GREETINGS TO PEOPLE IN OTTAWA

Trip Start Feb 19, 2007
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Monday, March 26, 2007

GREETINGS TO THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE  IN OTTAWA








JOHN R AND DAVID B IN OTTAWA















MY ERRANT SON, DAVE A.









DAVID WITHOUT HIS HALO OR AURA OF PURE ENERGY






THE BEAUTIFUL LISE






















THE BEAUTIFUL LISE AND HER FATHER, NOW DECEASED
















A LITTLE MORE ON MELAQUE  -  I DESCRIBED MELAQUE PREVIOUSLY AS A SMALL, SLEEPY, LAZY, DUSTY MEXICAN TOWN  -  THE REASON THAT IT IS DUSTY IS BECAUSE A LOT OF THE STREETS ARE DIRT STREETS  -  AND IT HAS NOT RAINED SINCE WE HAVE BEEN HERE  -  AND IT IS VERY DUSTY.

MEXICANS BUILD THEIR HOUSES AND OTHER BUILDINGS RIGHT TO THE VERY EDGE OF THE SIDEWALK  -  WHICH ARE VERY NARROW  -  TOO NARROW FOR TWO PEOPLE TO WALK SIDE BY SIDE - AND OFTEN THE STREETS ARE VERY NARROW  -  MOST OF THE STREETS ARE ONE WAY, BECAUSE THERE IS NOT ENOUGH ROOM FOR TWO CARS TO GET BY EACH OTHER.  SO, WITH WALLS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE STREET THAT GO UP AT LEAST 15 or 20 FEET YOU DO GET A LITTLE BIT OF A CLOSED IN FEELING  -  HOWEVER, THERE IS LOTS OF SHADE DURING THE DAY AND THAT IS A GOOD THING, IF YOU DO NOT LIKE BEING IN THE BLAZING, HOT SUN IN THE HEAT OF THE DAY.

DID SOME BARGAINING WITH SOME MEXICANS (EVERYONE IN MEXICO SEEMS TO BE SELLING SOMETHING) FOR SOME SOUVENIRS FOR SOME OF MY LOVED ONES.  BUT I AM HAVING SOME SECOND THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BARGAINING CONCEPT. THESE POOR, SWEET, WOMEN WORK SO HARD, MAKE SO LITTLE MONEY, HAVE SO LITTLE MONEY AND HAVE SUCH A MISERABLE LIFE  -  THEN I COME ALONG AND BARGAIN/CHISEL THEM DOWN 10 or 20 PESO´S, $1 or $2, WHICH DOES NOT REALLY MEAN ANYTHING TO ME AND MEANS SO MUCH TO THEM. I THINK THAT I WILL BE MORE SELECTIVE IN WHO AND WHEN I BARGAIN WITH IN THE FUTURE.

AS I HAVE ALREADY MENTIONED, THEY DO SEEM TO HAVE A LOT OF HEAVILY ARMED POLICE IN MEXICO.... THEY HAVE CITY POLICE, MUNICIPAL POLICE, STATE POLICE, FEDERAL POLICE (THE DREADED FEDERALES - THEY DRESS IN BLACK) AND THE MILITARY, WHICH ACT LIKE A POLICE FORCE IN SOME SITUATIONS AND THEY HAVE THE TOURIST  POLICE (THAT IS NOT TOURISTS THAT ARE POLICE - IT IS SPECIAL POLICE TO PROTECT THE TOURISTS) AND MANY PLACES HAVE AN OMBUDSMAN THAT TOURISTS CAN REPORT ANY MISTREATMENT TO, EVEN IF IT IS BY THE POLICE.

THERE ARE REALLY, REALLY, REALLY, A LOT OF CROSSES BY THE ROADS AS MEMORIALS TO PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN KILLED IN CAR AND TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS.... FROM THE NUMBER OF CROSSES THAT I HAVE SEEN BY THE ROADS THE TRAFFIC DEATHS IN MEXICO MUST REALLY, REALLY, REALLY BE PHENOMENAL.... I PROBABLY HAVE MORE TO FEAR FROM THE MEXICAN DRIVERS THEN I DO FROM THE MEXICAN BANDITO´S OR DRUG LORDS OR THE CORRUPT POLICE FORCES THAT ARE ON THE TAKE.
OVER 1/2 OF THE CARS AND TRUCKS ON THE ROADS ARE NOT JUST CLUNKERS, THEY ARE REAL, REAL CLUNKERS.

A LOT OF MEXICANS HAVE A VERY NORTH AMERICAN LOOK.  I KEEP MISTAKING MEXICANS FOR NORTH AMERICANS.

VIVA LA MEXICO
MEXICO DAVE











































GAUDALAJARA IS SUPPOSEDLY THE MOST MEXICAN CITY IN MEXICO.

IT IS IN THE STATE THAT TEQUILA IS MADE.

IT IS THE HOME OF THE MARIACHI BANDS.

IT IS ON THE BORDER OF THE DESERT MEXICO OF THE NORTH AND THE JUNGLE MEXICO OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC.

GAUDALJARA IS A CITY OF 8 MILLION - 2ND LARGEST CITY IN MEXICO - ABOUT 200K FROM MEXICO CITY AND 70K FROM PORTO VALLARTA.

IT CALLS ITSELF THE PARIS OF THE NEW WORLD.
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elisex
elisex on

HELLO MY DARLING WONDERFUL HUSBAND
HI SWEETIE,
THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE PHOTOS. I AM SO HAPPY TO HEAR FROM YOU AS ALWAYS BUT PARTICULARLY TODAY.
I CAN'T WAIT TO HEAR ALL THE STORIES OF YOUR EXCELLENT MEXICAN ADVENTURE.
I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!
CAN'T WAIT FOR YOU TO BE BACK ALTHOUGH IT WILL MEAN THE END OF YOUR WONDERFUL TRIP.
SEE YOU SOON MY LOVE,
YOUR LOVING WIFE

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