What is this business about trolley busses and so forth? Below the OROG finds a bit of an explanation. As brief as El Gringo Viejo can make it.
Several hundred years ago, El Gringo Viejo was running very nice excursions into various destinations in Mexico. Every area had its many strong points and various drawbacks. It is a marvelous theatre for life, and it must be confessed that my experiences were essentially 99.9% positive and the rest, forgettable. There were cutesy, quirky things that will remain with me through the rest of my shortening days.
Another in a long line of socialist
utopian engineers who passed for
"sane people" until the wheels fell
off the volks wagen.
|The rather elegant Palacio|
Municipal de Tampco
Serves as the City/County
Administration and Judicial
|Gazebo of the Plaza de Armas|
The little, open air, but "entechado" (covered or roofed), place was always busy. Young lovers, pretty girls, little old ladies, businessmen, school children and collegiates, harbour workers and oil refinery workers, and Gringoes, when visiting, would find comfort and good eats there. One of the main things that the little place specialised in was the "trolebus, coktel de frutas" or the "trolebus, coktel de mariscos". The word "trolebus, of course, the equivalent of trolleybus. As an edible it meant, that like the trolleybus, it came with a generous serving of everything. So the trolebus de frutas would be a big scoop of vanilla ice cream (unless another flavour was specified), along with cantaloupe, grapes, dates, papaya, watermelon, freshly squeezed orange juice, strawberries, and anything else that might fit into a one-liter parfait glass. The saucer under the glass would usually be mounted up with jicama slices (look like uncooked french fries), sprinkled with chile powder and/or paprika. Jicama is a peculiar root plant that has bright white "meat" and tastes like a very, very mild radish. For vegetablistic people it was a meal. For carnivors it was a delightful way to start an evening of serious eating.
The trolebus de mariscos was similar but different, of course. It would have the little platter of jicama basing the parfait glass, but it would be filled with a tart catsup, lime, and cilantro sauce, and then filled with oysters, medium shrimp, crab, and at times anemone or whatever else wasn't moving anymore in the kitchen....such as boiled perch filet. These "cocktails" were actually very large meals, and for the equivalent of 2.00 USD, they were a bargain, even back then.
|Jicama, whole above, and |
in "french fry" form below.
Normally eaten raw, but
can be used in salads, grilled
a bit with paprika, or in any
number ...scores....of excellent
deployments. Use imagination!
There was also the "changing of the guard", so named because of the manner by which the traffick police and foot patrol police would deploy for the late afternoon rush-hour and evening downtown gathering. They would march out in two by two columns, about 100 strong with ten or twelve buglers and drummers, very military, and the new shift would drop off, while the old shift would join the column, until after about 15 minutes all had been deployed and all had been relieved throughout about twelve square blocks. It held up traffick a bit, but no one ever seemed to mind.
Ooops...there are some of my people; I can see them getting off the elevator in the lobby. They're coming down for the happy hour- welcome cocktail, I'd better get back to the lobby.
Thanks for listening to the explanation about Trolleybus = Trolebus....so named because it is always overstuffed and has quite a bit of everything inside.
El Gringo Viejo