I couldn’t resist sharing a link to this recent news about my favorite three-letter agency. I’m not sure which troubles me more, that the TSA couldn’t be bothered to perform its most basic function, or that such a large part of the traveling public doesn’t recognize the screening is little more than security theater.
If you search the internet for the immigration procedures a U.S. citizen needs to follow when driving to Mexico, you’ll find many different answers. Most of them are outdated. Some of them apply in certain cases and not in others. Few of them are authoritative. One common answer is that you don’t need a so-called “tourist … Continue reading Mexican border formalities
Today I finally removed the ability to create user accounts on this blog. Initially I required a user account for commenting, but I haven’t required one for almost two years, and since that time there hasn’t been one new account that wasn’t spam. If you already have a user account and still want to use … Continue reading Removed new user accounts
Almost every Friday I have two donuts for breakfast. It’s not a particularly healthy way to start the day, and that’s why I limit myself to once a week. Usually. Last week, at my favorite donut shop, my usual no. 1 — two donuts and a medium coffee — was $2.69 plus tax, which leaves … Continue reading And so it begins
When I got back to work Monday morning after the weekend road trip to Mexicali, one of my colleagues almost immediately asked, what do they drink for beer down there? What an excellent question! The short answer is not a surprising one: Tecate. Mexicali is one of the most populous cities in the Mexican state … Continue reading Beer in Mexicali
Since I resumed blogging a couple years ago, I’ve tried to focus mostly on the matter of the blog — the words, the photos, and so on — and not to pay much attention to the form, which is just an out-of-the-box WordPress template. However, over the weekend I did make one tweak that will … Continue reading Form and matter
As much as I enjoyed watching the Patriots score 25 unanswered points to erase an enormous deficit in regulation — and then score another six on their next drive to win the game in overtime — for me, the highlight of Super Bowl LI was hearing the crowd boo Roger Goodell as he presented the … Continue reading Ideal gas law
While we were eating lunch last Sunday, Kathryn caught me off guard by asking how I learned about the Cantonese restaurants in Mexicali. She had been looking at her Instagram account and was prompted by a comment she received on a photo of the previous day’s lunch. The commenter apparently felt eating Chinese food in Mexico was a sketchy undertaking. … Continue reading Why Mexicali?
We’re back home in the 602. I’ll fill in the blanks soon.
One last stop before home, I hope. I just can’t seem to keep myself out of Gila Bend this month. Yesterday we stopped in the auto parts store down the street. That’s a story for later. https://goo.gl/maps/2QyDJohS7w92
After one hour and fifty minutes in line to cross the border — and twelve minutes in California — we’re back in Arizona. We’ll have a bite to eat and get back on the road shortly. Home is still about three hours away. https://goo.gl/maps/3y9oG7jfZvk
Our last stop to return our tourist cards before heading back to the homeland. Now we wait in a seemingly endless line to cross the border. This is my first ever attempt at blogging while driving. Since our current speed is zero, both in mph and km/h, I feel relatively safe. https://goo.gl/maps/7iBxveJWetE2
One last meal in Mexicali before we head home. Again we ordered way too much food. The server spoke a little English and asked me twice if we were taking the leftovers. The first time I simply said no. The second time I tried to explain we were about to make a border crossing, and … Continue reading Restaurante China House, Mexicali
It’s Sunday morning, so we’re heading to Mass at the Cathedral. We’re a little early thanks to light traffic in Mexicali this time of the day. I have six bars of 4G service here because we’re literally a couple hundred feet from the U.S. You can see the border fence in the photo below. The … Continue reading Catedral Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, Mexicali
Earlier today we enjoyed our first ever Mexican Cantonese meal. We had pollo mongol — a chicken dish with peppers and peanuts — and pork chow mein. No complaints about the food, except that we could have ordered half as much food and still have stuffed ourselves. The service was friendly. Between the server’s broken … Continue reading El Rincón de Panchito, Mexicali
We’ve arrived at our hotel in Mexicali after sandwiches in the park in San Luis Rio Colorado and a pleasant drive along Mexican Highway 2. We also did a little shopping at a Soriana here in Mexicali. My network coverage has been hit or miss, so my updates will likely be from the hotel. https://goo.gl/maps/9oWrXdJjR3P2
It’s official. We’re on the other side. We spent about ten minutes in the immigration office while I practiced high school Spanish with a very patient officer. Now it’s lunch time. https://goo.gl/maps/iXnSCbrEvaA2
It’s that time again. Another road trip is underway. This one will take us south of the border. Although I’ve flown to Mexico and even walked to Mexico, this will be the first time I’ve ever driven to Mexico. I’ll post frequent updates here. My mom is nearly certain we’re going to be killed by … Continue reading Road trip, Mexico edition
I spotted this sentence today in the online version of the Telegraph: A recent health study suggested that half of French adults are now overweight. However; only 15 are technically obese. I’m pretty sure it’s supposed to read “only 15 percent”, but I find the typo at least somewhat believable.
A couple times a year, my good friend Dan — an occasional commenter on this blog — travels to Arizona with his mom to spend a week or so with his aunt in Yuma. Typically during those visits he leaves the ladies in Yuma for a day and drives to Phoenix to see Kathryn and me. We were expecting … Continue reading Dining like royalty in Gila Bend
A beautiful woman walks into a bar. She has wild, dark, curly hair. She wears glasses. She has a smile from ear to ear that shows off a mouth full of braces. She sports a heavy scarf, as if unaware she’s in Phoenix. She approaches with great confidence. She takes a seat across from me, … Continue reading A woman walks into a bar
Between the overhead cameras and the ever-present security personnel, you expect to be under constant surveillance when you’re in a Las Vegas casino. Recently I’ve noticed the surveillance extending to the street as well. This mobile surveillance station, courtesy of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, was seen on the northeast corner of Las Vegas … Continue reading Eye in the sky on the street
I took this photo in our hotel room in Las Vegas because it immediately made me think of my father. He worked for roughly twenty years in the maintenance department of an upscale Scottsdale resort. Does anyone want to guess what’s wrong with this photo? (Dad, if you read this, you’re allowed to comment too.)
While we were in Las Vegas, we had dinner with high school classmate and long-time local resident Kerrie. After dinner we all had an evening stroll together, and she suggested we check out the Christmas decorations at Wynn. They had set up a number of snow-covered miniature villages between the casino floor and the boutiques, … Continue reading White Christmas at Wynn