It’s all about the weather

September 29, 2009


Wherever people live, they talk about the weather, it’s just what we do. Whether it is snow in the midwest or rain in the northwest, we always compare what we’re experiencing with some perfect “other” place. But the reality is that the perfect place really isn’t just about the weather. If it was, then San Diego would be piled 100 deep with people! And for me, the weather is one reason you accept or reject a place to live, just not the whole reason.

I mostly love the weather here in Mazatlán. It has it’s challenges… and those are the summer months. The heat starts in June and it gets cranked up… and up… and up… until you start dreaming about other places.

By the way, this is an appropriate moment for the Boiling Frog Story.

If you drop a frog in a pot of boiling water, it will of course frantically try to
clamber out. But if you place it gently in a pot of tepid water and turn the
heat on low, it will float there quite placidly. As the water gradually heats up,
the frog will sink into a tranquil stupor, exactly like one of us in a hot
bath, and before long, with a smile on its face, it will unresistingly allow
itself to be boiled to death.

—Version of the story from Daniel Quinn‘s The Story of B

In Mazatlán, the snowbirds leave in droves in April.  Those of us who stay all year shake our heads at their missing May and June, two of the nicest months of the year.  Some year round gringos pack up for a couple of months and head to the hills.  Well, inland, that is – like around Lake Chapala or maybe Oaxaca.  Some head back to the US for an extended visit with family.  Some of us stay and boil, without sense to get out of the pot. (That was a reference to the frogs, above…)

But boil we do, and get more and more fed up with the heat while it continues to crank up and up.  Until what happens?  (drum roll) You get a few days of a tiny bit cooler weather and you can sit back and smile.  And remember some of the wonderful things about this city that you get to enjoy by yourselves until the snowbirds start showing back up in November.

But for right now, the temperature being just a bit lower is all it takes to make Mazatlán the happiest place around.  And it’s not just me, everyone feels a bit of change and we all know we are just about to move into the most perfect eight months of the year!  (er, well, usually this happens the first week in November, so I might be jumping the gun just a bit…)

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    1. you hit the nail on the head with this post. Merida is just cooling off too. Just yesterday, I said something insane like “look it’s only the mid eighties today”.

      just a fellow frog enjoying the swim

      1. Theresa, Yes, we are thankful for the little things, right? (ribbet)

        Larry, Here in Mazatlán they won’t be back until around Thanksgiving.

        Jillian, It’s on my list to read, just found out about it reading the Wiki.

    1. As a Canadian Snowbird I feel slighted. Slighted I tell you! I’m not sure why. It is all true, but still, I feel like I stand accused of having taken the easy way out. I prefer to think of myself as having a sort of dual citizenship. Best of both worlds, really. I’ll be back when things have cooled off a bit 😉 Sometime after Canadian Thanksgiving. When it is cold up here.

      1. Michael, You shouldn’t feel that way! There was no slight intended! Of course you know that, anyway. It will be nice to have you back in town, the sooner the better. I thought you were going to come for a bit of the heat this year, what happened to that plan?

    1. How true is that? You’ll notice that people don’t choose to ‘snowbird’ their winters in Canada!

      I’m curious Nancy, what would you say is your favourite thing about living in Mazatlan?

      1. Beth, Wow, I don’t think I could say just one thing. It’s a combination of the several things. The people – both expat and Nationals – they are very friendly and quirky and quick to laugh. The weather is wonderful most of the year. I love the lifestyle where our doors and windows are open 24/7. Very few bugs. The people are very accepting of people who are different, probably because they have so many people (both expats, cruisers and national) tourists here all the time. That’s a bit of a start, but since you’ve been reading my blog a while you know there are many many things I love about it here!

    1. Hey Nancy! I think you’re right…small shift in the early morning temperatures. I am waiting longer than normal to flip the AC on and I do so love having all my windows thrown wide open. That is the one thing I hate about keeping cool..closing myself in. Ugh. With your courtyard, you can get away from that closed in feeling. Lucky you.

      1. Hey Zoe, One day it seems better, then the next day worse, so who knows! I have been staying pretty close to the fans but we are still using a/c at night. I really look forward to the day when we have the windows open while we sleep. Pretty soon!

    1. Great post, Nancy. Although I have been a little irritated by the mini breaks in the weather. Maybe it’s the Dengue, maybe I’m just crankier this year than most (which I have been), but the mini breaks speak to that ever hopeful part of my brain and make me think “okay, this is it. This long, interminable summer is finally coming to an end”. But then my hopes are dashed and the very next day, or later that same afternoon, the temperature and humidity rebound. I hate being teased!

      1. Me too, we have been teased a fair bit the last week or so, too. I am just very ready! We actually will not need to have fans blowing 24/7 in order to not sweat? Oh well, it will give us stories for when we’re old… “yes, sonny, I remember the summer of ’09 very well….”

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