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Tropical Storm Arthur

The first named storm of the year burst on the scene last night in the form of Tropical Storm Arthur. We've been having rain the last couple of days, but nothing heavy. Lots of flooded streets this morning, but that happens in a sprinkle the way the roads and drains are constructed. Or not constructed, it's a mess out there, water up to the rims on major streets.

It's cloudy right now at 5 o'clock, but not raining and just a light wind. South of Cancun the weather is a bit breezier, Tacogirl in Belize and Jonna and Mimi in Akumal have posted pics and stories of much more serious weather. From the NHC site, you can see that from Cozumel and south, there is a 100% chance of tropical storm force winds.

Tropical Storm:A tropical cyclone in which the maximum sustained surface wind speed (using the U.S. 1-minute average) ranges from 34 kt (39 mph or 63 km/hr) to 63 kt (73 mph or 118 km/hr).

Tropical Storm Warning:A warning that sustained winds within the range of 34 to 63…

Can Anyone Say "Awwwwwww"?

Sitting at home last night (like I ever do anything else), I heard the sounds of a beautiful guitar and a man singing outside. I went to the window and what do I see? A three piece band in full costume serenading a young lady at her window! I almost got tears in my eyes, it was so lovely, so romantic, so old fashioned and charming. It was wonderful to be reminded that somewhere out there romantic men still exist. Heck right next door apparently there is a romantic man! (I wonder if he teaches lessons?) Lucky, lucky neighbour lady.

Of course, being the 80's freak that I am, I couldn't help but have a flashback to one of the most romantic movie scenes ever, John Cusack, a boom box and Peter Gabriel in the classic "Say Anything". Did anyone else marry John Cusack in their dreams when you were a teenager? I think Ione Skye may have been my first girl crush too. Mmmm, John Cusack......serenades....heavy sigh......



Mexican Citizenship Quiz Answers

Thanks for playing everyone, you all get a gold star on your foreheads! Here are the answers (mostly in Spanish, since the test is in Spanish, I thought I should give you the answers in Spanish).

1. Name ten Mexican states and their capitals
for example: Veracruz : Jalapa Quintana Roo: Chetumal Jalisco: Guadalajara Yucatán: Mérida
Chiapas: Tuxtla Gutierrez Sonora: Hermosillo Tabasco: Villahermosa Durango: Durango
Nuevo León: Monterrey Mexico: Toluca Puebla: Puebla Campeche: Campeche

2. Who or what was Quetzalcoatl?
Feathered God of the Aztecs- Serpiente emplumada -Q uetzalcóatl (náhuatl: Quetzalcōātl, 'Serpiente emplumada' )? es una deidad de las culturas de Mesoamérica, en especial de la azteca. Es considerado por algunos investigadores como dios principal dentro del panteón de esta cultura prehispánica, sin embargo León Portilla considera a Tezcatlipoca como el dios principal (ver ensayo "Tezcatl…

The Sky is Falling!

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Oh, wait, scratch that, it's just RAIN! Lovely, beautiful, refreshing, delightful rain. I cannot honestly remember the last time we had delicious wet stuff from the sky, it's been months. Everything has been dry and dusty and awful, the area has had some forest fires (jungle fires I guess) and we desperately needed some raindrops from heaven. I'm sure the tourists were none too happy about it, but tough noogies, teehee, I'm feeling blissful!


That brown stuff on the ground is apparently
what is often known as "grass"
and is usually green (so I've been told)

The neighbour's dog is saying "WTF???"

And now....ten minutes later....it's gone. Back to our regularly scheduled heat, now with extra humidity! At least we got a little bit and it smells a bit fresher around here. Maybe we'll get some more next year.

Mexican Citizenship Quiz

I know that the majority of my readers are not living in Mexico, but you might still be interested in the questions that make up the Mexican citizenship test. For those of you who are living here (and are not Mexican), this is THE list of questions, recently released by the SRE as a study guide for becoming a Mexican citizen. According to a very kind and well informed poster on CancunCare, the SRE (Secretary of Exterior Relations) had to deal with many complaints, specifically about the Cancun office, of officials making up questions that really had little or nothing to do with Mexican history or geography and therefore had to come up with a standardized list. For those of us with our eyes on becoming naturalized, this list is indispensable. Five questions will be given, you must get four correct to pass but I've been told you can take the test as many times as it takes to pass.

So, let's play "Yo quiero ser mexicano/a!" or "I Wanna Be a Mexican!". How …

Brain full....Must... Release.... Pressure

My brain sometimes is just full to the brim with things to blog about. Today, I just couldn't choose what to write about, so I'll give you some idea of what is on my mind.

1. Max is sick with tonsillitis. Again. For like the billionth time. They'll have to come out, but I want to wait til he's a bit older to subject him to surgery.

2. We're broke. Flat broke. I need to find a way to make some dang money! (click an ad, click an ad, click an ad if you love me!) Any thoughts outside of prostitution?

3. I've become a hermit. It seems I am always in this house. Work home work home work home, yaaaawn. See numbers one and two for why we are housebound and add that it's a million degrees outside.

4. I have a friend who is in dire crisis, a horrible situation and I can't do anything from here to help. I cried my eyes out for her last night and wish I could do more to get her and her family through this rotten time.

5. The drug war in Mexico is escala…

Si Tu Te Atreves

Translation: If you dare!

Dear Sony Television,
If you dare show the Luis Miguel video "Si Tu Te Atreves" one more time I might have to shoot my television. Yes, I know he's on the Sony label and you need to promote the hell out him but you are making me hate Luis Miguel, and I am pretty sure that you cannot get Mexican citizenship if you hate him. (I think you have a choice of singing the Mexican national anthem or "Mexico Lindo y Querido" for the citizenship exam) Is it necessary to show this video before and after every TV show I want to watch on both Sony and AXN? Do we really need to see this cheesy, horrible, 80's wannabe vid every 50 minutes? And really, what is this video about? Is he a hotel employee who moonlights as a gigolo? Is that why they can't be together? And why is she dressed like she's on "Dynasty", down to the hair and makeup? Why can't he jump off the roof at the end of this video? If he did that, I may a…

Tagged! 7 Random Things

I've been tagged by two mamis, Momto3 and My3Ro's (oooh, some strange "3" thing going on here). So, here's the meme! Y'all know the rules, you get tagged, you link to the taggers and you name some folks to continue the "chain". This one is "Seven Random or Weird Things About You".

1. I once caught a cat fish that was longer than my leg.

2. In 1990 I went to a small house party in Los Angeles and hung out with the New Kids on the Block. I HATED them (the band, not the people), but it was at the height of their popularity and the girl I went with had a hysterical breakdown of excitement, tears and hyperventilation. (She then went on to become one of Janet Jackson's dancers, she didn't stay star struck for very long).

3. I visited England and Scotland when I was 9 years old and all I wanted to do was visit haunted places. My "guide book" for the trip was "The Ghosts of Great Britain" and I LOVED the Tower of …

Saturday Kitten Report

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It's Saturday, must be kitten post day! Buzz and Ziggy are doing great, they are definitely growing fast and eating like little pigs. There is a big size difference between this little brothers, Buzz is much bigger and can therefore make bigger jumps than Ziggy. Poor Ziggy somehow can get himself on to the bed, but he just can't manage to get off. I can now identify the "I'm stuck on the bed!" emergency cry and run up to help him off (last thing I want is peepee bed!) They fight like crazy, little Ziggy is the aggressor and Buzz tolerates his pestering. Ziggy is the social one, Buzz prefers to sit back and observe. Both have learned how to purr and they love to sleep on my head. Max is learning how to be gentle, but I still do not leave him alone with them EVER, I caught him giving them love by putting a pillow on top of them and squishing, I would hate for him to hurt them, not only for them, but I know he would be forever traumatized. Hubby the cat hat…

Cancun Hurricane Season

Tis the season to be prepared! Technically hurricane season is June to November, though early hurricanes tend to be weak and less organized than those later in the year. After almost five years here, I no longer panic or freak out about any of it, we survived Wilma, the biggest baddest mo' fo' of them all, if we can get through that we can get through anything. I certainly don't take hurricanes lightly, but now getting prepared is old hat, we know exactly what we need to do. According to the FEMA site (which of course has nothing to do with Mexico), President Bush has declared "May 25 and 26 to be hurricane preparedness week". Ummm, perhaps Mr. Bush needs to check on the definition of "week" (I know, probably a typo but it's so fun to poke fun at Bush!). Anywho, it's not a bad idea, particularly when we see the destruction that hurricanes have wreaked on coastal areas in the last few years. The National Hurricane Center (for my money, the…

Vermox is NOT My Friend

Sooo, regular readers will remember this post from a few weeks back, discussing the wonders of modern medicine and the twice yearly "flush" of the system. Well, apparently, it didn't work, you readers might be "regular", but I most definitely am not. I am full to the brim with amoebas! Two different kinds according to the lab results. I have been getting sicker and sicker over the last couple of weeks so finally bit the bullet and went to the lab and the doctor. I won't fill you in on the nasty details of what's been happening, I'll leave that to your imagination if you really want to think about it. The lovely little critters having a party in my bowels include the famous e. histolytica and his lesser known friend, e. nana. E. nana is pretty harmless, just hanging out with his bully buddy e. histolytica which causes amoebic dysentery and pain and suffering and death around the world. I'm not going to die, though I sure don't feel &…

Playa Tortugas Pics

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I feel sacrilegious, I can't believe that I have anything negative to say about a beach, my favourite thing in the world! But alas, I must admit that I did not really enjoy Playa Tortugas much at all. Crowded and full of drunks, it just didn't offer any of the relaxation that I look for in my beach days. I felt like I needed to sit with my purse all day and guard our stuff and my son, I couldn't let loose at all. You've already heard about the baby drama, that sure didn't help with the chillaxing. So, in the end, sorry ocean goddess, but I won't be visiting you from this particular beach shrine again, I just can't stand the thought of so many souls defiling your beauty with their crap and their Coronas.

The Long View of Playa Tortugas

These guys were playing HORRIBLY over top of the
techno music blaring from the restaurant speakers

View looking west-ish towards Punta CancunThe long abandoned Fat Tuesdays

Crowded crowded crowded

Every kid dreams of a giant …

Canadian Shot and Killed in Cabo

The Canadian press has been having a field day with another Canadian tourist being killed while vacationing in Mexico. Last Thursday a Canadian man and his girlfriend were shot while in the Riu Santa Fe hotel in Cabo San Lucas. The man, Bouabal Bounthavorn, died of his injuries and his girlfriend is apparently under the protection of the police after being shot in the foot. I'm happy to "scoop" the Canadian press and report that the Tribuna de Los Cabos states that an arrest has been made in the killing. Here's a Google translation of the article from today's Cabo paper....

Mexican and foreign low rooting for murder of Canadian

Cabo San Lucas

The PGJE refused to give closure of publishing the identity of the entrenched, as well as the legal status of same. Only confirmed that legal action to try to clarify the murder committed in Hotel Riu Santa Fe

The Attorney General de Justicia del Estado PGJE-confirmed last night anchoring two male related to the murder of…

Brenda Martin- The End

In the interest of having some closure on my series of posts about Brenda Martin, here is the final chapter.  The Canadian government has granted Ms. Martin parole and she has been released from prison, free as free can be.  Guilty or innocent, I personally think that she served enough time for the crime and should be paroled.  I do think she should be repaying the Canadian government the money that was spent to gain her freedom, they spent $82, 000 CDN on a private jet to fly her back!  I guess Air Canada just wasn't good enough.  They paid her fine in Mexico, about $3500 CDN and contributed to her release with a lot of man hours.  Now that she knows all about ponzi schemes, I'm sure she could make that money back in no time.  (insert wink here)

Sadly, her case has become fodder for a continued backlash against travel to Mexico, with many Canadians believing that a travel boycott should be implemented to force Mexico to change their legal system.  That cracks me up, I'm qu…

Baby Rescue Day

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Oy vey, what a day of witnessing STUPID and irresponsible parenting! I "rescued" two, yes two babies from drunken idiot parents. Don't get me wrong, I am not condemning people for drinking, but sheesh, when you've got a small child in your care, PUT THE BOTTLE DOWN or pass the child to a non-drunken idiot please.

Rescue Numero Uno
We were getting in the car at 9:00 this morning to go to the beach. Hubby got a call on his cel phone and I just heard him say "Ahorita voy" ("Going now" or "On my way"). WTF? Where could he possibly have to go at 9 am on a Sunday morning? Well, we have some "friends", not even really friends, just a couple with a small child who have glommed onto us and actually moved into an apartment half a block away to be close to us. The male half of this "charming" couple had called Hubby to tell him that they had just had a big fight, that the female half was drunk (9 am???) and he had left. H…

Saturday Kitten Report

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All is calm in Kittenlandia right now, Ziggy and Buzz are sleeping on the couch, Max is in time out for pulling tails and I managed to get a couple of ok photos of them to share with you. I feel like the paparazzi trying to get a decent pic, they are constantly on the move and the lighting in the house isn't that great.

The two babies may look alike, but they are quite different in personality. Ziggy is much smaller than Buzz, but he is the aggressor in the kitty lucha libre! He won't leave poor Buzz alone, always jumping on his back and biting his ears. It forces me to sing "Kibbles and Bits and Bits and Bits" watching this teeny tiny kitten attack his much bigger brother. Buzz is totally chill, he just wants to relax and kick back. Ziggy is very vocal about needing love, he cries til he is snuggled, Buzz really couldn't care less during the day. Buzz does sneak into our bed at night after we are sleeping to cuddle up on our heads. Ziggy is too small to m…

Deported!

I have teased you a few times by mentioning that I have been deported from Mexico twice. Well no more cold showers for you, the teasing is over, here's the long story short.

I first came to Mexico October 10th, 2003 for a vacation to recover from my divorce. In retrospect, I'm not sure if I ever really believed I was just going on vacation, I (we) had sold our home in Toronto, I had gotten rid of a lot of stuff and put the important stuff in storage in my parent's basement and found temporary (permanent) homes for my kitties. The plan was to come down for a month to Cozumel, then head south and see where the wind took me through Central America until the money ran out. So much for plans. Two weeks into my trip I met Hubby on the beach and things changed. I kept delaying leaving Cozumel to stay with him. One December morning I woke up in the B & B to someone opening the door to my room, a MAN, eek! This was one tequila soaked morning too, so it all seemed quite su…

I'm Legal!

Again...for one more year! I know I briefly mentioned somewhere in a previous post that I was stressed out about my FM3 renewal. The FM3 is the visa that allows me to live and work in Mexico, for one year at a time. I've had previous problems with immigration, being deported twice and the never ending battle with the Cancun immigration office and the nightmare that it entails. On the recommendation of several people (the wise Rivergirl included), I chose to use a lawyer this year and avoid the whole mess. I am so grateful for the sage advice, my FM3 is renewed and I didn't have to set one foot in the office, not one tear was shed this year! Last year was such a disaster, it took two months and about twenty visits to that horrible office, there were tears aplenty and it was a big bad kafuffle.

So, I am relieved, grateful to the lawyer and happy for the advice of friends. Best 3000 pesos I ever spent. (That's just the lawyer's fee, the visa itself costs about 180…

Googlicious Searches

I dig checking out how you all arrived here at A Canuck in Cancun so I peruse the search and referrals stats now and again on analytics and sitemeter. Today I've got a new favourite Google search term that brought someone to my Cancun blog. Are you ready for it?

"Why are women's bums so fascinating?"

And there you have it, the essence of "A Canuck in Cancun".

Runners up for recent search words include:

"fuck me boots"
"my magic fingers"
"he fell off his chair taken aback"
"always wrap your willy"
"got pregnant cancun"
"is juan a cuss word in spanish?"
"syndrome act like a jerk"
"spanking pirate"
and.....
"blind from eating cheese"

And really, if you read all my posts, that's what it's all about isn't it? Fuck me boots and cheese.

Hangin' in the Park in Cancun

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Ok, I thought I would make up for the nastiness of the last post and give you something nice and light. Nothing better than some pics of the park in the afternoon! Not much to say on this one, I'll let the photos do the talking. I hope they take the bad taste out of your mouth from the worm debacle (that taste might be in mine for a while though, blech). ***happy thoughts, happy thoughts, happy thoughts***

The park was chock full of activity.....


Abuela Chillaxing

It's Not ALL Soccer/Futbol in Mexico

Cool Ladies andTheir Drill Sergeant/Exercise Master

Going Up!

Coming Down

Oh So Serious
(Garbage Trucks Are Fascinating)
Drummers Drumming
The drummers were very cool indeed, they are what drew us to the park to begin with. Not sure what they were rehearsing for, but we enjoyed their performance big time. Here's a super short video of Max doing his interpretative dance to their groovy beats.


Hope you enjoyed that more than the worms, though from some of your comments there are thos…

Muy guacala, que feo! Pobrecitos...

(Very gross, how ugly! Poor babies...)
Ok, it's official, I now have a new Number One Most Disgusting Thing I Have Ever Done. Warning, this is GROSS and nasty and truly vile, do not read if you are eating, especially spaghetti. I'll give you some space if you need to leave....... ........ ....... ....... ....... ........ ...... ......
...... ...... Ok, you stuck around, you wanna know. So, the kittens are so teeny tiny that their little bums don't really clear the litter in the box so I have to wipe tiny kitten asses after they go. Yesterday Buzz had a nice little dump and I saw he had some "klingons". I went after him with the toilet paper and for the first time he hissed at me and backed away. No worries, I am bigger, stronger, faster, I got a hold of him and started to give a little wipe. It wasn't coming off so I gave a little pull. And oh dear goddess so help me if I didn't pull out a SEVEN INCH WORM. Keep in mind, that Buzz is only about four inches …

Que chido

My favourite Mexican Spanish slang terms (or How to Make a Canuck Sound Silly).

I love to swear in Spanish, some words just POP and ZING and sound so much more effective than English swear words. My students crack up whenever they hear me swear or use slang, must be my accent, eh?

Pinche (pin-chay)- Pinches hombres, pinche gobierno, pinche gente, pinche Max are among my favourite ways to use this Mexican version of "damn". This is the word I say most of all, I do love it so.

No manches! (No man-chez)- Used to express disbelief, positive or negative. "I didn't get paid again this week." "No manches!" or "I won the lottery!" "No manches!". This is a softer version of the much harsher "No mames" which I rarely use as it seems to cause shock and consternation when I do.

Guey (way)- "Dude". "Did you see that Miguel got a new car?" "No manches, guey!"

Chingao (chin- GOW)- This is a shortened…

Musings of a Canuck in Cancun

My therapist asked me this week what it would take for me to be happy, now and in the future. Here, in random order, are some of the things that came out of that session.

1. Hot weather, the beach and the ocean. This may sound shallow, but it's really not, living in Canada I suffered (sometimes mildly, sometimes debilitatingly) from S.A.D., every winter was a nightmare of depression. I NEED sunshine and warm salty waters. The ocean is a goddess of purification, renewal and forgiveness, when I submerge myself in her all the bad stuff just floats away. This is a necessity for my happiness without a doubt, the thought of moving someplace inland just makes me shrivel up on the inside.

2. A roof over my head and food. I don't need to be rich, I don't need fancy things, material goods just aren't my style, but yes, I think I would have to have food and shelter to be happy.

3. Cats. Lots and lots of cats. Kitties fall into the same category as the ocean for me, a life…

You Knew This Was Coming....

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Kitten pics! Ziggy has been joined by his brother, Buzz and they are ripping it up around here. I'm happy they have each other for company and big thanks to Hubby for "allowing" me to have my two kitties. They are tough little buggers to photograph, I need a macro lens and some quick fingers, they are tiny and fast!

Introducing Buzz

Ziggy
Brothers

There's a big "Awwwww" Factor Here

They've got their "special" (read:expensive) kitten milk, they've been de-parasited and they love their raw ground beef. Little piggies will be big piggies in no time. Max insists that he is their daddy and is doing a bang up job of making sure they have all the attention they need, even if they don't want it. I'm trying to teach them to purr, got a little "rrrrrrr" out of Ziggy yesterday! Even cat-hater Hubby seems to have a soft spot for these guys, maybe soon he'll stop calling them "pinches gatos".

The Kitten Currently Named Ziggy

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The name debate ended at Max's bedtime, right now "Ziggy" is coming out ahead. Well, ahead for me really. Hubby wants to call him "Pinche Gato" and Max desperately wants to call him "Mimi". The five minutes we thought she was a girl he got set on it. If he still wants it tomorrow and won't go with Ziggy, then Mimi the Macho it is.

I have cried a lot today, still haven't stopped, even with a sweet, teeny, tiny wittle kitten in the house. The worst was in the vet's office, thinking of the time I was hugely pregnant and Changa bit me to the bone and I fainted. Awww, mi bebe Changa. I loved you for all your "fresh" behaviour. For sucking on my hair while sleeping on the pillow, for killing all the nasty bugs and lizards, for climbing concrete buildings, falling off balconies, curling up beside me and only me. Night night.

Ziggy/Pinche Gato/Mimi, welcome, you will get lots of love here. There's plenty of toys, help yoursel…

I'm So Very Sad

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I'm writing this post while sobbing my eyes out. I started to drive to work this morning and found my beautiful baby Changa on the street, hit by a car. I tried so hard to stop her from going out last night, but she fought me and got herself out the door, I couldn't stop her. I feel so guilty, I should have tried harder, I didn't want her outside and now she is gone. I never wanted to see her like that, I can't get the horrible image out of my head. My lovely, evil baby is gone. I want my baby Changa. I can't stop crying. Max keeps asking for her and it is breaking my heart. He brought me a picture he drew and said "Here's Changa mommy, don't cry". I feel empty, I see her dishes and her litter box and I want to curl into a little ball. I don't even know what to say, I don't know what to do, I miss her so much already. She was far from perfect, but she was my baby, she's been with me as long as I have been in Cancun. Good …

Isla Holbox Quickie

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Well, as my last two posts indicated, we spent a couple of days on the incredible Isla Holbox. Aside from a dreadful fire, it was a great first visit. This was a last minute trip on a very busy weekend, so we had a tough time getting a hotel reservation, but perseverance paid off and we were rewarded with a cancellation booking at Villas Delfines. We traveled with our favourite family friends, the BritFamily and got a very early start on Saturday morning for our journey. The drive to Chiquila was a real breeze, smooth fast highways for the whole trip, took just about two hours from Cancun.

Once in Chiquila we managed to get on the 10 am ferry. The ferry ride was about 45 pesos and took about 20 minutes. Once on Isla Holbox we grabbed a golf cart taxi and had him give us a quick lift to a golf cart place that actually had any carts left (BUSY weekend). We rounded up two carts and off we went to check into our respective hotels. BritFamily were staying at the Xaloc Hotel which wa…