Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Me and a Gun

There's a book fair on the Jardin today, and since women reading books are a well-known target for Taliban terrorists, the Centro is obviously being patrolled by heavily armed military units in head-to-toe kevlar. As we were walking past there this morning we stopped to take a picture of a truck full of soldiers manning a roof-mounted machine gun - not for the gun so much as for the fact they were all clad in jungle camouflage, and thus easily visible against the yellow adobe walls. Suddenly, another soldier came up behind up as ordered us not to take pictures of the soldiers.

"Oh, we're sorry, we didn't see the soldiers there," we replied, smugly satisfied that the cammo joke had gone over his head. That's when we noticed the other truck full of soldiers behind him, with two of them pointing M16s right at us. Now this is the second time in six weeks that an under-trained farm boy has pointed a semiautomatic weapon at us with the safety switched off and, frankly, this does not become more amusing with repetition. It's fucking book fair, pendejos. Everybody calm the fuck down.

And more importantly: US Citizen; foreign soldier; loaded weapon...where was Obama?!

    Update: We see he's hopping a plane here day after tomorrow. Oh, you boys are fucked now!

13 comments:

Lazlo Lozla said...

Hey, do you think He would come to Queretaro and visit the Burro Hall headquarters if you ask nicely?

Burro Hall said...

No. After passing me over for the Ambassador's job, we don't talk much anymore.

Burro Hall said...

Also, the only way you get to BH HQ is blindfolded, in the trunk of a car. The Secret Service would definitely not be cool with this.

Lazlo Lozla said...

Shame. You definitely have a problem with Messiahs, don't you?

Anonymous said...

hey, you know it's illegal to take photos of the army and police (and also airport facilities and planes) in Mexico, right?
you can only get away with doing that if nobody sees you at all, you know, like shoot from the hip method...click without lifting to focus

Anonymous said...

the same would happen if you take a picture of a soldier here in the United States. Even if you take a picture of a national guard. Not to mention if you take a picture right in front of a federal building. A guy with a gun will come up to you to investigate. I've seen tourists in Manhattan carried away after taking pictures in the court area downtown. And the worst part is that there are no signs that prevent you of not taking pictures. How the tourists are supposed to know that?

Burro Hall said...

Under certain crazy post-Sept11 rules there are some thing you're not allowed to photograph, but I'm pretty certain I would not get two loaded guns pointed at me if I took a picture of a National Guardsman on the streets of Brooklyn.

Even in Queretaro, the rules seem inconsistent to me.

Anonymous said...

Even before 9-11 a person would get loaded guns pointed at him/her - it's illegal in Mexico to take photos of army, police, army & police facilities, etc. I tried to take photos--at a far distance, too -- of the coast guard facilities and their armed guards in Zihuatanejo in 1984 and had loaded automatic rifles pointed at mw. And I'm a female person who was wearing a bikini at the time. A state of being and dress that one might think would let one out of the gunsights -- but no, however they kindly explained that it is definitely illegal.

Burro Hall said...

Burro Hall welcomes all female, bikini-wearing commenters, and we promise not to shoot you. You're safe here.

mexfiles.net said...

hey, you know it's illegal to take photos of the army and police (and also airport facilities and planes) in Mexico, right?

-- Has anyone told the Mexican press that? There are photos of soldiers, with guns, in my local newspaper every day. Where did "Anonymous" dig up that particular law, and where is it in the code?

Burro Hall said...

It's also pretty easy to take pictures of airports here.

In fact, here's a trifecta: a soldier in front of a plane at an airport facility...

mexfiles.net said...

However, if an 18 year old farm boy with a AR-15 doesn't want his photograph taken, it's best not to press the issue.

Burro Hall said...

You'll note this post's lack of photographic accompaniment.