Today was another day for a little adventure in the van. With the casino earnings and two $100 BP gift cards, a little camping expedition seemed like a good thing to do. In addition to sharing information, it’s fun telling stories, too. There are several reasons for that.
If you haven’t guessed it yet, one of the reasons is that I like to write. In college I was an A student in the English compositon classes… Where did I go wrong after that? LOL. But seriously, it’s enjoyable to write, particularly if someone can get some entertainment or learning value from such ramblings. I love reading others’ blogs for the same reason.
There is another purpose for sharing these experiences. I want to convey how FUN it is to roam about even if it is only part time. Do you remember Dave Atell from Comedy Central? He used to love to prowl at night and show up in random places, having one adventure after another. It’s like that with the van. It is a blast! I want people to come away with the idea that you can live more of your life with fewer possessions. You focus more on people, scenery, animals and such. Life is too short and many do not take the time to relish it. It’s worth the sacrifice. (that’s HTLM for “End Sermon”)…
Speaking of an enjoyable existence, tonight I ate at a favorite place where I used to work. Until I moved to Dad’s, many hours were spent helping friends at a little Mexican restaurant. Sadly, this little “ma and pa” eatery finally had to close its doors after a few years. Look at the bulging Carhartts and you can tell they gave me a lot of free food in return for the hours spent translating all kinds of business documents. The space was remodeled and a new restaurant opened that is much fancier and better than ever but without my dear friend at the helm. It was a bittersweet change.
The new restaurant is called Los Molcajetes. I might have mentioned it in another post but don’t recall. I know all the staff and like to visit now and then. With the casino proceeds, it was only a matter of time before feasting on the seafood “molcajete”, their signature dish.
A molcajete is hand-carved from volcanic stone. It is a sort of mortar and pestle you will find in Mexico where this implement grinds spices, corn, etc. It is also used to serve a most delicious dish which often has steak, chicken, and shrimp or is a seafood (mariscos) entree. I had the mariscos molcajete which included crab legs, shrimp, tilapia fish, queso fresco, nopales (cactus paddles), green onions, rice and beans, etc. It is to die for. The lava-like reddish orange sauce continues to boil in the pig-shaped molcajete for some time after it is served.
I named her Senorita Cerdita (Miss Piggy) after our favorite outspoken muppet.
After the Earl Grey tea and a brief one-sided conversation with Mildred, it was time to depart. I headed to the campground for another peaceful night. God Bless you Mildred for making my day a little brighter. Some might think you’re a dummy but I’m sure after this post, some will feel more so about the author too!
Have fun… Enjoy life… Play a lot… Relish being eccentric. Remember it is good NOT to be ordinary, or as I call it “boredinary”. See you in a week or two, Mildred!
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