|Don't forget to send a copy to my mom!|
Early this Sunday morning we heard the distinctive sounds of running feet, light and rhythmic sounds made by well-conditioned athletes. I rested my camera on the railing of our upper deck, pointing the lens into the crowd on the street below.
It took only a few seconds before the runners noticed me and waved, shouting greetings. "Don't forget to send a copy to my mom!" hollered runner #0131. "Sure! Who's your mom?" I quipped back, grinning.
His hand-cart is a converted wheel barrow, filled with what looks like small red or green tomatoes.
People walking past, or on motos stopped to buy whatever it was that he was selling.
Later in the day I saw him set up at the speed-bump by the entrance to the Chedraui grocery store. That's a pretty clever place to be as everyone must slow down to navigate the big tope, and drivers frequently stop to buy whatever is being sold that day.
|2012 juice vendor pedaling home.|
|2009 crew repainting the wall. (R.Bietting photo)|
|Recent work party to refurbish the basketball court|
|Installing the backboards.|
The next best thing to being captivated by the various activities is accomplishing a task because we happened to look out at the street.
Just a few minutes ago, Lawrie called to me: "Did you want to ask Pepe a question? He's outside right now." Correctly known as Jose Alfonso Martinez Angeles, he is the owner of Alucripepe Aluminios y Cristales.
Pepe and his crew do a great job on replacing or repairing windows, screens and doors. We need a patio door replaced, as well as a new screen for another door. Pepe had stopped his truck in the street to buy a flavoured-slushy drink (he calls it a chipi chipi) from a passing vendor. "Pepe, wait a minute please." I shouted in Spanglish as I ran down our spiral staircase and across the street. Five minutes later he was inside our house measuring for the two small jobs we needed done. Perfect! Finding him on our street saved me the time and effort of driving to his place of business.
|Replacing the patio glass|
At times it can be noisy living on a busy street, but the enjoyment and convenience make up for it.
We have more time to sit with our feet on the deck railing, sipping morning coffees or an evening glass of wine.
Lynda & Lawrie