Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Light in August

It's been just three weeks since the city of Querétaro decided to light up the aqueduct like a French whorehouse at a cost of nearly a million and a half dollars, but that's all the time it took for INAH - the National Institute of Anthropology and History, official guardian of all things Mexican - to realize, hey...the aqueduct seems to be lit up like a French whorehouse! Apparently, this sort of thing is not allowed (specifically, lights are fine - multicolored lights are not), so INAH wants the city to either pull the plug or change all 42,000 light bulbs.


Last year, when the city decided to sink all the telephone and electric cables underground, it meant that our power meter would need to be re-wired. But because the Burro Hall offices are a historically landmarked building (because it's old, not because our offices are there, though we totally understand how you might think that), we received several visits from INAH explaining that our historically landmarked facade could not be tampered with, so the cables would have to come in under the house, where they would tear up the non-historically landmarked wooden floors in our reception area, and run them up through the inside of the non-historically landmarked walls to the meter, which would be located indoors, above the sofa, rather than on the historically landmarked outside of the building. We countered that they must be historically fucking high. After several weeks of this, the electricians simply said fuck it, cut a channel into the facade, ran the wires, plastered it over and painted it as good as new. A year later, whenever there's a knock on the door we assume it's the army coming to take us away in leg irons.

But the city government managed to spend a million and a half bucks altering the 300 year-old, 3/4 mile-long trademark monument running through the center of town, without getting INAH's okay. Maybe we should put that giant neon burro up on our rooftop after all.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Maybe we should put that giant neon burro up on our rooftop after all." Go for it! I double-dog dare you! Judy

Jorge Arturo said...

I think the city will stop the changing colors and leave it just white or that orange that was before. And I actually prefer that, it is an historic landmark not a Las Vegas casino.

Dave said...

Oooh, I missed the "changing colors" part of the previous post. When I saw the photo, I didn't think it looked all bad, vs. white, but that changes things a bit.

So about that neon burro....

Anonymous said...

Will the person in charge of this expensive mistake be sacked? No. But what does he/she care, after they probably pocketed a sizeable ammount of cash in backhanders from the light supplier.
Viva Mexico!

Anonymous said...

I hope they don't end up doing the same as in Oaxaca. Recently, a friend of mine went there and didn't like it. He said everything, the houses, streets, lights, the painting, the selection of colors, was so perfect, that it felt like Germany, not like Mexico. Couldn't find garbage on the street or imperfections on the downtown area as expected.