Saturday, January 12, 2008

Cue the Cliche

Sometimes it turns out that the hokey romantic postcard images of Mexico are in fact true. For example, Indian women really do walk around carrying huge bunches of calla lilies for sale.


A couple of mornings ago, I was in the little grocery store up the street, standing in line between a lily-lady and a ranch hand straight out of Cormac McCarthy (which was weird, because there are no ranches here), when in walked a mariachi in full charro regalia. I actually laughed out loud, because it was like I had stumbled into some sort of Mexican Stereotypes Convention. I left before Speedy Gonzalez could come blazing through the place in a cloud of cartoon dust.

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