Hello everybody as most of you know I went away for a little bit to de-frost and de-stress with a bunch of relatives for a wedding in the Mayan Riviera. How can I sum up my experience there? FRIGGING AWESOME!
The sun and tropical heat for a Canadian in the midst of the great doldrums of our winter are simply rejuvenating. Putting it in the simplest possible terms I experienced an almost 60 degree Celsius temperature difference the minute we stepped off the plane in Cancun, Mexico. We left Winnipeg in the grip of a blizzard, a bone chilling minus 25 degrees Celsius, happy to make it out of Winnipeg at all. Cancun was a tropical+28 and the humidity hit me like a brick wall after a long exhausting day of travel.
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Tagged Beach, Blizzard, Cancún, Cenote, Coba, Maya, mayan riviera mexico, Mexico, Playa Del Carman, Playa Del Carmen, Riviera Maya, Sand, Shaman, Winnipeg
Hola, my friends! Come here I have a good deal for you!
If we only had a penny for every time we heard that line in Mexico we could afford to stay down there this week and all the weeks after this. Alas pesos did not rain from the clouds, thus we are back in the cold embrace of Winnipeg.
Did we have a great time? Yes we did. Did we see ancient wonders? Yes we did.
Did we plunge face first into the wonders of the Atlantic Caribbean Sea? Yes we did. Did we meet the Mayans and partake in the wonder of their ceremonies.
YES, a thousand times yes.
Pictures and stories from the Yucatán in the days to come my friends.
Laying on the beach, earning 30%
As many of you know all ready Winnipeg is in the grips of a terrible winter storm. With winds howling out of the north-west at breakneck speeds and the snow sure to come pounding in tonight by the bucket-load. The temperature is set to drop from the balmy -2 Celsius we have been enjoying (T-Shirt Weather) to a skin freezes in under a minute -25 to -30 next week.
A typical Manitoba winter drive. Burrr
Strangely though, and those of you who know me will think this odd, I don’t give a rats ass. Because by this time tomorrow I should be en-route to the Mayan Riviera, Mexico. Buried to my knees in sand, surf and senoritas, (Shhh, don’t tell Dar) for a family wedding that they had the good sense to book in the middle of our coldest season here in Winnipeg.
We are planning all types of activities; they include laying on a hot beach, drinking beer on a hot beach, drinking margaritas on a hot beach, drinking tequila on a hot beach and finally passing out on a hot beach. Hopefully being found by a kind staff member and escorted back to my room with an IV drip to avoid the impending hangover.
Ahh, Good times!!!
But I jest, we actually do have all types of excursions planned exploring the Mayan runes, trying the indigenous cuisine (street food), and exploring the cenotes (caves in the Yucatán). We also hope to go zip lining and maybe catch a catamaran to the island of Cozumel.
That is if winter lets us out of Winnipeg. We do indeed have a large storm bearing down on us at the moment but by all accounts it should clear by morning. Fingers crossed, expect some tales of grand adventure from my very first trip to a sunny destination!
Adiós mis amigos, te veo pronto. Ariba Ariba!
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Tagged Cenotes, Cozumel, drinking tequila, indigenous cuisine, mayan riviera mexico, Mexico, nature, outdoors, Playa Del Carman, Riviera Maya, weather, Winnipeg, Winter storm, Yucatán
Yea it’s been a while, but that happens when a person goes into a deep winter slumber over the holidays. I was off for an epic almost two weeks! GRAND INDEED.
I know you guys need my words but sometimes I just have to prime the proverbial pump and take a good few weeks off. Apologies.
So what happened to Bob on his time off, well I did spend a great deal of it shuteye and comatose. But another great deal of it was spent preparing for Christmas. We had planned to spend it with Dar’s family in the country. Meaning cooking for her mother who is a shift worker. I have no trouble doing this having worked some mighty mixed up shifts in my day and the fact that I do really like her mom. I also love to cook, trouble this year was my bad ankles again. I took the splendid chance opportunity to roll my left ankle over on the ice on our driveway and put myself in a world of hurt .
No worries I limped through Christmas, with Dar’s 5-year-old nephew Eric who was so excited to have a some time with family. He’s a bit high-strung but we all had a blast playing with him as he ran circles in the family room and talked the ears off of everyone in sight. He’s a special handful but we love him dearly.
For his birthday on the 27th of Dec, Dar and I gathered for a special Asian treat. Eric is half Chinese and his parents bought an extra special cake. Durain fruit cake. The taste is a bit odd for a western palate but not as strong as it smells. Durian fruit as many people know is a very strong-smelling fruit. But I found the taste of the cake very mild and pleasing.
Our new year is finding us travailing, to southern exposures finding new cultures and new adventures. I hope you all find health, wealth and happiness in the new year as well.
I was just going to blow this post off this week and mail it in from last years Christmas post but this year I just can’t. My heart is broken, like many of you out there by the tragedy of last week.
Speaking as a hunter and gun owner, I cannot put into words the outrage I feel. As a child growing up in a Northern Ontario town I lived around rifles, they did not protect us but the certainly did feed us. We used projectile weapons that were designed to KILL. Not humans but, deer and moose that lived in our surroundings. Large bore, big caliber, weapons to take a ton and a half animal out with the least stress possible. I layman’s terms a clean kill.
I have been the murderer of hundreds of birds, and a great few mammals. I have never killed a big beast like a deer or moose. Although I have certainly tried.I have stalked beasts larger than me holding a gun that would have put the average human through a plate glass window. I am a stone cold killer.
But before I stop and tell you why I wouldn’t unload on a classroom of kids let me tell you why I stopped hunting.
A few years ago I was hunting deer and rabbit with a very deer friend of mine. I caught sight of a bunny on the hop. I am a very good shot, but I missed just a tad. Caught the sucker in the leg. It started crying and limped off into a stand of willows. I knew I had to do it. The rabbit was suffering. So I pulled the trigger close up and personal. That very night I ate him.
That is hunting.
What that other strange fuck did is so counter culture to me. He slaughtered kids.
So in this season of giving and Ho Ho Ho. Please remember the little things. All of my friends have a very Merry Christmas and a Wicked New Year.
Ok, I’ve stayed silent enough but tonight the gloves are off. I’ve seen Santa turned into an avenger this year. I’ve seen has been hacks from Saturday Night Live playing moronic elves in movies. Hell I even put up with Linus getting his blanket back in a “new” Holiday special. This I can live with.
However what I cannot abide is re-branding or should I say requisitioning of the holiday classics from my childhood to new corporate masters. Yes I get that the classic Christmas shorts from our childhood are awesome property to acquire and license the fuck out of but why in all that is good and holy in this time of year would you turn a half hour cherished Christmas special into a miserable 60 minute shlock-athon for Macy’s.
Really Macy’s you own it all in half of the country anyways, you have the parades the storefronts . Do you really need Rodolph the Red Nosed Reindeer too? Do we need to stop in between frames of duologue so you can shill medium grade cookware?
The season is commercial enough. Just lay back like the whores you are, open your doors and have a fucking sale. Don’t ruin Christmas for everyone, by having a damn commercial every three minutes in a children’s show in prime time.
I’m done, everybody carry on shopping.