Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Sixth Street Beckons Once Again




Sixth between Oklahoma St. and Ohio St. Despite the very Anglo American street names, this part of 6th is still largely Hispanic. Small businesses line the west side, with the rodeo grounds across the street on the east. The four Santa Claus's are pinatas, a curious notion if you think about it. More about pinatas in general here and here a more historic perspective. I found it surprising that pinatas probably originated in China.

Also of interest - Pollos Asadas al Carbon Restaurant with a charcoal grill outside in front so the whole block smelled like charcoal grilled meat. Next to that a restaurant offering both mongolian stir fry and sushi with live Tex-Mex music, now out of business. Of note farther down the street a handmade boot shop, also going out of business, a dress shop with a Statue of Liberty in front, a petshop in what appears to be an old quonset hut.



And two Mormon Missionaries I encountered while taking photos. They were nice guys, sincere and committed in their beliefs. We had a friendly conversation and they continued up the street on their bicycles. Part of the rodeo arena shows up behind them.

3 Comments:

Blogger Kate said...

What an intersting mixture of photos today, Louz! Had to laugh when I saw the pinatas.

4:11 AM  
Anonymous Mary said...

I enlarged the bottom photo and looked at it a long time. Nice. You can't really see it unless you isolate it. Love hand made signs.

6:36 AM  
Blogger Louz said...

Hi Kate - I dunno, it just seems curious to me to make Santa a pinata, after all they hang them up and wack them with sticks til they fall apart to get the treats inside.

Hi Mary - I find this kind of street detail fascinating, It says a lot about not having a lot of money but being resourceful and doing whats necessary.

10:30 AM  

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