Archive for December, 2012

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Climate change in Baja.

It rained steadily most of the night. We woke up to a dry kitchen. Surprise! Made pancakes with Que Rico thick sliced smoked bacon. Decided to do some hotel recon for our guests who will come in late January.

Pancake por mi corazon.

Pancake por mi corazon.

We checked out a few hotels, dropped by to see Iker at Cafe Brown, then tried to find a seat for lunch and NFL at Shut Up Frank’s. Much too crowded and uninteresting games to boot. Splashed across the street to Miguel’s. Good decision. Best rellenos in Todos, Gail had rellenos camarones, I had my regular combinacion, rellenos, chicken enchiladas, quesedilla, beans and rice. The margaritas are also good here so we had three (total, not each).

It was even a little cold and drippy here, but the great food and margaritas more than compensated.

It was even a little cold and drippy here, but the great food and margaritas more than compensated.

Mas margaritas, porfavor.

Mas margaritas, porfavor.

Aldo is always welcome at Miguel's and is well behaved as long as he gets a bite of tortilla and maybe a morsel or two of chicken.

Aldo is always welcome at Miguel’s and is well behaved as long as he gets a bite of tortilla and maybe a morsel or two of chicken.

When we got back to the house the kitchen had a few puddles from the hole in the palapa roof, but we were full and happy.

 

 

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Diddley Daddy

Diddley Daddy

Ellas Otha Bates (December 30, 1928 – June 2, 2008), known by his stage name Bo Diddley, was an American rhythm and blues vocalist, guitarist, songwriter (usually as Ellas McDaniel), and rock and roll pioneer. He was also known as The Originator because of his key role in the transition from the blues to rock, influencing a host of acts, including Buddy Holly, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, The Velvet Underground, The Who, The Yardbirds, Eric ClaptonElvis PresleyThe Beatles, and George Michael, among others. He introduced more insistent, driving rhythms and a hard-edged electric guitar sound on a wide-ranging catalog of songs, along with African rhythms and a signature beat (a simple, five-accent rhythm) that remains a cornerstone of rock and pop. Accordingly, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation and a Grammy Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. He was known in particular for his technical innovations, including his trademark rectangular guitar.

 

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Last year I spoke of Tesoro Escondido and our friend, Nancy, the proprietor. You can get anything you want at Alice’s Restaurant, and that goes double for Tesoro. My first job after we cleaned up our casita was to secure some inexpensive entertainment. We can’t go out drinking and dancing at Hotel California or La Esquina every night; we’re too damn old and broke. But we can watch DVDs. Our problem in the past has been that the videos we brought with us are from Zone 1 and will not play on the DVD player we bought in Todos Santos. It will only play DVDs from Zone 4 (which includes South America and Mexico). The solution was to go to Tesoro and look through shelves and boxes of DVDs Nancy has available for the discerning viewer. On a recent run I found copies of “Ghost World”, Henry the Fifth (Sir Laurence Olivier), “Franklyn”, a trippy British fantasy(2009), The Ultimate Western Collection (a boxed set with over 150 episodes from classic 50’s and 60’s TV westerns, Nurse Jackie (season one). And they were all in good shape and played on my DVD player without a hitch.

Here's Nancy in her last year's digs behind La Esquina. She is now in a better location on Militar across the street from Bodega Lizzaraga.

Here’s Nancy in her last year’s digs behind La Esquina. She is now in a better location on Militar across the street from Bodega Lizzaraga.

Today the mission was to spruce up the Media Command Center. My corner of the casita where all the important drawing, writing and blogging is done has blank walls and does not provide the spirit or inspiration that this blogger needs. So it was off to Nancy’s to find some visual stimulation. I was looking for a lamp and found a couple, but they were a little too short to fill the needs of my work area. What I did find were some nice movie graphics which I will show you below:

This is a wonderfully lurid movie poster from the 1957 Mexican horror movie, "El Vampiro", starring German Robles as Count Karol Lavud. Here's a quote from the Count: "We've been brought to a halt in the middle of this strange bridge that extends between the end of life and the beginning of death."

This is a wonderfully lurid movie poster from the 1957 Mexican horror movie, “El Vampiro”, starring German Robles as Count Karol Lavud. Here’s a quote from the Count: “We’ve been brought to a halt in the middle of this strange bridge that extends between the end of life and the beginning of death.”

 

Bob Dylan should have written a song about this Huracan.

Bob Dylan should have written a song about this Huracan.

Huracán Ramírez was a fictitious character invented for the 1952 Mexican Lucha film of the same name. In the film a young Mexican, whose father is a professional wrestler, decides to follow in his father’s footsteps by adopting the secret identity of Huracán Ramírez, a masked luchador, and he fights in the ring in spite of his father’s wishes to the contrary.

Although actor David Silva played the role of the young man in the film, the masked wrestler scenes were played by real-life luchador Eduardo Bonada, who was hired by the filmmakers initially only to handle the masked wrestling scenes in the film. Following the film’s release however, Bonada continued to wrestle as Huracan Ramirez in the ring in real life until 1959, when he tired of the gig and was replaced by the film’s producers by 43-year-old wrestler Daniel García.

García wrestled as Huracán Ramírez for more than 30 years, and played the role in all of the movie sequels that followed (with the exception of “Huracan Ramirez Vs. The Terrorists”). Garcia was the creator of the Huracanrana, a move that has become a signature move of several Lucha Libre wrestlers. Daniel García was a very close personal friend of El Santo, and when Santo died in 1984, Daniel Garcia was one of the Silver-Masked Man’s pall bearers. Garcia died on November 1, 2006 at the age of 80. The iconic mask is now worn by Huracán Ramírez Jr, an unrelated wrestler.

Actor David Silva played the lead role of the unmasked Huracan in the first 4 films, to be replaced by Pepe Romay in later films. Wrestler Daniel Garcia’s face was never shown in any of the films.

More Luche Libre.

More Luche Libre.

Santo, the star of this 1969 film is described thusly in Wikipedia: Rodolfo Guzmán Huerta (September 23, 1917 – February 5, 1984), more widely known as El Santo (the Saint), was a Mexican Luchador enmascarado (Spanish for masked professional wrestler), film actor, and folk icon. El Santo, along with Blue Demon and Mil Máscaras, is one of the most famous and iconic of all Mexican luchadores, and has been referred to as one of “the greatest legends in Mexican sports”

Here is a description of just a small part of the action in the film:

Later, Damiana drops a big tarantula on Santo as he’s reading; he flicks it off. Padre Francisco and Santo confront Damiana and the ghost wrestlers in a graveyard; when shown a crucifix (man, nobody should make a move without one of those), the wrestlers vanish. Damiana/Alicia faints. Taken home, a doctor says she is dying. Padre Francisco, always willing to share good news, says that if she dies while possessed, her soul is lost forever. Santo agrees to try and save her. By staring real hard (that’s all it takes, apparently), he enters the red-tinted “world of the dead.” 

Well if these pictures don’t get your creative juices circulating you might need a defibrillator. Let me show you how these pics punch up the MCC.

Now I'm ready to rumble!

Now I’m ready to rumble!

 

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While Aldo was experiencing something at the other end of the pleasure spectrum, we were gorging ourselves on breakfast goodies at Casa Tota. We felt confident that Aldo was in good hands though. We really like Dr. Gabriel Hernandez Hernandez. He is a soft-spoken, gentle man, and Aldo didn’t bark once as we left, even before he was sedated. We would recommend him to anyone who has need of medical care for their animal friends. He can be found  at his Veterinary Clinic, just to the right of the Canada del Diablo building.

MVZ Gabriel Hernandez

MVZ Gabriel Hernandez

We opted to eat outdoors since the day was calm and comfortable. Gail had Eggs Benedict, I had an omelette with bacon and a delicious cheese the name of which I cannot recall.

Walk this way.

Walk this way.

I am not a food critic, I am an eater. The potatoes were lightly seasoned and flavorful. The black refritos were cold. Gail said the eggs were not done and the Hollandaise was too little and too light. But hey, we’ve eaten there three or four times before and been well pleased with service and fare; last New Year’s Eve Dinner was particularly scrumptious. So I am sure this was just a blip on the overall enjoyment chart. We will return.

My omelette less one bite. Attractive presentation, n'est ce pas?

My omelette less one bite. Attractive presentation, n’est ce pas?

The place is a visual feast inside as well. Here is one of my favorite paintings in Todos Santos. I am not an art critic, but by golly I know what I like.

...and a Happy New Year.

…and a Happy New Year.

But I couldn’t forget poor Aldo and what he must be going through as we were enjoying such guilty pleasures. I became so psychotic with guilt that I had an irrational, paranoid fantasy that I was being watched throughout the entire meal by a mysterious woman. I decided not to tell Gail about this.

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Dog like me.

Dog like me.