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Viva la Mexico


Fri, Oct 12th, 2001
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Monday, October 15, 2001

As I lay on the beach, listening to the sweet sound of the salty waves, I let out a relaxed sigh. I was eating warm corn tortillas covered in tart limejuice and thinking of my friends. I smirked at the thought of them sitting in a boring classroom, trapped in another cold Minnesota winter, as I was basking in the warm glow of the golden Mexico sun. The times I spent in that exotic Latin land were some of the best of my life.

The first time I went to Mexico, I was 15. My parents had been making annual trips for a couple years. They loved getting a break from the long winter and thought we girls might too. To tell the truth, my two sisters, Katie and Grace, and I really werenít very excited the first time we went. We didnít know what Mexico would be like, all we had ever really heard was: donít drink the water.

Since that first trip three years ago, Iíve spent over a month as a "gringo," someone from the U.S., enjoying all our neighbor to the south has to offer. I continue to vacation with my family each year in Rincon de Guayabitos, Nayarit. Itís a town of around 4,000 and located about 40 miles north of Puerto Vallarta on the Pacific coast. My latest trip was this past summer, when I had the privilege to stay with a Mexican family in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. With more than four million people, it is an amazing city just a few hours south of the tip of Texas.

Anyone who has ever been to Mexico knows what I mean when I say that thereís nothing quite like it. The food, the people, the music, the language, the amazing beauty of everything-thatís what I love about Mexico-EVERYTHING! Well, I guess that was an overstatement, but just a little one. Mexico, like everything else, has its drawbacks. Like any third-world country, many things may seem unsanitary or dangerous to we Americans. But one soon gets over that, when he or she realize just how inexpensive everything is. Whether youíre boosting Mexicoís economy by buying all the silver jewelry you can find or maybe having that extra pina-colada, non-alcoholic of course for me, it doesnít take long to realize that the American buck goes a long way.

I must say though that my favorite aspect of Mexico isnít the great deals you can get, but the beautiful people. Iíve met so many great people who have been so kind to me and have shown so much understanding. I still canít believe what a connection people from totally different backgrounds speaking entirely .....
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Gadgets & Gizmos

Fri, Oct 12th, 2001
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Monday, September 17, 2001

After fourteen years we have bought a new car and I am amazed at the changes in style and technology of todayís cars. The cockpit of this car has more instruments and gauges than any airplane that I have ever flown. ..... 
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Commute 006

Fri, Oct 12th, 2001
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Monday, October 8, 2001

Chautauqua is a place in western New York state that I visited this summer. If you were to look up Chautauqua in the dictionary, you would also find that it has evolved into a common noun, as in "Letís have a chautauqu ..... 
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Justice

Fri, Oct 12th, 2001
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Monday, October 15, 2001

On Friday, September 7th I called Doc Agen. "How will I know when itís time to put Justice, my old horse down?" I asked. "Tell me what he looks like, " Doc said. "His backbone stands up two inches, I can put my finger ..... 
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It's a Disaster!

Fri, Oct 12th, 2001
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Monday, October 1, 2001

"It's a disaster!" I hear my father's voice, intonation and exact words come out of my mouth. I've just been trying to put a new coat of solid color stain on a wall of my house; it's not covering well; all the brush str ..... 
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Why Study Turtles Anyway?

Fri, Oct 12th, 2001
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Weaver Dunes Field Report Late Summer 2001By John LevellMonday, August 20, 2001

With nesting finally completed, those of us working on the Weaver Dunes Blandingís Turtle Research Project can at last step back to enjoy a m ..... 
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Think Spring....

Fri, Oct 12th, 2001
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Virginia CooperMonday, October 15, 2001

To get a head start on spring planting prepare planting areas now. If next spring is a wet one, you will be able to get out there early and sow your peas and spinach without waiting for the ground to dry ..... 
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The Quest for Caulk

Fri, Oct 12th, 2001
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Monday, Octovber 8, 2001

The house sprung a leak. I needed some caulk to plug the hole to keep the house from filling with water and sinking. Talk about the road paved with good intentions.

I knew I had some caulk in the garage. It wa ..... 
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Contemporary Bunkshooters

Fri, Oct 12th, 2001
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Monday, October 1, 2001

The Rev. Jerry Falwell is what poet Carl Sandburg would call a bunkshooter. Pat Robertson is one too.

Full-flushing, bonafide bunkshooters. Conjurers, magicians, illusionists, pulling the wool over many peopleí ..... 
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