“There should be a billboard on top of the hill saying,
DON”T BE STUPID, PROTECT YOUR VALUABLES!”
“They do not read the signs. Look!”
Two guys were riding their bikes on the elevated sidewalk, disobeying the commandment set forth on signs below.
“No bicycles up there!”
Edgar shouted. The cyclists shrugged stupidly, so I cupped my hands
and yelled, “Please do ride bicycles on the hill!”
“No English!” shouted one cyclist.
!” Edgar answered with a
favorite Latino term of endearment. They got the message, dismounted and took their bikes off the hill.
“Do you know about the
Take a Sign
he asked me,
“No, I’ve never heard of it.”
I told Edgar that I had often spoken with the Park Department guy who attended to the park before it was renovated.
“I think his name was Jimmy
, an Anglo, I believe. There was a discrimination issue, problems between the union and management. He sued the city for something and was proud to talk
“You should not sue the city. That was a long time ago. There are always issues.”
“No, I a
m Rodriquez, I am Columbian. Before I was transferred down here from the beach up
north, I was commended for my work,” he said proudly.
“Do you know Capt. De La Espriella with Internal Affairs? He’s Columbian.”
a Mexican name
“Mexicans have mustaches. You cannot please everyone. There will always be complaints
because people are different, black, Cuban, Columbian, Mexican. This is the problem government has. Look at those trees there. One will claim it is getting less water than others, or that one is blocking its leaves from getting sunlight.