things change yet again, and I hope that anyone that wants to follow along as we continue to develop this life of ours, will stick around for the ride.

*We do not currently have plans to open a hotel in Spain.

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  1. Truth be told, we’re having a hard time fathoming life here without you. Living on this sandy outpost west of Progreso together–like being in battle together or stuck in an elevator together or assigned the same dorm room freshman year of college together–forges an unbreakable bond. On the contrary, it’s more like the four of us have survived a terminal illness together. Whether you’re in Portland, Spain, Scotland, or Outer Mongolia- we get the privilege of knowing you now forever, like you once said. I don’t know what kind of crazy karma we share, but I am ever thankful that we had the great fortune of meeting and befriending you (instead of fighting you, which was the alternate option).

    It’s going to be hard to see you go, very hard. But knowing how ready you are to start this new chapter, to be anything other than happy and excited and supportive of you would be just selfish.

    Malden hearts Malcolm and Jillian 4-ever.

  2. We will really miss you two and hope you will not stay too much in the background at Yolisto. I am glad to hear that Dropped in will continue too as it will feel as if we can still talk to you occasionally. You spent your childhoold wandering Malaacolm and I think that once you live in different places you develop ‘itchy feet’ and other places always seem so interesting. We plan to always be here , but I must admit Ecuador looks interesting……
    I see you are leaving on my birthday to avoid giveing me a gift. We wish you and JIllian all the best and look forward to seeing you in Chelem seasonally – perhaps with a little Malcolm or Jillian along.

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