Treasured souvenir from Guadalajara
changes the ambiance of my home forever
The framed poster from Museo Regional de Guadalajara hangs in its final position while Richard Cuomans of Pasadena Picture Framing checks that it is level. © SGE, Inc.
THE AMBIANCE of my home changed forever May 11 with the addition of the framed poster from Museo Regional de Guadalajara.
If you have been following this blog you already know the story of the 23-peso poster I purchased at the Museo De Regional De Guadalajara on April 22.
It was the one I left on the airport … and some kind strangers made sure it found its way back to me.
Read about it in “Marevelous Marsha.”
One of the first things I did when I got home from the trip was to make a digital copy of the poster. The one I bought was slightly deteriorated around the edges, so I thought that by making a new digital image I could get a nice clean print.
More images after the jump
WHEN I TOOK both versions – the digital and the original – down to Pasadena Picture Framing, proprietor Richard Cuomans had a different idea: a better idea.
It was he who suggested that the real value was in the slightly tattered and worn original print. “After all, it’s the one with the story behind it,” he said.
I agreed, and we came up with a plan.
Richard Cuomans of Pasadena Picture Framing visits my home to help me find the perfect position for a Museo post. © SGE, Inc.
Richard would frame the original print – it is 36 x 28 inches – while I would have a much smaller version of the digital version printed nicely and placed on some cheap mount.
On Saturday afternoon, May 11, everything was ready. When I stopped by Richard’s place on Walnut Street in downtown Pasadena about three in the afternoon, his assistant told me Richard was still working on the frame.
Since I had been put out, they kindly offered to bring it over to my house when it was finished, and help me hang it.
What a pleasant surprise.
On my way home from the shop – it was a 90 degree day and blisteringly hot – I came up with an idea. This is going to be the closing chapter for the story that I posted on this blog right after my trip. Certainly it was going to be worth an update, if not a completely separate article.
Everything was ready around 6 o’clock, and then I sat and waited … and waited … and waited. Finally, at almost 7:30 p.m. with the sun sinking very close to the horizon, Richard arrived in his white truck.
He carried the poster into the house and we positioned it in the special place on the wall that I had saved for something just this unique.
It didn’t take but 10 minutes for us to decide. Then he took out all his necessary tools and hanging gear, and within another 15 minutes the job was done.
Judge for yourself.
REMEMBER, this poster re-taught me an important life lesson: When you let it go, it comes back to you – from some unfathomable energy of the cosmos.
In a hurry, I left the poster in the terminal at Guadalajara International Airport on April 23, as I was returning to LAX after a fabulous sojourn in Mexico’s second city.
I later learned a gate agent found it, brought it aboard the aircraft and gave it to the flight attendant who already knew I had lost it. When she appeared in the bulkhead and asked, “Is this yours?” I yelled loud enough for the entire 737-800 to hear: “YES!!!!” The rest you can read in “Marvellous Marsha.”
The end result is for you to judge. Sit back, give it about five minutes and let me know what you think. Please post an honest comment in the space below. Your critique would be most welcome.