I skipped posting anything about Dia de Independencia this year. I covered it fairly well last year and there are thousands of entries online if you don't know anything about it. However, I did not skip the celebration last night! The zocolo, where the grito took place, was packed. I chose not to take part in that crowd and instead went to dinner and then drinks with friends. We could see the fireworks from where we were and they were stupendous. A lot of money was spent on them. We partied until 3:30 AM. Keep that in mind as you read on.
I find myself once again struggling to get the simplest of things done. Today it is the ongoing saga on this island of trying to get cooking gas. We bought an extra (empty) propane tank this year (20 liter) so that we would never run out of gas again. Ha! Fool that I am, I thought it would not be a problem getting it filled. I set it out in front of my house everyday for weeks. The gas truck (Z Gas. I hate them!) would drive by, glance up at the house, see the tank sitting there and just drive on by! For some reason, they will not stop at my house. They stop at every other house in the colonias and trade out tanks, so why not mine? Unfortunately, they are the only game in town. The procedure for getting gas from them changes at their whim and it is difficult, if not impossible, to ever know what they want you to do. As part of her campaign promises, the new Mayor promised to bring another gas company to the island to give them some competition. So far it has not happened.
Of course I ran out of gas last Wednesday. I had a brainstorm. I loaded up the tank and took it downtown to Aluxes. The gas truck goes by their about every other day and exchanges tanks on that street. Especially because Pizza Aqui is located right next door and they are always needing filled gas tanks. So we set my tank out Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings. No gas truck! They finally arrived yesterday morning, took every body's tanks for refill in Cancun and promised to return today with full ones. I had my doubts. Understand, we never told them that one of the tanks was mine. I think they hate me.
So I had to get up early today, after only a few hours sleep, and get myself downtown to pick up my tank from the sidewalk before it got stolen. (Aluxes and Pizza Aqui are closed today so there would be nobody there to take delivery. You pay them when they take the tank.) Downtown was a blocked off mess due to the military parade taking place. Vehicles being redirected everywhere. I finally got to my destination and, can you guess what? NO GAS! Of course not, today is a federal holiday!
I spoke to the manager of the hotel next door and he said that if they do happen to come to the island today, he will just put my tank in the hotel lobby for me. At least it will be safe there. More likely they will deliver tomorrow though.
So why does it have to be so flipping hard just to get some cooking gas? Whoever says retirement in Mexico is easy needs their head examined. Meantime, guess I get to go out for dinner again tonight!