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Thursday, April 30, 2009

New Lodging in Mexico's Wine Country

New Lodging in Mexico's Wine Country
by Steve Dryden

Two new and exciting lodging options are now available for wine lovers who want to spend the night in the romantic wine country of Valle de Gualalupe. Of course, beer and tequila drinkers are welcome too! In the past rooms have been expensive and hard to book, especially during the many wine country festivities, but things are looking up and both of these new options are excellent.

Hacienda Guadalupe is brand new and features 12 "deluxe" rooms with king-size Serta mattresses, T-300 sheets, bedding, Dubai quilts, original artwork, custom-made furnishings, jacuzzi/pool with waterfall, and fantastic views from each private balcony. On May 1, they'll open a 200-seat gourmet restaurant offering guests stunning sunset and wine country views along with affordable dining. According to owner, Daniel Sanchez, "we provide a warm and friendly, deluxe hotel with upscale amenities, good food and unsurpassed hospitality. In addition, our lobby wine bar features an artisan designed chimney with open beam ceilings in an environment that is designed for the ultimate in relaxation. Our dynamic wines are exclusive and the lobby kitchen provides entrees that match with our wines." For information or reservations: (664) 151-3273 Mex, (714) 313-5138 U.S., info@haciendaguadalupehotel.com or www.haciendaguadalupehotel.com.

Rancho Malagon or Viñedos Malagon is a "hidden jewel" located in the village of Francisco Zarco in Valle de Guadalupe. This family-owned 400-acre ranch, vineyards, winery, bed and breakfast gets a gold medal for hospitality, first-class service, romantic ambiance, hidden location and for creating fantastic wine. This unique bed and breakfast facility is one of the most charming and romantic settings in the valley. Centered in a courtyard that features a cantina, private kitchen and dining area with fireplace is most attractive and addictive. Visitors can cook their own meals in the fully stocked kitchen or have a local chef cater to their gourmet culinary desires. A 36-inch plasma television with Direct TV satellite and original handmade furniture complement the dinning area. Four deluxe room options are available to meet your specific needs. The "Grenache Suite" features one queen bed, large private bathroom and spacious living room area with sofa. This room also features a private patio looking out into the beautiful private gardens. "The "Green Room" includes one queen-size bed, private bathroom and balcony with a sitting area offering a majestic view of the mountain range. The "Blue Room" includes two full-size beds with one private bathroom and balcony with sitting area featuring a view of the mountain range. Many guests rent the entire complex to host family, friends and clients. One remarkable amenity is that their wine has been given one of the highest ratings for quality in Mexico! Visit www.vinedosmalagon.com for details and reservations.

If you're planning to attend the Fiesta de la Vendimia Festival in August or plan a spring and summer wine country escape, you need to book lodging now. Fortunately, both of these new lodging options offer the best in service and hospitality. One nice feature of both places is that they provide some great wine, the ambiance is supreme, and the hosts are "world class."

San Felipe Weather...Found a new weather station


San Felipe Weather...Found a new weather station reporting from San Felipe. Better temperature forecasts than the Yuma / Mexicali stations. We are headed for an other wonderful day, but I am still not buyin the upper 80s high for the day...but then again the Yuma /Mexicali stations are predicting temperatures in the low 90s...So I am still trying to figure this out but I can say with some certainty that today is going to be a real beauty...Enjoy!

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Joy and Empowerment - Puerto Penasco

Joy and Empowerment: An Interview With Nina Joy.
By Ruth Muñoz-Hjelm February 4, 2009

Nina Joy’s being a part of Puerto Peñasco is not accidental, but rather a following of her heart and her family’s tradition to live their lives surrounded with beauty and serenity in places such as this city by the sea. This port allows her the freedom to work in harmony with nature, as well as seeking the type of work that provides her with empowerment of the self. She was born in Florida and her first chosen field of work was to be a doctor, but she soon became disillusioned with some of the trappings of the commercial side of medicine. Her initial goals have formed a part of her life, however, which guided her to pursue a better way for women to give birth, something she practiced herself with the birth of her own three daughters: Now, Star, and Iam Joy. All three were born at home with the help of midwives, and a pain-free, underwater method, which she explains as: “I had to come to a place of no fear.” This life experience has made such an important impact in her life that it has now become a family business project under way in conjunction with their other family business, a TV business shared with her husband Bracken and their three daughters.

Puerto Peñasco TV presents holistic information on Channel 17. The family began by filming anything they wanted to videotape, starting with 70 short videos of events that were done in less than eight months. Their goal is to show video that promotes Peñasco as a place of nature derived from the ocean and the desert, as well as a place for regaining a sense of health, a positive outlook and personal empowerment. As she says, “We knew the secret of life long before ‘The Secret’ came out and became the commercial success it is today. We visualize what we want and we set the tone.” The family business required the family to move from their home by the Mayan Palace, where according to Nina, who mentions this with some regret in her voice and her expression, “Each one of the girls was able to have their own ‘Casita’ which formed a part of the main house.” Both home and business are now located in the privacy of Puerta Privada.

Another business pursuit of Nina’s is to promote a powerful liquid formula beverage by Vemma, made with mangosteen, minerals and antioxidants that provide energy and a daily dose of vitamins. She and her family consume this energy health drink themselves, so she believes in the product. When you talk to Nina Joy these days, you can sense her urgency and delight to get back to work on her home birthing project, because she has to “take advantage of her moments of inspiration.” The family has practiced not only child birth at home, but homeschooling as well, moving and living in places like Hawaii and Sedona, Arizona. So what is her vision of the future for Puerto Peñasco? Perhaps a birthing center, and she plans to focus on her project of painless, fearless birth as well as raising her children in a gentle living environment, where she and her family can work and play and where she can create her own “little piece of heaven.”

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Playa del Paraiso: Under Construction

Playa del Paraiso: Under Construction
This Cinderella comeback couldn't have happened at a better time
by Sean Harrington

Under Construction. We see that all the time on the Internet, the highways and in residential and commercial building sites. Under Construction has been the norm for a long time until recently. The old adage has always been when the US of A gets a cold, Mexico gets pneumonia, and we've been showing signs of this condition.

The symptoms of the condition come in the form of one development after another modifying construction schedules, reducing staff, searching for additional investment capital, canning the advertising budget (not a good idea), or go comatose—stopping altogether.

One such comatose development was Playa del Paraiso, San Felipe's flagship luxury high-rise condominium hotel project. Now after months of delays and false starts, it appears to be under full sail again. They are back under construction, and have begun delivery of phase one.

Playa del Paraiso is an ambitious project, and when fully completed will be San Felipe's crown jewel. Playa del Paraiso sits on a perfect sandy beach just a few dozen yards north of San Felipe's Marina. The high-rise offers exceptional views from almost every floor and is outright breathtaking from the penthouse floors. Water views to the south include the Marina and the south beaches all the way to the southern point of Bahia de San Felipe. Views toward San Felipe include the Lighthouse and San Felipe's signature Macharro Mountains, rising 1,000 feet above the northernmost end of the bay. There are two miles of beach that connect San Felipe's downtown and the Marina waterfront district. Views from the backside of the high-rise are just as impressive where the eyes scan vast areas of desert framed by the soaring Sierra San Padro Mertir range.

Certainly not alone, Playa del Paraiso has had its fair share of difficulties bringing such an ambitious project to reality. The project has recently been purchased by a construction group with considerable commercial successes under their belts over the last 25 years and have access to capital even in the current strangled credit market. Capital and experience are pivotal keys to a successful project in a developing community.

The property is bristling with activity. Raw material and workers are everywhere as they push to deliver phase one and get phase two and phase three back on an organized and believable schedule. While some units are still shells, others are complete and delivered, others are being prepped for delivery and steel is being ordered for the next phase. Workers, equipment, tools, material and music is everywhere. They even have a makeshift restaurant on site to handle hefty construction worker appetites, it also helps keep them close to the job site. The place is a madhouse of activity and things are getting done. The end result is elegant.

Playa del Paraiso has a lot of positive karma going for it. For the local economy Playa del Paraiso's Cinderella comeback couldn't have happened at a better time for the local construction industry, which has seen many other projects slow down or stall. For the buyers, they are getting what they paid for . . . nothing but the best. Built to the International Building Code (UABC) and abiding by the code set forth by the Steel & Concrete Institute of The United States, the building is solid; 200-mile-an-hour winds are unheard of in San Felipe, but Paraiso says, "Bring it on, we can handle it."

As a living experience, life at Playa del Paraiso will be a cut above. Gorgeous, spacious, luxuriously appointed condominiums offering oversized outdoor living balconies with world-class views. Paraiso is low-density living for a property of this size. Playa del Paraiso's product offers full hotel amenities including concierge service, nearly five acres of fun-filled open space with huge pools, palapa bars, playgrounds for the kids and nearly three acres of pristine beach. Congratulations, Playa del Paraiso, your success will be a legacy for San Felipe.

Rosarito Foreign Residents Assistance Office Hosts Public Safety Seminar

Rosarito Foreign Residents Assistance Office Hosts Public Safety Seminar
By Carlos Durán - Mexico Living, April 2009

The Rosarito Foreign Residents Assistance Office hosted a Public Safety Seminar on February 21 at the CEMAC auditorium. Olivia de Corral moderated the meeting, which included the following civil servants: Police Chief Eduardo Montero Alvarez, Rosarito PGJE Attorney Lic. Rafael González, Chief of Civic Protection Octavio Mendez Stoever, Director of Economic Development and Tourism Lic. Héctor Reyes Orrantia, and President of the Citizens Committee for Public Safety Lic. Ricardo Moreno.

First to address the many foreign residents (in English) was Rosarito Mayor Hugo Torres. He began by explaining that last year the police force was interrogated and a series of confidence tests were performed on each officer. This resulted in the loss of 50 percent of the force. New officers have been hired and now a team is in place that can provide safe, secure public safety to all citizens of Rosarito, the Mayor explained.

Other advances from the city are the implementation of a new “Tourist Police” with distinctive uniforms and squad cars. They are equipped with special training to deal with foreign visitors and residents, including English language classes at the UABC to improve their communication skills. He highlighted the improved coordination between the City, State and Federal law enforcement agencies, including the Military.

Mayor Torres explained that crime prevention is also one of the major goals of his administration. He said, “Good citizens are not born, we have to mold good citizens.” One way to achieve this, he explained, was by the creation of sports opportunities for the young to have healthy, positive experiences, rather than have time to explore bad street habits and behavior. He also mentioned that a group of private citizens are pooling resources for a Boy’s and Girl’s Club. The city has already committed 11,000 square meters for the building. Lic. Moreno, Citizen’s Public Safety Committee, recently funded a children’s marionette theater to perform anti-drug and family violence shows to educate Rosarito’s school children. A suggestion from the audience was emulating the Venezuelan music education program called “El Sistema.”

Mayor Torres summarized the presentations of the panel, which began by explaining the implementation of the anonymous 089 phone number to call for reporting crime or suspicious activity. You will not be asked your name and the call will remain anonymous. 066 remains the emergency number statewide, which routes calls to the appropriate agencies nearest your community for immediate action to your emergency situation. The budget for public safety has increased 20 percent this year with the help of $10 million pesos from the Federal Government if the city raises $3 million pesos, which will go toward further confidence testing, equipment, salaries, training and hiring of new officers.

As many residents are already aware, Mayor Torres explained that the violence, which has spilled over from the Tijuana drug cartels is mainly due to last year’s arrest of Arrellano Felix and subsequent turf wars. Fortunately, visitors and foreign residents are the least likely to be involved in these activities and, for the most part, safe from harm. He ended his introduction with a lighter note about moving traffic violations are now bilingual, with an explanation of the various fines on the back of the ticket as well as the ability to pay fines by mail in the U.S.

After several presentations, there was a lively question and answer session during which residents voiced some concerns. Many of the issues were routed to the proper agencies and a promise of follow up was assured. We are certain foreign residents were gratified with the efforts of the local leaders that are concerned for the safety and well-being of the community as a whole and look forward to timely updates in the future.

In Search of Hotels

In Search of Hotels
by Naomi Black

On our first road trip through Mexico, we visited Tequila, Mexico. We discovered the newly painted nine-room Maria Isabel Hotel as we came into town on the main road. We were traveling with our family and the two-bedroom suite was $38 USD. The Mexican furniture was rustic wood and the floors were newly tiled. The iron beds with colorful butterfly and lily headboards had crisp bedspreads and the room smelled fresh and clean. After dinner and with the kids stashed in their room, Russ and I found a spiral staircase which led to the rooftop. With a bottle of local tequila and water glasses from the room in hand, we enjoyed the evening breeze, the smell of blue agaves cooking and the views of Tequila.

Seldom does an evening come together in such a fine way without some planning. However, I have always found that choosing a hotel is a trying task. Slick online photos and shiny brochures promise such perfection, peace and beauty. But will the hotel actually be a restful place? Will it add to the travel experience . . . or detract from a great day?

Each traveler has differing priorities; my priority is local flavor and charm, ambience, a little adventure and realistic prices. A $250 a night room should be absolutely perfect and restful; whereas, a $50 room with a view of the ocean or a sense of history can have a few quirks and be perfectly acceptable. Before leaving on a road trip, I browse travel books (such as Frommer’s) and research online locators (such as TripAdvisor). But I am never quite sure until I get there.

A hotel housed in a historical mansion can evoke a sense of history in such an intense way! This is true of the colonial-style hotels across Mexico; many are housed in mansions built in the 1800s, which create an incredible feeling of being in another time! The Playa de Cortez in Baccochibampo Bay, midway between Guaymas and San Carlos, is such a grand Old Mexico hacienda-style hotel. With the feel of having been transported to another era and set down in an aging Hollywood movie set, this hotel is old and it shows. But that is fine because there is no other place which so quietly and assuredly speaks of a long-lost time of graciousness and stateliness.

For many, Mexico conjures up thoughts of the Mexican cowboy, the vaquero or charro, roping wild horses or driving cattle out on the ranchero. In the beach community of Rosarito, there is a wide selection of hotels, condos and rentals of all sorts. Yet sitting slightly out of place, squeezed in between the high-rises, you will find Los Pelicanos Hotel. With cactus lamps, rustic brick décor, a camp-fire style steak restaurant, this eclectic “ranchero Mexico” hotel has a bit of a hunting cabin feel to it. Although a little rough around the edges, it is unexpected and cozy. The rooms with an ocean view are coveted and even the locals come by the restaurant for drinks at sunset.

And for legend and history, you just cannot pass by the Posada la Roca in Puerto Peñasco. This 80-year-old stone hotel is purportedly the oldest building in town. Legend has it that this was Al Capone’s hideout in the 1920s during Prohibition in the States. This place has atmosphere and feels like Old Mexico. Each room has been restored and the front room for sitting and reading is comfortable and inviting.

The right hotel can change your trip! A traveler on Trip Advisor worded it so well. After his trip to Vina Del Mar in Puerto Peñasco last year, he remarked, “we went to the pool, looked at the ocean from our room, took a walk downtown, watched a sunset, and enjoyed all the calm friendly people. My wife fell back in love with me. The kids had the time of their lives. All was good and my life was complete again.”

Even if you can’t visit, do some armchair traveling and visit their websites!

Armida Hotel (Guaymas) www.hotelarmida.com.mx
El Pelicano (Rosarito) www.lospelicanosrosarito.net
Vina del Mar ( Puerto Peñasco) www.vinadelmarhotel.com
Or, do an online search for “Posada la Roca Puerto Penasco”

San Felipe Weather...It doesn't get Any Better Than This


San Felipe Weather...It doesn't get Any Better Than This.

Yesterday was just perfect and today looks like a repete. Highs to the low 80s perfect breeze and perfect humidity...why bore you with the details "It Just Doesn't Get Any Better Than This" Enjoy!
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Swine Flu - Ten Tips for Me and You

Swine Flu - Ten Tips for Me and You

Here is a list of ten practical steps you can take to prepare and protect yourself and your family.

1) Know the symptoms - Here are some of the symptoms that sound like swine flu - fevers over 100 degrees, body aches, cough, runny nose, and sometimes, nausea and diarrhea. It's also useful to know if you might have had an exposure - either by recent travel to Mexico, or to the areas of known cases so far in America - specific areas of California, as well as Texas, New York, Ohio and Kansas. Or you may have been exposed to a sick person who came from those areas. The incubation time for swine flu is believed to be pretty short - 3-4 days, and the virus seems to spread easily between people. If this sounds like your symptoms, then what do you do?

2) Don't panic - If you have a cold or flu, and the media is full of details about a potentially lethal pandemic, it's hard to not imagine the worst. Once confirmed cases of swine flu at St. Francis Preparatory School in New York hit the news, local hospitals were swamped with concerned people. Not only is this difficult for the healthcare system, it can also be potentially dangerous for everyone - all those people gathered in one place can help spread potential infection, including to hospitalized patients who are particularly vulnerable.

3) Call or go? - If you have symptoms and possible risks that sound like swine flu, call your doctor or local public health clinic before going in. You may be asked to go to a specific place to be tested, or you may be asked to stay home as long as you are able to breathe well. Anyone, however, who is rapidly getting worse, or having difficulty breathing, needs to be seen urgently by a doctor.

4) Contain the illness - First, take care of yourself - rest, drink plenty of fluids, and take over-the-counter medications to help with fevers, aches and pains, and stomach symptoms. Do not, however, give cough or cold medicines to children under two years of age - those medications are contraindicated. Some people with respiratory illnesses feel much better with a humidifier. If you have asthma, emphysema or other lung-affecting diseases, you need to be sure to take your regularly prescribed medicine, and watch closely for worsening symptoms, including difficulty breathing. If you live alone, be sure you check in with family or friends by phone each day. They'll want to know how you're doing, and it's good to have someone helping you keep watch on your symptoms. Second, take steps to contain the spread - if you live with others, practice careful hand-washing, bypass the hugs and kisses of well-wishers, and do not share telephone handsets or computers. Be especially careful to always cough into the elbow of your arm (yes! the elbow, not your hand!). Cover your cough and dispose of your snotty tissues yourself, to protect others. Adults with swine flu are believed to shed the virus for 4-5 days, but young children can spread virus for as long as 10 days - so stay home until you feel well.

5) Protection works - if you feel fine, is there anything you can do to protect yourself and limit the potential spread of the virus? Influenza is spread by coughing and sneezing (droplet transmission). Influenza is also spread by touching a surface that's been contaminated, then touching your own face/mouth/nose (fomite transmission). The question of whether or not "close contact" spreads the virus (e.g. being in the same air space - called airborne transmission) has not been completely answered by existing research. Also unanswered is the question - if it is spread that way, then how-close-is-close? No one knows. So, given all that, what can you do? First, handwashing works. Wash, wash and wash again. Invest in some hand sanitizer for the whole family. A bottle for everyone! Use hand sanitizer for those bus and subway rides where thousands of hands touch the same strap and rail. Alcohol-based diaper wipes can be used for shared telephones, keyboards, and work-out equipment. If you get on a plane, wipe down the armrests, tray-tables and entertainment console. If you work in a place - like a cafe - where it's not possible to wipe down the cash register between each person's use, then do not touch your face while you work. Don't touch your face at all until you've washed your hands first. Teachers at schools can be especially helpful by reminding kids to handwash, cover coughs, and sneezes, and by eliminating shared hand-held items (like hall passes) that could be replaced with individual slips of paper. Teachers and administrators play an especially important role by supporting families who keep their kids out of school because of illness.

6) What about a mask? - The data shows that masks do work - as long as there is a tight seal about the mouth and nose. That means the floppy blue pleated mask you sometimes see hanging below a person's nose isn't doing a thing for anyone. And, if you're a guy, a beard is probably stopping any mask anywhere from ever working for you. Expert panels and pandemic review boards, in general, do not recommend masks despite saying they work, both because masks often aren't properly fitted, and because masks in public are not "widely accepted." If you're exposed to people who cough on you, and you are able to wear a mask, be sure to pinch the metal strip across your nose down snug, and tighten the straps so the mask touches skin around all the edges. And shave that beard.

7) Eat the pork (if you want) - Swine flu gets its name because pigs can get the infection and spread it to each other - as well as to humans. This latest virus contains pieces that indicate it evolved from swine flu virus, and can now spread from person to person. Swine flu is not spread by properly prepared and cooked pork products. So if you want to eat pork, you can.

8) Getting sick? - stay home! - In our go-go-go culture and these severe economic times, it can be very hard to call a boss and cancel a day's work. Perhaps even more so if there's a big meeting and your third grader feels "crummy" but doesn't (yet) look sick. Now, however, is the time to pay attention to symptoms - and if you or your loved ones are feeling like there's a flu coming on, stay home.

9) Stockpile? - The public health department recommends that each home have two weeks of supplies, in case we must stay home - either for illness or to help contain transmission. That means two weeks of food for everyone in your home, two weeks of all medications (both over-the-counter and prescription), and, if you're like most people, two weeks of books and DVDs.

10) Stay in? - If there is an outbreak in your community, but you're feeling healthy, it can be a very difficult decision whether or not to stay home from vital activities like work. Luckily public health officials are acting on the latest reports, so keep an eye on the news for announcements like closures of schools. However, if you're in an area of potential transmission, now is probably a good time to postpone some completely discretionary activities that involve large crowds, like going to the movies or the mall. Decisions are much harder when the activity is both not-exactly-required and not-exactly-discretionary - like going to church, for example, or community events like your school's Open House. Right now, it's too early for any of us to become a Swine Flu Shut-In, but you may want to have your hand sanitizer constantly with you for the next few weeks.

Posted By: Doc Gurley (Email) | April 28 2009 at 04:30 PM

Swine Flu - Ten Tips for Me and You

Now that America has declared a state of swine flu public health emergency, you may be asking yourself - what am I supposed to do? Here is a list of ten practical steps you can take to prepare and protect yourself and your family.

1) Know the symptoms - Here are some of the symptoms that sound like swine flu - fevers over 100 degrees, body aches, cough, runny nose, and sometimes, nausea and diarrhea. It's also useful to know if you might have had an exposure - either by recent travel to Mexico, or to the areas of known cases so far in America - specific areas of California, as well as Texas, New York, Ohio and Kansas. Or you may have been exposed to a sick person who came from those areas. The incubation time for swine flu is believed to be pretty short - 3-4 days, and the virus seems to spread easily between people. If this sounds like your symptoms, then what do you do?

2) Don't panic - If you have a cold or flu, and the media is full of details about a potentially lethal pandemic, it's hard to not imagine the worst. Once confirmed cases of swine flu at St. Francis Preparatory School in New York hit the news, local hospitals were swamped with concerned people. Not only is this difficult for the healthcare system, it can also be potentially dangerous for everyone - all those people gathered in one place can help spread potential infection, including to hospitalized patients who are particularly vulnerable.

3) Call or go? - If you have symptoms and possible risks that sound like swine flu, call your doctor or local public health clinic before going in. You may be asked to go to a specific place to be tested, or you may be asked to stay home as long as you are able to breathe well. Anyone, however, who is rapidly getting worse, or having difficulty breathing, needs to be seen urgently by a doctor.

4) Contain the illness - First, take care of yourself - rest, drink plenty of fluids, and take over-the-counter medications to help with fevers, aches and pains, and stomach symptoms. Do not, however, give cough or cold medicines to children under two years of age - those medications are contraindicated. Some people with respiratory illnesses feel much better with a humidifier. If you have asthma, emphysema or other lung-affecting diseases, you need to be sure to take your regularly prescribed medicine, and watch closely for worsening symptoms, including difficulty breathing. If you live alone, be sure you check in with family or friends by phone each day. They'll want to know how you're doing, and it's good to have someone helping you keep watch on your symptoms. Second, take steps to contain the spread - if you live with others, practice careful hand-washing, bypass the hugs and kisses of well-wishers, and do not share telephone handsets or computers. Be especially careful to always cough into the elbow of your arm (yes! the elbow, not your hand!). Cover your cough and dispose of your snotty tissues yourself, to protect others. Adults with swine flu are believed to shed the virus for 4-5 days, but young children can spread virus for as long as 10 days - so stay home until you feel well.

5) Protection works - if you feel fine, is there anything you can do to protect yourself and limit the potential spread of the virus? Influenza is spread by coughing and sneezing (droplet transmission). Influenza is also spread by touching a surface that's been contaminated, then touching your own face/mouth/nose (fomite transmission). The question of whether or not "close contact" spreads the virus (e.g. being in the same air space - called airborne transmission) has not been completely answered by existing research. Also unanswered is the question - if it is spread that way, then how-close-is-close? No one knows. So, given all that, what can you do? First, handwashing works. Wash, wash and wash again. Invest in some hand sanitizer for the whole family. A bottle for everyone! Use hand sanitizer for those bus and subway rides where thousands of hands touch the same strap and rail. Alcohol-based diaper wipes can be used for shared telephones, keyboards, and work-out equipment. If you get on a plane, wipe down the armrests, tray-tables and entertainment console. If you work in a place - like a cafe - where it's not possible to wipe down the cash register between each person's use, then do not touch your face while you work. Don't touch your face at all until you've washed your hands first. Teachers at schools can be especially helpful by reminding kids to handwash, cover coughs, and sneezes, and by eliminating shared hand-held items (like hall passes) that could be replaced with individual slips of paper. Teachers and administrators play an especially important role by supporting families who keep their kids out of school because of illness.

6) What about a mask? - The data shows that masks do work - as long as there is a tight seal about the mouth and nose. That means the floppy blue pleated mask you sometimes see hanging below a person's nose isn't doing a thing for anyone. And, if you're a guy, a beard is probably stopping any mask anywhere from ever working for you. Expert panels and pandemic review boards, in general, do not recommend masks despite saying they work, both because masks often aren't properly fitted, and because masks in public are not "widely accepted." If you're exposed to people who cough on you, and you are able to wear a mask, be sure to pinch the metal strip across your nose down snug, and tighten the straps so the mask touches skin around all the edges. And shave that beard.

7) Eat the pork (if you want) - Swine flu gets its name because pigs can get the infection and spread it to each other - as well as to humans. This latest virus contains pieces that indicate it evolved from swine flu virus, and can now spread from person to person. Swine flu is not spread by properly prepared and cooked pork products. So if you want to eat pork, you can.

8) Getting sick? - stay home! - In our go-go-go culture and these severe economic times, it can be very hard to call a boss and cancel a day's work. Perhaps even more so if there's a big meeting and your third grader feels "crummy" but doesn't (yet) look sick. Now, however, is the time to pay attention to symptoms - and if you or your loved ones are feeling like there's a flu coming on, stay home.

9) Stockpile? - The public health department recommends that each home have two weeks of supplies, in case we must stay home - either for illness or to help contain transmission. That means two weeks of food for everyone in your home, two weeks of all medications (both over-the-counter and prescription), and, if you're like most people, two weeks of books and DVDs.

10) Stay in? - If there is an outbreak in your community, but you're feeling healthy, it can be a very difficult decision whether or not to stay home from vital activities like work. Luckily public health officials are acting on the latest reports, so keep an eye on the news for announcements like closures of schools. However, if you're in an area of potential transmission, now is probably a good time to postpone some completely discretionary activities that involve large crowds, like going to the movies or the mall. Decisions are much harder when the activity is both not-exactly-required and not-exactly-discretionary - like going to church, for example, or community events like your school's Open House. Right now, it's too early for any of us to become a Swine Flu Shut-In, but you may want to have your hand sanitizer constantly with you for the next few weeks.

Posted By: Doc Gurley (Email) | April 28 2009 at 04:30 PM
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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

CDC H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu)

CDC H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu)

Swine influenza (also called swine fluhog flu, and pig flu) refers to influenza caused by those strains of influenza virus, called swine influenza virus(SIV), that usually infect pigs. Swine influenza is common in pigs in the midwestern United States (and occasionally in other states), Mexico, Canada, South America, Europe (including the United Kingdom, Sweden, and Italy), Kenya, Mainland China, Taiwan, Japan and other parts of eastern Asia.
Transmission of swine influenza virus from pigs to humans is not common and properly cooked pork poses no risk of infection. When transmitted, the virus does not always cause human influenza and often the only sign of infection is the presence of antibodies in the blood, detectable only by laboratory tests. When transmission results in influenza in a human, it is called zoonotic swine flu. People who work with pigs, especially people with intense exposures, are at risk of catching swine flu. However, only about fifty such transmissions have been recorded since the mid-20th Century, when identification of influenza subtypes became possible. Rarely, these strains of swine flu can pass from human to human. In humans, the symptoms of swine flu are similar to those of influenza and of influenza-like illness in general, namely chills, fever, sore throat, muscle pains, severe headache, coughing, weakness and general discomfort.
The 2009 flu outbreak in humans, known as "swine flu", is due to a new strain of influenza A virus subtype H1N1 that contained genes most closely related to swine influenza. The origin of this new strain is unknown, however, and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) reports that this strain has not been isolated in pigs. This strain can be transmitted from human to human, an ability attributed to an as-yet unidentified mutation, and causes the normal symptoms of influenza. (Source: Wikipedia)
CDC H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) Resources:
The Positive Side to Microorganisms


April 28, 2009 6:08 PM - Fast Draw: Swine Flu
Posted by Mitch Butler and Josh Landis
While the world waits to see if the swine flu will become an pandemic, The Fast Draw's Mitch Butler and Josh Landis make the point that microorganisms do a lot more good than harm. http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2009/04/28/fastdraw/entry4975764.shtml

San Felipe Weather...Shooting From The Hip


San Felipe Weather...Shooting From The Hip. Yesterday evening got surprisingly cool compounded by a higher humidity drive breeze. We were all wearing jackets by 7:00 PM. Today's weather promises to be warmer with some high clouds and just a bit of hysteria in the air. Highs today should be in the mid 80s with afternoon breezes picking up. A beautiful day to enjoy our ghost town...Remember the number one way to avoid catching the flu is to wash your hands regularly, and of course saying away from sick people. 2 cases are confirmed in Mexicali, other than that our little slice of heaven seems to be at the moment free of flu and on high alert. So go out and enjoy!

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Realtors Giving Back to Rosarito Community’s

Local Realtors Giving Back to Rosarito Community’s Less Fortunate
By Carlos Durán

Recently I was invited on a couple of tours sponsored by AMPI (Mexican Professional Realtors Association) members. One was a caravan “Open House” tour hosted by Diane Gibbs for the purpose of showcasing properties to other agents, which are available for purchase along the Gold Coast. This gave broker members of AMPI a good stock of properties available, as the influx of visitors is on the rise, thankfully ending a cold, lonely winter.

The other was a charitable tour for the distribution of 75 blankets to needy children, 50 of which were donated by Walmart. Many of the blankets were donated to children that are being cared for because their moms are serving time in rehabilitation facilities.

The home is run by Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Fruin, a couple from San Luis Obispo and their family for the purpose of feeding, housing and ensuring the children continue their schooling until their families can care for them again. They are currently housing 14 children; ages 3 to 14. Eleven of the boys sleep in one bed and three girls sleep in another. The upstairs roof is being finished with the help of $4,000 pesos donated by AMPI members. The home has many needs such as clothing, food, a full-size refrigerator and kitchen cabinets. Please contact any member of AMPI if you can help with any of the above.

The AMPI members then caravanned into some of the poorest neighborhoods on the outskirts of Colonia Constitución to spread the warmth. They targeted needy families as they distributed many blankets to keep them warm for what remains of a cold winter.

Later in the week AMPI and Mrs. Torres, Mayor Hugo Torres’ wife, visited a “desayunador” breakfast room to present the Breakfast Program organized by the social services she leads called DIF, Desarrollo Integral de la Familia (Comprehensive Family Development) agency. DIF’s program is for needy children whose parents apply for the program in the 38 Rosarito elementary schools. The breakfasts are prepared by an army of volunteer moms in the kitchen of each school. DIF also requires the children’s parents to attend “Parenting Classes” to learn about the value of good nutrition, discipline and the importance of homework support by the family.

In one month, AMPI raised enough money to feed 80 children a hot breakfast every school day for a month. Anyone can contribute toward this effort. Just $3 will feed one child a cold breakfast every school day for one month, and $6 a hot breakfast; $118.50 will feed an entire class (around 40 pupils) a cold breakfast for a month, $237.50 a hot breakfast. An $80 donation can help with a uniform and school supplies for a child, for an entire year.

If you are able to help AMPI and DIF with school breakfasts, please make your check payable to AMPI Rosarito, memo: DIF Breakfast or DIF School Year and mail it to AMPI Rosarito, c/o Steve Steele, PMB 200, PO Box 189010, Coronado, CA 92178. A receipt/factura will be mailed back to donors for tax purposes.

These efforts by the AMPI membership are positive examples of actions the private sector can take in efforts to improve the overall wellness of communities. Good work, and ¡Gracias! AMPI.

Monday, April 27, 2009

San Felipe Weather...Mostly Cloudy


San Felipe Weather...Mostly Cloudy. It is freezing...in my refrigerator...using the old comfort monitor to get a new fridge dialed in...so I am estimating that the current temperature is in the mid to upper 70s. As promised today has started out cloudy but near noon it is looking as thou the sun could break through. Clear and warming to the mid 80s over the next few days. Of course as usual it is a go & do it day...so go out and do it!


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Calderon Invests in Mexico

President Calderón Invests in a Healthy Mexico
By Christa Thomas

Despite the international economic downturn, President Calderón has vowed to invest over $133 billion in the health sector and pledged to achieve universal health coverage by 2011. The goal is to construct an integrated health system for all Mexicans, regardless of their economic, social or employment status.

Of that investment, $7 billion will be allocated for building new hospitals and health centers. “We are also working very hard to prevent diseases, since we know that every peso spent on health prevention means a savings of several dozen pesos in health treatment," President Calderón explained.

Currently, over 80 million Mexicans have some type of affiliation with public health institutions, such as the Mexican Social Security Institute, the ISSSTE or the Popular Insurance Scheme. It is the government’s goal to reform these public institutions. And, coverage for families without IMSS or ISSSTE has been expanded through Popular Insurance and Medical Insurance for a New Generation.

The Medical Insurance for a New Generation has been implemented and 1.7 million children have been registered as the beneficiaries of this medical insurance program, which aims to close the medical care gap among the population.

The government is also investing heavily in Health Caravans, a program that uses trucks and other vehicles to transport a small operating theater of surgery and dental equipment to all those communities that would otherwise be without.

Through these many impressive efforts, President Calderón is demonstrating his determination to promote and achieve a healthy Mexico.

Source: www.presidencia.gob.mx

Centavo’s Two Cents - The First Clam Bake

Centavo’s Two Cents - The First Clam Bake
by Penny Nask

It is impossible for me to stop eating clams. While my guests are busy devouring a normal breakfast at a local eatery, I am stacking a long train of empty clam shells around my plate.

When I found out that an ordinary person could dig for clams on the beach . . . well, deliriously blissful didn’t come close to my disposition.

What did I need to do this? A rake, a bucket, beer, the low tide and some free time. Are you kidding me? This venture was created for me!

Bucket in hand (actually two buckets . . . one for beer), I went to collect my share. "Rake until you hit something that feels like a rock,” I was told. In one half hour I had collected seven. Hmmm . . . was I doing something wrong?

Apparently clam diggers have their secret ways. One woman had an unusually long knife—almost a Samurai Sword. She knelt and sliced into the wet mud till she hit a clam. She was popping them into her bucket every time she dug this way. (Where can I get one of those?)

But dig I must . . . dig . . . dig . . . dig . . . clam . . . dig . . . dig . . . clam. I was possessed. You would think that they were diamonds. Under all this mud were clams that I could have for free! I was unstoppable

At night I would dream of clams . . . clams that just flipped out of their hiding place and into my bucket. Thank you!

The first time I went clam digging I brought home about 50 clams. They ended up in boiling water before someone could say, “Do you want linguine with that?”

My favorite clamming folks were two guys that carried sacks and golf clubs converted into long forks. Every day they clammed with this equipment. They never bent down much and their sacks were always full. They told me that they didn’t eat clams and that they were digging them just for fun. What? . . . and would I like theirs. What?

Great! I didn’t have to dig. Instead, I could just relax and ponder about other clam phenomenon. For instance: How did the first human discover that they could eat these things or even open them up?

This is my possible Two-Cent Story . . .

Beginning Man was told to hunt for food by Beginning Woman. He brought his hunting tools but was not successful catching reptile, animal or fish. He knew that Beginning Woman would be mad. He would bring her a present to soothe her temper. Beginning Man absentmindedly stirred up the beach mud with a stick. He hit an object, then another. He liked them and carried them home.

Beginning Woman saw that he had brought what she thought were stones in his basket. Irritated, she threw them on the hot fire where they sizzled from the heat and opened up. Surprised at this, Beginning Man and Beginning Woman were curious about the aroma of the clams and were able to pull them from the coals. When the clams had cooled, they ate them.

Thus the name, Cherry”stone” clams. History was made.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

San Felipe Weather...An Other Beauty


San Felipe Weather...An Other Beauty!
Our weather today is pretty much a carbon copy of yesterday, a real beauty. 80 again today with lots of sun, cooled by a pleasant breeze. Expect wonderful weather for the next couple of days. Some clouds tomorrow but generally you couldn't ask for better weather. Great day to be in the garden or on the beach...enjoy!



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U.S. Consulate Meeting

U.S. CONSULATE GENERAL CALLS MEETING IN SAN CARLOS
By Lynn Prince

New U.S. Consulate General to the American Consulate in Hermosillo, John Breidenstine, made his first visit to San Carlos on February 20 to give an overview of U.S./Mexican relations and the current situation in Sonora.

A large crowd of over 200 people packed La Palapa restaurant to field questions to Breidenstine and his staff. Top on the list of questions was “just how safe is Sonora with the current drug problems at the border?” Breidenstine responded, along with Security Officer Gerry Mahoney, that infighting between the drug cartels exists at the border towns, but that travel back and forth to the States and San Carlos is safe on Highway 15. He quipped that the shoulder on the road causes more problems as a danger than the drug situation. He did caution that because of the dangerous shoulder on Highway 15 it was best not to travel at night and don’t drive at high speeds. Other tips: 1) use the cuota roads as they are policed by the Federal Police 2) don’t cross the border at Naco and Douglas as they are high-traffic areas for drug smuggling 3) use the buddy system—let a friend know when you are leaving and arriving to your destination. If they don’t receive a phone call from you when you reach your destination, then they contact authorities. Breidenstine went onto remark that San Carlos is considered one of the safest cities in all of Mexico. The latest TRAVEL ALERT issued by the U.S. Department of State, as of February 20, 2009, can be read on the Consulate's website.

Other questions included:

Dual Nationality – you can now obtain Mexican citizenship without losing United States citizenship. Some of the positives are that it allows foreigners to take part in the voting process in Mexico and work to establish good government. One can also do away with the yearly bank trust fees on properties, if a Mexican citizen.

Century Program – if you go back and forth across the border a great deal during the year, some of the long waits can be frustrating. So, a special lane has been created at the border where it takes only about 15 minutes to get through. After an application process and car inspection, a card is issued that is good for five years, which allows you to just zip through the border.

Long border waits can be eliminated by traveling on a weekday and very early in the morning. Also avoid Easter and Christmas holidays.

Residents of San Carlos were also encouraged to make several photocopies of their Passport, Drivers License, FM3 documents, etc., and keep them in a safe place in case of theft.

Military Stops – Consulate staff member, Charlene Robison, related how some residents have been detained at military stops and escorted to a Secondary Room with no windows while their cars were searched. She instructed that you need to remain calm, be nice and cooperate with the police and do not challenge their authority. All incidents reported came out just fine. The police are just doing their jobs.

Reminder – Americans and foreigners are subject to all Mexican laws. That means that you MUST have your Visa or FM3 stamped when leaving the country and when entering Mexico in compliance with immigration laws in the State of Sonora. Passports can be renewed at the American Consulate in Hermosillo for local residents.

Sonora Office of Tourism has set up a special number for tourists to report emergencies, register complaints and make other inquiries. That number is 01-800-716-2555.

Other topics of conversation were Hands Across the Border, an exchange program where U.S. and Mexican youth visit and learn what life is all about in the adjacent land.

Breidenstine also commented that he believes that having the former governor of Arizona, Janet Napolitano, as Head of Homeland Security with the new administration will be a plus for Mexico and the U.S. in their fight against crime.

If local San Carlos or Guaymas residents have any questions regarding issues, Wardens have been assigned in San Carlos that act as representatives for the American Consulate. They are Kim Mac Donald, Veronica Mooney, and Heidi and Grant Grossman.

Visit the American Consulates website at www.hermosillo.usconsulate.gov
Telephone: (622) 289-3500
Location: Monterrey #141 Rosales Street and Galeana Col. Esqueda

Saturday, April 25, 2009

San Felipe Weather...Nice One.


San Felipe Weather...Nice One.

Spent a few hours out at the El Dorado Ranch Flea Market this morning, long sleeves and shorts was the dress code for early on, but rapidly accepted short sleeves. The weather conditions were, in a word fantastic, and still is. Maybe 80 again today with lots of sun, cooled by a pleasant breeze. Expect more of this heavenly fantastic weather for the next couple of days. Good day to go out and do something!



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Newst Changes with the Merida initiative

NEWEST CHANGES WITH THE MERIDA INITIATIVE
By Lynn Prince

President Calderón met with U.S. President Bush in Merida, Mexico, in March 2007 to review issues affecting the two countries. Both countries issued a joint communique on March 14, 2007, recognizing the threat posed by organized crime and drug trafficking to both nations and the shared responsibility to address this threat.

Since the 2007 Summit in Merida, Mexico has taken bold and unprecedented steps to confront crime and violence. The U.S. set forth the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2008 signed by President Bush on June 30 providing $400 million to fund training, equipment and other assistance under the Merida Initiative to Mexico; and an initial installment of a multi-year, $1.4 billion program of support.

As of February 10, 2009, the United States and Belize have also implemented the Merida Initiative providing $1,008,000 in funding for the first year to the Belizean government to combat crime.

February 5, 2009, also marked the implementation between Guatemala and the U.S. of the Merida Initiative granting $3,650,500 to combat crime in that country.

Ongoing monitoring of the programs and activities will be conducted by each government.
Source: U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesman

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Friday, April 24, 2009

Casa Monica: Cholla Bay Bed & Breakfast

CASA MÓNICA CHOLLA BAY BED & BREAKFAST

A great option for those who want something smaller and more private, Casa Mónica, located on the sandy beach in Cholla Bay, is very popular with guests, many of whom visit over and over. The property boasts sweeping views of Cholla’s beautiful estuary with its extreme tides, and Black Mountain and the Pinacates beyond.

The spacious, spotlessly clean, and wonderfully decorated guest quarters include two bedrooms with a shared bath, a living room with dining area, a fully-equipped kitchen and a huge patio overlooking the water. Activities include walking the beach, exploring the estuary, kayaking, swimming and swinging in the hammock. Guests can read, rock on the glider, swing on the swing and take siestas. In-house therapeutic massages, manicures and pedicures can be arranged. The ways to relax at Casa Mónica are countless!

Casa Mónica is well known for extraordinary breakfasts; delicious, creative and healthy are the bywords. Breakfast is prepared and served in the dining room of the main home, leaving visitors free of the clatter and clutter of preparation. Guests are wowed by the table settings, which are creative, memorable and different each day.

Owned and operated for the past six years by Gretchen Ellinger, Casa Mónica is Gretchen’s dream come true, and it shows. Guests have given rave reviews on TripAdvisor.com, and highly recommend both the property and the hospitality. A website is in the works, but not yet ready, so call for pricing and availability: (602) 412-3311 from the U.S., or 382-5147 local in Puerto Peñasco.

San Felipe Weather....Weather Forecasting, From Wiki.

San Felipe Weather....Weather forecasting, from Wiki.
Weather forecasting is the application of science and technology to predict the state of the atmosphere for a future time and a given location. Human beings have attempted to predict the weather informally for millennia, and formally since at least the nineteenth century. Weather forecasts are made by collecting quantitative data about the current state of the atmosphere and using scientific understanding of atmospheric processes to project how the atmosphere will evolve, and help narrow the error and pick the most likely outcome.

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Website weather writers are more likely to look up the sky and say hey those are clouds up there, might as well write that today is going to be cloudier than normal. In fact the sky and the radar are pretty in sync with this cloudy concept today...but it is likely that we'll experience warmer temperatures than earlier predicted...Maybe low 80's, but with with higher humidity it should feel a bit warmer than that. Remember you can get more UV on your skin than you think on a cloudy day, act appropriately!

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An American in Baja: K.C.

An American in Baja: K.C.
by Audrey Coffman

K.C. is a good man to know when economic times get tough. He is able to survive on little and is happy to share what he knows and what he has with his friends. One day he enthusiastically explained to me how liver is cheap and can be stretched to provide protein for days with a variety of preparations. To paraphrase songwriter Paul Simon, “there must be 50 ways to love your liver.”

As the proprietor of Lilyanna’s Day Spa here in San Felipe, K.C. provides a full-service shop, nurtures our need to feel good about ourselves, and lets his customers know that he values them as well as their business. He is a large, gentle man with sparkly eyes that tell you just what he’s thinking. His eyes may roll around in exasperation, but you sense right away that this is a kind and patient guy. When he talks, he is tactful, almost courtly. He speaks Spanish beautifully, fluently, and just listening to him urge his Mexican staff to provide the best service to clients reminds me of what a beautiful language it is.

My friendship with K.C. has deepened since I started taking my Aunt Frieda there. She’s 91, old-fashioned (still does the “perm” thing) and, because she must remove her hearing aids prior to the shampoo, almost deaf. He is incredibly patient with her. He translates the conversations going on around her and shouts in her ear, so she won’t feel left out or insecure. He explains every step of her treatment. He’s told her, "Hey, if we’re going to put polish on your toenails, for God’s sake, make it RED." No wishy-washy pinks for Tia Frieda. She loves him and the attention he gives her. I love the smile on her face as we leave.

When I first met K.C., he sported a “mohawk,” a modified version of the Billy Ray Cyrus “do.” Shorts, T-shirt, wire-rim frame glasses, big rings and tattoos—lots of them, done in his own tattoo parlor here in town. Long gone are the wing-tips and button-down shirts, long gone is any effort to “fit in,” to conform. He is his own man, inside and out. A devout Christian, he came by his faith through adversity, knowledge and acceptance. He has studied all other religions, respects the beliefs of others, even when they run counter to his own, and is comfortable with himself, his faith and the life he has lived.

Inner peace is elusive. Life in Baja, with its beauty and serenity, is an opportunity to find it, finally. I believe K.C. has.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

San Felipe Weather...It Ain't Summer Yet


San Felipe Weather...It Ain't Summer Yet...
After last week's light switch change in the weather from cool to hot in the blink of an eye, we are cooling again this week. Expect a week of warm-enough mild weather. Cooling to the mid 70s over the course of the next few days. It doesn't get any better than today's weather 80 and perfect.

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Spanish Language Blunders April 2009

Spanish Language Blunders
by Katrina Tinoco, co-owner of La Vendimia Restaurant

After living in Ensenada for the past 23 years, one would think that one would have an extensive command of the Spanish language . . . well one would be dead wrong! Oh, the blunders I have made, and still do on a daily basis—or so my three wonderfully bilingual kids keep reminding me (darn show-offs). I also have the double impediment of being British and have to admit to having a few problems when communicating with my American friends over the years too. Yes, I have asked people to knock me up at a certain time in order not to be late, or to lift up my bonnet and check out my spark plugs—or even worse, when some one mentioned his dictaphone, I wanted to know why he couldn't use his finger like everyone else.

Of course, when I sailed into Ensenada on a cruise ship, I never dreamed that I would make my home here, so I began to learn Spanish by using the inevitable good old phrase book and set out to converse with the locals.

"The pen of my aunt . . . What time is the next train? Where do I find the nearest YMCA?" Meanwhile there were a group of Mexicans thinking, "What is with this woman? Where is her aunt and why does she need that particular pen? Oh . . . Now she is waiting for a train . . . in Ensenada? This one is really good—she wants us to break into song like the village people . . . YMCA . . . la la la la crazy gringa . . . with a very strange gringa accent."

After kicking the phrase book idea into touch, I decided that my best bet to learn the language was to marry a Mexican. Granted, I could have bought the Berlitz course or the Rosetta Stone DVDs, but, being basically lazy, I thought the immersion method (Mexican by Injection) would best suit my needs. This idea has not really worked out either as my husband only ever speaks to me in English as do my kids (unless they want to bring their friends around for a good laugh at my expense).

Sometimes mispronunciation can work to your advantage, as I learned one time when stopped by a young motorcycle cop here in Ensenada. I was driving in the middle of town and I promise the light was green when I passed through the intersection, but I had to stop whilst a flock of dawdling teenagers were crossing in front of me (Have you noticed how no one here walks at a brisk pace when crossing the road?). Not being able to reverse as there was a car behind me, I had no choice but to run the red light. So the cop pulls me over and I explained, in Spanish, that the light was green, but in order not to mow down a herd of pedestrians, I was forced to stop, etc. He promptly doubled over and with tears of laughter told me to go away. Later I told my husband what had happened and that I had proudly used the word pedestrians—"pedones." The word is actually "peatones"; therefore, I had told the cop that a load of slow farts made me run the red light. I was really quite embarrassed until I realized that it got me out of a traffic ticket!

Reversing the situation, English can be pretty daunting for the Mexicans too; even the most proficient speakers can get lost in translation, especially if the word sounds similar in both languages. Not so long ago I was introduced to a very esteemed doctor and when I went to shake his hand, he told me, in English, not to touch him because he was constipated. Well, I thought it a little too much information on our first meeting and what does being constipated have to do with hand shaking. Uh, maybe a new medical breakthrough . . . or maybe he is hinting that I should offer him some prunes. After some investigation, I discovered that the word "constipado" in Spanish means to have one's nose blocked, usually due to the common cold.

So to anyone who is battling to learn Spanish, or think they should know more than they do, or feel like an idiot every time they make a mistake, join the club and blame it all on being a constipated slow fart!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

San Felipe Weather...Kudos To Those Cleaning Up The Beach


Earth Day. It is the only planet we have. Temperatures fortunately didn't get as warm as predicted yesterday...That's a good thing, I find it easier to ease into that "hot thing" that happens in our part of the world. Today is going to be warm and sunny with some light high clouds. Go out and enjoy it.

Not everyone has the luxury of a day off and the time to enjoy the cooperative spirit gained by getting together and cleaning up one of our beaches, but, take a moment and think about just a small change you can make towards a cleaned more sustainable environment...It IS the only Planet we got!

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

22 Earth Day - Beach Clean up at Case...

EarthDay-10022 Earth Day - Beach Clean up at Casey's Place
SAN FELIPE -
April 22 is Earth Day and Casey Hamlin is hosting a clean up day. We want to encourage everyone to meet at Casey's Place (across from Baja
CSI) with a few garbage bags, garden gloves if you have them, sun
screen, and a Hat. Ready to beautify San Felipe!

Mexico Living will be unveiling the "My Beautiful Town" t-shirt;
Andrena Joyce voted Best Artist 2007 and 2008 has painted this years
t-shirt. The t-shirts will be sold in advance online with deliver the
day of the event and through San Felipe after April 22.

My Beautiful Town Project is a vision of Mexico Living to support
those that work hard to clean and beautify San Felipe. 100% of the
t-shirt sales go to support clean up and beautification projects. We
hope to raise enough from the sale of the t-shirts to increase trash
cleanup, clean graffiti, plants trees, buy disposable gloves, trash
bags and cans, etc. and support the efforts of Delegato Hazael Sierra
and Casey of Casey's Place.

Buy a t-shirt beautiful t-shirt and help us all keep San Felipe beautiful
Buy your Beautiful T-shirt NOW!



Mexico News - Walmart Bullish on Mexico


Walmart Bullish on Mexico
By Christa Thomas

Mexico's largest retailer, Wal-Mart de Mexico, recently announced an aggressive investment plan for Mexico in 2009. With an infusion of $11.8 billion, the company will create 14,500 new jobs directly and 25,000 indirectly.

Wal-Mart de Mexico now operates 1,208 retail locations in five retail formats. Last year the company opened 182 stores and had a presence in 224 cities. In 2009, the company plans to open 252 new business units of its various formats (225 Bodega Aurrerás, 13 Walmarts, 4 Superamas, 7 Sam’s Clubs and 3 Suburbia apparel stores). These units represent a sales floor growth of 10 percent.

Eduardo Solórzano, CEO of Wal-Mart de Mexico, stated that "in the short term we are going to focus on increasing client traffic in our stores through prices. We are going to improve our prices." Solórzano said, "Today, more than ever, Mexican families need the savings that can help them improve their standard of living. During 2008, we managed to generate savings for our clients of more than 7.3 billion pesos. Our 2009 investment plan will allow us to take the savings offer that characterizes us to more rural and urban populations, providing them with a wide variety of goods at Every Day Low Prices. At a time of economic challenge for many Mexican families, Wal-Mart de Mexico restates its long-term commitment to our country by generating new jobs."

Source: www.walmartmexico.com.mx

San Felipe Weather...Delightful Morning Sky


San Felipe Weather...Delightful Morning Sky. The 5:00 AM sky this morning was a delightful sight. A bright sliver of moon, diamond like Venus shining at moon's side, the sparkling universe above, orange skies below. It is a pleasant 72 degrees this morning with low humidity. The atmosphere is pleasant on the skin while the nose can sense something pleasant in the air, all together a memorable moment. Mercury rising, bi metal springs expanding, you & I perspiring. Temperatures today I suspect will be in the high 90s, skies will be clear, the welcome breeze will return. A cooling trend (hey its only April) starting tomorrow with partly cloudy skies to shade the Earth Day beach cleanup.


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Tue Apr 21 06:35:06 PDT
Air Temperature: 72°F
Heat Index: 72°F
Relative Humidity: 24%
Wind: SW 5-6 MPH
Water Temperature: 69°F

Monday, April 20, 2009

Fishing in San Carlos with Jon & Jen


Greeting´s from beautiful San Carlos...The fishing and weather are great....Jen and I are awaiting our stimulus check for the Charter Boat Business, collectively with C-22 and us we are receiving approx..$1m... We asked for more but they put conditions on us for more..Now they get to keep the fish and we get to pay the taxes on the retail value...Sounds fair to me..We will be sending each of our ole customers a portion as a thank you...Enough of the BS and back to fishing...

The week after Easter has good fishing but you just have to be here at the right time...Seems if you just go out for a few hours in the morning we have been getting a lot of Nada Nada´s...you just have to be at the right spot at the right time..The bite has been either early early at sunlight or a late evening bite...C-22 with Fernando getting 3 nice Yellow tails...Hearsay also Pez Vela getting nice Cabria along the La Palapa area in shallow water...Abel in Jonjen 2 getting some nice Yellow on a boat ride of all things...Seems when you least expect it you get...

Had some longtime customers out yesterday getting that dreaded fish count of Nada Nada...ending up with only a few Barracuda..Commenting that fish where all around them but just where not taking anything...So in the words of the true fisher persons...that´s FISH IN

Heard one hearsay Dorado 70 miles South...to far for us with a WNW winds...

Report from Dakota Charters...
The Dakota and the Hattie had a great time with Minos De Oro, a group of 15 from Hermosillo/Canda went out for the morning fishing snorkling and a Carne Asada at martini cove. Dakota picked up one Yellow and one nice Cabria but was outshined by the big Yellow the Hattie got to the boat. Water temp was 67 at Martini as the Canadians say refreshing

Check out Dakotas website www.dakotacharters.com gorgeous 48 ft. Ocean...first class all the way....

Ending the report this week with the weather is beautiful and its getting warmer everyday..So come and join us for some fun fishing..Thank you Jon and Jen and the animal family.. www.jonjencharters.com

Visit our sister website at; www.fishingsancarlosmexico.com

Picture is of Mike Ellingboe, from Anchorage Alaska.