Mar 17, 2009, 9:23 AM
Post #1 of 3
There is a thread which has been locked on the Chapala.Com Forum that explores the the theory of whether or not the water is potable, generally speaking, in Mexico and the tone of the conversation, which was initiated by a newcomer concerned about his/her health and inquiring about the purity of water hereabouts, had taken on a certain adolescent bravado that reminds me of the old game of crossing the old high-rise wooden bridge on the L&N Mainline between the state capital city of Montgomery and the state deep water port of Mobile thus the name MoMo Bridge and when The Dawg was a boy in the 1950s, the game among young men of the community was the crossing of this bridge upon a dangerous railing above the roadway in order to prove one´s bravery in comparison to one´s compatriots.
Foreigners at Lake Chapala, mostly Americans and Canadians, play a variance of this game displaying what I think of as adolescent bravado and in this variant they tend to dine at streetside taco stands and brag about consuming water not necessarily purified in order to make it uneventful for human consumption. The bravest of the "adolescent boys" cross that figurative water safety bridge with abandon thereby leaving the other, more conservative, boys in disgrace and proviong that their balls are the town´s balls of legend.
These foreigners with a false sense of bravado play this game by consuming comestibles not prepared in keeping with standard hygeinic practices most of us have come to expect and demand and this becomes a game lacking in rational thought and more about that later but for now I must run an errand for my better half before she whups my ass so I will continue this posting later.
When I return, let´s talk unemotionally of the standards of cleanliness of Mexican food and water purveyors and the foreigners who consume their products publicly extolling their virtuous lack of concern for the subject. Feel free, dear reader, to beat me to the punch on this matter.
(This post was edited by DavidMcL on Mar 17, 2009, 4:06 PM)