Monday, January 04, 2010

Two Thousand and Ten

I spent the end of 2009 on a family trip to Puerto Vallarta. I was there from Christmas to New Years and had an incredible time. I snorkeled, meditated as I looked at all the pretty fish swimming below me. I went zip-lining (where they hook you up to a cable and let you loose) through the jungles of Mexico (specifically where they filmed the movie Predator).

I spent some quality time with my family, eating at good restaurants and shopping. It quickly dawned on me how the global economy is hitting everyone. If the US is having a bad time, imagine what Mexico is eperiencing. Vendors were anxious to sell. I know at tourist traps, vendors always want to sell but it felt more intense. Some were begging for me to buy something.

Regardless, I love Mexico. I think I was Mexican in a past life. I have a true fondness for the country. I was mistaken for Mexican by tourists. Mexicans wanted to know if I was Chinese or Korean.

I woke up on January First, my birthday, and did my annual cartwheel. Being able to do a carwheel at 42 means I've still got some vigor in me. Of course, now I have to stretch before I do one. It was extra special because I did it while waves crashed on the beach.

So here we are in a new decade and I'm curious to know what it will bring. Happy New Year to all. I hope this year is better than the last!


Cheryl said...

That's funny; people always think my Mexican gf is Filipina. Maybe she was in a past life.

Happy birthday, and here's to many more cartwheels!

Anonymous said...

Cartwheeling through life. Beautiful, where ever you find yourself. Despite six months of regular workouts at the gym, (some with a trainer) I won't be imitating a pinwheel when I turn 54 on the 15th next week.

Happy birthday, Noel. The writing world is far more interesting because you are out there sweating over each word.


Angelo said...

Maligayang kaarawan, Noel! :)

Mula sa isang kaibigan sa Pilipinas,
Angelo 0=)

P.S. I forgot to ask Jimmy to get me a copy of Talking to the Moon. :( Oh well, the next time he comes home.

Hope all is good with you. :)

Sally said...

Yay, you!