Riding down 6th Ave any morning, you can find a shuttle to Nogales for $12. Walking across the border, you can find a dentist that can help you the same day. Bad teeth can be such a nightmare. While waiting for your appointment you can find an open air liquor store and find a nice bottle of Anejo for $25 US. This is South Nogales, not right by the border. You can take the .50c bus back to Centro and walk around, reveling in relief from the loss of your bad tooth. An offer of a shoe shine may take place if you’re wearing shoes, and if you need new heels, you can get them done at a place like this:
You can peruse more shops for trinkets if you want, or find the amazing selection of Tequila and Mescal at this place, called Rodeo or El Rancho, or something like that. Is this the perpetual sale on Kahlua?
Note that you can only bring one bottle of tequila back into the states under current law.
There is a more relaxed atmosphere in this small border city than on 4th ave, where it is illegal to sit on the street. It’s free and easy to just sit and lean against a wall, and take in what you see around you.
Contemplate the decaying advertisement, the recurrence, the historic allegations here. Peaceful.
If some coarse looking dude comes up to you and offers either ‘mota’ or ‘coca’ be sure to say: “No thank you.” or the polite: “No gracias. No me quero.” as these are sometimes narcs looking to generate revenue for the police by this form of bribe bait. Keeping your wits and your cool, you are left alone, mostly.
The shuttle back to Tucson is just as quick and easy as it was on the way down. Strange irony that the dental work cost just as much as the tequila and the shuttle rides: $75. Add to that $15 for the new heels and soles, and $5 for a curbside take out lunch with the shoe shine boy… only now he’s a full grown man and would love a chance to do something other than latch on to Gringos.
Retrieving the locked bicycle in South Tucson, the priceless feeling of an accomplished mission sets in. It’s time for a beer. You end up here – for a cold pint glass of Miller, for $1. AC and Thankfulness.
See you at Che’s Lounge.by