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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!


Note: This blog entry is incomplete. I made the mistake of trusting my memory to retain information for the ten minutes it took to get in my car and get back up the hill to our casita and my computer. Now I’ve got to go back and show this to Nancy and write down the info to fill in the blanks.

If there is someone in your community who can fill your needs on a consistent basis, providing clothing, entertainment, household embellishments, tools, jewelry, handcrafted items, memoribilia, collectibles and more, you are lucky indeed. If that person can provide these items at sometimes ridiculously low prices you are even luckier. Such a person exists in Todos Santos. I wouldn’t say she is exactly a “best kept secret”, many locals know about her and seek her out on a regular basis. Let me give you a recent example. I am a high functioning media junkie. If I don’t get my fix of movies on DVD when I need them I get cranky. I ask this person for DVD’s; she’s got boxes and boxes full of good ones, legit ones, no pirates. On cold mornings I like to wear long sleeve T-shirts under my regular Ts.  I ask her if she’s got some (thinking “fat chance, I have a hard time finding them my size in colors and styles I like back in the states”). She keeps pulling them off of a shelf in the back of her store till I have to tell her to “stop already”, after I’ve already found a couple of nearly brand new ones I like, at only 40 pesos each. Gail and I almost always walk out of the place with something we’ve been looking all over for, but could not find till we…

But I suppose you want to know who this person is and where is this “magical” place. Her name is Nancy Lip_______. We met her a couple years ago when she had only just opened her modest house of wonders. We’ve been stocking our casita with stuff from “Tesoro Escondido” (Hidden Treasure”) ever since.

Want more examples? Gail and I love to go to the beach, sit in beach chairs, read, watch whales, get some sun, preferably in comfort. We had been muddling along with some chairs that we brought from California. They were so rickety that they were a Mr. Bean comedy routine waiting to happen with each use. We went to see Nancy about our problem and voila, two attractive, sturdy chairs, ready for any playa. Gail got a wonderful outfit, which she’s had many compliments on and plans to wear this very evening when we have our going away dinner at Cafe Brown. And the list could go on, but I see your eyes beginning to glaze over so let me get to the pictures.

Nancy (picture above) has spent the better part of three decades in Todos Santos, working in other local businesses, raising a family, and now she has found a niche she loves, and it’s still a family affair. Her grandchildren are a welcome addition to the shopping experience, Niko and Diego are bright, cheerful and well-behaved little guys, fun to be around.

      There may be a move afoot for “Tesoro” in the near future, to a better, less hidden location. But we will be sure to find Nancy when we return to Todos next year,

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