January 12-13

January 12-13

Marshalls, Movies and Mexico

Yesterday we drove into Yuma to do a little shopping, ending up with a pair of cute acrylic Martini glasses (palm trees on them no less – seemed fitting) from Beals and a couple of shirts from Marshalls. I had to go to Best Buy to get another length of co-axial TV cable; I seem to have left the original back in Desert Hot Springs. We then went to see the movie “”Selma”; difficult to watch in places, but very well done.

Today we decided to do what every red-blooded retiree does around here, which is to drive to the Mexico border crossing about 2 miles south of here, park in an immense parking lot ($8/day for an RV), then walk across the border into a town called Los Algodones, which is a warren of very kind of store you can imagine, dominated by liquor stores, pharmacies, eyeglasses/contacts stores, and doctors and dentists of every description. (Nobody checks you when you enter Mexico on foot; you go through U.S. Customs when you cross back, complete with drug-sniffing dogs). It was actually a lot of fun (if you get stressed by an endless stream of vendors and panhandlers, and Mexican salespeople who constantly invade your personal space, this is not the place for you). Once you say no, they back off immediately, and our philosophy is that at bottom, these are all people just trying to make a living the best they can. Here is a taste of the time we spent there;

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Cheap glasses, but they apparently work fine!

Cheap glasses, but they apparently work fine!

Jeannine decided to get a $5.00 trim:

Before...

Before…

After!

After!

 We celebrated the new haircut with a taco lunch

We celebrated the new haircut with a taco lunch

Our new BFF Santiago; it seemed only fitting that Jeannine bought a sundress from him!

Our new BFF Santiago; it seemed only fitting that Jeannine bought a sundress from him!

It was a great experience, and we discovered that this is a way of life for sunbirds and Yuma residents alike, who flock here to pick up prescription drugs (no prescription needed), new glasses or contacts, liquor , and to have dental work done, all at prices very much below what you would pay north of the border. After crossing back through U.S. Customs (a painless process), we headed into Yuma to see yet another movie (at $5.00 a ticket to sit in a beautiful multiplex theatre, it’s a no-brainer). This time we saw “Into the Woods”, which we really liked. Is there any role Meryl Streep can’t play?

We returned to the RV park as darkness fell. Tomorrow is our last day here, as we head for Glendale to go to a Calgary Flames-Arizona Coyotes hockey game on Thursday night. We are going to spend the night at the hotel we stayed at last year, which is within walking distance of the arena. On Friday we will head west again to Ehrenburg, which is just across the Colorado River from Blythe California, While there, we will be touching base with Joanne Mawhinney. More details to come in the next few days.

 

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