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Cd's Acuna y Pietras Negras

Road trip! Dental work! Mexico Fix! Check, check, and check. Four hours away from Austin is a whole 'nuther country. (That's a joke; I stole the line from Texas' tourist marketing ads describing Texas. Which it, too, is.)

Found the White River Hotel one block from the POE and my dentist's offices on Madura street. Very clean and unlike many, and my subsequent hotel, they don't hand you the toilet paper when you check in! The last time I was in Cd. Acuna in 2009, there was no wifi anywhere. Now it's everywhere. If there's a television in the business, they have wifi. The dump hotel I stayed in in Pietras Negras handed me my toilet paper and had no toilet seat, but they had wifi!

First Dr. Zatarain cleaned my teeth ($40)and he found a cracked molar. He did the prep work and took the impressions, and as instructed, came back 36 hours later for final fitting. ($200)

That evening I went out to start my Mexico Fix. As I had my camera with me, and although mostly out of sight in a waist pack that was perfectly dorky and not looking valuable, I took my 5.5' hardwood walking stick. Call me brave, call me stupid, call me prepared. Walk softly but carry a big stick as Teddy Roosevelt advised.

There are two pictures in a bar on that night's walk. The next morning I took a long walk to an area I'd not been in. No stick.

My photo topics of choice are people ("street photography"), unusual perspectives, form, patterns, chiascuro, cultural differences, the oxymoronic, puzzles (what is THAT about? What happened here?)

About the camera: My new Pentax K-S2. When I went time to update my camera shopping, I insisted on a flip, or articulated LCD screen, just like my beloved Minolta A2. There other reasons, such as creative opportunity, but mostly, stealth street scene shooting. Itís funny how people think you are not taking a picture of them if you donít have your camera up to your eye. You can see people looking right into my camera in the bars, but they never suspected a shot.

See my Mexico bar and street scenes in classic B&W: https://pbase.com/pzo/mexican_bars

Welcome to Mexico on the fly
Welcome to Mexico on the fly
The Big Ugly in Acuna
The Big Ugly in Acuna
Smoke Free all over now
Smoke Free all over now
La Plaza Centro
La Plaza Centro
La Iglesia
La Iglesia
Bar, Acuna
Bar, Acuna
Bar, Acuna
Bar, Acuna
Aerobics 11PM.  ???? Who are these women?
Aerobics 11PM. ???? Who are these women?
Don't stay here!
Don't stay here!
Porque no Rio Blanco?  I asked.  Shrug.
Porque no Rio Blanco? I asked. Shrug.
White River at night
White River at night
Colorful House
Colorful House
Plus orange and oranges
Plus orange and oranges
Fencing, Leaves
Fencing, Leaves
Fountain in Casa Grande
Fountain in Casa Grande
Hope springs eternal
Hope springs eternal
Definitely not mestiso
Definitely not mestiso
Some kind of faded dream
Some kind of faded dream
Over the Rio Bravo, 1920's
Over the Rio Bravo, 1920's
Reserved parking device in front of Manuel's
Reserved parking device in front of Manuel's
Making the day's tortillas
Making the day's tortillas
Good place to eat, just south of church
Good place to eat, just south of church
My dentist!
My dentist!
A granddaughter carries this for a middle name
A granddaughter carries this for a middle name
Leaving Acuna
Leaving Acuna
Welcome Sign, but I had to look back.
Welcome Sign, but I had to look back.
Piedreas Negras, never figure out what it was
Piedreas Negras, never figure out what it was
See above
See above
Jeep owners of the world, we're everywhere.
Jeep owners of the world, we're everywhere.
Street Scene, PN
Street Scene, PN
Texas truck in PN
Texas truck in PN
Hotel Terreon where I stayed.
Hotel Terreon where I stayed.
Amenities list
Amenities list
Hotel eatery list
Hotel eatery list
My room.
My room.
No toilet seat, no problem.  Got wifi!
No toilet seat, no problem. Got wifi!
From my window.
From my window.
More room.
More room.
Hallway.
Hallway.
Hallway.
Hallway.
Lobby.
Lobby.
Eduardo.
Eduardo.
Eduardo.
Eduardo.
Dos amigos.
Dos amigos.
The cook.
The cook.
Street scene.
Street scene.
PN bar.
PN bar.
It's the same all over the world.
It's the same all over the world.
See above.
See above.
Mostly toothless bar fly.
Mostly toothless bar fly.
PN street scene.
PN street scene.
PN street scene.
PN street scene.
West Texas Nowhere.
West Texas Nowhere.
Confederate flag near Utopia, TX.  Check the trailer. Redneck living big.
Confederate flag near Utopia, TX. Check the trailer. Redneck living big.
Confederate flag.
Confederate flag.
Passed this bug two days later on the highway! Acuna.
Passed this bug two days later on the highway! Acuna.