Comments on "The People's Guide to Mexico"?
Replies: 23 - Last Post: Mar 27, 2013 4:59 PM Last Post By: michoacan
Feb 19, 2013 4:05 PM
Feb 19, 2013 4:27 PM
16The People's Guide has never been a "go-here-do-this" kind of guide book. Its value has been in suggesting a way to travel - open to the possibilities of a place. It is not just about traveling in Mexico. It's about how to travel anywhere. Carl's stories are wonderful anecdotal demonstrations of his travel philosophy. I think any edition of the PG is worth having.
Also, I agree with michoacan's evaluation of the "new" PG website. Felisa has really been able to rejuvenate the website.
Feb 19, 2013 5:21 PM
17Lorena and I really appreciate the supportive comments many of you have made about The People's Guide To Mexico in this thread. I don't even take offence at being called "old", though even at 68 I suppose I better get used to it. For those of you who have read our books since the very beginning, all I can say is, "Who woulda thought?" It has been a long, complicated and sometimes downright strange trip, but here we are, still plugging away.
I am especially pleased by your appreciation of Churpa's work on the website and the new 14th edition of the book. Churpa has not only been travelling in Mexico since she was a squalling infant, she has also developed into an amazingly talented writer. To top it off, she obviously inherited Steve's offbeat sense of humor as well as his near obsessive love of cooking, foraging, and all things edible.
A couple of years ago we asked Churpa and her husband, Rich, if they'd be interested in gradually taking over the People's Guide. Lorena and I would like to spend more time doing service work -- we both conduct Vipassana meditation courses, primarily in Latin America. We're involved in other service projects as well, so rather than let the People's Guide simply wither away, having Churpa and Rich to help us couldn't have come at a better time. With any luck, they'll keep the book and website rolling long after we're gone.
The comments about our early Camping & Backpacking book surprised me, as I thought that one was long forgotten. I've often threatened to scan the book and release it as a free download but just haven't had the time. If anyone out there wants a project, let me know.
Again, thanks for your support for so many years. It has made all the difference!
Feb 20, 2013 11:45 AM
Forgotten? Surely you jest! The camping book is "The" and the word is capitalized, official " other bookend" to the set. My hope is to acquire the "On and Off Again Cookbook". Maybe by some milagro it can be made available for downloading online!
Creating and maintaining The People's Guide to Mexico for 4 decades must have been one of the most demanding "chores" I could ever imagine. May I suggest that now that you have help "pulling the oars" take some time and enjoy the fruit of your labors? You and Lorena deserve it!
Feb 20, 2013 11:59 AM
Feb 20, 2013 6:54 PM
20Wow Thank you Carl Franz! And Lorena and Churpa and Steve. Muchissimas gracias para introducirnos a Mexico. PW y Panchito el perrito.
Feb 21, 2013 10:46 AM
21Me, too. The People's Guide heavily imprinted my adolescent brain and changed the course of my life forever. I've carried it on several trips to Mexico. If only I hadn't picked up that book.. I could have been a stockbroker or something. Thanks, Carl.
I've always enjoyed the People's Guide website as well, glad that it's getting some new love. Also glad to see that my busjacking story is still up there. ha...
Great to see you here, Carl. You gonna stick around and tell us about your latest adventures in Mexican Vipassana?
Mar 22, 2013 12:17 PM
22Hey thanks for your kind words, Michoacan (And Oaxoak)! Sometimes I feel like I'm writing into the void, so I'm glad to hear that's not entirely true.
Just wanted to make it clear that our website is no longer at peoplesguide.com, but rather t hepeoplesguidetomexico.com . We love to print tips, letters, and updates from our readers. If you want to get in touch with me, hit me up at churpa at peoplesguide dot com.
Mar 27, 2013 4:59 PM
23Writing Into The Void?
I learned something a long time ago.
It seems like for every response a posting or online work project gets, there are a thousand faces out there with a smile on them because of an effort that seemingly "goes into the void"
Some have labelled the silent "lurkers" which to me is almost pornographic in effect.
They are readers.
Just like consumers of books. I read lots and lots of books but never contact the author.
Sure, there are "hits" counters, but it isn't the same as a real letter.
But realize just as stage lighting illuminates a tiny fraction of the audience...
Your theater is a lot larger than you would think.
So keep writing "into the void" Churpa. I'm one of the "voids" )
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