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17
Jul

Forget the gold. Just try to see the colors.

The taxi driver said it was bad luck. He had seen five turtles coming in to lay eggs the night before. Five! And then he let go of the steering wheel to demonstrate how they looked when they were swimming ashore. He could not understand then how the three of us had managed to sit for an hour, waiting to see the nightly pilgrimage that these giant beasts make at this time of year, only to end up with mosquito-bitten ankles and a better idea of how waves sound hitting the shore.

Bad luck, he repeated.
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21
Jul

Lost at land

It’s not often that you see mistakes in the natural world. This eggplant that I bought once in Barcelona a few years ago is a pretty good example of Mother Nature Gone Wrong but when it comes to a creature’s behavior, instinct does not usually lead an animal astray, which is what made it so strange the night before last, when a sea turtle could not find her way back to the water.
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22
Jul

Things we never grow out of

When I was little and went to spend the night at friends’ houses, my mom would almost always get a call the next day, after she had already come and picked me up and brought me home again, to let her know that I had forgotten my toothbrush or my pajamas or something really important, like my seizure medication.

I am 30 now and I cannot say I have improved that much. Just a few weeks ago at a restaurant in Cancun, a waiter came up with an FM3 visa in his hands, asking if I knew this person. I nearly rolled my eyes, expecting it to be some random foreigner who they assumed I knew, simply because he or she was foreign, the way they had done that one year when the mailman brought me a piece of mail for some random American girl, thinking I knew her, because I am also American. But no; when the waiter opened the document and showed me the gal’s picture, it was me. Turns out, it was the very visa I had lost back in April and I had then had to scramble to get it replaced before I flew home for six weeks in May. I had backtracked to nearly every place I’d visited the day I lost it EXCEPT for that restaurant, and two months later, they were still holding it for me.
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27
Jul

Blue means Go

I didn’t know it was going to be such an awesome day when I woke up yesterday. Everything about it was mundane: complicated coffee, cloudy sky, a dreaded trip to immigration. In fact, I was so not looking forward to crossing to Cancun and checking on my visa, that I was considering postponing it until today, because everyone knows that Mondays in the immigration office suck.

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30
Jul

How a pizza cutter (or an axe) nearly made me miss my flight

Not to flatter myself or anything but I got the distinct impression when I left Mexico yesterday that Mexico did not want me to leave. That’s not to say the reasoning was that she loved me. For all I know, she didn’t think I had suffered enough. But whatever was motivating her to throw obstacle after obstacle in my way, that was clearly what was happening.

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3
Aug

Driving lessons


I took Roxanne for a long test drive on Sunday. It was my first driving lesson in 16 years and though my instructor would prefer to remain unnamed, I will say that we drove about 45 minutes outside of Athens, had some real Southern barbecue at a roadside stand and came back home, no incidents of which to report. Rennie came with us and hung out in the camper behind the cab, hovering just behind our shoulders nearly the whole time, while he watched the road disappear under the hood, and it was a lovely afternoon.

Even Roxanne behaved well— true to the good reports I had been receiving and unlike her performance here. Apparently I also did well, which was a relief, since some of us were not too sure about my skills when I first got behind the wheel again in May. Even I was skeptical. I mean, it’s no small feat to drive again after four years of not really doing it. But several weeks of practice and a little brushing up on the basics was all I needed to feel confident behind the wheel again— which is a good thing, since this project is kind of central to my driving.

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