This morning we bought each other Kindles for each other for Valentine’s Day and it struck me how much different a nomadic life is today than it was only 100 years ago. The place we are going to be renting for a while in Mexico is off the grid in Xcalak. Five miles from the nearest village, three hours to the nearest “American Style” grocery store. But, does that mean that we have to go without the comfort and convenience we have become used to? Well, yes and no, we think.”Our House” IS off the grid but we do have electricity. Solar panel technology and conservation allows us lights, computers with Wi-Fi and a satellite dish. Internet access allows us VoIP telephone, email and news (not that I really want too much of that). Good ‘ol propane allows us an oven, stove and refrigeration. Produce delivery trucks come by three times a week offering us fresh produce and meat. There are also a variety of tiny restaurants that people in the little village set up in their homes offering us a variety of dining options. Well, OK there is no Chili’s. But, hey, THERE – IS – NO – CHILI’S! Does being world nomads mean compromises? You bet, plenty of them. But, tropical breezes, sand between my toes and palm trees for me anyway make up for the convenience of being able to buy a ten pack of tube socks from Wal-Mart at 5 AM. Not that I will need socks anyway.