14 January 2010 San Patricio had their “Street Market” today and we were up early to see if we could find some BARGAINS… This wasn’t a small market. It spread up one road for about 4 blocks and then branched off two others for a couple of blocks each. This was a market for selling everything except fruits and veggies and it was packed with a good turnout. There were some great buys and there was the normal “junk”,
but Louise was able to sort through and find just what she needed. Well almost…she bought 4 swimming suits for $40 pesos each (about 3.50 US) and 3 pairs of shorts for the same price. The only thing is the shorts were mismarked for size so she’ll have to find someone that they will fit and make a gift of them. As for me, I went, I saw, and I left…early. On the way back to the coach I came upon a lunch bar that is located in a pedestrian alleyway. This alleyway is somewhat of a market as well. It’s permanent and filled mostly with little restaurants serving at walk-up eating bars. Other stalls in the market sell all kinds of fresh meats. I sat down on my little barstool and had a great “Torta” (a sandwich of BBQ’D pork on a heated bolio). Louise and Keith dropped by and let us know that they had made a reservation at AVA’S for dinner is we wanted to join them. There was going to be a Elvis impersonator and they had heard that he was pretty good but just in case, the table they chose was right next to the door. With Keith being under the weather the last couple of days, he really wanted to get out good show or not. We were to meet them at 7 so that gave us a few hours of beach time. The surf has been pretty quiet for the last 2 or 3 days but about every 7th to 8th set there comes a couple that really fly high into the air and then slap down hard with a crash. I was already in the water and floating about 40 yards off the beach when Louise walked to the water’s edge. I saw her step forward and then back a couple of times trying to judge the surf and then she made her move….”NOT NOW !!!!” She didn’t hear me and she never knew what hit her… I lost sight of her when the wave flew high into the air and then there she was, standing but struggling with the wave trying to take her in, sun glasses askew, still clutching her “noodle”, and now totally drenched. I have to say, seeing as how she wasn’t hurt (except her pride…), it was pretty funny. We did have a good float and we did enjoy just sitting on our beach chairs people watching, and we did get back into the surf. All is good. We met Keith and Louise later at Ava’s, ordered our drinks and dinner, and waited for the show to begin.
About the time our dinner arrived so did Elvis. The last time we were before an Elvis impersonator we were really disappointed but this time it was pretty good entertainment. Elvis was a Mexican and had a good voice, but had a lot of trouble with the words.
His song selection included a few of Elvis’s and a lot of other artists. We stayed long enough to enjoy the company of our host’s, a few drinks, and “some” of our dinners. We also spent a little time on the dance floor
before making our walk back home. It was great to enjoy the evening with Keith and Louise again and to see him feeling better.