Wednesday, 22 March 2017

We shall be leaving to-morrow. We leave this rambling assembly of observations, lamentations, and notion.....


(1)       We were distressed to note that about 800 American "Spring Breakers" in Cancun decided to become hopelessly inebriated and entered into depraved debauchery and ridiculous, offensive behaviour worthy of "The Snowflake Generation".     It seems that, in spite of the well-known over-all friendliness and generally good treatment of Foreigners by the Yucatecos, the dull, un-trained in common manners and courtesies by their indulgent, stupid, insipid parents, the Snowflakes began chanting, "Build The Wall, Built The Wall", and generally began to do things that were insulting to staff and normal clients all about.

     Your humble servant had to check this out on a few levels, because reports such as these can be bent, twisted, and re-designed by to-day's Obsolete Press sources.  Some time back, for instance, there was a major soccer game between Mexico and the United States that took place in the magnificent stadium of the University of Guadalajara.  All went well until the American National Anthem was played.   That was when a large number of "students'', also pretty well tanked-up on German Rocket Fuel, began chanting "Osama, Osama, Osama" (at least the chant was easy to remember).   This story circulated in the American press to demonstrate what lugs and bums all Mexicans are.
      The problem, as Paul Harvey knew, was in the rest of the story.  Horrified for many good and neutral reasons....all mixed in the code of fraternity, deference to the visitor, "hands across the border ethic", and such.....adults and younger men also of college age, came down and exhorted the ruffians to show respect to the visitors who genuinely are friends and neighbours.   The drunks persisted.  At that point, the "normal people" began a rain of destructive blows upon the miscreants.   It was the two-beer crowd, heavily out-numbering the ten-beer crowd, beating the slop out of the drunks.  Various elements of the police carried off the "Osama" crowd, and normalcy was restored.
     The American press did not report the intervention of the two-beer crowd and their victory over the culls and scum of the ten-beer crowd.   Later when the Houston Texans played against whoever in the Great Azteca Stadium last year in Mexico City, there was concern that, in the environment of a really left-wing populace which dominates in Mexico City,  that there would be trashy behaviour on the part of some of the fans.    The game was a sell-out....107,000 paying fans...10 dollars to 250 dollars for most general seating.... everything was clean....all the restrooms functioning.....everything was okay.  The young Mexican girl took to the microphone, paused, and the belted out the Star Spangled Banner with just that perfect bit of Spanish accent to remind the people that it was being sung by a Mexicana.
      At the end, there was a strong and sustained applause from those gathered.   The Mexican national anthem followed, and received a bit more endorsement from the audience, but the Americans there stood and applauded, appropriately, for the Himno Nacional de Mexico.

     We return to the issue at Cancun....the display put on by the "Spring Breakers", where the young hellions have arrived to "escape the pressures" of their studies....(????).....and blow their mommies' and daddies' credit cards to Hell and Back....and we wonder, "What is the use? Is there any reason to care about, worry about, give a flip about....anymore?"  
     El Gringo Viejo has long felt that the Mexican authority should have invoked the rules that are normally applied to the locals and Mexican citizens.   Generally speaking, anywhere one might be in Mexico, if it happens to be beneath the stars...or under the blue is against most States' laws to be imbibing.  Beer, pulque, tequila, mescal, rum, and tesquino, etc. are to be "taken in" while one is under a roof, or at least within an enclosure, or well within a tract of private property. Public drinking of "inebriantes" in public view, on a public thoroughfare, or generally under a blue or black sky is essentially a serious misdemeanour, and can Mexico as in aggravating condition to criminal charges.
      But for financial and for "understanding" reasons....the Mexican authority does not want to hurt the feelings of the Snowflakes with their parents' credit cards...and they do not want to have any of them jump off the balcony of the 19th floor of the Hotel California.

     It is all very sad.  Some Americans are meant to travel to foreign countries, others are not.


     (2)   And now we return to another that has haunted the area around El Chorrito and Santa Engracia and the places known as La Hacienda de La Vega....and La Quinta Tesoro de la Sierra Madre....and the homes of two or three other people in our little community....(some might say, 'our little calamity').   The very well known, Falstaffian character, Don Jaime Salazar....uncle by blood to the owner of the Hacienda de La Vega, and long known as the "defender of the wildlife and culture of the Tamaulipeca"....before his untimely death about six or seven years ago....always envisioned a"Guanajuato Style" make-over of the area around the Hacienda de Santa Engracia.

    Truth be known, this area....wherein my wife was tolerant enough to allow me to invest her money into a folly, is a true area of distinction and cultural / environmental treasure of the State of Tamaulipas, and by association....Texas.  The present PAN Governor of the State (just think Republican Conservative), is a person of the privileged class, who lived and studied beyond university level in Texas, and who speaks English in a rhetorical and literary sense.  He graduated from a Baptist University.
      His deepest desire is to capitalise on Don Jaime's futuristic pipe-dream...and make it happen to-day, and forever.....enshrining the natives, the colonists, the religion, the geography / wildlife / vegetation, the ranching and farming, and the industrial transformation that Tamaulipas has undergone in LESS THAN ONE GENERATION.

      He has one big Ace of Spades in his deck.   That is two aces....the Ace of Spades and the Ace of Hearts.  The Naval Infantry and the Mexican Army.   That presence is huge....and we have been assured, re-assured, and re-re-assured that every cockroach will have been eliminated from among us, and still the Army will remain in Divisional force for the State and Regimental force for the area around Santa Engracia.   Please understand....these are troops trained by Mexican, Israeli, British, and American trainers.  These are troops who declare that 'Mexico is my Mother, the Army is my Father."  They have a 98. 4% approval rating from the populace. 

      In recent episodes, something that El Gringo Viejo knew but did not wish to comment upon, was revealed on the NAT-GEO channel.   Odd that it should come from a pinko-channel, but if I say it, then fellow right-wingers need to understand that it is true.   During the last couple of years, and against Obama handlers' wishes, the American border agents began to be able to access and advise the Mexican military of failed drug and 12-year-old-girl, white-slavery deliveries across the River (Rio Grande y Bravo del Norte y del las Palmas). Also known as the Rio Grande.
      The Mexicans had already developed quite a good extradition track-record....the sending back and taking  back....of really disgusting offenders of the general sensibility and law.   They take back their really scumbag people....and we take back the really scumbag people who have been caught hiding in Mexico.   The Central-American nexus is a problem, because they and the Red Chinese are a much greater grouping of people who are seeking "a better life"(meaning a more comfortable life at the expense of taxpayers, and an easier life in terms of killing, raping, and stealing, usually from their own nationalities).   Trump and Co. do not understand any of this.   Donald thinks that having an "olde Scottish Bible"  has some kind of special effect, and that his barking aimlessly at the moon has an effect, but it does not.
     Only a few days ago, the Border Patrol was "exposed" transmitting to the Mexican Army a message of "return to Mexican shores" by  people transporting drugs, marijuana, and human female slaves.  The Nat - Geo cinemafotagrafos continued filming, as the smugglers managed to gain ground on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande (Rio Bravo).   While they might have celebrated briefly, the 'thudududatu' of the combat personnel helicopters could not have been a restful relief.   Once they could differentiate between prisoner and captor, a hell's fire of machine-gun bullets began to rain down on the criminals. Two late model pick-ups were almost instantly destroyed.   Several of the "bad hombres" were literally torn apart.  The Mexican Army films that were released were a bit more explicit.  Nat Geo probably has a agreement to not show guts and organ pieces splattered over an acre of God's Green Earth.
     The purpose of this transmission is not to "off" the reader with the gore, but to make the OROG aware of the fact that very serious tactical and strategic co-ordination between the American and Texian Constabulary and the Mexican Military has been put into operation, irregardless of Trump and "Mexican Sensitivities".   

       What will happen is that the Hacendado (owner of) de La Vega, a friend and fellow PAN political party member, and our neighbour.....and the nephew of the Old Nature Warrior....the now departed for more hallowed precincts, Don Jaime Salazar.....and I are in the position of impressing various magnates of Mexican heavy industry and other investors that our locale is a worthy setting for up-grading, as has been San Miguel de Allende, Real de Catorce, and about 100 other places in the central, northeast, and north-central part of Mexico.   We are talking about what is essentially billions of pesos of private investment and many millions of pesos of public up-grades.  The investment made in the replanting of the Hacienda de La Vega in the new-fangled limes that are going to be the "rave" in a few months, and the two or three million pesos that the Quinta has cost in its operation and maintenance since the turn of the century, and also including the very elaborate and close-by mansion of "La Maestra" who is also part of this mix of pleasant eccentrics, has already impressed the "Captains of Industry" who are seeking to re-start" the gentrification of the area.
     Remember, fellow OROGs. the venerable and ghost-infested Hacienda de Santa Engracia is the huge "anchor store" and it it as impressive, one could say, as the Statue of Liberty is to the New Yorker / New Jersey people and their visitors. 

There shall be more later.
El Gringo Viejo