Welcome to Fear City

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Welcome to Fear City. A survival guide to the city of Mexico. The 8th annual Acme contemporary art expo sounded promising. (Back in February) Our friend N. who runs the show gave us the grand tour. With her usual bright smile and utter elegance. This leaflet was the first exhibit.

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“A: Well there’s three weapons. And yes, there’s serial numbers for all three….

“D: That’s correct.”

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“Do not go out in the street or walk around. Even in central neighbourhoods, in the early afternoon, robbery, assaults, express kidnappings are on the increase…”

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Traveller 94, Salón Acme 8.

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“The first time I came to Mexico city, I was 16 or 15. The city looked dirty, smelly, full of people who seemed lost or angry… I went to the bathroom, the sink fell off the wall, … and I thought what is this sh..ty place I’ve come to?” Javier Barrios, Travel notes, 2019.

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“Avoid public transportation. Crime in the metro is on the increase. Gangs of robbers steal mobiles, bags, glasses… At night it’s been considered closing half the trains so travellers could get closer feel safer…”

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Not an exhibit. Salón Acme 8. 2020.

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Dancers. Traveller 95.

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“Them apples”. CV Brumund, 2019.

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“I swear!” Traveller 96.

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“Stay in well-known neighbourhoods. Police protection is is very selective, and unreliable in certain areas of the city… Stay home, locked up as much as possible.” (This was in February. No virus looming ahead)

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“S.ciety”. Victor del Moral Ribera, 2019. It can refer to sOciety, or sUciedad, wich means dirt in Spanish. Note the police batons shaped in a cross at the bottom.

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“Mexico women killer.” The monument is the base of the Angel of Independence, a major symbol of Mexico. close to 1,000 feminicides were registered in 2019.

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“Cuerpos desechables”. Throw-away bodies. Above and below: (Salón Acme 9, 2020.)

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Author: Moises Salazar, 2019.

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“Hold on to your belongings. Robbery has become an activity of…”

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“Selva de carne”. Flesh jungle.

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Traveller 96, Salón Acme 8.

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“Thank God, it’s the last day.” Traveller 97.

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Not an exhibit. Again. The expo is always housed in this fantastic, ginormous, derelict, 19th century house in the centre of Mexico city.

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“Do not excite car drivers. The stress of being stuck in traffic for a long time has triggered a wave of neurosis amongst car-drivers… aggressions of all kinds by nervous, furious or mad car-drivers has increased… remember to always lock your doors and windows when inside a vehicle…”

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“Work” in Zapotec.

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French Traveller. Number 98. Nationality unbeknownst to me until I heard her talk in another room. We exchanged a few words. I didn’t tell her I had her picture. Someone will sue me one day. I need a lawyer.

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“Work” in Maya. Salón Acme 8, 2020.

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“Use a face mask. … every year, half a ton of feces dries out on the streets  into dust floating in the air of this city. Dog, cat, human feces… Use a mask as often as possible.” Nearly 30 years ago, I did a survey on pollution in Mexico city called “How green was my country”. The theme of feces dust had come out then. 30 years later I see there hasn’t been much progress…

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Masks. Salón Acme 8. Mexico city, 2020.

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Salón Acme.

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Critique of pure reason by Immanuel Kant. A pleasant adaptation of logos. It seems to me this was an old Club Med logo. “Pure reason”? Is there any reason left?

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“Don’t trust anyone. Don’t be fooled by others’ false friendliness… Don’t look at others directly in the eye… most important: never trust the police…”

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Paco Rabanne. Salón Acme 8. Mexico city. 2020.

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“Nothing to do.” Travellers 99 and 100.

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Street view. Salón Acme.

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“Pay attention. It may be necessary to run at any time… there are many kinds of aggression: screams, insults, blows, … bat blows, … broke windows, bullets… think of ways to distract the attacker, and run. If at all possible, run inside a church. In this city everyone, including aggressors, is very respectful of religion. We wish you a pleasant stay in the city!”

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Foucault: “Discipline and punish, the birth of the prison”, 1975. (No, I haven’t read it. Yet) The logo looks familiar but it evades me. Anyone?

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Polyptic. Mutations. Andrés Gamiochipi. 2019. Salón Acme 8, Mexico city, 2020.

 

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“Watch your back”. Traveller 101, Salón acme 8, Mexico city, 2020.

There were 35,000 homicides in Mexico last year. For a population of 120 millions (and change). As a matter of comparison, 970 homicides were committed in France in 2019. (With a sharp increase in recent years). French population is 60 + millions. Do the math.

Missing persons as of December 2019: 61,000.

One might hope that the lockdown finally decided yesterday by the Mexican government might curb criminality… Hopefully. In any case:

Stay home stay safe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

125 thoughts on “Welcome to Fear City

  1. The traveler recommendations read like a dystopian novel, or as a prelude to the quarantine. I was 14 when I visited Mexico City. Glad I was heavily chaperoned. A man drinking gasoline at a stoplight and breathing fire to earn money sticks in my mind… Gracias, R

    • The recos were actually part of an exhibit in one of the rooms at the Art expo. It could be called a piece of art in itself.
      The fire blower was a piece of cake at that time. Now? It has gone completely out of hand… How are you holding up?

      • Aha the recommendations were social criticism. We’re holding up okay, but it’s hard to make an 11 year old understand why they can’t see their friends. And as the primary caregiver I’m resorting to flame throwing as entertainment (j/k that I’ll do next week)

      • Yes. Social criticism at its fullest. I hope something will come out of it.
        11? That’s difficult. our grandson is nearly 4 and he is like a nuclear battery… 🙂 (Can’t see him or our granddaughter for another month still)
        Flame throwing? Pray explain?

      • I wanted to say breathing fire, like the gasolinera guy in the DF. We went on a bike ride today, since my ankle is doing well. The lake and ducks were beautiful.

      • Still here. Daily life is quiet. We stay home. Get groceries and pharmacy delivered. The computer systems seem to be holding up still. Not the case for instance. I still feel a major disaster is coming, health and economy-wise. I hope I’m wrong. Be good.

    • That’s an interesting viewpoint. Would you care to elaborate? (I thought even the most elegant travellers would not be a strong enough compensation…)
      Are you in lockdown? For a man of outdoors and photography it could be difficult.

      • I was being ironic. We are in what is referred to as shelter in place. One thing we can do is go for hikes. So it’s not so bad. Matter fact, I just got back from a hike. Pictures may be posted in the next few days.

      • Irony is good. A trait one sometimes fails to appreciate in… “hard times”. Thanks for the reminder.
        Glad you can take hikes. We went out “around the block” yesterday. It was mostly “business as usual”. Most small businesses can’t afford to shut down. I worry about what’s going to happen to them. And their employees. The money will run out soon here.
        Take care…

      • We are fortunate to be in a place where we can take walks without endangering ourselves or anybody else. Small businesses are very much taking a hit here. Hell, corporations are taking a hit. And all the employees. And some people with orange faces are only now just beginning to get it. Sort of.

      • The orange man? I don’t think he will ever understand anything. We our own “garden variety” here. getting ready to sink the economy further…
        As a famous brand said: “Keep walking”. 😉

  2. Just impossible to comprehend whether we have the right perspective on this, and th right balance of fear and safety. I read today the improved impact on the atmosphere of the pandemic had saved many lives. But that is a model compared to the actuality of deaths, accentuated by the media. No answers here. Personally, my own fear is not currently high, but have a sense of social responsibility – at least, in case…

    • You always ask the right questions, Libre. Balance? Yes. Balance between the fear – based on the reality of violence – and the elegance of the attendees. Of course, broad daylight, a special crowd of people either involved in art or with a keen interest in. That’s for violence.

    • Now the pandemic, fear has not set in here yet. Except in hospitals and health care. They’re closer. Just talked to our MD daughter, they already have lots of cases of medical workers. More exposed. The problem will be when cases begin to explode in the hospitals, there will be a lot of desertion. For fear. Meanwhile, us civilians need to protect ourselves AND the others. The latter being everyone’s responsiblity…
      Be good.

    • Going back to fear, I once invented a concept called the Beyrouth effect” for a corporate client. We did a behavioural survey after a major crisis we had in Mexico in ’96. After a while the behaviours went back to previous standards. Client was surprised, asked me why… I scratched my head and said: “the Beyrouth effect.” “client asked why? I said that even at the height of the civil war in Beyrouth, after a while, and knowing they could be killed by a sniper around the block, people still had to go out and buy bread…

      • Is that a type of adjustment, like the ‘boiling frog’? After a while, a particular circumstance becomes the ‘new normal’? Fear has a protective function, but go one way and it can overwhelm and paralyse, go the other and we can be desensitized, lose a broadly healthy response.
        Here, the atmosphere feels supportive, but if shortages really bite, people may turn in on each other. I hope I am being dramatic.

      • I had to look it up. Understandably I am a bit worry of boiling Frogs. Any Frog… 😉
        I think it is different. There are many documented cases that humans adapt, even to the worst circumstances. Nazi occupation in France and Europe. Either adapting or fighting it. The heart of the matter is this. You there are snipers. But the fridge is empty. You have to go out and get some food. So you go out. Take as many precautions as you can, but you go out. Desensitized… And hopefully come back alive.
        Glad to hear the atmosphere is supportive. But when push comes to shove… and the fridge is empty…
        In France people in buildings were nurses lived put notes on their mailbox to get out and not bring back the virus from the hospital. Hopefully those were isolated cases. 😥
        Stay safe mon amie.

  3. Great post! Very nice ‘travellers’ this time. The logo is I think the brand Fila. (French, sports?) Did I understand properly you actually live in Mexico City? What are your thoughts about the warnings?

    • Yes! Yes! Fila! I was thinking “Le coq sportif”, but I knew it wasn’t. And had the name on the tip of my tongue. Fila was a very popular brand a while ago.
      Yes, we live in Mexico. And believe me, that text was very measured. The situation here is critical. Don’t take a taxi. Too dangerous. Take Uber. Check the car plates. The driver’s photo… And even then there have been assaults. On both sides.
      The warnings are pretty accurate. (And written by Mexicans)

      • Our Lockdown isn’t as harsh as in other (European) countries. The Italians, French and Spanish aren’t allowed to be out at all I believe. We can go out for a walk if we like (een frisse neus halen 🙂 To get ourselves a fresh nose ) and that is what I do. We have wonderful spring weather over here now, lot’s of sun, coldish wind but lovely. So it’s a joy strolling through the fields just outside the city where no harm can be done. We have to keep distance and we actually seem to do that. So, it’s doable. But I am beginning to hate the dullness of everything. Shops are restricted, bars are closed, theaters, restaurants. All joy of city life is vanished. It’s like the sundays we used to have when shops were still closed. But then every day. Boring and it’s getting on my nerves. Today our goverment expanded the lockdown with another month, until the end of april. I do understand the reasons but I’m fed up with it. Still, I personally have no reason to complain. I’m healthy, money isn’t a problem, I can do what I always do, work on my novel, and, well, have my daily stroll. So, I’ll live 🙂 I hope you are doing oké as well!

      • Dankje for givng me “een frisse neus”. 🙂 I was curious so I asked. Each country takes different measures. In France people are restricted to one hour outside tops. But the on-line shopping systems are down, so they have to queue outside the supermarkets. Come inside by limited lots, hurry up shopping and go home in an hour?
        Here in Mexico cafés and restaurants are still open, and empty. This is only the beginning I’m afraid.
        I can understand the boredom, make the best of it. Work on your novel. If you can get out a bit, that’s a great plus.
        Hopefully April will be enough…
        Stay safe.

    • Merci, Mélie. Sadly I can’t blame you. Now, to complete the picture, it safe for tourists… It would be bad for the mafia’s business. Ça va chez toi? Les achats en ligne marchent-ils? Un ami à Taverny m’a dit que les systèmes informatiques avaient saturé… “Y faut faire la queue au supermarché”.

      • On fait aller…
        Je ne vais pas au super marché ( j’ai honte de le dire, mais j’ai peur ) je fais régulièrement des drives.
        Le télétravail est parfois compliqué sûrement à cause de la saturation.
        L’école à la maison n’est plus un jeu 🙂
        Mais nous prenons notre mal en patience ( on n’a pas le choix )
        J’espère que ça va chez toi

      • Tu as tout-à-fait raison de ne pas aller au Super. Ce virus est très contagieux. Pas la peine de s’exposer. Ici on se fait livrer, jusqu’a ce que leurs systèmes implosent! 🙂 Aprés on verra. Mais par exemple, on a acheté en ligne hier. Livré aujourd’hui. Hier il n’y avait pas d’oeux disponibles. Les chaînes de logistique sont très… affectées.
        Télétravail, je pense qu’il va falloir adapter bcp de procédures après la crise. Ça va être un défi intéressant.
        L’école à la maison? Ça aussi ça va imploser. Les gamins ont besoin à la fois de structure et de pouvoir s’éclater dehors. Ma fille aînée a pris une nounou à domicile pour 15 jours, car les deux sont médecins… Mais ça coûte bonbon. Tout le monde ne peut pas le faire. Il n’y a plus de garderies ici. Tout est fermé.
        Il ne reste plus effectivement qu’à prendre notre mal en patience. Inventer des nouveaux systèmes. Ressortir les bibliothèques vertes du grenier, redonner aux enfants le goût de lire. 🙂
        Pas facile, mais soyons positifs: ça pourrait pire…
        Prend bien soin de toi.
        Biz
        💕🙏🏻

  4. That sounds as if Mexico City is a permanent war zone and human life is not valued very much. You mentioned before that the police is no help, on the contrary. In the leaflet people are even warned not to trust people in uniform. Where will this end? The poor people!

    • The leaflet was actually part of the art show. A piece of art in itself. And a protest at the situation. Which is getting worse and worse and worse. The cops? Just part of the big picture of overall corruption. And yes, not to be trusted. A friend of mine was abducted by a patrol car, many years ago… Took him on a tour of the bank tellers. He was lucky. Came out alive.

      • You can’t protect yourself. You just have to be wary. A few years back, I was walking down a fancy street to a fancy café. The cars to my left were stoped at a red light. There was a shuffle. A guy on foot was trying to grab a biker’s backpack. I stopped. they were but a few yards away. Then I saw the attacker had a gun in his hand. 11AM. Fancy street. 5 yards away. I thought “if he shoots, there’s no telling where the bullet will go. I started backing away. Ever so slowly. Never run! You draw attention. Keep your eye on the gun. And look sideways for a place to hide behind. On a sidewalk? Eventually, I backed off 50 yards. The attacker grabbed the bag, kicked the bike to the ground and jumped on another bike waiting for him. There was a patrol car 200 yards down. They never “saw” a thing… 😩

      • Yes, seems like this can happen everywhere nowadays. Some years ago two elderly colleagues of mine and their husbands got mugged in Madrid while sightseeing, broad daylight, two guys with knives, who must have thought that the oldies were easy targets. One of the husbands, however, has quite a temper and made a fuss, so he got stroke down, Luckily they did not stab him.

        My Argentinian colleague said that she never goes out with a handbag, and she has her credit card in her bra … which says something about her experiences.

        In Denmark the muggers are not that brazen. They will try to snatch your bag and run away, but not speak to you or show their faces.

      • In Colombia, women tend to not go on the street with large or long dangling ear-rings. Muggers grab them, tear the earlobe and run… Okay. We need to get into a brighter spirit. let me work on another post… Be good.

    • And I joke you not. Now, tourists are reasonably safe. The tourist areas are totally safe. It’s the extreme ends of the spectrum who suffer most. The working class, who live with the narcs in their midst. And the upper class, a prime target. Of extorsion. Assault, kidnapping.

      • We are still at work and precautions are a little too flimsy for my liking, trained as I was, in barrier nursing. I think it might be prudent to take as much leave as I can.

      • Yes. Take as much leave as you can… I may have told you one of our daughters is an infectologist, as is her husband. Both now go to the hospital in scrubs. Easier to discard at the slightest doubt. They have set up separate corridors for suspicious patients, separate waiting rooms for testing. Here at home, when we do get out a bit (like around the block) we use different shoes for walking outside… 😷
        Stay safe.

      • The odds of having germs alive on the ground as we walk by are extremely low so far. BUT, with two doctors in the family, better safe than sorry. I see it as Canadians or Scandinavians do. South-east Asia too which I found fine when we were there. Cheers

  5. I worry it will not curb violence rather it may increase it. Do be careful. (We are starting to see unrest in Italy and it is only a matter of time until it starts in the US. And I do worry about when COVID starts to hit third world countries harder than it is now or at least harder than they are admitting.)

    Interesting and insightful post friend. And I might add some very interesting fashion.

    • We will be careful. As a market and social observer, I know that a large portion of the population will find itself without resources soon. That may well trigger the violence that’s aways present…
      Fashion? You spotted the point I wanted to make. The contrast between the leaflet, some of the exhibits , and the violence everyone is perfectly aware of, on the one hand, and, on the other hand, going to an art expo dressed to the nines… 🙂
      Let’s hope elegance wins over violence.

  6. Horrible conditions. Corruption and violence of epic proportion. Humans are so awful.

    I hope your daughter is doing well. I hope you and your family are safe. We are on lockdown but we can go to the doctor and we can get food. We can take walks as well. Great pictures of warnings and danger.

    • Yes, humans are awful. Then they can also produce 100 years of solitude, Somerset Maugham and Beethoven…
      Take your walks. Enjoy them. Yesterday we went to the city hall square. Many businesses open that shouldn’t be. But id they don’t open, they’ll run out money in a few days or weeks…
      Stay safe Gigi

      • People can create amazing things, it just impossible to understand why the horrible ones hurt so many others. Nothing is open here, that’s not supposed to be. No one has a choice. But shelters, grocery stores, doctors, etc., are still going, of course, and there is take-out food available. But shop owners don’t have a choice, as I said and money is an issue, especially for those landlords who want their rent and are not allowed to evict people. There’s a lot going on in court, etc. Our wonderful mayor is doing an amazing job taking care of everyone. She’s on top of all the issues and she is so fair. She can’t be swayed or bought, as I said before. She is an equal opportunity mayor. I’m staying in, like we should, so it peaks and then starts to drop. It’s the least we can do. The poor medical people don’t have that option. But the sun is out today and that makes everything beautiful. Hope you have a great evening.

      • Yes, one still doesn’t understand why some chose evil and mediocrity over all the other options. I hear 3 to 5 millions are out a job mow in the US? Many people just don’t have reserves to last out one month…
        Enjoy the sun. It paints everything better…
        🙏🏻👍🏻💃🏻🐯🦄

  7. I’ve heard that Mexico is dangerous for a traveller and locals but didn’t realise this dangerous. You’ve enlightened me again and as always, an intriguing post with accompanying photos.
    Hope you and yours are safe and staying put. I’m stranded in Australia but not a bad place to be. 😉

    • Almost no danger for travellers, except for cash robbery. There have been very, very few cases of mortal danger to tourists. As in many other places, the local delinquents realize that one should not kill the goose of the golden eggs. What is a major problem is the underlying delinquency everywhere. It is said the Narcs have already invested Mexico city and in the centre, are asking business money for protection… Sounds familiar?
      We are staying put. And I can imagine there can be worse places that Australia…
      I was gonna say buona sera, but buon giorno is more appropriate… Ciao, ciao.

  8. Great photos! I love the Fila Foucault … Are white shoes a thing now? While you didn’t make Mexico seem like a very safe place, my husband never wanted me to take a taxi by myself in Adelaide, Australia. Too many people still seem to go missing in the outback. It’s not like in the 70s anymore but it is still a real thing.

    • Fila Foucault was a great creative idea. Still not sure about the “Kant logo”. Is it Club Med?
      White shoes are “en vogue”.
      About Mexico, I’m just the messenger. This text was a part of the expo and illustrated some of the work. The thing is, violence (extreme) is increasing every year. And no-one does anything about it. The levels are unbelievable by European standards…
      Now, Adelaïde? Surprising, but many countries have their dark side… (I will look it up)
      Viel dank. Tschüss et tout ça…

      • The Kant piece is a twist on the Kappa Logo; famous for track suits. It is an interesting thought that all countries have their dark sides. Maybe right now is a great (?) time to watch them unfold. A messanger you might be, but you are doing a splendid job

      • Kappa logo seems to be confirmed. I need to look at the other works. Maybe there’s a “sports” theme…
        Those are interesting times or a student of mankind. Folly seems to unravel. As in war. Then come the “heroes”, those who are brave enough to fight the insanity… We’ll see.
        And thank you. I have been in both communication and research (markt forschung) for a long while. It rubs on you.

      • LOL. No, I was an entrepreneur. I had my own market research company here in Mexico. Though I did take one archeology course on Maya civilization in Yucatan. I tried to pass the credits to my MBA programme, but my advisor just laughed… 🙂

      • Oh boy, I’ve been to Snow Town once; famous for bodies in acid … But yes, it is still a thing and with the way Australia is acting tight now, it is getting less save by the minute

      • Myabe the entire world is getting less safe. Number of homicides in France seem to have risen very significantly over the past few years. And simple violence. Getting beat up in the street for the wrong look or word… Tsss…

  9. Wow. Talking about an exhibition just-in-time, getting ready for the present.

    Yeah, that one is Fila and Kant is Robba di Kappa. I like Them Apples and S CIEDAD a lot too.

    It sounds like social distancing is the only way to survive in such a country. Who profits from people thinking this way?

  10. People are out of work because the country is locked down. They are more interested in stopping the virus/deaths than anything else and that’s as it should be. Things are bad for low income people. In Chicago our fabulous Mayor is doing everything she can to make sure everyone has what they need. She’s amazing.

    • Yes, things will be bad for low income people everywhere. I don’t know how it will go here. More than half the population doesn’t have reserves. Not even to last a fortnight…
      Can you export your Mayor? I know of a few places where her skills could be used… 🙂

  11. Nah. You don’t need a lawyer. You need a living breathing picture editor. Lot’s of great photograph mixed in with marginal ones. Streamline this collection and you’ll really have something. Stay Safe.

      • When I worked for newspapers I worked for a man who said that you are only as good as your last picture. He also said that one mediocre picture hides the goodness of the rest.

      • True. I pay special attention to the first image (the opening) and the last of course. The closing. Now, since I don’t pretend to be a photographer, I “allow” misfits to sneak in the middle…
        Be good.

    • Stay home stay safe has become a standard farewell in written com. Criminality may be curbed in some places. I am concerned that in others, when people will start lacking food… well, your guess is as good as mine.

      • Since rules change every day, it is difficult. A frind of ours sailed from Mexico to Marquises islands a month ago. All was fine. Now, they are prohibited to anchor. Can’t even follow a quarantine period. “Just go!”. The alternative is to sail “back” to Hawai, part of the crew is American. he has a Danish passport. But coming by sea to Hawaï, he would need a visa which he can’t get since the US consulate locally is closed, and he can’t set foot on land any way… without a visa he would be considered an illegal alien and deported…
        If you sail the Sea of Cortez, you don’t know what the regulations will be when you come back…

  12. Good Lord, that exhibit is depressing. Juxtaposed with the casual young travelers makes it even more jarring. I hope you and your family are keeping well (or as well as can be expected under the circumstances).

    • Hi Liz. Sorry about the effect. What the leaflet says is 100% true. It’s what everyone here has been living with for years. Just getting worse every year. (And I’m getting fed up) 🙂
      And you did note the contrast with the fashionable young attendees… 😉
      We are in lockdown. Almost totally. We may have gone out for a walk once in a fortnight?? Order on-line. We may go out on Monday. “Around the block”. How are you guys doing? A bit of Spring on the way? A friend in Canada still had -25C outside on Monday. Brrrr.

    • People don’t seem to realize that this a very serious crisis… It will have tremendous consequences. Hopefully changes in the way we look at things and the way we do them.

  13. Mexico sounds interesting, I didn’t realize it had such a dark side, I associated that with Columbia and Venezuela. Prayers for everyone’s safety and things to get better!

    • Thank you. Chukriya… 🙂
      Most Latin America is in a very bad shape. My wife is Colombian, we travel there often. Mexico has now become worse, really. Mind you, Brazil, who everyone in the West sees as a model, is one of the most dangerous places on earth.
      Yes, let’s hope…
      Take care

  14. Mexico being so close to Los Angeles seems like such an enticing getaway, but things to only get worse there. yes, lets hope that the quarantine at least gives folks a rest.

    • Eerie indeed. I wrote the post before confinement started. When I reviewed it, I realized how the virus could impact reading…
      We’re home, dear Julie. Shopping grocery on-line. Systems are holding up so far. Not the case in France or Italy… Concerned about Daughter #1 and Son-in-law. He already has 4 Covid patients in his hospital. She has one. Everyday is a report on the epidemic from an insider’s perspective…
      Prends soin de toi… biz 😷💕

  15. The lockdown seems to have reduced crime in much of the USA, the trick will be to maintain it after things return to normal. Let’s hope the same happens in Mexico, but so long as drugs head north, and guns and lots of money head south, and the institutions of government remain weak and corruptible, I wouldn’t bet on it.
    I remember my first visit to Mexico in the late 80s, the military were on the streets in many places and the security situation seemed perilous. It’s incredible that nothing much has improved.
    Hope you’re doing well in the lockdown Brian?

    • Hi Paul. Apparently crime here is on the increase. Not surprising. And since the economy will take a hit… and security is not this gvt’s priority… At least if you don’t go out, you’re only exposed to home invasion! 🤣
      TBH, I’ve been here for 30 years, nothing has improved. (Same goes for most of Latin America I’m afraid…)
      We’re ok here. Thank you. The wife is giving on-line classes and I always have plenty of stuff to work on…
      Stay safe 😷

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