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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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Sharing my bed Baja style

Sharing my bed Baja style

A gentle rustling woke me up the other night. I heard it again, this time conscious enough to know it wasn’t a dream, wasn’t the dog and whatever it was had not been invited. I flung myself over AJ, then turned on the light. Next to her, within striking distance was...

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El Faro a beacon for those seeking relaxation in Baja

El Faro a beacon for those seeking relaxation in Baja

Traditional chaise lounge? Chair resembling a bird cage for two or for one to stretch out in? Swinging cabana on the beach comfy enough to nap away the afternoon? Secluded chairs in the corners? Dining area? Float in the pool? Cement chair in the water in front of the...

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Thanksgiving is more than a meal

Thanksgiving is more than a meal

Thanks and giving – two words that together should mean more than turkey. While I have not eaten turkey for years, Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I’ve never gone hungry – all those wonderful sides, and then dessert. It is a feast whenever I’ve been with...

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Military checkpoints the norm when driving in Baja

Military checkpoints the norm when driving in Baja

Mexican drug cartels seem to make the headlines on almost a weekly basis. While marijuana is the only drug I’ve seen in Todos Santos, I’m sure there are stronger substances being used. (Pot is illegal here.) It’s mostly the mainland where the cartel is fighting with...

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Swimming with whale sharks — the world’s largest fish

Swimming with whale sharks — the world’s largest fish

“They won’t swallow you.” But will they nibble on me? Could one dismember me? “No and no.” Whale sharks, while they are the largest fish in the world, are also docile. They are sharks, though their size is more whale like. They are often more than 30 feet long and...

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Neighbors often respond before officers in Todos Santos

Neighbors often respond before officers in Todos Santos

Armed with flashlights, we were determined to find the intruders. The incessant screech of the alarm would have made it hard to hear anyone rustling in the brush or running away. Wearing flip flops, I wasn’t going to be running fast toward or away from anyone I...

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Time to rethink pledging allegiance to a flag  

Time to rethink pledging allegiance to a flag  

Pledging allegiance to a flag seems so absurd. And yet I do it when the occasion arises. I’ve thought about sitting, but was afraid people would think I was making a political statement that had more to do with who resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue than it being the...

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Baja beach massage a blissful experience

Baja beach massage a blissful experience

At a cost of $20 for an hour massage, my expectations were not great. I knew there was the chance I could be in more pain when it ended. I have had massages outside of the United States before with mostly a good outcome. In Whistler, British Columbia, there was the...

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