M-DOCK BAND, SAILFEST AND MORE

The Senor and I went to the M-Dock concert last night at El  Pueblito restaurant.  It is a large open court yard restaurant, very beautiful. The M -Dock band I believe is out of Michigan, or one of those cold states.

M-Dock Band at El Pueblito
M-Dock Band at El Pueblito

They’ve been coming for the last 13  years to benefit Sailfest which will officially start the first week in February. While here they pick up a couple of local musicians to play with them, Steve Calvert and Allen Alto.  An when I say local, they are local not only to Zihuatanejo, but also Kitsap/No Mason counties in Washington. Also was Paco Padilla, a charming Mexican recording artist, with a great voice and beautiful guitar.

Paco Padilla
Paco Padilla

We arrived early to get good seating and frankly we got there way too early.  Our previous experience was get there early before all the good seats are spoken for.  Not so much last night.  The crowd was good, but not packed. anyway we had a fun evening dancing.  It was good to get the Senor away from his TV.

The Senor and I
The Senor and I

Anyway we bought our new Sailfest T Shirts and today I delivered a shopping bag full of colored pencils and crayons and a few odds and ends for the needy children. I guess I failed to mention that Sailfest raises funds with a week full of fun activities that replaces sub standard schools with real buildings. These are the schools of the poorest children, many of them of lesser quality than our chicken coop.  When replaced they have bathrooms with running water and concrete/brick buildings with electricity. It’s a project we choose to support.

On my morning walk to feed my chickens I also needed to find a deserving street dog for meat scraps from El Senor’s dinner.  I am noticing a preponderance of cats and not so many street dogs. I

 Street dog getting his treat

Street dog getting his treat

have heard that from time to time and as funds are available the local humane society rounds up some of the street dogs to neuter to keep the population down.  I finally found a nice fellow who checked me out first to make sure I was friend not foe and then eagerly accepted my treats. Street dogs are remarkably well behaved, they seldom bark, they don’t beg, and they don’t follow you after getting a treat, they are very gentle, but wary enough to watch out for those who will give them a swift kick.

Later in the afternoon I past a shop with 2 ladies sewing on an antique, rusty looking sewing machines making beautiful dresses. There was one I really wanted, but it was strapless.  At my age straps to cover bra straps are a necessary thing. I tried on the dress, loved it but said Yo nessicito (I need) and snapped my straps. They showed me some extra fabric and told me 10 minutos. So I waited while she put on the straps, paid my 500 pesos which converts to $37.55.  An absolute bargain and I love the dress. Pictures tomorrow.

IT’S BEAUTIFUL HERE EVERY WHERE YOU LOOK

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Spent some time just walking around town today. They have finished paving Calle Adelita, what a difference from last year when you couldn’t walk with out tripping over the construction project.  Stopped to feed my flock of chickens our kitchen scraps.  I guess once a chicken farmer always a chicken farmer. Stopped along the Malecon for iced coffee and to watch the fisherman sell their catch.  I never get tired of this scene, watching the haggling, the weighing, and happy customers carrying their fish home some in plastic bags, others in buckets, others load them on 3 wheel bicycle carts.

Street vendors, are really mobile stores and just about anything you might want or need will be bicycled around town on these carts or on a push cart.  There is the distinctive whistle of the knife sharpener as he pushes his wheel through town, the clown horn sound of the ice cream vendors, my favorite ice ream vendors have their product in a large galvanized tub vs the square box cooler. Other vendors call out their product by name and there is always a coconut vendor who will whack open the coconut with a machete, some of the best freshest fruit will come to you.

The Senor buying bananas
The Senor buying bananas

Last night we finally got to see the M-Dock band.  They come here from Missouri to do a couple of benefit concerts for Sail Fest which supports education for the poorest of the poor children here.  It’s always been too crowded at Pacalo’s to get a seat and it would be standing room only clear into the street.  This year they played at El Pueblito’s, a lovely large outdoor restaurant, really a court yard  with a very high palapa roof.  There were 8 of us in our party so we went early to make sure we got a decent seat.  The food was great, the drinks were good and the band was fantastic. And the place was packed, I’m sure the temperature rose at least 10 degrees by the time the band started just because of the number of folks there.  But the nice thing was you weren’t crowed against each other. The band played everything from the Beetles to Neil Diamond to the Stones.   By the end of the evening everyone was dancing.  The Senor and I opted to walk back to our apartment as it is only about 6-8 blocks.  the streets were quiet, but not empty another beautiful evening.  Signing off  KO