Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Why is SHE here?

A few days ago I wrote about why I was here but I don't know why SHE is here.

The SHE is someone on a local email group who wrote that she was happy that finally the San Miguelada or running of the bulls was cancelled. Now she thought that WE should work on getting the fireworks toned down although she admitted that when she came to San Miguel she was told that she would have to put up with roof dogs barking, church bells ringing and fireworks.

First of all, WE, the ex-pats, didn't get the San Miguelada cancelled. That was done by the city government in response to what they want for THEIR city. Yes, the ex-pats complained to each other and most of us stayed home and maybe some even called the police about parked cars blocking their garage, the kids puking and urinating in front of their house but so did a lot of the Mexicans. Maybe that is, in a way, a part of the reason that it was cancelled this year but certainly not the main reason.

If you don't see the fireworks, church bells, barking dogs, crowing roosters, gobbling turkeys, calling street vendors and music from the street as a part of the charm of living in foreign country, don't live in the centro. Find an isolated place in the country OR STAY WHERE YOU ARE IN THE USA where you can have deed restricted subdivisions and noise ordinances.

Sometimes when I read another blog or an article that is critical of the way the ex-pat community in San Miguel behaves, I feel myself getting indignant. That isn't the way MY friends behave! But then I read something like this and I'm embarrassed to be included with the SHE and HE ex-pats who move here and want to start changing the things that make Mexico so different from the USA. My dear readers, let me assure you that I'm not joining any movement to get the fireworks toned down.....I say bring them on. Keep Mexico Mexican.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I say Good for you lady! If that woman wants peace and tranquility she should move to a small town in Kansas.

Anonymous said...

Viva San Miguel (!) as it was/is: this colorful, lively, and yes, often loud colonial community---so full of tradition. Billie, we are in complete agreement. We know why WE are here. Why is SHE here? Well said!

wolverinemx said...

Maybe this year the San Miguelada was cancelled... but not forever, they are part of the mexican folclore, san miguel is not a industrial city like monterrey or guadalajara, many workers working in activities related to tourism.

Billie said...

Wolv, you are right. They have only cancelled it for this year but a part of the problem is that the cost for it is huge for the city. They have to bring in all the local police as well as some for the state, street cleaners, etc. The bars love it but most businesses don't. It is a spring break and property is destroyed and other visitors and residents just lay low for the weekend to avoid all the traffic and drunk young people....all day and all night. We just stay home.

Cynthia said...

Tone down the fireworks? Who would want to do that? The Warren Hardy School taught me that, in Mexico, fireworks are used to get God's attention.

1st Mate said...

Bravo, Billie!
They were here first, after all.

Nancy said...

I wonder if SHE was a guest in someone's house whether she would complain constantly and criticize their way of doing things? Would she stamp her foot until she finally got her way? Not the kind of guest I would want. SHE could just go on home.