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Art of Relaxation

By: bajadock, 4:26 PM GMT on April 30, 2012


...photo courtesy of ADC, Punta Banda

Doing my inner Doc this morning. Someone has to do me, right?

After a grand week of bodyweight training, interval running and weight sessions, I am enjoying another peaceful morning and my well-practiced art of relaxation.

N31 43 14 W116 41 34 is my paradise. Also known as “Dockerty’s Pub”, my walls hang quietly, rarely reverberating from the cacophony of human storms and drama.

Hey, I said “rarely”, not “never”, you wild thing. But, my home more closely resembles a monastery than a pub.

With my 48 pumps-per-minute resting heart rate, my mind is also synchronized to that relaxed state.

I’m not anxious about the next moment, the next meeting, the next person, the next….

I’m enjoying this moment. No “Cuando? Cuando? Cuando?” from Murph and the Magic Tones for me.

Funny thing about my Spanish efforts. Tengo muchos días que no hablo NADA! I am much more quiet than most people judge. So it’s not just my Spanish that lacks practice. My English is often on vacation.

They are just words.

more words on this here

Updated: 6:17 PM GMT on April 30, 2012

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Ensenada Earthquake Zone

By: bajadock, 1:54 PM GMT on April 16, 2012


The Agua Blanca fault(shown passing through the Punta Banda peninsula that is my neighborhood) is a major, trans‐peninsular, right‐lateral fault located in northern Baja California. Its WNW‐ESE orientation is markedly different from the general trend of the San Andreas‐Gulf of California fault system.

From a geological point of view, the Agua Blanca fault is considered active, but there has been little significant seismic activity directly associated with it.

On October 9, 1981, the onset of an earthquake swarm was detected at the Ensenada seismic station (ENX), with a S‐P time average of 2 sec. Shortly after this, an array of up to seven portable seismic stations was installed by CICESE around Todos Santos Bay. More than 180 events were recorded during the following 10 days, after which the local seismicity decreased. A second swarm consisting of 100 microearthquakes was detected between November 28 and December 5, 1981. The epicentral locations of those events recorded at four or more local stations all lie inside Todos Santos Bay.
interactive seismic map

Updated: 2:05 PM GMT on April 16, 2012

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Cafe Arabiga, Ensenada

By: bajadock, 5:22 PM GMT on April 12, 2012


I was downtown and searching my brain cells for a wifi cafe location to relax after some dental surgery. My mind followed a route from the north end of Costero Blvd and Lopez Mateos south. There are dozens of wifi spots along that tourist area. See Ensenada Interactive Map.

I am no fan of the big chain cafes and the tourist zone seemed too busy for my throbbing jaw. Like magic, I remembered my intro to Luis and the approximate location of Cafe Arabiga.

It is amazing what a difference one city block distance can reveal. Only 50 meters away from the “authentic Mexican souvenirs MADE IN CHINA” hustlers is the real Ensenada.
complete review

Food & Beverage

Updated: 5:24 PM GMT on April 12, 2012

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Barriers for Baja Tourists

By: bajadock, 8:12 PM GMT on April 06, 2012


I decided do conduct an extremely detailed and scientific survey of more than a handful of locals on their perception of the top reason Baja bars tourists.

Although hotels are filling, restaurants are busier and streets are brimming with traffic this Easter week("Semana Santa"), tourism throughout the year is still weak.

My survey during the month of March,was mostly among the gringo community here. I also caught a decent sampling of Mexicano business owners to participate. A smaller sampling of tourists got caught in my net.
Locals Perspective on why tourism is still weak in Baja

Updated: 8:15 PM GMT on April 06, 2012

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Eccentric adventurer in Ensenada, Mexico seeks extraordinary fun in ordinary life and people.

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