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History Repeats Itself
In these humbling times we came across this poem written in 1869, reprinted during the 1919 Pandemic.
This is Timeless….
It was written in 1869 by Kathleen O’Mara:
And people stayed at home
And read books
And they rested
And did exercises
And made art and played
And learned new ways of being
And stopped and listened
Someone meditated, someone prayed
Someone met their shadow
And people began to think differently
And people healed.
And in the absence of people who
Lived in ignorant ways
Dangerous, meaningless and heartless,
The earth also began to heal
And when the danger ended and
People found themselves
They grieved for the dead
And made new choices
And dreamed of new visions
And created new ways of living
And completely healed the earth
Just as they were healed.
Photo taken during Spanish flu
The 9 Best Products Created to Cheer People Up During the Great Depression
By Justin Caffier
Whether it’s around the corner or a few years away, a majority of financial experts seem to agree that America is likely to get gut-punched with another recession in the not-too-distant future. But as Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence taught us with their playbook of silver linings, great things can emerge from strife. Financially uncertain times are often the mother of invention, and though past recessions have brought us killer products like the iPod and the BK Whopper, no economic slump has spawned as many classic consumer goods as the Great Depression.
One such product, the Kit-Cat Clock, was created in 1932 by Oregonian designer Earl Arnault to help bring some much-needed mirth to one of the country’s bleakest eras. The now-iconic clocks’ rolling eyes and wagging pendulum tails were an instant hit and the company only grew in popularity over the following decades. Today, Kit-Cat Clocks are still ticking along and, more importantly, partnering with The Hundreds on a, shall we say… “timeless” collabo. To celebrate the new merch, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite other products borne of the Great Depression that probably helped cheer up the poor proletariat taking an unfair beating from Wall Street fat cats.
Rocky Road Ice Cream
While there may have been some undocumented earlier iterations, the rocky road ice cream flavor we know and love is most commonly attributed to William Dreyer, whose last name should tell you all you need to know about his bona fides. As the official story goes, Dreyer was messing around with his wife’s sewing scissors in March of 1929 and thought it’d be cool to chop up some marshmallows and walnuts to add to a batch of chocolate ice cream in an effort to mimic the chocolate bars made by his candy producing partner, Joseph Edy. A few months later when the stock market crashed, he gave the concoction its current name “to give folks something to smile about in the midst of the Great Depression.” Fortunately, the company dropped that weird strain of negative flavor naming logic before the Vietnam War and 9/11.
Originally created by Elizabeth Magie in 1903 as “The Landlord’s Game” as a fun cautionary tale about the dangers of unfettered capitalism, the original board game spread around the East Coast organically in the following decades, getting augmented and modulated along the way. Sadly, Magie and the game were victims of the very forces of greed they sought to admonish and in 1935, a Philly man named Charles Darrow ripped off the concept and sold “his” creation to Parker Brothers, getting public credit for the popular board game up until evidence from a 1970s court case revealed the full story and gave Elizabeth her due credit.
As if the economic crisis at home wasn’t bad enough, Americans in the late 1930s were also forced to reckon with the ever-growing threat of fascisms ascension in Europe. Sensing the country’s desperate yearning for a hero with the superhuman traits that could tackle the world’s threats with ease, two young comic book and creators reworked a character from their ‘zine days into the noble Kryptonian we know and love today. His first official appearance in 1938’s Action Comics #1, Superman was an instant hit and quickly graduated from thwarting street thugs to taking on the evil syndicates plaguing the real world like the KKK and Nazis, which means that Superman is canonically Anitfa. The all-American immigrant didn’t just offer escapism for those feeling powerless to the ills of the world. He also served as the nation’s unofficial moral compass, presenting a virtuous example of what America can and should be.
Though iterations of shades have popped up throughout the course of human history, modern sunglasses only became a permanent staple of functional fashion thanks to Sam Foster and Bill Grant, who began manufacturing the accessories to hock on the Atlantic City boardwalk in 1929. Beachgoers loved the tinted spectacles and the product was soon selling around the country by the million. By 1938, Life magazine had dubbed these “dark glasses” the hottest new fad. Thankfully, sunglasses had more staying power than Life.
Annoyed by the cumbersome chore of lathering with shaving cream, Jacob Schick spent a good 20 years—with just a short pause for WWI—brainstorming a handheld shaving device that would harness the power of electricity to combat dry-faced stubble. After much trial and error, he finally patented his device in 1930. It would take a few years before the public got on board with his idea, but Schick was ultimately vindicated and electric razors enjoyed many a decade of prominence. And now, of course, everyone has gone back to the safety razors developed almost a century before Schick’s idea.
Pork companies needed a way to sell their scraps and less-desirable cuts of meat and consumers needed inexpensive, non-perishable eats so, in 1937, the fine folks at Hormel delivered tins of nitrate-soaked ham to the world, their new product’s name a mash-up of “spiced” and “ham.” Spam didn’t truly pop off until World War II, where it was shipped over to GIs across the Pacific theater. And thank goodness it made its way overseas, where Asians and Pacific Islanders incorporated the product into their own cuisines, because who would want to live in a world without musubi?
During the Depression, the US unemployment rate reached a staggering 25 percent. On top of that, the Dustbowl was ravaging the heartland. Americans were desperately seeking escapism from the struggles and horrors confronting them on a daily basis. Recognizing this, Universal Studios began releasing a slate of wildly successful horror films that featured fantastical monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, and The Invisible Man who offered weary audiences less existential threats to be scared of. Other studios also found success tapping into this vein, like Paramount’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and RKO’s King Kong, but it’s really these classic Universal monsters that paved the way for much of the horror genre’s best moments like the slasher villains of the ‘70s and ‘80s.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
In what may have been the best recipe screw-up of all time, the owner of Toll House Inn made history in 1933 when she tried to mix some cut-up chocolate bar pieces into a Colonial cookie recipe that called for baker’s chocolate to be mixed in. Rather than working as intended, the cookies came out of the oven with the morsels still intact and the entire world has been housing those happy accidents non-stop ever since.
Sure, thanks to intentional starving of the program, and lots of dumb voters, today’s younger Americans will likely never get to collect Social Security checks, but when signed into law by FDR in 1935, the Social Security Act was a figurative and literal lifesaver for the country. Beyond giving citizens funds to keep paying their rent and buying food during a time when it was nigh impossible for a huge percentage of the nation to do so, this program helped (temporarily) dispense with the barbaric notion that having a job should be a prerequisite for deserving to live.
Lifetime Opportunity or Why Mazatlan…
It’s no news that Mexico has been a preferred location for people to retire to from around the world. The country is home to about 1.5 million Americans and equally as numerous expats from places like Europe and Asia. Once you realize the benefits and advantages of living in Mexico, you soon come to the conclusion that life is actually better when you move to the country. The place is really cheap compared to other developed nations and has some of the most affordable real estate throughout the world.
Whether you look at it from an investment point of view or if you’re thinking about the value offered by the Mexican lifestyle—you’d realize that there are few places like Mexico to settle in. The country shares borders with the US, Belize and Guatemala—and is generally accessible from the rest of the world. Additionally, it’s recognized as one of the fastest-growing emerging economies in the world and is the second-largest economy in Latin America.
With its economic potential, the affordable lifestyles and the accessibility from any part of the world—you’d have the perfect base camp to launch your financial and business moves. All the while you sit and relax in the warm weather that prevails throughout the year.
Mazatlan has recently come to light as one of the more popular regions to buy up property in. The city is located along the Sea of Cortes— Property in Mazatlan costs a fraction of what the Caribbean costs. This is the perfect moment for expats to jump into the real estate market in Mazatlan because this is the best place to invest in among all the other domestic real estate markets in the country.
Reasons To Invest in Mazatlan
The real estate market in Mexico is generally thriving, even during the Covid-19 pandemic—carrying forward much of the momentum it enjoyed before the breakout. During the last quarter of 2019, experts pointed out that prices grew by 2.44% on a quarterly basis. This growth was put down to the growing middle class in the country where 82% of all Mexicans wanted to buy property rather than rent it out. This effect was compounded by the international interest garnered by the market and the government’s incentives to people willing to invest in both commercial and residential property.
Mazatlan, as part of the real estate industry in the region wasn’t excluded from the overarching market dynamics. As people started buying up property in the more popular regions like Cancun and Tijuana—Mazatlan stood out as the next target for massive property development projects. This was to be expected, I’m personally surprised that people didn’t move in earlier, because Mazatlan offers the
It’s the Focal Point for Domestic Demand
Property is an asset that has a relatively inelastic supply in the long run because of the physical limitations of the asset. How will you buy a house when there are no homes to buy in any given region and no room to build more houses? Something like this has happened in places like Mexico City, Tijuana and Guadalajara with their enormous populations. As people move in, it stifles demand and housing prices skyrocket—these areas are some of the most highly valued real estate markets through the country.
In response to these dynamics, the domestic and international investor looks for other places to invest in. They move toward areas like Mazatlan that have a high supply of homes ready for the taking. Mazatlan has become the center of attention for many real estate developers and people are snapping up property while the region is still a relatively cooler market.
Considering the existing dynamics, the market will start expanding and prices will get higher as time goes by. With immense domestic demand for housing and the international investments in real estate, property in Mazatlan will become one of the most prized jewels in the region. If you’re thinking about buying property here from an investment standpoint, you stand to make a lot of money in Mazatlan.
Manufacturing Plants Are Moving to Mexico
First, the US-China trade war and then the Covid-19 outbreak—corporations have realized that China’s bad news. The higher tariffs imposed by Trump during the trade war forced people out of China, no longer able to enjoy the cost advantages offered by China. The lock down in China then forced more people out because they couldn’t just stop production in the region.
This has forced many organizations to reconsider their supply chain processes to move their manufacturing plants to Mexico and Europe instead. This new surge in commercial activity is bound to increase the wages and move investments into Mexico to make the country into a thriving hub of commercial activity. Both the rising wages and the people who’ll move in will make Mazatlan the go-to place to buy a house.
Low Cost of Living in Mazatlan
Mazatlan offers people pretty much everything they’d want from their ideal home. It’s located on the beautiful Pacific shores and is in close proximity to many metropolitan regions in Mexico without the added premium. Considering the differences in the exchange rates between the US dollar and the Mexican Peso, anyone who’s making money outside the country will live the most luxurious life at a fraction of the cost.
With low costs of living, growing commerce and high property valuations, Mazatlan becomes the ideal place for you to buy a home in. You can buy the house, rent it out, hold it or sell it or even live here—the choice is yours—but no matter what you do, having this home on your portfolio could do much to enhance your portfolio valuations.
If you’re interested, you can get in touch with the people at Mazatlan4Sale.
The Mazatlan4Sale Mexico Team cares very much for its clients & associates. We are working & have adapted to keep things moving on your real estate transactions here in Mazatlan, Mexico.
Whether you are looking to, or you are already in the process of buying, selling or investing in real estate we are still here 100% to fulfill your needs & requests.
We are doing our part to stop the spread, protect our clients & ourselves by practicing social distancing & working from our personal spaces. With that being said, we have adapted to everyone’s new way of living by offering ways to still efficiently & effectively start & complete a real estate transaction.
We are doing buyer & listing consultations by video conferencing.
We are holding our open houses & showings digitally to adhere to social distancing. We are having tremendous success & reaching more people by being able to share all over the world LIVE & answer questions on the spot. This is resulting in MUCH higher traffic, views & interest.
Mazatlan4Sale considers our clients as friends and family! If you are in Mazatlan and you cannot go out or you need something, contact us and let us know how we can help you.
Remember that we always will be here for you!
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“Enjoy Mazatlan from your quarantine!
It will be waiting for you when it is over”
While nothing can replace actually going to Mexico, it doesn’t hurt to plan for the future. Destinations and hotels across the country are offering wannabe travelers the opportunity to experience Mexico without having to leave the safety of their own homes. And while it may not be the same as biting into a taco, taking a sip of a frosty marg or taking a sunrise yoga class on the beach, it certainly is better than no Mexico at all.
Hacienda Delfin Oceanfront Estate in Mazatlan combines the best of tropical ambiance and hacienda style amenities to create a truly memorable vacation experience. Located on the Northern end of Mazatlan, you will be perfectly poised for the ultimate vacation in the sun. A capacious and stylish waterfront residence, Hacienda Delfin has also become a favorite local for fairy tale weddings.
11 Bedrooms / 11.5 Bathroom
Sleeps 40 People
Your Reservation Includes Housekeeper, 2 Cooks, Houseman, and Bartender
One- of -a-Kind Oceanfront Estate w/ steller sea views that will dominate your senses.
Private Oceanfront El Delfin Estate w/ Pool
11 Bedrooms / 11.5 Bathrooms
Sleeps 1-40 People
Infinity of Opportunities…
Rare Opportunity to Own a 14,000 sf. Stunning Beach Front Estate +2 Additional Oceanfront Land Parcels. Let your imagination run WILD! A Vacation Retreat, Boutique Hotel, Luxurious Bed & Breakfast, Condominium Development, or Your OWN Personal Private Estate.
17 Easy Recipes We’re Cooking in Quarantine
Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make things run a little more smoothly for you and your loved ones.
Wherever you are in the world, I hope you’re safe and sound at home. As we all navigate the global COVID-19 crisis, it’s important that we’re still nourishing ourselves—not just our stomachs, but also our minds, our hearts and our communities. “Don’t get depressed. Sing, play on the piano, read novels, learn knitting and sewing, meditate—all these help.”
First Night in Florence Spaghetti
Asparagus With Lemon-Pepper Marinade
Help Your Community!
5 ways to feel united while we’re spending time apart:
Call friends and family
While we may be physically separated, many of us are in the same boat. Together, we face uncertainties, and we’re connected by many of the same emotions. This is a great time to reach out and connect with each other, offering presence even in our isolation. Take this time to call or video chat with people to stay connected, or reconnect with people you haven’t spoken to in a while. Set up virtual family chats or hangouts with friends through platforms like Houseparty or Zoom. Check in on a neighbor who lives alone, a grandparent craving connection. Our voices hold a lot of power, and simply saying hello can make someone’s day.
Be a great neighbor
Our site and workshops may be closed to volunteers, but you can still pitch in and serve your community at a distance. It can be a simple act like purchasing groceries and picking up medications for an at-risk neighbor and leaving them on their doorstep. Start a neighborhood email list to facilitate communication, and give your neighbors a chance to volunteer or ask for help.
Support organizations helping your community members
In his response to the COVID-19 “This should be a world where we recognize that we are all connected, where we act in solidarity in times of crisis.” A moment like this calls on us to pull together, and find ways to be of help to those around us. Your support will help vulnerable populations that are hit the hardest in times like this.
All volunteers should connect directly with the organization and abide by their guidelines and safety procedures. Your contact might be a volunteer or programming coordinator, guidance counselor, teacher, or other organization leader.
Your voice is powerful—use it to advocate for the individuals and organizations that need our help.
The problem: People are worried, but not sure what they can do as individuals to help. Additionally, the problems created by COVID-19 are too big for any one individual or group to tackle, and needs will vary widely by community.
What you can do: Share information with your friends and network on social media, in conversations about how you are coping during this time and via email. Be a voice for how people can help each other in this time of social distancing, while staying safe. As you learn about how people are being affected and what the needs are, share that information—and tell people what you are doing to make a difference. Remind people to keep supporting the charities they care about. Share local volunteer opportunities and guidance about where people can give to help those impacted. Seeing your example will help those in your network to realize that they can take action too. Even during a crisis that requires us to keep our distance from others in our community, we can support each other throughout. Speaking up for the needs that exist and sharing how you are helping can inspire others to action as well.
Connect through clutter
Believe it or not, even your clutter can connect you to your community! As you’re sheltering at home, you might find yourself reevaluating your belongings. Well, now is the perfect time to go through it all – organize that storage unit, clean out that closet, retire that end table – and use that clutter to pay it forward!
Things to do while hunkering down
In this current climate, many of us are worried about ourselves and loved ones due to the coronavirus.
While in the midst of the unknown, health officials are urging us all to do our part in “flattening the curve” — a term coined to help halt the spread of the virus.
Sports, schools, businesses and events have been postponed and canceled. We are being called upon to stay home and practice social distancing. In our busy lives, this is usually near impossible and feels foreign.
However, this is the time to hunker down and ride it out.
Here are some ideas for happy quarantining.
Quarantine and relax
Make your space cozy by lighting candles, cleaning up and brewing coffee.
Of course, there’s the television. Whether it be movies, Netflix, Amazon, HBO or good ol’ fashioned VHS tapes, binge all those films and series that everyone talks about.
If you really want to transport to another time, hit play on some Wyatt Earp or Tombstone.
I recommend staying away from movies like Pandemic and Outbreak even though they are top rated right now on Netflix.
While binge watching, make sure to have popcorn on hand.
Watching movies is a great way to distract yourself from the not-so-positive news.
Even if you don’t have a T.V., check out YouTube tutorials on just about anything from changing your oil to makeup tutorials.
Games! Games! Games! Whether it be board games, card games or dice. There are so many fun games to play with your (disinfected) family.
Take this time to learn a new take on Rumi. Puzzles are also a fun, time-consuming way to spend your day.
For those who find it absolutely physically impossible to relax, use your free time to get ahead on your chores.
It’s spring, there’s ton of snow outside, this is a perfect time for spring cleaning.
Go through your stuff and donate. Embrace change by clear spacing and rearranging your living room or bedroom for summer.
Finally, get all the laundry done that has been piling up.
Try out some digital housekeeping by updating your LinkedIn account or clearing out some photos on Instagram and Facebook.
While going to the gym seems like a good place to relieve stress, skip the gym for now and workout at home.
Use this time to find workouts online. Exercising and getting our bodies moving will help relieve pent up anxiety.
There is an app for just about anything including yoga classes, breathing exercises, and yes.. even kickboxing if you need it.
With this extra time, even try learning a new language from your computer.
You know all those things you said you’ve wanted to do but never had the time for? Well, now is your time.
Get crafty and make all those Pinterest boards come alive.
You can use stuff around the house like recycled lightbulb flower vases to wine bottle tiki torches.
Get your hands messy with DIY crafts or break out the sewing machine that is gathering dust.
Bake. This could be the best time to let the creativity flow and learn some new recipes.
Try out those time-consuming meals or sweet treats that you haven’t quite made the time for with your otherwise busy schedule.
Even try your luck at some of grandma’s ol’ family cookbook recipes or new-age recipes like cashew cheese.
Learn some new hobbies like playing the guitar.
Do something for others
Shovel snow from your neighbors yard.
Pick up groceries for your neighbor who is elderly or has a lower immune system.
Stay connected with your community by supporting local businesses with Etsy, online shops or donating.
Restaurants and bars are also being hit hard, buy a gift certificate to enjoy after the situation calms or grab some take out.
Disconnect to connect
Use this time to reconnect with family members that you haven’t spoken to in awhile.
Busy lives may unintentionally make us put family and friends on the back burner.
Call that uncle or that cousin you haven’t spoken to in years.
Reach out to your elders to put them in a positive spirit. This is an especially scary time for them.
Facetime or Skype your friends for a virtual coffee date.
Spend this time getting back in touch with your kids.
Teach them ol’ fashioned chores, like to knit and iron.
Treasure this special time with your family that might not always be so accessible.
Bury your nose in a book. Read those books that you started just before bed every night but haven’t had the time to completely finish.
Listen to good music. Explore new artist.
Give your pets some love and cuddles, they are probably pretty excited to have you home.
Get outside and breathe some fresh, safe nature while soaking in Vitamin D.
There is nothing quite like disconnecting from technology and finding the connection within the trees.
If you are feeling down about this sudden change and uncertainty, coming back to your roots can awaken creativity and the much needed solitude from society.
Realize that this short period of time will, like everything in life, change too. Take this time to lay low, be kind and smile at one another.
Stay Save and See you Soon in Sunny Mazatlan!
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