Coffee, cookie and construction

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OUR MOUNTAIN town is packed to the treetops with tourists. Not fond of it myself, but it’s good for the local economy, and I’m down with that.

Much of Mexico goes on vacation between Christmas and New Year’s, and at times it seems they all come here. Many of them do.

Yesterday afternoon, I was sitting at a sidewalk table with a café Americano negro and a chocolate chip cookie from Costco. Most of the sidewalk tables were occupied, and hordes of folks were walking by. It was good people-watching.

Finishing my café and cookie — I ate just one, which is why I am so svelte. I don’t make a pig of myself — I stood and walked across the street and the plaza to the far side where a yuge renovation project is under way.

The renovation is taking a very long time, months, and my video illustrates why. Watch those guys detailing the flat stones of the sidewalk. It will last a century or more.

We don’t do prefab.

Another interesting element is that the construction work is not closed off. Pedestrians walk all around the workmen and through the half-finished street and sidewalk.

In the United States, the area would be closed, and all the workmen would be sporting hard hats. It’s probably more perilous the way we do it, but it’s far more interesting too.

16 thoughts on “Coffee, cookie and construction

  1. Watching construction in Mexico was one of my favorite pastimes.

    We have a complete set of the dishes in your photo, and my keyboard has switched to French.

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    1. Kris: I walk over to watch the renovation progress most every day. It’s quite fascinating. As for the dishes, my sister-in-law bought those in the town of Capula not far from here. They make lots of such stuff in Capula. I repaired the French in your comment even though it gave the Moon an international air of sorts, rather European.

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      1. I’m back in English now. I bought the dishes in Capula as well. Oddly enough, I got a better deal at the artist’s collectivo than they would give me at the family factory. I bought a few extra pieces there though. We spent many days wandering the surrounding towns looking for treasures. Seems to me that the Calavera artisans were on the road back from Capula.

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  2. Felipe, you are indeed a man of many talents, not the least of which is contemporary slang as in “down with that.” People-watching is an excellent occupation for old men. I am one who enjoys it thoroughly. Good watching, señor.

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    1. Ricardo: Who you calling an old man?! I’ll have you know I’m fresh as a daisy. Well, maybe not. Perhaps you have a point. I am down with that, after all. As for people-watching, all the lovely Latinas we have here make it an endless pleasure.

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  3. I love the different ways of construction and repair that are done in Mexico. Paint buckets and rags for traffic cones, the tossing of bricks, mixing concrete on the dirt road, painting with scrub brushes, etc., etc., etc. OSHA would have apoplexy and die on the spot seeing how certain things are done here. Watching with a good cup of coffee and one yucky Costco cookie is a wonderful way to start the day.

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    1. Peggy: I remember when the team started to build our Hacienda in 2002. Before that, I had no clue about construction techniques here. I was really surprised when they began to mix the cement right on the ground. You’d think the dirt would screw it up, but nope. I wonder how that area would have ended up had we not put a sidewalk over it later. And, of course, there are the tree trunks to support the ceiling till it dries. That still amazes me, but it’s cheap, and it works.

      Yucky Costco cookie? On the contrary. They’re quite good, I think. Most everything the Costco bakery makes is great, in my opinion. My sister-in-law sells lots of Costco stuff in her coffee shop. However, my second ex-wife made stupendous chocolate-chip cookies, better than Costco.

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  4. I enjoy Mexican dishes, both the ones made in Capula and the kind men love to watch.

    The local craftsmanship is spectacular and so is the scenery.

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  5. Never been to a Costco or a Walmart for that matter. Call me a Neanderthal. Heck. I don’t even tweet, but I do have a fake Facebook profile.

    It’s amazing how hard Mexican construction workers work. I’ve often fantasized about taking a bunch of them to work on my property in Canada for a month. One year we watched dozens of them build a four-story hotel from scratch. No cement trucks involved. It was all mixed by hand and raised to the workers above in buckets. Amazing stuff.

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    1. Brent: Costco and Walmart are wonderful stores. Take a look inside one if you ever get a chance. I don’t tweet either, and I have a Facebook profile that I rarely used for quite a while and now don’t use at all. It’s still open because I’m a big-mouth on internet comment sections, and some require a FB account. Not many, but some.

      Yep, Mexican construction workers are a wonder to behold.

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    1. Gracias, Steve. Vignettes are good, and so is pleasantry.

      By the way, that orchid you left last February is still sporting flowers on our dining room table. Ten months. Incredible.

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