Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Your City (Unless It's Merida or Colima) Sucks

Well, there it is, the front page of today's New Oceania Happy News-Tribune: Querétaro is a Paradise! Nothing to see here folks, return to your homes.

Apparently, in a survey conducted by the newspaper Reforma, Querétaro ranked third overall in quality of life here in Mexico. Despite the preponderance of impressive-looking data (Merida, one of most astoundingly hot and humid places we've ever been, edged out Querétaro by .01 on a 1-10 scale), the word "non-scientific" would probably apply here, but it's safe to say that while a lot of places in Mexico really do suck, Querétaro isn't one of them.

The city ranks second overall in satisfaction with pubic security - nice to know in light of the recent rash of videotaped beheadings - and also in public services. While it did take us several months to get our electric meter installed, a couple weeks ago some city employees knocked on the door and asked if we'd like them to paint over the graffitti on the side of the house, free of charge. I'm not sure where this fits into the data set, but then I was an English major.

The only unsettling stat here is that "91% of queretanos are happy and satisfied with life in the city." I'm not sure how long I can survive in a place where only 9% of the populace has a major gripe. On the other hand, when the Revolution comes, it'll probably take a while to hit Querétaro.

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