When people reveal themselves to you, BELIEVE IT.
- Oprah Winfrey
I hope this entry finds everyone well. I'm a little hesitant about writing personal stuff, because it always seems to rile folks up. Okay, what the hell, I'm just going to say what is on my mind.
First, there have been quite a few robberies of tourists. No, it is not the pull out the gun thing, more like folks forgetting who they are dealing with. So wallets, rings, watches, shirts, cologne and other items just come up missing. You don't notice it right away, only when you go to look for something. I know that I have said this a number of times, but it bears repeating. When you are dealing with buggarones, you have to treat them like buggarones. I know it is most unpleasant to say this, but they are prostitutes. There are many people that get upset when I use that term. They feel as if I am denigrating them, but I'm not. I am just being honest about the situation. I don't want to paint all buggarones with the same brush, but there is a very high percentage that will steal anything they can from you. This is even after you have given them money, let them take the extra pair of sneakers you had, along with cologne, hats, t-shirts, underwear, or anything else they can beg you out of.
So, what should you do? Here are some suggestions:
1. I know you want to cuddle and you like sleeping with someone. But, a word of caution, be VERY careful about allowing someone YOU DO NOT KNOW sleep with you. Would you pick up a stranger in your town and let them sleep with you without taking precautions? Then why do it here?
2. Now this part is difficult. He is sleeping with you only because of the money you are going to pay him. This is, for lack of a better term, a business transaction. No more, no less. Whatever you are lacking in your life, a good buggarone will sense it and play off it. His job is to get you to "trust him."
3. Discuss money and the like and get all that settled. Don't be timid and shy. Buggarones take kindness for WEAKNESS!!!! Please remember that.
4. It is very difficult for many people in the country right now. There is a lot of drug use among the buggarones that you should be aware of. So EVERYTHING that you value (and will fit!) should go into your safe. PERIOD!!!
5. Don't tell strangers when you are leaving the country. If they want to steal something and you tell them what day you are leaving, then he will try and see what he can get.
6. Don't let buggarones borrow jewelry, clothes, shoes, or anything else you value. Do you know where they live? Yeah, they took you to a house and said they live there. Do you know that for sure?
7. Lose the attitude. I know some of you have never traveled internationally before. Tourists should be looking out for one another. I'm not saying you have to hang out together, or constantly call each other on the phone. Just acknowledge that other people share the earth with you. This way, if someone sees or knows something about someone that could be potentially harmful to you, then they will be inclined to tell you about it. just a thought.
8. People will ask me all the time, "what about him, is he okay." My reply is usually, as far as I know. I don't keep any dossiers. Most buggarones will try there best to "clip" you if they can. But think about it, isn't that what most prostitutes anywhere in the world do? You should think that all buggarones are potential "magicians," with special powers for making things disappear.
I know, I'm battle-hardened. I have seen it all, TWICE. And when I hear certain stories I just want to slap folks like Cher did to Nicholas Cage in Moonstruck, only harder, and tell folk to snap out of it. Please don't think for a moment that I'm saying I have never fallen for scam, or had anything stolen, 'cause I have. All that I write about is from what has happened to me and all the people I meet and stories I hear. My best friend was a nurse. She used to tell me about when she first started she was like Oprah in the beginning. If someone died she cried too. After awhile she came out and told the family, "Sorry, your son is dead." But in a very nonchalant way. You just get detached and I guess that is how I feel.
So wake up people and please be much more careful.