Archive for July, 2016

Point of View…from La Cruz and the World!

Quite a week. But, a quiet week in La Cruz. This is the second time we have lived out of the country during the lead-up to a national election. And, I highly recommend it.

Of course, we stay connected. I am a bit of a news junkie, political junkie and junkie of all trades somewhat leading back, I think, to my days as a journalism major at Kansas. I like to see the story presented right, and, yes, I lean left.

Nonetheless I am finding it best to observe from afar. Traveling in Europe so much on business turned me into a fan of foreign papers like The Guardian, The Times, Nice Matin, even the International Herald Tribune. The main benefit was a presentation of news and information from a different viewpoint…especially about what was going on in the United States. And, there was less noise.

A careful look at the trunk of a palm tree sheds light on its life.

A careful look at the trunk of a palm tree sheds light on its life.

We look in a bit on Charlie Rose and the CBS Morning News and, of course, Sunday Morning. I like a daily dose of MSNBC, CNN, even what remains of the Denver Post and a few other outlets. But, the BBC is well read and listened to at Denver by the Slice. So is CPR and PBS. I like the news process, if not always the news.

In the New York Times the other day, for instance, there was an interesting piece about a Mexican development that was questionable in some ways…and had Colorado connections. It seems a Denver-based development group, the Black Creek Group, was trying to establish a beachhead in a small burg between La Paz and Cabo San Lucas over on the Baja Peninsula. The development, near the fishing village of Todos Santos was about to displace local fishermen, who had worked the small bay for hundreds of years, with a bunch of houses, small offices, a boutique hotel and even a branch campus of Colorado State University.

It is a developing story. But the main problem is common in that part of Mexico. There is no water. Barely even enough for the few residents and ex-pats who live in Todos Santos.

Some of those residents were described thusly by the reporter, Kirk Semple: “…and the sort of scruffy Americans who look as if they took a wrong turn on their way home from an Allman Brothers concert, ended up on the Baja Peninsula and decided to stay?” That’s reporting!

There’s bound to be even more news this week. Hope you enjoy it.

After the Storm

After the Storm

Martin Mull once said: “I’ll be art in a moment!”

Seen on the "Art Walk" in Bucerias, Nayarit

Seen on the “Art Walk” in Bucerias, Nayarit

Palm trees early in the morning are rather calming. Don’t you think?

At the Marina in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle today

At the Marina in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle today

Is it fair to compare LoDo, RiNo, or LoHi to our current neighborhood…NoBu?

NoBu (North of Bucerias)

We were feeling a bit adrift down here in La Cruz, always reading about the latest trend, restaurant, rent outrage or neighborhood mayhem back in LoHi. Or, RiNo. Or, LoDo. (You know who you are.)

So, we came up with our own catchy neighborhood name, NoBu. Because we are, in fact, just north of the trendy, in some peoples’ minds anyway, Bucerias. Not everyone recognizes it as such. I, personally, find it a bit overrated with a too-large and poorly ventilated flea market, but with a fine five mile long beach and endless views of the whole of the Bay of Banderas. You can almost walk that beach right back to La Cruz. At least you could get close enough to throw a rock from the edge of Bucerias to the edge of La Cruz. So, NoBu it is.

Having said that, Denver by the Slice…Barefoot! wanted to share some visuals of our NoBu that relate to some of what is going on in your neighborhood. Or, not. Wait. Is NoBu also the name of a new sushi restaurant in Cherry Creek?

Trendy NoBu cocktails come with a view. Photo: Diane Huntress

Trendy NoBu cocktails come with a view. Photo: Diane Huntress

Like LoHi, NoBu has a major border feature.

Like LoHi, NoBu has a major border feature.

NoBu neighborhoods mix the old...

NoBu neighborhoods mix the old…

...with the new, as in RiNo and LoHi.

…with the new, as in RiNo and LoHi.

And, some new modernist construction thrown in.

And, some new modernist construction thrown in.

Parking on the streets can be an occasional problem.

Parking on the streets can be an occasional problem.

Food shops abound, even a downtown grocery store!

Food shops abound in NoBu, even a downtown grocery store!

7Eleven? No. OXXO and Kiosko? Si!

7Eleven? No. OXXO and Kiosko? Si!

And, like any other neighborhood these days, you can't be too careful!

And, like any other neighborhood these days, you can’t be too careful!

Company for the Holiday Weekend. Enjoy Yours!

All the way from Chicago to the Bay for Banderas. Salut!

All the way from Chicago to the Bay of Banderas. Salut!