27 March, 2021

I’ve still been doing my extended walks. Monday I decided that I’d walk down Ejercito México and make my way to Soriana just up from Valentino’s (the old Mega location). I missed a zig and I zagged instead, which added a few steps to my count – but it was an interesting walk and I now know where Walmart is! I don’t frequent them, but like they say, knowledge is power! Lol. Red is where I walked, black where I took the bus!

Oops! Forgot to turn on Av. Insurgentes!

Today I decided to do a shorter walk, from Ángel Flores I turned on Teniente José Azueta and made my way to the fisherman’s monument. Then back along the malecón past Playa Los Pinitos and Olas Altas where I turned on Ángel Flores and made my way home. Added to a previous run to the bank, and I’m over my 10,000 steps for the day; something I missed a couple of times this week!

Sinaloa is still ‘yellow’ on México’s corona-19 virus stoplight list, yet there’s an article in México News Daily telling us how they hope Mazatlán will be full for Semana Santa (https://bit.ly/3udZHV1). Personally I think they’re crazy. The article says restaurants are increasing their capacity from 40% to 65% – but I had lunch at a popular cenaduria today and by the time I was finished, the dining room had gone from 4 tables to FULL. There was enough room in the dining area to accommodate another 2 tables that had possibly been previously removed, but that wouldn’t get them to 65% capacity. Nowhere near it. I’m sure everyone is getting tired of masks and social distancing – I know I am, but we really need to hold on just a bit more.

Also in México News Daily was an article about M Experience updating their immigration guide for 2021. If you don’t have residency and are thinking about getting it, it is well worth the read. You can find the guide here: https://www.mexperience.com/ebook/mexico-immigration-guide/.

I’m having my roof re-sealed. If you live in a place that has a roof (edit: yes, I know most buildings have a roof – I mean those of you not in a condo or apartment who aren’t on the top floor!), this is an every-few-years task that needs to be done to prevent rain from finding its way through the cement ceilings. I believe it’s been 4 years since I did mine last – a year past the date. This time I’m having them use the 7 year materials. If you have a tinaco, cleaning it would also be a recurring task, but needs to be done every 6 to 12 months. Cleaning your air conditioners should be an annual event too (not the filters, those need cleaned every 4 to 6 weeks). I will admit that I had slacked – I cleaned the filters regularly, but it wasn’t until the drip tube in my mini split clogged that I had the units serviced. My living room unit is one of the old style window units that’s been mounted in a cut-out in the wall. It sounded like a jet plane from the time I bought the apartment and frankly was just something I put up with. I’m fairly certain the previous owner never had it serviced, and I was expecting to have to replace it asap. After cleaning, it has a tenth of the noise, and I might be able to make it live for as long as the roof sealing!

Ok, it’s time to relax and watch a few more episodes of Modern Family in my binge-a-thon. I was never a regular viewer, so now I’m enjoying the fun. Oh, if you haven’t seen Netflix’s ‘Queens Gambit’, you should add it to your watch list. The first episode sets the foundation, so if it’s not to your liking, please give the second one a watch too. The tone changes and it really becomes engaging!

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