A Shorts Story

There are very few photos of me from my Mexico 2003 trip. I count just five. Four of them are terrible/blurry/too dark. The one below is the sole photo I’m ok about. It’s interesting to see how I’ve aged. Actually, it’s hugely disappointing that I’ve aged. I was always hoping I’d be ‘the one’. The exception. Live forever, and all that. I’m not sure that’s working out for me. Such is life. I sure have fewer lines on my face back then. And a trimmer waist. I was but 30 when this photo was taken.

I heard recently that you are no longer allowed to climb up pyramids in Mexico, including Chichen Itza and Teotihuacan. Have I heard right?! I’m wearing my favorite Red Sea tee shirt in the photo. And the most comfortable pair of shorts I ever owned. Light weight, with long knee length legs, but sturdy enough that I could keep change in my pockets without the coins pulling them down to my ankles.

I still have that tee shirt. It’s a bit worse for wear these days. To put it mildly. The shorts bit the dust a year later in Costa Rica. I’d spent an hour chatting to a girl in the lounge of a hostel without realizing the shorts had become very torn in an awkward location. The little general was very much ‘on view’. Parading, if you like. Fortunately, though, not standing to attention. She didn’t mention it. Very decent of her. But she absolutely can’t have missed it.



6 thoughts on “A Shorts Story

  1. Dan in NC says:

    Temple of the moon? Fab view from the top – if you ignore the ” new-agers” getting in touch with their chakras, and other “omen pandre om” thingamajiggies…. Fun place, but a bitch getting down! Thanks!
    Dan in NC


  2. norm says:

    The big tourist sites are closing their pyramids to climbing in Mexico. Even some buildings with rooms are being restricted, the backcountry sites are all pretty much accessible. I visited about twenty Mayan sites last winter, I came across only one backcountry ruin that restricted the high ground. I’m sure it was because the managers of the ruin were active in looting the outlining areas of the site and did not want tourists taking long distance photos of their skulduggery.. .


    • I understand why sites would restrict where feet can trample. Although given just how much of Teotihuacan has actually been completely rebuilt…

      Looting?! You’re such a suspicious soul, Norm! Being suspicious in Mexico comes naturally to us all though, methinks…


  3. It’s true. There are some sites in Mexico where climbing is no longer allowed but as Norm points out, many of the lesser known ones still permit free access. As for the shorts… I too had a favorite piece of travel attire. Mine was a pair of “funky pants” with thin swirly brown, black and beige vertical stripes. They were loose (but not baggy) and light-weight enough to be comfy. Because of the color and print, they never showed the dirt they’d been subjected to. They too eventually tore in the “nether regions” and had to be jettisoned. The 12year old veterans of many an adventure ended their long useful life in an Italian dumpster. I LOVED those pants… and I have never been able to replace them.


    • It’s the difficulty in replacing them that makes their loss so terrible! Which is why, if I find something I really like these days, I’ll go back and buy more of the same while it’s still available!


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