First, it has been raining off and on for 2 days. Wednesday night we had thunder and lightning and just a little rain until around 4 am when it poured for 15-20 minutes. Thursday it was cloudy with some drizzle. It stayed cloudy all night and rained a bit until Friday morning around dawn when it rained in earnest. It is still drizzling now in the mid-afternoon.
This is unusual. We do normally get some rain in the two week period of Christmas/New Years but I can’t recall rain at the end of November. Viewing the radar and infrared loops for the East Pacific at NOAA you can see that it won’t be ending any time soon.
The new music salon (Leo’s) on the other side of town, el otro lado, is having a grand opening on Saturday, December 1. The music will go until 2 am, so this will be the litmus test for those living nearby. It could be very loud but at least the building has a real roof, unlike the Mutualista music hall in bario San Vicente.
Lastly, Brad Baer sent out an email yesterday informing all that the reggae band KL will be playing at the Sandbar every Friday night until further notice. KL is a group of young people from La Paz. The have a lot more energy than Acero Caliente, the usual reggae band around here who hail from Los Cabos.
I have been so busy, it seems I may never get this blog caught up. But I will keep trying.
Tomorrow night, November 24, Brad Baer is once again promoting reggae music under the full moon at the Sandbar in Pescadero. The band will be K-L from La Paz. You might recall seeing them at one of the February Baja Reggae Festivals. They are young, energetic and a welcome departure from Acero Caliente, the usual reggae band.
I’ll be there, will you?
I hope everyone who reads this blog had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I didn’t even come into the office yesterday, so there were no blog postings. Today I made a last minute run to Cabo San Lucas and only now am I able to wish you all well.
BTW, the road to Cabo San Lucas is being upgraded to 4 lanes from 2 lanes. Construction makes the drive take 15-30 minutes longer depending on how unlucky you are. Also, Sam’s Club and Wal Mart have opened in Cabo San Lucas and the traffic they are currently causing can cost you 15-20 minutes when driving to Cabo from San Jose del Cabo or other points along the corridor, e.g. Costco and Home Depot. What a mess!
The dates of the 2008 Todos Santos Art Festival have changed. The new dates are February 4 – 10. The problem is due to local and state elections being held on Sunday, February 3. The Festival had been scheduled to begin on February 2. For more info check here: Todos Santos Art Festival
The day after the coronation of the queen, the festival featured an all day fishing contest. Pangas went out from Punta Lobos in the early morning and had to be back by 4 pm for their catch to be eligible. Several boats returned late and the potentially winning fish were not counted. The youth category fished from the shore and rocks. A lot of money was involved. The kids’ awards were up to at least 3,000 pesos ($300 US) for at least two categories. The adults were competing for up to 25,000 pesos ($2500 US) in at least three categories.
The governor, his wife, the mayor of La Paz and other important folk were in attendance. A lot of beer was consumed. A lot of people were there. A lot of cars got stuck in the sand.
This turned into an incredible mess of cars stuck in the sand. The police eventually refused to allow none 4 wheel drive vehicles into the area.
The band stopped playing right as I arrived. Note the tuba!
Great photo opps for the politicos. Almost as good as kissing infants!
That is one happy winner!
The Corona/Pacifico girls were present in very skimpy bikinis!
I just finished posting the mid-November 2007 El Calendario de Todos Santos on line. You can read the entire issue here:
El Calendario de Todos Santos
The 40th Anniversary Baja 1000 will pass just north of Todos Santos, 1/2 km from where I live, beginning in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. I expect the noise will wake me up before the sun rises. The race will turn into the desert before reaching town and end in Cabo San Lucas. The races covers 1296.39 miles and has a 53 hour time limit.
I’ll be out early taking photos. People expect the cars and bikes to continue arriving all day long. It will be a bit of a party.