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We arrived safe and semi-sound back at the mobile mansion yesterday around 3PM. I say semi-sound because we always leave a big piece of ourselves in Todos Santos. I’m sure it will take a few days before we get over this feeling of spirit-lag, for want of a better word. People may think driving back and forth to the tip of Baja a couple times a year is a big deal, but the biggest part of the (or)deal is the stretch from San Diego through LA till you get to the wide open spaces of Highway 5. Our 22 yea old Toyota Previa (La Reyna De Baja) performed admirably but there were times when we crossed the near 100 degrees desert that we would have given anything to be air-conditioned. We wrapped a a cold wet hanky around our necks and drove on. So here’s the long story very abbreviated.

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It’s still a toss-up as to whether we will actually get all the loose ends tied up to be able to take off tomorrow. I am trying to be positive and proactive. Just finished Victor Sossa’s T-shirt. He’s coming by later and I certainly hope he likes this. If not he will have to wait till the Fall when we return, unless we can take care of things digitally.

Whether we leave in the morning or not I am packing up my art materials so anything you see on my blog for the next few days will be reruns, text, or photos taken along the long winding road to Monte Rio.

This was an interesting, atypical visit to Todos Santos: first was the trip down with my daughter and granddaughters; Spring and Early Summer were new seasonsĀ for us to visit; the entire town was reduced to dirt roads and rubble while the underground cables are put in place; then there was Hurricane Blanca; lots more construction related fun; and quite a bit more art jobs for me, Thanks to all our great friends we had plenty of fun even though it wasn’t “peak season”. Adios amigas y amigos. Hasta luego.

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Only two more days till we start the drive back to Monte Rio. I love it here in Todos Santos; I love it in Monte Rio; I don’t even mind the long drive. There’s a period of mental transition though that is difficult, where I feel somewhere between Todos and Monte Rio, in a Limbo of my own making. All it takes is a week or so to get back in the groove, so no biggie.

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So right when we are counting down our last couple of weeks I get several drawing gigs and have to jammarama to get everything done and get packed and stowed away for our trip back. These are all labor trading arrangements, no money is changing hands, which is the way I like to work down here. But boy oh boy I just took a look at my bank account. I may have to draw for food all the way back to Monte Rio.

This particular pencil sketch is for Victor Sossa, the contractor who built our addition to the garage. He specified that he wanted hands over the house with tile forming a roof and Frida Kahlo Blue for all lettering. Frida Kahlo evidently painted her house this color.

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This comic strip is dedicated to Gail King. Not because it has any particular relevance to her world view, vegetarianism, orĀ her predilection for gritty realism, but simply because it is her birthday. Happy Birthday Gail, and bon apetit!

This scene played out in reality earlier today. I actually did not observe any beasticide and the sounds Aldo and I heard could have been coincidental and random in their chronology but I believe there is going to be a serious hoedown in the hood tonight.

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