Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Melaque Funny Papers

Melaque and Barra de Navidad are communities and they have a community message board mostly dominated by the Gringo population.   Sad to say many of the old fart gringos have negative attitudes that they can only rationalize by calling their contributions part of the funny papers.   In other words they can be jerks, rude ... and generally disrespect the idea of a caring community message board.

I remember when the Sunday "funny papers" were no longer funny ... back in the late 60's or early 70's.   There was not one 'column' that wasn't making political comment.   So much different than the 'read along with us' that I remember as a kid with maybe parents helping us with the words.   That innocence is gone!

This evolution is somewhat unexpected as I can't fathom why gringos in their retirement years aren't more relaxed and having a good time.  I can only guess they never figured out what their unretired life was about and need to continue the search into the latter years.  Some of these people will be searching into the afterlife I'm afraid

Maybe it the 'crabby' season in Melaque like it is in La Manzanilla.   They are inundated with these things this time of year

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Melaque's water pressure reservoir

Someone on the local message board mentioned Melaque didn't have a water tower in a conversation about water supply and pressure. I'd heard a number of times there is a large cistern on top of the hill just off the highway - the one with the cave. Nobody seemed to know if it was still being used so I decided to walk up the other day.

The access road, with locked gate, is off the road to Pinal Villa. Easy to slip thru the barbed wire. The road makes about 3 switchbacks before you see the pipe heading for Melaque. You can hear water running in the pipe as well as one of the large water tanks. There could be some nice views from up there but I would suggest shoes, long pants and maybe a machete.

Pipe headed for Melaque

One of the two tanks

Water entering one of the tanks

Monday, May 14, 2012

Progress on El Naranjo II

Manzanillo, Colima. - The director general of Colima National Water Commission (Conagua), Aaron Modesto Mendoza, reported that to date, the construction of the Dam El Naranjo has moved long 25% after hurricane " Jova "(October 2011) destroyed much of what was up. The work is on the border of Colima and Jalisco.

The head of Conagua noted that after the passage of Jova they have practically started from scratch to build the dam El Naranjo, which will irrigate more than 7,000 hectares and will provide water to neighboring municipalities. Its construction began in 2010 when it had projected an investment of $1.058 million pesos.

Elaborating on the issue of dams, announced in 2012 plans to complete construction of the "Hervidero" in Colima and Veladero de Camotlán in Manzanillo.

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... people that just don't get it. Humor is better than the truth

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Jaluco Centro de Salud and the PRI

I took some neighbors and their 84 year old grandmother to the Jaluco Centro de Salud yesterday because grandma is not doing well. The doctor there said she needed to go to Emergency at the General Hospital in Manzanillo. After gathering things together and informing family off we went. Grandma spent the afternoon on an IV and it was later determined she needed better care so will spend a few days in Euchari Clinic. I sure wish her the best and the family is coming together to pay the bills.

While in Jaluco we were surrounding by the PRI supporters with their local candidate. Yes it's that time of year. They were passing out trinkets for the kids and singing a catchy tune. Somehow one of the women I was with got a 100 peso gas voucher from the candidate which we made use of on the way to Manzanillo.

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