>Kidding!!! But since it’s the topic on everyone’s mind, I might as well give you the scoop on the swine flu first, since who wants to hear all about the beach, and the pools, and the drinks, and the desserts, right? You’d probably feel jealous if all I talked about was how we were upgraded to a suite, and had the best location for our room, near the adults only pool on one side, so it was quiet, and with the miniature golf course right outside our patio. So you’ll just have to wait until tomorrow for all that good stuff. So: Swine Flu.
On Sunday or Monday we noticed about 4 people wearing masks, and one of them was a really, really old lady. It had seemed sort of hazy as we were landing, since Puerto Vallarta is on the pacific side, with the ocean and the mountains and the LA style inversion layer… I thought maybe the masks were asthma/smog related.
Tuesday morning, we turned on what we thought was the news, and it was like this: “Influenza, blah, blah, blah, Influenza, blah, blah, blah, INFLUENZA, blah, blah, blah! INFLUENZA!!!” interspersed with video of people frantically passing out masks. (My Spanish isn’t very good.) I wondered if maybe instead of the news we were watching a Mexican production of The Stand. Dave said, “Huh.” and turned off the TV. We were just trying to get an idea of what the weather was like in Denver.
At the airport we saw random people wearing masks. No one at the United counters had on masks, but some baggage handlers were wearing masks. One Asian family was masked, all Americans were unmasked. Carl’s Jr. workers: Masked. Starbucks: Unmasked. Etc. I asked Dave if he thought we were going to be quarantined when we got off the plane. He said, “No.”
When we got off the plane, we got a piece of paper that listed the symptoms of the swine flu, and it said to call the CDC if we got sick. That was it. You get sick in 2 to 7 days, so I guess we’ll know in 1 to 6 days.
In the meantime, here are some cute greetings from Mexico. Jack was very popular in Mexico, especially once he started saying, “Hola!” (or owa!).
¿Cuántos años tiene su bebé? Mira a los ojos azules! Hola bebé!
>I am so glad you guys are home!
>Ditto! Beth was the one who was worried–not me!Looking forward to hearing about the trip!
>I have been using my Germ X like crazy at work. And still there are people who will “wet their germs” in the bathroom instead of taking a minute to use real life SOAP! I told my friends next time I hear someone in the bathroom at work not using soap, I am going to scream out, “SWINE FLU!”
>If Jack’s legs grow to match his torso he will be the tallest Hanley or Elphingstone on ever.We are also glad you are home and we let Beth worry for us.Paul