Saturday morning in the barrio

Abel at work today.

Saturdays are pretty routine as are the other six days of the week, but Saturday morning is when Abel the Deadpan Yardman comes calling with his weedeater. I provide the mower and gasoline for both machines.

Why do I call him deadpan? Well, he can smile. I have seen it, but not often. He’s been cutting the grass and doing the occasional other yard chore for years, ever since I got too shiftless to do it. He has never said a word to me beyond responding to a question.

Nary a peep.

As mentioned some weeks back, he’s more a musician than a yardman, specifically a trumpter with a local noise band.


I did some yardwork before he arrived at 10. I cleared out a small area that was filled with both sweet alyssum and weeds. The latter was getting the better of the former, and they could not be separated, so out they went, the whole little zone.

Next I watered the potted plants on the downstairs terraza before resting on a rocking chair with a glass of green juice and collagen that my child bride whipped up.

The sky is overcast, and it’s cool. says my new Kindle and its cover will arrive today. I hope so. It left San Miguel de Allende a bit after 6 a.m. I don’t know why it was in that Gringo-infested burg since it started its journey my way from Mexico City.

Climbing rose crept into the datura bush.

And that reminds me. There’s a big encampment of people in Mexico City’s Zocalo, citizens who want our megalomaniac president to resign. I hope they are successful. Someone in the opposition PAN party has introduced legislation, or something, to have the president’s mental faculties examined. Makes sense to me. He’s a whack job.

The encampment in Mexico City. Power to the people!

We’ll be having chicken, beans and rice for lunch today. I hope the Kindle arrives soon because I want to go downtown this afternoon and put my feet up for a spell.

I deserve that. I’m verily pooped.

14 thoughts on “Saturday morning in the barrio

  1. The new Kindle most likely has a camera. If so, give it a try. Sort of fun to check out the large images. The modern substitute for the view camera of the ’20s and ’30s.


    1. Phil: I think you are confusing the Kindle e-book with the Kindle Fire, or what once was called the Kindle Fire. I think they’ve dropped Kindle from the name. The Fire is a tablet and has a camera. The e-books don’t have cameras.


  2. Thanks for correcting me. I have a “Fire.” It also has Alexa, about which I know very little. I thought Fire was an offspring of the Kindle.


    1. Phil: When it first came out it was called the Kindle Fire if memory serves, and I think it does. They seem to have dropped Kindle from the name, which makes sense since it was confusing. As for Alexa, you know that thing is always eavesdropping on you? There is evidence that is happening.


  3. Enjoy the Kindle. I just bought the new waterproof version. I use mine in the pool — a lot. So far, there have no been no accidental full immersions. But I am now prepared if it does.


    1. Señor Cotton: My new Kindle arrived yesterday afternoon, two days earlier than promised. It was the first I’ve purchased from the Mexican side of Amazon, and I thought I might run into problems since all my Kindle stuff sits on the U.S. version and they are completely different accounts. But no! It can be connected to any Amazon account, and one can choose any of scads of languages, and the appropriate dictionary comes with it. I am a happy camper, and it’s cheaper than ever. I bought what appears to be a new version called simply New Kindle, 10th Generation. It cost the dollar equivalent of just $86, and the nice cover just cost $27. I am pleased. It is not waterproof, but that means nothing to me since I have no pool. It does have the one thing I want most and that’s the light that lets it be read in the dark. Oddly, it is just a hair smaller than my previous Paperwhite. No matter. So all is well, and I have one more thing in my life that does not need to be shipped over the border. By me, at least.


  4. The encampment in Mexico City looks clean and organized. I don’t see any burning businesses either. It seems to be a much safer protest than up north.


    1. Thirsty: How right you are, and it’s because the protesters are not a pack of ignoramuses. And what they are protesting is legitimate. To a great extent, the protesters are middle-class.


  5. Sometimes people make terrible mistakes, and they have to live with them. Not all that glitters is gold. No one thought that Fidel Castro would lead his nation down the path he did. And now years later, they are living with the results of that mistake.
    Vote carefully! Sadly, 2024 is still a long way off. Who knows what will follow.


    1. Señor Gill: Yes, 2024 isn’t that far off. In U.S. history, when a president of one party has served two full terms, it’s been almost inevitable that a president of the other party follows. There have been only two — perhaps one. I forget — exceptions to this. Let us hope the Democrats will do some serious soul-searching during Trump’s second term and nominate someone reasonable, someone who doesn’t dislike America, someone who is not a nincompoop.


    1. Señor Gill: Ah, our Mexican pendejo. As for what will follow him, I just hope it’s someone else. I think AMLO would dearly love to make himself one of those “presidents for life.” In his first year, he likely could have gotten the Constitution changed to allow it. Not so much now, however, as his talents, or lack thereof, and squirrelly-ness are becoming more obvious, and his popularity is falling rather drastically. Who knew he would be such a nut? I strongly suspected it. He did a fairly good job when he was mayor of Mexico City. I think he was just biding his time, however.


  6. “…trumpeter with a local noise band. Hehehe… too funny. As for AMLO, 2012 did provide a sneak preview into his potential nuttiness, given his utter refusal to accept the results of the election for months on end. Though it’s entirely possible that the election was not clean, I remember being in CDMX months later and seeing a bumper sticker to the effect of “OK, give it up already, AMLO!”

    My former landlord was a big AMLO supporter and had nice things to say about his term as mayor of CDMX. I’m curious about what he thinks. And who are the people in the tents? Panistas? Never-AMLO-ers? A broader coalition? Are there regular presidential approval polls in Mexico as in the USA? What’s his approval rating?


    Kim G
    Ajijic, Jal
    Where the masked men are no longer exclusively bandits.


    1. Kim: He won the election with about 75 percent of the vote, which is YUGE, of course. Now he’s down to about 50 percent or a hair more. In other words, a precipitous decline. I recall your saying your CDMX landlord was a fan. I wonder if he is now too. If he has a lick of sense, he is not.

      The protest, it seems, is primarily middle-class people. There is even indication that many of them spend the nights in nearby hotels, not the tents. The system is that people stay five days, and then another contingent arrives for another five days and so on. But there are other protesters there too, including indigenous folks with various bones to pick. And campesinos too. So yes, it’s rather widespread.

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