Sheer convenience

THERE ARE MANY happy reasons to  live in Mexico. One is sheer convenience. It’s usually easy to live here.

Here is a typical example: I had to leave the Honda today at the repair shop, which is about halfway between our hardscrabble neighborhood and downtown.

I drove to the repair shop, explained the problem, and the mechanic got to work immediately. I stepped outside to the street and waved down a minibus, which costs seven pesos, about 40 cents in American money.

New ImageFifteen minutes later, I was deposited directly outside the Hacienda’s front gate. The car will be ready in the afternoon, one imagines.

Another example: The water heater in our downtown casita must be changed. The current heater is too small. We drove to Home Depot in the capital city and purchased a hefty heater, which just fit into the back of the Honda.

On returning home, I called my plumber-electrician, an independent operator. That was Saturday. He said he’ll do it tomorrow. He’ll come on time, and he won’t charge much.

A third example: We’re doing renovations here at the Hacienda. When I decided to do that, I phoned “a guy” in the neighborhood. He came over immediately on his bicycle.

He started the work two days later. His work is incredible. He’s an artist with stone and cement, plus he installed a new toilet. The work is over half done. More on that later.

And the price is quite right.

Example No. 4: Need a doctor appointment? Call and make it for the next day. And the waiting room will not be full of folks. It will be full of just you. You won’t wait long.

Mexico, in most respects, is a far easier place to live than in the United States. And when the problem with the Honda is resolved, I’ll get a call. Then I’ll step out the front gate, hail a minibus and retrace my route of this morning.

Another 40 cents, and I’ll be at the garage’s door.

You can breathe easy down here.

8 thoughts on “Sheer convenience”

  1. With a few exceptions, some of which have been resolved since I left, life in Mexico is simpler and less stressful than NOB. Why do we make things so difficult up here? Simple … greed. Only three dots.

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    1. Kris: The primary exception to sheer convenience down here is government bureaucracy, but even that is improving greatly, and has improved immensely since I arrived almost 16 years ago.

      In the private sector, convenience and simplicity reign more often than not.

      As for the increasingly complicated Gringo life — which I only see from a distance these days, thanks to cyberspace — I think much is caused by government regulations, many of which affect the private sector negatively, creating problems. That’s not going to get better. It’s going to get worse. The ever-growing Regulatory State has U.S. citizens by the short hairs.

      And hat’s off to you for just the three dots.

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  2. We have had similar workman experiences.

    We used your medical lab. Very good. Also used one MD in Patzcuaro and another Morelia. Great care and great prices.

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    1. Patzman: You have to use the middle-class healthcare system here to get the extreme convenience (combined with affordable, out-of-pocket prices!). If you go to the government clinics, it’s quite possible you’ll be waiting around with lots of other folks, just like most all healthcare in the United States.

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  3. Cost of living is indeed less expensive here, but slowly creeping up. You can still find affordable housing and unless you want to live like NOB, you can enjoy a great quality of life for a fraction of what it costs “up there.”

    You learn that you don’t need a lot and enjoy having less stuff to worry about too. It’s kind of a calming, low-key lifestyle that I enjoy.

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    1. Tancho: Cost of living is not specifically the theme today, but it’s certainly related. I frequently chuckle on learning of what some Gringos pay for electricity, which is often 10 times what I pay, literally. This is caused by their embrace of as many electricity-sucking items as they can collect in their homes. It’s an attempt to duplicate their U.S. lifestyle below the border. I recommend and embrace a simpler style.

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