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Escrito por Isabel Fortune desde 71.102.24.128 (pool-71-102-24-128.plspca.dsl-w.verizon.net) el día viernes, 15 de septiembre, 2006 a las 20:12:09 horas :

En respuesta a: Changing Zihua? escrito por DrMexico desde 69.181.191.204 (c-69-181-191-204.hsd1.ca.comcast.net) el día lunes, 11 de septiembre, 2006 a las 04:40:08 horas :

From the so-called "hippie days" of the late '60's to the "microwave" present, Zihuatanejo has been a fast-forward scene. The original La Ropa Ladies, who washed at the well, cooked on fire, and nagged City Hall for many improvements we see today are still around to tell the story. The late Elena Krebs was an American pioneer and fought to keep her family together and thus we have the Casa Marina next to the Zocalo , otherwise known as the basketball court.
In those days, everyone knew each other. We met at the then open marketplace and went to an empty lot to see the movies that the gypsies provided on old-fashioned projectors for occasional entertainment.To buy fresh fish, we had to compete on town beach with cooks from yachts of of vacationing regulars like John Wayne and Rod Serling. Many of us were recruited as extras for various Hollywood movies and commercials made on our pristine beaches before the beaches were raped of the beautiful trees that gave us much-needed shade on the way to el centro.
There were globetrotting Europeans who played chess and backgammon by day in bikinis and dressed to the nines in the evening to disco the night away at the Chololo. It was the fashion then to dress for dinner and schmooze over conversation and wine into the wee hours of the morning. Coconuts closed then at 4-5 a.m. We had a New York-style jazz combo at the bar, and could walk home safely to La Madera and La Ropa....barefoot. Owen Lee could then row in from Las Gatas and leave his boat unattended on the beach until he was ready to return to his beach club.
Then the Alaska Pipeline group, who earned lots of money and a different type of tourist, came from the cold North with cold cash,hard whiskey and prosperous strippers who wanted to get away on vacation. They climbed on bars and taught English swear words to the locals. They were followed by the Time-Share crews who were capitalizing on the new territory known as Ixtapa, which was still under construction. More bars had to open to accomodate these highly-competitive people who liked noisy drinking and competed with each other and opened "tabs" that never got paid. By now, Z was getting "discovered". Hotels and restaurants were opening and trying to keep everyone happy.
Next came the charters of large groups of people from areas in the U.S. that never really knew much about Mexico other than the Border. Dinner dress started to change from dress to shorts, baby strollers, and big dogs at the dinner table. Shouting around the restaurants and children with table-top computers came into vogue as well as threats to denounce the establishment via home computers if the cook could not grind the filet mignon in order to provide a crying child with anAmerican-style hamburger.
A couple of hospitals were built (the original one was always flooded in the rainy season), dentists came from Mexico City and Guadalajara, and we got new streets.
Zihua now has internet cafes, laundromats, supermarkets, air-conditioned movies, reggae bars, guitar festival, language schools....you name it. Something for everyone...except a good Chinese Restaurant.
It's been one big movie for me, and the beat goes on. Talk about a love affair with life.....



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