I enjoy listening to your weekly programs, Steve, as they are so educational and entertaining. However, today’s program turned me off...literally. For the first time, I chose to listen to something else because the guest - regardless of his travel credentials - demonstrated in the opening minutes his irresponsible, reckless behavior by acknowledging his Mexican road trip was in a vehicle with Massachusetts license plates. He then compounded his disregard for the predictable outcome by confirming the expected happened - being stopped by Mexican police and asked for a mordito. Duh! Any well informed listener would know this was bound to happen...and that is on the low end of the spectrum of possibilities. He could have been kidnapped and held for ransom, dragging into the mess US Embassy personnel - all, of course, at US taxpayers’ expense. I have lost all patience with numbskulls who put themselves into absurd, predictable situations which causes our government to waste energy and resources extricating them.
I’ve lived and traveled over much of Europe, South & Central America, Oceania, and Southeast Asia...but, not with reckless abandon. My work put me in dangerous situations. On one assignment, I even had an uparmored vehicle. I’d like to believe, however, that I never did something as dumb as Mr. Theroux did in Mexico.
I look forward to next Sunday’s program.
Happy New Year!