16.1.07

Vecinos con Vozinos

I was hiking up a beautiful mountainside burrough of Tactic yesterday afternoon with Walter. Every fifth house was raising its roof with Mexican "yip-yip" cowboy music thus sharing their advanced sound system with the neighbours (vecinos). Walter explained that it was more important to many Guatemalans to have big speakers (vozinos) than to have pretty much any house accessory, such as chairs, fixed roof, food...

This morning I was reminded of yesterday's adventure in sound. Engine brakes. Over and over again. As usual.

Add to this the 6-10 dogs who nightly have a barking match. The early morning firecrackers. The pre-morning roosters. The rain on a tin roof. The marimba polka music blaring from the bars.

I guess it's time to readjust.

2 comments:

Sirdar said...

When I was young it was important for me to have the biggest and loudest speakers for the stereo. I am sure one day I will want the biggest and loudest hearing aid....

Kevin said...

I think there is something about men and big speakers. My brother inherited insanely huge speakers from the previous owner of his house who couldn't be bothered to move them. During a picnic this past summer, we hooked up a laptop to the amp and had fun moving small light objects with the sound. Within 3 minutes, every guy at the picnic was where the speaker action was, watching. Quite the sight.