Today I was running a few errands and took a couple pics with my iphone.
This one is yet another one of those analogies of what happened to our country since the economic collapse of 2001.
Iron storm drains get stolen to be sold as scrap metal. Instead of replacing them with iron storm drains, they just hammer a few pieces of hard wood into place. Of course many parts don’t even have sewer systems, so this is done in the good parts of the suburbs where a) there’s a sewer system to begin with b) they at least bother to place the pieces of hard wood, probably Quebracho.
It’s a good example because it represents the decay we’ve been going through. Its not as if they didn’t fix it at all. They half heartedly do something about it when there’s no other choice, but doing it poorly. Perfect analogy of the world not ending, just getting worse than the one we once knew.
As I took the bus, I was surprised to find that now even this is subsidized. The price of the bus ticket has doubled since 2001, but still you get told that the ticket is “subsidized by the national state”. Our power and natural gas bills have similar writing. It’s a way of saying, “look the government is good and is paying for your expenses”. Most people are stupid enough to actually believe that.
After that I went to the supermarket and bought some groceries. Ended up paying 1300 pesos about (350 USD) for a shopping cart full of groceries. Nothing fancy just food, toiletries, diapers and cleaning products. As I paid I remembered a time not that long ago and told the lady at the register “ You know, I remember a time when you could pay for a full shopping cart with…” . “A hundred pesos” she said. “ Not that long ago (before 2001) a full shopping cart cost a hundred pesos”. She stole my words “Yes, exactly. Oh well, have a nice day”.
Its crazy to see what you end up getting used to.