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  1. #278

    Is Mexican Mediocrity a Defense Against a Mass Influx of Gringo Retirees?

    By Steve Sailer.

    "Despite Mexico's problems, it does not suffer, objectively, from Tragic Dirt. It's not Mali, it's one of the nicer pieces of landscape on earth due to much of it being at enough altitude to mitigate its tropical latitude. But Mexicans don't seem all that intent on maximizing the potential of their homeland through civic-minded improvements.

    I have a vague theory that Mexicans fear that gringos would overwhelm their country if it weren't so craptastic. Mexican mediocrity is a price Mexicans are willing to pay to keep tens of millions of Americans from retiring to Mexico. In 1967, I visited with my parents the Lake Chapala colony of American retirees (where Fred Reed lives). So the idea of retiring to Mexico has been around for a long time.

    . . Here's an article by an aging American surfer girl who semi-retired to Mazatlan in Mexico in 2006. She lives on $1200 per month.

    She doesn't mention crime, which exploded in Mexico in 2007 when the PAN government declared war on the cartels. Mazatlan, which seemed pretty safe when I was there in 1982, is in Sinaloa, which has been bad news for the last 14 years. But the article is otherwise informative. From CNBC. . . But there are challenges. 1. The weather can get really hot and humid. 2. Unbelievably high noise levels. If you've been to Mexico, you know that noise levels are often through the roof. Speaking of roofs, in many towns, "watchdogs" are kept there, and they bark all the time at nothing or at everything. In many parts of Mexico, people keep dogs on their roofs as a kind of early warning system. . . I can remember walking through a residential neighborhood in Acapulco late at night in 1979 and one dog started barking and you could hear the dogs barking spread block by block until you could hear dogs over a radius of about a mile barking.

    And then there are the parties, for birthdays, quinceneras, religious and other holidays. Often these events include rented speakers as big as refrigerators set up in the street in front of their (and your) house. You might find your street blocked by a bounce house or funeral memorial for a day. Or three.

    . . . Open-air taxis, called pulmonias, have gigantic sound systems with speakers that blast music as they make their way through the neighborhoods. While ostensibly there are city sound ordinances, they're rarely, if ever, enforced. What to bring to Mexico? High quality ear plugs. . .

    Piles of trash: Trash pick-up is one example. In most Mexican towns, garbage is simply piled on certain street corners in whatever plastic bags or boxes one has handy. No one "oversees" the process, and it's often a sticky, stinky mess. Why don't they use garbage cans? Don't ask. . . ".

    Full article: https://www.unz.com/isteve/is-mexica...influx-of-gri/.

  2. #277

    SA Mexicana prospects

    What's a good time frame from first contact on SA to invite a civilian from CDMX / GDL / MTY to a weekend beach getaway?

  3. #276
    Speeding fines are in place to protect all road users and disputing them is a task that shouldn't be undertaken if you think you may have broken the limit. Always obey traffic laws and never exceed the speed limit.

  4. #275

    Speeding through northern Sonora

    I'm still thinking about a motorcycle trip to Mexico in March. Probably SF to Tijuana, Caborca, Hermosillo, LOS Mochis, Mazatlan, then down the coast to see a friend in Michoacan. Those roads in Sonora, particularly Hwy 2 from Tijuana, look so frigging boring, and my bike is loafing at 100 mph. I know well enough to creep through the towns, but what's the likelihood of getting ticketed out there in the middle of nowhere?

  5. #274
    Perfect. That means they are on their way to herd immunity.

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  7. #272

    Hi,

    I am new in Bangalore. Seniors help me. In Cali spa who ans all provide FS and is it affordable. Multiple times asked review about mallu girl. But couldn't find any proper report. I don't have subscription.

  8. #271
    Quote Originally Posted by Bbond  [View Original Post]
    Can't help with gift cards. But phone recharges are very simple, I use topup.com, (mobilerecharge). All you need to know is the carrier, telcel, movistar, etc, it's very simple to do. Recipient has no idea who sent the saldo.
    I also use Xoom when I am in the USA to fill up my Mexico phone. Xoom is a Payal company.

  9. #270
    Quote Originally Posted by SonicBoom1  [View Original Post]
    Does anyone know how I could send someone a gift card in mexico from US, without disclosing my name or credit card number of course? What about phone recharges.
    Can't help with gift cards. But phone recharges are very simple, I use topup.com, (mobilerecharge). All you need to know is the carrier, telcel, movistar, etc, it's very simple to do. Recipient has no idea who sent the saldo.

  10. #269

    Difficult

    Quote Originally Posted by SonicBoom1  [View Original Post]
    Does anyone know how I could send someone a gift card in mexico from US, without disclosing my name or credit card number of course? What about phone recharges.
    Its not possible I think.

  11. #268
    Quote Originally Posted by SonicBoom1  [View Original Post]
    Thank you both, but won't that require me to buy the gift card online using my american credit card, thus exposing my identity?
    Amazon would obviously know but I doubt the receiver of the gift card would. Why would they when the only thing that concerns them is the value of their gift card and what is available to spend?

    You can always call Amazon Customer Service to confirm.

  12. #267
    Quote Originally Posted by Dg8787  [View Original Post]
    Maybe you can order a Walmart gift card to be picked up in Mexico?
    Quote Originally Posted by Artisttyp  [View Original Post]
    Amazon operates in some parts of Mexico. Have you thought about an Amazon gift card?
    Thank you both, but won't that require me to buy the gift card online using my american credit card, thus exposing my identity?

  13. #266
    Quote Originally Posted by SonicBoom1  [View Original Post]
    Does anyone know how I could send someone a gift card in mexico from US, without disclosing my name or credit card number of course? What about phone recharges.
    Maybe you can order a Walmart gift card to be picked up in Mexico?

  14. #265
    Quote Originally Posted by SonicBoom1  [View Original Post]
    Does anyone know how I could send someone a gift card in mexico from US, without disclosing my name or credit card number of course? What about phone recharges.
    Amazon operates in some parts of Mexico. Have you thought about an Amazon gift card?

  15. #264

    Sending oxxo or other gift cards

    Does anyone know how I could send someone a gift card in mexico from US, without disclosing my name or credit card number of course? What about phone recharges.

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