Emsworth Fri Nov 11 13:51:00 2005|
Re: Happy Birthday!
> 39 years. I asked my mother how it felt to be the mother of a 39-year-old.
> She said it was horrible. I reminded her it would be worse next year...
Wow. You're actually four years younger than my half-brother, and eight years older than my sister. I forget, are you familiar with Jack Benny? He stayed 39 for more than thirty years or so.
> And she ate a bunch of peanut brittle, got
> nauseous, and bam! to the hospital! It's a wonder I didn't go into a
> post-partum sugar coma.
No wonder you wanted fudge and such for your birthday.
> Ending up in the tropics is a real eye-opener. Or pore-opener, rather.
> Metabolically speaking, I'm not really evolved for it. But I am starting
> to like it a lot.
Though less extreme, I'm having the reverse adjustments here, having come from a place where 60 degrees is cold weather, sleet is unknown, rain minimal, and wearing thermal underwear will cause you to either get a sweat rash or die of overxposure.
> That sounds really, really good.
It is. Of course, the atmosphere is also part of it: the milling lines, the blaring jukeboxes, the odd juxtaposition of low income families (an order of three taquitos for years was 80 cents, now it's a buck something but still pretty cheap), aforementioned teenagers, and scary "You lookin' at me, ese?" style cholos and drug dealers and such. It's part of our local culture and traditions. There's a very amusing thread on Chico's at epinions.com: http://chefmoz.org/United_States/TX/El_Paso/Chico's_Tacos944333684.html
Urging all tourists to eat there, but to get back to their own hotel before they have to use the bathroom, since yes, the Chico's restroom facilities are as nearly legendary as the food.
My sister was disappointed we weren't able to buy her one of the Chico's Tacos anniversary t-shirts. My dad, on the other hand, usually eschews the tacos and has a strong preference for the hotdog burger (four huge sliced wieners on a hamburger bun, with mustard and green chile sauce and such).