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As I get older I am increasingly puzzled or bemused by what we see on television and which we accept passively without thought. And, I am not talking about political issues.
For example, think of the many advertisements for medicines that are specific to a medical issue we have never known a person to have, some rare condition. We are told to “Ask your doctor about – – – – whatever“. And “don’t take it if you are allergic to it“. So think about this. These are products you cannot even buy. You have to get them prescribed by your doctor. They are products for a small target population. So why are the drug companies advertising to the public on expensive television? You would think they should be directing their message to the medical professionals. Do you wonder why our medical costs are so high?
Sometimes I do not understand the thought behind the message. Last night a commercial came on for an arthritis medication. It reduces joint pain. At the end of the message there was a scene of a young woman in jeans tossing hay with a pitch fork and then a scene a couple of men and a boy ice fishing. Have you ever gone ice fishing? What percentage of our population would you guess ever has gone ice fishing? How about hoisting hay with a pitch fork? Probably more than Ice Fishing, but not many. So why not use images to which we can relate? Strange.
And then there was this. A newscaster promoted his upcoming nightly newscast by announcing “I am Todd Stevens tonight at 11:00.” I wonder who he is going to be tomorrow.
When we were in Mexico this summer we decided to do an overnight trip to Pátzcuaro, about a hundred miles to the south of us. The town predates the arrival of the Spanish, dating back to the 1300’s.
We hired an English-speaking driver to be our guide. Unfortunately, I was not clear in explaining that we wanted an English-speaking guide who was familiar with the area. We learned on the way down that our driver had been to Pátzcuaro once, when he was twelve. Not so good.
Near the town is Lake Pátzcuaro. Around the lake and on some of its islands are small villages which are known for crafts. There is wool making. Patzcuaro tends to be damp and cold. There are ceramics and wood working. And there is stone carving. I’ll show you some of that.
The road at one village was lined by stone carvers.
You can tell it was chilly.
There was a carving for everyone.
And to our surprise, there was a pyramid. You can see it above the store.
It is quite large, covering the entire crest of the mountain. We went up and explored a bit. On top is a large flat field all built up of stone and on this plane are additional structures.
To give you a sense of scale look at the dark tree left of and next to the pyramid. The little white speck is a person.
more to come
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