Here's what's happening in Mexico --- although Florida must have its identical stories about its Snow Birds and anyone who has stayed at a beach resort has probably witnessed it.
|Stacking and hoarding beach chairs -- a Gringo sport?|
I thought that was silly enough, but okay.... if that chair and that palapa are that important to your happiness, go for it.
But now it's gotten to Palapa Insanity. As has our world.
Now people are stacking a half-dozen chaise lounges under one palapa, with another half dozen upright plastic chairs stacked nearby and a towel draped over all of it the night before!
|Maybe it wouldn't be so bad if the chairs were actually used?|
Worse, these reserved chairs sit empty for most of the afternoon, their possession-crazed owners likely up in their condos, not even on the beach, catching up with a little TV.
Last night while we were down watching yet another sunset, a friend apologetically put her towel on a chaise lounge in the back row because she wanted to make sure she had a place to sit the next day.
But by the time we arrived on the beach at 8 this morning to do a little Zumba, her towel had been tossed aside and another set of towels were there to claim possession.
Really? How embarrassing for all of us.
It's stunning to watch adult humans reduced to this open warfare. But the hopelessness I feel is that it is simply a microcosm of what is going on in the human race --- the selfishness, the greed, the self-centeredness.
The big 'MINE' of resources, energy, land, money, food, stuff.
I have no idea how the Palapa Wars will get resolved on this beach, other than the season ending and the sport of chair hoarding will no longer be fodder for the daily amusement of the Mexican employees.
But it doesn't bode well for us as a species. If we can't even get it together to figure out how to cooperate on as simple an issue as beach chairs, how likely is it that we'll figure out how to share fuel, food, medicine?
It's a topic I'll try not to think about when I wander down to the beach later on this afternoon and look for a place to sit. I'm sure someone will offer to share....