Monthly Archives: March 2015
Almost everyone I know lives (as I do) on some outlying ranch that’s not easy for guests to find. Getting there can be half the fun. When I’m invited out for deep-pit barbecue, margaritas, and mariachis the directions are; turn right at the cornfield, when you see the old sorrel, take a left at the big sauco tree – and you are there! Right. Usually by the time I get there the party’s over. But high tech is catching on among some of the rancheros – the host sends up a helium kite to beam me up. I don’t need to look for the old sorrel nor hang a left at the the big sauco tree. I don’t need a GPS in the car. and I can leave my sextant and my Bowditch at home. Play mariachis, play!
It is possible that texting originated in Tecate. Long before everybody over the age of two held an i-something in his hand, we had an effective communication system. About forty years ago the city government built a series of pedestrian bridges mainly for the purpose of extending the life-expectancy of its citizens. As you can easily see these corridors of safety are rarely used for their intended purpose but they brought effective social media to Tecate. What you see here is a lover texting his sweetheart, pleading forgiveness for his indiscretion and pledging eternal love. The system is not exactly secure. The whole town will know before noon. But the system is never down.