San Miguel - parade, band members, sun/shade/UV

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Thursday, January 26, 2012



I trimmed my beard last nite. As I often do when I do something, I over did it. One side of my beard looked longer than the other side so I cut it to even it out, than the otherside of my beard looked longer than the side that I had just evened out, so I cut it to even it out with the other side and this continued until my beard is the shortest it has been in quite a few years...I will not be cutting my beard or trimming it again before Xmas...
















There was a parade in San Miguel on Saturday, January 21.
It was Allende's birthday....
The parade was about 30 blocks long.
There was at least 10 to 15 bands - mainly school bands, mainly marching bands with drums and trumpets. I think that they had every school kid in San Miguel marching in the parade in their school uniforms. Then came some fire engines, police cars, ambulances, etc. all with their sirens going full blast. Every once in a while the fire engine would blow its horn - it was really loud, like an ocean freighter blast horn. When they blew that horn it made everyone jump it was so loud. The firemen seemed to enjoy that...I thought the parade was over then, but then came the Federales in their jeeps and mounted machine guns and guys with their automatic rifles at the ready and Federales walking along the street with their automatic rifles at the ready with really mean, menacing looks...
It would be fun to set off some really loud firecrackers as they were going by just to see what they would do... I would prefer to be as far away as possible from the firecrackers when they went off....
Than came the army guys in their jeeps with mounted machine guns and automatic rifles...
Then there was about 10 jeeps with what looked like large artillery pieces in each jeep - I think that they may have been rocket launchers - they had really long barrels that stuck up really high...




Than there was about 30 guys in blue uniforms on horses with rifles slung over their shoulders.
At least their rifles were not at the ready - they needed both hands to control their horses.




Then came about 20 guys in tan uniforms wearing sombreros on horses with rifles slung over their shoulders...




Then came about 10 guys with really big sombreros on horses dressed like the Mexicans that you see in Western movies.....except that they were a little cleaner and neater than the ones that you see in the Western movies....








See pictures of some of them - I was afraid to take pictures of the Federales and the Army guys because i thought that they might not like me taking their pictures...And I did want to do anything that they might not like me doing......



Bob, someone I have lunch with on a regular basis
Bob is from Eugene, Oregon, U.S.A.




When I was downtown later there was races being run through the blocked off streets.
It looks like a very large percentage of the people in San Miguel participate in these celebrations...
It reminds me of when I was very young - 5, 6 & 7 - my parents and I went back to the small town that they were from - population then, about 500 - population now, about 200 - for a celebration of the founding of the town every year. Almost everyone participated in the celebrations...
They had races for the 5 year olds, for the 6 year olds and for the 7 year olds that I raced in.
Actually I think that there was races for every age group from 5 years old to 18 years old..
I forget if I had to go in the races (like being forced to be in the races) or if it was voluntary.
But I wanted to be in the races because if you won you got a dime and if you came in second you got a nickle.. And there was a lot of very enthusiastic cheering when we were racing. And if you won, besides getting the dime you got the glory, status and prestige of being a winner and I think you also got a ribbon... Those community type celebrations can be a lot of fun...Of course a lot of the people at those small community celebrations were related to each other and everyone knew everyone because a lot of the people had lived there all of their lives....









There was a lot of Mexican band members in the main square that nite - a lot of them seem to be there every Saturday nite...Dressed all in black with silver ornamental chains going down the sides of their pant legs and silver ornamental chains hang from all over their black vest/jackets. They looked pretty cool...I was sort of wondering where they got those outfits - I wouldn't mind having one of those outfits myself...








The sun here is very hot - it can feel like it is +25 or +30 in the sun - but when you go into the shade it feels like it is 10 degrees cooler - like it is +20 or +15 - like it is cool or even a little bit chilly...it must be the effect of the thinner mountain air.
And even though the sun is very hot the UV index is zero - 0 - which means that you could lay in the sun all day and not even get a little bit pink from the sun... I have laid out in the sun for 2 or 3 hours and I did not get even a little bit pink or even the slightest hint of getting a tan...It seem to be the same in Ottawa, you cannot get a sunburn in Ottawa in January either - the only difference is that it is freezing cold in Ottawa and it is hot here in the middle of the day in the sun...








I have mentioned it before, many of the streets are very narrow and the buildings on each side are 20 to 30 ft. high, so you are often walking in the shade when you are walking through the streets of San Miguel and you do not even need sun glasses. Or sometimes just one side of the street is in the sun - when that happens, everyone walks on the shady side of the street. All of the windows facing the street have great big heavy bars on them and the tops of the walls have broken glass on them. It is a little bit like walking down the corridor of a Federal Prison... All terrain vehicles are a very popular form of transportation here in San Miguel - I guess one of the advantages of an all terrain vehicle is that once they get outside of the city they do not have to stay on the roads. they can go across country....

Adios Amigo's
Mexico Dave....

















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Gord on

Hey Mex Dave, what are YOUR rights down there? Is it true you can get thrown in jail and sit there for months and years and not even get charged?

burtonx2
burtonx2 on

Flash;
Maybe you missed my travelogue blog entry where I said that Mexico was a really great country, except for its bandito's, drug lords, drug gangs, drug wars, corrupt police, corrupt politicians and corrupt judges...
Yes, you can spend the rest of your life in jail in Mexico with never being charged - they just put you in jail and forget all about you.
That is why I did not take any pictures of the Federales or the Army guys in the parade.- I was afraid that they might not like me taking their pictures and I do not want to do anything that they do not like me doing....I do not think that even the ottawa police like having their pictures taken....especially when they are beating up on someone...

Mexico Dave
Still Free and Loving It...

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