puntachueca 106M
2534 posts
8/17/2006 6:58 am

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8/20/2006 5:34 am


One of the really beautiful things around here are the special people who come dropping by selling tacos, tamales...and all kinds of stuff.

Every Fall we have a visit from the Ristra Man. His family brings up strings of red chili that we use to decorate our homes and ward off evil spirits. Times are getting harder. He brings the ristras up from Mexico and each year it gets harder for him to cross. Homeland Security is busy protecting us from chili importers.

About every 2 weeks the Tamale Lady comes by with freshly made green corn tamales and beef tamales. These are the best in the country.

The other day Backhoe Man visited. He drives around in his backhoe looking for work. Perfect. I needed a trench dug. Great guy. His family has lived around here for 200 years.

One day I ran into a family selling tamales in the Home Depot parking lot. Of course the store chased them off. Too bad.

These are people who are making there own way in an otherwise store oriented commercial world.

Good bless them.

PrincessKarma 44F
6188 posts
8/17/2006 8:00 am

Mmm... tamales. De chile, de dulce o de manteca?

It's heartening to see the brazen defiance of Corporate America. Wally World may have the upper hand for now, but ultimately it's the small businesses that really keep the economy moving.

The Big Bang was the mother of all orgasms.PrincessKarma

puntachueca replies on 8/18/2006 2:08 am:
And our Latino friends are very aggressive in creating their own enterprises to survive...which is way cool.

catkit13 67F

8/17/2006 4:49 pm

safeway lets local people sell tamales, etc, outside the west side stores, and no one chases them off! good for safeway . . .

puntachueca replies on 8/18/2006 2:09 am:
Not around here.

RevJoseyWales 70M/67F
14393 posts
8/17/2006 6:37 pm

Living in the sticks DOES have it's advantages. I fucking LOVE it.
Excuse me while I go look at the stars. Joe

"McVeigh had the right idea, wrong address."

"This ain't Dodge City, and you ain't Bill Hickok."

puntachueca replies on 8/18/2006 2:11 am:
You can actually see them?

We're having a big fight about dark skies...people want to build a giant 2500 unit housing project near us and we have a major observatory on top of the mountain near by and the astronomers are fighting the housing project.

Dark skies are a gift. People in cities can't see the Milky Way.

RevJoseyWales 70M/67F
14393 posts
8/18/2006 7:38 am

Oh yeah, we can see the stars here. Not as good as at Assateague island, but we can watch shooting stars. I grew up a city boy, and lived in Baltimore off and on for about 40 years. I would NEVER go back. When I lost my real job here 10 years ago, we decided that no matter what, we'd never return. I have actually picked up trash from parking lots for minimum wage rather than move back to the city. Joe

"McVeigh had the right idea, wrong address."

"This ain't Dodge City, and you ain't Bill Hickok."

puntachueca replies on 8/19/2006 6:21 am:
My kind of guy. I run a sewage plant rather than live in the city and wear a coat and tie.

amoldenough 71F
16436 posts
8/18/2006 1:44 pm

It sound wonderful. You are so fortunate to be able to live where you want, and how you want. (pretty much, anyway) Tell the cowboys that if they were nekkid on their horses, they might get their picture on AdultFriendFinder!

"Don't cry because it's over; smile because it happened."

puntachueca replies on 8/19/2006 6:23 am:
We actually talked about that...problem is AdultFriendFinder would assume an unnatural relationship between the horse and the cowboy...

(What the fuck is this shit..?? *rolls eyes*)

8/18/2006 2:55 pm

Hell alot of the shops I'd worked in they would sell right in the parking lots or some of the workers themselves would bring them in once a week to sell to us, so wheres the problem..??....Ready


puntachueca replies on 8/19/2006 6:24 am:
Some places are more enlightened than others.
We have them at work, too.
Amazing all the different versions of tamales....

kyplowboy22 62M

8/19/2006 11:20 am

Yup. And it's just greed, beau. If a customer buys a tamale in the parking lot, he might not have that $2.00 to buy that little 32- count box of over-priced finishing nails inside, that he prolly don't really need for nothin' anyway....greedy bastards.


puntachueca replies on 8/20/2006 5:37 am:
except virtually all store transactions are electronic...so what cash one has goes for tamales...and the tamale people economy is totally cash and off the books so the government doesn't get their bite.

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