Monday, May 01, 2006

Almost Normal In Beaumont

The immigrants' boycott was quiet in Beaumont. I woke up this morning to the sound of lawn mowers. The landscape company works at our apartment complex on Mondays. So, there wasn't any boycott here.

Most Mexican restaurants were open except for two that we saw closed. Guadalajara Mexican restaurant had a sign saying their air conditioning was broke, and they'll be closed on May 1st. Nice coincidence :-)

Elena's Mexican restaurant was closed too. The sign said they were closed in support of the May 1st boycott.

Mercado de Familia supermarket was open, or at least there were the usual number of cars in their parking lot.

We saw tens of protesters in downtown Beaumont protected by police cars. Notice I said "tens" not hundreds or thousands. We don't have a big Hispanic community in Beaumont, so it wasn't a surprise.

I don't think the boycott crashed the economy just like Christmas and 4th of July don't make businesses go broke. Also, Monday is always a slow shopping day. People spend their money on Fridays and Saturdays. On Monday, many are already broke.

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