While Bob was on a climbing trip to Nepal, I traveled with friend Patty Gutierrez to Patty’s father’s tiny village of Tamazula de Gordiano south of Guadalajara and on to the beach at Manzanillo.
Over the years, Bob and I have taken several other trips to Guadalajara, Guanajuato, San Miguel de Allende, Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan, but this trip was special with Patty along…visiting her paternal home village. We visited a family that had been the cook in Patty’s restaurant in Salem for several years. Sitting in the small village plaza one night about 11pm a small boy and his brother came up to us selling the proverbial chicklets. What are you doing up so late, Patty scolded him in Spanish. My mom will get mad at us if we don’t sell all our gum today, he said shyly. Hell if you do and hell if you don’t.