Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

18-Febrero-2020 Martes, Cozumel.

Odds and Ends …. a.k.a. laundry day. Just a bunch of totally random stuff I’ve been collecting.

Cement window wall and railing styles. Just a few examples of the cement window wall and railing styles around the neighborhood.

More Traditional style

Contemporary style



Carrying stuff – Very resourceful carrying things on scooters. The best I’ve seen for carrying stuff is sheet panes of glass. Missed that shot.

Passengers – Children learn at a very young age how be a passenger. Simply amazing. Remember trying to keep your kids in a car seat? The max I’ve seen on a scooter is 5 (2 adults, 2 small children and a baby) plus a dog. Missed that shot too.


Random Picts

There’s no good way to dispose of junked vehicles.

Joy rides

Marina and local police. Cozumel is a very safe place. There is a strong presence of military police and local, state and federal police.

Local police drive small cars like the one below or pickup trucks. I haven’t seen one on a motorcycle or scooter. They always have their roof rack lights blinking, not like in the USA.

This guy is waving to me ’cause I waved to him. (He’s not hiding is face. Just a bad picture.)

According to one of our local Mexican friends, if there is a dead body discovered on Cozumel it is dragged it over to a beach at Playa del Carmen and left for them deal with. The last time it happened was several years ago. A ‘scout’ from a mainland cartel came over and was stirring things up a little too much. One of the local, Cozumel cartels killed him and put a sign on him and left him down by the marina. Local officials found the body and unofficially moved the body and sign to a Playa del Carmen beach.

Buenas noches

Lets talk about food!

mixed seafood ceviche (no, I didn’t order it)
Ceviche is marinated in lime juice, cilantro, onions and tomatoes. It comes in pulpo (octopus), pescado (fish), caracol (conch), camaron (shrimp) or mixto (mixed). If you get the little conch eyeballs and mouth parts in you ceviche it’s called tuchitos (“little boogers” in Mayan)

In case of Montezuma’s Revenge while on your vacation, drink one part of Coca Cola and fresh lime juice to get a happy tummy.

Americano cut vs Mexican cut of meat
In big grocery store two cuts of meat are available; Americano cut which is thicker Mexican cut which is thinner. Only the prime cuts come in both cuts.
Elote (Mexican grilled corn)
Served smothered in mayo, sprinkled with cotija cheese plus a little hot sauce. Yum. The corn is not sweet here like it is the USA. It’s a little tough too. Good roughage.

Hechos Graciosos (Fun facts)

Almost all the barber shops have the traditional red white and blue barber poles.

In 1163, Pope Alexander III ordered monks and priests to stop performing bloodletting anymore, so barbers started offering the service instead. During the treatment, barber-surgeons would give patients poles to hold, the original barber poles.

The look of the barber pole to indicates that they were prepared to bleed their patients (red), set bones or pull teeth (white), or give a shave if nothing more urgent was needed (blue). Spinning of a barber pole sign is meant to move in a direction that makes the red (arterial blood) appear as if it were flowing downwards, as it does in the body. The pole itself is said to symbolize the stick that a patient squeezed to make the veins in his arm stand out more prominently for the procedure. The original pole had a brass wash basin at the top (representing the vessel in which leeches were kept) and bottom (representing the basin that received the blood).

Dale thinks he needs a haircut. I’m encouraging him to grow a pony tail and work on a man bun.

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