Grammy is in town, and yet somehow we’ve managed to get Ouest off to school each day without any complaints. Of course we have to tell her later that we didn’t do anything all morning, “Just waited around for you to get done with school.”
Which is mostly true. We don’t do much. Grab some breakfast and walk around town a bit. Today we stopped in and got Lowe a fresh buzz. He wasn’t having any of it at first, but we just let him be, sat down, kept encouraging him, and after a few minutes he turned around and walked towards the chair. It happened so quickly that we about tripped over each other in our scramble to grab him and lift him onto the chair before he could change his mind.
The little man sat there stone-faced for ten minutes. “Taking his medicine” seems like an apt description of how he goes about this haircutting business.
I love this barbershop. With the windows cranked open at the start of business each day it is just a wide open inviting neighborhood gathering spot. We walk by it on the way to and from school each day and it is always bustling and noisy with conversation and laughter. Kind of like those ridiculous Ice Cube movies of yesteryear.
After dinner we went just down the road to watch the clavedistas, cliff divers, do their thing. There were no other tourists around, as usual these past couple of months, so it was up to us to pay to have the guys jump. A sort of ringleader type ran up to us the moment we arrived and when I told him we’d like to see the clavedistas he said sure, just twenty dollars a dive.
I laughed, “American dólares?”
Yes, he said, and I laughed some more.
“Okay, okay, how much you want to pay?”
I offered him a fourth of that and he quickly agreed. Too quickly in fact. Oh well, the dives were worth it. The kids were able to stand nice and close and actually see what was happening. Their reaction afterwards was simply, “Why only two times?”
The dives are only forty-five feet, but they are also into water only six or seven feet deep, and from the looks of it, a pretty fair jump outwards as well. I was surprised actually by just how close to the rocks the diver entered the water. Looked pretty sketch to me. All in all a nice little outing.