Monday, May 22, 2006

Best of Small Town Mexico-Having Rich Friends

Meet our friends Enrique and Guadelupe:

They are loa-ded. Five houses that we know of including a vacation home in Aspen, several boats (this is the small one), lots of travel, etc. etc.

Anyway, every now and then they invite our whole family out on their boat to go fishing. We always have a great time. As Small Town shrinks on the horizon, I try to forget we live in Small Town and pretend we live somewhere cool. We spend the day fishing, swimming, looking for dolphins and monkeys, and eating junk food.

Our friends blare some satellite station called "Pure Love" (said very slowly by a man with a very deep, smooth voice: Puuuuure Looooove). Pure Sap is more like it. So, we find ourselves out in the middle of nowhere, with Mexicans belting out lyrics to mushy love songs from the 80's like, "Love lifts us up where we belong..." and "I get so emotional baby, everytime I think of you..."(all sung with heavy accents of course). Always humorous.

They invited us to go on Saturday. Normally we catch so many good-sized fish that we get sick of it, but this time, between 6 adults and 4 kids, only two ity-bitty fish were caught. Both by Juan Carlos (3 yrs old). He was thinking he was pretty much it. He strutted around the boat saying, "I won the fishing. I won the fishing."


Here's my favorite pictures from one of our outings:

*** Bonus material:

At the marina that they park their boat at, you can see the "Big Shrimp's" shiny new girlfriend.

Small Town really digs its shrimp.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

The shiny shrimp takes the day -- as do the rich friends. In fact, that's kind of how we think of you -- our very rich friends!!
Grandma Sue

K-squared's Mom said...

Looks like fun! Even fish can't resist JC's charm. The shiny shrimp......now I've seen it all! Nice pictures.

Code Yellow Mom said...

Hilarious. Who knew shrimp could be so iconic? I grew up near a town, however, that has a statue of a headless chicken - his name's Charlie. Apparently the farmer cut his head off but he continued to live for eighteen months afterward. So they also have an annual little fiesta for him. Must be a Small Town thing.

I envy the time out on the boat. I need to get me some rich friends. :) Tell JC congrats on winning the fishing.

txmommy said...

what a fun day, I miss living near the ocean.

Grammy said...

"big shrimp's shiny new girl friend" You are hilarious, my friend. I'm glad you had a fun day and as a youngest child, may I say,"Hooray for the little guy coming out on top!"

itybtyfrog said...

What a fun outing! Love the bum shot picture. I am so glad fountain shrimp is not lonely! Congratulations to Juan Carlos for showing up all the adults!

Nettie said...

What a fun day! Actually my favorite photo is the one with you, Juan Carlos and the fish. Such a sweet, tender shot - even with a fish!

Stephanie said...

It sounds so wonderful. I would love to be on a boat tasting the salt in the air. You are lucky to have such generous friends. Yay for JC. Lucky boy!!! The bottom shot is my fav too!

Gabriela said...

Nettie: that's not me, but my friend with Juan Carlos. My tan is coming along, but I'm not quite that dark yet!

Grandma Sue: when you say rich you mean rich in blessings right????

Susie Q said...

You live the eternal vacation! I'm so jealous!

Rachelle said...

What a fun time!

No Cool Story said...

I love the shiny shrimp (Small Town keeps getting better and better).
Sounds like a fun outing (yay for rich friends!), Puuuure Lovooove, monkeys, dolphins, junk food, friends, winning the fish and new shrimp, a very impressive weekend indeed.

PS. At first I thought: "Gabriela sure got a great tan AND she dyed her hair" :D ha ha

Lei said...

What I wouldn't give to be near the water again (the gulf doesn't count, lol).

And lol at the shiny new girlfriend!

jd said...

That is the coolest shiny shrimp!! I need one in minature for my Bathroom decor!

smartmama said...

hey can you liasona friendship with me and enrique and guadalupe... smart daddy-o was south of the border last week-- sadly only in san luis--

i am so diggin' the shrimp-I think a fun small town party mixer would be see which team can craft the best shrimp sculpture out of scrap materials...

jules said...

I want rich friends. I love the shrimp thing going on there. I am going to have to come visit just to see that. I am so happy for little JC. What a cutie!

jules said...

BTW-I love your new background!

EvaRob said...

so fun...when are they taking you to Aspen?

owlhaven said...

Love the fish pix with your son!!

Mary, mom to many

handiemom said...

Wow I totally think you live somewhere cool. I mean last weekend I spent the day weeding my garden and doing the laundry so you have my level of coolness beat 100 times over! How fun to spend the day swimming in the ocean and looking for dolphins and monkeys.

Great pics by the way!

Nantie Meg said...

So excited for the shrimp's girlfriend!!!