May 4, 2004, 9:24 AM
Post #17 of 33
Re: [jennifer rose] Another encounter with a traffic cop
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Let's keep the discussion about Mexico, leaving a discussion of Rh factors for another forum.
There isn't actually a Forum on Rh Factors. Let me help guide this discussion back on topic:
When an individual expat (not expats in general) is applying for/or reapplying for a Mexican driver’s license in a Mexican state run office and the question of one’s individual blood type is brought up, one, not currently wearing one's dog tags, has the option of either being casual in allowing a possible miss assignment of blood type to be printed on one’s license; or of being as conscious as possible in getting their blood type information reported accurately.
Some responders on Mexconnect have intuitions that hint to them this printed information on a driver’s license could be used in the event of an automobile accident resulting in injury as the determining factor in what type of blood a hospital might give one in quick emergency response. A/some responder/s on Mexconnect feel strongly that the open discussion of this question of accurately reporting one’s blood type is a Mexconnect rule violation because it is off the topic of Another encounter with a traffic cop started by Rolly, wherein he chronicled the nice deed of an Mexican traffic cop.
A possible reason for Another encounter with a traffic cop being a special discussion topic in the first place is that there it a common feeling by Mexican nationals in aggregate (as distilled from multitudes of undocumented private conversations by Mexicans with multitudes of foreigners, who subsequently reported these unproven allegations in books, cocktail conversations, jokes, and messages to others) that “Mexican traffic cops” (they are generalizing here but I can’t help it) are corrupt and without much positive social value. Rolly (as he always does) reported a personal encounter (one that actually happened to him) documenting that one Mexican traffic cop did one good deed to Rolly. Rolly did not really go on much, but the spirit of the post, as interpreted by me, indicates that some Mexican traffic cops have veins of goodness in them.
This is an unproven leap of assumption, but such a Mexican traffic cop upon encountering a medical emergency in a traffic accident in Mexico might have the goodness to be helpful in the emergency and tell the medical personal the blood type of a bleeding injured person from the information listed on the Mexican driver’s license. This could in some chance circumstances be instrumental in saving a life or causing a death, assuming that the ambulance personal are not as characterized by Dr. G in Oaxaca in his prejudicial statement: “Your emergency medical ID bracelet will not help you, because the Mexican (his term) ambulance drivers will think it is gold and steal it before they take you to the hospital.” (A statement made to my wife in front of me, and in front of his wife, a nurse, who subsequently laughed in agreement.) Of course this statement is controversial, but what can I do?
Here is where we put the pieces together: Traffic cop does good deed in Durango area. Imaginary conclusion > some Mexican traffic cops are not as bad as everybody says they are. Projectory assumption > nice Mexican traffic cop encounters an accident and in good faith use the information you gave on your Mexican driver’s license to be helpful in the emergency. Unwanted international cultural outcome = gringo/a dies as result of faulty blood type listing being reported by nice Mexican cop. Nice Mexican cop feel terrible responsibility and contracts la tristeza.
As often happens in conversation, the initiating topic sentence leads to a response that has multiple related facets. One of the multiple related facets is pursued more vigorously as a result of its more awidely shared interest. None of the conversationalists want to appear rude, and thus do not interrupt the conversation in progress and rephrase a new topic sentence of the related topic facet. Then as often happens, all the participants smilingly continue as if nothing is out of order. I’ve seen it happen time and time again.
(This post was edited by TomG on May 4, 2004, 11:16 AM)