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These are a few of my favorite things, Part II: Finishing off 2020 with dignity and grace

Electric Jesus.

Confinement. Isolation. Sequestration. Lock down. Quarantine.

Of all the words to describe this peculiar existence we are in today, I have the most trouble with “quarantine.” I simply can not recall this word when describing how we are living these days.

It is blocked from my memory. Unlike the actual quarantine which we live minute by minute in our homes.

Ah well, I’m not here to summarize 2020 — nor analyze. I can offer no grand insights, survival tip, recipes, bromides, earned wisdom, nor life lessons. It happened. It ran over us and didn’t even honk the horn or stomp on the brakes. There were no skid marks. We just took the full brunt of its force.

And here we are. Hello, 2021. Show us what you’ve got.

In the absence of people, parades, ceremonies, music, theater, authors, artists, restaurants, travel, etc. I did what everyone else did in 2020: Posted obnoxious flamers on Facebook and Twitter. I smote my enemies, digitally speaking. People got pissed but nobody got hurt, so I suppose … no, nothing to suppose. I wasted a lot of time online. We all did.

The good news is, I also got out and walked around our beautiful city San Miguel de Allende, often with our dog Moppit on the end of a leash. In the quiet and the solitude I noticed things that I had not noticed when life was revving at full throttle and the streets were packed with people.

Small things — a color, a shape, a texture, a statue, a flower, a bend in a tree, a mural, an angle, a glint, a crevice, a shadow — small things that sometimes added up to a picture.

So, today I’m going to finish off what I started yesterday — 2020 (as if it were so easy to finish off 2020). Here are some pictures from each month and an occasional link to a blog post that might expand on an image or an event.

I hope they give you a momentary diversion from your own, uh, oh yes, the word is “quarantine.”

Here’s a link to the first half of 2020, if you want to see how it came out from my perspective.

JULY

First reliably masked person that I noticed in San Miguel in 2020.
Still life, or, what I look at as I sit at my desk every day.
Just down the street from Live Aqua.
Amazing glass at a boutique shop in Fabrica La Aurora.
Rebuilding Callejon San Antonio in Colonia San Antonia, San Miguel de Allende.
Still life, Part II or, my kitchen sink …
A window waiting to be opened onto the world.

AUGUST

Walking toward the north end of the Pressa.

Soon there would be ten masked murals scattered around San Miguel. The message is clear: If Lisa, Frida, and Vincent can do it, so can you. The message still applies.

Municipal president Luis Alberto Villarreal, his staff, my neighbors inspect newly rebuilt Callejon San Antonio, moments after a dedication ceremony. Biggest event of the lockdown in our neighborhood.
Staying at home has its good points. Thank you, Rose Alcantara. Thanks to amazing meals and limited exercise, 40 is the new 36 …
For better and worse, the tourists came back to San Miguel de Allende.
You never know what you will see until you open a door.

BONUS: Seventeen escapes you can enjoy in San Miguel while sitting on your couch.

Reasons to be cheerful before 10 a.m.

SEPTEMBER

Windows — fanciful and real — became portals to escapism for me.

BONUS: Framing life: A San Miguel gallery.

Yet another still life. When life grows still, the still lifes get going…
A guided tour of San Miguel’s masked murals.
From murals with masks to masked muralists, being outside and painting a wall seems to be a healthy exercise in times of Covid.

OCTOBER

Who need to celebrate a day of the dead when the real thing passes your house weekly?
Skinny girls ….

NOVEMBER

BONUS: In four days an underpass is transformed into an urban art gallery

When I think of a metaphor for 2020 …

DECEMBER:

Walking through Centro on Christmas Eve: All is calm, all is bright

As my daddy always said, “Son, if you end the year in the company of rooftop dogs, you know the new one will start better. It has to.”

If you want to see how the first half of 2020 came together, in my mind, then click on this sentence.

Thanks for playing along! If you see me on the street in 2021, smile and wave and let me take your picture from a socially distant space! I miss photographing people!

Happy 2021!

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4 thoughts on “These are a few of my favorite things, Part II: Finishing off 2020 with dignity and grace

  1. bfdsds says:

    Love this love this love this. On Sat, Jan 2, 2021 at 5:01 PM Musings, Magic, San Miguel and More wrote:

    > robertjhawkins1 posted: ” Electric Jesus. Confinement. Isolation. > Sequestration. Lock down. Quarantine. Of all the words to describe this > peculiar existence we are in today, I have the most trouble with > “quarantine.” I simply can not recall this word when describing how we ” >

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  2. Pingback: These are a few of my favorite things, Part I: Salvaging love and beauty from 2020 | Musings, Magic, San Miguel and More

  3. Such a wonderful photo blog queried compadre Bob summarizing dreadful coronavirus year 2021 in magical San Miguel which forced everyone to curtail almost all social encounters and avoid the pandemic like the plague it rightfully is.

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