Thank goodness for Max’s strong arms. Between me, Max and Sheila (Jim’s mom who will be visiting us for 10 days) we are lugging five 23-pound carry-ons and four 55-pound duffle bags on 2 planes, 2 buses, 4 taxis and a boat ride back to Belize. We are 2 planes and one taxi ride down and just had the scare of our life. We had dragged our bags up the stairs, down the hall and into our postage stamp sized hotel room in Cancun when, with disbelief, it slowly dawned on us that two of our carry-on bags containing scuba gear (expensive) and many of Max’s most treasured possessions (also expensive) were missing.
As the sick realization set in that they truly weren’t there I starting running back to the bus terminal. I either left them in the terminal or in the taxi which was long gone, neither of which boded well for recovery. This is Mexico after all. A couple of minutes later, our taxi passed me on the road, the driver waving me down. He was on his way back to our small hotel with our bags. The round jolly driver hops out of the taxi, opens his arms wide and says, “Ah, Mexico, eets a good, good country”, gives me the bags and happily drives off. I could have cried I was so relieved. Good people are everywhere. It also reminded me that I am not fully functional these days and I need to be more cautious.
Last week I had a car accident; the first of my life (where I was driving). My fault! (the lady slammed on her brakes for a pedestrian that she didn’t see and I crashed right into her). 4,000 to 5,000$ worth of damage! Twice I have missed exits that are second nature to me and not realized until over an hour later, not to mention other assorted bizarre memory related lapses. I’m not thinking it has anything to do with the accident, I think it’s the other way around. And I just walked into a curb and chunked out a couple of pieces of my big toe. But Yay – I can’t believe that we got our bags back. I am so happy.
This past weekend Max and I completed our open water dives for our PADI scuba certification and not a moment too soon. We finished up yesterday and flew out early this morning. I look like a fish out of water with the constant opening and closing of my mouth trying to equalize. From down in the deep to high in the sky, I hope my ears pop back soon.