Swans Commentary » swans.com September 6, 2010  



Everyone Wins, Mexican Style
Americans Beware


by Bo Keeley





(Swans - September 6, 2010)   My Mexican-American amigo was hired yesterday here in Felipe to watch a beach property measuring 400 meters by 5 kilometers, the standard Mexican parcel. He was told to stand at the beach road entrance, and expect someone to drive up and try to claim the property. Stop them! Armed with this info, he grabbed a sombrero, book, thermos of water, and waited in the thin shade of a socorro. At mid-day, five cars pulled in, including two police, one city, one crammed with meaty characters who ejected and followed the driver of a third flashy sedan to my amigo standing in the road with folded arms. Two attorneys and a policeman for the driver mediated, showing recent documents of possession. At this, my amigo waved his sombrero high in the air. From a nearby hut a third attorney for the original land owner emerged, and huddled with the two attorneys for the claimant. It was a contrived showdown. After shouts and insults, an agreement was reached, and a 40-meter x 100-meter perimeter was staked around the original owner's home on the beach, that was encompassed by a larger perimeter of the rest of the property for the claimant. A handful of retired Americans stood at bay from the police, bewildered. The entire property includes about twenty beach tracts that Americans and wealthy Mexicans have been leasing for years, now forfeited in the turnover. My amigo leaned against a post observing, rubbing his chin, and thought to ask a hefty staker what the bottom line was. He replied that the new owner had spread $100,000 around the city and court to obtain new legal title. The amigo then informed the original owner of the plot, who laughed conspiratorially. His original deed would take precedence over the new legal one in court. In a swoop, he had ousted the American leasers as the beach property value skyrockets. "Everybody wins!" grins my amigo, flashing a $10 pay note, and asserting, "It's like a tennis match. This is the second time the owner has played the game and won!"


Bookmark and Share


· · · · · ·


If you find Bo Keeley's work valuable, please consider helping us

· · · · · ·



Feel free to insert a link to this work on your Web site or to disseminate its URL on your favorite lists, quoting the first paragraph or providing a summary. However, DO NOT steal, scavenge, or repost this work on the Web or any electronic media. Inlining, mirroring, and framing are expressly prohibited. Pulp re-publishing is welcome -- please contact the publisher. This material is copyrighted, © Bo Keeley 2010. All rights reserved.


Have your say

Do you wish to share your opinion? We invite your comments. E-mail the Editor. Please include your full name, address and phone number (the city, state/country where you reside is paramount information). When/if we publish your opinion we will only include your name, city, state, and country.


About the Author

Bo Keeley is a retired veterinarian, former publisher, author of seven books on sports and adventure, national paddleball and racquetball champion, commodities consultant, school teacher, psychiatric technician, traveler to 96 countries, and executive adventure guide who has been featured in Sports Illustrated and other national publications as an alternative adventurer.   (back)


· · · · · ·


Internal Resources

Activism under the Radar Screen

Patterns which Connect

· · · · · ·


This edition's other articles

Check the front page, where all current articles are listed.



Check our past editions, where the past remains very present.

· · · · · ·


[About]-[Past Issues]-[Archives]-[Resources]-[Copyright]



Swans -- ISSN: 1554-4915
URL for this work: http://www.swans.com/library/art16/keeley04.html
Published September 6, 2010