Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sunday Morning Buffet at Salvador's Restaurant

Chico and I went out to the Sunday Buffet at Salvador's Restaurant this morning. It is the first time I have eaten their buffet for probably two years. Just too much food for me. But since my son, David Valdez, put a buffet on his facebook from a restaurant in Kansas I decided to have the one here today and take photos of it. So here goes. 
 
I ate out on the patio because Chico isn't allowed inside the restaurant.
 
Lots of fresh fruit juices and cut up fresh fruit and a delicious rice putting.
 
 
Eggs and I don't know what is behind that. I think it is nopals.
Bread and more Mexican dishes. 
 
More Mexican dishes. I really like the creamed chicken on the right.
 A photo showing better the size of the buffet. At the very end there is a woman who will cook you an omelet or waffles or pancakes, anything you want.
 
 
 
Someone always comes to play a guitar and sing during breakfast.
 
It is best to go there before ten in the morning. It gets extremely crowded. You can see a few of the bikers. Bikers love to ride up here for the buffet on Sundays from Guadalajara.
 
The photo above is of a few of the bikes that were there.   The meal costs 95 pesos now plus I tip him 20 pesos. Although he just brings me coffee. That is around 6.38 including the tip in American money. How about that David? 
 

Chapala part 2

I can't put very many photos on at once. So I have divided my yesterday into two parts.
 
 
This stand was a bit low on products. 
 
 
The above photo was taken on the back side of the plaza. 
 
A GARBAGE TRUCK! Picking up garbage.
 
The man in the above photo smiled and asked me to take his picture. He may have been one of the men picking up garbage. MY HERO!

 
I liked the umbrella. Lots of Mexican women carry umbrellas to protect them from the hot sun.
 
Above is a photo of a small hotel across the street from the back side of the plaza. 
 
I may have put this photo on before. I like the way it is painted.
 
I may have put this one on before too. It is made of tiles. It is on the outside of a house.

 
Finally, I am at the American Legion.
 
This time I took a photo of the food before eating it. Delicious.
 
After eating lunch, Emily and I went shopping at Walmart. Emily fell in love with this woman's baby and she was nice enough to let Emily hold him. 
As we were leaving Walmart, Emily ran into the baby again and got another photo.
 
The two children were behind us. I don't know if she belonged to the woman with the baby or not but they really liked getting their pictures taken too. 
So that was my Saturday.
At Walmart,  I bought a can of Fancy Feast Cat Food. Cost over a dollar for about a tablespoon of food. Of course, Olive LOVED it. She only ate a few bites but I was so pleased to finally have found something she would eat. I hope she will eat more today. 
 
 

Another afternoon in Chapala

Yesterday I took the bus to Chapala to have the fish fry at the American Legion with my friend Emily. I was early. I am always early. So I walked around the plaza for awhile and took some photos.
 
Above is the bus stop next to the plaza. YOu can see one of the small buses across the street going in the other direction.
The man in that truck is not a bus driver. I think he is delivering something.

 
The plaza is empty looking these days because they no longer allow the vendors to have stands on it. They have gone up the street.
 
These people are sitting around the edge of the plaza.
 
Children playing in the gazebo
 
 
Looked like they were getting ready to take some photos or film for some dancers.

 

 
 
The entrance to the mercado
 
 
A woman just before the entrance was selling this bread.
 
 
 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Morning Thoughts- Lunch at the Laguna Mall

 
The Laguna Mall is across the street from Walmart. It is in the shopping center, up a few stairs. The morning I was there it was quiet but on weekends it gets very busy. One of my favorite little lunch places is there, Subway. Not because of the healthy sandwiches, which I like but mainly because of the chocolate chip cookies. The woman who works there always heats one up for me. Decadent! 

I have been spending a lot of time around this shopping center lately because my dentist is in it, on the lower level. (Dr. Candy, and she is wonderful.) I can't even count the number of times I have already been there and I have two more visits to go. Besides seeing the dentist for extensive work on my one tooth, Chico was sick and I had to take him to the vet every morning for one week for an antibiotic shot. 

Chico is well but now Olive is sick. I took her to the vet and he said he couldn't see anything wrong with her. Unless she had a blood test and even then, nothing good could come out of it. It would be something major.  I had to put her through the horrible humiliation of having four of us hold her down while the vet stuck a long instrument deep inside her butt to get a test of her poop. She was furious and I don't blame her. I am surprised she forgave me for that experience. 

The only way I know that she is sick is because she has stopped eating. She is an old cat and the vet said that is an indication that organs are shutting down. I decided to just make her life as comfortable as possible until she passes away. Unless she looks like she is in pain, then I will be forced to put her down. That is the way I want to go. A natural death. No tubes sticking in me and certainly not held down by four giants so someone can stick long metal instruments inside of me. And if I am in lots of pain, I would want to be put down too. 

Changing the subject, which was way too grim to dwell on for long, it rained again last night. This morning it is cool and comfortable. I bought a new addition to my garden.  Photo below.
 
I love the expression on this little Buddha. So calm and accepting of everything and with a slight smile. This too will pass. Everything passes. All we can do is be as centered as we can in the midst of all the changes. 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Morning Thoughts--Sorry, but more thoughts on garbage

 
This is my corner. Photo taken about ten minutes ago. No sign of a garbage truck in sight. We have gone for days without seeing one here. The schedule was always six days a week they would pick it up. No pick up on Sunday.  Now, if we are lucky, we get a pick up one day a week.   So what is going on here? Does anyone know? All I know is that corners all over the town are looking like this.   I have two pieces of rumor that I will write. No telling how much either of them is true. So don't attack me if you find out that they are not true. They are just RUMORS.....

First one came from a man named Eddie. He lives in Canada but knows everything that happens down here of any importance. Don't ask me how he knows so much because he won't tell me.

He wrote this, "If you want to get your garbage picked up, you will have to bribe the garbage men. Pay them extra and they will come by your corner more often. That is what the wealthy people are doing down there."

"What???  Eddie, you live in Canada. How do you know that? Is it posted somewhere on one of the chapala web boards that I don't ever read?"  No answer. He never reveals his sources.  

This situation reminded me of when I was in the major earthquake and stuck in the attic in Santa Cruz, California. For days. We were told not to leave our houses, or attics.  The only way we knew that our town was in ruins was from the radio. People, thousands of miles away, knew what was going on just a few blocks from my house and I knew nothing. So is that also the case here???? Or is Eddie just making up things?

 If it IS the case, then something seems very unfair that the garbage men would pick it up in wealthy neighborhoods and leave the rest of the poor people swimming in this filth.  What about diseases? Cockroaches already invade our homes. Now it is worse. And rats. I could go on and on about garbage but why? The photo above looks pretty much like the other ones I put on a few days ago. I was even thinking of moving out of this neighborhood because of all the garbage. 

At that point, I hadn't noticed that there were piles of it all over town. I was just concerned with my own little corner. Pretty typical self centered human behavior. I can understand why wealthy people would pay to bribe the drivers to give them extra pick ups although I think it is extremely unfair. I don't mind that the wealthy live in big houses with beautiful views and drive nice cars and go out to fancy dinners, (I have lived like that at various times in my life and what goes on between couples behind those doors can be hell worlds) But for them to get extra garbage pick ups? I DO mind that.  That is a health hazard!

Okay, now here comes rumor number two. Another friend said on the phone last night that there are seventeen garbage trucks for this area and fifteen are broken down. And whichever section of the government is responsible for fixing these trucks says they can't afford to fix them. They are out of money!   Out of money? Did some government official run off with it? Did they forget to put it in their yearly budget? 

The value of the peso is going UP not DOWN.....    So why do they have no money and can't fix garbage trucks?  Do they think we should all, (except the wealthy who pay for special pick ups), sit in this filth until the next high season? Then they might put out the money to get rid of the garbage all over town???? They certainly aren't going to be getting a lot of tourists with garbage everywhere. Reminds me of photos I have seen of the New York garbage strike years ago. What a mess that was. And what a mess it IS here now. 

So who knows the truth. The only truth I know for sure is that we are not getting our garbage picked up very often and neither are the other poor areas of town.   Anyone else have any rumors you would like to pass along??????

P.S. The garbage truck just showed up.  I would go out and ask them but I don't want to stop them from working. They have a lot to do and they might be expecting me to bribe them with some money for another pick up.  That is, IF Eddie is right. 
One more photo. 

 
 This is what my corner looks like just AFTER they picked up the garbage....... I could decide to spend my morning picking it all up and putting it in big plastic bags so whenever the next pick up rolls around, it would be taken but I would feel like Sisyphus, rolling that rock up the mountain. 

As long as people living in this neighborhood throw their garbage directly onto the street instead of tying it up into plastic bags, it will always be a mess here. There needs to be a larger solution, like maybe bins? Except they probably would get stolen. I don't have answers, just concern. Think I will try to forget about it and go swimming instead. All this garbage doesn't seem to bother the neighbors, so I will have to just go along with it.