Hotel Cancun or Consequences of Closed Heart

  • swimbikerun

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    Jan 11, 2010 3:51 PM GMT


    Just got out of jail last week from Cancun, Mexico after having been there for two months.

    I foolishly (stonishly?) brought a little pot with me on my vacation, It turned into attempted smuggling.

    I was well-treated, fed fresh food, allowed to communicate and had regular showers. I'm physically unharmed. My psychological state is another matter but in short I'm OK. Being back still seems like a dream state.

    It was a very humbling experience, I learned a lot about myself (and Mexico! haha). I'm also now dedicated to ending the death penalty here in California. Ending the insane "Three Strikes Law" would be a wonderful achievement as well.

    I'm closer to agnosticism and have a deeper appreciation for the smallest things. "Life can turn on a dime" is what the Consular Agent Anne Harris in Cozumel told me just before I got arrested.

    There are so many heroes in my life now. The Consular Agent Bruce Gordon in Cancun did simply amazing work on my behalf.

    There are so many lessons I learned and I could go on and on ad nauseam.

    One thing struck me in jail: Sure I'm a nice guy, I work hard, have made a good career and a comfortable life for myself. But what have I done to make the world a better place? That was a sobering thought.

    If you are reading this, the you should be aware that you are so incredibly lucky. You have resources and the ability to effect the world in such a significant way unlike many of your fellow human beings.

    Trust me on this: you've got nothing to complain about.

    http://www.cozumelmycozumel.com/dc/dcboard.php?az=show_topic&forum=104&topic_id=25111&mesg_id=25497
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    Jan 11, 2010 4:44 PM GMT
    Thanks for sharing your experience. It is really easy to get overwhelmed with self and forget about other things and people around us. Glad your back and on the road to total health.
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    Jan 11, 2010 4:50 PM GMT
    that's really crazy that you had to go through all that, i imagine that would kinda be a nightmare. it sounds like that experience put things into perspective for you, thats always a good thing!
  • Neon_Dreams

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    Jan 11, 2010 4:55 PM GMT
    So, are you reformed now? I've been to jail a few times and I can say this... It affects people differently. I don't know what the jails are like there though.

    Some people become 'jailhouse preachers'. They go "straight edge"- quit stealing, doing drugs, or whatever their vices and become "model citizens of the state".

    Others react in a more anti-establishment way. They criticize the state more harshly and continue living their lives in the way they see fit.

    So, my question to you... What else have you Learned from your experience?

    And, thanks for sharing this personal account with us.


    Joe
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    Jan 11, 2010 4:59 PM GMT
    So you had time to think and re-evaluate your future but what did this experience actually teach you about how you live your life day to day?

    Did you lose your job while you were sitting in jail there? I think it would be interesting to hear more about the experience, process, people, treatment that you had. Why the sudden interest in changing the laws here? death penalty and 3 strikes? What are your views now on legalizing pot in CA?
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    Jan 11, 2010 4:59 PM GMT
    Experiences like that are troubling, but are probably the best way to turn your life around.

    I was arrested for assault with a baseball bat and possession of concealed weapons when I was 19. It certainly shakes up how you view things in life.
  • swimbikerun

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    Jan 11, 2010 5:16 PM GMT
    eb925guy saidSo you had time to think and re-evaluate your future but what did this experience actually teach you about how you live your life day to day?
    Did you lose your job while you were sitting in jail there? I think it would be interesting to hear more about the experience, process, people, treatment that you had. Why the sudden interest in changing the laws here? death penalty and 3 strikes? What are your views now on legalizing pot in CA?


    It taught me to really value and treasure human beings, even strangers. I value the small simple thins life has to offer. Getting caught up in things that don't really matter is such a waste of time.

    I was lucky that I did not lose my job. My boss is one of the heroes in this whole thing. It's not that I have a "sudden" interest in changing laws here in California but a recognition that simply having an opinion about something without action is close to meaningless.

    It became so crystal clear that executing people for any crime is completely out of proportion and solves nothing. And the "Three Strikes" law is a close runner up. How is society being served by someone being locked up for a long time over a petty crime?

    People should not be jailed for drug use, purchase, selling or buying. Incarceration is for people who are accused of committing violent acts such as murder, rape, robbery, kidnapping, etc.

    joecoolnv saidSo, are you reformed now?

    Joe
    Ahhh changed for the better? I hope so! lol I'll work on it every day of my life.
  • Neon_Dreams

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    Jan 11, 2010 6:00 PM GMT
    Nice. It's important for people to be politically active, in my opinion, whether or not the subject at hand directly affects us.

    Glad to hear that you are reflecting on your experience and drawing positive lessons from it.


    Joe
  • drypin

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    Jan 11, 2010 6:22 PM GMT
    Wow, what an experience. I think you should write a book about it.
  • swimbikerun

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    Jan 11, 2010 6:57 PM GMT
    drypin saidWow, what an experience. I think you should write a book about it.

    Yes there were a couple of hotties. No I didn't have sex or even jerkoff. Isn't that what you really want to know? lol!
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    Jan 11, 2010 7:09 PM GMT
    swimbikerun said


    I'm closer to agnosticism and have a deeper appreciation for the smallest things. "Life can turn on a dime" is what the Consular Agent Anne Harris in Cozumel told me just before I got arrested.




    I'm glad you made it home okay after such a harrowing experience. However, I somehow doubt RJ's most rabid and condescendingly vociferous atheist could ever stray from the straight and narrow. I believe the rest, but I think you're trying to punk us on this part.icon_wink.gif
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    Jan 12, 2010 1:03 AM GMT
    Dude, didnt you see the dogs when you deplaned? They are all over the place and have great noses!
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    Jan 12, 2010 1:18 AM GMT
    Yeah, not too smart to take "drugs" with you to Mexico.

    But on the other hand I thought Mexico had legalized possession in small amounts .. if that were the case I would think you could just buy it there if you had to have it.

    I don't use any kind of "illegal drug" but think the whole pot thing is overblown and no worse than alcohol.
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    Jan 12, 2010 5:31 PM GMT
    ActiveAndFit saidYeah, not too smart to take "drugs" with you to Mexico.

    But on the other hand I thought Mexico had legalized possession in small amounts .. if that were the case I would think you could just buy it there if you had to have it.

    I don't use any kind of "illegal drug" but think the whole pot thing is overblown and no worse than alcohol.


    I always thought it was compulsory like in B.C. where the customs officer hands you a blunt as you set foot on Canadian soil.
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    Jan 17, 2010 10:10 PM GMT
    O.M.G.!!!! Wow, this story is amazing. I went ahead and read the news clips on this too. I must say, I am glad that nothing relatively bad or harmful happened to you during your incarceration, but c'mon, you gotta know this stuff is funny as hell. icon_biggrin.gif It's like an urban legend. And the reporting of the whole thing on the internet was a bit like when news agencies report mundane crimes performed by unusual suspects (i.e. drunk guy steals a car, drives it, and falls asleep parked in front of the police department). LOL..

    I'm sure none of it appeared funny to you during the whole experience, but for those of us sitting in our homes reading what happened, it's a different story...haha. I'm glad you had time to think during those two months and that you came out with great lessons learned and a new desire to change something you feel passionate about. How did your family handle the whole thing? Too bad they will probably not see the money they gave to the Mexican attorney.

    Still funny, though...icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 17, 2010 10:24 PM GMT
    What's amazing about this?

    Crossing an international border with drugs in your suitcase....not smart. Life's about choices, the OP made a very poor choice, and has to deal with the consequences. Whether your personal opinion on Pot, is for or against it, it was an illegal act.

    I suppose the OPs renewed valuation of life and the simple things is one positive, but there should be no sympathy extended on this.

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    Jan 17, 2010 10:27 PM GMT
    Sorry, any sympathy I may have had for you went out the door when you mentioned you took a drug from one country to another. You're lucky you're not facing a firing squad or 20 years in a hell-hole prison. Dumbest fucking thing ever.
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    Jan 18, 2010 7:51 AM GMT
    Thanks for sharing this with us. Life can indeed turn on a dime, and we need to remember that and remember it constantly.
    It sounds like you're already reaping the benefits of this experience and that you will be generating good things from it. Good Luck
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    Jan 18, 2010 10:24 AM GMT
    It was a foolish thing you did, trying to take drugs over a boarder. But............You to are human and if we are smart we learn from our mistakes. I myself did not have to go to jail to learn life can turn on a dime, and always try to get a good out of a bad somehow.

    All the best.
  • swimbikerun

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    Jan 26, 2010 4:38 AM GMT
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    Jan 26, 2010 7:13 AM GMT
    icon_eek.gif Have you seen the light? icon_confused.gif
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    Jan 26, 2010 7:41 AM GMT
    ActiveAndFit saidicon_eek.gif Have you seen the light? icon_confused.gif


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    Jan 26, 2010 7:49 AM GMT
    Holy crap... two months?! o_O
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    Jan 26, 2010 8:48 AM GMT
    I am SO glad that you're back in your home. I read a bit in your blog and in the forum page that you linked to and I can say that I am impressed by the way you're reaping positive stuff out of such a nightmarish situation. Also, how wonderful that you found such support both from the authorities from your country and from people here.

    As a Mexican I can sincerely say that it is common wisdom that many of our laws concerning drugs and guns are draconian (thought Congress has been working on those lately) particularly for people crossing the border.

    swimbikerun said

    It became so crystal clear that executing people for any crime is completely out of proportion and solves nothing. And the "Three Strikes" law is a close runner up. How is society being served by someone being locked up for a long time over a petty crime?

    People should not be jailed for drug use, purchase, selling or buying. Incarceration is for people who are accused of committing violent acts such as murder, rape, robbery, kidnapping, etc.


    Couldn't agree with you more. Mexico doesn't have the death penalty anymore (thought shamefully the "Green Party" campaigned on reinstating it last election) but our legal system is still perfectible to say the less. Good that you're using your newfound perspective for good in your country.
  • drypin

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    Jan 26, 2010 9:00 AM GMT
    swimbikerun said
    drypin saidWow, what an experience. I think you should write a book about it.

    Yes there were a couple of hotties. No I didn't have sex or even jerkoff. Isn't that what you really want to know? lol!


    Oh right... so you never once had to pick up the soap?! icon_rolleyes.gif