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Garbage Can Blues

No doubt, as you’ve been walking around Parque Central, you have noticed the new trash cans that have popped up, attached to the different lampposts on streets that border the park. While we are certainly a fan of putting litter in its place (far too many people seem to think that if you leave a Tortrix bag on the ground that a Tortrix tree will grow in its stead) we have to question the particular garbage cans that have been installed.  In case you can’t read our minds the thought process went like this:

Day One: “Great! Trash cans everywhere! About time.”

Day Two: “Hmm…about half of the trash cans seem to be broken, but at least there are convenient piles of trash near the lampposts.”

Day Five: “A lot of the trash cans have been stolen. Don’t really understand why anyone would want a broken trash can.”

Day Nine: “These broken, gnarled trash cans are a public safety issue. That reminds me, is my tetanus shot up to date?”

Day Twelve: “You know what this park needs? Trash cans attached to the lampposts…”

For those of you keeping score at home, I guess that “the new garbage cans at the park” rates both a “popping” and a “flopping”. We really hope that whoever funded this idea decides to try the experiment again—this time with sturdier cans. Until then, we can always wait for the Tortrix trees to bloom.

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No Rain On September 14th

September 14th is the country’s biggest party and we now have gone at least five years (by our count) without having to suffer through a rained-out night in the streets. Events went off without a hitch and folks were treated to concerts throughout the city, a surprisingly good selection of fireworks and mayor Mito Barrientos giving the grito de independencia.  Whether Chac Mool took a day off, or just a dry front, we’re glad we could party.

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Election Song Trucks

With the election going into a second round we are only going to continue to hear the election song trucks which go around town blasting popular music with the words modified to expound on the virtues of a political candidate.  We are willing to formally endorse any candidate who officially rejects the use of election song trucks. Candidates: leave loud, pounding obnoxious music to the folks who really know how to do use it well—Elektra, Agencias Way, and pretty much any store that sells home appliances.

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