Sunday, November 14, 2010

Dutch Treat

The good people of Holland, Michigan - one of Querétaro's three Sister Cities - have apparently got wind of the harsh punishment we meted out to their Sister-In-Law City, Orange, CA, because suddenly the Holland Sentinal is running stories like this one

If the city of Holland wants to keep up a relationship with its sister city in Mexico, it’s going to have to commit to a personal relationship, International Relations Commission members say.

Because of a Mexican law barring its mayors from running for re-election after one three-year term, Holland officials have to establish new ties with a new mayor every three years. The two of Holland’s nine council members who have visited Querétaro have not met its current mayor, Francisco Dominguez Servien. His term will expire in 2012.

Someone sounds a little nervous! Given that Mayor Dominguez has only been in office a little more than 13 months, the fact that seven of Holland's nine council members have met with him is really kind of astonishing. Relax, amigos, you've got a long way to fall before we give you the Orange treatment.

Also astonishing was the next paragraph in the Sentinel's article:

This story is a subscriber exclusive for e-edition and print edition customers. Log on to the e-edition to read the full story or check out the printed Holland Sentinel.

Seriously? We need to shell out $77 to subscribe to the e-edition (or $170 for the print edition) in order to read the Holland fucking Sentinel? Gosh, let us get our credit card. Meanwhile, feel free to peruse any of our four local papers online - for free.

Despite its pretensions, the Sentinel is too minor even for Nexis. But while we were looking for it, we stumbled upon a piece in the Grand Rapids Press from 2004, about a fountain the city of Querétaro gave Holland as a gift in 2000 - a gift as carefully planned and well-thought-out as everything in Querétaro is.

HOLLAND -- Hundreds of tiles in the Friendship Fountain in Kollen Park are being replaced this week so the fountain can be turned on in time for Fiesta and Tulip Time festivities that will take place the first week of May.

The 5-year-old fountain has not acclimatized to West Michigan winters.

Scores of the colorful blue and cream terra-cotta tiles along the inside walls of the fountain were cracked and chipped.

"They were not meant to freeze and thaw. We seal and waterproof them and then cover the fountain with tarps in the winter. We do everything to keep the water out," said Brian Creek, superintendent of the city's park system.

This week, more than 250 tiles are being replaced. The repairs will cost the city $800.

No wonder they won't let us read their fucking newspaper online.


Anonymous said...

I find it hard to believe the mexican craftsman didn't take into account a fucking -12 degree winter.

Anonymous said...

"The two of Holland’s nine council members who have visited Querétaro have not met its current mayor"

Doesn't this mean that only two council members have ever visited Querétaro, and neither has met the current mayor?

Anonymous said...

-30C is more accurate, being there in winter and it can get as cold as that. Queretaro's coldest day in winter is for a few moments in the morning -6C the rest of the morning 8C, at mid day 15C and at night 5C, and you can count those days with one hand an still have fingers left.