Name that truck

March 6th, 2013

Mexicans who drive trucks — particularly garbage trucks and moving vans — tend not to believe in anonymity. Windshields are more important for establishing identity than as tools for wending through traffic. If this truck is named La Negrita, Edición Especial, can we assume there is a more ordinary edition of La Negrita out there?

Black Diamond, Negrita Especial — anyone notice a theme?

Move over Egyptian pharoahs, Chinese emperors, the Bonapartes, the Tudors, the Rothschilds, the Romanoffs, and even the Ewings of Dallas. Here come Los Ramirez. This vehicle apparently belongs to Joseph, the prince consort and heir apparent of the dinastía.

What can we say about the Ramírez dynasty’s political leanings? Their garbage trucks bear the emblem of the Mexico City government, in the delegación Cuauhtémoc.

Am I the only one uncomfortable with this other legend?

Labels: Mexico City

  1. 5 Responses to “Name that truck”

  2. By Bob Broughton on Mar 6, 2013

    About “this other legend”; Heil is a manufacturer of garbage trucks, based in Chattanooga, that has been around since 1901. The founder WAS born in Germany, and was a non-Progressive governor of Wisconsin. Other than that, there’s no reason to be uncomfortable with it.

  3. By admin on Mar 6, 2013

    Ha! Who’d have thunk it? Many thanks for the clarification, Bob. What a relief.

  4. By michael g, mclaughlin on Mar 7, 2013

    Yea, WW2 has been over for 60 plus years. I am in Europe today and Germany is saving the rest of Europe form economic collapse. Finally I doubt the average Mexican, way too young for WW2, would even know what Heil meant.

  5. By C.M. Mayo on Mar 14, 2013

    I am surprised the driver of La Negrita can see out his windshield.
    Fun blog post!

  6. By Kim G on Apr 17, 2013

    Those Ramirez, thinking they’re cool, are really just trashy.

    Saludos,

    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where city vehicles tend toward humorless Ford Tauruses from the 80′s.

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