Thursday, November 15, 2007
Is it spring yet?
On Friday I drove west over the Paulson Pass, and plowed through snow for the first time this year (it was sunny and dry at valley bottom).
I can't think of a better nation to be born into than Canada. Freedom, affluence, natural beauty, space, diversity, social democracy - nice. But this winter thing is bad karma for me. I know it's beautiful and crisp and clean and all that. But I think a few weeks of snow and cold weather would do me fine, but we get oh, about 4 or 5 months of the stuff.
Places I have wintered that aren't here: France (4 times), Sudan, Israel, India, Florida, California and Greece. I've been going to La Manzanilla Mexico for at least a week or two the last few years... and will go for almost a month in late December.
I know some people can't wait for snow and love to ski and board and revel about in their many layers of clothing. I respect them deeply. For me, a long flat beach or a rolling desert horizon work better.
Seriously, I'm not joking. This place is going to Hell so fast Satan is busting out the cots to make room.
I envy you your travel history.
By the way, we really shouldn't be complaining about winter should we? I'm worried about it in fact. Due to global warming etc.etc. Fall is still not here properly. Many trees still have all their leaves. While colours have changed, there's still a lot of greenery around than there has been from when I first came. So I wish Winter would come and Mother Nature would tell us all is right again and things are in their natural order, but I don't think that's going to happen.
ok, I've rambled enough. - Vee
The month in the sun sounds good and I remember the pictures from last year. Hope you have a good time.
Seraphine - I'm with you on the tropical island as the place to be. As for being Canadian - look into it!
Beth and Vee, Toronto's about the same climate as valley bottom here - hovers around zero and then a storm now and then.
Susan, yes there is a pattern! Snow-rain-snow-rain-snow-rain and so on... but I bet you stay in Portland - it's so effing cool there.
Been meaning to tell you I loved the book and so did the two friends I've loaned it to so far.
That beach in Mexico looks utterly wonderful. Do you have room for one more? Moi, for instance? Heh.
Anyway, in essence the post was to be such: Do they have work down there in Mexico, sort of on the sideline, just to come up with a bit of cash? If so, I'll bring down my pickup truck and a bunch of tools and join you for the evening cocktails ...
Josie (and others) - I'd be happy to tell you all about getting to La Manzanilla and happy to be the host if you come when I'm there! A bloggers convention on the beach?
Zee, I don't know about working in La Manzanilla, there are lots of houses and other things going up, some by gringos. I'll look into it when I'm there. You can check out the message board here I'm taking some consulting work along to pay the bills...emails from the local bar and coffee shop mostly.
Cool profile photo man!
If you're taking all these other people to Mexico, then you'd better count me in, G!
Thanks for dropping by.
I like your line..and your blog is great!
You can also check me out at navelgazingagain.blogspot.com
Seems we think alike.
I would love to hear about your 10 monastic years.
PS Is Ken (up there) a friend of yours?
Hope life improves for you Ken!
I don't know who anonymous is, but Ken Wilber is a thinker/writer and I found him here
If it's you posting Ken - welcome to you too. I think it's someone else.
A good posting. I think many of us are in climates that don’t reflect our more recent ancestral backgrounds. Many suffer from allergies as immigrants to lands from which we have not adapted and combined with the effects of modern living we feel out of sorts. Adaptation to extreme weather conditions is difficult; it may not be possible within our inherited genes. Little wonder at times the sunlight lifts our moods, just as the contentment might flow in gazing into a rip roaring wood fire; with safety and warmth; reassuring memories of our dim past.
And DSL and a full bar of course. What am I, a savage? ;)
Veronica - sounds like you've found your niche and it does sound lovely.
Claire - I have never seen that link myself - it's pretty amazing. And I could point out where I live in the camera's gaze if you wish!
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