• Glenn Wilson
    September 30, 2022
    Bonnie Lee Black wrote: They’re romantic and nostalgic, both beautiful and functional. And you can find one in the center of almost every town or city’s central square here in Mexico.

    Known as a kiosko — or glorieta, mirador, or carpa — in Spanish, the gazebo is a charming focal point, a setting for weddings and concerts, a gathering spot, the heart of parks and gardens – not only here but worldwide.

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    The beautiful gazebo in SMA’s central Jardin yesterday

    In my research yesterday I learned that the oldest archaeological discoveries of gazebos date back 5,000 years to Ancient Egypt. The Egyptians believed their gardens were earthly paradises, and when they died their gardens and gazebos would follow them on their journey to heaven. ...

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  • Glenn Wilson
    September 17, 2022
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    Don Day wrote: A little over 60 years ago I entered the wonderful world of working. The most wonderful part…OK, maybe the only wonderful part…was the day that each and every week, Mr. O’Leary, aka Chief, would walk around with these little brown envelopes that were perfectly sized to hold what we called sawbucks and fins that were decorated with pictures of HRH, her majesty the queen.

    On those wonderful days, there was no brown bag beside me on the bus. On paydays, I tucked that brown envelope into the inside pocket of my loden green corduroy jacket and walked the few blocks to the middle of my hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada to do two things.

    First I dropped off my shirts (always white…”it’s company policy”, always button-down collar, box pleat and hanger loop) at Fotheringham’s to be one-hour martinized (still don’t know what martinizing is though The Urban Dictionary defines it as “the act of making a complete ass of oneself due to heavy intoxication”).

    The second thing I did was ...

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    Pintxos and Bar Do Mar are in City Market, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

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  • Glenn Wilson
    September 16, 2022
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    “Buen provecho!” — lunchtime at a cafe in SMA’s design center, Fabrica la Aurora.

    Bonnie Lee Black wrote: A Mexican friend recently said to me flatly that a person who doesn’t say hello to another person is a barbarian. This statement seems to sum up nicely the emphasis Mexicans place on cortesía, or courtesy (pronounced: cor-tah-SEE-ah). For Mexicans, greeting others, inquiring about their wellbeing, and wishing them a good day are not optional in daily human interactions; they’re required of a civilized person.

    I’ve touched on this subject before, in a blogpost last year, in fact, which I just learned has been nominated for inclusion in Sundress Publications’ Best of the Net anthology to be published next year. So I thought, since things are still in flux in my life at the moment, with less time than ever for the tranquility I require to write something new, I’d share most of that post with you again here. It’s a topic that warrants repeating ...

    The following link will take you to three excellent YouTube videos that will further explain Mexico’s history, culture, and especially cortesía, presented by Warren Hardy of the Warren Hardy Spanish School in San Miguel de Allende:

    Warren Hardy Spanish 101: Cortesía.

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  • Glenn Wilson
    September 9, 2022
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    Bonnie Lee Black wrote: In the fall of 1981, when my first book, Somewhere Child, about the abduction of my baby daughter by her father, was published by Viking Press in New York, a conservative rabbi in Massachusetts named Harold S. Kushner, driven by the death of his fourteen-year-old son Aaron from the rare genetic disease progeria, published the revolutionary inspirational guide, When Bad Things Happen to Good People, which became a bestseller.

    I say “revolutionary” because Kushner’s book held the power to cause a dramatic shift in people’s thinking. Millions of people, in fact; it’s sold over four million copies. The idea that bad things could happen to good people was, especially in those days, antithetical to large swaths of “good” people who believed down deep that bad things were meted out as punishments by God to “bad” people for their bad deeds: People got what they deserved in life.

    Growing up in a nice little town in northern New Jersey, and living most of my life in the United States, I came to know many good people from good families who went to good schools and lived in good homes and drove good cars and had good jobs and ate at good restaurants and wore good clothes and enjoyed good health and liked to gloat, “Life is good,” who credited their good fortune to their own good decisions. The less fortunate, in their view, as far as I could tell, were to be at best pitied, at worst blamed, for their misfortune or their bad judgment. ...

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  • Glenn Wilson
    September 5, 2022
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    Don Day wrote: If you’re like me, you have grandkids. And if you’re like me, you’re constantly (and usually unsuccessfully) trying to lure them down to San Miguel de Allende.

    “But, Grampie, there’s no sand, no sea.”

    I’d been almost ready to try a somewhat shady tactic.

    “You come to San Miguel and I solemnly promise I’ll take you to the sea, take you to what we in Mexico call La Mar.”

    Somewhat shady? Make that super shady. You see La Mar is about 600 clicks from the nearest ocean. La Mar is actually a restaurant. Actually, a new San Miguel restaurant. And actually, a very good restaurant. I think my grandkids might even like it there. Though what they may like may be a lot different than what I like. ...

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    La Mar is located at Salida a Celaya #6 in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The restaurant is open from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm, seven days a week.

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  • Glenn Wilson
    September 3, 2022
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    Bonnie Lee Black wrote: If I’ve learned anything over the years, it should by now be this: Things change. Circumstances change, the music changes, people change their tune. As much as I might long for solidity and permanency, along comes a stiff wind out of left field and blows my seemingly solid structure away. So today I’m trying to adopt a new motto: Todo es temporal (everything is temporary). How Zen of me.

    My news is that I’ll be moving house again – for reasons too convoluted to go into here. This will be my fifth move in the seven years I’ve lived in San Miguel de Allende and about the twenty-fifth move of my life, since leaving home at eighteen.

    Granted, SMA is a pretty fluid place: People come and go all the time. Extranjeros (foreigners) arrive on vacation, fall in love with this beguiling old city, decide to move here; then after a while, often for health or family reasons, they return to their country of origin. Others go back and forth with the seasons. I, on the other hand, have always intended to be solidly permanente from start to finish. I long to feel planted, busily growing deeper and deeper roots. ...

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  • Glenn Wilson
    August 26, 2022
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    Bonnie Lee Black wrote: Whenever I want to travel without leaving home, I turn to Paul Theroux. Right now I’m accompanying him on his nostalgic trip throughout Asia in his 2008 book Ghost Train to the Eastern Star, in which he retraces the epic journey he took in 1973 when he was in his early thirties, which became his first bestseller, The Great Railway Bazaar.

    I’ll admit it: I love traveling with this man this way. I love his sensibilities, his observations, his breadth, the sound of his voice on the page. I love the way he chooses to travel – down to earth, close to the real people – the way I, too, prefer to be.

    In an effort to remain a companionable traveling companion, I tend to agree with him and go along with everything he wants to do and everywhere he wants to go, uncomplainingly. But the other night we had a major disagreement.

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  • Glenn Wilson
    August 25, 2022
    Based on national estimates from UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) the actual number of cases in Mexico has historically been about 10 to 20 times more (and I suspect is more now) than the officially reported numbers. *
    ~~~~~
    Latest Daily Changes: *
    • SMA: no new deaths, 16 new cases.
    • GTO: 1 new death, 503 new cases.
    • MEX: 51 new deaths, 7,981 new cases.

    SMA: 321 deaths, 7,164 confirmed, 1 suspected, 6,819 recovered.
    SMA: 321 deaths, 7,148 confirmed, 1 suspected, 6,796 recovered (previous).
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    Guanajuato Covid Statistics: SMA (<< click for 'latest').

    SMA: 7-day daily average of 28.6 new confirmed cases and 0.1 deaths. 200 new cases have been confirmed in the last week, and 353 new cases have been confirmed in the last two weeks. The most recent death from Covid in SMA was reported August 18. *
    ~~~~~
    * Covid case numbers have always been undercounted in Mexico, the state of Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende. Based on national estimates from UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) the actual number of cases in Mexico has historically been about 10 to 20 times more (and I suspect is more now) than the officially reported numbers.

    * Also see: Understanding Mexico's Covid Statistics. October 12, 2020.
    The Actual Number of Covid-19 Cases in SMA. July 16, 2021.
    The Delta Variant and the Covid Third Wave in GTO. July 17, 2021.
    SMA Covid alert. July 21, 2021.
    The Delta Variant and the Covid Third Wave in SMA. July 24, 2021.
    ~~~~~
    SMA and GTO Covid data, averages, and graphs: Google Spreadsheet.

    GTO: 15,242 deaths, 349,120 confirmed, 371 suspected.
    GTO: 15,241 deaths, 348,617 confirmed, 305 suspected (previous).
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    coronavirus.guanajuato.gob.mx (<< click for latest and the full chart of municipalities). (GTO numbers also available at Twitter @SaludGuanajuato.)

    Mexico Data and Interactive Maps
    MEX: 329,225 deaths and 6,994,309 confirmed cases.
    MEX: 329,174 deaths and 6,986,328 confirmed cases (previous).
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    Click here for the current data and interactive maps.
    We also get data from the Worldometer MEX site below when this official site has not yet updated for the day.

    Worldometer
    MEX | USA | Canada | World (click for latest).

    Johns Hopkins
    Mexico | World (click for latest).
    ~~~~~
    MEX Vaccination Status
    Percent of the population that has at least one shot.
    Percent of the population that has a full vaccination scheme.
    ~~~~~
    * Covid case numbers have always been undercounted in Mexico, the state of Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende. Based on national estimates from UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) the actual number of cases in Mexico has historically been about 10 to 20 times more (and I suspect is more now) than the officially reported numbers.

    * Also see: Understanding Mexico's Covid Statistics. October 12, 2020.
    The Actual Number of Covid-19 Cases in SMA. July 16, 2021.
    The Delta Variant and the Covid Third Wave in GTO. July 17, 2021.
    SMA Covid alert. July 21, 2021.
    The Delta Variant and the Covid Third Wave in SMA. July 24, 2021.
    ~~~~~
    Click here for the most recent Coronavirus Dashboards.
    ~~~~~
    Covid data comparisons ("New" cases, etc) are between the two most recent official reports. Official SMA and GTO data is released in the early afternoon (sometime after 2 pm) and Official Mexico data is released in the evening.
    ~~~~~
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  • Glenn Wilson
    August 22, 2022
    Based on national estimates from UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) the actual number of cases in Mexico has historically been about 10 to 20 times more (and I suspect is more now) than the officially reported numbers. *
    ~~~~~
    For the 11th Sunday in a row the official stats for SMA indicate no new deaths and no new cases. I am not suggesting anything nefarious, but suspect it is due to something mundane like work schedules. But, that is one reason why I focus on the 7-day averages (below) instead of the daily fluctuations. And, rounding off to whole numbers, the current 7-day average of new cases is as high as it's ever been at 37 new cases per day. Deaths, fortunately, are much lower than previous peaks.
    ~~~~~
    Latest Daily Changes: *
    • SMA: no new deaths, no new cases.
    • GTO: no new deaths, 57 new cases.
    • MEX: 10 new deaths, 1,597 new cases.

    SMA: 321 deaths, 7,145 confirmed, 2 suspected, 6,717 recovered.
    SMA: 321 deaths, 7,145 confirmed, 2 suspected, 6,717 recovered (previous).
    The SMA graphic on the stats site has not updated for a couple of days, cases and deaths numbers are from this tweet.
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    Guanajuato Covid Statistics: SMA (<< click for 'latest').

    SMA: 7-day daily average of 36.6 new confirmed cases and 0.1 deaths. 256 new cases have been confirmed in the last week, and 386 new cases have been confirmed in the last two weeks. The most recent death from Covid in SMA was reported August 18. *
    ~~~~~
    * Covid case numbers have always been undercounted in Mexico, the state of Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende. Based on national estimates from UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) the actual number of cases in Mexico has historically been about 10 to 20 times more (and I suspect is more now) than the officially reported numbers.

    * Also see: Understanding Mexico's Covid Statistics. October 12, 2020.
    The Actual Number of Covid-19 Cases in SMA. July 16, 2021.
    The Delta Variant and the Covid Third Wave in GTO. July 17, 2021.
    SMA Covid alert. July 21, 2021.
    The Delta Variant and the Covid Third Wave in SMA. July 24, 2021.
    ~~~~~
    SMA and GTO Covid data, averages, and graphs: Google Spreadsheet.

    GTO: 15,238 deaths, 348,123 confirmed, 205 suspected.
    GTO: 15,238 deaths, 348,066 confirmed, 269 suspected (previous).
    The GTO graphic on the stats site is not updated for today, numbers are from this tweet.
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    coronavirus.guanajuato.gob.mx (<< click for latest and the full chart of municipalities). (GTO numbers also available at Twitter @SaludGuanajuato.)

    Mexico Data and Interactive Maps
    MEX: 329,091 deaths and 6,976,593 confirmed cases.
    MEX: 329,081 deaths and 6,974,996 confirmed cases (previous).
    Map last updated August 17.
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    Click here for the current data and interactive maps.
    We also get data from the Worldometer MEX site below when this official site has not yet updated for the day.

    Worldometer
    MEX | USA | Canada | World (click for latest).

    Johns Hopkins
    Mexico | World (click for latest).
    ~~~~~
    MEX Vaccination Status
    Percent of the population that has at least one shot.
    Percent of the population that has a full vaccination scheme.
    ~~~~~
    * Covid case numbers have always been undercounted in Mexico, the state of Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende. Based on national estimates from UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) the actual number of cases in Mexico has historically been about 10 to 20 times more (and I suspect is more now) than the officially reported numbers.

    * Also see: Understanding Mexico's Covid Statistics. October 12, 2020.
    The Actual Number of Covid-19 Cases in SMA. July 16, 2021.
    The Delta Variant and the Covid Third Wave in GTO. July 17, 2021.
    SMA Covid alert. July 21, 2021.
    The Delta Variant and the Covid Third Wave in SMA. July 24, 2021.
    ~~~~~
    Click here for the most recent Coronavirus Dashboards.
    ~~~~~
    Covid data comparisons ("New" cases, etc) are between the two most recent official reports. Official SMA and GTO data is released in the early afternoon (sometime after 2 pm) and Official Mexico data is released in the evening.
    ~~~~~
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  • Glenn Wilson
    August 21, 2022
    Based on national estimates from UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) the actual number of cases in Mexico has historically been about 10 to 20 times more (and I suspect is more now) than the officially reported numbers. *
    ~~~~~
    Latest Daily Changes: *
    • SMA: no new deaths, 43 new cases.
    • GTO: 1 new death, 536 new cases.
    • MEX: 69 new deaths, 7,132 new cases.

    SMA: 321 deaths, 7,145 confirmed, 2 suspected, 6,717 recovered.
    SMA: 321 deaths, 7,102 confirmed, 2 suspected, 6,717 recovered (previous).
    The SMA graphic on the stats site is not updated today, cases and deaths numbers from this tweet.
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    Guanajuato Covid Statistics: SMA (<< click for 'latest').

    SMA: 7-day daily average of 36.6 new confirmed cases and 0.1 deaths. 256 new cases have been confirmed in the last week, and 386 new cases have been confirmed in the last two weeks. The most recent death from Covid in SMA was reported August 18. *
    ~~~~~
    * Covid case numbers have always been undercounted in Mexico, the state of Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende. Based on national estimates from UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) the actual number of cases in Mexico has historically been about 10 to 20 times more (and I suspect is more now) than the officially reported numbers.

    * Also see: Understanding Mexico's Covid Statistics. October 12, 2020.
    The Actual Number of Covid-19 Cases in SMA. July 16, 2021.
    The Delta Variant and the Covid Third Wave in GTO. July 17, 2021.
    SMA Covid alert. July 21, 2021.
    The Delta Variant and the Covid Third Wave in SMA. July 24, 2021.
    ~~~~~
    SMA and GTO Covid data, averages, and graphs: Google Spreadsheet.

    GTO: 15,238 deaths, 348,066 confirmed, 269 suspected.
    GTO: 15,237 deaths, 347,530 confirmed, 302 suspected (previous).
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    coronavirus.guanajuato.gob.mx (<< click for latest and the full chart of municipalities). (GTO numbers also available at Twitter @SaludGuanajuato.)

    Mexico Data and Interactive Maps
    MEX: 329,081 deaths and 6,974,996 confirmed cases.
    MEX: 329,012 deaths and 6,967,864 confirmed cases (previous).
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    Click here for the current data and interactive maps.
    We also get data from the Worldometer MEX site below when this official site has not yet updated for the day.

    Worldometer
    MEX | USA | Canada | World (click for latest).

    Johns Hopkins
    Mexico | World (click for latest).
    ~~~~~
    MEX Vaccination Status
    Percent of the population that has at least one shot.
    Percent of the population that has a full vaccination scheme.
    ~~~~~
    * Covid case numbers have always been undercounted in Mexico, the state of Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende. Based on national estimates from UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) the actual number of cases in Mexico has historically been about 10 to 20 times more (and I suspect is more now) than the officially reported numbers.

    * Also see: Understanding Mexico's Covid Statistics. October 12, 2020.
    The Actual Number of Covid-19 Cases in SMA. July 16, 2021.
    The Delta Variant and the Covid Third Wave in GTO. July 17, 2021.
    SMA Covid alert. July 21, 2021.
    The Delta Variant and the Covid Third Wave in SMA. July 24, 2021.
    ~~~~~
    Click here for the most recent Coronavirus Dashboards.
    ~~~~~
    Covid data comparisons ("New" cases, etc) are between the two most recent official reports. Official SMA and GTO data is released in the early afternoon (sometime after 2 pm) and Official Mexico data is released in the evening.
    ~~~~~
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