Jul 16, 2004, 9:25 PM
Post #3 of 11
Being able to afford to live well on Social Security.
Re: [Lavanda] What we can get in Mexico
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Having no restrictive rules on what colors to paint my house or what kinds of flowers to plant as I did back at the Homeowners Association in Phoenix.
Being able to walk down to the Jardin at night and just people-watch and eavesdrop on mariachi bands performing live music upon request and feel totally safe.
Being able to take taxis for 15 pesos (around $1.30) and buses for 4 pesos and first-class buses to anywhere in Mexico for a pittance.
Driving only 1200 miles a ear here instead of 40,000 miles a year in Phoenix.
Crossing paths with a wide range of people, classes, races, ages, sexes, sexual orientation, and interests, rather than a highly stratified and narrow group of friends in the states.
Having art classes and galleries and art openings all over the place so I am constantly being nurtured artistically.
Being able to buy each week at Tuesday Market so much fresh produce and fruit that I can eat much more healthfully here than in the States, for maybe $15 US total, for what would cost at leat $50 US in the states, and it wouldn't be as fresh and tasty and varied.
Renting a huge flat for a quarter what it would cost in most US cities, and a tenth of what it would cost in SF or other walking towns with as much going on.
Being able to help local people directly, in ways that I can see, rather than donating to charities in the States where I had no idea what was happening with my money and who was benefiting and how.
Walking down the street and coming across three or four burros on the sidewalk.
Being so close to children, seeing them at play with so little, kids having a grand time with a cheap rubber ball, rather than the age-segregation of the States and the expensive, organized activities of U.S. kids who no longer know how to entertain themselves with something simple.
Having the opportunity to see another culture up close and personal, so I am not stuck thinking my way is the only way.
Enjoying all the parades and fiestas and fireworks and chimes and puppets and costumes and dances which go on all the time, never knowing when I will hear the sound of drums and know that there is a parade just a few blocks away.
Sampling ice cream in such crazy flavors, like shrimp and tamarind, never knowing quite what my mouth is about to taste when I try a new food.
Walking with a purpose, so that I find I often do four miles a day just by going from store to store to gallery opening to class, rather than having to force myself to walk around a track back in the States and see nothing and have it feel like mindless work.
That's for starters....