Steven L. Smith, Bellingham, WA Home Inspector (King of the House)


Competition of the Churches

 Since my wife and I travel to Italy and Mexico most years, we see lots of churches. Both societies are long associated with Roman Catholicism and the Catholics build spectacular cathedrals.  I would say that, between the two countries, the homeland for the church, Italy, has the biggest and the best. After all, nothing can really compare to the Vatican and St Peters.

However, here is a very quaint and pretty church near Oaxaca, Mexico. The lush flowers around it, in the middle of January, are quite the selling point to a guy from northwest Washington. I think this is a very pretty smaller church. It is small, at least, compared to some of the churches in Italy and Mexico.



Steven L. Smith

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Comment balloon 9 commentsSteven L. Smith • January 28 2011 07:11PM


I've never been to Mexico, although I certainly will go within the next year or so, now that my parents have purchased a condo in Nueve Vallarta. But I do believe I will love the architecture and especially the colors. I love the colors on the church in your photo.

Posted by Fritz Barnes (BizProMedia) almost 8 years ago

One day I will get to my roots and visit Italy

Posted by Nancy Fraser, Realtor, Massapequa Homes for Sale 516-729-0278 (Exit Realty Premier) almost 8 years ago

Steven, that is a sweet looking church, wow!

Now to get down to business... what have you done with Nutsy?????

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) almost 8 years ago


I am too distressed to talk about Nutsy. He is stranded in Guatamala. He had problems, Jay M. the home inspector, promised to help him out financially. He let Nutsy down and I am working every waking hour trying to get him back up here.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) almost 8 years ago

Howdy and evening to you Steve

that there sure is a mighty fine looking Church, even if it is small, the size of a Church sure does come into play when its comes to going to Church.

By the way, has Nutsy gotten back home yet?

Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) almost 8 years ago

Hey there Steve

Steve, seen your reply to Andrea, after my comment uploaded. Sure do hope Nutsy get to come back home real soon.

Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) almost 8 years ago

I think you have posted a picture of that church before.  And most churches don't maintain such pretty gardens or grounds.

As to Nutsy, it may be time for a post for my scouts to learn from.

We learned a lot about Nutsy on this trip of yours.

First, his arrogance.  The first thing he did when he got there was a banyon you!  Up a tree as I recall, but I can't remember the name of the tree.  Clearly, and obviously, he did so unable to take care of himself while alone.  And don't pretend that he can!  There's nothing you could say at this point to counter this obvious inability on Nutsy's part.  To end up so far south or east - well, he is no scout.  No compass, no sense of direction, no smarts.  Scouts!  Beware!  Always know where you are!

Second, to quote you Steve, "he quit."  When in a third-world country, which Mexico certainly is, aid from good-hearted admirers in the north cannot be counted on, no matter how good the intent.  Things move slower there, and sometimes not at all.  And especially so when the Paypal account address sent to others was so feebly incorrect.  Listen Scouts!  Never give up!  To quote a great man, one Winston Churchill, "Nevah, evah, evah, evah geeve awp!"

Third, Nutsy is a blamer.  Remember, when you point a claw at someone else, three more are pointing back at you.  Once you place yourself into a circumstance that YOU CLEARLY ARE UNPREPARED TO HANDLE, don't blame another for not pulling you out of your own muck!  Scouts!  Be Prepared!

Fourth, when someone offers suggestions, consider them!  Don't stay stuck in your state of blame and self pity.  Take action!  Scouts!  Pay attention!  A nut in motion stays in motion!  And one stuck in a pit stays, well, pitifully stuck!  Nutsy!  Rise from your pit!  Be a nut in motion!

All this has really disappointed me.  I thought much more of Nutsy prior to this trip.  None of this, absolutely NONE OF THIS, can be blamed on me!

Scouts!  Never a banyon your group when on a trip!  As tempting as it may be.  I am glad you have this circumstance to learn from.

Remember!  A Scout has to know his own limitations! 

And Nutsy!  YOU need to read, learn and apply the Scout Law!  I would begin today.  It will do you a lifetime of good.

I hope this has inspired you to action Nutsy.  I truly hope.  Be a nut in motion.

And I hope this image helps to inspire you!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

@Jay, LOL!

Steve, beautiful photo. I'm sure the church was just as beautiful inside!

Posted by Michele Miller ~ REALTOR®, LMC, HSE, CHS, SRES, CMRS, 'Helping You Make the Best Move" (ERA Key Realty~Worcester County Realty Group) almost 8 years ago


Jay has any number of sorta valid excuses and we will forgive him, even if he is equivocating like a veteran D.C. politico. He has agreed to do the right thing. See the blog post I entered today to find out how all of us involved have teamed-up to resolve this misunderstanding that has cut Nutsy off, through no fault of his own, from his fan club.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) almost 8 years ago