“Travels to a Different Time” : 6September1989: Cancun, Mexico: Slick and Sleazy Americans in the Time Share Mafia 

Eggs, coffee and toast for breakfast. The waiter is a touchy and feely guy sort of like over emotional. My neighbour next to me is a fussy guy who wants to read his newspaper in solitude. On the way to the beach I was approached by a Mexican guy who asked if I wanted to see the new disco across the street and have a couple of drinks. I think I have previously written beware of Mexicans bearing gifts. As I appear at the disco with other gringos a drink of tequila is prepared and a trip to the disco is now a timeshare presentation if which attend you will receive a Mexican blanket or a bottle of tequila. What a sleazy scam. Who would buy a timeshare from these sleazebags! But, hey enjoy the scam! The Mexicans hit you first singing the praises of a timeshare in Cancun. A slick presentation then the Americans move in for the kill with very high-pressure tactics like in a Turkish carpet factory. Give a deposit right now or you will lose out. Once we get your deposit we’ll give you the contract. Everything is guaranteed! Needless to say incurring the wrath of the American overseer I scuttle out with my hard earned bottle of tequila with a real value of $1.75. I sat with some of my “free tequila” on balcony admiring the view and chuckling at the crude pressure cooker techniques of the Time Share Mafia. Great pizza from a woodburning oven at Pizza Rolandi,

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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