Absorbing Tex-Mex culture!

LOCATION: In our tiny house in Retama Village in Mission, Texas
WEATHER: Mostly sunny. High 70

We did weekly grocery shopping at our local store – HEB. Unlike most states with a variety of options, Texas really only has this grocery chain. It is always crowded, especially on weekends. George stocked up on beer, so the refrigerator is now super full. As usual, the fresh veg is great and inexpensive. Our jalapeno cost 7 cents!

Our friends invited us over for a spur-of-the-moment happy hour to discuss our travel plans at the end of September – when we fly to Barcelona, then train to southern France to start our boat trip on the Canal du Midi. We are trying to coordinate flights and hotels. Fun!

Busy evening….from there, we met up with some other neighbors to go to a Conjunto Dance at a Tejano dance hall. What fun!

We were the only gringo Winter Texans there, and the only people not wearing cowboy boots and hats! Most people were speaking Spanish, and the band spoke a mix of Spanish/English as they were introducing songs. It is called La Lomita Park – look it up on Facebook. The music was great. The dance floor was full for every song – with dancers of all ages, shapes, and sizes.One guy was a super dancer, dancing every dance quite well. For one dance, we watched him ask his partner to sit down, and then he went to a lady in a wheelchair to collect her for the dance. He swung her around and around, and they circled the floor like the other dancers. She was just delighted. It made my heart sing!It was the owner Pepe’s 80th birthday, and he sang a lot of songs with the band…..DINNER: The dance hall was a BYOB kind of place, and we had a few of the beers George bought today. We ate hamburgers and nachos from their food stand – not very healthy!

BOOK: “Pachinko” by Min Jin Lee. A story about several generations of poor Koreans living in Japan in the early 20th century. 4 stars out of 5. We enjoyed it as it brought back memories of living in Japan, including playing pachinko!

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