Myself, I take a magic marker and write names of people and/or institutions (sometimes in strategic places on the 'body') that I'd like to see 'BURN IN H___'. Last year I enjoyed watching a female monegote that represented a female manipulative, ethic-less, attorney who sued me and lied in court which caused a judgement against me.....go up in flames. I hope she burned in special parts that night.
This year, I burned the likes of the IRS, a bank, and an area I used to live in that had rotten, mean-spirited, selfish neighbors who ruined my waterfront dream home living. I also reserved one of the monegotes to send hugs and love to those I miss very much but have departed this world....both humans and animals.
I went to my favorite location to buy my dummies. It was getting close to dark and they were marking them down to the point I got 3 for $3 each!!! 9 bucks!! I mean, some of these dummies had NICE clothes on!!! You hate to burn them! I almost thought of asking for a dummy with a size 32 waist (ahem...cough, cough) jeans on it just to get the jeans!! Amidst all the dummies were also stands selling fireworks.
I decided to go to a bar in El Centro about 10:30. I was the only customer there. They said people usually don't come til 11pm or after. So, I waited. I left at 11:30pm as there was only THREE of us in the entire bar. I was surprised walking down the street that nearly everything was closed. It was deader than a doornail. I guess big NYE party bashes are not a big thing here. It was all about neighborhood gatherings and burning the effigies at midnight and LOTS of fireworks popping off all over the city like Mexican jumping beans.
Oh, and the other tradition is the 'ugly widows'...men dressed up in (bad) drag, stopping cars in the streets and asking for a donation which (supposedly) goes to a foundation supporting poor children. They team up with friends and occupy both sides of the street. When a car comes along, they pull a rope taut so it creates a barrier that the car can't get by. The 'ugly widows' usually prance about and pose for snapshots then approach the drivers' window for a donation. For the most part, everyone is pretty good-hearted about it. I pre-loaded my car with coins and drove around the city. I was stopped probably 15 times. My camera was ready and so were they.
Enjoy the photos!!
|Clearly this neighborhood was planning to party!!|
|A popular thing to do....strap your monegote to your car and drive around the city to show it off.|
|Vendor stands line Ave Americas selling monegotes and fireworks.|
|Incredible Hulk was popular this year.|
|They're gonna burn Uncle Sam?|
|Notice the size of it in relation to the person walking by.|
|An 'ugly widow'|
|Bart, Homer, and Mickey always seem to appear every year.|
|A VERY ugly widow!!!|
|Some add monegotes to the front grill of the car as if they got run over, this one is being dragged behind his car!|
|They sure seem to be having fun in their dresses, boobs, and wigs. Hmmmmm.|
|The cremated remains.|
|A country-style ugly widow.|
|'She' did cartwheels in the street.|
|Masks you can buy to add to your monegote.|
|Fireworks for sale.|
|Awwwwww. Who'd want to burn this guy?|
|My 3, three-dollar monegotes.|
|Beautiful storm cloud appeared as the sun set.|
|Only a few of you will know what this means.|
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