Many years ago I found some gift wrapping paper that said "Same sh--, different year". At the time I
thought it was hilarious and bought it. Others found it humorous as well.
Well, 2019 is fitting that bill. It had no sooner started then the "Fuel crisis" began. Although at the time, we all thought it would be a short lived few days. Au contrare! It is worse then ever now.
It wouldn't have mattered to me in past years, as I could walk down the hill to buy or do anything I needed to do. However, now, living on the edges of San Miguel, it is a big deal - especially when I
have not had gas in ten days! At least not enough to go somewhere and get back as well........
I know, I know, never let it get below half a tank. That has been my mantra for all my life, but somehow with the holidays and all I goofed! Big time. You can rest assured, once I do get gas
it will never happen again.
Yesterday I had made plans to go to lunch with a friend who has just returned to San Miguel. The restaurant is on the other side of town from where I now live, but right near where I used to live. But, since I would need transportation, I called a private driver that I had used previously. In fact, I called him the day before to confirm he had fuel, that he would be able to pick me and my friend up at her house and all would be well.
Well, he not only never showed up, but he had turned his phone off. Rather then get upset, I realize that he somehow had no gas and did not want to disappoint me. I waited twenty minutes, then called a taxi service, who, thankfully, was answering their phone and they had a driver here in less then ten minutes.
In no way could I have imagined the lines of cars attempting to get gas as I saw as we went to pick up my friend. Mobil, Shell and Total now have stations in San Miguel. The only problem with that is they get their fuel from Pemex, with the exception of Mobil who has their "own source". So, the line was from the Mobil station all the way to the ring road around town called the libramento. In fact the line went all the way up the hill of the libramento. It was unbelievable.
Needless to say, the "crisis" is growing! Some people are trying to go out in the middle of the night in hopes of avoiding the lines. I considered it and then decided, with my luck, it was not a good idea to be out on the road at 4AM! Call it wisdom or caution, whatever, I'll wait. My plan is to continue to hunker down and be patient.
If you want to read an in depth article by Rolling Stone magazine, here is the site address. www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-features/drug-war-mexico-gas-cartel-717563/. The problem is that there is not an alternate plan since the new President of Mexico has shut off the fuel lines with his original intention of using tanker trucks and then discovering that there were not enough tanker trucks or police to escort the trucks!
Yes, I am getting "cabin fever" as since the 4th of January I have been out a total of four hours not counting yesterday and then only for necessities at the grocery store. Yikes!
The answer for me is to just read a new good book, which I intend to start today. Nothing makes the time pass faster.
The good news is there are VERY few cars on the streets of San Miguel, with the exception of those in line for gas.
Life and life in Mexico is ALWAYS an adventure! VIVA MEXICO!