It only took me about an hour to remember that even with a couple hundred TV channels available, there is really nothing I want to watch. I have trouble sleeping in the air conditioned bedroom and it is playing havoc with my sinuses. When I arrived here last week and crashed into bed, it was the first real bed I had slept in in 15 months. When I sit down at the fastest internet connection I have used in years, all I do is check email and, when motivated, post to my blog. The access to shopping is great but I have found that I miss walking down the hill and shopping at the small tiendas. The fast food is okay but it doesn't compare to the meals I cook; I think I may be a little bit lazy.
Please don't misunderstand me, I am happy whether I am in Aticama or Bakersfield as there are things I love about both places. I really enjoy the company of my brother and his family but I also enjoy the solitude of the house on the hill. I now understand the philosophy of the "snow birds" who split their time between homes in the north and paradise in the south. I think I will make a trip north each year part of my future planning!
This is me at my brother's house in Bakersfield. Still in "short pants" weather as Tioga George likes to call it.