First let me say I have never been a fan of raw oysters. My mom used to make once a year or so oyster soup and I found that to be delicious but that slimy raw thing sliding down my throat just never excited me.
The other day I was having a Hamburgasaa Irene (hamburger with cheese, bacon, lettuce, and tomato) and fries on the side when this entrepreneurial fellow showed up next to the restaurant with a knapsack on his back, carrying a five gallon pail full of oysters that he had just picked off the rocks south of town. He also had a couple smaller pails in his other hand. He approached someone of authority at the restaurant to secure a table for his use and also filled one of his small pails with water from the spigot near the building. He looked around and found a large rock and that was to be his anvil.
It wasn't long and local patrons from the restaurant and those who were just showing up were stopping by his table to order oysters. One young girl in her twenties joined by her (most likely) grandma and grandpa ordered twenty. The young man reached in to his knapsack, got out a platter, and with one hand splashed a little water from the bucket on it, rubbed it with his other hand making a washing motion, and then dried it with his tee shirt. He proceeded to put the oyster on the rock and with a large pliers he would whack and crack an edge off the oyster. Now he was able to insert a knife like tool and open the shell. Throwing the top part of the shell away, he washed the oyster and half shell in the same bucket of water and placed the oyster half shell on the plate. It didn't take him long to have the 20 completed and reaching again in to his knapsack he pulled out a couple of limes, cut them in half and served them in the center of the plate. Grandma, Grandpa, and the young lady devoured the 20 in no time at all, while I am a few feet away now having trouble just swallowing what was a darn good hamburger
The same scenario was repeated several times, same plate with a quick splash and wash as previously mentioned.
Those of us from North of the Border know enough to be cautious about the use of tap water and although getting fresh oysters like this within just a few hours of them being pulled from the rocks and water and then served by the same fellow for a price, that would be unheard of anywhere but here, is probably not a good idea. The South of the Border revenge, if you know what I mean can be wicked.
It sure was interesting watching this chap ply his trade.