A few months ago
our neighborhood water company moved!
El Centro de Llenado (the filling plant), as it is called,
decided to relocate about a mile away.
So what, some of you might say.
Well, if you don't have a car,
like most of my neighbors, and
you're unable to lug a full 19 liter garafón
of water a few blocks or miles to your house —
watcha gonna do?
Some women elect to drag a little wiggly
shopping cart and hump it along the
cobblestones and dirt roads,
but for some of us there is
the new service of. . .
Carlitos Adrian and Juan José!
BTW, Carlitos Adrian is 4.
I caught up with them the other day to get on their list.
Now when I hear the squawk of a bicycle horn,
I grab the empty garafónes and run for the gate.
Within a couple of hours they are back with
my full bottles.
Cost of the water? 8 pesos/garafón (about 80 cents).
Cost of the service? 2 pesos/garafón (about 20 cents).
Having Carlitos be my own personal water guy?