Wednesday, February 01, 2012

People Are Talking - Apparently Very Loudly

El Universal had a piece last week about the "nightmare" of noise generated by Mexico City's street musicians - when tend not to be lone buskers with an acoustic guitar but, rather, electrically amplified five-piece ensembles complete with a rhythm section. (Video here.)  Apparently, some people are now concerned that noise levels of 102 decibels or higher may have deleterious effects not just on people's mental health, but their physical health as well.  We kind of chuckled a bit because, you know, no shit, Sherlock, but then we felt bad because we realized that, if our theory about Mexican's lacking a functioning inner ear apparatus is true, then the people in the article had suffered some sort of birth defect, and there's nothing funny about that.

But then yesterday we saw that a government commission in Querétaro is suggesting that "noisy... disrespectful neighbors" could be fined in civil proceedings.  What the hell is going on here?  First the Burro Hall Child Protection Act of 2012, and now a kangaroo court through which to punish people making noise at obscene hours?  Is this town making fun of us?  Or are they finally realizing we have a point?  What's next - pan de muertos all year round? Streamlined visa renewals?  Don't mock us, Querétaro...


4 comments:

Cheryl Arredondo said...

We'll know for sure what they're thinking if they outlaw stretch pants. Have fingers crossed.

Maggie said...

Ok asshole the blog about you is down as is the reference to you on profile page. Now take my blog off of here.

Hey, if you want news from our area, just go to Borderland Beat, they steal everything.

fuck You

Anonymous said...

People are also talking very dementedly. Okay, person. Once again, the comment is almost as entertaining as the original post. How much do you pay her?

Fnarf said...

Is it true that, like the ancient Mayan calendar you can set your watch by the cycles of Maggie going off her meds and politely asking people to please FUCK YOU?