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Who was that Mustachioed Gentleman?
March 3rd, 2011 by Les

 
 

A giant of American film, Adolphi Monjou.

Salvador Dali, artist and one certifiable crazy yet extremely talented person, wrote:  “Since I don’t smoke I decided to grow a mustache – it is better for the health.  However, I always carried a jewel-studded cigarette case in which, instead of tobacco, were carefully placed several mustaches, Adolphe Menjou style.  I offered them politely to my friends: Mustache? Mustache? Mustache?  No one dared touch them.  This was my test regarding the sacred aspects of mustaches.”

The time for action is past.  It is now time for senseless lunacy.  Well, not quite as Fat Tuesday is coming up but I’m thinking…let’s get a jump on it!

My original thought on this particular blog died of loneliness….as many of my thoughts do.  Consequently I am relying on the input of others, unbeknownst to them, to add fodder to my mish-mash of observant behaviors of those of us living in Mexico at this time in history.

While many of us enjoy going various places to sit and view, soak up the atmosphere if you will, so do our Mexican counterparts.  Picture, this, we (being those of us who are not native Mexicans) sitting on benches or railings munching on ice cream, fresh fruit or the like and enjoying the wonderful weather while….not even inches away…. are Mexicans doing the same thing.  However, they are soaking up the interesting habits and happenings of us gringos!  I love it.

While we find it immensely entertaining to watch every day life living in a small Mexican village our neighbors enjoy watching us watching them.  What fun…huh?

Preparation for the Ajijic Carnival of 2011 is in full swing…signs going up tell us when to expect the celebration to begin.  However, even without a celebration fast approaching life is always interesting, informative and fun if you are willing to simply let it happen all around you.

More is often less if you can’t be sated with, let’s say, a walk on the malecon.  There are shops to visit, restaurants to try….LOTS OF RESTAURANTS TO TRY….galleries galore, fresh fruit and vegetable markets not only on Wednesday but all week long on the plaza and in endless shops located on all roads leading to the piazza.

I often feel as if everything I notice in an early morning, afternoon or early evening walk to the plaza, or anywhere for that matter, puts me on the precipice of yet another great escapade or, at the very least, gives me yet another glimpse into the passionate lives of our Mexican hosts.

Consequently, and keeping all the zany activity perpetrated by both natives and gringos alike in mind I must share with you a story I found immensely humorous…at the time.

After our party last Friday evening….oh, and by the way if you missed the party Mark Clifton will be entertaining us again on Wednesday night, March 9th from 6-9 pm at Posada at the Malecon…there will be a special menu with prices to accommodate all budgets and a 30 peso cover at the door. David and I wouldn’t miss another opportunity to hear Mark play so we will be there with bells on – or maybe the mustaches Salvador Dali is found of!  Any who, as usual I digress…after our party on Friday evening David left our casa Saturday morning to return the stool lent to us for a few pesos by yet another new business opening on the plaza.

He wasn’t gone more then 20 minutes when the phone rang, as I had stayed home I sprang to answer it.  It was David explaining, though the person who lent us the stool had said they were opening their new ice cream/bar/food establishment at 10:00 a.m. Saturday and needed it; the place was locked up tight.  Having lived here over 18 months now, we were not surprised.  However, when David explained he was sitting on the stool in the center of the piazza while calling me on his cell phone…I burst out laughing.  Let’s face it David is never inconspicuous – he is 6’5” inches tall and, most recently, has been told he bears a striking resemblance to Qadhafi (by a friend no less)!

Let me get this straight and knowing how busy the plaza is on a Saturday morning, you have wondered onto the plaza carrying your own stool and have now set the stool down and are sitting upon it engrossed in conversation with moi?!  I love it!

Not 10 minutes later the phone in our casa rang again.  I picked it up and it was, lo and behold, David.  Since the owners of the stool had not yet shown up he decided to take a look at the art being shown at the Ajijic Cultural Center…stool in hand.  He was sitting on said stool in front of one of the works of art and studying it closely as people milled around him.  I could just picture him going from one work of art to another, picking up his stool and setting his stool down again to enjoy the feast for his eyes.  I could also picture those around him, eyebrows raised, smiles spreading across their collective faces as they watch him carry his own sitting apparatus whilst enjoying the show.

What a novel idea….carrying your own stool with you to various events … not the fold up, sling over your shoulder chairs …. a full blown stool.  I loved it.  And so, dear reader, on this warm Saturday morning, David was part of, dare I say it,  the entertainment on the plaza!!

Let us raise a class and share a toast to the possibility of all the gringos carrying jewel-studded cigarette cases, mustaches enshrined within and the Mexicanos enjoying the show!  Viva Mexico!!

David with his trusty stool.

Artwork using wonderful color.

Activity on the piazza.

More activity on the piazza.

Another view.

Another sunset on Hidalgo Street, Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico.

Visit the BoomerstoMexico Photo Store at http://boomerstomexico.com/mexico-photos/ , to see more of the beauty of Ajijic Mexico in David’s photos. 


5 Responses  
  • Caroline Walton writes:
    March 8th, 20111:54 pmat

    Hi all of you Ajijic and Lake Chapala residents and wanna-be’s,

    My name is caroline and I am planning to drive to Lake Chapala/ Ajijic at the end of May or beginning of June to rent for the summer in order to explore the possibility of moving there this fall.

    I am looking for one or more persons who would like to caravan down to Mexico with me by car for safety and convenience. Anyone interested in this ? The date is flexible and so is the route. Please contact me: carolinenamoon@aol.com or by phone @ 520-399-2567. I live in Green Valley, Az., 55 miles from Nogales in Mexico. Let me know if you are interested. Thanks, Sincerely, Caroline Walton

  • Les writes:
    March 4th, 201111:41 amat

    Hi Joan,

    In regard to the fly being open question….there are two directions I could take:

    1. A simple “no” it is not open.
    2. It is directly related to the pose he assumed when I took the picture. That being said, it is either the lay of the shorts he is wearing or the size of the family jewels. (The second would be my choice. I like straightening things out…so to speak. And again I say Viva Mexico!!)

  • Joe & Jan writes:
    March 4th, 201110:38 amat

    I wish we had been there on the plaza last Saturday!

    Wonderful writing and photos. I love the sunset and as a guest of ours said to us while driving down Hildago (OMG look at that beautiful murial of Jesus!)

    Jan

  • Joan in Oregon writes:
    March 4th, 201112:41 amat

    I just have to ask, was David’s fly open during his plaza adventure?

  • David writes:
    March 3rd, 20116:05 pmat

    It all reminds me of Woody Allen’s movie, ‘Take the Money and Run.’ As a teenager, Woody’s character, Virgil Starkwell is the cello player in a marching band. As the band marches, he has to pick up his stool, running to catch up with the band, then setting it down to play a few notes before the band marches on and he has to pick up his stool once more to try and catch up with them.


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