La Corona was officially christened this November as we had two sets of guests, five dinner parties, a couple of pool parties, one midnight trip to the hospital, and the first official use of our kitchen. Somehow we got in a trip to Little Big Sur among our dozen or so treks to CostCo, Soriana and WalMart. No critical injuries have been reported and no lawsuits have been filed (yet).
This will not make Headline News: La Corona is not quite done. We’re still two bathrooms, two kitchens and hundreds of little details short. But when the going gets tough, the tough get going so we manned-up and partied right through the construction activities. Adding to the festive mood is the mini-celebration we hold whenever something is completed. “Look honey, the floor in your office is sealed!” This is living in its most exciting form.
A number of records were broken this trip, the most important of which is the number of consecutive days I’ve spent in my own house: 16 (if you count Corona and LBS as one). Another couple of trips and I’ll catch up to Chuck Angyal’s total time at my house. KR has now cooked more meals for me in just one week than she has in the past two years combined. Goes to show you what a $_____ (don’t ask) new kitchen will get you. The rooster across the street must hold the world record for earliest wake-up call at 3:00AM. I’m thinking seriously of ending his run one way or the other. Finally, the most often uttered phase by anyone who spends time at La Corona is….”When’s the elevator coming?!” La Corona is a built-in StairMaster for all concerned.
Puerto Vallarta is awakening to the new season, as well. The streets and Malecon are crowded once again. New night clubs are replacing those that didn’t make it through the off season. It’s easy to bump into people we know at the city’s restaurants and stores. “En vende” and “se rente” signs are up again all over the neighborhood. And the amazing infrastructure rebuilding binge the City has been on in the past 18 months continues unabated. The highway south to Boca is about half way repaved and most of the sidewalks have been redone for wheelchair access. There’s rumors that the newly elected Mayor is going to revise the trash pickup system (current system: throw your trash on the corner and wait a week for someone to pick it up) are among other campaign promises, though his predecessor has left the city’s coffers close to empty. It seems that politics are practiced similarly on both sides of the border.