Friday, October 14, 2011

Be Damned Those Hourly Escorts To Peñasco!

-by El Gitano Peñasco, "The Peñasco Gypsy"

With the announcement for the ‘Thunder On The Beach’ racing event kicking off here I was pleased to see several websites promoting the event and at the same time I was shocked that they are offering visitors hourly escorts from the border to our fair community.

I also read a recent transcript from a radio broadcast on a NPR (National Public Radio) show about murder in Mexico and a person called in from the Tucson AZ area and although her comments had nothing to do with the racing event, Karen’s remarks, along with those ‘border-escorts’ got me boiling.

Karen said: “Yes. I live in Tucson and so many of us go down to Rocky Point, which is about three and a half hours away, for vacationing, and I just won't go down there. My sister just called me today from Boston and said, hey, do you think we could go down if we come out on vacation during Christmas? And I said, absolutely not. And I feel terrible, because the livelihood for these people is tourism, and I just --- I do not want to go down there. It is just way too risky.”

And quite frankly her sentiment matches more than a few people I’ve met while up in AZ and CA recently and who’ve traveled here for many years and although they’ve never had one problem coming down or heading back ‘north’ they now “absolutely” refuse to visit Peñasco!

How many visitors sign up for this hourly escort service to Peñasco for the race is not known (by the Gypsy) but I don’t like it one bit as it adds, for the sake of a few pieces of silver, to the fear that something ‘might’ happen driving here. And like all well intended ideas ‘if’ this one gets legs and future events incorporate that aspect into their promotions then it will take a very long time to reverse a trend that is absolutely not necessary!

Let’s face it Amigas and Amigos. ‘Stuff’ happens but like the tragic and needless killing of 8 patrons this week at a beauty salon in the posh community of Seal Beach in Orange County California, the business community and city leaders reactions will not now include offers of ‘escorted tours’ to the beaches along the coast…

And in the case of Seal Beach, most visitors often have to make it through the crime infested areas of Westminster, Garden Grove, Santa Ana, Anaheim, Long Beach, Los Angeles (including East LA), etc., traveling through dangerous neighborhoods that have no shortage of murders, high-pursuit chases, bank robberies, rape, sexual assaults, drive-by shootings, kidnappings, gang (drug) wars, strong armed robberies, extortions, etc. on a daily basis.

So enough already with this ‘hourly escort’ crap to Peñasco!

Have I made myself clear?

A Gypsy can always dream!

¡Viva Puerto Peñasco y México!

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. -Mark Twain