My friend (Henry Gonzales) has enjoyed nature and taking pictures of nature for the last thirty years. One day while getting ready to take some pictures of humming birds feeding while flying, Henry's wife (Alma) came out from cleaning the garage & hands him a shotgun shell and two tire gauges, so he puts them in a outside pocket of his camera case thinking to dispose of them at a later date. That was about six years ago, I have told you that story so I could tell you this story.
Henry's wife (Alma) wanted him to go to Zihuatanejo, Mexico, a town featured in the movie, Shaw Shank Redemption. Henry is not one that enjoys travel as his job as an Insurance adjuster kept him on the road for years, but in deference to his wife and his sister-in-law, he went. They flew out of LAX to Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo Airport. I must add that this is the first time Henry has been on an airplane. So they are in the air, on the plane to Zihuatanejo when he asks wife to change seats with him so he could take some pictures through the window. In the process of changing seats, he noticed a shotgun shell and something metallic. He never thought of not saying anything he immediately called the Flight Attendant and advised her of what he found. By her reaction it seemed like no big deal, and that seemed true until they landed, then the Captain tells everyone to remain seated because the Federales want to check the plane. That's when the interrogation starts. Everyone has to stay in the airplane except Henry and Alma. They take them to an isolated room and the Federales began to appear out of nowhere, armed with automatic weapons strapped to there sides and in their hands, it would have made the Terminator jealous. They began to grill him, telling him that this is not America, this is Mexico and you are not allowed carry shotgun shells! He told them it was not his, & that it was in the seat, he just reported it. Now they search everybody again, scan all of their luggage again, there were thirteen family members in all. Then they grab Henry's camera case and what falls out? Another tire Gauge! It wasn't until that moment that Henry remembered that shotgun shell of six years ago. Henry said, it was to late to confess, it would have only made the situation worse and by now Alma was crying. Henry said, why they did not catch this at LAX, I don't know. All LAX questioned me about was how big my tube of toothpaste was, I should have told them that it was just a little bigger than my shotgun shell but shorter than my tire gauges. Anyway, they finally let them go with a stern warning not to bring any more shotgun shells or tire gages to Mexico. Henry was going to point out that the gauges were made in Mexico but he said, Alma stopped him. They asked him where he was going to stay and when he was leaving so, he said , he could not completely relax. Henry thought that at any time they could bust in and shake him down or worse, he also thought that he might be given a bad time when it was time to leave. They had already made it clear that this was not America. But, he said, I did stay, thanks to my wife, and I did enjoy the scenery and being with my family and I got some great pictures...
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