It’s funny how things come in groups. I read an excellent article recently called Romney Jumps the Shark: Libya, Egypt and the Butterfly Effect. You know the butterfly effect – to quote the article above:
The late science fiction writer Ray Bradbury authored a short story about time travelers. They were careful, when they went back to the Jurassic, not to change anything, but one of them stepped on a butterfly. When they got back to the present, the world was slightly different.
At about the same time I was reading Stephen King’s book 11/22/63 where the butterfly effect is a main theme – would it be possible to go back and prevent Kennedy from being assassinated? – which might then change a whole host of other terrible events such as the Vietnam War or the assassinations of Robert Kennedy or Martin Luther King. The book was quite absorbing, the first entire book I’ve read of his except for an excellent book he wrote on the craft of writing.
After I finished the King book I picked up Penelope Lively’s How It All Began, which states (from the Amazon site):
In this engaging, utterly absorbing and brilliantly told novel, Penelope Lively shows us how one random event can cause marriages to fracture and heal themselves, opportunities to appear and disappear, lovers who might never have met to find each other and entire lives to become irrevocably changed.
What’s that? The Butterfly Effect again? I think I had better think about this for a bit.
Now I’m back.
You know what? The Butterfly Effect is happening now in Mazatlán. One little change is changing our community for the better. What change, you say?
The cruise ships pulling out of Mazatlán. That’s right. I’m glad they’re gone.
What does this mean for Mazatlán? Now we need to think about what the best features of the city are, and care for them. That means keeping Centro and the beaches clean. Painting out graffiti, picking up after our dogs, and emptying trash containers. It means providing wheelchair ramps and making sure the street lights work. Keeping the statues and monuments in good repair.
What makes a city somewhere tourists want to visit? It’s not just being a day stop on a cruise ship itinerary. It’s being a place that has interesting things to do and see that are accessible and available. There are many wonderful things to do here – and I’m sure that one of the happy results of the cruise ships pulling out will be more thinking about what other opportunities there might be.
I have lots of good ideas and I’m sure you do, too. I trust that the Butterfly Effect started by the cruise ships leaving is going to end up making this town much more beautiful, much more treasured, and much more interesting to tourists, too.
At the top of this post is a picture taken on Angel Flores and Niños Heroes as the sun went down. Our beautiful city. Sigh.