Mar 4, 2006, 10:30 AM
Post #35 of 92
I have been reading along on this thread for a couple of weeks now and have enjoyed it immensely. I am reluctant to reply because I am not in Mexico yet. But I joined MexConnect hoping to get answers to a myriad of picky little questions I have, and I have met with some success. So I figured maybe if I contribute to this thread that something about me, my background, my plans will inspire some of you to reply to me. I am anxious to make friends and connections.
I am 61. In was born a raised through high school in Ogden, Utah. Served a Mormon mission in Switzerland Italy, learning two foreign languages (German and Italian) in the process. Did 2 years in the US Army at the height of the Vietnam War but managed to remain stateside the whole despite having an infantry MOS. I did my undergraduate study at Weber State College in German. One year of graduate school at the University of Rome in Italy on a Rotary Club International scholarship where I studied Latin. Then more graduate work at the University of Kansas.
I lived most of my life in Kansas and consider myself a Jayhawk.
I went through a difficult and costly divorce in 1998, which left me penniless and with a lot of debt. About that same time I realized I would never be able to retire in the USA and I immediately began thinking about alternatives. I had pretty much decided on Mexico when I saw the movie "The Shawshank Redemption." At the end of that movie the guy runs off to Zihautaneo (sp?). Wow, that looked like the place for me, and no need to spend 20 year in Shawshank Prison first.
I began a very concerted savings program and am almost where I need to be, right on schedule, according to my plan. I will retire next year, about this time, possibly in April, and will join my Mexican partner in Sonora.
I own a timeshare in Cabo San Lucas and have been there several times. I know Cabo is not very typical of Mexico. I enjoyed my side trips to Todos Santos and La Paz. I have also been in and around Mazatlan, as well as much of Sonora: Guaymas, Bahia Kino, San Carlos. I know Sonora is hot and dry. I am a little worried about that. I will be free to go back to family in Idaho or Kansas during the worst of it, although I cannot imagine any place hotter and more miserable than Kansas in August.
I love to travel and will undoubtedly do a lot of it in Mexico. My partner and I both want to see and experience as much as possible of other parts of Mexico, as well as Cuba (before it changes), Central and South America. There are good flights to Europe from Mexico City. I see almost no need to come back to the USA in order to go to Europe. And the US Immigration people treat my partner, and other young Mexican males, so badly. It is a huge drain on his self-esteem and self-respect to present himself along with his visa to request temporary permission to enter the USA. He has been doing now for five years, spending summers and Christmas with me in the Bay Area. Despite owning his own house, having a full time job in Mexico, and now a long history (which I assume is recorded in the INS computers) of crossing into the US and leaving again, on time, as promised, they still treat him so badly and he is never sure if he will get in or not. What a shame.
Finding a place to live and making friends, all that stuff, my partner will have arranged for me. I am dealing with stateside issues, fussing and fretting over where and how to invest my money so as to ensure a steady monthly cash flow, trying to figure out whether or not I need a formal and legal state of domicile, what to do about health insurance (if anything), which of my belongings to try to take there with me (if any), all that stuff. And I find a lot of good answers here on MexConnect and it has been a wonderful resource for me, well, I should say the members and contributors here are a wonderful resource, and I hope to able to continue to bug many of you with my questions and concerns.
I am learning Spanish, a little here and there, as best I can from here in the Bay Area, but have no doubts I will pick it up easily once I am immersed in it. Strange thing, what little Spanish I already speak comes out with a decided Italian intonation. I call it "mi espanol macaronico."
Any of you with any words of wisdoms concerning what I ought to do about Medicare, Medigap, Mexican major medical, IMMS (Mexican Social Security), my worry over a state of domicile (to exclude any state that wants to tax my paltry tax-deferred savings as I draw them down), receiving mail in the USA (I have relatives who could empty a PO Box for me from time to time, but can I qualify for a US PO Box with a US address)?
Thanks to all of you who contribute and post.