I have been enduring a security construction crew next door on the roof building a mura or wall around the roof. We did have a break in to the compound and some tools and stuff were stolen so the Landlord changed to a double lock security on the gate and adding the wall to keep people from scaling it and entering the compound. If they do, they have to go out the same way they came and they couldn’t take much up and down that ladder. The noise has been disconcerting but now I think they have actually made it easy for them to enter on to my back porch and come in through the kitchen. Now I have to lock my kitchen door?? Well I’m having some great Lasagna I bought Sunday with a great Mango Margarita, no salt as it’s bad for you. The Spinach Empanada was a great snack and the Pork and Beans was great comfort food and was gone immediately...Manana.
I did get my Baseball “Oaxaca” Caps the next day on my return trip from the Stamp Museum.
These are Stamps from the different Provence of Spain with the Senoras in the dress of the Provence
These are Stamps from the different Provence’s in Oaxaca that produce Coffee Beans
These are where the Stamps are stored…old, new, from every country in the world with every theme imaginable. They are presented behind glass drawers that slide out from the vault they are arranged in.
The Vaults, about 12 in all , are categorized by themes of countries, continents, sports, plants, etc.
I stopped by the new Food Court I tried the other day just to see how they are progressing….much nicer but no customers!
When I left to return home, one of the Main Thoroughfares that is seldom without traffic…had NONE and there was NO Roadblocks….It is the HEAT. It may get into the 90’s now but we are a mile high and the UV ratings were EXTREME. Which is 11.9 + the Maximum but they don’t state the number…just +…so it could be 15 for 50…but you stay out of the sun. Oaxaca’s UV ratings are EXTREME most of the time even when it is cool.
I met Tomas that evening for dinner at Tres Bistro this time. He had some fish Tacos and washed them down with a few Martinis and I had the Salmon washed down with a few wines.
Tom waved Goodbye till next year.
Thursday and it was our last Dominoes game at the library. I , of course, led the pack winning almost every game and clinching the Tournament until next year. Richard leaves this coming week so that was the end of Dominoes without enough players.
There are a lot of Volkswagons in Mexico. They have been manufactured here for years and Mexicans are great Mechanics. They love their cars, especially VW’s. Many are vintage models dating back to 1960 and have Chome touches added along with modifications.
Friday I finally made it over to the Pool Hall through a bunch of little shops that surrounded the building. I finally found the entrance to a Mattress Company then a stairway leading up to the two floors above that housed a very nice Pool, Card, Snooker Hall with well maintained tables, and Ques.
The Gringo group that play here are GOOD. They use special Racks and the balls are imported from England….they keep them along with professional Que Sticks and extras for guests in a locker. They play three times a week.
LOOKS LIKE A LINE UP…I THINK RICHARD LOOKS GUILTY.
My “lucky streak” carried over from Dominoes and my first game I beat Richard…then the second game I almost beat Bill….had none left and missed the Eight Ball for Bill to put in the pocket and win the game. I will return.
I left to get some Yogurt and the way home and as I was cruising through the Zocalo I spied two Senoritas selling there Textiles in this HOT SUN…they covered themselves from the Sun as I took their Photo…Then I heard a yell…It was Darcy with Steve, another Canadian…I sat for a bit until Pat, Darcy’s sister showed then picked up my Yogurt and headed home.
It was hot in the house too so later in the evening I returned to the Zocalo to have a wine and read….then a second wine and Chicken and Pasta. Just as I was leaving, Hector my friend who had just got off work stopped by and we caught up on things. He is doing well and looked good. I think getting back to work put him back on track. Much more jovial.
Today I picked up some shirts I had pressed and cleaned, then ventured up a block and bought some Homemade Lasagna and Ceviche to take home. He had some Fish Veracruz I couldn’t resist.
I stocked it in my overflowing Refrigerator and am now preparing to go to Bill’s 75 Birthday Blowout . Richard is stopping by to drop off some things for storage until next year and we will take a cab to the pick up point. He didn’t get in early so the Hotel Van is full and he will continue to the Party in the Taxi.