Saturday, April 29, 2006

Last minute preparations

I went to Target today to purchase some last minute items for my trip. I've been working on my list of necessities and have checked off all but a few random items. I walked up to the checkout register with my red basket of goodies and the girl simply stared at the items in the basket, then at me, and then started giggling. I had purchased a bag of underwear, insect repellant, and goggles. I looked her straight in the eye and said, "This is all I EVER bring with me when I travel. How about you?"

Botanica Chango

Originally uploaded by buckyreed.
There is a Santaria store in North Park called Botanica Chango. It is basically a South American cargo cult that is based on Catholicism. I've stepped into this place a few times and have seen couples and young girls sitting in the waiting area. Presumably they are having their fortunes told or some other rite is being performed. Freaky! I tried to be polite and unobtrusive, but was obviously not welcome when I took a picture.

Cowboy up!

Yesterday as I was walking home from the shuttle I passed two cowboys arm-in-arm. They were fully decked out in painted-on black denim, compensating belt buckles, and even bigger black hats. I chuckled, walked a few hundred feet and saw another similar couple, then another. Then I noticed a HUGE truck parked near my place with a rainbow "Cowboy up!" sticker on it, then another one almost identical. I'm thinking to myself, "This Brokeback Mountain thing is getting WAY out of hand. I'm mean, what's next: Gay wrestlers?". Today I learned that the National Gay Rodeo was being held in San Diego and that the pre-event party was at a bar near my house. These guys were actually for real! Apparently this is causing quite a stir because they decided to have the Gay Rodeo in redneck East County instead of at the Del Mar Racetrack where it has been held for decades. Only in Southern California!