¡Hola, amigos y amigas!
This is just a quick post to let you know Leslie and I are just fine. We think we’re very safe here in México, and we’re actually worried about our friends in the U.S. and Europe because of the coronavirus.
As of this writing, there are 316 cases of the virus in all of México and only 27 in the state of Jalisco, which includes Guadalajara with nearly 1.5 million people and Puerto Vallarta with over 200,000. It also includes the Lake Chapala area where we have made our home with hundreds of other ex-pats. Of those 27 Jalisco cases, 10 were in a group of people who went on a ski trip to Vail, Colorado, and contracted the virus there. So far, only two people have died from the coronavirus in México.
We’re hoping for the best but preparing for the worst. We know those low numbers will go up, and maybe soon. In Jalisco, schools are closed, concerts and plays have been cancelled, and churches have suspended all activities. Even our bank will only allow five people in at one time. The governor has asked non-essential businesses to close for a week. Even the weekly outdoor market, the tianguis, has shut down. My Spanish class is now being conducted via Skype. Many restaurants are offering take-out orders, and one of our favorite places will even bring your order right to your car.
Our community, Riviera Alta, has suspended weekly social hours and closed all common facilities (pool, library, gym, tennis court) for a week. We have a number of high-risk folks here. Some are merely among the “elderly” group and a few have compromised immune systems. Some of our Canadian friends have already gone back north
My old buddy Jerry — back in our Army Reserve days — used to remind me of the ancient curse that goes, “May you live in interesting times.” Now I have a better understanding of that line.
Leslie and I wish you continued good health — now and when we are once again living in uninteresting times. We’ll keep in touch!
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Glad you are well, as are we.
Thanks for the shoutout — i didn’t think you were paying attention!
We’re hunkered down at home, working on finishing the basement and Eileen has gotten an early start on the garden.
She’s also busy with the Bd of Ed, among other things preparing packets of books to be given to kids when they pick up school lunches.
C’mon, Jerry. Back then I was so broke I couldn’t pay attention! Great to hear from you. Give Eileen a hug for me.
Good to hear you are okay. We are not to leave home especially those of us who are Seniors. Of course grocery stores and pharmacies are open. Other specially needed services are available concern for medial people etc. stay safe and take care of.each other Elaine
Thanks, Elaine! Good to hear from you. We will all get through this eventually.