Wasn’t that Shakespeare? “First thing we do is kill all the lawyers.” Let me offer that it might not apply to Mexico.
On Saturday, the man who waters my neighbor’s plants, his “gardener”, called me over to the fence line. We had been acknowledging each other for a few weeks with “Buenos Dias” but had never spoken. He said his name was Ulysses. I noted that it was a Greek name and he said his father liked to read the classics and was inspired to name his son after the hero of Greek mythology.
Ulysses then proceeded to tell me how much he admired the fact that I lived in a small home. I remarked that it wasn’t a home but rather was a trailer. He said he meant that I hadn’t built some large ostentatious home but was living simply. I said I was planning to build a home but was forever waiting for designs, plans, permits, etc. I told him I had been living here for 11 years and he replied he had been in Todos Santos for 3 years. I asked if he was a gardener. He said no, he was a lawyer and a carpenter but when there wasn’t enough of that kind of work, he did garden work. We shared our common love for growing plants and then he practiced a bit of English on me, after which he went on with his garden work, whistling at the birds in a very good imitation of the sounds they make.
So the problem with killing all the lawyers here is it might create a shortage of carpenters and gardeners and maybe other unknown unskilled labor. Only in Mexico!