It was a lazy day, mostly reading on the balcony, a few house keeping chores, a trip to the bank and some mercado shopping. I’ve learned how to get the best avocados, i as the fruit sell for “un por hoy y un por manana and I always get perfectly ripe avocados for both today and tomorrow. On the way back I found my favorite ice cream man, a very elderly gentleman with a big squat tub that resembles a short fat milk can on an old push cart. Today he was selling coconut ice cream, I’ve never been fond of coconut ice cream but this was great. As usual I had difficulty with the money, he wouldn’t accept a bill as he had no change, but finally I dug deep and came up with what he wanted, I think it was about $1.40 us. I got so flustered over the money I forgot to take his picture. I’ll get one later.
Saturday is full of people on the streets and at the Zocolo, the town square. The Mexican people socialize out side, visiting on the streets and in the Zocolo, cafe’s and fondas. The teenagers are in groups of three and four, the girls often walking arm in arm, eyeing the boys. In secluded corners and on park benches the young boys are pitching woo to pretty girls, but this is Saturday which is nothing to compare to Sunday when I think the whole town turns out!
The senor has spent his whole afternoon watching the 49’s beat the Saints at one of his favorite watering holes as he is coming in I’m going out as I want to listen to Jimmy Mammu at Daniels next to the Zocolo. In the small area of El Centro where are apartment is, the streets are well-lit and the area is busy with bars, restaurants, and stores that are open very late on Saturdays and the streets are very busy with both locals and tourist. And since it is only 2 blocks I feel very safe and comfortable.
Some sights her continue to amaze me, Streets and parking lots are swept by palm fronds.
The local cable installer truck is a VW bug.
Very manual labor is how most things are done. We watched and actually crossed under while 4 men used ropes to rehang a heavy metal garage roll up type door at the entrance to a little market we frequent. This was all done with ropes and ladders, one rope was tied off to a pickup truck parked out front of the market, all the while people were coming and going from the store. The men held one of the ropes down so I could step over it. All I can ever think of is OSHA would have cardiac arrest on the spot.
Almost daily we walk by this combination vet/pet store, in a cage is darling golden retriever puppy, the Senor frequently stops to play with the pup thru the wires, while doing this a small child about 8 or 9 taps the Senor on the leg, chattering in Spanish and points to the sign.