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Plans for a future trip

I went to Juarez, Mexico this past weekend and started talking to man I met at one of the parks. He told me there was this THING in an ancient, remote section of a city that is about a 13 hour drive from Juarez. I’m not going to tell you what the THING is, or the name of the town, but I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind, and have decided that I will be driving my car none stop to that place so I can take pictures. Since it's going to be an awful long drive, I’ll take naps in my car, and copy ex-astronaut Lisa Nowak by wearing a diaper for the entire trip. :o) Seriously. I don’t know exactly when I’ll leave for this trip, and I’m not going to tell family or friends about my plans. When I return, I’ll post the pictures in my LJ. Once I drive out of Juarez, I know I’ll be completely safe. I will only take the clothes I’ll be wearing, enough money for gas, and a little cooler with water, peanut butter sandwiches, and my passport. I will go, take pics, and drive back immediately.

I have set my mind to do this, and nothing will change my mind.

The situation has become absolutely horrific in Juarez, Mexico. You hear nothing about the situation over there in the news, because reporters and journalist are murdered if they publicize it. Everybody is terrified. The cartel has now targeted the schools for extortion, and if they don’t, children, and teachers will be murdered. They have already murdered two children. Many of the schools have now closed down. Citizens can’t call the municipal or federal police for help, because the majority of the police are the cartel. Yesterday, a body was chopped into tiny pieces and strewn throughout the street.

Two weeks ago, a bomb many time times more powerful than the one that exploded about a month ago was placed in a car with another murdered innocent man in it. Luckily, they somehow found out before it went off. Forty-seven girls and women have been murdered this month. The numbers of total murders are now exceeding 400 per month.

The vandals have now targeted for extortion those poverty stricken men and women who push their little carts throughout the streets selling homemade burritos, and fruit refreshments just to buy a minute amount of food for their families. I didn’t see those little carts anymore. I found entire blocks of businesses closed down. Kidnappings are rampant, and found myself seriously afraid for the first time to make my camera visible to take pictures.


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Sep. 30th, 2010 06:28 pm (UTC)
Move here.

That way I can be sure you're safe!
Sep. 30th, 2010 08:20 pm (UTC)
What a lovely country you live in. Please don't tempt me! :o)
Oct. 1st, 2010 06:14 am (UTC)
That, and I get to hug you in person every day...

Sep. 30th, 2010 06:35 pm (UTC)
I wish you a safe adventure - I can't wait to see your pictures!
Sep. 30th, 2010 08:21 pm (UTC)
I believe you'll find the pics extremely interesting!

Thank you!
Sep. 30th, 2010 07:46 pm (UTC)
I hope you're not rolling the dice here.
Sep. 30th, 2010 08:17 pm (UTC)
Rolling the dice? I don't understand. :o(
Sep. 30th, 2010 09:08 pm (UTC)
Gambling with your life.
Sep. 30th, 2010 10:04 pm (UTC)
I see.

I won't be gambling with my life, since I plan to only make a couple of stops to get gasoline on the way over there.
Sep. 30th, 2010 08:27 pm (UTC)
Be careful!
Sep. 30th, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC)
I will be extremely careful!
Thank you!
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Oct. 1st, 2010 09:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you, and I sincerely hope you enjoy the pictures when I post them!
Oct. 1st, 2010 07:07 am (UTC)
I sincerely admire your adventurous spirit and the fact that you're undeterred by the prospect of danger. Have a safe trip, I wish you only the best. I can see why you wouldn't mention this to your friends or family, they'd worry themselves catatonic, I'm sure. I know this is going to sound redundant and you already seem like a cautious woman, but do be careful. An anonymous man telling you about a THING in an obscure location sounds like the beginning of a scary urban legend or something. I, also, am excited to hear about this and see pictures when you get back.

P.S. I also appreciate that you're willing to do what journalists can't do as far as exposing the corruption perpetrated by the drug cartels. Even if you're just sharing it with us, you're still passing it along to spread awareness. Kudos.
Oct. 1st, 2010 08:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your extremely kind words, and well wishes!

The numbers of monthly murders in Juarez are so much greater than the public is lead to believe, but I get first hand information directly from the people I encounter and start a conversation with.

I feel I must go on this trip to see the object of my interest, and other things I've been told are there. I honestly believe the day is fast approaching when I will never again be able to enter Juarez, Mexico, and the rest of the country.

Again, thank you Sweet-T-Pie!

Oct. 2nd, 2010 12:16 am (UTC)
I'm looking forward to your updates and pictures from the trip because then we'll all know you're home safe. The world needs its brave adventurers or nothing would ever get done.
Oct. 7th, 2010 06:54 pm (UTC)
You will never completely comprehend how very much I appreciate your worry for me!

First post about the trip has just been made.

Thank you Luv!!
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Oct. 1st, 2010 09:19 pm (UTC)
I love you so much for worrying about me, but if I don't go now and take pictures of it, I never will. Besides, I'm really good at taking care of myself.

Please don't worry, because I'm going to be just fine!
Oct. 1st, 2010 09:16 am (UTC)
Be careful, my dear. Always be careful
Oct. 1st, 2010 08:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you S. I will be as careful as can be.
Oct. 1st, 2010 02:19 pm (UTC)
I'd be lying if I said I wasn't curious about this THING.
Oct. 1st, 2010 08:40 pm (UTC)
Now I'm worried! What if you don't find this THING as interesting as I do?!! :o)
Oct. 1st, 2010 03:47 pm (UTC)
It's a big black monolith, isn't it? With monkeys throwing bones in the air and Also sprach Zarathustra loudly blaring from unseen sources.
Oct. 1st, 2010 08:43 pm (UTC)
You always have me scattering for my dictionary!! ha!

I guess you're right in a way, but in my opinion, it's much more interesting!
Oct. 1st, 2010 08:45 pm (UTC)
Sorry. Geek references run deep in my conversational skills. I am intrigued, though. And, echoing others, keep safe on that excursion.
Oct. 1st, 2010 09:09 pm (UTC)
You geeky Penguin, don't apologize! I'm glad you keep me on the ball by having me thumb through my dictionary!! :o)

I only hope you will find it just as intriguing as I do.
Oct. 2nd, 2010 08:44 am (UTC)
No puedo dejar de pensar que es, 13 horas conduciendo. Que tengas buen viaje y esperamos las fotos.
Oct. 7th, 2010 06:56 pm (UTC)
Muchas gracias Amor! Espero que te gusten los fotos!!
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