New neighbors en route

When we built the Hacienda and moved in more than 17 years ago, we had neighbors directly to the right, a vacant lot across the street and a vacant lot (with a resident cow) to the left.

Now we have a sex motel to the left, the same neighbors to the right, and what appears to be a house under construction across the street. Exactly what’s going on there is a mystery. The property owner lives about two blocks away. We asked what he was building, and he told us he was just putting a wall around the lot.

But that is baloney, the sort of baloney the locals voice on a regular basis. It’s going to be a house or some other sort of edifice. We hope it’s not going to be a salon de fiesta, a rental space for parties, which are quite common in Mexico.

But that’s unlikely … he said optimistically.


This morning, I made my biweekly trip to the post office downtown to check my box. There was nothing. If what I read is correct, Trump is mailing me a check for over $2,000 to ease the financial blow the Kung Flu has dealt me. Of course, I have been dealt no financial blow whatsoever by the Kung Flu, or the China Flu as Trump likes to call it.

Love his sassy humor, don’t you?

I’ve given some thought to what I would do with that dough. First, I’d have to figure out some way to cash a dollar check here in the middle of Mexico. There are exchange houses, but I’ve not used one in ages, and I rather doubt they would react well to a check for over $2,000. My bank will not accept it. Too early to fret about that. It might never arrive.

But if it does, I’ve decided to give a good chunk to a niece and her husband who recently opened a small business in the nearby state capital. They sell cheeses and other dairy products, but cash is a problem for them. They bought a used display case, which immediately stopped working. Trump to the rescue!

That he dislikes us Mexicans is a bald-faced lie.


Let’s move on to weather, something that interests everyone. This rainy season has been the lightest I remember. Maybe it’s that “Climate Change” Greta is so hysterical about. If so, I’m a fan because the rain has been quite sufficient for the yard, but not so much that we’re wading in mud for months, which is usually the case.

Hooray for Climate Change!

We have happy plants.

14 thoughts on “New neighbors en route

  1. It’s $1,200 per individual, if you filed your USA income tax last year. If you filed electronically, the money was sent to your bank account. If you filed by mail, like I did, the check came by mail a few weeks later. If you have not received it yet, there is a government website you can call up and check what the hold up is. Just google the link.


    1. John: I must have gotten the over $2,000 amount because there are two of us, and we file jointly. My wife is not a U.S. citizen, but she does have a U.S. tax number. We always file electronically, but the money cannot be sent to our U.S. bank because we do not have one, just a Mexican account, and the bailout money cannot be electronically delivered to non-U.S. banks, so a check it is. If we get it, we get it. If we don’t, we don’t. We shouldn’t. It’s ridiculous, and one example of the irresponsibility of your federal government, a situation that existed long before your nemesis Trump became president. It should be means-tested. The cash should go to people who need it, not just tossed out to one and all, willy-nilly.


      1. With both of you filing, you should have gotten $2,400. If you go to that website, you’ll be able to let them know how to send the money. If you have not received it yet, you probably won’t unless you give them some updated information. Sharon and I received $2,400. The people who got it, spent it, which helped the economy keep rolling, even though not very fast. The extra unemployment payments did the same. People spent the money in their communities. So, some government giveaway in time of crisis is wise, no matter which side does it. The middle class and poor spend a greater percentage of their income than the rich, so it is more efficient and a good move to funnel money in that direction to boos the economy. I think other Western countries did the same, if not more.


        1. John: The only way it can be sent to us is via snail mail. As for that government website, it does not work with foreign addresses. If it comes, it comes. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t. The fact that it has not arrived is no surprise. The Mexican postal service is famously pokey.


  2. The first thing that came to mind is what happened to the cow? Ex-farmer, so you know. At least Canada doesn’t give the money to everyone. I don’t think retirees qualify. Most of them vote conservative anyway, so no sense trying to buy those votes. In the frozen north, the PM closed parliament so he doesn’t have to answer any questions about what is happening up there.

    Your neighbor could be building anything now that poor Betsy has been moved along as no one from the government checks or seems to care what is going on. Not enough money changing hands as in taxes.

    On the upside with the sex motel, you could probably get a good rate for relatives to stay, and then they wouldn’t overstay their welcome.


    1. Kirk: I have no idea what happened to Bossy, but we were glad to see her go because she attracted flies by the droves, and many found their way over to our place. As for the “hardship” payments, the United States does pay to retirees, which heaps absurdity onto absurdity. As for using the sex motel for visiting relatives, we use our Downtown Casita for that. It’s a blessing.


  3. I assume you receive Social Security income? If so, the IRS was depositing stimulus payments to the account your SS benefits are deposited. If you don’t receive it, and are eligible for it, then you will get a credit on your 2020 tax return. Essentially a delayed benefit since your 2020 taxes will be lower.


    1. Dana: I do indeed get SS payments, and they are deposited into my Mexican bank account. Alas, although the Social Security Administration deposits into foreign accounts, the IRS will not. I sure hope they do not credit my next tax year because I do a lot of jiggling to keep from having an overpayment of any size, which I always apply to the next year, because, yet again, the IRS will not deposit the cash into my Mexican account. I cannot get ahold of it. Coincidentally, just next year, I finish taking Roth money out of an IRA account, and my taxable income will plunge. Well, it gets convoluted, but the bottom line is that I do not want big credits in my tax account due to the impossibility of getting my hands on it.

      So I hope there is a physical check in the mail if Uncle Sam insists on sending it to me. Most Gringos who live in Mexico maintain a U.S. bank account, but mine was closed due to the FATCA law in 2014, and opening another in the U.S. is very difficult due to my having no U.S. address, no U.S. driver’s license, etc., etc., etc. It has gotten much more difficult in recent years due to new rules against terrorism, drug dealing, money laundering, and so on.

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  4. Even though my Social Security is deposited in a U.S. bank account, because I haven’t received a tax refund in decades, always filing, always paying, the IRS said it would send a check. There is no communication between the IRS and the SSA in this regard, the IRS having direct deposit information only if the taxpayer had supplied the direct deposit information AND received a refund within the past three years or so. Later communications said that taxpayers living abroad would be mailed checks, starting sometime like July 24. But if I go to the IRS website, filling out the relevant information, I’m still told that the IRS has scheduled a check to be sent on May 1. It’s just not as simple as U.S. residents think.

    Yet another example of the IRS not communicating with the SSA is the Form 7162, also known as the “Are You Dead?” letter, where the SSA asked what the recipient’s income was for the past two years, never mind that that information would be clearly available to the SSA, since the IRS reports SSA contributions to the SSA. One would also think that the IRS and consequently, the SSA, would have a clue that a living person signed a tax return, too.

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