Thank you and goodbye
See Stan and Diana.
See them change.
See how their hair has gotten grayer.
See how Stan has on a shirt, for a change, not a t-shirt.
Can you tell Stan is on Social Security?
Stan and Diana are changing.
So is this website. Photography by Diana Ricci
It's been six years since I started writing "Letters From Mexico", and what a great six years it has been. I have made dozens of friends all over the world (and a few enemies, but we won't discuss that); become a legend in my own mind; taken a lot of teasing from my fellow expats about being "Mr. Oaxaca, heh heh heh"; and had a lot of laughs.
During this time, I watched Oaxaca grow from a modest tourist destination into a major travel spot, particularly for other Mexicans; met, and made a marriage with Diana; plunged into and backed off a little from the expatriate community here; became eligible for Social Security just as my savings ran out; traveled in over 25 of Mexico's 31 states; and spent thousands of hours sitting in the sidewalk cafes around Oaxaca's Zocalo watching the passing parade and talking smart with my friends. All my fondest wishes, come true -- except one.
I haven't been able to earn enough money.
It's nice to get all those emails from folks who tell me how much they enjoy my (free) Internet articles, and go on to say how much they look forward to the next one. But there aren't going to be any more.
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