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The Wheels On The Mexican Bus Go Round…(+Write Your Memoirs)

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A ride on a Mexican bus is a special thing. For 65 pesos you get a lot of entertainment. I was going to the beach.

I stood in blazing heat, and asked, “Is this the bus to San Pancho, por favor?” And the driver who is blaring hip hop dance music while smoking despite the ‘non fumar” sign on the window nods and makes change. He chats with everyone especially all the lovely chicas getting on and off. The divider that separates him from the passengers has a picture of an unidentified Mexican saint and are a multitude of religious icons and things stuck to the dashboard.

At times it seems the suspension may be missing, for we bump along the potholed road with speed bumps every 100 meters.

A young lady in the seat ahead of me gets on all dolled up with enough make up in her many tote bags to do makeovers for everyone on the bus. At one stop, a man gets on and hands the lovely chica and the driver a beer. People get on and off every few blocks.

Then we stop and let a man who has crutches and one foot missing. Nothing is accessible in this country and the young driver respects him enough to get up and help him to his seat behind me. In a few seconds, the one- footed man begins to sing a haunting operatic ballad in Spanish. The young bus driver turns off the dance tunes and a hush comes over the bus.  As he sings all the working women dig in their purses for a few pesos- no matter how poor people are they always give to a passed hat.  And, I do the same. The man collects his fare and gets off at the next stop.

The dance music begins again and we all bounce up and down the rickety bus until another man with crutches gets on and we repeatthe same procedure.

The hour long bus ride will end up being nearly 90 minutes. But this is a Mexican bus.

A place where 65 pesos gets you a lot of livin’. And a 60 minute bus ride to the beach takes an hour and a half.

The Beach in the evening.


Thanks for the Memories Writing Workshop in Toronto 

APRIL 28th, 201910-2 pm.
is on how to write your memoirs.
It an easy and fun way to access your great memories
and get them down on the page.  $88.00 for people who follow this blog. Or are artsworkers.
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UPCOMING SHOWS: DOWNWARD FACING BROAD with musical guest, Kim Pollard.

June 6th, 2019   7:30 pm Show Place Theatre, Peterborough.  Buy Here:
July 19, 2019   St Paul’s Church, Amherst Island. Buy here:
Oct 26th, 2019, The Empire Theatre.  Buy Here:

SOME NICE THINGS THE AUDIENCE SAID ABOUT DOWNWARD FACING BROAD.

“Thank you… it was such an extraordinary evening…the music, the laughter until I cried and poignant moments to be relieved by a killer line… GREAT, thank you. ( Georgina Cannon,Hynotherapist)
 
i“What an amazing show last night. Thrilled to be there. I actually hurt my rib laughing so hard at your “we won’t need lunch ladies”. You are a very great performer to watch and listen and laugh to.  Elaine Gold, Storyteller.
“I would never have believed comedy and music of this kind could come together, it was so distinct. Deb would stop. The music would start. and somehow two art forms flowed together to paint a picture of everyone could relate to.” John, from Goderich)

“Such a strong show, so funny, but that doesn’t nearly express it! Your skill and instincts created performance art, with pacing, space to breathe, changes in rhythm, Ms Pollard’s incredible work…we are hoarse from hootin’ and hollerin! 90 minutes that felt like a well-paced 50. Julia Bennett Snug Harbour Media.

Laughed my guts out
Peed my pants.You Nailed it.  Over.  And over.  And over    Dr. Carol Redmond.
“I haven’t laughed that hard for quite some time! And I absolutely must give a huge shout out to Deb’s musical accompaniment, the incredible Kim Pollard!! Wow!! All I can tell you is get your tickets and get to this show as soon as you see where Deb is next performing!  Pat Yeatman! Actress, comic
Go see this show. You will laugh until your cheeks hurt and it is filled with honesty and things that will have you shaking your head in recognition. We saw the show in Toronto and it was FANTASTIC. Scott White, Musician
“Wise and funny lady. Great show last night Deborah. I thought as we entered…what a nice big space and you probably sold out more seats than are in Carolyn’s Comedy Club in New York. Netflix take note. Gary Kembel
It was such a special night Deb. I told Derek, I must have laughed two hundred times! And Kim Pollard was so touching. Brilliant in fact and so glad you included her talent to reflect your journey. Thank you from all us older broads for digging in so deep and honoring us! Arlene Mazerolle
 It was a richly comedic and musical evening. Laughed my head off. Thank you so much, Deborah!  Karin Jasper.

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