Smoking law, rain, hail, store closing

paozinhosWhen I went to lunch, our padaria (bread store) was closed. I had eaten a piece of toast there between 10-10:30. The lady at the restaurant on the corner said it was full of police around 11:30. Wondered if they’d had a robbery. Wouldn’t be the first time. Still closed as of 1:30 p.m.

Perhaps somebody wanted a different kind of bread — without working for it.

The state of Sao Paulo passed a law to take effect Aug. 7: no smoking in public places, including restaurants, bars and public areas of office buildings. Big Brother looking out for the stupid populace. (Though I’ll breathe a sigh of relief getting away from the smoke.)

Rain for a whole week during our dry season has caused numerous problems. A strong rain Wednesday inundated the restaurant on the corner, below my neighbors’ music school.

And that hail on Tuesday killed 300 herons and injured 150 that roosted in a green area owned by a local industry.

Police apprehended R$10,000 in false bills of Brazilian Reais (about $5200 dollars) and arrested one person in town yesterday.

About once a month or so we get Sunday visitors at SJCampos or Taubate from virtual visits to our church website. (English-language site has different content, more static.) Something to be said for getting the word of the Lord out there where people can see it.

J. Randal Matheny

Be pithy.

What do you think?