Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 16 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
OpEdNews Op Eds   

Drunks on horseback in Puerto Vallarta: One last fling before economic reality sets in?

By       (Page 1 of 2 pages)   No comments
Message Jane Stillwater
Become a Fan
  (1 fan)

To see photos of the "Drunken Horseback Ride", click here.


"Wanna go on a drunken horseback ride up the Cuale River canyon?" asked my friend JR. Not really. I'm a Muslim. We're not supposed to drink alcohol. But the offer was so tempting that I went along anyway. Muslims are being given the short end of the stick these days. We are being called terrorists all the time -- but actually most of us are really quite nice. Anyone who has ever been on Hajj should know that. Muslims are just ordinary people like everyone else.

But the drunken horseback ride was awesome, even if one was sober. My daughter Ashley hopped onto her horse like she was Dale Evans or something -- but I just tagged along in a taxi. However, we all met up at the end of the trail and there was plenty of food. Shrimp, crab, BBQ -- all that your heart could desire. And then my friend Isabel came over and joined us. Isabel is a Canadian who runs a pub up in Toronto for most of the year but comes to PV in the winter to run a boutique hotel for snowbirds down here. Isabel is the most friendly person I've ever met.

"Jane, I am so-o-o glad to see you again," Isabel cooed. "You are so-o-o wonderful." No one has ever called me wonderful before. "Come stay in my hotel for the night." I'm there! And Casa Isabel turned out to be wonderful too. We were soon installed up in the Buena Vista suite -- me and Ashley have landed in paradise. We gots a view of the Puerto Vallarta bay spread out before us that is to die for, a Jacuzzi in our bathroom that would relax even me, a table covered with chocolate cake and more BBQ in the hotel's restaurant overlooking the ocean, white lace pillows on our beds.

"We gotta pay you for this!" I told Isabel.

"No, don't be silly. It hasn't been rented for tonight, so you can have it for free."

"Then the Bush recession hasn't effected you yet?"

"Not so far."

"And what do you think of Obama's new stimulus program? As a Canadian, do you think it will work?"

Isabel was optimistic. "I think that stuff will eventually all sort itself out." But will it? Maybe. Maybe not. But in the meantime I'm going to store up some memories -- so that if the economic spit hits the fan even worse than it already has and times get really bad even for those of us lucky enough to be on Social Security, I can always reach into my memory bank and remember my night at Casa Isabel. And not ony that, but we've got a big-screen TV in our room so I won't have to miss "Survivor" after all. That's a memory I can definitely put in the bank.

America has been screwed royally by GWB, the man who managed to totally ruin the world's most powerful economy in just eight short years -- doing what even Stalin and Hitler tried to do but failed. Bush has bankrupted our country and given all our money to rich guys. And, according to my friend Alan, BHO is probably planning to hand what is left of our money over to rich guys too, his election having been financed by the same Wall Street creeps who forced Bush and Cheney down our throats. "Newsweek says that we are all Socialists now," said Alan, "but show me just ONE socialist in Obama's cabinet or even one socialist appearing on 'Meet the Press' or even on PBS. And how many advocates of single-payer healthcare are advising Obama? There are none."

But right now I have a view of Puerto Vallarta to die for and a suite at Casa Isabel. I'll get back to worrying about how to deal with reality after I get home.

PS: "But you forgot to mention the drug cartels in Mexico," said my friend Carlos.

"They gots drug cartels here? I thought they were all up along the border -- Juarez, Tijuana."

"Actually, there ARE cartel people in Puerto Vallarta -- but they only come here because it's a neutral zone. The cartels don't actually do their business here. Plus the Zetas have been trained and armed by the CIA and they're trying to move into the drug trade themselves, even though nominally their task is to destroy the old Mexican cartels -- not replace them. The Zetas are challenging the old cartels all over Mexico and are trying to move in here as well but there's not much here to cut down. The cartels basically only come here to have a good time and invest in hotels. From what I have heard, there is a lot of money laundering going on here too, with so many hotels and condos being built because this is a very attractive place for American baby-boomers to retire. But then this is just my own 'Drunken Horseback Ride' opinion," he added.

Next Page  1  |  2

(Note: You can view every article as one long page if you sign up as an Advocate Member, or higher).

Rate It | View Ratings

Jane Stillwater Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Stillwater is a freelance writer who hates injustice and corruption in any form but especially injustice and corruption paid for by American taxpayers. She has recently published a book entitled, "Bring Your Own Flak Jacket: Helpful Tips For Touring (more...)
Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEd News Newsletter
   (Opens new browser window)

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

200 Concubines: In India, it's hard not to think about sex!

My trip to North Korea: Pictures worth a thousand words?

Exponential happiness: McCain, Obama, Chekhov & my 93-year-old aunt

Our dual-citizenship Congress: Lotsa pork for Israelis, no pork for California?

Lucas Mangope: One of South Africa's living legends

Google Earth: Gaza has now gone dark too....

To View Comments or Join the Conversation:

Tell A Friend