L’Observateur : Relámpago Edition

I give you the 1932 Real de Catorce baseball team (above).

In Mexico City, they call a combover hairdo “Oaxacan Queso” because the wraparound hair on one’s head looks like a ball of Oaxacan string cheese.

The day I left Catorce a man from Monterrey was rumored to have fallen to his untimely death in a canyon near the road to Cerro La Bufa. There were two men in custody at press time.

My buddy Bill Gassiot was once struck by lightning (relámpago). He relayed this tale over dinner one night in Potrero. One of the town drunks happened to be sitting across the table, and as coincidence would have it, he too had been struck by almighty God. Only, he didn’t come away so well: he has a huge scar on his forehead and he is now a drunk.

On an entirely separate occasion Bill was stung by a centipede, passed out, hit his head, and forgot who he was for about 24 hours. When he returned to Catorce – though noone in the town knew of the accident – a tiny Huichol Indian named Chinchito told Bill that he had a dream that Bill had lost his memory and that he had been worried about him.

A Canadian girl from Manitoba is living in my house until at least the end of January. The rent is 2000 pesos ($190) a month. She comes with free gardening.

There are a lot of Italians living in Catorce at present. The Swiss are fortifying their positions.

The town of La Luz, which is directly across the mountain from Real de Catorce was once the set for the direct-to-DVD film Las Bandidas starring Penelope Cruz and Selma Hayek.

Plus Tard is on the road again.

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