- Apr 30 6:44 PMThe "Chinos" at the pulperia as mentioned by Jessica Brown seem to be
in every neighborhood. Semana Santa week and on two different
occasions found myself wandering through unfamiliar neighborhoods in
San Jose looking to buy cigarettes. Everything closed and even the
gas stations only pumping gas with the office/store locked and
cigarettes in sight but inaccessible. Restaurants closed other than
fast food (no smokes or machine). Vendors in the park with novelty
items and or food or drinks but no smokes. As my nicotine craving
increased and frustration showed I was finally directed by some
locals off the main street through a maze of little streets towards a
non descript little corner store operating out of a home..." The
Chino" Got my smokes, some gatorade and reflected on how many
relatives he must have as everything seemed so familiar to
the "Chino" in my own neighborhood. A few days later same predicament
but this time rather than walking endlessly down the main
thoroughfare I just enquired where the "Chino" was.
I do not know how common this may be but where I stay the "chino"
knows all, can get anything, operates the local micro credit
operation and somehow maintains an almost invisible profile.
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