Sunday, March 31, 2013

Queretaro

When we head out this morning, our destination will be the RV Park in the City of Queretaro. We need to see Felipe the Fixer who will renew my Mexican Immigration Card which expires April 17th. Felipe's office is very close to the immigration office in Queretaro. Felipe is very tight with the immigration people and can get things done with ease.


Tomorrow we will phone Felipe for an appointment to get things started with the renewal. Part of the renewal process is to qualify financially with the new Mexican immigration requirements. I will give Felipe a statement copy from my bank and Vanguard in order to prove those qualifications.

Another thing that we would like to do in Queretaro is visit an Apple Store. My MacBook Pro now displays a "Service Battery" notice which indicates that the battery should be replaced.


9AM - Discipline
As I begin to type this 9am post, I heard music begin to come from a car in the parking lot. Ah ha! Isn't that just like life. I wanted to write about something, and a guy playing music from his car tells me what it is that I wanted to write.

I am 75, and I have lots of problems that come with age. But I have discipline. And what is that? It is a learned ability to do what is necessary to live without fear and dread. To accept life as it is.

The music in the parking lot is loud. The man wants to share his joy with all who are in ear-shot. I can either hear the music and share his joy in my own heart. Or, I could be angry and rail against the man and his music.

Which is best?

1PM - Juriquilla Inn RV Park
We have arrived at what used to be named, Parador RV Park. It is now called Juriquilla Inn. It's nice here. About three other RVs. The office of Felipe the Fixer is not far away.

I am heating up Chinese takeout bought yesterday. Yummm!
Tioga and George at Juriquilla In RV Park

Chinese left-over take out


98°F
Partly cloudy




Location: Juriquilla Inn RV Park
Elevation: 1917 meters

16 comments:

  1. Good Morning George - Drive carefully and enjoy your day. We are in the Sedona Arizona area - just starting our long journey towards cold Indiana. so we are not in a hurry. Enjoyed spending part of the winter with you. Hope you can find your Apple store - wouldn't want you to be without your computer - how would you watch movies?

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    1. Carol and Bill,

      I am reading your blog every day! Love your many pics!

      George

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  2. Good point. Don't feed the Wolf.

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  3. Enjoy the music George....such a great perspective!

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  4. Hola George:
    Aha! I'm on my [Barb's] computer - Internet access for how long here in Hacienda Contreras????? Barb just told me the trip to your base will be at least 5-6 hours? Yikes! Never in one day; we need to 'think' this over. As of now I'm planning to leave on Tuesday or Wednesday and then meet Renate in SMdA on Friday or Saturday. But, I also want to see you and your plumber too! How can it be managed?
    My thoughts on the 'loud music' ....... ENJOY!

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    1. Hi Mary-Pat,

      It's about the same driving time to San Miguel de Allende as it is to Tequisquiapan.

      Sometimes when an RV campground is not available, a hotel will provide some degree of protection when you are camping inside your RV. I stayed in a hotel parking lot during my trip.

      See you soon,
      Jorge

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  5. Felix knows how to grease the right palms.

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  6. "I am 75, and I have lots of problems that come with age. But I have discipline. And what is that? It is a learned ability to do what is necessary to live without fear and dread. To accept life as it is.

    The music in the parking lot is loud. The man wants to share his joy with all who are in ear-shot. I can either hear the music and share his joy in my own heart.'

    oh, me... I could have written this. I just turned 70 Thursday and I can not believe the 'discipline' acquired subconsciously or through osmosis ~ whatever ... I wanted to have discipline but it seemed to always escape me .. this new found acceptance is very freeing.

    I have, on occasion, while 'camped' at a Walmart or such ... wanted to wring the person's neck with the loud BOOM BOX .. hate it with a passion. I don't want to hear THEIR music, thank you ... screamed out ... HEY ... great music ~ thank you for sharing.

    Being politically incorrect, however, when I say I only do this with young white teenagers... I'll walk right up to them because ... well, I'm an old white woman and I can.

    Now that I've finally decided to mature some ... jeeeeeez I hate having to grow up BUT in order to be free? I think you need to learn to accept and be smug with yourself that you have learned that.

    am I clear? lol?

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    1. Carolyn,

      Very clear! And I agree with you.

      George

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  7. Two things:

    Felipe is not a fixer, he is a facilitator, I assume he follows the immigration laws to a "T", that's what facilitators do in Mexico, although you too can do it all without cost.

    As for the music, the guy is not sharing his joy but rather his low self esteem, it is obvious he needs lots of attention. The music doesn't bother me, but it might bother others. Remember the saying, "you can do anything in life you want as long as it doesn't inconvenience, bother or hurt someone else". Accepting his obnoxious music is called tolerance.

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    1. I just call him Felipe the Fixer. I understood that Felipe does not really fix things. So please understand this when I use the term, Felipe the Fixer in the future.

      Thank you,
      George

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  8. A couple of years ago I tried earplugs because my husband snores a little. (And now he uses them because I also snore!) I found that I now longer worry about what anyone does in the RV next to me, or anywhere else for that matter. But I do agree with you about people sharing their music with everyone else. I will never understand why people need to have the volume up where they can hear it away from their campsite.

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  9. Why is it that there is no FEAR of bothering others????

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    1. TomK,

      There is a lack of understanding by the people of some countries, about the culture of other countries. For some reason, for example, the people of the USA believe that their culture is the right culture.

      However, my years in Mexico have taught me that there are big differences between the USA and Mexican cultures. Mexicans do not tell others how they should live their lives. Because Mexicans believe that you are responsible for what you do. Another Mexican will not tell you how to live your life.

      An example of this is music volume. One Mexican does not tell another to turn down the music. Because it is not accepted to do that in Mexican culture.

      George

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  10. Hi George - Sorry we missed saying good-bye to you at Hacienda Contreras. We both thought you were just going shopping!! Safe journey and we will watch the blog!!
    Doug & Nancy

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    1. Doug and Nancy,

      We will likely meet again, somewhere along the road! :)

      George

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