Living in Tijuana and crossing into the USA to work

If you live or have ever lived in San Diego, then more than likely you are somewhat familiar with Tijuana. I am not sure what it is about people and their wild stories about Mexico. The media seems to blow everything out of proportion but I wont go there. I don’t want to turn this posting into a massive rant, besides that it is another blog post by itself. I am not sure if you are aware of this, but many people live in Mexico and commute to the US to work every day. I would say most are Mexican-American but a growing percentage are American. So what would make a person do such a thing?

For one, the rent is substantially cheaper in Mexico than San Diego and it shares the same stretch of Pacific Ocean.

I just so happen to have a buddy that has recently become single, and he is about 40 years and balding… he’s not a bad looking guy, he’s just not getting much action these days, if you know what I mean.. So a few days ago he came out and asked me, “Dude.. is this the way it is from here on in?” So I asked him, how bad do you want some action? Hey, we aint talking hookers here..I said he was my buddy. But lets face the facts here, no chick wants some beer-drinking football fan, and football fans need love too. So I had an idea for him already in mind. I just wasn’t sure he was going to like what I had to say.

So what is a guy to do? Better yet what is a Girl to do? Holy crap, lets look at the reality here. If you happen to be 40 and single most likely you have at least one ex if not a few ex-wifes, owe some child support, are at-least 30 pounds overweight, some thinning hair on top, a shit ton of bills, bad attitude, bad breath and a limp-dick, you get the picture. Not exactly Don Juan, and your looking to get laid… ya! This got me thinking, I would be screwed if this happen to me! I am the Worst – all do is eat Tacos, double cheeseburgers, nachos, 3 bowls of cereal, Coke, I walk up 3 flights of stairs and I feel like the end is near.

So what does it take to live in this hidden promise-land, for 40+ single male/land of misfits men existence? The simple reply to this is not much.IM002758

Before going into all great things about living in Mexico, I thought I would go into all the hurdles you would have to overcome.

First and foremost is crossing the border. This is by far the biggest issues for people living in Mexico. Its not that you can’t, it’s just on one day it might take you 10 minutes and the next it might 3 hours. If you are working in the US, you need to have a flexible schedule. The best way to go about crossing the border is to cross on foot. The time you spend in line will be far less, and you can park your car on the US side for easy mobility upon crossing. The public transportation in Mexico is very good and you will find little need for a car there. Another side note: after crossing into the US, the Trolley is outside the door to take you to San Diego. So leaving your car on the US side is one way to cut your time spent crossing and avoid the hassle and legalities of having a car in Mexico.

Another factor people often consider is their personal safety. Of the many times I have been in Mexico, I really haven’t found myself in to many situations that I would find scary, or that I thought I was in any real danger. However, you must realize Mexico is a third world country and you need to always be aware of your surroundings. You have to be aware of your surroundings in New York or East LA as well. I don’t see you in any more danger in Mexico than anywhere else in the world.

I love Mexico on a different level, I love the freedom I feel when I cross the border. There is a carefree attitude that is pervasive in Mexico. Mexicans are generally friendly and they are hard workers but they do not obsess about work like people in the US. And they love food!

The street food is simply fantastic. A word of warning about eating street food in Mexico though. They do not have the same health codes as restaurants in the US. One way to tell if a place is likely safe is to gauge the amount of local traffic it has. If it’s very busy, you’re likely to be safer than eating at a place where the food has been sitting around all day. If you eat there enough, you will get sick. This is guaranteed because they cook with ingredients we’re not used to eating regularly, for instance, lard. But don’t worry, you can get used to it just like the locals do. There are so many things that are appealing about living in Mexico that I’m surprised there aren’t more US citizens living there. Then again, maybe that’s why the media seems to highlight the problems of Mexico because the US doesn’t want a reverse migration. Just a thought. There are so many other things I could say about it, I’m sure there will be additional posts coming on the subject of living in Mexico.