I just finished watching the first episode of The Anarchists, the aformentioned in this blog series that chronicles how I came to Mexico to live within the Anarchapulco community in Acapulco, Mexico back in 2016.
My first impression is that Im surprised that HBO let this be released, this absolute ode to society on the fringes. A story of a fringe group within a fringe group within a fringe group if I’m being real. It’s more or less factual to what I experienced back during those times.
2016 was an intense year for me. I was in a country where I didnt speak the language, with no money to speak of yet we found refuge in that little community despite the conflict that we experienced almost immediately.
In regards to that conflict its worth mentioning that while I did agree with those early critical Facebook posts about the conference, it wasn’t me posting them or doing the arguing with the Freemans that caused the cold war that started it all. I didn’t stop John, but I also wasn’t happy to be making enemies of what was at the time the current centerpiece of the community.
I will forever be grateful to Gustavo and Amparo, for their way of introducing us to the series because if we did nothing else during our time there, we tried to assimilate into the culture as much as possible. We knew the phrase “La cuenta” because of a different restaurant owner named Gustavo, who took a liking to us. All three of these people remain my friend to this day albeit distantly now that I no longer live in Acapulco.
My first impressions of seeing that first interview that we did with Todd Schramke back in what I think was the end of 2016 is how dead I looked in the eyes. I feel sad for my former self, although Im sure more details will be revealed later in the series as to why. What I remember most about that day before the interview was a big fight with John, as was our custom. I only remember one point from that argument before Todd showed up at our house and that was to shut up and let him talk so I didn’t make us sound like a couple of dumb hippies.
John was an incredibly difficult person to live with. He embodied the phrase “Hurt people hurt people” emotionally speaking anyways. But for as difficult as he was, I tolerated it and ended up in that situation with him because of my own bad choices, of which I made many.
I can’t help but acknowledge the fact though, despite that, because without him and all the mistakes we made together, I would not be where I am today, and that is evident by the scenes of me from my final interview we did last fall. I know now who I am, what I am willing to tolerate and what love shouldn’t look like.
Now when I say I would not be where I am today without the happenings of that relationship I mean that literally. I have wanted to leave the country since I was a little kid but Im not sure I’d ever have actually done it, certainly not under the unique circumstances that I did without the driving force that was John. And had I not done that I would not have found the happiness I now have here today. I have an amazing home, pets, friends and the relationship I always dreamed of. Turns out I just had to make a few dozen big mistakes to get there.
In my final interviews, I look strong, clear headed and happy in those last interviews because I am. I guess there’s truth to the fact that you have to see and understand true darkness to understand and respect the light when it comes into your life. To fully be able to love and be loved when a good relationship finally presents itself……for that a thank you to my love Cabra Cuerno, who has taught me more than I expected to know about that in a short time.
Anyway, I’m getting ahead of myself. My main thoughts are that I am proud of the job that Todd Schramke and Kim Kylland have so far done in telling this crazy twisted tale. I know its only going to get more intense and crazy from here, take it from me. I plan to write something like this about every episode, just after the finishing of viewing.
I can already tell there will likely be things said by other people that I simply don’t agree with. Things that just don’t resonate with what I feel I experienced during those days. That is part of the purpose of me writing this series, so I can address those things one at a time and my true thoughts on them, unedited for those who may find it interesting.
For those just tuning into my crazy life story, thank you for taking the time to check further into this. Let me know in the comments if you have questions on the things you saw and I will do my best to answer them.