Yesterday we made our Nite Camp on a quiet street next to a shopping containing a WalMart, Sam's Club and Home Depot. After going to bed, there came gentle knocking on MsTioga's door. It was a City of Obregon policeman. He suggested that this place was not safe and that a better place to stay the nite would be in the parking lot in front of the Sam's Club.
MsTioga followed the police car with its flashing lights to the place where it should be safer. We spent the nite there with no problems. It's pretty quiet here too!
We on the TiogaRV Team have been most often impressed with the polite encounters that we have had with police here in Mexico.
10AM - Being afraid!
MsTioga and I are guessing that you may feel concern for our safety. You read about crime in Mexico in the news. Last week a robber entered MsTioga during the nite thru an unlocked door. And then last nite a local policeman comes to tell us to move to a safer place. Wow!
But for us being afraid does not come up. We do not perceive danger here in Mexico. Maybe we have stars in our eyes? But we think not. The chances for being a crime victim while traveling in Mexico seems slight.
In any case, we are not afraid. So, MsTioga advises you to not be afraid for us either.
1PM - Muchacho
MsTioga had just passed thru a highway toll booth and I pulled over to put away my change. A muchacho [boy] came up to the door and asked for money. I've had lots of kids ask for money in Mexico. They pronounce money as "moan-ee".
He was a very small boy. Very young. He was holding a coke bottle and squeegee for washing windows. I asked him, "Do you want to work for money?" He answered, "Yes!" So I told him, "Wash the window for money."
The boy looked up at the window. It was very high. But somehow he got his shoe on MsTioga's front tire and boosted himself up to the window. He began squirting his soap solution from the coke bottle on the window and used his squeegee to do the work. He was very meticulous and carefully cleaned the half of the windshield that he was able to reach. Then he pulled from his pants pocket a well used paper towel and dried the window's edges.
He had done a really good job on the first half of the windshield. When he climbed up to do the other half, I sensed that his leg muscles may have been tiring. He was having a bit of trouble standing in that awkward position. The second half cleaning was not going well. It was smudged. I think that the boy was having trouble concentrating because of being tired.
I went outside and while he was up there still cleaning, asked him how much he earned for washing a windshield. "Forty pesos", he answered. Wow! I thought to myself, "This kid's good". Forty pesos is a lot of money. He would be lucky to earn forty pesos working all day! But this boy understood bargaining already at his young age.
"How old are you?", I asked. "I have eight years", he replied. I paid the boy 18 pesos. All the coins in my purse. The usual price for window washing is less than five pesos.