Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Yippie yi yay...ghost Santas in the sky

While out with the group, some shopping observances struck me as interesting. 

First off was walking past a section of the grocery store I seldom visit...the carbonated beverages. I can remember early groups visiting us and seeking out their favorite taste only to be left with a few basic choices (Coke, Pepsi, Sprite, 7-UP, and Coca-lite) Now...you can get A&W, Dr. Pepper, Cherry Coke...the list (as you can see) goes on and on...up to and including Inca Cola, which I thought was only available in South America. 

This is also evident in many other areas of baking, goodies, snacks, etc. Shopping in Teguc (if you have the money for some of the rather pricey items) has certainly changed...not to the point of shock inducing number of choices...but even a gluten free section was spotted. Getting back to drink choices...some interesting tastes in those familiar aluminum cans I have yet to try is Aloe Vera juice, or Chrysanthemum juice, also available at this same store.

Another area in which I have little interest for personal purchases....Hair extensions have apparently taken off here as can be seen in this young woman. 
We asked this industrious bagger at the grocery store how many she had...I believe her answer indicated something to the effect that she had lost count.

Claro is our cell phone company, so when I see something promoting a new plan, service, etc...I take notice. This display was at the nearby mall, and I had time to stand while I waited for Jana to purchase something at the Espresso Americano. We nicknamed Santa’s little helper Trixie...I won’t get into why, but try as I could I could not figure out what the point of the display was...at first I thought this must be where you get your picture taken with Santa, but that was not it. Maybe it was to get your picture taken with “Trixie” but we did not bother to find out. Outfits like this for women promoting everything from alcohol, toothpaste to, in this case, cell phones, are unfortunately very common. And FYI...the promotion they were touting...ah, not really worth it.

And this is how I figured out the previous spot was not to see Santa. Here he is, just behind Trixie, all is normal...wait. What is wrong with Santa? You’ll have to click on the picture to get a good view of what I saw...Santa was white. Not Caucasian mind you...white. Like...painted white as a ghost. This may be common, but I have never seen such a thing before here...or anywhere else I have been. Santa looked like some kind of horror movie Santa. For $4.50 you could get a picture with him...and although the campy aspect of it was appealing, I opted for this clandestine picture instead (notice I did not crop out the security guard, so stationed to prevent rogues like me from snapping unauthorized pictures.)
You never know what you are going to find out shopping...Inca Cola, rainbow hair, Trixie, or Ghost Santa.


Laurie Matherne said...

I have never seen a painted white Santa. I have seen more diet sodas. I purchased 2 for Nerys this week to try out. IF she likes them, she can buy more from me. I also will buy one gratis for special occasions when everyone else is downing liters and liters of Coca Cola so she wont' feel left out. So far, she likes diet 7 up the best.

Cindy in California said...

I gotta ask...where was this selection of soda? It doesn't look like Mas x Menos which is where I've seen the best selection in the past. My friend's son in Tegus LOVES A&W Root Beer so I might have to try to get him some when I'm there next month. I haven't found it in Tegus for several years.

Felipe Colby said...

Cindy, it was in La Colonia #1, the Mega La Colonia over by Hospital Escuela.

Cindy in California said...

Thanks...I was there around Thanksgiving and don't remember this fantastic assortment. I'll try to get there next month.