a reply to: Bent8484
Yep. and Yep.
The ship I was on didn't experience anything to peculiar. At least not that I know. I was in CIC the whole time. All the radars and navigation
equipment was ooersting properly.
As far as Mexico goes. Yeah, it can be a real no man's land.
Me and my then wife went to visit her family there a few years back, and while I enjoyed the sense of freedom I discovered that it came at a price.
You either have what it takes to command power, or you work with someone who has power, or you stick with family and quite tight.
All in all I liked it. Even as a white man I didn't feel like I was in danger. I just knew to mind my own business.
I saw some shady stuff and I just put my hand up, nodded, and kept walking. Not my business.
I was actually surprised to see the amount of Chinese people there. And yes they were Chinese.
I asked my then wife about that and they said that Mexico is a very popular place with Chinese people because they make a lot of money there.
I also discovered that the police will rob you. Not me personally, but I saw it happen, and when asking my then wife and her family about it they said
it's better to have the police take what's in your wallet than go to jail.
The one thing that bothered me is that when we visited the beach the coast was lined with mansions. When I asked who lives in those houses my then
wife said doctors and lawyers from around the world buy them for vacation homes.
When I asked her who lives in the houses when they aren't there she said their girlfriends, wives, and their families.
So, since I had already seen these "girlfriends and wives" I asked her about that and she confirmed that these rich people buy property in Mexico and
then "marry" young girls as young as 13.
So, there's that.
Also, you either protect your own property or pay for "protection". That's either paying the local head criminal to leave you and your properties
alone or paying for armed "guards".