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A Matter of National Security

November 26, 2008



In Cuba, I was surprised to discover boxes, bags and tins of bones right there in the open for anyone to touch. If you were so inclined, you could visit with that skull. Assemble a complete skeleton using found materials…genuine parts. Yes, that is a child’s pelvis jutting out of the concrete bin.

Toilets, however, are anchored with screws, bolts and weights. Belted and strapped to the tiles. Dirty as sin and not a square of tissue to be found, but that tank, that plunger, that flusher-contraption? Not to be stolen without a struggle.

I suppose locals have the manners to leave sleeping bones lie, but a sturdy piece of sanitation hardware, in a nation where you can’t simply pop round to the shop and get another? That’s a matter of more serious security.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. looka permalink
    November 27, 2008 12:30 pm

    The cuban sanitary plan!

    By the way, you put the punchlines in here to a much quicker knock-around. I almost fell over when the last paragraph hit me.

  2. amy permalink
    November 28, 2008 12:30 pm

    AMAZING! The skull. Holy crap.

  3. Amanda permalink
    November 28, 2008 9:05 pm

    Yeah, there is a second more subtle skull in there too.

    And if you really look, you can see dates and names on the cement urns…what happens is, land (and money) is scarce, so people are buried awhile then it’s someone else’s turn. Or, if you can no longer afford perpetual care for the plot, the body is exhumed and placed on the shelf.

    This happens here, too, of course, but the post-exhumation part is a little more covert and private.

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