A Puzzle, A Dog, And A Smoke
I just wanted to let you know that I enjoyed reading the article entitled “I Never Inhale” (Cover Story, September 25) as I was sitting on my balcony watching the golfers on the 18th hole while smoking a Hoyo de Monterrey, which I purchased from an Internet company. Nothing better than a good cigar, the Reader puzzle, and your dog by your side. Life is good.
Glen D. Cournoyer
Reading the article “Road’s End” (“City Lights,” September 25), I had to laugh. Of course participation in the Rosarito Ensenada Fun Bicycle Ride is down. Who wants to get shot at, raped, kidnapped, or worse while riding your bike? City officials and business leaders in Rosarito think they have received bad and unfair media coverage??? I guess in their mind, the truth hurts — business that is.
To blame you and the rest of the media for hurting Mexican tourism is a joke. They need to take a step back and look at themselves in the mirror. There’s so much crime and corruption down there, they should only be blaming themselves. The public relations director for Rosarito, Ron Raposa, better start looking at all the crime in his city as reason for the demise of the bike ride instead of the so-called biased, unbalanced, and unfair reporting. Who the hell wants to go to Mexico???
My husband and I (both in our 60s) have lived in Mexico for several years. We have a cliffside beach home that would cost several million in the U.S. (cost us $385,000) and are surrounded by beautiful mountains and ocean bays, see dolphins and whales from our balcony. We are 250 miles south of the Arizona border in San Carlos, very close to Guaymas (state of Sonora). We travel by car on the toll road from here to the border on a monthly basis to visit family, and I have traveled it alone several times.
Last year we visited 25 states of Mexico, covered 7000 miles, for a period of five weeks, sleeping about half the time in the back of our converted van. We never once felt in danger and had the time of our lives. The crime here is minimal, although I have to admit there have been some recent news articles regarding capture of drug dealers. However, we feel very safe, and as my husband says, “even feel safer here than in Phoenix.” At least no school shootings!
Crime happens everywhere. Yes, one must be careful. The police here are very helpful — no bad dealings with them at all. I’ve been stopped for speeding but usually get off with a warning. I think I will stay out of Tijuana, however, and the Texas border seems to be experiencing problems as well. I ask myself why the Arizona border seems relatively safe (although there have been drug-related killings there as well). But again, there are weekly drug-related killings in Phoenix also, as well as, I am sure, in all major metropolitan areas of the U.S.
All I can say is, we love Mexico and will be here probably the rest of our lives. We live at a much higher level on less money and love the warm, friendly people, the beauty, the fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, lobsters, crab, shrimp, etc., etc., etc. Must say also the youth as a whole are wonderful kids. We teach country dancing to them and find them delightful! Recently had a dance festival in Hermosillo with an attendance of 800 kids from the northern region of Mexico. Find the youth very kind to one another and respectful!
We’re Cornball Rednecks
What was the point of this article (“Foreign Tourists Invade,” Cover Story, September 18)? Was it ghostwritten by the San Diego visitors’ bureau? You picked four or five tourists who enjoyed San Diego, with the typical comments about the weather, beaches, etc. But how about the other side of the story? When I have visitors or relatives over, within a day or two I hear the same complaints about the sweltering heat, lack of things to do, the inadequate “downtown,” mediocre restaurants, and lack of significant culture. My Asian relatives from Hawaii say they feel “uncomfortable in this redneck town.” (Now, there is an angle worth investigating, don’t you think? )
As you know, a basic rule of good journalism is to present both sides of the story. Otherwise you end up with a biased and probably boring article. The article was bland pap; tell us the dirt on San Diego, what people really think; then you have a story with edge and interest. To blather on about the so-called weather and the beaches is preaching to the converted. We have all heard this propaganda countless times; who cares?
The truth of the matter is that anyone who has lived in a real city knows what a cornball place this town is. If you are a jock, like to work out, follow the silly sports teams, think beer and burritos are gourmet dining, then you will love San Diego. The rest of us just suffer in silence.
“Sporting Box” Surprise
Kudos for Patrick Daugherty’s very funny article, “A Word About Electrical Safety” (“Sporting Box,” September 18). I’m cutting it out to use as a sort of model of just how funny good writing can be, in hopes that I’ll eventually have a potential author to show it to and say, "Read this and understand, (you heathen)!”
You deserve a medal, for starters, for coming up with such a witty title. (For precise reasons that elude me now, it really cracks me up.)
Then, the winding, roundabout pace of your article is somehow exactly right, as is your use of repetition, which seems to me is probably hard to do (i.e., “before that we were college students, travelers, pipeline laborers, college students, and travelers”).