Ed and Fran
Jun 17, 2004, 12:25 PM
Post #9 of 11
Close Adrian, but you're still adjusting to the realities here. Back across the pond you actually had "...masses of road and pavement works in London from March to May each year..."
Unfortunately what Alex has in Tijuana is a billboard talking about more paving, not the actual work.
Down here in the lesser provinces we'd settle for the billboard...............
You said "The financial year ended in April and if a local government hadn't spent the cash allotted to it by central govt. then it lost that money for the following year." We have somthing similar, but here it is suggested by the waggish that this potential problem is solved by siphoning off funds to local pockets instead of a flurry of local projects.
And, to add a footnote to this topic (as I just returned from the vulcanizadora who extracted two, not one but two, nails from my right front tire) let me rant a bit. I know I can't prove beyond a reasonable doubt that all my flats are caused by the roads (if you can call them that) in my colonia, but in my gut I know where they're coming from.
My fellow colonials (can I call them that?) seem to think the best way to help out the road situation in the colonia is to throw whatever construction waste is handy in the middle of the road. The theory is that we'll help fill in the low areas. Okay, to a certain extent I buy into the theory.
Concrete chunks and broken brick and masonry is okay up to a point. I mean let's not build new topes while we're at it. Excavated material or gravel might be okay, but the yellow clay that we have for subsoil in the neighborhood just turns to greasy toothpaste when it gets wet and hurts more than it helps. And I'm not sure of the theory behind throwing old palm fronds into the soup. I mean, let's cut down trees and make a corduroy road, maybe, but palm fronds?
Back in another life I had cars that I bought, used, and sold and never had to know where the jack was or change a tire. Here I have an open account at my local vulcanizadora.
My 'To Do' list in the morning typically goes:
- take the kid to school
- walk dogs
- patch flat tire
Life has taken on a strange resemblance to the Indy 500......I drive down the street, pull into my vulcanizadora, he and his team slide the jack under my car, off comes the tire, quick change and I'm out of there. A new record. Even the cashier knows me by sight.
What was that old refrain??? "They paved Paradise and put up a parking lot..." Okay leave Paradise alone, but my street (which is at the other end of the spectrum from Paradise) PAVE IT PLEASE.
Okay, rant over. I now return you to your normally scheduled programing.
And remember, your mileage may vary.........especially if you use Pemex.