Today I’m blogging about sketchalous ways to make some quick pesos or quick coins outside your regular day job. Now, a preface might be that these options might only work in certain areas of the world, but it’s especially doable in the Mexican city where I’m currently living.
The reason I’m writing this post is because in the town where I’m living, it’s a regular thing to bump into clowns. I will see them waiting for a bus, applying condiments to a recently bought hot dog at the local convenient store, and sometimes I will see (two) clowns walking hand in hand down the street. They come in similar shapes and sizes– post-high school age with sparkles and stars and other shapes painted on their faces. They always have the rubbery clog size shoes; and the clowns always have the big red noses and their suspender get-up that we all recognize in a clown outfit.
So that’s the general description of a clown that I will see in town. Sounds like a normal clown, no?
Now the other day I was getting on the bus and two clowns got on also to make some spare pesos– or, and most likely, to make their hourly wage– they do this by singing, making jokes, etc., just like regular clowns. Again pretty normal for clowns. They did their routine and people whipped out change and placed it in their palms once their routine had ended. I´m somewhat cheap, (hey I’m Jewish ok?) and I didn´t understand the routine because it was en Español, but even I gave the clowns some pesos.
What was sketchy this time around was that these two clowns were trolling around with a child! This child was part of their act and the niño could not have been older than 15 months. NO, their mini-clown was seriously only 13 months. Clown number two had mini-clown the entire time wrapped under her arm and in the back of the bus while Clown number one passed a hacky-sack between eachother in addition to the spanish routine. Let me just say I felt the scene was sketchy.com-worthy.
I googled some images to find pics and/or videos of such acts. Instead, I stumbled upon the following video on Bess and Kyle´s “On our Own Path” blog that seems like an account of their whirlwind of adventures across the world. They have been traveling for 570 days, having done the leg of Mexico and Argentina in a year. Now they´re teaching in South Korea.
Bess and Kyle´s video is quite funny to me considering I have seriously witnessed each¨”cheap” way to make extra pesos here in Mexico. I would definitely say that each in the video are pretty sketchy—- and their entire list goes on to other bizarre ideas like poking sleeping men on the boardwalk to pirate ships.
To be quite honest, every time a singer or a mariachi band or a banjo player or a clown boards one of my buses, even if I don´t place a peso in their hand, you can bet that I´ve come very close to jumping up and singing and/or joking with them– or atleast taking up the idea to become a sketchy clown on the side JEJE,,, but definitely not quitting one of my day jobs. LOLz.