I heard once that the definition of relative is this: one hair on your head is relatively little; one hair in your soup is relatively a lot. So I guess it depends upon your point of view.
Relative or not, it is cold here. I don't care if you are living someplace that is having below zero temps Fahrenheit right now or not. What is relative to me is how cold it is here, where I live. And it is cold.
Last night saw a new all time low for me here. It was actually 57F when I checked just before retiring for the evening. Now that's cold! We have all acclimated to the tropical weather that we so enjoy living here. So when a cold front like this comes through, it is hard to bear. We have no furnaces, no fireplaces, no way to get auxiliary heat at all. All we can do is close our doors and windows and put on every piece of warm clothing that we own. Which isn't a lot!
And according to our local paper, the end is not yet in sight. There is a cold front dropping down on the Yucatan from the southern USA. Temperatures this weekend are expected to hit a new low of 52F, 12C. I can't wait for that! NOT!
I feel sorry for the tourists. Imagine dreaming of your vacation all year and then getting here and freezing. It is so cold that people are avoiding the beach like the plague. You won't catch me there right now. And you especially will not see me in the water! The poor tourists are leaving just as white as they were when they got here.
But golf cart and motorcycles rentals are at 100%. There are none left to rent by 11 AM every day as people look for alternate forms of entertainment. And inadvertently make life miserable for all of us who live here. Yesterday a cart full of screaming, drunk tourists drove by and threw their empty beer bottles onto the beach as they passed. So don't criticize me for criticizing them please.
On another note, which tourists here may find interesting, there has been no fishing allowed for the past 10 days. So any restaurant that tells you that the fish or lobster is fresh today is lying to you. It will be frozen. Except for the restaurants that feature live lobster tanks. But really, even fish, lobster or shrimp that has been frozen for 10 days is likely to be fresher and tastier than anything you will find in the frozen northlands right now.
Along with the ports (ocean) being closed to fisher people right now because of the high winds (gusts of 45 mph so don't tell me we don't have wind chill!), they are reported that their overall catch is below 50% of what they were catching last year at this time. Especially lobster.
I wonder if all that dredging for sand for the tourists of Cancun has anything to do with the lack of lobster beds? Or is just over fishing. Remains to be seen I guess. Or maybe we will never know for sure. Either way, people who depend on this industry for their living are suffering right now.
And so goes it in Paradise.