But I have been so busy that the blog and other web projects, including posting the latest El Calendario issue, had to take a back seat to more pressing personal matters.
Meanwhile things keep on happening in Todos Santos. Galería On·cé had a big and successful opening on November 21. Thanksgiving came and went. La Galera, Perla’s gallery, had an opening on November 25. Surfers are all still waiting for the first big NW swell of the season. Looks like it might arrive over this weekend. It rained some today and has been cloudy and overcast for a couple of days. We had a huge wind storm on Nov 28, I think. It was like strong Santa Ana winds but not warm. My guess is 30 mph+ winds began at about 4 am in the morning and continued long into the following night.
And of course, Mexico has a new government with a new president. That inauguration was something else. At least the players involved all felt strongly about their political beliefs.
The Banorte bank really is open until 4 pm now. And sometime in 2007 they should be open on Saturdays too. This is a big leap forward for business in Todos Santos. Rumor has it that another new bank will be opening across the corner from the existing Banorte. Vamos a ver.
A new tapas bar will soon be opening in the Todos Santos Inn’s La Copa Wine Bar. That should be exciting. Buena Vida, Jessie’s new restaurant in between Mangos and Ricardo Amigo on calle Centenario, is opening this weekend. Suki and Matt have returned and Suki’s Asian Restaurant should also be opening soon.
The Hotel California is having another (5th annual) New Year’s Eve bash and only 300 tickets will be sold so get yours early. They will have two bands, a reggae band and Flashback. Last year’s bash was the talk of the town, so you don’t want to miss this one!
Your intrepid blogger managed to move his trailer and everything else to his own lot in Las Tunas. Took a massive effort but it’s done now. And with luck I will have electricity on that lot in the near future. How near is the real question.
So here’s some promised photos from the 20 November parade and Galería On·cé opening.
The Honor Guard from the CECYT high school. This is a privilege offered only to the top students in their final year of school. Note that all the members of the honor guard are female.
It’s a big thing among the boys…making pyramids, sort of quasi-gymnastics.
This group acted out the participants of the revolution, including the poor farmer peasants, army, bandidos and Zapata.
The evil Porfirio Diaz attacking Emiliano Zapata.
The lovely winners from the town festival were there too. That’s the Queen, Princesa and Dama from left to right.
The schools are really big on pagaentry in the parade. Note the red, white and green colors of the Mexican flag.
The little ones get to ride on a truck. But the revolution still will not be televised.
Galería On·cé opened the doors on November 21. The gallery features the photographic work of yours truly, Howard Ekman, and Jack Hamilton. About 100 people showed up for the 4 hour party. We killed 36 bottles of wine and had a jolly good time.
This one is just for fun. My friend Kali Rodriguez called one day and said she had a hummingbird nest in a tree and would I please come over and take some photos. There had been two babies but by the time I could get there, only one remained. Still, it’s quite a sight!
I am glad to be back and hoping to post more often as events warrant it.