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Richie, Mervino, and Spanish at Cariblandia Spanish's old house. 2005
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Richie Woods, Mervino (Mervin Key), and Spanish (Jose Pacifico) at Cariblandia, also Spanish's old house in 2005.

I remember his 'wall of lost soles' with all the shoes he'd found washed up on shore nailed to it. And he had sooo many geese, a monkey, all kinds of animals. His name was Jose. He was in San Pedro from the 70s. He was also very talented with wood besides being a colorful fellow. His nickname was Spanish because he came from Spain. He's an incredibly colourful character. He's still here, he's been in a wheelchair for some years now after he was run over by a golf cart. Him and the house are still there. Though time has taken a toll on both.

Jose came to San Pedro and found his way to Don Severito Guerrero’s home at La Ensenada, (later called San Telmo) to live for years. He was a Spaniard with red hair and piercing green eyes, and before substance abuse, a handsome, kind man who had a way with kids, dogs and art.

We grew up with Jose around because our aunt, Berta Hoy Astle, lived at La Ensenada next to Don Taco and Doña Lola Aguilar, who were Luz Hunter’s maternal grandparents.

Don Severito was our aunt and mom’s cousin and Karima and I had the most wonderful idyllic childhood imaginable, running wild during holidays with the assorted Hunter/Aguilar/Guerrero kids in a paradise without electricity (except for 2 hours at night).
Lisa M. Shoman

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