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January 19, 2012 - Tonala, Jalisco, Mexico

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It seems that every trip has one crazy buy, and without a doubt, the T-Rex is it.  I've looked at this guy for years, but he was too expensive.  This time the dollar is strong, and Alberto wanted him gone.  I want to put him coming out of the woods along Rt. 173.  Chris says, don't do it, he'll get stolen.  Not a chance, he's too big.  My worry is that he'll cause an accident, he's Jurassic Park good.I got my Santa Teresa candles, too.  It's a funny business in Patzcuaro. Michoacan.  The owner just has a table of candles at the entrance of his sister's restaurant.  To place an order, you call the restaurant, she sends a kid down to her brother's house to let him know that he's got an order, then he goes to the nearest cyber cafe to get my email. Hey, whatever works.Another thing that I'm really excited about are the vine planters.  They're made out of sucker roots from a river tree and are fashioned into planters.  I think they sort of look like English cottage garden meets the Hobbit shire, but what kind of plants you put in them will change what they look like, I'm sure.  Gabriel, the guy who makes them, said that he sells to River Root Gardens in Austin, Texas, so if you're curious to see what they look like, they are on Facebook under River Root Gardens.  The good news is that supposedly cutting the sucker roots helps the tree stay strong.  It will be interesting to see what people think of them up our way, I've never seen them in this area.My chairs that didn't get delivered when I was here last year are done and in the warehouse, all is cool.