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Friday, March 30, 2007

The Yapa

In Ecuador, when I bought a pyramid of tomatoes at the market from Quechua-speaking women, the tomatoes were dumped in a small clear plastic bag, along with the yapa. The yapa is the extra. One more tomato (or pepper or whatever you’re buying) as a bonus. This post is the week’s yapa.

While thinking about Fairfield, Iowa, and the Yogic flyers buying groceries next to the local farmers (or more likely the local farmers’ wives), it made me recall another grocery shopping experience. When I lived in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, it wasn’t uncommon to turn into the pretzel aisle and find Civil War re-enactors in full regalia. The war between the states brought to a grocery store near you.

I’m reading The Gods Drink Whiskey: Stumbling Toward Enlightenment in the Land of the Tattered Buddha. I just read a wonderful passage about spirit houses. So as an addendum to my post earlier this week, I just learned that people also leave shot glasses of whiskey in spirit houses. In the book, a Lao man said the whisky helps keep the spirits out of his children’s dreams.

In perusing the Chicago Green Festival booklet, I was delighted to see an acquaintance who I last saw in Ethiopia listed as a speaker. He’s written a book - Fermenting Revolution: How to Drink Beer and Save the World (topics include beerodiversity and beeroregionalism). Go Chris!

And last, but not least, happy birthday to farmworker labor leader César Chávez (1927-1993). (Thanks for the reminder, Jen.)


Blogger thailandchani said...

Interesting as always. :)

The book you are reading sounds very interesting. I might pick that up in the next few weeks. (Eat,Pray and Love is one of your recommendations and I liked it very much!)

Whiskey in spirit houses. I've heard that also. Although I have one, I refuse to put whiskey by it. Not with two recovering alcoholics in the house! LOL



8:04 PM  
Blogger Girlplustwo said...

how to drink and save the world...

sign me up?

10:41 PM  
Blogger meno said...

Think how much of the world i have saved by drinking. I'm so proud.

11:20 PM  
Blogger Citymouse said...

Does anyone remember what happened when the do-gooders outlawed drinking? Crime, death, unhappyness!

I raise my glass to you!

2:22 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

And if they legalized pot, think how many more criminals would simply disappear!

11:09 AM  
Blogger Gordo said...

Thank you, Lucia! I'm ordering Chri's book and perusing his selection of organic fair-trade brew supplies right now. :-D

11:00 AM  

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