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Old 03-04-2009, 09:42 PM
 
Location: The world, where will fate take me this time?
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Fella, The problem there is that Mexican entrepreneurs are building and marketing their retirement communities and assisted living facilities to retired Americans. I saw a TV program about it -- I think it was on the news show "60 Minutes" but I'm not positive. Anyhoo, they interviewed the Mexican developers involved and some of their happy American customers.

So, it's not as if people are bopping down there demanding to be accommodated.The entrepreneurs in Mexico are appealing to and marketing the idea to THEM. I don't know how building and zoning works in Mexico but if the locals are unhappy then they need to take it up with their local authorities and developers.
I doubt most locals are unhappy, I've spent time in cities/towns with a large number of expats, and most people like them, a lot of Americans do the effort to speak at least some spanish and be polite and respectful.

Yet there have been cases of illegal americans hiding in Mexico because they did something bad in the USA, others get involved with drug business or are pedophiles, these ones have caused a negative reaction from the local communities, but most have been isolated incidents.

I've met my share of illegal americans in Mexico, a guy told me he came here because he was discriminated for being gay in the US, and that immigrating legally was too difficult (this was his excuse) other were a couple of young guys, a brother and a sister who lived in San Luis, the girl taught english classes in a local school, she is a very pretty girl btw, when I asked them why they came here, they told me that they just arrived and decided to stay LOL, they already had made friends with the people of San Luis.

I also met an illegal german living in Mexico, he told me that one day with his friends he had an earth globe, he made it spin and closed his eyes and said, I'm moving to the place where the globe stops, it was Belize, then his friends told him, don't go to Belize go to Mexico, he came with another friend from the US, they are musicians and both are here illegally, when I asked the guy from germany why did he move here he said, oh because Mexico is the closest thing to a working anarchy and I like that.

I have to say that I like meeting people and listening to their stories.
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Old 03-05-2009, 02:59 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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The obvious difference is Americans are moving in loaded with cash, many of the Mexicans are just.........

well...... loaded
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Old 03-05-2009, 03:10 PM
 
Location: The world, where will fate take me this time?
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This happens, because if you have money there is no point in leaving Mexico, unless you are really fond of American culture/customs/lifestyle and want to be a part of it, Mexico has a lot of charm and appeal, this attracts affluent citizens of many countries, specially but not restricted to senior citizens, what I mean is that immigrants who move because of the illusion of a better life often tend to do it thinking that they will realize their material dreams and they are willing to risk everything for this ideal, on the other hand those who have money have already fulfilled that desire and look different things, they are more interested in what the place has to offer, in terms of culture, lifestyle, environment etc.

The main problem is that there are things we all hold dear, and when we feel they are threathened we react accordingly to the magnitude of the threat. Unfortunately some things escape our control and this creates frustration.

The possible solutions will be diferent depending on everyone's unique personality.

Regards
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Old 03-05-2009, 03:13 PM
 
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It sounds to ME like these Mexicans are just "ordinary people", acting like "normal people" act everywhere....that is, they like their culture and are not anxious to have ANOTHER culture 'shoved down their throats'. They probably don't "hate" Americans, just distrust the change they bring, and having to adapt to their strange habits.

Somebody needs to tell these Mexicans about the wonders of multiculturalism....that's the way WE do it up here...why should they 'get a pass'?

Gringo culture MAY be annoying, but you have to admit, it's 'colorful'....(or so we're supposed to believe)....

NOBODY has a right to a 'comfort zone'....(I guess)...

If there's any consolation for the Mexicans who are disappointed in being overwhelmed by gringos, at LEAST they won't be accused of being racists.....just people who like their country the way it is, and don't want their 'guests' to change it.
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Old 03-05-2009, 03:19 PM
 
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LOL!!!! This is the funniest thing I've heard in a looong time!
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Old 03-05-2009, 05:58 PM
 
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teatime you are killing me! Can't give you any more reps.

The grannies and grandpas could import their grandkids -- imagine how upset the natives would be with five or six children following them down the street and taking over their schools.
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Old 03-05-2009, 06:03 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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teatime you are killing me! Can't give you any more reps.

The grannies and grandpas could import their grandkids -- imagine how upset the natives would be with five or six children following them down the street and taking over their schools.
LOL... For a lakewooder to talk like that. I guess it's experience, isnt it. Too comfortable in Golus I suppose. Wow.
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Old 03-05-2009, 06:16 PM
 
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The obvious difference is Americans are moving in loaded with cash, many of the Mexicans are just.........

well...... loaded
He shoots, he scores
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Old 03-05-2009, 06:18 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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He shoots, he scores
Going triple/double today babeee
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Old 03-05-2009, 06:19 PM
 
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Going triple/double today babeee
You go babeeee
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