Sunday, November 21, 2010

Thank You, Carla and Henry!

Billy would have been thrilled to have had both a traditional Mexican obit-like expression of gratitude from the family thanking the deceased closest friends and loved ones, and a heartfelt, non-traditional death announcement.  He was like that.  So am I.  Thanks so much, Carla and Henry.  It is great.

But, I do have to chuckle some: and Billy would be rolling on the floor. In 20 years, if a student of genealogy doesn't do some cross-checking, the budding family tree maker may assume that Eric is or was Henry's spouse....

No disrespect, respectively, Guys.

William B. Crouser, Jr.

Billy's brother had our former hometown newspaper publish this obituary.  I have re-printed it with one spelling correction (my name).................. and without further comment -- for now.

William B. Crouser Jr. Ajijic, Mexico William B. Crouser Jr., 45, passed this life suddenly on his birthday, August 24, 2010. Billy was well loved by all who knew him. He had a passion for life, an adventurous streak, and a soft heart for homeless animals, especially cats. He grew up in Michigan where he attended Clintondale and Richmond High Schools and graduated from Wayne State University. After living many years in Port Huron, Billy retired to Mexico where he resided with his partner of more than 20 years, Jody Lee Harris. Billy will be missed by his partner Jody, mother Mable father William Sr., brother Henry, sister Catherine, brother-in-law Eric and sister-in-law Carla. He also leaves behind two nieces and three nephews who will miss their uncle Bill very much. Rest in peace Billy we love you.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Photos of the Day

This morning I went down to the lake as usual and saw my Kingfisher friend in the same tree as the last couple of days.  I took several photographs.  These two are my favorites from today.

UPDATE:  FYI --- my photographs are hardly ever "photo-shopped".  What we see are the naked shots, lens smudges and all.  I do use the zoom liberally.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Photo of the Day

Wow!  I spotted this fella in that tree as I went for a walk this morning.  This is the first Kingfisher that I've seen here in Ajijic.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Bombs Bursting in Air

There is nothing more Mexican than mom, apple pie, and the bombs bursting in air.  On Sunday, October 31, 2010 the Little Virgin of the Rosary completed her annual tour of local churches and returned home to her chapel on the central plaza of Ajijic.  Her escort of native dancers and the faithful were greeted with music and the booming explosions of rockets.  This is village life.

I found myself chuckling the other day as I realized that the bed and breakfast where my brother and his bride will be staying is very close to "rocket central" and the village festival starts soon after their arrival.  Rockets before sunrise.......  LOL