Jun 2, 2004, 6:04 AM
Post #2 of 4
One difference about Mexico, that I really enjoy, is that I can use my horn without worrying about someone pulling out a 9mm and blowing me away like in the US. As soon as that red light turns green, the game is: who can honk their horn first. The car horn can be used for what it was intended and more. It was designed as a warning tool. In Mexico it is also used instead of the doorbell, to recognize beautiful women on the sidewalk and to acknowledge friends nearby. It's abused occaisionally but not to the point you want to do bodily harm.
Two years ago, before a big festival on the Malecon, in front of a place where I ride waves, one of those portable disco trucks had their giant speakers pointed out towards the ocean and they were cranked up to massive levels. I was surfing to the Eagles "Hotel California". Never in my surfing life (since 1959) have I had the enjoyment of surfing to music. It was supreme. I suppose those taking siestas nearby were going nuts but one man's cacophony is another's Beethoven.
Buy some earplugs, kick back and when you rent or buy, make sure it's not near a disco or a main busline.