May 9, 2007, 10:47 AM
Have you seen Hermosillo?
I have not seen many other places in Mexico (Cabo, Mazatlan, La Paz, Tijuana) but all of them seem glorious compared to "the Cleveland of Sonora" as I like to call Hermosillo, just without the lake and no cold weather. It is hotter, drier, dustier, and dirtier than Phoenix, but seems almost as big. Less water than Phoenix. Almost nothing green growing anywhere, and it is only May. What will it look like in August?
I have not seen one single intact sidewalk anywhere. Even the new ones are cracked, chipped, and broken, with a pile of unused, leftover cement, hardened into a sidewalk "tope" where the sidewalk ends and the dirt begins again. Why didn't they just spread it out a little over the dirt?
The roads in the city and Highway 15 are the worst I have seen anywhere in the world I have ever traveled (including Iron Curtain countries in the '60s and '70s), China, Malaysia, Puerto Rico.
So why am I here, you ask? I guess you could say, I married into it.
But there is an abundance of cheap oranges for the fresh squeezed OJ I crave, and excellent, cheap beef and seafood. Clear sunny skies, and I doubt I will ever be cold again like I have been for months on end during winters in Kansas. And no tornadoes. And no bugs (of the flying, cicada-type). Lots of cucarachas though. None here at home yet.