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Gas in Mexico #1—At Home

Gas in Mexico #1—At Home

Gas cylinder in Mexico

Gas cylinder in Mexico

July 27, 2007

I just called Rigo—he’s our man from Zeta Gas.

We got a rude awakening this morning when we jumped into the shower and it was ice cold.  The cylinder was empty.

For hot water we have a manual boiler in the patio.  You have to light it yourself (our pilot light has never worked) and wait 15 minutes or so for the water to heat up.  We only use hot water for showers, so it’s no big hassle.  You have to be real sure you turn the boiler off once you are done, or it explodes.  Ah, Mexico.

Actually, most boilers have an escape on the top.  If it gets too hot the lead melts and a geyser erupts spectacularly.  I’ve seen it happen to the neighbors three times in the last six months, and the plume goes up 40 or 50 feet in the air.  It’s easy to light the boiler and get sidetracked.

We’ve forgotten to turn off the gas to the boiler, too, but the thing has never blown it’s top.  Three times now I’ve been in the john and all of a sudden I get a facial on the wrong end, with steam pouring out of the toilet, pipes banging, and a general sense of hell on earth.  I run around opening all the faucets and letting off the pressure.  Life here is rarely boring.

Anyway, we were out of gas this morning so I called Rigo.  The gas trucks circulate all day—each brand has a different song, and you just go out front when you hear one coming and flag him down.  Rigo is friendly and real fast, though, and I have his phone number, so I always call.  By the time I open the front gate and the patio, and unscrew the gas hose, he’s here with a new tank.

We get 30 liter cylinders, and they last us about two months.  They last other people longer, but we cook and bake a lot, and shower frequently.  A refill cost about $25.  Remembering gas prices in New York, I don’t complain about spending $12.50 a month here.  Rigo comes with a new, full tank, and lugs away the empty one.  It is very convenient.

When we were baking all night to sell pastries in the street markets, we needed two cylinders.  It always seemed that the gas petered out at two in the morning, just as the puff pastry was half done.

Dan and Omar

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