Are you a Grammar Commander?

Cross your T’s and dot your I’s
That should be a semicolon not a comma.
Why do you randomly Capitalize words in the middle of a sentence?
Quit overusing the exclamation mark!!!

Ya, I do that, and quite frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn!
I agree there is a time and a place for proper grammar, spelling and no type-oh’s. That place is not my blog. So you grammarphobic fools may get the heeby-jeeby’s when you read it.

Sorry!

I have known many Grammar Commanders in my time.  I have been known to bring out my grammar whip when necessary. But that’s not going to happen in my blog world.  Nope, the Pink Bubbly Blog is a happy place where you can type anything you want without spell check or grammar check, and it really doesn’t matter!

There are no consequences, except maybe not being “Fresh Pressed” whatever that is. But that’s not why I’m blogging anyway. Actually, I don’t know why I am blogging.

I just am.

So if you are reading my blog and you find a mistake, stop, take a deep breath in, exhale out, and move past it. See, that was easy, wasn’t it?

CRAP…do you know what I just did? I just proofread my blog and corrected spelling and fixed the random words that I noticed I capitalized for no reason.

My subconscious did it.  Automatically. It just happened, without my control.

I am sure I missed some, actually I might just put some Back in just for Fun!!!!

On a sad note, I kinda wish I was more of a Grammar Commander. I recently entered a short story writing contest and scored 88/100. I lost all my points to grammar and punctuation, and of course that randomly capitalized word that I overlooked. 😦

Since we’re all friends here, I’ll share one more little factoid. This was my 17th blog. I thought you should know. Now, complete the poll below so I can learn a little bit about you!

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Hurricane Odile hits Cabo San Lucas.

This September Hurricane Odile, was the largest hurricane to ever hit Los Cabos. And it was a direct hit. It decimated the southern Baja. Just ripped it up. While some hotels, restaurants and houses sustained minor damage, others were completely wiped out.

The news coverage of this disaster was ridiculous. What news coverage? I think the Weather Channel had the best, or so I’m told, our Canadian Weather Network, was absolutely lame.

Entire neighbourhoods are gone. People are left homeless. Animals were abandoned by evacuees. It’s crazy the mayhem and destruction that followed this monster created by mother nature.

Now, a week and a half later, hotel workers that lost their homes have now showed up at work, to help get the hotels back up and running. Many restaurants have reopened. And the brooms and shovels are out as the clean up has begun.  The Mexican government is hiring thousands of workers to help with the clean up as well.

Cabo will bounce back faster and stronger than anyone could have imagined.

That being said, so much help is needed.

I have friends down there right now who have witnessed the devastation. Talked to families who have lost everything. Fed stray dogs and cats that were once family pets, now left to wander the streets.  I am told one person actually has 19 dogs in her house.  Wow!

The firefighters are not really funded down there, they are mostly a volunteer organization. And while their homes have been destroyed, they are out there helping with the clean up, first aid and the restoration of Cabo.

All of these areas need help. They need money to buy food, medicine, building supplies, cleaning supplies and more.

I am asking you…if you are reading this right now, please donate. I’m not asking for a hundred dollars, although that would be nice.   5 bucks will go a long way! Please give what you can give. Every penny will help…feed a dog, buy diapers, rebuild the fire hall, support a family, etc.

 

To view some of the destruction, watch this video.

 

TO DONATE Click here!

http://www.youcaring.com/nonprofits/cabo-strong/235470

 

keep calm cabo

Please donate!!!

I will arrive October 24, 2014. More updates then!

Thank You.

XOXO

Me

 

 

 

 

What about my pickle jar?

I would like to declare unfair discrimination against my pickle jar.

The new recycling guidelines have come out, and I cannot put glass in my garbage, or in my recycle bin.

My pickle jar is feeling really left out.

You mean I have to find my way halfway through town and bring my pickle jars to the recycle depot?

What are we paying garbage and recycling collection for?

I understand having to deposit ‘dangerous/toxic’ car batteries at the garage. If I have a car, I can drive there. And chances are if I need a new battery, I can leave my old one, right where I get my new one.

But what about the poor pickle jar? What if for some reason I  cannot drive? This doesn’t prevent me from eating pickles. Are you saying I have to quit eating pickles if I cannot get to the recycle depot? I wonder what my favourite pickle making company would have to say about that?

Am I going to have to switch pasta sauces, and only buy the ones in a can, instead of a jar? What if I don’t like the canned ones? Should we be telling the grocery stores to quit selling anything that comes in a glass jar because our city cannot properly collect them on garbage day?

Does jam come in a can?

If I cannot drive, there are companies that deliver groceries, maybe the city should hire them to deliver the glass? Or am I going to have to just slip all my glass in with my bottles and cans that I donate to local bottle drives and let them worry about it? That wouldn’t be very nice, but it seems like a logical option, considering they are going to the depot anyway.

Plus, I thought plastics were bad, and more and more companies are switching to glass. Am I supposed to sacrifice my health and safety and use plastic or tin instead of glass?

I think this is very unfair to the pickle jar. We pay for garbage collection and recycling. So come and get it. It’s a common household item. If I have to take it to the recycle depot, then I should get money back! Isn’t that how it works?

I think the city is in a pickle.

Maybe the city could designate glass pick up once a month on a regular garbage day?  That would be nice! Even once every 2 months would be ok. If you know of any solutions, please let me know.

Now I’m craving a pickle!

 

XOXO

Me!

 

 

 

 

 

 

What to do when you get sick in Cabo?

CaboFriends Net asked me to share this experience with you.

Yes, it’s true, I came down with the Infamous Cabo Crud. It’s like a nasty cold that gets in your lungs and has you hacking up all kinds of fun stuff. I was coughing so much, that Poncho the sea lion  from the marina started answering back. My nose was like Niagra falls, and I was dizzy and achy. It came on slow, then boom it hit me. I tried the tequila remedy suggested by so many, but unfortunately that did not work.  I considered going to one of the hospitals like Amerimed, or Blue net, but then Stephanie from Wicked Pizza  suggested I go see the same dr she went to when she crud got to her.  So I took her advice.

This Dr’s office is just up the street about 3 blocks up from Desperados.(on the left hand side)  There is a pharmacy attached to it.  Just walk in and there is a small waiting room and one door with the #1 on it.  If no one is waiting just knock on the door. If someone is in the waiting area just sit down and wait your turn. The DR’s visit was 40 pesos.  Less than the one box of Kleenex I bought at the Super Mercado.

Most people get “The Shots”  I am told they are 4 shots in 4 days.  You just go next door to pharmacy, buy the shots and needles, go back to dr and she charged 20 pesos to give the shot. Due to my health situation I got one shot and a bunch of pills.  The shot freekin hurt. She warned it would, but man…oweee! I came hobbling outta there like a 90 year old woman.  It was at this point I wish I had drove, instead of walked.  Roc got a good laugh anyway 🙂

On the way home we walked up to Rico Suave, 1/2 a block west past Baja Peppers on the left had side. You can see their Yellow Sandwich board on the street from the corner of Baja Peppers.  They have the best smoothies! On this occasion a little kid was juicing the oranges, he could barely reach the handle!  So Cute! Their smoothies are nice and fresh and a giant one is only 48 pesos.  They have MANY flavor combinations!

The pain from the shot was fading, by the time I got home (about 3 more blocks) and I was already starting to feel better.  I’m wishing I stayed on that shot regime instead of switching to pills, but hey, they are working too.

So, if you are in Cabo and happen to come down with the Cabo Crud. Don’t worry, bring your pesos to the little clinic and get your shot!  It will be gone in no time!

I get the Cabo Crud or some kind of cold every time I travel (anywhere). I normally wait it out, and end up with some kind of chr0nic cough for 3 months.  I am hoping since I went to the dr 5 days in to the sickness when it climaxed to it’s nastiest point, it will be gone by the weekend! Here’s hoping!

coughXOXO

Me!

The Baja 10/29

The Baja 700

The day began at 6:30 am at El Cajon in California. We rolled out of bed and enjoyed our complimentary breakfast at the Quality Inn, which by the way is near impossible to find without a GPS. We found our new friends at breakfast and told them we would see them at the tecate border, since we were already packed.  These new friends Gene and Ken are from White Rock BC. They were parked next to us in the hotel parking lot, and had a “No Bad Days sticker” on their car.  We had the hotel  call their room and we met up, just to chat about the trip down the Baja. Turns out they own in San Jose and have been coming here for over 20 years.  They are in their mid 70’s and are a wealth of knowledge, and a lot of fun.

Sure enough, they arrived at the Tecate border around the same time as we did.  If you are going through Tecate, this is what we did.  Just before the border you park your car. Either for free on the street or for $5 us in the parking lot.  Then you walk in to mexico to get your tourist card.   Cost is $25.50 us  and the banco is right next to the border office. it is open from 8a – 4p  if you already have your tourist card the tecate border is open 6a – 11p.

After we purchased our tourist card, we had to walk back through US immigration to get the car.  I went alone. The US border guys were watching some kind of video on their tv where somebody got run over by a car or something. They swiped my passport while watching the tv laughing at whatever was happening, then said I got flagged and had to go to the other area for inspection.  The guy in there said I got flagged because I just passed through another US border 3 days ago.  But he couldn’t find a designation to put me through the border as. So he called me an “Other”  Apparently he said the US/Canada border put me down as a B2…whatever that means, but that wasn’t right to him, so now I am an Other.   I walked up to my car parked in front of the duty free shop, and drove in to mexico, where roc was waiting by the immigration office.   He hopped the fence climbed in the car and we were off.  I guess it’s random who gets pulled over, because the gate just lifted for us, no guard at all, no passport, but the car behind us got a big BUZZ and had to pull over for inspection.

We waited down the street for our new friends and we drove together down the baja. Highway 3 – the wine route!  The plan was to stay at El Rosario at Baja Cactus, but we got there so early, that we decided to have lunch there and  continue on to Catavina. I have a of of pics which I will post to Facebook.

What a crazy drive. we were motoring trying to keep up with our new friends.  They just got back from Italy and drove like crazy.  But they have been coming to San Jose for 20 years, so they know a thing or 2 about driving the Baja.   After Lunch at Mama’s in El Rosario we hit the road again.  Mama, by the way is 107 years old.  She has one last daughter still alive who runs the restaurant, right along the highway. We bought a poster of the Baja there in their cute gift shop.

Along the road, our friends got ahead of us. They had the best luck passing big trucks. We seemed to get stuck behind them. At one point we got stuck behind a police truck towing a broken down suv with a rope.  They were going so slow, we were about to pull our hair out, until they flagged us ahead to pass, on a blind corner, but we did it anyway!!

Catavina was a crazy drive past El Rosario, but we made it. We saw stray dogs and cows along the highway.  Plus strange boulders and cactus but it was worth it.  This hotel in Catavina is Great. It’s really cool. I took many pics which will end up on FB.  The room rate was $92, but we got a locals discount thanks to our friends.  There is a fantastic trail out back where we went for a hike and took some more pics. Then came back for some Margs. 60 pesos each by the way.  Our friends met us for a drink before dinner in the bar, then we went for dinner. It was OK.  Then back to our room to blog. The only internet in this hotel is at the front desk in the reception area, but apparently doesn’t work at night, so I will wait until morning to post this.

The Baja is so Beautiful. What a great Adventure. I am so happy that we drove down and I got to experience this area.  I wish I took more time to actually be a tourist, instead of just driving by.  But hey, who knows what the future will hold. For now, it’s a race to get to Cabo to get unpacked and begin our Winter stay.

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So the plan for Tuesday is to get to Loreto. Fingers Crossed!

XOXO

Me!

Day 3 – Waiting for Mexico 10/27/13

Yay! We finally slept last night, got up early and was on the road by 7am!

To all the Californians out there. In case you were wondering what that stick was coming out of your steering column on the left hand side, it’s called a signal. You push it up or down to let those around you know you are about to cut them off.  You know, it’s kinda of a courtesy thing.  OMG!!! Crazy Drivers!

Roc drove all the way along the nice open highway 5 to…um…Leduc????I don’t know, some place where we got more gas, then I drove all the way through LA to La Mesa. That was not fun. LA is the biggest city I have ever drove in. I was going 120k through heavy traffic, and still pissing people off because I was going too slow. WHATEVER PASS ME.  Oh and In case you didn’t know, Hollywood changed it’s name to Smoggywood. But no one can see the sign to be able to tell.

Finally we arrived in La Mesa, pulled in to a plaza, sat down at a noisy bar where everyone was screaming at the football players on the big screen, and ordered some chicken fingers. Here we decided to keep on trucking to find our route closer to the border.  We ended up out in the middle of no where El Cajon, at one of the only OLD hotels our GPS could find, the Quality inn. 

Guess what? The people that checked in right before us were from White Rock BC. We saw a No Bad Days Sticker on their car, so we had the hotel call them. They too are on their way to cabo, we are meeting them at 8pm to chat about the trip! They have driven many times, so this should be informative!

On that note, it’s almost 8pm…so I’m off to be informed and meet some new cabo friends.

Chat tomorrow, maybe, if there’s internet at our hotel  in El Rosario.

 

PS:  I posted pics on Facebook. Sorry, they’re below average.

 

XOXO

Me!