There are Golf Courses in San Miguel but Golf is so Republican and so Ajijic.
Democratic Gangs in San Miguel, wanted sport that was uniquely San Miguel. There had to be an element of physical fitness without being too Republican nor indicative of conspicuous consumption. It had to involve outdoors, a clothing requirement, straw hats, physical fitness, puns, drinking and an audience.
The Solution – Croquet
Croquet is so San Miguel and is now the ultimate Gang Sport- and such fun. It is sort of like Tennis but with a big stick.
It is played on Pitch not in a field nor the front lawn.
There is a dress requirement – Whites.
There is a chance to yell “Good Shot”.
It is a perfect game for Seniors as the Croquet Mallet can be used as a support when not being swung.
And it is an Old Sport.
There has been a Croquet Pitch in San Miguel for a long time.
The newest pitch is the Rancho Pancho.
But with all things in San Miguel it has come with controversy. There appears to be some rivalry with Croquet in San Miguel and Croquet Wars can be dangerous as professional croquet mallets, unlike the childhood Sunday sets, are large and could be used as a weapon. Mrs. Smith on the Croquet Pitch with a Mallet.
The downside to Croquet is the politically incorrect dress code called Whites.
A dress code is a key requirements to join a gang but the word Whites is problematic for the Liberals of San Miguel.
So members are told to wear Ghost-Like colors – strange choice as Ghost (Gweilo) is the Chinese slang to describe White People. But San Miguel is so White.
Croquet players are not often seen in town as the Pitch is up the hill.
Croquet Players are often mistaken for chimney sweeps but the croquet mallet sticking out of the pack is a clue to identify this Gang along with the Ghost-Like colors dress code.
Notice the dark hair.
This is a Croquet Pup, who is new to the game and doesn’t really know he shouldn’t wear his Whites in town but Pups need to be trained.