Saturday, May 21, 2016

Biosfera Sierra de Manantlan


This is a beautiful area and the most beautiful are not real easy to access. I've seen a very little bit from the Colima side and considerably more from the Jalisco side. Cuzalapa (the coffee town) is part of it as well as the 3-4 little towns on the way to Durazno. There is a road that goes from the Jalisco side over the top and down into Colima but I don't have the car to try it in. The biological station, sponsored by UNAM I think, is accessed further up highway 80.

Did you know? The Biosphere Reserve Sierra de Manantlán is included in the International Network of Biosphere Reserves UNESCO MAB program. It is an important bird conservation site and is one of the priority mountains for Conservation in Mexico.



Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Avacado that never got ripe


I don't remember it ever taking so much time to mature. I've had this one for over a week and it's still very hard. I had to really work with a spoon to extract the meat and don't think I can mash it for guacamole. Decided to give it the juice of two limes, cover it and wait a little longer.

All kinds of info on the Internet on how to ripen an avocado but I didn't think it was necessary because it looked so healthy. Paper bag (where do you find one) and put it in a dark place. Maybe next time but hope there is not a next time. Now I'm hungry :}

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Confessions of a conservative radio talk-show host

Donald Trump is off the rails. He is a train wreck. It’s not just his antics and childish behavior that has me so put off, it’s his failure to improve as a candidate.

After nine months on the campaign trail, I expected Trump to fully grasp the issues and have in-depth policy solutions to our problems. Yet he still is “winging it.” He has failed to surround himself with top-notch, respected experts to craft a legitimate conservative platform. The reality is now clear: Trump has no depth, and he fails to grasp even the most basic conservative principles.

I fell victim to my own hatred. Donald Trump offered me a vehicle to stick it to the bloviating bureaucrats I despise. I dedicated my life to exposing self-promoting career politicians and their love of big government programs. Trump was the guy who was going to scare the hell out of the “establishment,” the guy who was going to turn Washington on its head. So I voted with anger in my heart. I gave my vote to Trump with the expectation he would find his way by putting smart constitutional conservatives by his side. Trump didn’t find his way; he got lost.

Sadly, I did exactly what my mother always warned me not to do. I made an important decision while in an emotionally fragile state of anger and despair. My vote for Trump amounted to a vendetta against the ruling class of DC career politicians. I made a mistake.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Nothing left of the GOP

From Robert Reich on Facebook

My friend, a former Republican member of Congress, told me “Trump is a horse’s ass and every Republican in Washington knows it. But Party divisions are now so deep – libertarians against social conservatives, Tea Partiers against corporate executives and Wall Street – that Trump is the only thing we have. His brainless bigotry will destroy what’s left of the national GOP, but there’s so little left it doesn't matter. Today's Republican Party operates in state legislatures and congressional districts. It’s no longer a national party at all.”
What do you think?

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Hurricane Season



A couple more days to go (15th) to more or less mark the beginning of another season. We don't expect any weather on that day or anytime soon. Heck, we haven't had any rain for months. 

In 2016, for the Pacific coast, Mexico’s National Meteorological Service (Servicio Metrológico Nacional, SMN) is expecting 17 named storms: 8 tropical storms, 5 moderate hurricanes (1 or 2 on the Saffir-Simpson scale), and 4 severe hurricanes (3, 4 or 5 on the Saffir-Simpson scale).
The construction of the house finished in April 2011 and I'm pretty much settled in. As of March 2014 I'm in preparation for rain mode for this coming summer. That includes sealing and painting things and dealing with drainage issues from last year.

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