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Published:April 30th, 2009 19:55 EST

Virgin Mary Appears On Griddle At Las Palmas Restaurant

By Robert Paul Reyes


"The hottest thing on the griddle at the Las Palmas restaurant these days isn`t the food. It`s the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe that a cook says she saw in the griddle. Restaurant manager Brenda Martinez said more than a hundred people have flocked to the small town of Calexico on the California-Mexico border to gaze at the image since it was discovered as the griddle was being cleaned.

Among the awe-struck was a group of masked Mexican wrestlers who arrived Thursday for an exhibition at a nearby swap meet." The Associated Press

I lived in California for most of my life, and I am well acquainted with the culture of our friends to the south. I know that Mexicans venerate Our Lady of the Guadalupe, and I`m aware that they love wrestling. But in all my years in the Golden State, I never saw Our Lady of the Guadalupe in a griddle in a restaurant, and I never met a posse of Mexican wrestlers.

The Las Palmas restaurant must be in a harmonic convergence zone that attracts Mexican icons. I wouldn`t be surprised if next week Las Palmas restaurant announces that the ghost of Cantinflas dropped by to dine on a Chalupa.

If I see a smudge on a griddle in my favorite restaurant that resembles the Virgin Mary, I won`t drop down to my knees and praise God, I will demand that the restaurant clean their griddles more frequently.