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    One of the most salient aspects of Dominican society is that there are
    so many Chopos. Everyone knows this. Everyone knows or has atleast seen
    a million of them. However, we tend to take this situation for granted and
    dismiss it as a mere inconvinience to our eyes.

    Most Dominicans are rather confident of their ability to recognize Chopos and to avoid being taken into their chopoistic trance. So the phenomenon does not really arouse much deliberate concern, nor attracts sustained inquires. One merely dismisses them by saying "Que ridiculo."

    In consequence, most Dominicans have no clear understanding of what a real Chopo is, why there are so many of them, or the function they serve in society. We lack a conscientiously developed appreciation to why they behave in such ways that seem to contradict every societal norm this country has been adhering to ever since it was founded.

    I propose to begin the development of a theoretical understanding of the Chopos. Most Dominicans would classify and define a chopo as "un tigere del barrio que no trabaja y bebe Brugal." While this and a few others are the most common sterotypes, one must not forget what I like to call the "Oblivious chopo." An oblivious chopo takes on many characters and personalities, almost like a schizophrenic. He can be a 40 plus year old fat bastard who has some money and goes out with girls. The problem with this is that he thinks they do it because he has a nice "personality" and because he makes them "laugh." Girls fake laughters like they fake orgasms. The sad thing is, the oblivious chopo will never, ever realize that the only reason why he's not dateless is because girls gotta have fun and get drunk too.

    I say this because I was recently in Francifol and saw this ridiculous scenario with the ultimate of chopos. This guy had a huge gut, was semi-well dressed, had a RIDICULOUS tan, and was wearing his shirt collar open, ala Rico Suave. What's worse is that he had half the world's gold supply on his neck. He first ordered a Brugal which his two hot dates quickly turned down. Moments later the mesero brought in a bottle of Johnnie Walker...BLUE. I have never seen a man swallow that hard. The girls danced with him like once...one was on her cell the whole time (who has a 10+ min conversation in a club?) the other was BARELY paying attention to him and slapping his hand everytime he tried to touch her. Pathetic.

    Just because you dress well and because you attend classy nightspots and are accompanied by two girls does not make you bearable, as a matter of fact, you're repulsiveness is magnified to the infinite degree. Man, I really dislike these Chopos. Oh well, comedians need joke material I guess.

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    Question tan?

    Quote Originally Posted by Seņor_Jimenez
    One of the most salient aspects of Dominican society is that there are
    so many Chopos. Everyone knows this. Everyone knows or has atleast seen
    a million of them. However, we tend to take this situation for granted and
    dismiss it as a mere inconvinience to our eyes.

    Most Dominicans are rather confident of their ability to recognize Chopos and to avoid being taken into their chopoistic trance. So the phenomenon does not really arouse much deliberate concern, nor attracts sustained inquires. One merely dismisses them by saying "Que ridiculo."

    In consequence, most Dominicans have no clear understanding of what a real Chopo is, why there are so many of them, or the function they serve in society. We lack a conscientiously developed appreciation to why they behave in such ways that seem to contradict every societal norm this country has been adhering to ever since it was founded.

    I propose to begin the development of a theoretical understanding of the Chopos. Most Dominicans would classify and define a chopo as "un tigere del barrio que no trabaja y bebe Brugal." While this and a few others are the most common sterotypes, one must not forget what I like to call the "Oblivious chopo." An oblivious chopo takes on many characters and personalities, almost like a schizophrenic. He can be a 40 plus year old fat bastard who has some money and goes out with girls. The problem with this is that he thinks they do it because he has a nice "personality" and because he makes them "laugh." Girls fake laughters like they fake orgasms. The sad thing is, the oblivious chopo will never, ever realize that the only reason why he's not dateless is because girls gotta have fun and get drunk too.

    I say this because I was recently in Francifol and saw this ridiculous scenario with the ultimate of chopos. This guy had a huge gut, was semi-well dressed, had a RIDICULOUS tan, and was wearing his shirt collar open, ala Rico Suave. What's worse is that he had half the world's gold supply on his neck. He first ordered a Brugal which his two hot dates quickly turned down. Moments later the mesero brought in a bottle of Johnnie Walker...BLUE. I have never seen a man swallow that hard. The girls danced with him like once...one was on her cell the whole time (who has a 10+ min conversation in a club?) the other was BARELY paying attention to him and slapping his hand everytime he tried to touch her. Pathetic.

    Just because you dress well and because you attend classy nightspots and are accompanied by two girls does not make you bearable, as a matter of fact, you're repulsiveness is magnified to the infinite degree. Man, I really dislike these Chopos. Oh well, comedians need joke material I guess.
    He had a TAN? What was he, a light-skinned Dom? Or a foreign chopo? (F.C).
    Sounds like a lot of foreign visiters......just wondering.

    And did your post include a question? I am unsure what kind of replies you're looking for here. Are you and Indiana16 related perhaps?

    Thanks,
    Sam

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    Where is AZB, our Chopo expert?

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    Jiminez is a sock puppet recently joined and making remarks in certain threads in the hopes of getting people riled up.

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    So what is your point? We have plenty of Chopos here in the US and nobody says anything, just white like me. Does it make a different if the Chopo is Dominican? just wondering

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    i feel that senor jimenez's definition of chopo is not quite right.
    the real chopos are all those guys running around on honda 50's all day. i have been living here for a looong time.
    chopos are the guys at boca chica on sunday, wading out around la Matica with a "chatica" and a fro pick.
    chopos are the guys that have one long fingernail on their pinky finger.
    chopos are the carro publico drivers.
    or the ones you see everyday pushing some semblance of a vehicle UP the Abraham Lincoln.
    of course, there are chopos who have moved up in the world financially- this is true- but economics are not the defining factor- it's more a matter of education or lack thereof.
    chopos with money, for example, usually have a gun and bling. they might even own a beamer- but they have personalized it with those strange wheel covers that keep turning even when the car is still, some super speakers blasting bachata and reggeton, and gotten the windows tinted very very dark.
    chopo-ness is really, a state of mind.

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    have you ever noticed???
    this is absolutely true. my brother first made this observation about ten years ago.
    everytime you go out here- watch and see- you will see some kind of a pick up with some kind of a refigerator in the back.

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    Default On the matter of guns ...

    My recent visit was spent in the campo. While talking to people and getting to know what/where/whom I was with, many time it was mentioned "so & so has a pistola ". Now, what's up with that? It was not mentioned in a threatening fashion, as "be careful, he might shoot you". It was more like a status symbol, like "this guy carries clout". Anyone mind expanding on this ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by gardito
    My recent visit was spent in the campo. While talking to people and getting to know what/where/whom I was with, many time it was mentioned "so & so has a pistola ". Now, what's up with that? It was not mentioned in a threatening fashion, as "be careful, he might shoot you". It was more like a status symbol, like "this guy carries clout". Anyone mind expanding on this ??

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    Ill give you some insight on that...I wanted to buy a pistol for my GF..a pistol that costs maybe $700 in america, is $3,000 US in the DR!!!!!!

    so even having one says you have some eatra cash.. thats like 105,000 pesos!!!!!!

    I am guessing that it is also a sign of having EXTRA money

    bob

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    it seems like having a gun means you're macho and shouldn't be messed with.
    my ex had always dreamed of having a gun, and when he finally got one some thing changed deep within.
    suddenly, everytime he had a traffic altercation, he would pull out his gun. not that he would ever have used it- but, i think it made him feel braver or something of like that.

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