|Who remembers this golden oldie?|
So we left, and went to a spa place. While my friend got her spa on, I talked to the taxi man I'll now refer to as N, from his nickname. N told me about his former life in Cali. He was raised by a single mom, and he was very good at hand ball. He got a good job, but hung out with the wrong people. He dropped out of high school, and joined a gang. He started smoking weed, and it lead to meth.
He has since turned his life around. I could tell it was tough. He keeps his gang tattoos covered because his kindergarten daughter asks him questions. He told me that the kids in Acapulco, who work as baggers in the grocery stores only make tips. They have to maintain good credit and grades. They get special awards or bonuses like vacations or trips to swim with the dolphins. He thought that when he lived in America, it seemed like the good kids didn't have many incentives, or weren't really rewarded for their good behavior.
When I mentioned my former work at the high school, he asked me if I knew the movie "Dangerous Minds."
I told him the Dangerous Minds theme song "Gangsta's Paradise" was sampled from a Stevie Wonder song "Pastime Paradise" that was on Stevie's album Songs in The Key of Life. He was fascinated by my iPod, but didn't want me to play the song. He'd rather talk instead. He and his daughter had participated in the Turtle Conservation Program. Where they release the turtles back into the sea. The turtle was so small in her hands, and he told it's okay, nothing bad is going to happen to it.
|Turtle Release image taken from internet|
|Acapulco Turtle Release Eco Tour photo from internet|
|turtle release image from the net|
|Here's a local place N took my friend to eat.|
|This is agua de Jamaica. It is tea made from hibiscus flowers. It tastes like cran-raspberry juice. N says he drinks it all the time because it is good for the body. I looked it up, and it contains vitamin C and other medicinal qualities.|
|This was supposed to show the guy who cleaned the car's windshield in traffic for dinero (money).|
|At el mercado, the flea market|
|Can you say Quinceanera dresses?|
|One driver joked about this sculpture saying they aren't wearing any clothes!|