Paradise Lost

I don’t even know why I’m writing this post, someone should put tape over my mouth and my tape all my fingers together. Well, here goes…now I really hate Mexico (fuck the nice weather).

People come here to Cancun from all over Mexico. They also come here from other places. And lots of the people who come here from other places are wanted in those other places. Or they’ve done something which makes it difficult to live in that other place. They come to Mexico because no one will bother them here. Mexico will extradite you if you are wanted for murder, or for being a pedophile but not for shit like ponzi schemes or owing someone lots of money or for cheating on your taxes…

So, in short, this place is full of sleazebags.

Before I moved here my good friend Suzanne told me that Cancun means “snakepit” in Mayan. She’s right, it does. And it is one.

At first I thought Cancun just had a bad rep because of the whole Spring Break thing. We’ve got more than our share of discos and 24 hour parties here. And when I got here I discovered a place where people go to bed at 10 o’clock every night and where there are more private schools per capita than anywhere I’ve ever lived.

But pretty soon I found that lots of people here are involved in various underground, illegal, unethical and immoral activities. At first it seemed like just an isolated thing, just a few people I’d come across. But now it seems like it’s everywhere. It seems like every single person I know is connected in some way to someone who is involved in something big, something they could go to prison for.

I had a horrible experience today which opened my eyes to the fact that I can’t trust people here. I said the wrong thing to the wrong person in the wrong moment and someone I care about got fired over it. And he didn’t just get fired he also got screwed out of a (big) bunch of money.

And when I sit and think about it I realize that any power I might have to rectify this situation is muted by the fact that the shitheads involved in this are connected to people who will do anything to preserve their crooked way of life. And since they already operate outside the law, and since they will already go to prison if they are caught then what’s to stop them from shutting me up!

I hate Mexico!

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6 Responses to “Paradise Lost”

  1. JoyceJ
    April 13th, 2006 21:59

    NOOOO you don’t hate Mexico! You have just had your eyes opened a little wider to some things that you heard were out there but never presented themselves to you, until now. Don’t worry, you will not turn into the bitter, jaded Portland Contingent. Tell yourself you are thankful that these folks taught you a lesson and remember that bad people get it in the end, and good people thrive. Good people THRIVE.

  2. RiverGirl
    April 14th, 2006 11:01

    You are right. In fact most of the people involved in this mess are Americans. I just think it would be nice if Mexico actually enforced it’s laws…everyday the papers here are full of corruption scandals. How can they possibly hope to enforce their laws if half the folks working for the gov’t are part of the problem?

    I’m sure a lot of this stuff happens in the US also, it’s just hidden a little bit…

  3. JoyceJ
    April 14th, 2006 22:43

    The beauty of it is that once your eyes are open, you see it a lot more. Especially here. Yee gads.

  4. RiverGirl
    April 15th, 2006 10:21

    That explains why I’m starting to see black spots everywhere and am getting lots of headaches…just kidding. Perspective is a good thing. I just wish that everyone was “good” and would play nice so I wouldn’t need a new perspective.

  5. cancuncanuck
    April 17th, 2006 07:21

    You are correct about many things here! I am very wary whenever I meet a new ex-pat. Crooks, cons, cheats and on the run from the law. I’ve met far too many that fall into this category and often find out too late. As hard as it is for those of us that try to go the legal route to live here, it boggles my mind how many people I meet who live here ILLEGALLY, no papers of any kind!! And they often seem to have more money than I do.

    That said, I’ve met many, many wonderful people here (Rivergirl and Joyce top that list for sure). Thank goodness for the internet and the forums in particular. I lived here for a loooong time before I met anyone I could describe as a friend and those folks I now call friends I had to meet online. Go figure, who knew I had to go to a virtual world to meet real world people.

  6. Elizabeth
    April 17th, 2006 15:31

    Hey Canuck! Include me too! LOL!

    I was reading this and was thinking….so true so true….

    I’ll have to get the specifics from you soon!

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