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Started this discussion. Last reply by Mexico Mike Aug 21, 2009.

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Mexico Mike posted a status
"Drove to Oaxaca. No problems. Still enjoy driving trips here."
Jun 24, 2011
Mexico Mike commented on Robin Miller's blog post Is Mexico Safe?
"Robin, it is great to see someone else talking rationally about safety. I quit posting because I kept getting angry people telling me I was wrong, that Mexico is a war zone. So thanks for posting and hope you don't get the rude…"
Jun 24, 2011
John K. Glaab, CIPS commented on Mexico Mike's blog post Is There Violence in Reynosa?
"The reality is parts of Mexico are dangerous. Sad, but true. I wsa in Monteery in November. Went to Mercedes, TX. My Mexican freind in MOnterrey said, "John are you crazy." I did not realize how serious it was until next day having dinner…"
Jan 21, 2011
Rita Gervais commented on Mexico Mike's blog post Is There Violence in Reynosa?
"And I've got to add the statement about me damaging Mexico more than the Cartel is what riles me. That is the most ridiculous statement I've ever heard.  "
Jan 20, 2011
Rita Gervais commented on Mexico Mike's blog post Is There Violence in Reynosa?
"Mexico Mike, I've got facts. I've been living here for 1.5 years and have been threatened at gunpoint out of my home. I've witnessed several gun battles including one that was behind my house so close I could hear the bullets fly by…"
Jan 20, 2011
Mexico Mike and Nora Palomino are now friends
Dec 26, 2010
Mexico Mike replied to Joanne DeYoung's discussion How does crossing at Nogales look this year?
"I crossed (at the truck crossing, of course) at Nogales a few weeks ago. I believe the underlying question that is unstated is - is it safe? The answer is of course it is. What do people think - that for the 15 minutes or so that they will be…"
Dec 21, 2010
Mexico Mike commented on Mexico Mike's blog post Is There Violence in Reynosa?
"Thanks, John. I get so tired of explaining that stuff happens everywhere and your post made me feel much less alone. Thank you so much. Monterrey is an amazing place, you are right. They are so industrious there. They quickly cleaned…"
Dec 19, 2010
John K. Glaab, CIPS commented on Mexico Mike's blog post Is There Violence in Reynosa?
"Great Mexico Mike! Also 20 were shot in Vancouver British Columbia, recently . Part of the gang war there. Couple of non-related items a) I was impresssed by the thriving economy in Monterrey, N.L. No se renta signs in the locales. Also wonder if…"
Dec 19, 2010
Mexico Mike commented on Mexico Mike's blog post Is There Violence in Reynosa?
"Rita, those are the facts. What you are referring to is speculation. The US State department knows exacatly how many Americans have been subject to any kind of violence. It does not matter what makes it to the newspapers. Americans always report…"
Dec 18, 2010
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Is There Violence in Reynosa?

I got an email from George asking for someone who knows what is what to post about 'violence' in Reynosa (on the Texas border near McAllen, where I live). Apparently some woman wrote hime who claimed to live there and said it 'was as bad as Cd. Juarez' and that '200 people had been killed by the cartel' in one night. Complete and utter nonsense. I get so angry with people who spread these malicous lies. All they are doing is killing the livlihood of the good people who try to make a living in…See More
Dec 17, 2010
Mexico Mike commented on Carol Billups's blog post Living in Los Cabos: How Much Does Gas Cost
"Carol, You are absolutely right, Mexicans (or expats living there) are less likely to care because, what can you do about the price anyway. But, since gringo travelers DO care, I have been keeping an updated price calculator with conversions to US…"
Dec 17, 2010
Mexico Mike replied to Mercy Stirling de Duenas's discussion ONCE YOU HAVE CROSSED - ONLINE CALCULATION OF TOLL ROAD COSTS, ETC. in the group Border Crossings
"After my 5,000 mile trip, I can safely say that the SCT site has some limitations. The tolls have gone up in some places, not in others. Also many of the newer toll roads are not even listed. It is still a good resource but should not be taken as…"
Dec 17, 2010
Mexico Mike replied to Mercy Stirling de Duenas's discussion ONCE YOU HAVE CROSSED - ONLINE CALCULATION OF TOLL ROAD COSTS, ETC. in the group Border Crossings
"Mercy, That is indeed a worthwhile site. I stumbled across it a few years ago and was amazed. The tolls have not gone up in at least 4 years, to my knowledge. However, there are a couple of limitations to it that people should be aware of. If you…"
Oct 16, 2010
Mexico Mike replied to Stan & Estrella's discussion CAR PERMIT RENEWAL in the group Border Crossings
"Allow me to clarify my earlier statement. There is a loophole that MAY allow you to get your vehicle out of the country legally. The law reads that the "temporary importation" permit is valid as long as the owner's immigration permit…"
Oct 16, 2010

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Writing about Mexico for 25 years.
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After 40 years of knocking about Mexico, living there in the 1980's and working and writing about it since the 1990’s, I've seen a lot of changes. I am a recovering travel writer, Yeah, I wrote for many major guidebooks and some minor ones and today wish I'd had the style of Robert Terry's intelligent and literary guidebooks. That kind of writing is discouraged by today's editors. Just the facts, please.

So today, I do more of my own thing, write about what interests me and don't have to sell anything. Places don't interest me much anymore, but people do. Oh I still get a charge out of finding a hot spring or driving up a winding mountain road or just finding neat towns in the middle of nowhere. But the places are secondary to the people. I like meeting Mexican people and hearing their stories. And that is not what most people write about. For now, at least, I am still a loner.

To that end my next book Meet The Mexicans, which will be published by the University of Texas, Pan American this summer is a collection of Mexican people talking about their lives. I have high hopes that it will dispel some stereotypes, but that is probably optimistic. Reviewers are sought. Write me.

People either love or hate Mexico and my little book will probably not tip the scales of public opinion. But at least, for those who like Mexico, it will offer some insight beyond travel writing and “how to live in Mexico” books, both of which I have been guilty of perpetrating.

Times change. When I first published Live Better South of the Border, there were two other major books on living in Mexico. Today there are dozens if not dozens of dozens. I’d like to think that people buy mine for my dry wit and scintillating writing. Nah, they get those as a bonus, but probably just buy it because it has an intelligent title.

So now and again, I will add something here, but it will be offbeat and based on decades of observation.

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Is There Violence in Reynosa?

I got an email from George asking for someone who knows what is what to post about 'violence' in Reynosa (on the Texas border near McAllen, where I live). Apparently some woman wrote hime who claimed to live there and said it 'was as bad as Cd. Juarez' and that '200 people had been killed by the cartel' in one night. Complete and utter nonsense.

 

I get so angry with people who spread these malicous lies. All they are doing is killing the livlihood of the good people who try to…

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Posted on December 17, 2010 at 6:42pm — 6 Comments

Develop a little gratitude

I had a social network on one of my sites a few years ago. We had about a thousand members. I finally took it down when the stress of dealing with the ungrateful ones outweighed (in my opinion) the appreciation of those who were thankful for having somewhere to converse with like-minded people. Now it looks like George is getting some flack from people who don't appreciate the classifieds section. Here are my two cents.



I placed a free ad with MMS Classifieds touting my map-making… Continue

Posted on October 31, 2009 at 9:40am — 3 Comments

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At 1:47pm on October 21, 2009, Susan Fogel said…
Mike,
My email is susan@mexicomusings.com for further conversation.
I am writing the following book, it will be ready Nov. 1 : Margarita Mind: How to Avoid It; A Guide to Buying Mexico Real Estate Safely & Sanely
 
 
 

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