Sunday, November 18, 2012

It's Sad, So Sad, It's a Sad, Sad Situation, and It's Getting More and More Absurd

It's exactly four and a half years since we penned typed these words upon hearing that the City of Querétaro was planning to spend over a million dollars on a pair of "Dancing Fountains."

These will be "programmed to 'dance' to 15 classic melodies in 40 minute intervals." Just what, exactly, the phrase "classic melodies" means in the Mexican context is not explained. Later in the article, it mentions that the program will last about 40 minutes, which would seem to mean - again, this isn't clear - that every 40 minutes it will begin a 40-minute program, or in other words, the same 15 classic melodies will play nonstop on an endless loop until global warming raises the level of the oceans 5,950 feet and drowns the city.

Nearly half a decade later, the plumbing works intermittently, but all day long the "classic melodies" play at intervals considerably shorter than 40 minutes.  Here, shot at 10AM one recent morning, are the majestic "fountains" "dancing" to the "classic" Elton John "melody," "Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word"...

Worth every goddamn peso, if you ask us. All 12 million of them.


EL CHAVO! said...

You guys have the cleanest, clearest water ever! Nice dancing.

Crazy Rita said...

Only the pigeon and I stuck around long enough to enjoy this.

Brick said...

That is just so wrong on so many levels.
I've been searching for a tech guy who can build me a little hand held device so that if some guy cruises by with the Banda blaring I can just turn on my little box and the guys sound system will literally melt down. It would work on any sort of bad music system. Will let you know when I land one.
It's no wonder there aren't any people in the zocalo.