Do you like to read news about Mexico? The News is an excellent daily paper in English. Most of the paper is on line, and if you wait until after 3 pm Mexico City time you can download a pdf of the entire edition.
I said I’d give an update on the peace walk in Mazatlan….well, it’s kind of a funny story. People were supposed to gather at the Fisherman’s Monument at 5 pm, with the walk starting from there at 6 pm and heading towards the Plaza Republica.
So, Paul and I headed down to the Fisherman’s Monument (maybe a mile) but no one was there at 6:05. We walked along Najera up to Serdan and walked along to Zaragoza (another mile I guess.) We didn’t see anyone who looked like a marcher, so we were thinking it had been called off. No police, or leftover candle stubs or anything.
By now we were about to expire from the walking in pretty much the hottest part of the day so we stopped at a tienda and bought cokes. Sat in the park on Zaragoza and drank our cokes. Paul’s hip has been bothering him lately and he decided he wasn’t up to continuing over to the Plaza Republica to see what was up.
I regret we didn’t go over there because as it turned out there were 2,500 people and they left EARLY, go figure. The local paper, the Noroeste, has a video of the march here. Live and learn.
As an aside, (two days after the peace march) this morning’s paper reports that a young couple and their 5 year old son were shot in their car in Mazatlan yesterday. The child has survived so far. We assume it is drug related, with the story of white pickup trucks, black pickup trucks and a Hummer, but it is pretty unsettling.
You can see from the picture above that the ginger is growing! I got inspired by LaGringa’s post, and am looking forward to my very own ginger farm!
While we are waiting for the permit from INAH, the historic preservation department, for permission to build the roof in the backyard, the guys are preparing to pour footings. They’ve cut out the cement where they need them and are putting all kinds of rebar, etc. there. They are going to pour the new slab over the existing, which will be the tiled area under the new roof. The rest of the concrete in the yard will be removed, but not right now. They can use the surface for mixing concrete, and since it is still rainy season keeping the slab until the last minute will prevent a muddy mess.
Paul and I read the Noroeste every morning without fail, our trusty dictionary by our side. Here’s something we read in the paper and have been chuckling about. Maybe it is our “new word of the day?”
Two kids, aged ten and twelve, stole a car here in Mazatlan. Somehow they started it with a spoon, the paper says. Here’s the funny part: “Los muchachitos iban zigzagueando por las calles, no sabían manejar bien, por eso los policías los vieron y es cuando les marcan el alto.” So now our favorite word is zigzagueando!