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Thursday, December 27, 2007

San Felipe Disposal

Photo: Gary Dilley and Robin Waters.

If you’re looking for advice on how to retire in San Felipe, Gary Dilley is not the guy to ask. He’s owned a house here for 27 years and first visited 40 years ago for the Baja 1000. Just 3 years ago he became a full-time resident with the intention of retiring.

But a funny thing happened on the way to margaritas on the beach – trash spoke to him and San Felipe Disposal was born. So much for retirement. When asked why disposal, Gary said, “I saw construction was booming and that there was a real need for portable bathrooms and the
removal of construction debris.

I started working when I was 15 years old. I’ve owned and operated an amusement game company, worked as a printer and have owned car dealerships. One of my first jobs was in the garbage industry, so I guess I’m back where I started”.

With all the wonderful things about living in San Felipe, there are less than desirable aspects. Poor disposal practices and littering have created a serious problem, not to mention some unsightliness. When asked what changes he would like to see, Gary said, “I would get rid of all those open 50-gallon drums. Dogs tip them over, they draw flies, and they look and smell bad.” He adds, “Existing laws aren’t being enforced.

Uncovered trucks haul trash and it blows all over the place before they get to the dump site. Everything should be discarded at the town dump, not in the desert or wherever is convenient. People who litter should be fined.

All who live here have a responsibility to keep our community clean.” Doing its part, San Felipe Disposal rents and services portable bathrooms, removes waste from septic tanks and provides garbage containers in sizes from 40 yarders for construction sites, 3 yarders for business and 65 gallon containers for residential trash service.

When asked about recycling, Gary replied, “Right now all garbage is taken to the dump outside of town. I’m hoping that we will be able to recycle in the next year or two.” We asked him what makes his company different from his competitors. “We have all the permits to operate legally.” He adds, “We are bilingual, our drivers are licensed and our trucks are insured. We operate regular routes and we are dependable.” The same can’t be said for many of the trash haulers operating in San Felipe.

Gary has seen many changes in just the last five years and expects San Felipe to change much more in the next five. “I think that San Felipe Disposal will mirror the growth of this town. With so many Baby Boomers retiring, I’m sure it’ll continue to grow.”

Lastly, we asked Gary for his advice to someone starting a business in San Felipe. “Having been involved in many business ventures here over the last 40 years, I would advise that they really do their research and seek the input of established business people.”

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Outdoor Kitchens

When asked, many people will say the number one reason for being in Baja is the weather So, why not enjoy al fresco cooking and dining in your own outdoor kitchen?

Many people already have. The trend is catching on for good reason. Nothing tastes as good as a meal prepared outdoors. Outdoor kitchens range from simple to extravagant. A small workspace and a grill are the basics, but many people are moving the whole kitchen outside. Sinks, built-in ice wells, refrigerators, grills, burners, warming drawers, woks and beer drafts are all becoming popular today. And even baking can be accomplished with a wood fired oven.

Cooking in a wood fired oven can be considered an art in itself, but the rewards are remarkable. Since a wood fired oven can reach much higher temperatures, pizzas, vegetables and seafood cook quickly and are additionally seasoned with that delectable fire-roasted flavor. As the oven cools, roasts, stews, and bread benefit from even cooking as the masonry of the oven slowly releases its heat.

The outdoor kitchen is a natural for entertaining. No more crowds in the kitchen and food prep is easier in a roomy outdoor kitchen. Homeowners are finding the outdoor kitchen is an economical way to increases usability and add value to their properties.

Combine your al fresco kitchen with a shaded seating area, an outdoor fireplace, and a television for a guaranteed home run, Baja style.

About the author, Jonathon E. Spinner is President of Adobe Block Works, Inc. a San Felipe based, design-build firm specializing in adobe construction and dedicated to Old World ingenuity combined with Modern technology. He can be reached by email at jon@adobeblockworks.com

Saturday, December 1, 2007

A Mexican Tale of Two Tigers

by Hal “Paco” Clark

Golf experts and fans from all over the world are drawing comparisons between the two best players on tour today, Tiger Woods of the PGA and Lorena Ochoa, the top LPGA tour player. In her own words, Lorena Ochoa said that she and Tiger Woods ‘live in two different worlds’. Interms of golf, though, there is hardly anything that separates the two.Looking athe way Ochoa is dominating women’s golf, one cannot help but draw comparisons between her and Woods.

Both players took extended time off at the end of last season and both opted out of the season’s first few events. Both won their first tournaments of the year. As the #1 mens player in the world, Woods won the Dubai Desert Classic and his next event, the Accenture World Match Play Championship in decisive fashion, 8 & 7. If you add his two wins at the end of last season ,and the Target World Challenge, his winning streak stands at six.

The 26-year-old Mexican, Ochoa is the #1 ranked female player in the world and won her 2008 debut at the HSBC Women’s Championship, an 11 stroke victory over former #1 Annika Sorenstam. Ochoa started her 2008 LPGA season the way she ended the previous season,on a winning note, by winning the ADT Championship. She said: “It’s always great to be compared with Tiger. We all want to be like him. I admire and respect him a lot. We live in two different worlds, but when he won a tournament by 10 strokes, I had that in my mind. It’s something that always motivates me. It’s an honor to be compared with him, and I’m going to try to go after him. Every tournament I play, I play to win. When I go to Nabisco for the first Major of the year in April, I’m going to be ready to win.”

It could be a long while before Ochoa matches Woods’ achievements, but she is getting there. Both players won one Major each, but Ochoa’s eight victories put her one up on Woods. Ochoa finished in the top-five an amazing 17 times, while Woods had 10 top-five finishes. Both led their Tours in scoring average - Woods 69.10 and Ochoa 69.69. The greatest disparity between the two lies in the prize money, but that’s a topic for another day. It is no surprise that both led their Tours in greens in regulation last year - Woods 71 per cent and Ochoa 73.1 per cent. When it comes to putting, Ochoa was ranked first on the LPGA with 1.76 putts per hole while Woods was fourth (1.73).

But it is the manner in which they annihiliate the field that has Ochoa mentioned in the same breath as Woods. Both have a desire to use their celebrity status to help the children of the world. Is Ochoa on her way to becoming the Tiger Woods of women’s golf? I like her chances.