Do You Do When There Are Just No Phones
JOHN M. DERBY
April 13, 2017
they will wait until 8 a.m., but often there will be calls
on the Ship to Shore radio long before that. They
aren’t calling from a ship; they are calling one another
from one house to the other in our area of Mexico.
We do not have phone service or cell phone service down
here where we live. A person can go to the nearest town,
Mulege, which is 14 miles to the north if it is so important
to actually make a phone call, however, most people have
Marine VHF radios, and that is our form of communication.
This means everyone has a call name and some of the names
are as humorous as they are unique. Ours is Captain John,
but others are the name of their house like Casa Rhea, or
the name of their boat, Flying Dutchman. Often the names
are in Spanish, our second language, even though some people
have been down here for 20 years, and still speak very little
Our Spanish is not good, and certainly would make a Spanish
teacher’s eyes turn red with the abuse of the language,
however, it gets us by in an area where most of the Mexicans
do not speak English, or even try to learn the language.
Why should they? It is their country and the predominant
language is Spanish, along with many indigenous dialects
used throughout the nation. The idea of learning a second
language also brings to mind the situation in the United
States, where many Hispanics struggle to learn English,
or simply refuse to do so in places like California where
the use of Spanish is widespread.
Getting back to the use of radios for communication: Between
the beach communities which surround the Bay of Conception,
there seems to be no lack of communication.
Oftentimes a rumor will start at one end of our development,
and it will make it to the other end faster than one could
run the distance. A really juicy piece of gossip will make
it there twice as fast.
We think people make up fake rumors just to see how fast
it will take to make it through our park and back.
Come to think of it, it is similar to what is going on with
our U.S. government — fake rumors, fake news.
What’s the difference?
The beauty of it all is we can turn off the radio anytime
It only takes a flick of the switch.
And, of course, there won’t be any cell phone buzzing
in our pocket.
Ahhhhh, complete silence.