Fun Times with Dan and Gail
It was a pleasure at the end of October 2008 to meet Dan and Gail Olson, who had come down to Mazatlán to try it out. They were very friendly and fun, and we looked forward to seeing them every week at the Mazinfo gatherings at Las Flores and getting an update or their activities as they settled in.
Dan was a bucket of sweat that first day, but when the weather broke in November he and Gail got on with enjoying Mazatlán and all it offered. Dan told us that there were three things he liked about Mexico:
"The weather is great, the people are friendly, and the driving makes sense."
They were avid walkers, and Steve and I were amazed at some of the places they visited on foot.
When I arrived at Las Flores for the usual Sunday Mazinfo get-together, I was surprised and humbled to find that Gail and Dan had not only remembered my birthday, but had brought a cake so everyone could join in the celebration!
A core group of us went exploring together, driving to Playa el Caimanero and having lunch at one of the restaurants on the beach. This was probably Steve's idea, as we had done the trip back in February.
It was our first karaoke night, and Dan gathered his nerve to sing. He convinced me that I could do it too!
Steve thought that the Lucha Libre would be incredible fun if we had front row seats! We asked Dan and Gail if they would like to join us, and it appealed to Dan's sense of fun. Steve was right, and we enjoyed seeing Dan laugh at the "in your face" action.
Gail and Dan invited us to join their group at Canucks to watch the Battle of Mal Humor. Dan got right into the spirit of Carnaval.
Dan, Gail, Marvin and Sharon joined us for dinner to say goodbye, as we were to leave the following week.
We were fortunate to be able to come down again, in spite of the flat economy. Steve was rapt in our new location just half a block from the malecon. We actually did some walking along the malecon to Centro with Marvin, our newest pet dog, but nothing on the scale of what Dan and Gail took in their stride.
On Friday nights we would meet at a bar at Olas Altas, opposite the malecon. One time tequila shots were the go, and intrepid Dan tried them out.
Dan was a dedicated member of Sifu Rick's tai chi group, and would often practice moves before the class started. Fog or cold weather never stopped him from turning up!
Dan and Gail were kind enough to treat us all to a birthday dinner at a classy restaurant in the Golden Zone. Some of the group had fun dressing up.
This is just a taste of our outings with Dan and Gail, as most of them are not documented with photos. However, we remember those times fondly.
For instance, once on the way back from La Noria, we were stopped by the police at a checkpoint. Dan, who was driving, said calmly and fluently to the officer:
"Lo siento. No hablo español."
I wonder if the officer believed him. :)