|By: bajadock, 8:36 PM GMT on February 27, 2014||+0|
The Baja California/SoCal storm predicted for this weekend will be remembered as “Carnavalgeddon”. Ensenada Carnaval celebrations are this week, with the biggest fiestas planned for the weekend. Here are Bajadock’s top 10 storm warnings for this weekend:
1. It’s going to be rough going for the scantily clad dancers, queens and paper mache “floats” of Carnavalgeddon in Ensenada. Some of Carnaval’s parade routes will be better equipped for boats vs. land craft. Rain is also not so good for restaurants and shops that have increased inventories in anticipation of big crowds. The great news is that restaurants can finally wash dishes after months of using paper and plastic tableware due to water restrictions ;)
2. With the high winds and rains, there is a 50/50 chance of electrical power outage on the Punta Banda peninsula. I’ll add a 50/50 chance for that outage lasting 24 hours or more. There is only one main power line out here with no redundancy.
3. The road widening of Carretera La Bufadora, now reaching the hillside of Punta Banda, is beginning to remove a big portion of the hill. I’ll put the odds at 1 in 3 that Carretera La Buf’ is shut down for 24 hours due to a major mudslide.
4. The last big storm to hit here was in 2010. We were without power for 3 days. The small bridge was out, making the road out to La Bufadora impassible. This week I have a 20 pound turkey and a few pounds of precious Basque chorizo in the freezer. I’ll say that there is only a 10% chance of those thawing. If they do melt, guess who is hosting the dinner party in candlelight?
5. With no storm sewers, street flooding is an adventure in Ensenada and Tijuana whenever we get a half inch or more of rain. By “street flooding”, water levels that will drown your Subaru.
6. Guessing that the grocery stores will be packed with shoppers today, clearing the shelves in preparation for Carnavalgeddon. Like snow shovels in Chicago this winter, Ensenada umbrella sales should also be brisk.
7. Scored two new books from my neighbor(thanks R). Reading by candlelight is a great way to test your ability to be quiet by yourself. Most can’t handle that state of peace. Imagine life without a smart phone, computer, tv, stereo, trash compacter or…EGADZ…NO FACEBOOK…no foreign curse words with friends??? WE ARE DOOMED!
8. We are needing rain in a bad way with this year’s drought. Many in Ensenada are on restricted water availability, such as 10PM -10AM only or daily outages. Have read reports of muddy water being piped into homes.
9. My car needs a bath. And the new skin on my house needs another leak test. Many of my neighbors will have pots and buckets deployed. I’m lucky to have such a good contractor, who figgered out and cured my small leaks in 2012.
10. Despite a few challenges here, anyone in the Midwest USA would gladly trade their polar vortex for our sprinkles. How goes that March lamb and lion saying?
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|By: bajadock, 9:11 PM GMT on February 25, 2014||+0|
Bajadock: The proposed detour from Toll Road k77 @ Bajamar to Rancho Bonito(just south of the wine valley connector) on the Free Road is 12k(7 miles) in length. My map above is accurate on the Bajamar and Rancho Bonito points, but, the path is just my guess. Also, the end of this article mentions a "second stage of the project ... with the bypass link". By bypass link, are they talking about a connection to the Libramiento project, that bypasses Ense...
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|By: bajadock, 1:34 AM GMT on February 06, 2014||+0|
Had a recent request from a tourist on comfy Ensenada wifi cafes in which to hang when in downtown Ensenada.
My two favorites are Cafe Arabiga on 2nd street & Blancarte and Cafe Torino on 1st(Lopez Mateos) & Blancarte. Both are rarely crowded and the owners and staff are happy to offer additional info on what’s happening in Ensenada.
I avoid Starbucks, if possible, anywhere in the universe. But, use that famous logo as your land...
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|By: bajadock, 9:52 PM GMT on January 31, 2014||+0|
Borracho, Baja’s bewitched burro, bets Broncos for the 2014 Super Bowl. Two hay bales were put in front of Borracho before his morning shift for photographs on Tijuana’s Avenida Revolución. One was painted “Seahawks” and the other was marked “Broncos”. Borracho first sniffed at the Seahawks bale. But, the Tijuana Zonkey chomped into the Broncos bale with gusto.
Borracho has correctly predicted the winners of the last 5 S...
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|By: bajadock, 4:25 PM GMT on June 07, 2013||+0|
by Doc Dougherty, aka Bajadock, 5 June 2013
It must be the summer travel season that brings out so many “best places to retire on a budget” and “overseas retirement” internet articles. Most of these puff pieces are written by someone who has vacationed to these spots. Or worse, they are written by realtors.
And too many of these overseas retirement articles aren’t date stamped. You may be reading about Costa Rica from a 1995...
|Updated: 10:29 PM GMT on June 07, 2013||Permalink | A A A|
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