Written by E. B. on 22 Dec, 2003
When I visited the Tamale Festival (or La Festival del Tamal in Spanish), I noticed that the air was very dry. The temperature was fine. It was in the 70s, but the arid climate dried out my throat. I ended up buying a…Read More
When I visited the Tamale Festival (or La Festival del Tamal in Spanish), I noticed that the air was very dry. The temperature was fine. It was in the 70s, but the arid climate dried out my throat. I ended up buying a 2-liter bottle of water and finished it quickly. I was surprised that I did not have to go to the bathroom at all after finishing that huge bottle of water. That's how dry it was in Indio. My throat was constantly dry. I ended up getting another 1-liter bottle of water, since I was parched after finishing my first bottle of water.
Since I live only a mile away from the coast, I am not used to the dry desert climate. My advice to you is to hydrate yourself constantly. Drink lots of water and use plenty of sunscreen. Wear a hat if possible.
If you want to buy Grandma Lupe's tamales, go early in the day, since you will have to wait much longer as more people show up later in the day. It also gets hotter later.
Visiting Indio in December is a good time. It's not too hot, and it's much warmer than other parts of Southern California. When I drove home, I found that it was raining in my area, but it was nice and sunny in Indio. Avoid the Indio area during the summer, especially during July and August. It will hit over 100°F. It will get very hot even during the morning, so visit during the fall or spring unless you really enjoy the dry heat of Indio.
Written by E. B. on 20 Dec, 2004
I never realized that all gas stations were not created equal. I normally get gas at the same station in Torrance, CA. The Union 76 station there has low prices, but I didn't realize that I was getting honesty to boot. I…Read More
I never realized that all gas stations were not created equal. I normally get gas at the same station in Torrance, CA. The Union 76 station there has low prices, but I didn't realize that I was getting honesty to boot. I am a procrastinator. I always wait until the gas light comes on to get gas. The needle is always touching empty when I get my gas. Typically I get about 12 gallons. I filled up with slightly more than 14 gallons. I have never filled up to 15 gallons. It is always less than that.
The needle was touching the E at this point. I didn't want to risk stopping along the road on my way back from Palm Springs to Torrance. Who knows what sort of gas prices would be near the freeway? So I stopped at the Chevron Station on Vista Chino. I had a half tank. The pump indicated that I pumped 9.633 gallons at $2.339 per gallon.
I have never pumped that much gas at a half tank. If I were to pump a half tank at my own gas station, I would have pumped only 7 to 8 gallons, not 9.6 gallons. That's almost 10 gallons, and my gas tank holds only 19 gallons at full capacity.
This place obviously changes the calibration of the pump so that you think that you're getting a "bargain" for the price per gallon, but you are pumping more gallons than what you really pump. You actually pay more this way. Stay away from this place. You are being scammed.