Friday, August 30, 2013

San Diego

It may seem odd to you when I tell that I am leaving Mexico for San Diego, California. I have lived full-time in mainland Mexico since 2007. About six years in all. And the first three of those years were very exciting. I traveled from the border of the United States all the way south to the border of Guatemala.

Then in 2008 I went from the Yucatan Peninsula to Israel. And stayed in Israel for 2+ months. My Cousin Jacky met me in Israel and we had a grand time visiting with our Israeli relatives.

On returning from Israel to Mexico, I traveled from the eastern coast all the way to Mexico's Pacific Coast. That was when I found the Pueblo of Aticama and met my friend Weng and her family. That trip across Mexico is when I decided to make Mexico my home. And for the next two years, that's what I did.

In September, 2010, my life began to unravel. That was when my son David died. I never really came all the way back to my old self after that terrible event. David was a major part of my life. I returned to his home [which I thought of as my home], every year. Then David was gone, and my home went with him.

Changes
For me, it has been a challenge to anticipate my life's changes. Of course I knew that I could not go on living as an RVing vagabond forever. Something would happen. But what would that something be?

After the double murder of Panchito and his dad, Don Pancho, my Home Camp was no longer the same. I knew in my heart, that I would not be coming back here next year.

That's when I decided to move from Mexico to San Diego. I had to get to a place where my life would be easier. Where I might be able to stop being a vagabond and live a more relaxed life. A less mobile life.




39 comments:

  1. Hello George,
    I certainly understand your moving back to the states. Life will be a lot easier from a less mobile position.
    I had to give up a lot of my mobility as the cancer has now moved to my spine...the last thing I want to do is have additional worries and efforts as I age...
    Blessings George and rest easy,
    Brian

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  2. George, We wish you well and hope you find the life you are looking for in San Diego. May the sun shine on you and may you find peace. Hope you will still post once in awhile to let us know how things are going for you.

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  3. Wishing you the best, George. I love San Diego... so glad to hear from you and where you are....

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  4. All is exactly as it should be, George. When I need too, I think C.A.R.E. in Livingston, Tx looks interesting. Kepp in touch.

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  5. I'm glad you're decided to move back to San Diego...life would be easier there I believe. Of course you can always travel a bit or camp in the wood when you get the itch to do so.

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  6. You have to do what you feel is right. Who knows, your destiny may lead you elsewhere in the future. Most important is that you are happy with what you are doing. Mexico will miss you but San Diego will embrace you.

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  7. It's been the ride of a lifetime. Thanks for letting us travel with you.

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  8. Hi George August 30, 2013

    I think you have made a wise decision. Mexico has been good to you, and you have been good to many of the citizens there. Maybe another reader with time could read the blog and create a list of all the people you met and friended, long before Facebook.

    You and I are 75. My wife and I will be keeping our RV for the time being, but are also building a manufactured home in Florida this Fall. We are also tiring a little from living in our RV 6 - 7 months each year. We will drive the rv down there, and store it, and move into the house. Next May we will drive back to Michigan. It makes sense. So, I understand your decision.

    You might think about finding an rv park in the San Diego area that allows you to add a screen room onto Ms. Tioga. You could possibly have a 26 x 10 foot room outside of Ms. Tioga. Just position the screen room to a shady spot. Then buy a nice little used car and you are all set. What a deal.

    I suspect you have many ideas and will choose what is best for you. Good luck.

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  9. Maybe your adventures should lead you to something totally different. Why not try the east coast and see brand new sites? Go to National Parks and Forests and see new things. Thanks again for letting us know what you are doing.

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  10. Wishing you all the best George. I have enjoyed your adventures. Now I hope you find peace and a pleasant home in San Diego. I hope you let your followers know how you are from time to time. I can't tell you how sorry I was to read about the murders.

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  11. Good luck and be safe on your trip to San Deigo

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  12. George....I don't comment often but read your posts. But truly...2010 is like a nano-second in comparison for your grief of losing your son....I really cannot imagine. You must do what you feel is in your heart and it doesn't mean that San Diego is the last stop...it is just now you are able to come home for a bit. If I lost my daughter...the light of my life...I don't think I would ever recover but you have shown the strength and courage...

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  13. Safe travels George. Thanks for taking us all along.

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  14. So glad to hear from you, George! I have been checking your blog every day. If I remember correctly, your friends Mimi and John are near where you are. And I think your aunt and uncle are pretty close, too. After your recent experiences, the warmth and care of loved ones will help. I do hope you will let us hear from you at least once in a while? We love and appreciate you, too!

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  15. you always seam happy while you were in san diego , the weather is hard to beat.

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  16. I hope you find peace and comfort in San Diego. Please keep us posted.

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  17. Sorry for the loss of your friends. Hope you find what you need in San Diego. We will be in SW AZ for the winter again this year. We have planned for the day we will not be traveling by owning a lot at the Escapee park in Yuma and also a membership in 1000 Trails in Cottonwood, AZ. Winter in Yuma, summer in Cottonwood and if we can't or shouldn't drive we will hire some one to move us. When push comes to shove we all have to have an exit plan for getting off the road. Good luck, George.

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  18. Geo.
    If you plan on street parking in S>D. its very difficult right now, we have been staying nights in the Staples parking lot on Balboa lately its OK with the owners.

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  19. Always best to roll with the changes. Wishing you the very best in your new endeavours George. Take care....

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  20. A more relaxed life isn't a bad thing to decide upon. We've always valued your blog, your willingness to share your adventures. Your gains & losses. Life does get very sad at times. I cried when I read of your son when all that was going on. It was awful. Now the devastation of losing friends too. Life is unpredictable, all we can do is treasure the beauty of nature around us. Treasure what is left of family if that's possible. And keep blogging!

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  21. George
    A man can't just blow wherever the wind blows him, or he's as much a slave to that as anything, but, he does need to bend and adjust to the winds, or they will break him.

    You've lived with conviction and adjusted to what this old world has thrown at you with the best of 'em, and you're still in there finding your way and adjusting as you go.

    I can't see how your choice now is odd at all. When things seem nuts it seems to me to be sensible as it could be to find a place where you can feel calmer and steadier and take a breath.

    Keep on Keepin' On George

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  22. This looks like the story:

    http://www.rotativo.com.mx/noticias/locales/126669-velador-pieza-clave-en-doble-homicidio-en-tequisquiapan-procurador/

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  23. I'd look into the Escapees club and buying a lot for longer term parking and perhaps a bigger RV?

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  24. Haven't commented lately but have read your blog throughout these many years. When your son died suddenly I read of the pain of your loss. Your kind words to me when my son died suddenly last year at age 39 meant a lot to me. We both know how suddenly life can change and we have no control over it. You are beginning one more chapter of your life now. Glad you are going to San Diego and hope your will find some happiness there. With love frrom Margie (also known as Margie the Matchmaker).

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  25. George .... Come park in front of our house for a few days while you look for a place to park yourself in San Diego.

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  26. About the story in the newspaper------I don't see how the police could say that the murders had to do with the theft of a vehicle. Doesn't make sense that they were IN THEIR BEDS when they were shot. But what do I know? George, please let us know when you get settled somewhere....... We are thinking of you.

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  27. I can't think of a better place...San Diego is temperate, beautiful, and probably feels like "home" to you on some level. This is a nothing but a new adventure...change is good. Wishing you the best and looking forward to reading about your new life in S. D.
    Box Canyon Mark, from Lovely Ouray, Colorado...

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  28. Hi George!

    It is not odd at all that you are leaving Mexico for San Diego. Your recent experience has convinced me that Mexico is a dangerous place and I'm glad you got the heck out of there. Now that you have explored all over Mexico for the last six years there is no reason for you to ever go back. I'm glad you went there and now I'm glad you are back in the good old US of A. Because of your tragic experience there I will probably never set foot in Mexico again for the rest of my life. I have been there a few times and that's enough.

    The interesting thing about your move to San Diego is that my wife and I were thinking about visiting San Diego next january and if that works out we may just drop in on you for a visit if you are still there in January.

    Keep traveling as long as you feel up to it, George!! And keep us up to date on your blog as often as you can. There are thousands of readers who really enjoy hearing from you.

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  29. What makes it dangerous? Because someone was murdered? 16,000 people are murdered in the U.S. every year. Read the news story, it has nothing to do with cartels or drugs.

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    1. What makes it dangerous? Being executed in your bed! I call that dangerous.

      George said they had to climb the wall to get in. That means it was locked from the inside. How did a robber lock the gate from the inside as he stole the car and fled? That was an execution plain and simple.

      No one I know, no one on my block, no one in my neighborhood has ever been executed in their beds during the 52 years I have been alive. If something like happens in my neighborhood I will likely leave it as well.... toooooo dangerous. Get the heck out of Mexico while you still can!

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    2. Oh, and by the way.... The danger isn't with cartels or drugs. Its the corrupt police officers that cause the danger.

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    1. I know much about Mexico. I know that my friend used to do repair work on Mexican off shore oil rigs and he used to travel to Mexico with expensive oil drilling test equipment in order to do his job and his company had to give him a bag full of money to pay the ransom the Mexican government officials would demand in order for his equipment not to be confiscated. I know that George himself was stopped in his camper by Mexican police and was told he had to pay them a lot of money before they would let him go. Read it in his blog. I also know that after George was instructed to move to a Sam's club parking lot by one police officer he was then later attacked in that parking lot of the Sam's Club by someone else who was dressed as a Mexican Police Officer. Here are George's own words: "...At first I thought that he was a policeman. He wore a purple vest like police wear. But then he demanded money...." George, being from the USA couldn't even comprehend that he was being robbed by the police in mexico so George simply assumes he was mistaken. Read it in George's blog. Its all right there for you to see. I know much about Mexcio and now so does George. Its the Mexican government officials who are causing and allowing the crime in Mexico and they are conveniently blaming the drug cartels to cover up their own corruption.

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  31. You can contact me via email if you'd like. I won't take up George's blog with this. I have lived here for almost 30 years, I'm not rich, I don't live in a gated community or an ex-pat community. I work in public schools throughout all of Mexico. Our government is doing extremely well. I can inform you on what is really going on in Mexico. Sorry you think it is such a bad place.

    chris
    living.boondockingmexico@yahoo.com

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  33. Although Craig Houston's reaction was a bit over the top, Mexico can certainly be a dangerous place for the owners of certain kinds of businesses. My guess is that the Panchos were expected to do body work on cartel vehicles for free, and in a timely manner. Their murders send a clear message.

    I admire Jorge for standing up for Mexico as long as he did---long after the rest of us would have turned our tails and fled. He's had more horrible experiences in his seventies than most of us will endure during our entire lives. May he live out the rest of his days in peace.

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  34. I don't think people read the story. It appears it was an inside job. There are translators on the interet if you don't know Spanish.

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  35. Hey.....
    Where is George? Dropped this blog like a hot potato! Must not need the money form Google anymore.

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  36. Or.....Maybe he joined his son David?

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