Friday, May 7, 2021

A Weird Week and One With Sadness For Mexico

I pass a field of trees every day on my exercise route.  These two remind me of Sal's tree in Hacienda Contreras.  

Another interesting place along the way is the Club Parrilleros.  This is a club for barbeque aficionados.  They have grills, or bring your own, smokers, a club house, different types of wood for grilling and outdoor spaces for gatherings.  It's quite the top drawer in "meats".  :)

As I mention below, the weather has been up and down.   I like it could and cloudy.  Even better when we were at South Padre Island or the Gulf of Mexico.  We sure miss all that.

It a strange week for sure.  We've been waiting for news of our second dose so we can take some trips here in Mexico.  Things to a turn for the bizarre.  As I began to write this blog post our doorbell rang.  Nobody ever rings our door bell although we were waiting for someone to come and fix our pool light.  That's another story and that fits into today's post.  As for the visitor, I'll save that for the end.

I'm sure everyone has heard of the tragedy that hit Mexico City.  An above-ground metro line collapsed and killed 25 people.  A real tragedy in the sense that it appears corruption was involved.  Worse yet, a story that begins in 2006 when the then governor of Mexico City, Marcelo Ebrard announced the construction of line number 12.  During the years of construction and the billions of dollars it took to complete the work, three other governors including Claudia Sheinbaum (the current CDMX governor) presided over the construction, maintenance, and management of the metro.  Well, they are all part of the current president's cabinet.  Go figure.  Ebrard is the Secretary of State and after his rule in 2009, he disappeared for a couple of years to France.  He said to take a rest but he was actually under investigation.  You see how it all comes together?  But you can read all about it in the newspapers.  Very sad to hear so many innocent people lost their lives and needlessly.

The weather has been like a yoyo.  We have rainy and cool nights followed by 42C of searing heat and then the cycle begins again.  I have taken advantage of the cool days though and have increased my outdoor exercise.  We should be getting our second jab starting Monday as 600,000 SinoVac vaccines have arrived and are being distributed.

We have a sick friend who may need surgery and we may do some house sitting for that friend.  We also have been offered a house sitting in SMA for six weeks in a multimillion-dollar mansion.  I don't think we can stay the six weeks but maybe we can divide it up.  It's a great opportunity as it is in the hills outside SMA on the way to Dolores Hidalgo and next door to some very good friends.

The rv is doing fine sitting in the driveway.  We are almost sure that we will head to Valle de Juarez in July for a couple of weeks stopping out of our way at the famous Sierra de Organos Natl Park in Zacatecas.  We're very excited about travel again although we won't be getting on a plane for some time.

So the doorbell ringer.  What a shocker this was.   It wasn't the pool man we had expected.  Juan went out to the gate and the guy said he was from the state education department and was delivering a letter regarding Juan's retirement!  YES!!!!  Not final yet, but they did receive his demanding letter he sent them two weeks ago.  They are asking for confirmation via a list of documents.  Just goes to show you the bureaucracy that exists in big government.  Juan sent his letter via email and then hand-carried a hard copy to the education department in Monterrey.  

It is a Friday evening, and this state employee drove almost two hours in heavy traffic to deliver a copied response asking for said documents.  Couldn't they have just called?  Sent an email?  I can't imagine what will happen when I have to deal with the federal government to get my Mexican social security.  

A lot going on and let's hope we are on the final leg of Juan's second pension so he can give up his classes and we can hit the road.  

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