13 years!

Here we are 13 years later. 15 years later all together. We’ve had some exciting adventures over the course of those years. Tonight we celebrated our anniversary at Gold, the restaurant at Westward Look Resort. We have celebrated more than half of our anniversaries at this restaurant, beginning with our first in 2006.

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Midtown PCA

On Sunday we had a chance to visit Midtown Presbyterian Church here in Tucson for the first time. This is a new PCA church plant here in town. We really value their liturgy and hope to one day be able to replicate something like this im Hermosillo.

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Steaks

On Friday I return from Guadalajara to Hermosillo after a month of intensive Spanish studies. I was so very excited to be back. I had missed the comforts of home.

On Sunday morning we departed Hermosillo to head to Tucson. And as has been a long tradition, we partook of some spectacular Sonoran steaks, twice-baked potatoes, and some colorful organic carrots. Dana’s bread accompanied. This was by far the best meal I have had in over a month.

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Guadalajara

Yesterday signified the completion of my first two weeks here in Guadalajara attending language school at the University of Guadalajara. It’s been rough. Five hours of classes each day and about the same in independent study gets old. The round trip to walk to classes each day is over 7km (about 4.5 miles). I’m not exactly used to much exercise, so it’s been a bit of challenge. I often arrive to school drenched in sweat.

Added to the above challenges is my living arrangements. I rented a small room in an apartment shared by two guys. It’s rough. My roommates are not clean and to make matters worse, they have a puppy and a demon cat. The puppy is cute, but pees and poops in the living room, so the smell is toxic. The cat hates me even though I’ve done nothing to it (yet). A few days ago it scratched my leg with its razor sharp claws, probably just to demonstrate to me that it is demonic.

Sadly, I rented this place for a month, so I’m only half way through my stay. I look for new places nearly daily. I found some great alternatives last night which I may possibly relocate to this weekend. Even though the rent was absurd by Mexican standards for my current place, I don’t think I want to continue here.

My esposa is currently in the sky on her way here from Hermosillo. She arrives in about 30 minutes and then departs Monday morning. Not a very long trip, but given the endless employee situations back home, she will return quickly to deal with a new employee that begins Monday evening. Hopefully that will work out so when she returns she can spend more time here with me.

Last Tuesday my roomies invited me to go to a Lucha Libre match, which apparently is a regular thing on Sundays and Tuesdays. I was a little reticent to join them because I don’t really know them and fake Mexican wrestling sounded a little lame. But on the contrary, it was really enjoyable. We paid $230 pesos for fairly decent seats, though it’s a pretty small arena, so there’s not a lot of variation.

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The fakeness level of the matches varied between the experience of the wrestlers. It started out pretty ridiculous, but that only added to the hilarity of it all. I was laughing and shouting the whole way through. I can’t quite recall the last event I attended that created that level of enthusiasm for me. The crowd was pretty intense with their chanting, screaming, and flailing of arms. It was awesome.

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Breakfast before class

Today will mark the completion of my first full week of classes here in Guadalajara. It’s been a pretty rough week. I’m not used to 5 hours of classes per day and another 2 to 4 hours of studying at night. But I like it. I feel like my Spanish has improved immensely leaving after this first week.

To celebrate my first full week I decided to go somewhere new for breakfast. As it turns out, this is been the best place to eat so far. And it is just up the street from my school. However, as is customary, even if I spell my name they still can’t get it right.

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On my way…

Left the house an hour ago to begin our journey to Guadalajara where I plan to live for the next few months in an attempt to make a serious attempt to radically improve my Spanish.

I enrolled in a program with the University of Guadalajara which amounts to 5 hours daily.

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Condesa

Our friend Luis manages a nice restaurant here in town and on Tuesday we had the opportunity to visit him for lunch.

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Una Sola Carne

We had a spectacular carne asada last Friday at Yrem and Heidi’s home. Good food, good wine, good friends.

Later we played a version of the Newlywed Game which was hilarity.

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Kino highlights

We had an enjoyable and restful trip with Matt Dana in Kino. As is customary, the food, wine, and cigars were spectacular. We had fillets multiple night, with russet potatoes which is something we are unable to purchase in this country.

I believe this is the best time of year to take a visit to the beach. The temperature was in the mid 80s and 90s and the sea temperature was much cooler then the 90 degree temperatures that occur in the summer.

Saturday was a beautiful day until early evening when a very strange fog encroached upon us from the sea.

This is Scout’s happiest place on the planet. We’re not sure he has too many more visits given the amount of time he likely has left in life.

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Kino April 2018

We arrived to Kino this afternoon with Matt and Dana. This is probably the best time of year to visit as it is not yet unbearably hot. The water is still a bit cool, but not too cold to get in.

Scout lost his ball 5 mins after arrival.

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