My amigo, Lionel, who supports his family by selling cookies and pie de casa to the tourists on the beach, is one of the people who has to buy water. He pays 150 pesos for 1000 liters. It is a big bill for him. It is insignificant for the extranjeros who travel first class getting to their ostentatious dachas where they will party away the winter.
If one was to conserve water like Lionel´s family does, reusing the gray water to flush the toilet and to water the plants, 1000 liters would be enough for one person for most of a month.
The crisis isn´t water. It is capitalist economics - high unemployment and low wages. Tamarindo´s peones, transported through town in the back of trucks while the happy hour gang takes sunset pictures, are paid 200 pesos for their 10 hour day. The morena coloured maids clean the white people´s bańos for even less.
I asked Lionel what he does when winter ends and the Canadian and American tourists head north. He said he adds more water to the frijoles.
There is room at the top
they are telling you still.
But first you must learn
how to smile as you kill.
If you want to live
like the folks on the hill.
- John Lenin, lyrics
Working Class Hero, 1970
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