Tuesday, April 05, 2011
Mustard with that?
We don't wind up in town too much in the evening. I don't know if it is the fear that some driver who has had one or two six packs for the road will careen into us, but most of my near misses have always been after 6PM.
Maybe it's because a lot of the stores are closed and there is really nothing worth while to come down to the plaza for, unless one is waiting for La Senora to finish her appointment.
It was our anniversary last week and one of the gifts that I gave her was a massage at a local health joint.
It is kind of a funny looking place, you walk in there and there are thousands of bottles filled with every conceivable remedy for whatever ails you.
You got diabetes, they have the cure, you can't fall asleep , they have a tea, you look ugly they have a salve you can put on your face, and if you want to relax and have a burly 300 lb ex Navy mechanic rub your muscles, they could probably find one.
Luckily she had a elderly woman rub her silly. I guess.
I wasn't sure what I would do, I knew that the massage would take two hours, so do I go home and return or just hang around and wait.
Since we live about 10 minutes away and if she called me when her session was over, she would have to wait until I returned, I opted to wait around.
Finding a parking space on the corner, I perched myself to observe a typical evening in town.
Between the hours of 6:30 and 8:30 this is what I was able to observe.
Customers do not frequent the atole cart very often. In two hours only one person actually bought one. Not a good night for the owner/operator I would think, but then again I don't know how much it costs to keep the atole hot.
The at 7:45 a taxi pick up truck pulled up to the corner dragging a hot dog cart with operator. The owner wrestled the cart of the trailer hitch and with profound experience shoved it up the sidewalk to his evening corner.
Within about 10 minutes there was a group of hungry clients waiting for him to finish. For the remained of my wait time, which was about 45 minutes he filled no less that 25orders.
Much better than the Atole stand.............