Mexico, January 2011. This is Serapio, my favorite elote man in my site, where corn is a staple and is growing tall and juicy this season. He pushes his cart through town – his colonia is Jacarandas - quietly attracting his customers – while the other vendors play noisy recordings or ring jarring bells. Serapio has a calm, curious air – asks me what a gringa from el otro lado is doing here in this small pueblo (in parentheses I hear him say: ‘when we are all trying to get over there to the other side.’) He shucks my corncob as he listens attentively to my pubescent Spanish, nodding, smiling as though he understands. Then he paints my elote with tasty layers of mayo, cream, and chile sauce, and sprinkles it with cheese and lime. He is an artist. Buen provecho!