Michael J. Fitzgerald has been a journalist for 40 years, working as a writer and editor for newspapers, magazines and web publications. In 2014 he published the novel, "The Fracking War." In 2015, he published his second novel, "Fracking Justice." He writes or contributes to five blogs. He and his wife Sylvia Fox are the owners and principal partners in *subject2change Media, a multi-media firm involved in print, video and broadcast. He writes a weekly column, "Write On" for the daily 'Finger Lakes Times' newspaper in Geneva, NY. He was a journalism professor at CSU Sacramento from 1986 to 2011 teaching Newswriting, Column Writing and Magazine Writing.
LA MANZANILLA, Jalisco, Mexico - The drive from Puerto Vallarta to La Manzanilla was uneventful, except for the normal sorts of things that happen when you pack four adults, luggage, snorkel gear and groceries into a car that was built for young midgets.
The car we rented is a called a Tsuru, probably the most commonly used vehicle for taxis in this part of Mexico.
Mighty Tsuru If you ever wondered what the Singer Sewing Machine Company does with used sewing machine motors, look under the hood of a Tsuru. There were a lot of strange noises coming out from under the hood whenever it downshifted, and the high-pitched whine of the engine would probably drive a dog to distraction. We just talked louder.
Still the little Hoover got us here pretty quickly and now we are safely ensconsed at Santana's for the week with snorkeling on tap for today at a place called the Aquarium, a reef out in Tenacatita - about 250 yards across the road from our property there.
We did find time late in the day of our arrival to practice a little music in anticipation of 'open microphone' night across the street at Palapa Joe's Restaurant. We're not sure if we are ready for a public debut yet, but after hearing that Jane Gorby - who handles the rentals here - is going to do a comedy routine, we're screwing up our courage to do a couple of songs.