Maybe it is Laredo superstitions or maybe they are widespread but… I am always surprised by being told what to do to avoid “bad luck.”
I can’t plop my purse on the floor without someone telling me “no la pongas en el piso porque se te va el dinero” (don’t put your purse on the floor because your money will fly). Now, I can see how this might work with all the petty thieves lurking everywhere but… bad luck just ain’t it, according to me.
Now, today, I am not talking about good ol’ personal OJO (the evil eye) that exists in almost every culture (which I don’t think works either but don’t go putting curses on me, just in case). No, today, I am talking about restaurant bad luck.
How many restaurants have you been in that have something like this:
I started to notice them after having lunch at Danny’s in the northside one day. We were paying the bill and I saw a lonely pitcher of ice on the gumball machines. Thinking I was doing the servers a favor, I picked it up and handed it to one of the servers and told him that they forgot a pitcher on the side.
Big mistake – apparently I shouldn’t have disturbed the half filled pitcher because I was told by the worried employee that it was there to not let evil things happen so I should not have disturbed it.
One evil thing did happen, though. I went back the next day and took a picture because I thought it was just a bizarre custom that was part of that restaurant:
I then quickly realized it was not as bizarre as I had first imagined. Because the next time I saw lemons in ice water was at El Partner’s sister’s house. I said, “Que traes con eso, Partnerette?” and she also told me that it cleanses the evil spirits somehow. Interesting, interesting. So the use is not only restaurants but also for private homes. It seems as if I never stop learning … even if I still don’t believe, it doesn’t mean it doesn’t work for the restaurants and other places that do believe.
But today, my friends and I enjoyed Thai food and I thought I came across another ward-er away-er of evil. Dried red chile taped to the counter?? Could it be a new good luck trend or just a bored server…???