Monday, December 27, 2010

Things I've Learned

Just over the past few days, here are a few of the things I've learned:
  • Don't think you can back up in an Arizona hummingbird garden while trying to take a photo of a hummingbird without backing into something sharp and spiky.
  • Don't wear a loud Hawaiian shirt (yellow with white and orange hibiscus) to Mexico if you don't want every street vendor in town shouting "Hey, you in the yellow shirt! Come see what I got!"
  • Ponchos that happen to be made in China for sale in Mexico were likely made in China by Mexicans, per the street vendors I met.
  • The United States of America doesn't really seem to care if you leave the country, but if you plan on coming back in, make sure you've got your passport and other paperwork in order.
  • When the restaurant calls it a "Macho Mucho Burrito," plan on the "Macho" and "Mucho" living up to their meanings.
  • Benito Juarez is pretty much regarded as Mexico's Lincoln.
  • There are many, many, many people in Yuma who have no idea how to control their dogs and, as a consequence, spend a lot of time looking for them.
  • The city of Yuma, Arizona, is a haven for 1930s Art Deco architecture, at least on Main Street. Well worth visiting.

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