Medellín, grams, and bank deposits

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When I moved to the United States, I was relentlessly teased for being from Colombia, particularly because of the country's connection to drug trafficking. A teacher in school asked me if my parents were drug dealers, which at the time was the most horrible thing you could ask me. I was young, somewhat fragile, and Colombia's troubles were my achilles' heel. Funny, since people could have mocked my fierce mullet, my white hightops, my black sweatpants (which I wore backwards due to a hole in the left knee) my Anthrax t-shirt, or my Brut cologne instead. In retrospect, these were all more worthy targets of their amateur mockery. Today, I have to laugh about that time in my life, and not just because of my excessive use of Brut cologne, or because of my award-worthy mullet. I laugh because I can't believe I cared all that much. It's with that in mind that I now share this quick story with you:

What follows is a transcript (to the best of my recollection) of my side of a conversation, which I had over the phone with a friend only days ago as I walked down the street. It was only after I hung up my mobile phone that I realized a co-worker had been walking behind me the whole time, and heard my conversation.

- Hey, I wanted to give you the information I got from the guy in Colombia. I'm going to Medellin in two days, so I wanted to catch you in time.

- Well he said there's two prices basically. The higher price would be for like 2,300 grams, which seems high to me. If you go with lower quality stuff, it's lower price...like half...but its over 3,000 grams. Those weights seem off to me. Not that it matters all that much, I just thought I'd mention it because they seem a bit high. Actually, I know its high. It's off.

- Think about it, let me know what you want to do, and we'll go from there. I mean, it's dirt cheap, the prices there are almost laughably low. Here it would be five to seven times that, or more actually. But the hard part is taking the cash over there, even if it's not that much money. If you get it to me in time, I'll take it as cash. What I have to do once I get to Medellin is deposit it straight into their bank account, and they'll have to see how they get it to the U.S. Just like with the money, shipping and getting it to the U.S. can be pretty tough. So let me know.

- Cool, later.


As most of you probably figured out, I was talking about a (steel) bike frame, and not any type of illegal substance. Based on the face that my co-worker made when I saw him behind me seconds after I hung up...I don't think that was very clear to him.



Anyway, I'm in Medellin now, and will be here for a about a week or so. During that time, I'll try to continue posting regularly.
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