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November 2012  Issue 119

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The Staff knows it is too late to remind you, but did you remember to turn your Akumal clock back one hour on Sunday, October 28th?  

October was a fairly quiet month in Akumal, with Robin’s “Best Shirt Award” being the big highlight, but there was a 50th birthday party for Gary Phillips at Casa Cenote.  And, it probably went un-noticed by most, but the Paradise Hunter was here to do some filming in and around Akumal.

It looks like the November holidays will perk things up a bit.  There’s quite a lot of “Comings and Goings” as the snow birds head south for the winter, and the hurricane season is winding down.  Will house buyers follow?

On October 1st, the Municipal President and Treasurer came to Akumal to meet with the owners about the situation between the Municipality and Akumal.  The results, as recorded and reported by Laura Wolfe, can be found at Municipality - Akumal Meeting.  The subsequent meetings have passed, but this can be quite informative.

Get a comfortable with a cup of coffee, for this has turned out to be quite a long issue.  Take your time and enjoy it.  And, hold onto your hat, because the first week of November is chock full of good “stuff”.

Do not forget the other local publications, Sac-Be - The Costal Source for Travel in the Riviera Maya, the Pelican Free Press, and the CEA Newsletter


 Libra - September 23 - October 22
Scorpio - October 23 - November 21

 November Birthstone: Yellow Topaz
The topaz has been known for at least 2000 years and is one of the gemstones which form the foundations of the twelve gates to the Holy City of the New Jerusalem.  These so-called apocalyptic stones are intended to serve in protection against enemies and as a symbol of beauty and splendor.  It cannot be proved conclusively whether the name of the topaz comes from the Sanskrit or the Greek, though the Greek name 'topazos' means 'green gemstone'.  The Romans dedicated the topaz to Jupiter.

            The color in which the topaz is most commonly found is yellow, and that is the color in which it occurs in one of the major German gemstone rocks, the Schneckenstein (a topaz-bearing rock said to resemble a snail) in Saxony.

  November Birthday Flower: Chrysanthemum
   Commonly called "mums" or "tansies," this popular perennial's name comes from the Greek "Chrysos" (gold) and "Anthos" (flower).  

            The chrysanthemum has been the focus of Oriental adulation for centuries. Mums were considered one of the four Chinese "noble plants", and were the official badge of the Old Chinese Army.  Since chrysanthemums were considered the flower of the Chinese noble class, they were prohibited in a lower-class person's garden.  The Chinese believe that a chrysanthemum given to one's beloved, after it’s being used to wipe one's month after drinking wine, will ensure undying love and fidelity.  


Birthdays and Anniversaries
1          Allyson Sheffield
2          Marilyn Fenton
3          Paul Sanchez Navarro
6          Schatzi
7          Christian Duraud
12        Beniko Scarlett Schober
13        Mike Pontius
15        Charlene Powell
15        Monica Meyer
15        Elli Paige Clements
17        Sven Titze
21        Wendell & Lynda Day, Anniversary
23        Russ Motley
25        Gary Vardell
27        Cami & Richard Mazzola, Anniversary
27        Woody Brenton
30        Carly (Carol) Flores

 There must be more than this.  Let’s hear about YOUR birthday before it happens.

 Missed August, September & October Birthdays
Oct 3rd             Cathy L. Perez
Oct 11th          Lynne Fanshier
Oct. 20th         Jerry Cain


On August 30, 2012, Mathias Schober was born at 2:31pm.  Mathias was 7 days overdue, and he came out a whopping 3.85kg (8.49 pounds).  The proud parents are Hui & Stefan Schober (Hechizo), and the very, very proud brothers are Lucas and Christian.



On September 20, 2012, Kiley Elizabeth Lopez Sheffield was born at 10:01am in Hospiten, Playa Del Carmen.  Kiley was weighed 3 kilos (6 pounds, 6 ounces) and was 20 inches long.  The proud parents are Holly Sheffield & Ali Lopez, and the very proud grandparents are John & Allyson Sheffield and Aida Gonzalez Rodriguez and Carlos Lopez Bello.


All of the week of October 21 was spent in and around Akumal, The Jewel In the Crown of the Riviera Maya.

This effort was initiated and hosted by Rhett Schober of Akumal Villas and Russ Motley of Akumal Investments, and Russ made the most of it by having three properties included in the filming.

Take a look at the Paradise Hunter Photo Gallery and the Paradise Hunter web site for more pictures and information.


This is an ancient festivity that has been much transformed through the years, but which was intended in prehispanic Mexico to celebrate children and the dead.  Hence, the best way to describe this Mexican holiday is to say that it is a time when Mexican families remember their dead, and the continuity of life.

The origins of the celebration of The Day of the Dead in Latin America can be traced back to the indigenous peoples of the Americas, such as the Zapotec, Aztec, Maya, Purepecha, Nahual and Totonac.

Rituals celebrating the lives of dead ancestors had been performed by these Mesoamerican civilizations for at least 3,000 years.  It was common practice to keep skulls as trophies and display them during rituals to symbolize death and rebirth. The festival which was to become Día de Muertos fell on the ninth month of the Aztec Solar Calendar, near the start of August, and was celebrated for the entire month.  Festivities were presided over by the goddess Mictecacihuatl, known as the "Lady of the Dead".  The festivities were dedicated to the celebration of children and the lives of dead relatives.  The Aztec tradition included the making of bread in the shape of a person which is perhaps the origin of the pan de muerte.

When the Spanish Conquistadors arrived in America in the 15th century they were appalled at the indigenous pagan practices, and in an attempt to convert the locals to Roman Catholicism moved the popular festival to the beginning of November to coincide with the Catholic All Saints Day (in which saints are honored) and All Souls Day (of observance and prayer for those who have died and those souls in purgatory).  All Saints' Day is the day after Halloween, which was in turn based on the earlier pagan ritual of Samhain, the Celtic day and feast of the dead.  The Spanish combined their custom of All Souls' Day with the similar Mesoamerican festival, creating the Día de lo Muertos, The Day of the Dead.  This is an example of syncretism or the blending of a significant event from two different cultural traditions.  Indigenous people of the Americas often would outwardly adopt the European rituals, while maintaining their original native beliefs.

The souls of children are believed to return first on November 1, with adult spirits following on November 2. 


Come one, come all, to the Beach Bar, where we’ll have a ball.

It’s time for another “Best Shirt Award”, which is held on the first Friday of each month during Happy Hour at the Lol Ha Beach Bar. 

This award is based on Robin’s penchant for good, classy Beach Bar shirts, and his sister, Mary, is ready to once again be the judge and jury as she selects the “Best Shirt” for November.  And, as we go to print the criteria are still somewhat nebulous, and they seem to be changing as we move into the Fall.

The October competition drew a huge number of contestants, and Antonio Bolio won out over all the other contestants.  The photos are located at October Best Shirt Award.



Comedy is back at La Buena Vida!

La Buena Vida is the birthplace of stand up comedy in the Riviera Maya, and for the 2nd consecutive year, Stand Up! Records will be a part of the legendary La Buena Vida Halloween Weekend.  We will have comedy upstairs, followed by live rock n roll at the beach bar!  A great way to warm up for the big Halloween party the next night!  Seating is limited, so don't be late!  7pm. Tickets $120 pesos at the door.

 Top notch laughs from:

One of America's fastest rising comedy stars Chris Maddock who is crisscrossing the continent in support of his critically acclaimed debut Stand Up! Records release, Chris Maddock: Point of Entry.

Gus Lynch is a producer, nationally touring comedian, and actor with over two dozen feature film and television credits. He is one of the founders of The Akumal Comedy Festival, and currently makes his home in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

And presenting for the first time in Akumal, Comedy Below Sea Level's Al Klemick and Craig Norton bringing us their hilarious accounts of life, travels, and expat living in the Riviera Maya.  Craig Norton is one of the founding members of Comedy Below Sea Level, Craig’s humor is part every day observations, part absurd twist, sometimes leaving the audience perplexed, but always laughing.  Al Klemick, another Comedy Below Sea Level founder, has been doing stand up comedy for fourteen years, sharing the stage with the likes of Louis CK, Doug Stanhope, Jim Brewer, Robert Kline, Adam Ferrara, Rich Vos, Wendy Liebman, and Steven Wright.


Akumal Entrance Cleanup

            Gary Walton reports, “A community project that is underway to clean up Akumal's entrance.  For a number of reasons, including rain, the entrance has become very overgrown.  The entrance is a visitor's first impression of our town.  Virtually all visitors staying in the greater Akumal area (north Akumal, Jade Bay, South Akumal, or Aventuras Akumal) come into central Akumal during their stay, therefore the condition of Akumal's entrance should be a concern for all residents and owners.

“Jen Smith (Turtle Bay Café) and others are spearheading the drive to clean up the entrance to Akumal, and work started the week of October 22nd.

            “Some resident/owners have stepped up with staff and equipment to man the rakes and machetes, but donations are requested/needed to pay the guys, buy bags, some tools (which have already been purchased I believe) and hauling the trash away, which could be an issue. I think someone was going to request assistance from Tulum Municipality.”

            Gary continues, “As I mentioned, work is underway andalready things look much, much better.  We have the workforce and tools.  What we need is funding to pay for it all.  Your donation is very much needed.  This will be an ongoing project.  For this initial phase, we are asking for 1000-1200 pesos from individual residents, or if that is not affordable, 500 pesos.  Jen and Bart are accepting the donations at Turtle Bay Cafe.  Maribel, who works the register, will record your name and donation amount, and she will write you a receipt.  The best time to donate is Wed, Thurs, Fri. evening.  Either Jen or Bart should be there, since they are now reopened for dinner on those nights (soon to increase).  We hope you will join us when you can.”

   Jen Smith reports, “So far I have received 3,400 pesos in donations.  I have bought some supplies, including trash bags and some sheers to trim the bushes, and I have plans to buy some rakes, machetes, maybe a wheel barrel, weed-wacker, etc.  The idea is to keep whatever is bought at the bakery, since we open daily at 7 am and staff starts arriving as early as 5:30 am, so equipment can be checked out to whomever is doing to work that day and returned that day.  We have a schedule of workers til mid November, which I'm sure will grow.  This is what I would like seen done with the $ and everyone's efforts.

1.     Clean y maintain the front entrance

2.     Clean and maintain the entrance to the pueblo; lots of trash and overgrown, same as was on the playa side.  Looks just as bad

3.     Install permanent garbage cans and recycling bins. CEA has committed to daily pickup if we can't get support from the municipality

4.     Install more lighting along walkway.  It is very dark and dangerous for tourists and employees to walk at night.  We will first go to the municipality and ask for the trash cans, trash service, and lighting.  If they decline or push off, then we can step in and take care of it.

5.     Paint the front entrance from the highway a “Welcome to Akumal” sign and mural.  There are no signs stating you are in Akumal main bay or Half Moon Bay, so it can be very confusing.  I would like to plant some pretty flowering plants below the sign.  Maybe some Tulipans between the palms and some low lying ground cover, so it's not a big mud pit when it rains

6.     On the walkway, have signs installed to give basic information about Akumal, e.g. The turtles, What to do when snorkeling, Don't touch coral or turtles, Turtle hatchings, What to do, Importance of turning off the lights, and also something about being energy efficient by turning off A/C when not in use, or whatever else.  Just basic info in Spanish and English.  Posted along several signs as you walk up the walkway.

7.     Cleaning of trash from the bridge as part of the weekly Maintenance

8.     leaning of the highway median strip.  I know the government has a crew, but has it ever been done?  It's very quick to take care of with a weed-wacker

  “The main Akumal entrance is a reflection of all of us from all bays.  If we are successful then it would be great if we could extend out to general cleanup of the road and also other entrances like Jade Bay, South Akumal, and Aventuras Akumal.  After the waterlines are finished in North Akumal, we will definitely need some general clean up.  Most of the properties are great at taking care of things, but there are several vacant parts that are in need of help.

“I am recording everything that is done in a notebook, and I also have a file going on my phone, so I can record everything in the moment.  I'm not looking for any sort of complicated accounting system, but really just basic mentality to get the job done.

“If people have workers that can donate time great.  If they have a few bucks great.  Whatever anyone wants to do is great.  If they want to earmark a donation for a particular use no problem.  I just want transparency.  Nice thing is you can see the results already.  If anyone else wants to step in and help in organizing things great.  I have receipts for everything that is bought and will continue to keep my records accordingly.  Thank you again for everyone who has participated so far.  My Cel is 984-151-9522 if you have further questions.”

TAURIDS METEOR SHOWER(S), NOVEMBER 4th-5th & 11th-12th  

During the first two weeks of November, the Earth encounters dusty meteor streams left behind by periodic Comet Encke’s passages through the inner solar system.  One crosses the Earth’s orbit on or about the 4th while the second crossing occurs on or about the 5th; this shower is actually two streams, the North Taurids and the South Taurids.  The Taurids, a minor shower, radiate out of the sky in the constellation Taurus the Bull (visible soon after sunset in the eastern sky), not too far from the easily recognizable Pleiades star cluster.

South Taurids – Nov. 4-5
The South (and North) Taurids are perhaps best suited to die-hard meteor aficionados.  The meteoroid stream that feeds the Taurids is very spread out and dissipated.  That means the Taurids are extremely long lasting (September 25 to November 25) but usually don’t offer more than about 7 meteors per hour.  That’ll be true even on the South Taurids’ expected peak night of November 4 (before dawn November 5). The waxing crescent moon sets at early evening, leaving a dark sky for the South Taurid meteors, which are expected to produce the most meteors in the wee hours just after midnight on November 5.

North Taurids – Nov. 11-12
This shower is long-lasting (October 12 – December 2) but modest, and the peak number is forecast at about 7 meteors per hour.  Typically, you see the maximum numbers at around midnight to 1 a.m., when Taurus the Bull moves nearly overhead.  This year, the thin waning crescent moon won’t rise till close to dawn, leaving a long dark night for these rather slow-moving but sometimes bright North Taurid meteors.  You might even see some Taurid fireballs.  The greatest numbers of North Taurid meteors come just after midnight on November 12.


There is nothing more to say.  It has all been said, again, and again, and again.




The nominations for the 2012 Melbourne Cup field were announced on Tuesday 5th September 2012.  A total of 151 horses are vying for a place in the 24 horse final field.

The $6.175 million Emirates Melbourne Cup is a truly spectacular event and the focal point of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.  2012 will see the incredible 152nd running of this iconic event.  While most of Australia stops to watch or listen to the race, there’s nothing like being there amongst the 100,000-plus throng to experience this truly unique event.

The Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup is one of the world’s most famous and best-regarded thoroughbred races.  The 3,200m race is Australia's richest and is run at 3pm on the first Tuesday of November each year.  Crafted by Hardy Brothers Jewelers, the 2012 Emirates Melbourne Cup trophy is valued at $175,000 and is created from 2,340 grams of solid 18ct gold which takes more than 250 man hours to produce.

Emirates Melbourne Cup Day has gained a reputation for fashion with a penchant for drama. It is the day to make your strongest fashion statement with an exotic or outrageous ensemble - hats are essential and so is a yellow rose in the lapel.

The Melbourne Cup is Australia's major annual thoroughbred horse race.  Billed as “The race that stops a nation”, it is for three-year-olds and over.  It is generally regarded as the most prestigious "two-mile" handicap in the world.  The event is held by the Victoria Racing Club, on the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne.  This day was traditionally only a public holiday within metropolitan Melbourne, but is now also observed as a holiday in the entire state of Victoria, and even the ACT.

The race was originally held over two miles (about 3,218 meters) but following preparation for Australia's adoption of the metric system in the 1970s, the current race distance of 3,200 meters was established in 1972.  This reduced the distance by 61ft 6in, and Rain Lover's 1968 race record of 3min.19.1sec was accordingly adjusted to 3min.17.9sec.  The present record holder is the 1990 winner Kingston Rule with a time of 3min 16.3sec.


 On October 12, Mexican President Calderon inaugurated country's largest PV system to date, when he inaugurated a 1.5 MW photovoltaic (PV) system in the municipality of Mulegé, in the northwestern Mexican state of Baja California Sur.  According to the office of the president, the system is the largest operational PV installation in the country.  The pilot system will be used by Mexican energy authority Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) to evaluate the potential of solar energy in Mexico.  The president also said he plans to ask the Mexican energy secretary to develop a pilot project to promote residential PV.  Only a few megawatts of PV have been installed in Mexico to date; however, Mexico-based developer Sonora Energy Group de Hermosillo broke ground on a 46.8 MW (DC) PV power plant in August.  The large-scale power plant, located in the northern state of Sonora, is expected to begin producing power in the second quarter of 2013.  The Sonoran project has a 20-year power purchase agreement with CFE.  Currently, 26% of the electricity that is produced within Mexico comes from renewable sources, primarily from water, wind and sun.  The rest comes from fossil fuels and methane.


Steve & Ingrid Clouther returned from their two+ week visit to the northeast.
Larry & Karen Kantor are back at Mariposa for a couple of weeks.
Wendell & Lynda Day are back for a couple of weeks.
Joan Moreland was back in Akumal for a short visit; 1st time back in 15 years.
Dean & Alison Keegan are back at Playa Caribe.
Kathy Sonheim is back, albeit without Jim.
Jamie & Yolanda are back, hoping to finish the house before Christmas.
Charlene Powell has returned after a long stay in Las Vegas.
Debby Entwistle was back in Casa Cielo for a bit.
Russ & Stefanie Motley have arrived; they now reside in South Akumal.
Bill Brab was back with four friends for some golf and recreation.
The Paradise Hunter team was in town for some filming for a TV show on the Riviera Maya.
Steve Guynes, with daughter Courtney, was in town to close the sale of Casa Redonda for Dr. Stoddard on November 1st.
Steve & Sharon Wandler are back in Punta Sur.
Anne Kennedy was back with four friends (Jack stayed home in Texas) at Las Casitas.
John & Sharon Winkel are also back in Akumal.
Wally& Jan Koenst are returning to Aventuras some time in November.

No reported departures.


For the U.S., and only the U.S., DST ends on November4.  Remember, on August 8, 2005, President George W. Bush signed the Energy Policy Act of 2005.  This Act changed the time change dates for Daylight Saving Time in the U.S.  Beginning in 2007, DST begins on the second Sunday in March and ends the first Sunday in November.  The Secretary of Energy will report the impact of this change to Congress.  Congress retains the right to resume the 2005 Daylight Saving Time schedule once the Department of Energy study is complete.

In 2010, ten Mexico municipalities which share a border with the United States began daylight saving time three weeks earlier on the second Sunday in March and end on the first Sunday in November.  Previously all of Mexico, with the exception of the state of Sonora which does not observe daylight saving time, began and ended daylight saving time at the same time.  The Congress of Mexico passed legislation in December 2009 which allowed these ten border cities to adopt a daylight saving time pattern consistent with the United States.  The municipalities which are now permitted by law to observe daylight saving time consistent with the United States are:
Acuna, Coahuila
Anahuac, Nuevo Leon
Juarez, Chihuahua
Matamoros, Tamaulipas
Mexicali, Baja California
Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas
Ojinaga, Chihuahua
Piedras Negras, Coahuila
Reynosa, Tamaulipas
Tijuana, Baja California

 The observation of daylight saving time for these ten municipalities will begin at 2:00 a.m. local time on the second Sunday in March.  On the first Sunday in November these areas will return to Standard Time at 2:00 a.m. local time.  This change in daylight saving time observance was requested by local governments and political leaders to help facilitate commerce with the United States.  Industries, such as transportation and banking, were especially affected by the differences in daylight saving time.  In some cases businesses had to open an hour early than usual to conduct business with US companies during the 3 weeks in March when the two countries were on different times.


November 16/17, 2012, late night November 16 until dawn November 17

Radiating from the constellation Leo the Lion, the Leonid meteor shower is famous.  Historically, this shower has produced some of the greatest meteor storms in history – at least one in living memory, 1966 – with rates as high as many thousands of meteors per hour.  Indeed, on that beautiful night in 1966, the meteors did fall like rain.  Some who watched the shower said they felt as if they needed to grip the ground, so strong was the impression of Earth plowing along through space, fording the meteoroid stream.  The meteors, after all, were all streaming from a single point in the sky – the radiant point – in this case in the constellation Leo the Lion. 

Leonid meteor storms sometimes recur in cycles of 33 to 34 years, but the Leonids around the turn of the century – while wonderful for many observers – did not match the shower of 1966.  And, in most years, the Lion whimpers rather than roars, producing a maximum of perhaps 10-15 meteors per hour.  Like most meteor showers, the Leonids ordinarily pick up steam after midnight and display the greatest meteor numbers just before dawn.  In 2012, however, the waxing crescent moon will setting at early evening, leaving a dark night for Leonid meteor shower.

The meteors will appear to emanate from out of the so-called "Sickle" of Leo, but prospective viewers should not concentrate on that area of the sky around Leo, but rather keep their eyes moving around to different parts of the sky.  Leo does not start coming fully into view until the hours after midnight, so that would be the best time to concentrate on looking for the Leonid meteors.

The Leonids are very fast meteors.  The shower is active at a low "background" level for about a week from November 14-21. Quite a few sporadic and minor-shower meteors join the cast, especially in the predawn hours.


Because meteor shower particles are all traveling in parallel paths, and at the same velocity, they will all appear to an observer below to radiate away from a single point in the sky.  This radiant point is caused by the effect of perspective, similar to railroad tracks converging at a single vanishing point on the horizon when viewed from the middle of the tracks. 

Meteor showers are almost always named after the constellation from which the meteors appear to originate.  This "fixed point" slowly moves across the sky during the night due to the Earth turning on its axis, the same reason the stars appear to slowly march across the sky.  The radiant also moves slightly from night to night against the background stars (radiant drift) due to the Earth moving in its orbit around the sun.

Meteor showers are named after the nearest bright star with a Greek or Roman letter assigned that is close to the radiant position at the peak of the shower, whereby the declension of the Latin possessive form is replaced by "id" or "ids".  Hence, meteors radiating from near the star delta Aquarii (declension "-i") are called delta Aquariids.  The International Astronomical Union's Task Group on Meteor Shower Nomenclature and the IAU's Meteor Data Center keep track of meteor shower nomenclature and which showers are established.



Revolution Day (Día de la Revolución) of Mexico is a public holiday observed in Mexico to commemorate the anniversary of the beginning of 1910 Mexican Revolution against the autocrat José de la Cruz Porfirio Díaz Mori.  Porfirio Diaz had led the military rule of Mexico for about 34 year before being forced to resign through a decade of civil war in Mexico.  People in Mexico observe Revolution Day on the third Monday of November every year.

The Mexican Revolution was brought on by, among other factors, tremendous disagreement among the Mexican people over the dictatorship of President Porfirio Diaz, who, all told, stayed in office for thirty one years.  During that span, power was concentrated in the hands of a select few; the people had no power to express their opinions or select their public officials.  Wealth was likewise concentrated in the hands of the few, and injustice was everywhere, in the cities and the countryside alike.

Early in the 20th Century, a new generation of young leaders arose who wanted to  participate in the political life of their country, but they were denied the opportunity by the officials who were already entrenched in power and who were not about to give it up.  This group of young leaders believed that they could assume their proper role in Mexican politics once President Diaz announced publicly that Mexico was ready for democracy.  Although the Mexican Constitution called for public election and other institutions of democracy, Diaz and his supporters used their political and economic resources to stay in power indefinitely.

Francisco I. Madero was one of the strongest believers that President Diaz should renounce his power and not seek re-election.  Together with other young reformers, Madero created the ''Anti-reeleccionista'' Party, which he represented in subsequent presidential elections.  Between elections, Madero traveled throughout the country, campaigning for his ideas.

Francisco I. Madero was a firm supporter of democracy and of making government subject to the strict limits of the law, and the success of Madero's movement made him a threat in the eyes of President Diaz.  Shortly before the elections of 1910, Madero was apprehended in Monterrey and imprisoned in San Luis Potosi.  Learning of Diaz's re-election, Madero fled to the United States in October of 1910.  In exile, he issued the ''Plan of San Luis,'' a manifesto which declared that the elections had been a fraud and that he would not recognize Porfirio Diaz as the legitimate President of the Republic.

Instead, Madero made the daring move of declaring himself President Pro-Temp until new elections could be held.  Madero promised to return all land which had been confiscated from the peasants, and he called for universal voting rights and for a limit of one term for the president.  Madero's call for an uprising on November 20th, 1910, marked the beginning of the Mexican Revolution.

On November 14th, in Cuchillo Parado in the state of Chihuahua, Toribio Ortega and a small group of followers took up arms.  On the 18th in Puebla, Diaz's authorities uncovered preparations for an uprising in the home of the brothers Maximo and Aquiles Serdan, who were made to pay with their lives.  Back in Chihuahua, Madero was able to persuade Pascual Orozco and Francisco Villa to join the revolution.  Though they had no military experience, Orozco and Villa proved to be excellent strategists, and they earned the allegiance of the people of northern Mexico, who were particularly unhappy about the abusive ranchers and landlords who ran the North.

In March of 1911, Emiliano Zapata led the uprising of the peasants of Morelos to claim their rights over local land and water.  At the same time, armed revolt began in many other parts of the country.  The "Maderista" troops, and the national anger which inspired them, defeated the army of Diaz within six months.  The decisive victory of the Mexican Revolution was the capture of Ciudad Juarez, just across the river from El Paso, by Orozco and Villa.  Porfirio Diaz then resigned as President and fled to exile in France, where he died in 1915.

With the collapse of the Diaz regime, the Mexican Congress elected Francisco Leon De La Barra as President Pro-Temp and called for national popular elections, which resulted in the victory of Francisco I. Madero as President and Jose Maria Pino Suarez as Vice-President.



Luciano Noh Tzul Retires from Lol Ha Beach Bar
Thanks to Lydia Linton Pontius and Sac-Be.

If you have visited Akumal, or more specifically Lol-Ha, in the last 16 years, you have more than likely met Luciano.  He has been a fixture at Lol-Ha and has served many a drink along with many a smile, and I am sure many of you have a photo that was taken with him.  It is with mixed emotions that we share the news about his retirement.  For entirely selfish reasons we hate to see him go, but for Luciano and his family we are happy.

The Staff at The Akumalian wish Luciano the very best in his retirement and thank him for all he has done for everyone over the years!

A few facts about Luciano:

  • Luciano Antonio Noh Tzul began working at Lol-Ha on Dec. 7, 1996.
  • He has four children, all married, and currently seven grandchildren, the oldest of whom is 16.
  • He is from Chankom, Yucatán, between Valladolid and Merida, but now lives in Mérida.


Akumal Villas Offers Free Riviera Maya Information Mobile App
   Akumal Villas is introducing its free mobile Iphone/Android Apps. Click either app icon (App Store or Google play) at to download for FREE.  These apps are filled with tons of information covering the areas from Playa del Carmen to Tulum.  Akumal also has special coverage, and as an Akumal Villas' Guest, you will have all your specific villa check-in information at your finger tips!

The North Akumal Road Is Coming Together
            CAPA continues its excavation of the water lines towards the Lagoon, but they are also returning the beginning section to the way it was before they started; i.e. they are putting the bricks back in place as they were.  Kudos to everyone who worked with CAPA to make this a reality.

            As a side note to this, Russ Motley made a bet at the Beach Bar last month with Didier Jackson, and he lost.  He reportedly kept his end of the bet and paid up, albeit on the 1st hole of Bahia Principe Golf Course – 3rd Best One in Mexico – where there were no witnesses or photographs recording the event, but we do have an artist’s rendition of the event.  


Punta Sur Update
      Punta Sur typically goes unnoticed by most, but there are some things happening over there.

  • Somebody, probably CFE, has bulldozed a path/road by the power lines in back of South Akumal.
  • There are two relatively small topes in Punta Sur.
  • There is another house going up down on the south end close to OASIS Akumal.
  • The house at the ‘beach’ access by the curve is coming along quite nicely.


Turtle Bay Café Open for Dinner
    Bart reports Turtle Bay Café opened October 18 for first dinner of season and will be open next week, probably be Wed.-Fri.  With mussels flown in.

Same menu as always for Thanksgiving, just have not figured a price.

Happy Hour Specials still going from 4-close.  The pan roasted half chicken was the big seller on opening night.


Lol-Ha To Be Open for Thanksgiving
The Lol Ha restaurant will be open a little before Thanksgiving, so it is open for the traditional Thanksgiving Buffet and Flamenco Dancers.  A few other items from the menu will be available, including seafood, steaks, Mexican dishes, and a kids menu.  First Seating: 5:30pm and Second Seating: 7:30pm. Reservations are being accepted. Please email .

Roast Yucatan Honey Glazed Turkey
Homemade Gravy
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Tamale and Jalapeno Cornbread Stuffing
Corn, Green Chile and Cheddar Cheese Casserole

·       *Tropical Sweet Potato Bake
*Savory Wild Rice Mushroom and Cranberry Stuffing
*Roasted Brussel Sprouts and New Potatoes 
*Sweet Corn and Green Chile Bake 

Cranberry Sauce
·       Desserts: Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Mousse, Dessert Trio  
*Vegan Pumpkin Pie Spice or Coconut Ice Cream 


Tequilaville News
Mary Anderson reports:

·       Tequilaville is celebrating its 2nd anniversary on November 10th.  We were so surprised by the attendance last year we have made some provisions for this year.

We have gotten permission from the town to have a tent erected on the street with extra tables and chairs.  We have hired extra help too!! 

The party starts at 6pm, and runs until closing time, which at this point is still 11pm, but we are trying to get an extension to 12am!!  Free appies, Sangria, music, and Mayan dancers!!!   The show starts approximately 7:30pm!!

·       We are having a Thanksgiving dinner; Turkey with all the trimmings!!  Menu to be e-mailed closer to date….  Please email or call for reservations!!

·       On Friday, November 23rd at 7 pm – 9pm; we will be having an Art show for Isabel Schober.  She will be displaying her paintings and jewelry for purchase.  FREE Appetizers!

·      We are introducing a new ‘theme’ here at Tequilaville.  We would like you to bring in your boogie boards.  You can sign them and then we will hang them from the ceiling!!  We are hoping that this will help with our acoustics at the restaurant, plus it would be a fun thing to do!!   New décor!!!

·       We are also starting our annual Christmas toy drive for the children in the Pueblo.  Soccer balls were a great hit last year, and some kids were disappointed that they didn’t get them, so that would be a great suggestion to donate; you can deflate them and bring them in so that it’s doesn’t take up too much room in your luggage!!    Kites are also a great idea as well and not much money at the dollar store if they still have them!!  Spanish games if you can find them.  And always baby toys, dolls, cars…….


Spay and Neuter Program for Akumal Pueblo
       Jen Smith reports, “We started just three weeks ago and so far, so good.  Every Thursday people bring their dogs and cats to the cancha in the pueblo at 7:30 am, and we take them up to Coco's Cat Clinic for the day to get spayed and neutered.  We bring them back in the afternoon.  It's all free for the pet owners, paid for by donations.  So far we've done 18 animals and word is getting out.  Rocio and I went to the primaria and had a lot of fun talking to classrooms about the importance of caring for pets and sterilization.  We're going to hit the segundaria and the Montessori school next week.

            “If anyone wants to donate, they can donate directly to Coco's Cat Rescue or stop by the bakery to continue contributing to the costs for the surgeries.”



Hechizo NOT to be Open for Thanksgiving Weekend
 Stefan and Hui have announced that Hechizo will be not open Thanksgiving.

Hechizo will re-open for the season, around December 13. 



Cost of Gas at Pemex In Tulum
      Just as FYI, a liter of Magna costs $10.32 pesos now, and this equates to $3.00US per gallon, given all the conversion factors of October 25th.



Speaking of October 25th
     Back in Uxbridge, Massachusetts, Stefanie & Robert Fredette celebrated their wedding anniversary on October 25th.


Registration closed for 2013 Boston Marathon
Registration for the 2013 Boston Marathon has closed, the Boston Athletic Association announced Thursday.  Registration began Sept. 10.  A rolling registration process gave entry priority to faster runners.  The field size for the event, which will be April 15, is 27,000.

"While we would like to accept everyone who has qualified and would like to run, field size limits are in effect to ensure the best possible event experience for all," BAA executive director Tom Grilk said in a press release.  "We congratulate the many runners who met the challenge of running a personal best in order to qualify for the 2013 Boston Marathon, and we wish the best of luck to those who will be running marathons this weekend and throughout the fall with the hope of qualifying for the 2014 Boston Marathon.  We are honored they have made running our race one of their athletic goals, and we admire their commitment to their own running."

The qualifying window for the 2014 Boston Marathon began on Sept. 22.


The Pilgrims who sailed to America were originally members of the English Separatist Church.  Before going to America they had fled to Holland to escape religious persecution.  Although, in Holland, they enjoyed more religious tolerance, but they eventually became disillusioned with the Dutch way of life.  In the hope of a better life in, they took the help of a London stock company to move out to America.  Most of those making this trip aboard the Mayflower were non-Separatists.  Only about one-third of the original colonists were Separatists.

They reached Plymouth in 1620.  There, they had to face a terrible winter.  Around 46 of the original 102 had died by the next fall.  But fortune turned in their favor and the harvest of the next year was bumper.  And the remaining colonists decided to celebrate with a feast -- including 91 Indians who had helped the Pilgrims survive their first year.  It is believed that the Pilgrims would not have made it through the year without the help of the natives.  The feast was more of a traditional English harvest festival than a true "thanksgiving" observance.  It lasted three days.  Governor William Bradford sent "four men fowling" after wild ducks and geese.  It is not certain that wild turkey was part of their feast.  However, it is certain that they had venison.  The term "turkey" was used by the Pilgrims to mean any sort of wild fowl.

Another modern staple at almost every Thanksgiving table is pumpkin pie.  But it is unlikely that the first feast included that treat.  The supply of flour had been long diminished, so there was no bread or pastries of any kind.  However, they did eat boiled pumpkin, and they produced a type of fried bread from their corn crop.  There was also no milk, cider, potatoes, or butter.  There was no domestic cattle for dairy products, and the newly-discovered potato was still considered by many Europeans to be poisonous.  But the feast did include fish, berries, watercress, lobster, dried fruit, clams, venison, and plums.  This "thanksgiving" feast was not repeated the following year.  But in 1623, during a severe drought, the pilgrims gathered in a prayer service, praying for rain.  When a long, steady rain followed the very next day, Governor Bradford proclaimed another day of Thanksgiving, again inviting their Indian friends.  It wasn't until June of 1676 that another Day of Thanksgiving was proclaimed.

On June 20, 1676, the governing council of Charlestown, Massachusetts, held a meeting to determine how best to express thanks for the good fortune that had seen their community securely established.  By unanimous vote they instructed Edward Rawson, the clerk, to proclaim June 29 as a day of thanksgiving.  It is notable that this thanksgiving celebration probably did not include the Indians, as the celebration was meant partly to be in recognition of the colonists' recent victory over the "heathen natives".  October of 1777 marked the first time that all 13 colonies joined in a thanksgiving celebration.  It also commemorated the patriotic victory over the British at Saratoga.  But it was a one-time affair.

George Washington proclaimed a National Day of Thanksgiving in 1789, although some were opposed to it.  There was discord among the colonies, many feeling the hardships of a few Pilgrims did not warrant a national holiday.  And later, President Thomas Jefferson scoffed at the idea of having a day of thanksgiving.  It was Sarah Josepha Hale, a magazine editor, whose efforts eventually led to what we recognize as Thanksgiving.  Hale wrote many editorials championing her cause in her Boston Ladies' Magazine, and later, in Godey's Lady's Book.  Finally, after a 40-year campaign of writing editorials and letters to governors and presidents, Hale's obsession became a reality when, in 1863, President Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November as a national day of Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving was proclaimed by every president after Lincoln.  The date was changed a couple of times, most recently by Franklin Roosevelt, who set it up one week to the next-to-last Thursday in order to create a longer Christmas shopping season.  Public uproar against this decision caused the president to move Thanksgiving back to its original date two years later.  And in 1941, Thanksgiving was finally sanctioned by Congress as a legal holiday, as the fourth Thursday in November.


 Now in its 10th season, this event will take place from the 22nd to 24th of November 2012.  The musical celebration, which over the years has succeeded in capturing the hearts of music lovers far and wide, arrives renewed with incredible artists, ready to take Playa del Carmen by storm.

The Jazz Festival has become the great musical event of the destination, and overall it has become a great attraction in the Riviera Maya. This is part of the commitment to offering an unforgettable experience for our visitors, providing the opportunity to enjoy 3 days of not only the best activities, but also excellent music to delight the ears of everyone around.

Looks like the official web site is being updated, at the moment, as there are no additional inks or information there other than the poster-type graphic shown on the front page.  But as that indicates, the big name this year is highly respected saxophonist and jazz composer Wayne Shorter, famous as a leader but also for his time with Miles Davis, and as a co-founder of Weather Report.

Guitarist John Scofield will (like Shorter) also be appearing on the final night.  The Festival opens on (US) Thanksgiving Day with Latin percussionist Pete Escovedo (no word on whether Sheila E will put in an appearance with her father!) and bassist Victor Wooten, quite famous among bassists for his astounding chops and also known for his years of work with Béla Fleck.

Shows as usual are scheduled to kick off at 7 pm for 3 consecutive evenings, Thursday through Saturday, November 22nd–24th, at Mamita's.  


The Full Beaver Moon occurs on November 28th at 8:46 AST.

This is the time to set beaver and raccoon traps before the mangroves freeze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs.  Another interpretation suggests that the name Full Beaver Moon comes from the fact that the beavers are now actively preparing for winter; it could also refer to the raccoons in North Akumal.  It is sometimes also referred to as the Frosty Moon.


Just the usual Robin’s “Best Shirt Award.  And, there was Gary Phillips 50th Birthday Bash at Casa Cenote.  And, the Paradise Hunter was here looking at Akumal’s paradise locations.

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