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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 12:20 (35 days ago)

This morning on my friend Sergio Vazquez' talk radio program "Zona Libre" we enjoyed an excellent conversation by some of the original planners and builders of Ixtapa recalling what the idea and original intent of Ixtapa was and how they went about making the dream a reality. Like most everyone involved including most of the construction workers, they were brought here from somewhere else. Like me and a growing number of locals, they condemned the so-called authorities who allowed the land invasions for votes that have characterized the past couple of decades thanks to unscrupulous politicians. Zihuatanejo-Ixtapa was supposed to AVOID the mistakes of Acapulco, but thanks to our unprepared, greedy and unscrupulous politicians we have instead copied and repeated each error of Acapulco. They also agreed with my point of view shared increasingly by more folks as they come to understand the problem that the promotion of all-included hotel packages and “turismo social” are a large part of the problem hurting our prosperity as well as the lack of providing quality basic education in most of the state. Too many of our citizens complain when the garbage truck doesn't pass by when it's supposed to, yet they continue placing their garbage in the street instead of holding onto it. BTW, our garbage trucks are supposed to pick up all the garbage daily. An impossible task made worse by not providing basic adequate maintenance for the city's motor pool and by having a centralized municipal government more like a county government responsible for the services for all the smaller outlying communities. The walk down memory lane was fun, but the most interesting part for me was their conclusions and how they coincided with my own. Stoked my ego a bit. ;-)

While the area looks busy and we are seeing a lot of Canadian tourists, I keep hearing from folks including captains on the pier that many U.S. tourists have cancelled their trips, in large part due to the murder of the gringo in Ixtapa as well as for the unwarranted State Department alert. The more I hear from folks around town about what that Californian guy was doing here, the more I'm surprised he wasn't killed sooner. According to what I hear, the man apparently was a pederast who had a fondness for underage girls and spent quite a bit of time here acting rude, arrogant and sexually predatorial, which is what eventually got him killed. The more I learn about him the more my original outrage over his murder subsides and the more I feel that he pretty much got what he deserved, except that the sensationalism and the violence hurt our tourism business. The sex tourists from the States have long been a problem here in Mexico (as well as in other Latin American countries), preying on our vulnerable underaged and impoverished girls, and unfortunately we get our share of them here in Zihuatanejo.

A group of Canadians are currently here building a new classroom for the kids at the garbage dump school. THANK YOU!

Last night was the coolest night yet this year owing to the mass of polar air covering much of Mexico. Must've got down to 20°C (68°F) last night! Brrrrrr! And while many of us were bundled up and shivering on our morning walk, the snowbirds were easy to spot strolling calmly in their tank tops acting like they were enjoying a heat wave. Ha! As far south as Chiapas folks in the higher elevations of the sierra are experiencing freezing temps. Forecasters say they'll have to suffer at least another couple of days of extremely cold temps.

My wife practically dragged me out of bed by my ears this morning. I was enjoying the warmth under the bedsheet when she brought my fresh locally grown coffee and told me we had to get to the pier before our friend Elva left so we could get some of her special fish salad. So my photos are few and slightly unfocused because my dear saint of a wife was hauling me along by the ear. :blush:

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by Labrat ⌂ @, The Roosterfish Foundation, Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 14:38 (35 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Where's the pics of the fish salad?

Keith

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by MN Nice @, MN, Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 16:25 (35 days ago) @ Labrat

Nice pics anyway Rob! We'll be there soon for our yearly trip :kingtut:

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by Altona Stu @, Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 17:34 (34 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Nice pics, as always.

And this prairie boy was out on his deck early in shorts only, enjoying the coolth.

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by Charlybby, Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 23:57 (34 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Great pics as usual!! Even if you were being pulled by the ear! Lol:vivamexico:

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by Eli @, Thursday, January 18, 2018, 07:24 (34 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Nice review of how/why these problems are happening. Thank you. As an American, I apologize for our stupid State Dept. Postings..well, you-know-who is in charge of our poor State Dept from which our senior and jr employees are fleeing. Yes, I see very few Americans here this year.

Fish salad..tirittas ? I will look for her ! I get the BEST tirittas from Armando at Carlitos on Calle Adelita. Know him? Been there?

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by dhunsber @, ¡Dondequiera que voy, estoy aquí!, Thursday, January 18, 2018, 10:17 (34 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Thanks for the update, and the eversolovely fotos.
¡Saludos!
:vivamexico: