Honest Stuff I Make Up · · Cuernavaca

Did you know?

Did you know the name AirBnB is derived from the original title of the classic fairytale The Three Bottles of Rancid Vegetable Oil and The Wise Old Jar of Unlabelled Spices? It’s true.

Notes · · Mexico City

In which Diego shaves me.

Diego shaves me in Roma

Diego shaves me.

Hiram took this photo of me getting a shave at the shop "Famous" near where we are staying in Mexico City’s Roma neighborhood. This is the first time I have gotten a shave at a barber shop. I don’t think the barber, Diego, believed I speak Spanish because we both had to repeat ourselves a lot. Or perhaps this being my first shave in Spanish, I was speaking Spanish but not the Spanish you use when getting a shave. Perhaps because I didn’t understand what he was asking me to do or perhaps because I continue to be haunted by the beautiful film Roma, when Diego put the chair down and told me to stretch out, I tried to put legs up like the film’s protagonist Cleo at her OB Gyn appointment. It was a good shave.

Photos · · Mexico City

José Luis

José Luis outside a flower and casket shop in Roma Norte

José Luis outside a flower and casket shop

Photos · · Hermosillo

Wheat Paste Rex

Frank and his crew create made-to-order piñatas for events in Hermosillo, Sonora. He was kind enough to let me hang out at his workshop last week and learn more about his process while I learn more about mine.

Adding wheat paste to long strips of newspaper to cover a piñata mold
A covered piñata mold drying
Painting the face and eyes of the T-Rex piñata
Adding teeth to the T-Rex piñata
Completed T-Rex piñata dries in the sun

Photos · · Hermosillo

Coco

Soap dish from beyond the veil.

Soap dish portal to the más allá

Photos · · Hermosillo

Engrudo

Adding wheat paste to strips of tissue paper for a piñata

Adding wheat paste to the strips of tissue paper that will cover a piñata before it is painted.