Friday, January 28, 2011

Enough With the Huddled Masses, Already!

You know, you think we're making it up, but tens of thousands of Mexicans seem to agree with us: if you're gonna live in Mexico, Querétaro is a pretty good place to do it.

Families from the north of the country and from areas where violence is increasing make up a "silent migration" to Querétaro. The data is clear: every 24 hours, on average, Querétaro receives 49 new families or individuals.

Setting aside the nonsense that 10,000 Mexicans could do anything "silently," this migration has been noticed by local officials and, candidly, they're less than thrilled. School enrollment is up 11% this year because students keep transferring here from other states. 13,000 new vehicles were registered in the city last year. The governor is, on the basis of no actual increase in crime, worried about an increase in crime, and so we start seeing news stories touting the network of 300 super-powerful video cameras watching over the city 24/7 (at least two of which are trained on the headquarters of Burro Hall).

And yet the government keeps cranking out ads like this one, which even we find embarrassing...



Querétaro: we're litter-free, offer our seats to the elderly, and if you drop your wallet on the street, a kid will run a mile to return it to you! (But please don't come.)

But Burro Hall is here to give you the ugly truth - the truth the government and the media don't want you to hear: the fire department here is mostly volunteers. So if your cat gets stuck in a tree, you may have to wait an hour for them to come and get him down.

Still thinking of moving here, amigos?

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wait, so they don't want immigrants from other parts of Mexico, and yet they expect the United States to accept all the illiterate masses from Mexican society?

Nice...

Burro Hall said...

So we're clear, "they" means "Messicans," right?

Mexfiles said...

With concrete houses unlikely to burn down, I suppose the fire department doesn't have a lot to do... though I'm surprised there are any trees high enough in QTO for a cat to get stuck in.

Cheryl Arredondo said...

We have plenty of fires in Monterrey due to grenades and Molotov cocktails. Even with a "real" fire department, you're pretty much screwed.

Burro Hall said...

As a fireman once told me, "You never find any cat skeletons in trees, do you?"

Anonymous said...

"We have plenty of fires in Monterrey due to grenades and Molotov cocktails. Even with a "real" fire department, you're pretty much screwed."

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They should build more of the concrete houses in Monterrey so they fire department can rescue cats from trees.

Burro Hall said...

Well, duh!