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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,300 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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December 29, 2012 · 3:59 am

THERE”S A STRANGER SITTING IN MY CHAIR!

I stepped into my study this afternoon and I  find this ugly gorilla sitting in my chair making himself quite at home.  And he’s tippling my Don  Julio – and he’s got my pipe! I was about to throw him out when I realized today is December 28, Dia De Los Inocentes, our version of your April Fool’s day. It’s a big day here and there’s no limit to the  pranks and jokes.  (Some of the traffic lights in town weren’t working today but I don’t think that was a prank.)  Anyway, it’s  great fun. Then, when someone falls victim you say, “Inocente palomita!”  A white dove is the epitome of innocence.  I already have a suspect. The only other person in this house is Sonia, my housekeeper of many years, so it took my quick mind less than twenty minutes to identify the perpetrator. And I know how I’m going to get even.  This evening when Sonia brings me my pipe and slippers as she usually does, a big black tarantula  is going to jump out at her. And I will say,  “Inocente palomita!”

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December 23, 2012 · 12:59 am

SANTA ANA WINDS FLATTEN SANTA IN THE PLAZA!

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December 18, 2012 · 2:43 am

FELIZ NAVIDAD !

Here in Tecate the first sign of Christmas is the nativity scene in the plaza. We get a lot of mileage out of Christmas. It isn’t just  Merry Christmas, Happy New Year! – and a football game. Christmas begins nine nights before Christmas with “las posadas,” a reenactment of the pilgrimage of Joseph and Mary seeking shelter. Friends and family gather at your  front door begging food and shelter in song. After a few verses those inside throw the doors open wide and sing, “entren santos peregrinos, peregrinos!” (Enter Holy pilgrims). The new arrivals, happy to  come in and get out of the cold,  are served mountains of  traditional holiday  foods including tamales and hot champurrado, a huge kettle of pozole simmers on a wood fire. And now it’s fiesta time every night until Twelfth Night on January 6th.

Happy holidays to all  you dear people who share this page with me!

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