A One-Armed Leaf Blower | Mexico | Living in Mexico

A One-Armed Leaf Blower

On Sundays, thousands of people stroll along the vast pedestrian mall that reaches from the Degollado Theater to the Mercado Libre in the center of Guadalajara. As in all such heavily trafficked places in Mexico, poor people solicit donations from passers-by. Some simply beg. Others sell trinkets: tiny wooden turtles with bobbing heads or packets of Chiclets. And some entertain.

When I was a kid, I learned to split a leaf and blow into it, producing a tone. That's what this man is doing. Except he's the Yehudi Menuhin of leaf-blowers. The ingenuity of these people is bottomless.