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55 - Boquillas Entrepreneurs

Clever hands fashion trinkets for sale: walking sticks, bracelets, scorpions and roadrunners of beads and wire. Daring men brave the river and rangers to place them for sale. An honor system. Donations also accepted.











Rich tourists, for whom a few dollars is nothing, admire the offerings, discuss, then reject. International law and obedience to authority trump all.










About Friday Flash 55: The challenge is to write a complete story in fifty-five words. If you've written a 55-flash, go let The G-Man know!

7 comments:

Brian Miller said...

so they are against the law...always find it intersting to look at the local trinkets for sale...

April 5, 2012 at 9:25 PM
G-Man said...

I LOVE that crap!!!
Thanks for parlaying it into a Friday 55!
Loved your pics too!
You always come up with some great stuff Ann....You Rock!
Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End

April 5, 2012 at 9:43 PM
PattiKen said...

I always find something to buy in a situation like that. That's why my house is... oh, never mind.

April 5, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Alice Audrey said...

It seems such a harmless thing to make illegal.

April 6, 2012 at 12:02 AM
Ann (bunnygirl) said...

Alice, we found several of these in Big Bend within sight of the Rio Grande, near Boquillas del Carmen. Signs and informational brochures are all very clear that it's illegal to buy from the Mexicans, with possible confiscation and jail time.

I agree it seems harmless. These people aren't trying to work here illegally or take advantage of any services - they just want to do a little trade. The items appeared to be of at least equal quality to what could be found in the park gift shop for three times the price.

It seems a shame that laws (on both sides of the border) should weigh heaviest on poor people trying to make an honest living. It's almost no wonder they turn to drug-smuggling, if this is how we react when they want to sell a painted rock or wire-crafted roadrunner.

April 6, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Alice Audrey said...

Exactly. And it's not like this kind of thing will take jobs away from Americans.

April 7, 2012 at 6:03 PM
jaerose said...

You had told a global and social tale in fifty-five words (and two fabulous photos)..I can't imagine how it must feel having to sell these things for next to nothing..detach and survive maybe? Jae

April 9, 2012 at 6:30 AM