Monday, June 13, 2016

The Mayan Riviera Dashed My Dislike of Timeshares (Part 1)

Late morning view of
clear water and beach.
I’ve always been opposed to the rigidity of timeshares so when a friend invited me to her Cancun, Mexico timeshare resort I was totally unprepared.  It was a 90 flight from Miami there we were on the Mayan Riviera. The Vidanta Group is big with a number of locations in Mexico. This one, about half-way between Playa del Carmen and Cancun, is one of the largest.
One can wander above the
greenery and hear birds
and nothing else.
It includes its own Cirque du Soleil, what seemed endless forest walkways (sometimes too endless), marvelous reasonably priced gourmet restaurants, pool bars with Happy Hour starting at 11:00 am along with beautiful ocean a well equipped spa and numerous huge meandering pools with plenty of lounges and cabanas.  Did I mention comfy rooms with cable TV?



I hardly expected the concert along with magnificent French cuisine in one of the many themed restaurants.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Send books to other countries. Just buy books from Better World Books

THIS IS SO FUNNY. My doctor friend Kurt Wagner introduced me to this company for buying used books. WOW. so funny they also donate part of their profits by sending books to libraries and schools in other countries... isn’t that nice?

Begin forwarded message:

From: "Better World Books"
Date: February 11, 2010 9:21:28 PM EST
Subject: Your order has been shipped!

Hello Steve,
(Your book(s) asked to write you a personal note - it seemed unusual, but who are we to say no?)
Holy canasta! It's me... it's me! I can't believe it is actually me! You could have picked any of over 2 million books but you picked me! I've got to get packed! How is the weather where you live? Will I need a dust jacket? I can't believe I'm leaving Mishawaka, Indiana already - the friendly people, the Hummer plant, the Linebacker Lounge - so many memories. I don't have much time to say goodbye to everyone, but it's time to see the world!
I can't wait to meet you! You sound like such a well read person. Although, I have to say, it sure has taken you a while! I don't mean to sound ungrateful, but how would you like to spend five months sandwiched between Jane Eyre (drama queen) and Fundamentals of Thermodynamics (pyromaniac)? At least Jane was an upgrade from that stupid book on brewing beer. How many times did the ol' brewmaster have one too many and topple off our shelf at 2am?
I know the trip to meet you will be long and fraught with peril, but after the close calls I've had, I'm ready for anything (besides, some of my best friends are suspense novels). Just five months ago, I thought I was a goner. My owner was moving and couldn't take me with her. I was sure I was landfill bait until I ended up in a Better World Books book drive bin. Thanks to your socially conscious book shopping, I've found a new home. Even better, your book buying dollars are helping kids read from Brazil to Botswana.
But hey, enough about me, I've been asked to brief you on a few things:
We provide quick shipping service to all our customers. You chose UPS shipping, your book should arrive within 2 - 6 business days. The Postal Service may occasionally take slightly longer to deliver your book.
If you have any questions or concerns, please email my friends in Customer Care at
Eagerly awaiting our meeting,
Global Warming: The Greenpeace Report

Isn't that a great service? And such a funny attitude... Please support Better World Books. Do a google search...

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

A tour of San Miguel and beyond

Jack Latona has moved to Mexico and we in Fort Lauderdale will miss his analysis. I've started this blog for him to send us his views of "life south of the border."

Send us more, Jack. Send us more.

Steve McCrea webmaster of this blog
Creator of
Editor of "A Newcomer's Quick Guide to San Miguel" (DVD)