No sé porque los Mexicanos piensan que los Americanos tienen dinero?

“No sé porque los Mexicanos piensan que los Americanos tienen dinero? Lo que yo veo es una gente que esta hasta el cuello en deuda de crédito, carro, casa, y ropa. La verdad, no tienen nada, todo lo deben.

My translation:

“Why do Mexicans think that all Americans are wealthy?  From my vantage point, all I see is a group of people who are up to their necks in credit card, car payments, mortgage, and even clothing debt.  The truth is most Americans do not own much, they borrow for everything.”

Source:  Over heard conversation while walking across the San Ysidro border crossing. Two women in their mid-forties discussing one of the most telling differences between the two cultures.

One big difference in world views found between Mexico and the USA is the view on wealth. Americans consider their value in what they owe and Mexicans (and the rest of the world) consider their value on what they own.

T-I-M  “This is Mexico”

 

 

Typical HOA meeting – Baja Style

Here’s a typical HOA meeting down in Baja California.

Meeting is called to order. Any one have anything to say:

I HATE THIS AND WHY DON’T YOU DO THIS AND I THINK THIS IS STUPID, AND NO I DON’T AGREE. I THINK THAT WE NEED TO SPEND MORE MONEY AND WE NEED SECURITY AND THIS IS NOT HOW IT IS DONE IN THE USA. YOU NEED TO TRANSLATE THIS TO ENGLISH BECAUSE I’M SPECIAL. I DON’T AGREE AND I WON’T PAY AND OUR GRASS SUCKS AND THEY PARK WRONG BUT I LIKE FLOWERS AND I ONLY DEAL WITH DOLLARS AND NOT PESOS BUT I LOVE BAJA AND THE MEXICAN PEOPLE . I LOST MY JOB AND YOUR FEES ARE UNFAIR, LOWER THE HOA FEE AMOUNT OR I WON’T PAY. I HATE TRASH BAGS AND MEXICO SUCKS – WAIT I LOVE MEXICO. I LOVE DOGS BUT I DON’T CARE IF MY DOG SHITS ON YOUR GRASS. I HATE HOW YOU DRIVE AND HOW YOU PARK AND HOW FAST YOU DRIVE BACKWARDS AND YOUR FLOWERS ARE UGLY. ONE GUY OWNS A QUARTER OF THE ENTIRE STREET – DANG HE MUST BE LOADED – GET HIM TO PAY. DID I MENTION THAT MY ROOF LEAKS BUT YOU DON’T HEAR ME COMPLAINING ABOUT IT. WE NEED A FENCE. WHY ARE YOU CHARGING ME A FEE FOR THE REMOTE? I LOVE MY SENTRI PASS. IF I YELL THEY WILL LISTEN TO ME – EVEN THOUGH I OWE MORE THAN 6 MONTHS WORTH OF HOA DUES.

MEETING OVER.

T – I – M This is Mexico

Starbucks in Tijuana, Mexico

Wheres does one get a great cup of coffee in Tijuana? Starbucks of course! Albeit not necessarily at Tijuana Mexican prices, a cup of coffee costs about the same as it does back in the States. We recently ventured on an outing for a fresh cup of coffee at to the new Galerías Hipódromo. Sitting in the patio, enjoying my favorite brew I noticed this sign on the window at Starbucks.

“Our establishment does not discriminate against social or cultural conditions”.

As I snapped this image, my market researcher background kicked into full gear and I immediately noticed the social classes and the demographics of the people who were inside Starbucks. There were young students, middle age women, older business men and of course us. I noticed iPhones, iPads, computers and lively conversation and the constant Nextel churp.

In terms of languages being spoken we heard Spanish, English and babies crying… What I saw did not enlighten me into why Starbucks would need to post type of signage on their doors. Instead I saw, a cross section of the population common throughout Tijuana minus the native Indian populations. Watch the video below.

What I refer to the new Tijuana which is young new mixed in with the middle age, but founded on the traditional old – yet not Native Indian.

And that is when it hit me, maybe Starbucks is trying to protect the native Indian populations that are mostly living in poverty and may not be able to afford shopping at this mall? Maybe the sign is meant to protect the native populations from being discriminated against getting access to their coffee fix?

Several months earlier there were local opera signers using the venue to showcase their voices.
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I did not create this video – but as I watched and read the comments.

The comments are filled with people who point the the opera as a sign of better times, a refreshing start in a new direction. A time where the city can turn a page and become something new… or newer and opera is the sign of the cities sophistication. But does this really reflect where most of Tijuana sees itself or where it is heading? Especially if stores still have to place notices about how they do not discriminate in plain view?

Personally, the Galerias felt safe, open, and most importantly the site is clean. The parking lots felt secure and there was amble signage, security camaras and security personnel were visible. This is not meant to be a review of the Galerias instead more of an impression that from all social levels can come here and gather, meet up and enjoy as we did a cup of coffee (and free wifi).

We especially hope to see more Natives speaking in their Native tongues the next time we visit.

Malls should attract people from all walks of life and all of Tijuana is better for it. #mybrisas

“I live in Mexico because of the weather, the surfing, and the lifestyle” – Jesse Ventura

Another Baja Voice

You gotta love Mr. Jesse Ventura for telling it like it is. From Professional wrestler, to Governor of Minnesota, and now back in the States promoting his latest book out on paperback “Don’t start the revolution without me” Jesse tells it like it is on Larry King Live.

Of particular interest to us and the reason why I think he looks so refreshed are his comments about his time living in Baja.

“surfing is a dedication, and it is a life dedication, and if someone were that dedicated to religion, would [you] call them a religious bum?” – Jesse Ventura

Always, on point and willing to stand up for his beliefs. Jesse Ventura’s comments regarding living in Baja are quite the opposite of main stream news media (cartel gun battles, swine flu, and corruption, etc.)

Jesse’s comments reflect our underlying conviction that we did the right thing – we are living our lives down in Baja. We experience the region first hand and know it and cherish it for what it is. A great place: the people, the culture, the lifestyle.

I wish this message could reach others, but the addiction to fear that runs throughout the USA media outlets unfortunately needs to run its course. In the mean time, we will continue to explore, understand, and live our lives.

The Truth:

Once you have lived down in Mexico, coming to the USA takes on a totally different meaning as in this story.

In the words or our ex-patriot neighbor from New Jersey, who has lived down in Baja for over 10 years  “My people’s are crazy”.

Celebrating the move

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There is one aspect of this website which I have neglected. The topic is no great mystery yet it is hard to pinpoint when the reveal date will occur.  All of our hard work is driven and represents  a vision that is hidden and is slowly emerging with the passing of each day .   This topic is so important to the success of this website AND to us.

This premise of the site is:  Our take on living in Baja.

This is a “transition phase blog”.  As we are new to the region, the culture, and overall way of life.  The ultimate goal is a lifestyle change, one that includes more time with family and friends, hobbies, and overall freedom.  Currently we don’t have much free time yet this remains our goal.

Topics of discussion will include moving here, working from here, and playing here.

 

The line – la linea

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Everyone I know does it.  Some more than others but it’s always the same wait.  Some claim it’s better before 6am others never attempt until after midnight, one guy claims midday is best.  I don’t know any better I hit the line without a plan, without a scheme.  I prepare by bringing along reading materials, and tune to the radio for support.  I’m good at driving and reading… more like reading and inching along… I know where they are coming from but I wonder where everyone on the line is going? Does the guy behind shades know what he is doing? Averaging 12 minutes with every car on this line could he be stalling until his shift change coming? He’s Asian I’m Mexican meeting along this man-made nuisance called the border. Another 2 hours gone…

#mybrisas

Baja Trip

Baja Day Trip – Hanging out with the family having fish, shrimp, and lobster in Rosarito.  Went to the fish market and brought home all of this along with several bottles of wine from Guadalupe Valley.  All for under 100 bucks.