Friday December 23rd. Almost Christmas.

Written by Jack van Ommen on December 23rd, 2016

I am sitting here in Juanita’s restaurant, my evening routine. Doing my internet with a cold beer and her “to kill for” dessert, frozen yogurt with cactus pear. I am normally not a dessert person.  I have a hard time getting in the Christmas spirit here in the heat. But I am grateful for being spared the commercial rush and pressure.

Juanita's Cafe in the Christmas Spirit

Juanita’s Cafe in the Christmas Spirit

I plan to go to 6 p.m. mass tomorrow at the church in Santa Cruz, which is just to the west of Chahué. The mass in Crucecita is a t 8 p.m. and I want to leave as early as possible on Christmas Day. There will be just three sail boats crossing the Gulf of Tehuantepec. A family from Bozeman Mt., Marcus and Diana and their two daughters Haley and Madison. Not sure of the boat name, a gorgeous boat, a Carl Schumacher “Outbound 44/46”. And  my friends Pat and Dave on the 53 foot Ferro Cement ketch. Marcus gave me the phone number of Enrique, the marina manager in Pto. Madero who knows the routine for crossing the Gulf. He talked sense into me, to follow the shore within two miles. I was tempted to make a direct shot for it because on Tuesday all hell breaks loose again. The biggest problem is the sea state, which you can avoid by staying closer to shore.

I have uploaded one more video on you-tube: https://youtu.be/YxthA5A9WrQ This is  taken in Chahué at a traditional manual weaving loom. This old craft has always fascinated me. On Bali, in 2006, I saw the very intricate double weaving technique; and at  a Muslim enclave in  Vietnam in 2010.

Cham muslim weaving

Cham muslim weaving

Wrapping thread with plastic tape, prior to dying,Teganan, Bali

Wrapping thread with plastic tape, prior to dying,Teganan, Bali

 

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