Monterrey, México, August 15, 2009

Apparently my clothes didn’t fit me that well. So B.O. took me to a tailor that she has used for years, Don Alejo, and had three of my shirts and the pants for my two-piece suit adjusted. Don Alejo had the adjustments done in time for the wedding later that day!

Camisa:

Cuello 15½”
Manga 31″
Talla 36″

Here’s a picture of Don Alejo’s shop (sastrería). That’s B.O.’s car on the right; B.O. is sitting at the wheel.

Don Alejo's Shop

Don Alejo's Shop

Don Alejo and Me

Don Alejo and Me


I had packed a bunch of dark socks. But I hadn’t brought any dress socks, figuring that I could get away with wearing non-dressy dark socks at the wedding and reception. After all, when was the last time that anybody paid attention to the socks I was wearing?

I also hadn’t brought a white undershirt, and B.O. said that wearing a white dress shirt without an undershirt was a social blunder. I guess I have to believe her.

B.O.’s sister, D., went out shopping and bought me a pair of dark dress socks and a white undershirt to wear to the wedding. Thanks, D.!!


B.O. and I then went shopping for men’s clothing at La Argentina.

B.O. and Me at La Argentina

B.O. and Me at La Argentina

Afterwards, we had lunch at Sanborn’s.

When we got home, B.O.’s nephew R. and his band were practicing some music (some of which they had composed themselves).

R. And His Band

R. And His Band


Soon after, we attended N.V. and R.C.’s wedding. The priest was Fr. Didier Marie Dugas; it was interesting to hear Spanish spoken with a French accent!

B.O. had the responsibility of making sure that small bells and bubble blowers were handed out as wedding favors. We left early to get to the reception hall, because B.O. was helping make arrangements there, too. I helped show guests to their tables; I am sure that many were wondering what an Asian guy was doing there at the reception.

The reception was held in the Salón Royal. The reception for another wedding was being held simultaneously in a nearby room across the hall.

Salón Royal (Lintel)

Salón Royal (Lintel)

Salón Royal (second door)

Salón Royal (second doorway)

Display Table

Display Table

Guest Book

Guest Book

Wedding Cake

Wedding Cake

Bride and Groom's Table

Bride and Groom's Table

S2, R, N, I., S., and B.O.

S2, R, N, I., S., and B.O.

R.C., N.V., B.O., and Me

R.C., N.V., B.O., and Me

Here’s a photo that came out with an interesting, ghostly effect — an accidental double exposure.

Dancing Men

Frolicking Men


Towards the end of the reception dinner, B.O. noticed that three women sitting to my right were sitting quietly, staring intently at their desserts but without touching them. B.O. was wondering, why aren’t they eating their desserts? Then she remembered: these three women were N.V.’s co-workers at Quitakilos, whose mission is to offer healthy food. (The name Quitakilos translates, roughly, to “Shed Pounds”; recall that B.O. and I ate at a Quitakilos location on August 11.) None of the three women wanted to be the first to touch her dessert, because each knew that her co-workers were watching.

This was a classic Mexican Standoff!

(Here is a famous Mexican standoff in film.)


After our reception was coming to a close, B.O. and I noticed a mariachi band assembling outside the reception room for the other wedding. I quickly had a photo taken with the mariachi band; seconds later, they marched into the room and began playing music.

Me With Mariachi Band

Me With Mariachi Band


Trip Summary

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