Mexican New Year
A friend asked us what we had planned for New Year’s this year. I hadn’t really given it much thought, so I answered that we’d probably watch fireworks on our rooftop, have a few adult beverages and try our best to stay awake until midnight.
It got me to thinking about how Mexico celebrates a new year. I know there will be tons of fireworks since Mexicans celebrate A LOT with fireworks, but I knew there had to be more.
So, I did a little research and found a treasure trove of customs that make the holiday so special here in Mexico.
Here is the super cool stuff I found.
Crossing Over the Line
It’s been over two years since the covid pandemic has upended our lives. It is understandable to miss things from your pre-pandemic lifestyle…like attending live football games, seeing smiling people (unmasked) on the sidewalk, hugging, having a date night, and of course, traveling. We can relate, especially when it comes to taking trips. In fact, traveling on a plane, going somewhere…anywhere…has changed for all of us.
If you’ve ever been around chihuahuas, you will totally understand and relate to everything in this story. If not, then maybe, like us, this will provide several knowledge nuggets about this tiny yapper that you didn’t know. Regardless, we hope you’ll be entertained!
The Town Criers of Colima
For us, the sights, sounds and even smells of any place we visit tend to be embedded into our beings. If you travel very much, you can probably relate. Think about the pre-covid days of a really cool place you’ve been. What made the place so awesome? What impressed you the most about it? Here are a few things about places we’ve been that have “stuck” with us…
Beginning to See the Light
Remember the cartoon character, Mr. Magoo?
The Mr. Magoo animated series debuted in 1949. Jim Backus (Mr. Howell of Gilligan’s Island fame) voiced Magoo, and I’ll bet you didn’t realize that three of the cartoons were nominated for Academy Awards for Best Animated Shorts. Later, Leslie Nielsen played Magoo in the movie version.
So, here’s the crux of the cartoon’s saga. J. Quncy Magoo, was a short, elderly, squinty-eyed, big-nosed retiree. He was Rutgers educated and a millionaire. But he had one big flaw. Mr. Magoo was extremely nearsighted, which, face it, happens to us all as we age. Not a big deal, right?
Magoo stubbornly refused to admit that he has any kind of problem, much less a vision one. This led to a series of comical, usually dangerous, situations. Bystanders in the cartoon segments thought him to be accident-prone, codgerly and basically a nut job. But Magoo always uncannily seemed to pull through each foible exclaiming at the end of each episode,
“Oh Magoo, you’ve done it again!”
Sigh! As a kid, I loved Mr. Magoo.
Gasp! Choke! Gulp! As an adult, until four months ago, I WAS Mr. Magoo!