Driving home from downtown on Sunday, I just had to stop and take a picture of this.
No sign of the passengers. I can only hope that they fell off the cliff. Lately, I haven't been in a mood to suffer idiots gladly.
Now another similar kind of idiot. This road is not far from my house. It is big hill that dead ends at the main cliff side road. Notice a couple of things here. No guard rails. A stop sign. That green bush directly to the left of that passing scooter. Now imagine yourself on a golf cart seeing these same things.
Here we are with our view from the stop sign. Now notice that scraggly looking bush just barely sticking its' head up over the cliff.
This is the view from cliff side of the road looking more directly at that scraggly bush.
It's kind of hard to see unless you embiggen this, but notice the two brown dirt areas just in front of the bush. Those are the rear tire marks from a golf cart.
Yup. Thursday morning I had the opportunity to be on this road and pass this very spot at 6:10 AM. The golf cart was still there, hung up in the bushes. The front tires were over the edge of the cliff. Thankfully the bush stopped the cart from tumbling to the rock below.
Here's the side view. Use the yellow Sol beer box as an identifier.
This is the best side view of the cliff below I could get. I did not want to get too close to that edge.
The police were right ahead of me and pulled over to investigate. I saw them look over the cliff and, judging from their reaction, there was nobody lying on the sharp rocks below. This accident must have happened sometime predawn and the driver ran off. He, and any passengers, were very lucky people. It was probably stolen or the driver had been drinking. Otherwise he would have stayed with the vehicle. Right?
If this cart had not hit that bush, it certainly would have done a Thelma and Louise. Since that area is not a beach, nobody would have known until a passing boat called it in.
Continuing on with today's theme of idiots, let's revisit HSBC for a second. I was downtown Saturday night and quizzed a few business owners about this new dollar situation. None of them are happy about it, to say the least. Even as a business, HSBC will not allow them to deposit any dollars they take in from tourists into their business account. The ridicuality (I think I just made up a word!) of this situation just continues to grow.
Another thing I had noticed recently and didn't understand until now is that a few restaurants have changed their menus. The prices are all given in US dollars now instead of pesos. Makes sense. This will allow tourists to not have to exchange money and the business owner doesn't have to try to keep up with exchange rates. Plus he can wait until he has enough to make a trip to Cancun to exchange it worthwhile. I hope they all don't do this though.
Finally, as some of my eagle-eyed readers have pointed out, there is a new ATM on the island.
This is being opened by a competitor bank to HSBC. I say YEAH! It isn't opened yet and it looks like it will be one of those ATM booths that you will probably have to slide your card in to get in. I'll keep you posted on it.
Somebody else mentioned that the ATM's are giving you the choice to take out pesos or dollars now. I went around to the ATM's on Sunday and used both my HSBC (Mexican account) and credit union (American account) cards and none of them gave me that option. So I guess I don't understand.
There you have it. An update on idiots and idiotacracy. (yet another new word?)