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wyhaines

Apr 19, 2005, 4:43 PM

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Crime in the Xapala area

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With the current discussion about crime, including burgularies, in the Lake Chapala area, it has me wondering what your 3 decades of experience with the Xapala area is in that regard, Roy.
How is crime in Xapala proper and in the nearby smaller communities?


Thanks,

Kirk Haines



"El Gringo Jalapeño"


Apr 22, 2005, 8:06 PM

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Re: [wyhaines] Crime in the Xapala area

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Kirk:
Of course as in all the world, this part of Veracruz has crime also. Fortunately here in Xalapa it is not to rampant and that is also why nearly every home and business has bars on the window. I can tell you I feel much, much safer walking the downtown streets of Xalapa than in any other city its size in the USA! Burgluries tend to be the case where things are stolen off or from a car, or someone breaks into your house when you are out of town(that can happen anywhere!). Muggings are rare in the downtown area, and it usually happens "in places where you are looking for trouble"(bars on the edge of town, shaddy places, etc.).
My personal experiences have been very positive, except 2 years ago when I went to Mexico City for the birth of my grandson, and I gave the keys to my home to my EX-secretary. When I got back US$10,000(ten thousand!) worth of professional video cameras, a MAC titanium laptop and a boom box "disappeared" from my bedroom. Of course I could not accuse my EX-secretary since I did not have definite proof that she had stolen my best equipment. What really hurt is that only the camera equipment was stolen when there were many other valuables which could have been taken. I guess that's life! After 17 years of working with me, I still had to pay her US$2,500 severance even though she quite her job!!!! That's justice! But as all my mexican family and friends say, whoever stole the equipment will pay someday for what they did.
Roy B. Dudley "El Gringo Jalapeño" See more about Xalapa at www.xalaparoy.com


FunLovingOldLawyer


Apr 25, 2005, 5:19 AM

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Roy,
I am semi-retired judge from Arkansas. We corresponded a little about 3 years ago. I have been in Mexico City visiting an amiga and taking day trips since late last week. This morning I am taking the bus to Xalapa then probably on to Vera Cruz tomorrow. If you would have a little time this afternoon I would like to meet you. My email is glbgl@yahoo.com and I will check my email as soon as I can find an internet cafe in Jalapa.
Hope to hear from you.
Leroy Blankenship
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Apr 25, 2005, 2:33 PM

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I am spending tonight in VeraCruz.


FunLovingOldLawyer


Apr 26, 2005, 9:14 AM

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Re: ["El Gringo Jalapeño"] Crime in the Xapala area

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Well, I made it through VeraCruz and now in Jalapa without being attacked or robbed. People have been very helpful to an old gringo dragging a carry-on luggage and looking lost. Now to find lodging and a bathroom. Just could not pass up this interned cafe without using it.
Leroy
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Apr 26, 2005, 9:33 AM

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Re: [FunLovingOldLawyer] Crime in the Xapala area

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Leroy:
Didn't I mention that I have a really neat furnished place here at my photography studio? Come on over...
Pino Suárez #31 Col. Centro
Tel. 8178010
Hours 10AM-2PM 4PM-8PM
There is a free concert tonight at 7 PM at the Casino Xalapeño on Calle Zamora.
¡Hasta pronto!
Roy B. Dudley "El Gringo Jalapeño" See more about Xalapa at www.xalaparoy.com


wendy devlin

May 6, 2005, 10:31 AM

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Re: ["El Gringo Jalapeño"] Crime in the Xapala area

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Hola Leroy, amigo viejo:)

Glad to read that you're still trucking around Mexico.

From your posting, it sounds like you've switched to the East side for your travels. Maybe you'll see it all...yet!

Only travelled through Veracruz once about ten years ago, but always thought that I'd like to go there again.

Here's a link to a website hosted by John Todd who's lived and worked on the east side of Mexico for the past 25 years.

El Gringo Jalapeño can tell you about Jalapa! Visit John's site to read about many other areas in the state and stories about people and history. Saludos Wendy

url]http://www.johntoddjr.com/


wyhaines

May 6, 2005, 11:18 AM

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Thanks. I have looked at his site before. I've spent quite a bit of time searching for all of the information that I can find on the Xalapa area and on Veracruz in general. It's too bad there isn't one site that can serve as a single point for finding information on the area. There is a fair amount of stuff out there, but it takes a lot of work to find it.

Roy's site seems like an obvious choice, but it's suprisingly lean of content.

I do web work for a living, and could help make your site more content rich, Roy. Otherwise, I may just have to create a site myself that acts as a single, organized source for finding much of the available information on the state and on the main areas of interest in the state. I doubt that most people are going to go through the effort that I have to find information. That would have to wait until later, though. Perhaps after I move, to have the time to do a good job of it.


Kirk Haines


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May 6, 2005, 12:57 PM

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Kirk:
¡Muy bien! I would really appreciate your help expanding my site. My problem has been lack of time$$$$! Tamara Swedberg kindly helped me start the web site, but she is also the very busy mother of a 4 year old.
Let's keep in touch.
¡Hasta pronto!
Roy B. Dudley "El Gringo Jalapeño" See more about Xalapa at www.xalaparoy.com


wyhaines

May 6, 2005, 1:30 PM

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Re: ["El Gringo Jalapeño"] Crime in the Xapala area

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Yeah. Tamara and I talked for an hour a couple weeks ago, and she said that she had done your site for you. She did a good job on the art and the colors.

One thing that *I* think is important when one is trying to get a feel for a place are pictures. I'm not talking about pictures of the waterfall at Texolo or things like that, though they are useful, but pictures of everyday places and everyday life.

Tamara's blog actually has the _best_ set of these that I have found anywhere, though I found one other site that gives one some 360 degree quicktime based views of a few areas in Xalapa. That is a neat technology.

I'd love to see a good, and really extensive collection of pictures put together of Xalapa and of Veracruz in general. Real pictures of real life in the different areas.

And then combine those real pictures with either links to other sites that contain information relevant to the areas, or with small or large writing to elaborate on some of them.

For instance, I found an article online written about a fellow from New York who is living in Xalapa and started a gourmet cupcake business. In fact, I could be wrong, but I believe he rents from you, right?

The article was great, but the words alone failed to give a really good picture of what it means to his life to be selling gourmet cupcakes in Xalapa. Combine a writeup on his interesting story with _real_ pictures of where he lives, where he works, the streets, people, etc..., and it'd be an really good article instead of merely an, "Oh, that's different and kind of interesting." sort of thing. With the internet one doesn't have the same sort of constraints that one does when doing articles for print media, and that isn't taken advantage of enough, in my opinion, or it's taken advantage of simply to provide fluff without the content.

That actually seems to be a very common phenomenon on Mexican web sites, for some reason. MANY of them are visually very slick, employing professional photos and graphics and eye catching effects. But that's it. Little or no actual information. Little or no actual real-life anything. (And never mind the broken software issues)

I'd love to see a site with information about Xalapa, Veracruz, or even Mexico in general that flies in the face of this.

Words and information are great for an intellectual understanding of something, but short of an in-person visit, pictures are what sell it, and given the proliferation of digital camera technology, and the relatively small amount of space good web quality pictures take up, compared to how cheap it is to put them online, it seems like a winning combination that, most of the time, just is not well leveraged.

It's funny. Almost all of the web sites and software that I do are for businesses, and the majority of that is for financial companies (banks, mutual funds). They tend to be very conservative with regard to how they want a site to look, but even there, where SEC regulations permit it, a few pictures adds a great deal to a site's presence. It's one thing to be reading fairly dry information on a mutual fund company based in Milwaukee, but quite another when each of the pages has a different image of a slice of Milwaukee.

Or when a link to find out information on the fund manager's qualifications is accompanied by a good picture or two about the manager(s). It gives a sense of connection. Or if a construction company's fairly dry reports on roof conditions of industrial buildings in Wisconsin and Chicago are accompanied by real pictures taken yesterday of those roofs. Pictures sell things so much more than do words.

Okay, long post. Back to work for me. :)


Thanks,

Kirk Haines

P.S. since it sounds like you have good internet connectivity, have you ever thought about setting up a web cam looking out a window or down on your street or something? In the US, a cam can be had for $40USD or less, and it's trivial to setup something to push a jpg from the camera up to a web site once a minute, or five minutes, or whatever interval seems reasonable. Even with Mexico's higher prices for tech items, I imagine that it'd be inexpensive to do this.

Of course, whether that's interesting or not, I think depends on what the view is outside of your place. :)
 
 
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