rocky-point-pics-8Seems like I just got done writing my 2015 New Year’s resolution list, and here it’s 2016. Since I wasn’t able to follow through with any of those resolutions, I’ll just change the date to 2016 and I’m good to go. Actually, I have done that every year since 1989. As much as everything seems to change, some things just stay the same. Like Rocky Point. I had a recent conversation with Gwen Harvey from Tucson.

CAP’N GREG: I’ve seen you here before, haven’t I?

GWEN: My third visit this year.

CAP’N GREG: Good for you. It’s so close to Tucson, there’s no reason not to make the drive.

GWEN: You’ve been coming for a long time, huh?

CAP’N GREG: Since the first Bush was president.

GWEN: Wow! That’s before I was born, Cap’n Greg. You are ancient.

CAP’N GREG: Please don’t say that.

GWEN: Lots has changed in all that time, I bet.

CAP’N GREG: I sat right here 25 years ago and enjoyed a Tecate, watched the pelicans dive for sardines, bought shrimp from José at the fish market.

GWEN: As a newcomer, it’s always been like this for me.

CAP’N GREG: The ocean is even better, in some respects. Environmental and endangered species protection. That sort of thing. The biggest changes are to infrastructure. Paved streets, reliable electricity and Wi-Fi most places.

GWEN: They even have a Burger King.

CAP’N GREG: You can do that in the States, Gwen. Here, I suggest you try Asadero Viva Mexico, La Curva, The Pink Cadillac, JJ’s Cantina. Those relatively old places I have enjoyed for so long will be brand new for you.

GWEN: Thanks for the advice. And, really, you don’t look that old.

CAP’N GREG: As the saying goes, there may be snow on the roof, but there’s still fire in the furnace.

GWEN: I see more pink than snow up there, Cap’n Greg, but how about I buy you a Tecate for the furnace?

CAP’N GREG: Thank you, child. You are wise beyond your years.