“It’s crazy. I’m living the American dream here in Mexico and it’s kind of funny. I just work on the weekends and have the rest of my day free,” Bo Johnson told Reuters.
It’s rare to hear stories about U.S. citizens moving to Mexico for work, but that’s exactly what happened to Bo Johnson. Ever since the release of the latest “Star Wars” movie, friends and strangers have commented on his resemblance to John Boyega, the actor who played Finn. Using this to his advantage, Bo was able to find work as an impersonator in Las Vegas, wearing Finn’s iconic stormtrooper uniform. Before committing to a full time job as an impersonator, Johnson decided to visit Mexico City for a year so he could take in the culture and work on his Spanish. On the suggestion of a friend, Bo brought his stormtrooper outfit with him, a decision that has paid off well for the 28-year-old out of Chicago.
Bo Johnson was originally nervous that his gimmick wouldn’t pay off in Mexico City, but on his first day, he managed to rake in nearly 3,000 pesos — roughly $150 U.S. “I just work on the weekends and have the rest of my day free,” he told Reuters. Not one to take it easy, Bo has spent over 20,000 pesos (more than $1,000 U.S.) to upgrade his stormtrooper costume, which looks almost as legit as the ones from the movie. That, combined with his natural resemblance to Finn, keeps him busy with fans. As fellow street performer, Miguel Vasquez explains, “The most curious thing is that he looks like the Star Wars character, Finn. He’s just like his clone.”
If you happen to visit Mexico City, be sure to get a picture with Johnson, who can be found posing on Madero Street.
It’s official, the Steelers will have their international game this year, but the place is not yet confirmed. Previous exhibition games were held in Montreal, Barcelona, London, and Tokyo. It’s been years since the team competed directly south of the border. And since Mexico is the home to one of largest fan bases of the Pittsburgh Steelers, they want to play their international game against the Jacksonville Jaguars south of the border
This time, the Pittsburgh Steelers are looking forward to playing in Mexico.
The Steelers are happy to play an international game, but they have a clear preference for where that game would be. The president of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Art Rooney, said, “We continue to raise our hand and say we’re interested in playing a game in Mexico.”
The Steelers are expected to have an international game this year like they have in previous years.
One of them is their match against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Meanwhile, it has been rumored that the Jaguars will have a game in London sometime this year.
People are already showing their excitement on social media because who doesn’t want to see the Steelers playing in Mexico.
“I need the best seat for the event of the year” tweeted one user. “I’ll sell my soul to be there,” wrote another die-hard fan.
Mexico is home to a large portion of the Steeler Nation.
Steeler Nation, as their fans call themselves, proudly wear black and gold in Mexico. Fernando Camacho, a Mexican fan shared this saying in Spanish in an interview with ‘Behind the Steel curtain’, “Mi Corazon y mi alma son Amarillo y negro pero mi pasion y mi orgullo son de acero.” (My heart and soul are Black and Gold, but my passion and pride are made of steel.)
So naturally, the team’s first choice for an international game is to play in Mexico.
Rooney added during an interview with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that, “They have to work out the logistics and all the pieces of the puzzle to have a game down there. Our first choice would be to play a game in Mexico if we have an international trip.”
The Steelers have a history with Mexico that runs deep.
The Steelers played the Vikings in London in 2013, but have a longer history with Mexico. They played an exhibition game there in 2000, and have conducted clinics there in the past to try to drum up interest. They’ve also played in exhibition games in Toronto, Montreal, Barcelona, Tokyo, and Dublin. Rooney said that they prefer to have it in Mexico where they have a large number of fans. Mexico is also a neutral ground for both teams.
Mexico City subway users often complain about malfunctioning escalators that keep breaking down continually. In any given CDMX metro station, you’ll find that escalators are out of order more often than they are functioning. And city officials have offered an explanation that shocked no one—people are peeing on them so much that escalators are corroding. Yup, you read that right.
Of the system’s 467 escalators, 22 are out of service on any given day.
Travelers on the Mexico City subway system often blame authorities for broken-down escalators at subway stops, but Metro officials have another explanation. Somehow, urine is penetrating and corroding the drive wheels and mechanisms of the escalators that carry riders up from underground stations.
One-quarter of escalator breakdowns on the Mexico City Metro are caused by people urinating on them, according to authorities.
Ramírez urged users not to urinate on escalators or other Metro installations, because of the damage it causes. “When we open up escalators for maintenance, there is always urine,” Ramírez said.
But another issue is that there are no public bathroom facilities available.
osea si está de la verga lo de la vatos meandose en el metro y jodiendo las escaleras eléctricas pero, más allá de denotar una falta de ética o loquesea, lo que yo concluyo de la noticia es la falta que nos hacen baños publicos gratiuitos y accesibles en la ciudad (1)
Most stations have no public bathroom facilities, a fact Twitter users were quick to point out, noting there are not even any pay toilets. “More than this being an issue about ethics or manners, I think that this is happening because of a lack of free and accesible bathrooms in the city,” tweeted one user.
Ramirez also said that other causes for breakdowns include excessively heavy loads, running on the stairs, imbalance on the stairs and objects falling between them.
Día 2 en la Ciudad de México: Ese hombre en el metro vendía navajas… ¡navajas!
“There are even users who cut the stairs with knives or other sharp objects, of which we have examples in Tacubaya,” he said, surprising absolutely not one of Mexico City’s users. Many metro users know that vendors even sell knives on subway carriages, as was noted by this tweet.
The biggest problem, subway authorities admit, is that many escalators are old, or have been damaged by rough use.
Mexico City’s metro was designed to be used by the large number of indigenous Mexicans who don’t read Spanish, it’s incredibly easy to use, the trains run every 10 minutes and it’s cheap too! NYC’s is a convoluted mess on the rare days when all the lines are running
The city plans to replace about 55 escalators over the next two years. With over 1.6bn rides per year, the MexicoCity subway is considered the eighth largest in the world by some measures, and one of the cheapest: a 25¢ ticket will get you a single ride to any destination on the 140-mile (226km) system. Just remember to use the bathroom before setting out.
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