We have not always had the best of attitudes toward the United States. Many of us expats dis the U.S. pretty hard. Usually there is a defensive tagline that goes something like this, “If I didn’t have a kid(s) and family in the U.S. I would never go back”. There is a lot to be irritated about the U.S. starting with its current President; but were not going there this morning.
We have been in the United States for about 5 weeks. The end is not in sight, however we are getting ready to head from Las Vegas to Capitan, New Mexico where we have a house with a couple of garages.
Mexico has been our primary country for about eight years. We have turned the corner on calling ‘home’ the U.S. to ‘Mexico is home’ for some time now. Let us be honest here Amerika is not all bad. Of course we enjoy seeing family – but there is more….
We become sports fans each time we visit enjoying the hundreds of channels of television – mostly its sports offerings. We saw all the important futbol games from the World Cup. We watched a lot of tennis matches from the U.S. Open. Today is the last day of the British Open. We have been getting up as early as 1 AM local time to enjoy the action ‘Live’.
Of course we could bring in television from the U.S. to Mexico – but we do not. So there it is.
Then there is the shopping which starts even before we arrive stockpiling wants at my sister-in-law’s house in Las Vegas. I should mention here she is an angel who represents us in the U.S. and she and her husband open their home to us, often for more than a month, like this time. By the time we are ready to leave their guest room is piled high with the many acquisitions we have garnered – things nearly unobtainable or certainly more expensive purchased in Mexico.
We will avoid providing an embarrassing laundry list of all the things we have bought. They include things we really need for sure; and a lot of things we could live without – but why? I have seven new and used guitars. As Anita reminds me when I get a notion to do something I get all the stuff! So guitars, amplifiers, strings, capos, string winders, truss rod tool and assorted others, foot pedals, cases, cables, books and media lessons etc.
So the U.S. is a treasure trove of things – we must give them that. The diverse restaurants and food items are astounding – but we will say the food is healthier and better in Mexico, just less choices.
The roads we drive on in the U.S. are remarkable compared to a high percentage of terrible roads in Mexico – there is that and the fact that the greater demand for safely operating vehicles and drivers is a benefit here. One would never consider using a cell phone on the roads in Mexico – too many hazards to be on constant watch for. The roads are so good in the U.S. the cars almost drive themselves (and they are working on that).
We certainly do not feel safer here in the U.S. The principal question when encountering others here remains, “Is it safe to be in Mexico? Don’t I risk having my head cut off?” Bottom line is the world is a dangerous place to live these days. We are in a fortress of safety here at my Sister and Brother in-law’s. People here spend more monthly on security than the average Mexican family spend on groceries. It is more likely a cop will come to your aid here – but not to be counted on. Security systems are a growth industry here – have yet to even see one in our parts of Mexico.
To sum it up the occasional visit to Amerika makes life south of the border more livable. My brother-in-law and his mate that moved sight unseen to Puerto Escondido a year and a half ago is just days away from returning to the U.S. Mexico did not take for them. The warning about not just packing up and moving to Mexico remains – truly it is not for everybody.
The Calypso Couple continue as Mexican residents. It is highly unlikely that will change. We suggest if you are considering living in Mexico to realize a visit back to the first world now and again remains a good thing. Stay Tuned!