Friday, December 15, 2006
My Doppelganger is 70 and has a thick New York accent
Today, in Staples, I was making color copies of Loteria Cards.
Loteria Cards, for those of you out of the Mexican Bingo loop, are very colorful and have pictures of Frogs, Women in Boats, and Spiders and such. Folkloric and kitchy, they are both set up to be played as a game, the instructions of which I have never read, or to be used for divining. Very a kin to Tarot Cards.
(I am very curious to know what getting a Boot or a Water Basin would mean for my future, but have not, as of yet, met a Lotertia Reader.)
They are also marked with the Spanish name for what the pictures are.
Shrimp= El Camaron
Pear= La Pera
Guy Holding a Bottle, Dancing with Holes in his Pants= El Borracho
(Not Making a MasterCard Joke Here= Priceless.)
So, after Yoga, after getting coffee and reading an article about a recent harassment of Yoko Ono, I was inspired to get down to the work I have to do for my Benefit*.
I'm photcopying cards and yucking up a storm with the cashiers, when along comes a woman who is absolutely furious. Pretty much about everything. It seems that it was ridiculous that she was waiting in line, that it was ridiculous no one was helping her, and that it was ridiculous to expect her to know how to use a copier. She was clearly in a panic and the technology was way above her head.
I laughed to myself.
70 year old Cranky New Yorker Woman is to Copy Machines as 26 year old Melissa is to _____________.
You have three guesses and the first two do not count.
Simple time ratio, no?
I wish I could live inside the Loteria Cards. If I did the Daytime would be El Gorrito e La Rosa and the Nighttimes always La Estrella e La Luna. There is not one technical reference to be found in the deck.
The closest we got here is a Bell and a Ladder.
And Me and the Doppelganger got a hold on how those babies work, don't we Doppel?
*Benefit for HWY Rachel, Tuesday December 19th. Doors at 6:30. 154 Christopher Street Buzzer 2B, NY, NY.
Come get a massage, some wine, and a Tarot Card reading!! (Regular. Not Loteria, sorry. But maybe someday I'll find out what a Boot means and tell you.)