"MILICIAS EN LA FRONTERA SUR" warns the headline from the free Tejano weekly stacked by the door in the store where they sell the magic hongos. Open source street intel from creepy Facebook pages and secret recruiting hotlines.
Did you read about white couple launching their new app today that crowdsources the “sketchy” neighborhoods to stay away from? They say it’s not about race. Vigilantism comes in soft serve, too.
The sirena with the mohawk who mediates gentrification and dispenses life at the neighborhood juice bar tells about her recent trip to see family in Tamaulipas. Where the ex-special forces guys took over the business of selling drugs to gringos.
In the newspaper that morning, they announce how they are going to build a spaceport right there on the beach where Texas ends and Tamaulipas begins.
It’s going to be awesome. Like Iron Man versus the Zetas.
The newspaper also says how the governor has swarmed the border with game wardens retooled as commandos with .30 cals and bulletproof jetboats.
Right there at Boca Chica used to be a beach town called Bagdad. It was a boomtown during the Civil War, a Confederate port full of gun smugglers, blockade runners, and desperadoes. Fandangos every night.
Up the road there is an Air Force Base they are filling up with lost children.
“We will ensure that SpaceX has everything they need in order to be successful in the Greater Brownsville Borderplex,” says the Mayor.
You read the gerontocratic future foretold by the bond rating actuaries, and you wonder if they will have guest workers in the plush centers of affluent convalescence where the Baby Boomers go to never die.
In 2020, 20% of us will be geezers, and economic growth will slow by a point. Wait until you see what 2070 looks like. You wonder how long it will take before they start putting help wanted ads over the holes in the border walls. Like the one you find on Street View, in the middle of Matamoros, walking distance from Spaceport Boca Chica.
Will they have fandangos on the launch pad? Will they invite the neighbors?