Too many bozos [deplorables] on this bus . . .

The evening before the election I was speaking with my sister. I threatened that if Donald Trump were elected, then we were moving – perhaps to Port Townsend, Washington (where Obama won handily in 2008 and 2012). Or, perhaps to Mexico, where plenty of people have been maligned by the Donald. In either place, Joie and I would be in good company. (Much of Canada is too cold, except where it isn’t it is too expensive.) That night, with Hillary predicted to win, my threat sounded empty.

Yet here we are. The election of Trump seemed unthinkable, but it is upon us. A sufficient number – not a majority, but close enough to tip the electoral college count – expressed their preference for Trump over Clinton. An impassioned rant would fit well here, but it would serve no good purpose. There is little I might offer, be it cooly reasoned argument or impassioned plea, that wasn’t said in the days before November 8. The results now are known and settled. If you voted for Hillary, you don’t need to hear the arguments for her once again. If you voted for Donald, you were entitled to your vote and the reasons for it. Here, I only scold those who chose not to vote at all: shame on you! All I find that remains to be said is what I feel in my heart: There are too many bozos [deplorables] on this bus.

Like a marriage on the rocks, we soon begin a trial separation from the US. The Spanish language program (Fluenz) was bought and loaded on the computer yesterday. We have checked to be sure that our cell phones can be used with a Telcel sim card. Even though we will be in a smaller town, Kayak tells us that flights back to the States are reasonable if we take a bus to Queretaro or Mexico City and fly from there. We’ve consulted the rules and learned that we can take Denver across the border with little paperwork and no quarantine. As early as this coming week we will commit to spend our summer months in a casita in San Miguel de Allende. If we find it agreeable, we will return the following three summers and, in 2021, we may settle there permanently.

By no means will we be suffering! San Miguel is by all accounts a lovely place, with much culture and historical significance. And there is much street food to sample and enjoy.


More to follow as our plans take shape.

~ by raysparrowe on November 26, 2016.

2 Responses to “Too many bozos [deplorables] on this bus . . .”

  1. Hola Ray!
    Interesting. I’ve spent a few weekends in SMA. It’s lovely and has a lot to offer, particularly in terms of restaurants. Even in Mexico City, it’s hard to find good foreign food, though good Mexican food abounds. But in SMA, there’s a lot of options, albeit expensive by Mexican standards. Still, they are all pretty reasonable by US standards. And there’s a great community of expats, who can help with the transition to a different life and culture.

    For me, though I find it lovely, it’s a little too “agringada,” e.g., a little too “gringified.” In my own adventures, I’ve really enjoyed meeting and getting to know Mexicans, and I’ve learned a LOT from them about Mexico, and surprisingly, about my own culture too. Not that they are telling me anything I don’t know about the USA. Rather, they have taught me to look at it a little more as would an outsider. It’s really given me an amazing new perspective.

    I sincerely hope that SMA turns out to be the retirement place of your dreams. Certainly it’s place with a lot of its own special magic.


    Kim G
    Redding, CA
    Where the best magic is in the surrounding volcanoes and lakes.

  2. Kim, thanks for your comment. Yes, SMA is certainly ‘agringada’ relative to most anywhere in México except perhaps Lakeside or PV. Even without us gringos it is far from a typical village, but is instead a tourist town serving (I’m told) far more Mexicans than extranjeros during the holidays. The time we have spent here, though, suggests that one’s experience can be más o menos agringada. So much depends on being open to opportunities. Last summer we had the good fortune to make a number of Mexican friends – see the ‘weddings in Mexico’ page for a glimpse of the fun we had celebrating. Will SMA be the place we settle long-term? More likely than not, I think. We are in our late 60s, and I am two years from retirement. There is lots of time to be wasted in our future and this looks like a good place to do just that!

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