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The run-up to New Year's in People-Watching Heaven...

Woweee, did we have a lot to see last night at my birthday dinner...We got our usual table at the Casa Blanca which commands a perfect view of the constantly changing street scene, primarily 'cause it's almost in the street...Robert, the chef, and Hector, the waiter extrordinaire, were glad to see us again, and naturally Rox told them it was my compleano...so lots of handshakes and hugs all around...

 

Well Montanita is going nuts with tourists all practicing for New Year's madness...I guess you would call it a modern day love fest like San Francisco in the "60's Summer of Love", Mardi Gras at New Orleans, and the night before the Super Bowl...all wrapped up into an Ecuadorian shaped basket...

 

There was an unusually large number of surfers and surfer wannabes, back packers, and freaks (these designations are not mutually exclusive), but the really interesting part of the evening was to see how the Ecuadorians themselves came to look and participate...I'll try to run down the list:  From the top, there are the middle-aged affluent citizens who are just wearing Sunday Tea type of clothing, then there are their younger counterparts who are wearing really cool stuff like you would see in private boxes at the Super Bowl (by this I mean, athletic jerseys that must have cost a fortune, all kinds of zippy baseball caps, shorts, cut-offs. and mostly jeans, all imported, you may be sure).  The ladies all dressed in counterpart...  Then you have the Twenty-something, good looking guys and girls who are wearing "knock you socks off" almost disco outfits...the girls caught my eye in that they hardly wear anything...(happy birthday, Bob)...there were tons of see thru pants and blouses, low cut everything, and the shortest, short shorts that I've seen since the sixties...naturally, this description only fits a fraction of the young citizens, but there were hundreds of people milling around--so lots to see.

Then you have the under 20 crowd, and they are really hip...the guys all love American-French type clothes with English writing on them.  Lots of jazzy buckles, belts, eyelets, zircons, and shiny stuff...they all look great and are strutting their stuff...Rox even mentioned to me that a couple of the really outrageous gals in high heels looked like pros...but we decided it was just the outfits...innocent (yeah!) and trying to fit the mood.

 

And then there were families of every age...all the way from grand ma ma down to dozens of ninos...and all together.  We saw several young parents parading around with babies asleep on their shoulders...and it looked as natural as sliced bread...

 

And then there was the early-teen and pre-teen crowd...the guys were mostly just guys, but the girls are dressed to kill...they grow up early here in Latin countries...no birth control, and not much sex education...so when you see a 12 year old girl dressed to the nines, you might be able to predict that she will be carrying around a little nino in several more years...but anyway, they all look great and hot to trot...

I'll try to save a couple more observations, in that we plan to commandeer the same two chairs as we had last night for New Year's Eve, and that should be crazy to say the least...will report back on that...

On the mundane front...Our new upstairs kitchen is working just fine, and we got two new toilets installed in a couple of the bathrooms. We also ripped out a couple of bidets.  The workers were glad to carry the bidets home, as the church, apparently, has not figured out what they are really used for...

 

 

Posted on Sun, December 30, 2007 at 08:37AM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | CommentsPost a Comment

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