Friday, October 29, 2010
Where is everybody????
First the tide goes out......waaay out. When it returns the Tsunami hits, mowing down everything in it's path.
This is probably the first time in my 15 years of schlepping around Patzcuaro that I have seen the following street scenes devoid of cars and people. Patzcuaro is empty..... for a second or two before the wave of wall to wall hombres.
Kind of spooky, like everyone went home.....
But then spooky is now, Halloween and Days of Dead.....
In a few days, there will be tour buses, group buses, school buses, VW buses, motorcycles and motorcycle club members, visitors from far, visitors from near. People from Europe and North America....
Our little town swells up big time.
People selling flowers and Katrina's love it.
My own personal feeling is that I try to make do with stocking up at home for at least 3 or 4 days. If something really needs to be purchased we sneak off to Morelia early in the morning or late afternoon combining a mid-day meal in the big city. Then back to the house without every setting foot in town. It's a treat to go to Morelia. You know, big city life, traffic, vendors blowing flaming gas out of their mouths as you wait at a stop light. Then the next lite sqeegemen cleaning flaming gasoline residue off your windshield, for a few pesos....
Personally I like the two teenagers who paint the whole upper torso of their body in silver paint... I wonder if they know how dangerous that task can be?
Perhaps one of the most busy times of the year it is a boon to merchants, artisans and hoteliers.
For the first time in about a dozen years we don't have any friends dropping by..... That means we can rent our our spare rooms for the Juannito-come-latelys.
Don't think so. We enjoy our privacy so to speak...that is unless I get an offer that I just can't refuse.
Day of the Dead is a wonderful holiday and holy-day. It celebrates not the death of a loved one but the continuation of their journey in to the next world.....kind of like the Twilight Zone.
There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man it is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity it is the middle ground between light and shadow between science and superstition and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge this is the dimension of imagination it is an area which we call- the Twilight Zone.
Now I am sure there are more Spiritual descriptions that would also bridge the gap of the celebratory times....
While at Morelia in the new Liverpool and Sears I gaze at Christmas tree displays and stack and stacks of overpriced Christmas decorations. I bought mine at a substantial savings last year a few days after Christmas....they'll be new for us this year.
So, enjoy downtown Patzcuaro you crowd lovers.....Meanwhile, I'll enjoy my Kindle by the fire and have a nice hot cup of Earl Grey Tea or an Irish Coffee depending on the cold outside.
Please support our local merchants and artisans, they need the pesos more than the big bad Chinese copy cat factories. Although I haven't seen a Katrina with a made in China sticker yet.....