A little about Playa Zipolite, The Beach of the Dead . . .

Playa Zipolite, Oaxaca, Southern Mexico, on the Pacific Ocean. A little bit about my favorite little get-away on this small world of ours.

Zipolite, a sweaty 30-minute walk west from Puerto Angel, brings you to Playa Zipolite and another world. The feeling here is 1970's - Led Zep, Marley, and scruffy gringos.

A long, long time ago, Zipolite beach was usually visited by the Zapotecans...who made it a magical place. They came to visit Zipolite to meditate, or just to rest.

Recently, this beach has begun to receive day-trippers from Puerto Angel and Puerto Escondido, giving it a more TOURISTY feel than before.

Most people come here for the novelty of the nude beach, yoga, turtles, seafood, surf, meditation, vegetarians, discos, party, to get burnt by the sun, or to see how long they can stretch their skinny budget.

I post WWW Oaxaca, Mexico, Zipolite and areas nearby information. Also general budget, backpacker, surfer, off the beaten path, Mexico and beyond, information.

REMEMBER: Everyone is welcome at Zipolite.



Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Thank you, Chris, for making us laugh

Thank you, Chris, for making us laugh

Author of Under the Palapa died last week in Puerto Vallarta

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Writing humor is a challenge: readers can be just as easily offended as they can be amused and in an age where online commenting has become a magnet for the most vile and hateful insults, writers need a thick skin.
But, alas, Chris’ June 4 column was his last. He died last week in Puerto Vallarta.
Chris Dalton wrote 32 pieces for Mexico News Daily, most of which had previously appeared on a regional blog.
But it was new material to many of our readers and most enjoyed Chris’ tales about looking for and buying a retirement condominium in Puerto Vallarta. He recalled the many trials and tribulations of the process, telling tales that generated lots of comments, most of which were encouraging and positive at the beginning.
But there came times when some readers failed to see the funny side of his stories, or saw them as insulting, offensive or even racist. There were several occasions when angry readers offered spiteful responses, canceled their subscriptions to the Email News Update or wrote to ask why we continued to publish such “rubbish.”
But Chris never intended to insult or offend anyone and was far from being a racist.
We gave serious consideration to readers who urged that we drop his column but the fact was that Chris usually made me laugh with his clever turn of phrase.
Not always, mind you. There were occasions when I considered not running a column but was later glad I did when it was greeted with positive and friendly feedback in the comments section.
One of the best responses I saw to some badgering he received online was the suggestion that reading the column was not obligatory. If you don’t like it, don’t read it. Good advice.
Chris’ background was in film. A Canadian, he produced more than 4,000 television commercials and was a producer and production manager for television and movies in a career that spanned three decades.
Five years ago, he and his wife Michelle began looking for a retirement property in Mexico, finally settling on a condo in Puerto Vallarta.
His readers know the rest of the story, which began here.
On April 30 we published his third-to-last piece in which he wrote about turning 70, a column that has me chuckling again now. He lamented that his runs on the malecón had become more like a shuffle than a run and that he could no longer squat — “it’s just a lean-down kind of thing now.”
He also wrote that just prior to his birthday he decided to make a lit of all the people he had upset over the last 70 years and ask forgiveness, a chore that “took longer than I thought.”
Had there actually been such a list a few Mexico News Daily readers might have been on it. But the number would have been far fewer than those who read his columns and enjoyed them.
RIP, Chris. I hope that wherever you are, you’re comfortably settled under a palapa.
—Tony Richards, Publisher

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