Archive for April 29th, 2014

The Hood

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Fenced up

Most residential complexes here in Guatemala are surrounded by walls, have security gates; in my case, my neighborhood has two gated entrances where you have to surrender your state id or your driver’s licence if you are coming inside.
Security protocols are tough, and in many cases lacking common sense: not allowing someone (a friend of mine) to enter because her driver’s licence had expired, not allowing me to move some appliances without a written consent from the neighbors association, and I love this one: I have no respect for security gates, specially if I’m a resident in the neighborhood; I do a lot of cycling and never stop at the gates, a while ago they attached a tree branch to the end of gate where Eli used to sneaked by.
The inner streets are usually patrolled by private security officers, a lot of times with poor weapons training.
They are bad paid, work 48-72 uninterrupted shifts and completely lack knowledge of laws and regulations. I wouldn’t give a loaded gun to anyone under those circumstances.

Personally I hate gated communities, I find them an architectonic aberration and I tend to agree with what Jared Diamond, Author of the book Collapse, had suggested: Gated communities contribute (and have) to the collapse of civilizations. When the elites (or the middle class) isolates themselves from the rest of the country, the problems and important issues, that’s when a civilization starts to collapse.

Very simple, Guatemala has serious issues with crime, infrastructure, health, etc. When is a problem solved by isolating yourself from it?

The Hood

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Street Dogs

Street dogs are very common, even inside a gated community,
A few weeks ago we had one of them visiting my house door every night. We gave him some food and waited a few days to see if it went to a house, but no and one claimed it.
My wife and I took it to the vet’s and now it has fully recovered.

Four months ago we had a similar story. We had a beautiful dog following us when we left the house. The dog was malnourished and with clear signs of fatigue. After several days of observing this dog outside our house, we took it in, fed it and we brought it to the vet’s.
She was a real beauty but we had to find her a home because it was way to large for this tiny house.

There are so many of them out there, one becomes overwhelmed.