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Christmas Carols Redux
Gabriellas grandpa
12/21/2007, Beautiful Barra De Navidad

Well, what a difference a day makes. I took the bus over to Melaque to get roasting pans for the turkey I'm doing for the cruisers potluck and lo and behold I ran into the Pastors wife in the market. I introduced myself and told her I had a bone to pick with her. I related my perception of the songfest to her and she explained that a few parishioners were bringing friends new to church(Christianity) and that they did not want to lay it in on too thick, hoping they would return to Sunday service. And they did plan it as a Songfest and not so much as a service. She promised me that Sunday Christmas service is going to be quite traditional with nothing but spiritual Christmas songs. So, I accepted the explanation and was wiping the egg off my face as I bid her a good day. I'm going to be busy working on my boat(deck and other items) and making sure I have everything for roasting the turkey. You folks have it easy with all the nice stores back home. Were lucky to find all items needed in a number of tiendas visited. I don't know when I will post again, so let me take this time to wish you all A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS. FELIZ NAVIDAD. FROH WEINACH.

12/22/2007 | Susan
Where did you find a turkey and what size is it? Fresh? Stuffing (inside the bird) or dressing (in a dish)?:) How big is your oven, anyway?
Didn't Gabriella look so grown up on the Christmas card!
12/22/2007 | Kathy
The cruizers here in Z-Town are having a 250 peso per person dinner, so you're lucky to be in Navidad for the cruizer potluck. We're going to find the Z-town church today and see if they are having a Christmas potluck. If not, I'll go on a search for a small turkey and we'll celebrate on board Adventure. Rachel, from Alya, is going back to the States' today. Glad to hear you are doing well. p.s. We ate your fudge on our 2-day passage to Z-Town and it was especially wonderful!
Christmas Carols
Gabriellas grandpa
12/20/2007, Melaque

Greetings from festive Barra De Navidad. My good friends on the boats Adventure and Alaya took off yesterday for Zihuatanejo. They both have schedule to meet..one is going off to the South Pacific and the other to Florida. Now I have to find new friends...it's so tough out here. Yesterday I visited a fairly large town of 31,000 inhabitants called Cituatlan(see-wat-lan). I think I was the only gringo in the tow and it was refreshing not to have all the tourist trappings. Then I took the bus to Melaque for dinner and some Christmas carols at the all-denominational church. It is located in a cute palapa a hundred yards from the beach. Here is where my blog goes south...I have to get this off my chest and see what response I get...I think this Christian church by the beach has gone secular. We had print out of non-spiritual songs..about 23 of them. Then there was the Baptist hymnal. We sang songs like Frosty the Snowman and Grandma got ran over by a Reindeer and the like....while singing these songs the Pastors wife (who was leading the songfest) would say lets sing it again or another round of the chorus. Then the (few) spiritual songs out of the hymnal after singing the first verse she would say skip to the last verse....on every song out of the hymnal. I was a little more than miffed on this. Maybe I've been indulging into too much hot sauce.

12/20/2007 | Pastor John
Hi Granpa, Not too much hot sauce, it is that people have grown so spiritual themselves and complacent with God that they only need to give Him token respect. Miss you around the neighborhood.
12/20/2007 | Susan
What a shame about the secular nature of the Christmas carols: shades of San Diego's December Nights. Did anyone say anything to the Pastor's wife? Perhaps they are Unitarians:)
12/21/2007 | Pastor Standley
Phil, I'm just finishing the service for Christmas Eve and there is nary a Santa or Snowman in the lot. I hope you took a hymnal with you. Pastor
12/21/2007 | Casey
Hi Phil! Thanks again for the fudge, It was really good. We are safely in Z-town.
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!
GOOD MORNING SUSAN & EVERYONE
Gabriellas grandpa
12/18/2007, Beautiful Barra De Navidad

Another day in Paradise and I don't know what to do first, go into Melague and explore or start work on the boat....I'm in no rush, so it must be exploring Melague. There goes that French baker again..he spends more time on the radio with customers than the morning net does. I moved the boat down closer to the town of Barra so I dont use too much fuel for the dinghy. There is not much of a problem with the bugs rught here, sko that's a plus. The town of Barra De Navidad got its name a couple hundred years ago from a sailing ship that had damage to their ship and put in here to do repairs. This all happened over the Christmas season(not holiday season) so they appropriately named this place Barra De Navidad. This whole situation seems familiar to me. I had delicious fish tacos yesterday at the restaurant I used to go to in '98. The non-denominational church in Melague is having a hour long song-fest with good ol' Christmas music on Wednesday eve...won't miss that.

12/18/2007 | Susan
Ah, Christmas music at Christmas time at "Christmas Sandbar", sure beats December Nights in Balboa Park. Shame on our city fathers.
12/18/2007 | Bryan
I'm keeping track of you, watching and listening, for the most part silently and admirably. All I can say is "This is very interesting and nicely well done."

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