Sep 17, 2007, 3:41 PM
Post #1 of 30
My husband and I were sitting on our lovely warm (but shady) patio in Bucerias late this afternoon, sipping an iced coffee and watching the iguanas climb the mimosa tree. We had just received delivery of a new bathtub that was supposed to be here early this morning, and could not help wondering just how much time we spend waiting for people who never show up, or who show up late late late. We are very happy living in Mexico (have been here a year and a half), but are having a problem adjusting to this cultural difference. Just a few examples: (1) for the third Monday in a row, NONE of our workers showed up today (we are having an upper story built on our house) - yes, I know about San Lunes and that yesterday was a holiday. The contractor has told us three weeks in a row that he will start building the stairs to the third level, and we keep waiting for him, but he never comes; (2) It took us 10 months to get our new 220v electricity hooked up (I won't recount the entire saga). The last excuse CFE gave us was that some trees needed to be trimmed, and said they would be back in a hour. A month went by, and finally Jerry flagged down a CFE truck driving by, offered them a $200 MXP propina, and it got hooked up in 25 minutes; (3) we arranged with three different people to come and trim our palm trees. The first two just never showed up when they said they would be here, and finally the third time was a charm; (4) We stayed home for 17 days in a row waiting for Telecable to come and hook up the cable when we lived in Vallarta. They kept saying "esta tarde", but it didn't happen. I could go on and on, but I'm feeling my blood pressure rise...
I don't think this type of experience is unique to us, or happens because we are gringos...our Mexican friends have similar experiences. Because we are retired, it usually doesn't bother us that much, but if we have important errands to run (bank, post office, doctor) and we sit home hour after hour, day after day waiting for someone who does not show up, we begin to get frustrated.
I know that there are people on this board who live all over Mexico...do other people have similar experiences? How do you deal with it? (I think I already know the answer to this one - "get used to it.") It is true that this casual, laid back approach to life is part of what attracted us to Mexico in the first place...so I guess I am just venting. Anyone share our frustrations? Thanks for listening - Karen