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Mexico is Baffling

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The Accidental Gringa

Most Mexican days of late are as mundane as panela on toast. All that ha-ha-weird isn’t it bizarro-world stuff is very limited or goes unnoticed. I am sure we are desensitized to much of what is unusual or colorful about life here; after two years it’s normal to smell burning garbage and buy tanks of [...]

14Nov2008 | | 3 comments | Continued
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Bored on the first of July

Back to work, blech. Would be much improved were we not sick with some meddlesome super virus that has layed us both out for over and under a week respectively. Also it is a hot mess here with typical July temps and an ocean that looks like the Bleeding Ganges of Doom. Very sad to [...]

1Jul2008 | | 0 comments | Continued
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What Do You Do When The Lights Go Out?

At precisely 7 o’clock on Wednesday night the village of Chelem goes dark. The flat screen snaps off and the ceiling fans slow to a stop in 15 seconds. It occurs often enough that for a minute we just sat and waited patiently for our power to be restored. It is usually a momentary lapse [...]

23May2008 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Baseball in Mexico: Saturday Night with the Merida Leones

Think baseball isn’t a big deal in Mexico? Think again. The country-wide championship win of the Merida Leones in 2006 made Merida’s hometown AAA team nationwide news. It has also made tickets harder to come by, so we were very fortunate to have some friends score us some tickets for Saturday night’s game versus the [...]

20May2008 | | 5 comments | Continued
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Economic Discrepancy

M: Don’t you think it’s weird that my dad’s electric bill gets such a bigger subsidy from the government than ours does? I mean, does CFE honestly think that Telchac Puerto is a poorer town than Chelem? J: Yeah, seriously. They have a lighthouse, for chrissake.

14May2008 | | 5 comments | Continued
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The Times Square-ification of Downtown Progreso

Presumably as part of the beautification of downtown Progreso that we wrote about recently, the city recently erected this electronic billboard on Calle 31, right next to the school, the municipal building, our office, and the town square. Its placement seemed odd, and its purpose unclear…until the electricians unceremoniously lit it off last night. It [...]

22Feb2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Dropping Back in After Two Weeks in America

We got back to our home in Chelem last night at around 10PM, to find no electricity and no gas. Things are kind of in chaos today, but as soon as we get our heads back above water, we’ll let you know all about the recent haps.

9Jan2008 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Lace up Your Jesus Sneakers

I find it hard to believe. And I try. I really make a concerted effort. Maybe that’s my problem. Maybe I should just stop over thinking before I get a spiritual hemorrhoid. Maybe I should just get out and run. In Mexico, in the days leading up to December the 12th, young people run in [...]

10Dec2007 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Great, Now I Need a Whole New Last Name

My last name is “Bedell,” and that’s always something I’ve been pretty comfortable with. In my family, we pronounce this name, “Beh-DELL,” with the emphasis on the end. To me, it sounds kind of regal, even when telemarketers in the US used to get the pronunciation all wrong, asking for, “Mr. Beddle,” with the sound [...]

28Nov2007 | | 7 comments | Continued
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I am my own pharmacologist

Don’t get uptight. Just because you get your drugs from a “doctor” who’s been to “medical school” doesn’t mean you get to judge me. I am totally qualified to self-diagnose and prescribe. I know how to use the internet and my cousin Amy is a nursing student. Don’t forget I did spend almost one year [...]

28Aug2007 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Tripod, the Three-Legged Dog

8Aug2007 | | 6 comments | Continued
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Liverpool Will Deliver Your Appliances in 28 Days

30Jun2007 | | 2 comments | Continued