Artwork by Mano
The Guayabera is a mainstay of Latino culture. Spain, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico- in the plazas, placas, and esquinas you see men wearing them. The Guayabera has four pockets. It was explained to me that according to the cubano culture the proper contents of the pockets are cigars, dominoes, lottery tickets and la pistola. This garment is also a long-standing symbol of men of the people. Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and firebrand president of Venezuela Hugo Chavez wear and wield them like a K Street Power Suit.
Women never wear the guayabera, although I think it may be very sexy for them to do so.
The temperature is climbing quickly around here. Spring is basically over. It sure was nice while it lasted. I realized this as I dug frantically through laundry mountain in search of my lime green guayabera. I will wear it often, if not daily.
Other signs of summer around 10th Ave are:
A.C. Intake Fans spliced onto extension cords. (Keep pets and fingers away!) My brother rigs these up for free.
Shirt-free Poker Night.
Trash cans reeking of Grouper carcasses.
Smilac thorns in fat tires.
Coors Lite on Ice.
Waking up with Mosquito bites.
The anticipation of 30,000 college students getting out of town.
Big Dick (the landlord) mowing the dirt and debris in my back yard.
What else makes it summer? Here or elsewhere?
THE BRC- LOVE IT OR LURK IT.