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The Mexican Military Complain Sign

Recently, I neglected the blog while I drove from Phoenix, Arizona to Yaviza,  Darien, Panama, some 4,600+ miles away and then another 4,600+ miles back, between 22 Sep and 31 Oct 2013. In order to reach Yaviza I drove through Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and lastly Panama. On the way back the drive included Belize, after a stop in Guatemala for a humanitarian mission.

On my drive south I traveled through the Baja California peninsula before crossing the Gulf of California, by ferry, to Mexico’s mainland. In Baja, I was driving through the last 50 kilometers of Mexico’s Highway 5 (MX 5), when I came across the below posted sign at a desolate military outpost and check point during the last 50 kilometers of MX 5, which is an unmaintained segment of that highway.

Ironic was the fact that the single posted sign was in the English language only, despite the isolated road is traveled mostly by Spanish-speakers, not to mention a large number of them illiterate in their native language.

On top of that, why would anyone be complaining about, or at, a military checkpoint in a country that likely was not theirs? So for who was the sign intended? Was the sign posted for those 5-26% who just like to complain, regardless of reason, or even country?

Something I found more ironic, was that the sign was in a language where less than 1% of the traffic through the checkpoint spoke English. However, I missed the opportunity to ask about the sign as getting permission to take the picture alone was quite the task and I speak Spanish.

My conclusion: That even on a desolate, unmaintained dirt road, at a military outpost, in another country, and a country that likely is not theirs, someone is going to complain and for that person a sign! Not that kind of sign ("Here's your sign." kind!), although it is likely that person would wear one of those signs ("Here's your sign." kind) well. But instead a sign, to accommodate their exaggerated unrealistic emotional expectations. Huh?

By the way, the blog about the trip to Yaviza is in the makings.


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