Authentic Concha

Concha dancer, San Miguel de Allende, Ascension, August 2016

Concha dancer, San Miguel de Allende, Ascension, August 2016

The sound of drums alerted us that Concha dancers were performing today on Insurgentes here in San Miguel. These traditional Aztec and Chichimecan dances date from pre columbian times. Sometimes costumes can be less than convincing, but the group that this dancer belongs to, calling themselves Danza Sagrada Famiia, have taken great care to create dress that is historically appropriate. Click on the photograph for an instant view of a larger and more detailed image.

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Über Arrives in San Miguel, With a Smile

San MIguel Über driver, Marisela Guadalupe, August 2016

San MIguel Über driver, Marisela Guadalupe, August 2016

Über, who have been operating in other Mexican cities for a while, began service in San Miguel one week ago. Our first trip was with this charming driver, Marisela Guadalupe. She was waiting outside our house when we stepped out of our front door, and, when we got to our destination, even waited for us to make our return trip. All 20 pesos less for the two trips than it cost us sitting on the floor of a clapped out Tsuru, with a surly taxi driver, last week. Two trips across town for two people for an all-in total of just $3.25 US. Viva Mexico. Lange Lebe Über. (I have decided to give it an Umlaut whether it needs one or not).

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Car Whas (sic)

The Lost Pitufos car wash, on the libramiento, San MIguel, August 2016

The Los Pitufos car wash, on the libramiento, San MIguel, Aug 2016

Our housekeeper’s son, Cesar, recently moved his Los Pitufos (Smurfs), car wash to the Libramiento de Dolores Hidalgo, a ring road that skirts San Miguel. Recently his equipment was stolen, and we were happy to be able to help him out while he recovers from the loss. Like many Mexicans, he is both entrepreneurial and energetic and it is a pleasure to be able to assist him in his endeavor. Unfortunately, we were not in time to assist with the spelling.

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The Rainy Season

Rainstorm on Correo, San Miguel de Allende, July 2016

Rainstorm on Correo, San Miguel de Allende, July 2016

It is the rainy season in San Miguel, and many evenings, just as you are ready to sit outside and enjoy a Margarita, the heavens open up and it buckets down for an hour or so. San Miguel is built on a fairly steep hillside, so all this rain becomes a raging torrent in the cobbled streets as it gathers momentum on its way downtown. When this happens there is no way you can cross from one sidewalk to another, so you just have to stay put and enjoy the show for a while. Click on the photograph for an instant view of a larger and more detailed image.

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Bus Stop

New York City Bus Stop, West 91st Street and Broadway, Jun 2016

New York City Bus Stop, West 91st Street and Broadway, Jun 2016

Another in a series of everyday life in New York. Click on the photograph for an instant view of a larger and more detailed image.

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Office On the Go

Broadway and West 91st Street, New York, Jun 2016

Broadway and West 91st Street, New York, Jun 2016

For many folks nowadays, your iPhone and any old bench in the City is your office. Another in a series of everyday life in New York. Click on the photograph for an instant view of a larger and more detailed image.

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The Broadway Median

The Broadway Median, at 92nd Street, New York, May 2016

The Broadway Median, at 92nd Street, New York, May 2016

Originally, there used to be a walkway all the way down the center of Broadway where it passed through the Upper West Side. Now, it is planted with trees and benches at the crosswalks provide a favorite place to sit and think. Or just sit. Another in a series of everyday life in New York. Click on the photograph for an instant view of a larger and more detailed image.

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Eats

Amsterdam and West 92nd Street, New York, May 2016

Amsterdam and West 92nd Street, New York, May 2016

Traditional supermarkets, most of which were fairly shoddy places and will not be missed, are fleeing from New York City in droves. Instead, many folks are now ordering online from Freshdirect and other suppliers, leading to a new class of minimum-wage occupations. This guy is heaving some nosh for Upper West Siders up Amsterdam avenue. That’s 24 families taken care of including one lot who get toilet paper as well. Click on the photograph for an instant view of a larger and more detailed image.

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Frank Gehry, How About That

Trashcan on Upper West Side, New York, May 2016

Trashcan on Upper West Side, New York, May 2016

This trashcan has suffered some tragic mishap but continues to soldier on like all true New Yorkers. I was tempted to adopt it and add it to my found art collection. Click on the photograph for an instant view of a larger and more detailed image.

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Apple Store

The Apple Store, 1981 Broadway at 67th Street, New York, April 2016

The Apple Store, 1981 Broadway at 67th Street, New York, April 2016

Another in a series of everyday life in New York. Click on the photograph for an instant view of a larger and more detailed image.

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