It rained last night. I don't know for how long because I was sleeping but I woke up to see the streets wet. I hope it will cool down now. It has been too hot to walk around in the afternoons and I have been staying home a lot. That isn't a bad thing. I have a private pool in the backyard. But because of my arm I have had to cut my swimming down to just a few minutes a day.
Yesterday morning I walked up to a restaurant and had breakfast with my friend Dale. It was a disappointing breakfast. The food was bad and overpriced. The waitress was disagreeable. Dale and I had a discussion about being an expat and what is acceptable to do when that happens. Last time I mentioned something like this on the blog, someone blasted me for it and suggested that I go do volunteer work in an orphanage. I guess he or she believes that we aren't allowed to complain here. (Yes, there are always people who have worse lives, but does that mean we can never complain?)
Dale said his ex wife got on him once about complaining in a restaurant about the service. Even if it is totally justified, complaining and being unhappy is unpleasant for others to see. So do we express our feelings and satisfy ourselves or do we please those around us by always smiling and pretending everything is great when it isn't?
We are guests in this country. Does that mean that we can never express our feelings if we don't like something? This is only the second time since I have arrived, over two and a half years ago, that I have something to complain about. That isn't bad. Two bad meals out of hundreds of wonderful meals. Maybe I should just keep my mouth shut. I certainly will never go back to that restaurant.
I feel sorry for the owner. She is nice and she is trying hard to get her business off the ground. But she has poor employees. She can't be there all the time so she may not know what they are doing at breakfast. Should I tell her? No. I will just go about my business. One day hers will be another of those restaurants that closes down. They come and go here like mushrooms after a rain.
The main reasons they go are just what I experienced yesterday; poor service, high prices, bad attitudes. It is short term thinking on their part. Let's get as much out of them as we can for the moment and don't worry about if they will come back again or not. So charge them 28 pesos for a cup of instant coffee.
Dale said he was recently at a restaurant that advertised a 25 peso breakfast. He took two of his friends to it. They charged extra for everything that goes with breakfast, including coffee. By the time he got the bill it was double what it would have cost anywhere else. It was no bargain, especially when there were several people involved. This restaurant is owned by a Canadian. Mexicans aren't the only ones with the short term gain philosophy. They lost his business.
Oh well, I am through complaining now and I am going to take a long walk out in the fresh air. It is a beautiful morning!