Dec 25, 2011, 2:54 PM
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We all went next door to our neighbors house for a Christmas Eve dinner last night. All of the nice dinner houses are closed for the week here. This might be a good time for a business to make extra profits, but the federal laws favoring workers have precedence, so they are all closed in most cities here.
Re: [DavidMcL] A very merry Christmas!
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Anyone that has never eaten much true Mexican food would be very surprised to try some. Nothing was hot, or spicy, just delicious. Turkey served like you have never had before. Many delicious side dishes, none of them hot. Delicious salads, in particularly one with apple chunks and pineapple.
Our neighbors husband is a doctor in the Mexican Army, stationed in Mexico City. I have never learned his name. Mexican women do not change their names when they marry, so his name is not the same as his wife's. One of her family once told me he was a Major, so for years I called him Major. It turns out he is a Major-General, he has always been wearing civilian clothes when he comes home on the weekends, he runs the Army medical corps in México City. so now I call him Doctor. He always gives me a big hug whenever he sees me. Men do that a lot down here. You hug people of both sexes that you know, as a greeting in México. It is definitely a different culture down here,
There are no enforced anti-noise ordinances in Cuernavaca, Three kids were up the street playing very loud annoying music until about 3 AM, it was hard to go to sleep.
The Doctor speaks a little English, so between his limited English, and my limited Spanish, we can communicate. He wanted to know about my time as a military policeman, and the Korean war, so we did a little military talking, for the first time.
I came home at about midnight, My cuñado, and my suegra, and my sobrino came home at about 2 AM. A fine time was had by all. A couple of more American relatives are do to arrive in México in a couple of days, one of them is a great-niece that I haven't seen since she was about two years old, she is about 12 now. She just got her first passport, and she is very happy to be able to come here.
This is my first Christmas without Doris, but having family here takes the sting out of it a little. It is becoming a good Christmas here.
"The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved" - Victor Hugo