Real life in beautiful and ugly Guadalajara.
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SERVICE with IMPACT  ... DONT TELL ME THATS NOT CLASSY!

"SERVICE with IMPACT" ... DON'T TELL ME THAT'S NOT CLASSY!

Llanteras (yanTERa) are little stops along the highway, street, wherever.. that you can pull into to get your tire patched up. The word LLANTERA doesn’t exist in any dictionary I’ve looked through (I’m lying.. I found it in one dictionary, but it meant “whining and crying” or some crap….in Argentina). LLANTA means “wheel”, or “rim”, but in most of Latin America it also means “tire”. Yep, that’s a bit lame, but now that you know, if it still gives you trouble in the future, well… I don’t know what to tell you…

If these grimy, rather shady looking luxuries exist in the U.S. I wouldn’t have a clue as to where. You don’t see them so much in the center of town, but around the outskirts they’re everywhere, many open 24 hours where tractor-trailer transit is heavy. Most will sell used tires, others new and used tires, but their most useful function is that they will quickly patch you up for a very low price. Have you ever taken the car into Goodyear, Firestone, or Walmart.. or the freakin’ dealership, waited two, three hours just to get your tire fixed, and then paid 30, 40 bucks for it…? Missed work in the process, not to mention suckering yourself into hitting the McDonalds across the street? There’s another six to fifteen dollars you could have saved. It is true, yes, that there are plenty who are smart enough just to leave the tire, but you still have to go back for it. On the contrary, in most of these llanteras here you will wait 10 to 15 minutes, if that, and pay a total of maybe 30 pesos (about $2.25). Yeah, that’s two dollars and 25 cents. Maybe a bit more.. not possibly much less… you’ll still have enough to pop into 7-11 and get a jalapeño hotdog.. or even an apple… whatever.  Some people like fruit.

Don’t get that hamburger hotdog, though… if someone ever got a photo of you shoving that crusty old dropping into your snapper you’d never live it down.

But I do appreciate the llanteras… Of course, they’re not little magical fairies that come to the rescue when you end up flat out on the road.. you should carry a spare, and you should know how to change the tire… but after you’re movin’ again, don’t let the ugly appearance of these places or the guys that work there keep you from getting your spare back. Most of them are not as creepy as they look… well, many of them are not like that. A tire with a slow leak that you have to air up again every three or four days is hardly worth leaving the car at Walmart for an entire day, but there’s no sense hesitating when you can stop into a llantera.

 

WOULD WALMART HAVE A COMFY COUCH TO WAIT AROUND ON?

WOULD WALMART HAVE A COMFY COUCH TO WAIT AROUND ON?

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