Sunday, September 21, 2008

A Time of Transition …

“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”

Alexander Graham Bell

This is a time of great transition and awakening for many of us. Everyone in the world is watching the USA and how it handles this economic crisis. In recent weeks Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were placed into conservatorship, the federal government bailed out AIG, Bank of America purchased Merrill Lynch, and Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy. The credit market appeared to be on the verge of collapsing and the presidential race is turning normally apathetic citizens into strong opinionated voters who need to make a difference.

Here in Loreto, a small innocuous little town located on the Sea of Cortez, in Baja California life goes on. The Mexicans have a saying that “When the US gets an economic cold, Mexico gets pneumonia”. The peso is strong and stable but we are affected by the downturn in tourism and people being much more conservative in their spending. Some major development projects in the area have been postponed until the beginning of next year, and the locals are hunkering down once again until the next economic wave.

When written in Chinese, the word “crisis” is composed of two characters – one represents danger and the other represents opportunity. History has shown us that this is now the time to invest. It has been said that Luck is when Preparation meets Opportunity. This is the time of hard work, goal setting with limited financial and manpower resources. Carpe Diem Seize the Day! This is what I am doing.

This is the lull to take advantage of some great real estate buys in an area that will undoubtedly prosper. It’s just a matter of time. My energy needs to be succeeding in this business if I am to survive living in Loreto. Living La Vida Loca was great for a few years, but now its time to put away any altruistic ideals of creating a virtual community and be more focused and introspective. I have been looking at a closed door now for six months, denying the economic reality and hard living conditions here. I need to see the open door and step through it.

Writing the blog has been a wonderful experience for me. It is possible that one day again, I will continue the creative outlet of sharing my life journey on the internet, but not for awhile. I am grateful for the technology that has allowed me to capture and share part of my adventures with strangers who have become friends. I am constantly making a lot of new distinctions about my life. The key is find balance between them all.

Kelli McDill was a great inspiration and originally started blogging on Loreto with her http://watch-and-learn.blogspot.com/ She recorded her life living in Loreto with her husband and daughter, and then traveling around the US meeting all their new friends.

Clinton and Loni Stark will succeed me with their blog www.StarkSilverCreek.com which is a very upbeat and informative site. They have links to other social networking, Loreto Bay information and homeowner sites as well. They are making blogging a business and I wish them the very best.

This week we had the first Annual Dorado Loreto Fishing Tournament, and Ronnie Kovach from Fox Sports was filming the best sailfish and dorado fishing he has ever seen. His group caught and released over 27 sailfish in two days on our boat. The Sea of Cortez was literally scattered with jumping sailfish, dorado and a few marlin on calm blue waters. Conditions were perfect and everyone participating was happy and excited. REEL TROUBLE was the Tournament Boat and will be getting promotional videos of the show to give away. I will be writing an article for the monthly publication Loreto News, and perhaps this will be the next step in my journalism career? Quien Sabe?!

In the meantime, if you ever wonder Where In the World Is Nellie? Just drop me a line, it’s like fishing … sooner or later I will surface and bite! Take care and thanks for all your support and encouragement over the years!

See you in Loreto!

Miss Nellie


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