2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,300 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

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I’m getting an education

I am getting an education on the ins and outs of real estate here in San Felipe Baja MX. I spent the greater part of the day looking at a few houses and asking questions of a resident that has lived here for over ten years. First we looked at some places in town, the first house was a modular in a typical town neighborhood. It had some nice features but I wouldn’t be able to get my RV into the side yard and would have to store it somewhere. Then we looked at two houses in a neighborhood called Los Arcos. This neighborhood is more working class with a few nice homes. I was disappointed at the first home as the photos on line made it look rather nice, but, as with a lot of things, reality is not the same as the photos. The next house in this neighborhood looked like someone was living there and there was no for sale sign so something has happened with this house and we passed it by.

Then we took a trip out of town and headed north and stopped at two campos this what they are called here. They are areas that have been developed and lease the land to people  who build houses on the lots and pay for a lease and or home owners associations. That dreaded word HOA sends shivers down my spine. I got to meet several residents and they seem to be a friendly lot and willing to share information about their feelings on living at the campos. One of the houses at Pete’s Camp looked like a typical seaside cottage sort of house and looked in excellent shape from the outside no one was home to give us a look the inside so we may go back there another day to have a look at the inside.

We looked at the outside of some other homes, but I felt they were out of the price range I was looking for so we continued on. The next stop was at the Eldorado Ranch and specifically the Los Vajeros South to look over an RV site. This site had a huge garage and a big RV port with an RV in it that was close to forty feet long with slide outs. This was nice but out of my price point.

We then took a tour of the Solar Sites, where people had bought land and built homes and RV ramadas to varying degrees. Some homes were quite elaborate and others rather humble affairs. I was intrigued by living on solar power because that is what I do in my RV when I am boon docking (camping without hookups). I like doing that because I feel independent and self sufficient.

I spied a baja bug for sale a baja bug is an old volkswagen beetle modified to run around the desert and once this was the thing to do with old VW beetles. We stopped there to find out more about the car and met a man who lived in the house who gave us a tour of his solar facility and it was very nice. He had a generator that ran on propane for backup when he needed more power than his batteries could supply and he had ten years of experience living on solar; so he was a wealth of information about living in the solar housing area and solar power. After we talked for a while I found out he and I had exchanged emails through a site about living in San Felipe ! Small world especially here in San Felipe.

We stopped at a Deli and had coffee on our trip and it was stocked with a lot of Gringo delights so I got to buy some english muffins and 12 grain bread. If I get to go back there again I will buy a few more goodies.

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Dia de Virgin de Guadalupe

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Today is the Dia de Virgin de Guadalupe a very big day in most of Mexico there are many parades and masses at church the events started last night with fireworks at the church. Today part of the fleet came to our beach for a blessing. The day started out foggy and then turned sunny after the fleet left it began to sprinkle and get cold again.

The days float by here in San Felipe

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Just one nice day after another; some are more windy than others and some less warm than others now and then a few clouds and then the sun returns. It is very peaceful here as most of the village is over the hill from our camp and it a good walk to get there. Every morning and most evenings Shelby and I go for a long walk on the beach doing a little beach combing. Shelby gets to roll around on the sand and wade in the water and watch the sea birds. By the wagging of her tail she seems to enjoy the walks. When she gets back to the rig she lays down for a good nap 🙂

My new hobby is collecting beach glass, which is bits of glass that have been tumbled in the sand by the waves and polished. The only colors I have found her are clear, light green, bright green, brown and least is bright blue. Now all I have to do is figure out what to do with this glass.

Almost every other day I walk into town mostly to get out of the RV camp and see something else occasionally to buy something at the store for dinner or lunch. I have gotten a taste for Clamato juice for some reason so that is my latest new flavor.

One day when I went into town the local Lions Club was having a fund-raiser where folks took turns in a fake jail cell with prison costumes on asking for money to bail them out. The money goes for making christmas better for poor kids; I helped bail out a prisoner.

I have submitted an application for my FM-3 here in San Felipe this is so I can, if I want to enter into a contract for a place here or open a bank account if I feel the need. Also I won’t have to leave after 180 days and get another tourist visa which could be annoying if it happened at the wrong time. I am going to look at what is for sale here in S.F. . I will proceed with caution though as the real estate business here is very unusual and I am very cautious in spending my money.


What is going on

I have had a hard time getting on to the internet and staying on the internet. For some reason the wifi here has problems. I think it is just over loaded. With the wifi problem I haven’t been able to update this blog.

First things first my email got hacked and a whole bunch of bogus emails got sent out to anyone on my contacts list and I am sure that it has annoyed some folks or made them wonder about me. To be sure I haven’t been mugged didn’t lose my passport and don’t need money. Well if you feel generous I’ll give you a real address to send some contribution to. Most of my friends and relatives know I am in Mexico and not in the UK on vacation and I hope they know better than to send any money to anyone. I one read some of the emails it just doesn’t match me at all.

However this has caused a problem with my email service MSN Hotmail and I was blocked out twice. Hopefully I am back on line with them again and can receive and send email. This has been a royal pain in the ass and it worried me too. If they got into my email what else did they do? So I am on pins and needles worrying about what other accounts they may have compromised. I have gone through and changed my passwords in my other accounts and hopefully that will stop any unwanted activity, then again who knows?

It has been cold here in the Baja. We are lucky to get to 65f here during the day and we have gotten down to 52f at night, which for me is to darn cold. I know other folks are getting cold and windy weather also so I guess I should quit my bitch’n eh?

With the cold weather I haven’t spent much time outside just a couple of walks a day on the beach shivering as the cold wind blows in from the north and whips the sand about, but Shelby my dog needs to go for a walk and I get bored being inside the rig so much. Hopefully this weather will blow out of here and we can enjoy some warmer weather. I am glad I have my winter jacket, gloves and hat with me to keep warm while outside and I sure enjoy the heater too. The electric blanket is getting a workout also.

maybe if the wifi works good tomorrow I can post some photos.