Well, well, here we are in September already. Lannette (my daughter / editorial writer, is up in Canada. Me, I just had a corrective procedure on both my eyes and cannot, as yet, see too well. Lannette came up with the brilliant idea to go back to 2012, before my husband passed, and look at his Editorial for that September issue. The following has excerpts from Tom O’Hares editorial back then. He was such a great writer and promoter of Puerto Peñasco. Enjoy!
I think that the statute of limitations has run out, so I can tell the story about an incident that happened to my neighbor and good friend, and took place here in Rocky Point many, many years ago. His name was Joe (RIP). It was way past midnight and Joe was on his way home to his permanent trailer in one of R.V. Parks, along the beach. He had been partying with friends in the cantina at the Hotel Villa Granada. He was driving his brand new Lincoln Town Car, when it apparently got stuck on the dirt road. Being so late, and nobody out and about, and too far to walk home, Joe decided to take a nap and await help. A few hours later he was awakened by a bright light, beaming down on the car. His first thought was U.F.O.’s. He jumped out of his car, and with a totally illegal 22 pistol, fired at the light, which was beaming larger and larger. In seconds he realized his predicament and jumped back away from his new Lincoln and watched a freight train t-bone his car. He had high centered his car on the tracks. Luck was with Joe that night, besides not getting killed, a good friend of his had witnessed the collision and recognized Joe. The friend promptly took him away from the scene and gave him transportation out of the country. The new car was totaled and there was a rumor that there was a $2500 reward for the owner, for disrupting interstate traffic. Joe didn’t come back for a very long time.
I was reminded of this tale just recently. I was driving north on the main Blvd. Benito Juarez, approaching the railroad tracks just south of Calle 13. There was a pick-up truck stopped at the first, of two, stop signs. He sat there a few seconds and then stepped on it and went through the second stop sign, just across the tracks. I then did what I always used to do, which was that I followed his tail lights. Just as I was right at the middle of the tracks, I heard a loud whistle, looked to my right and there was a train about 20 yards away. It was way too close for comfort. Lucky for me it was going very slowly. I punched my gas and got away…fast! Later, I was telling the girls in the office about it, and they said that there have been several accidents there at that crossing. This R.R. crossing doesn’t have flashing lights or bars and, as I mentioned earlier, there are 2 stop signs, one for the train, the other for cross traffic. I have seen people running the second (most northern) stop sign many times over the last 20 years. I guess my point is, don’t you do what I did. STOP AT ALL RRX, and look both ways before you cross, as we don’t have signals and warning lights to tell you when a train is coming.
Speaking of Blvd Benito Juarez, there is a cool new store on the Blvd, next to Telcel Offices, that carries Men’s and Ladies urban clothing. Nothing like it in Peñasco. KILOMBO had its Grand Opening the end of July, and the owners Hector and Laura from Burrito Express welcome you.
The Rocky Point Times office gets calls requesting the BUS schedules to the States. We do not have, a bus from here in Rocky Point to the USA, but we do have a reliable PRIVATE SHUTTLE SERVICE available from Head Out to Rocky Point (602) 971-0166 for Phoenix/Rocky Point.
Our 41st bi-annual 4×4 El Golfo Run is coming up next month. Mark your calendars for Friday-Sunday the 14th-16th of October. Sandy or Alicia will give you all the info about reservations (you reserve your room over the phone, and pay when you arrive at your hotel/motel). Start time, meeting place, etc? Just ask us. The “Run” information will be posted on our Facebook Page, closer to the date. Everyone is welcome. It is just a very fun weekend with a bunch of very fun people. Sandy always schedules a “Survivors Dinner” for sunset time on Sunday, when we return to Rocky Point. This time we will be going to South Side Jillz for BBQ ribs. If the “Run” has been on your ‘Bucket List’, do it this year. Next trip after this, will be May 2017. Email Alicia at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (011-52-638) 383-6325 or VOIP ((480) 463-6255, to get your name on the list.