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It takes teamwork to get out of jury duty when living abroad

It takes teamwork to get out of jury duty when living abroad

Reporting for jury duty can be difficult when you live in another country. Not reporting, though, can mean being fined $1,500 and/or being put behind bars. I am pretty sure officials in El Dorado County, my place of residence in California, would not track me down in...

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Gray water becomes nourishment for plants in Todos Santos

Gray water becomes nourishment for plants in Todos Santos

While water should be treated like a precious resource no matter where one lives, it is even more imperative when the supply is scarce. Even though Todos Santos borders the Pacific Ocean, it is a desert community. Rain and storm runoff from the Sierra de la Laguna...

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Paying cops cash when pulled over for speeding

Paying cops cash when pulled over for speeding

Lights and sirens in my rearview mirror. It was only a matter of time. That’s what happens when you have a lead foot. This time was a little different. It was the federales pulling me over. Everything I have been told and read is to not pay any officer. Make them give...

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Dazzling kaleidoscope of fish off the coast of Los Cabos

Dazzling kaleidoscope of fish off the coast of Los Cabos

With each gentle stroke, it was like being transported to a new aquarium. Only this was no aquarium; it was the Sea of Cortez. No need for dive equipment, several fish were at eye level, even more just feet below. Coral, sea urchins and star fish were more like...

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In Mexico gift giving doesn’t end on Christmas

In Mexico gift giving doesn’t end on Christmas

Christmas is a big deal in Mexico, what with it being mostly a Catholic country. However, this is not the only day during the holiday season when gifts are given. Three Kings Day, or Día de Los Reyes, on Jan. 6 is the actual culmination of the season here. This is...

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Mexico in the news: Rabies, tourism and the president

Mexico in the news: Rabies, tourism and the president

Mexico Daily News reports, “Mexico has become the first country in the world to be certified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as free from human rabies transmitted by dogs.” Expats living in Mexico beyond the 180-day limit without the proper paperwork could be...

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Dog walks double as opportunity to rid beach of trash

Dog walks double as opportunity to rid beach of trash

Scanning the beach, it looks pristine for miles. Looking down, that’s another story. While the beaches of Todos Santos are not full of litter, there is something to be picked up along each walk. This could probably be said of any sandy oasis in the world. People leave...

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Reliable local repairman outshines corporate yahoos

Reliable local repairman outshines corporate yahoos

When I called to see why the serviceman didn’t show up the previous day I was told he had and that the refrigerator was fixed. Not only that, my claim was closed. I was home all day. No call, no repairman, and still dealing with a refrigerator that wanted to be...

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El Triunfo embraces the riches of its mining history

El Triunfo embraces the riches of its mining history

Note: This story has been updated since it was first published on Jan. 4, 2019. Driving through El Triunfo it’s hard to believe this was once the largest town in Baja California Sur. Today there are about 300 residents. In its heyday in the late 1800s there were more...

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