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SHUT MY MOUTH

SHUT MY MOUTH

Originally Published the Week of Sept. 12, 2022 in Western Outdoor Publications

They say if you own a restaurant, it’s inevitable that your employees will steal from you.  It’s a very accurate truism.

Having worked or managed 14 restaurants plus a catering business, there’s just no way to watch every single employee every single minute.

We’ve owned our own Tailhunter Restaurant here in La Paz now for 13 years on the waterfront.  Employee theft is rampant.  It’s blatant.  It’s uncontrollable.

We’ve had workers who have been with us for years.  Servers, dishwashers, manager, and cooks that we consider family. We trust them.

We provide benefits, vacations, bonuses, health care, personal loans for school and home.  Many have never had these perks working for other employers.

 If you have a problem, come to Jonathan and Jilly.  Close the office door and we’ll figure something out!

Regretfully, some of our best people have been our saddest and biggest disappointments.  And our worst thieves.

Everything from stealing tips to even stealing knives and forks.

We’ve caught managers on our security cameras walking out with cases of ribs or boxes of shrimp.  We have caughtthem smiling into the camera. 

Two of our employees climbed the roof to our upper floors.  They stole cases of liquor.  That was too easy.

Two hours later they came back.  They stole several flat screen TV’s.  Just carried them over the rooftops and down a ladder.

One employee broke into our office and stole the entire safe with the payroll!  It was bolted to the floor!  He was caught smiling into the security camera as well.

On a smaller scale, waiters will jimmy the orders and not give the cashier the full amount.  They pocket the difference.

Packs of tortillas disappear or don’t match inventory. A case of beer disappears.  What the heck happened to the fish fillets that were delivered yesterday?  I know we didn’t sell them.

We recently caught one of our best employees.  He’s a young man I’ll call Omar.  

Omar came to us and we could see he had some potential.  Never worked in a restaurant, but willing to learn.  He started in the kitchen.  Then became a server.

When we were short-handed one night, he stepped in to help our bartender during an evening rush.  The kid liked it and he had talent.

Over the next few months, he developed into one of the best bartenders we had.  Everyone loved his concoctions.  He was great with the other employees.  Omar was a real gem.  A rare find. A favorite.

Then, we caught him red-handed on the security cam.  He was in the upstairs kitchen helping himself to a pot of rice.  Had a nice bowl of it.

Geeze…not him too!

We’ve tried all kinds of ways over the years to curb the theft.  Short of firing someone, most don’t work.  Stealing continues to a larger or lesser degree.

But darnit…employees are really hard to find these days.  Good employees are even harder to find.  Good employees that we really like are an even rarer commodity.  

So we brought the kid into the office.  Omar knew he was in trouble when we shut the door.  Or worse.

I’ve always thought of him as “kid.”  Anyone under 40 years-old working for us these days is a kid.

We wanted to hear his side of the story and why he was stealing rice.  It looked like it wasn’t his first time the way he was easily spooning-up the rice in the video footage. 

Why are you stealing food?

“I was really hungry…”

That hung in the air for a moment.  The way he said it.

It wasn’t like, you or me getting “hungry” and having the “munchies.” 

He started to tear-up.  Eyes were watering .

I always thought he was in his mid-to-late 20’s.  He was only 20 years old.  For the first time, I was seeing him as a real kid.

He really WAS hungry.  He had not eaten.

Turns out this was his first real job with us.  First time he had been trusted with a position and responsibility.

Talking…listening to this kid really for the first time…

He told us he had been abandoned at an orphanage with his sister when he was 8 years old.  Parents just left them.

He bounced around in and out. 

Never got any real schooling.

Never really had a stable home situation.  Lived with his sister for awhile. They would get kicked out or they had to move.  She had her own issues of drugs.

He was never sure where he would be sleeping the next week.  The next month.  The next day. 

But, he always made it to work.

And all his life, there had never been enough food.  Not in the orphanage.  Not living with others.  Not living on his own.

Never enough food.  At night, no food security.  Not knowing where the next meal is coming from.

He was honestly hungry. 

And for the first time, we’re seeing this kid differently. 

These days with the shortage of employees we tend to grab anyone who can walk, talk, breathe and show up.   We often don’t have time to really get to know many of them.

We can’t. I know we should and we do our best.

We are jamming full-speed.  Many of them don’t last anyway these days. 

They quit.  They disappear.  Bring in the next one.

Omar had been a welcome surprise. 

And now here was a kid who was simply hungry.  For a simple bowl of rice. 

We had been ready to possibly fire him.  We were raring to give him a stern lecture or rake him over the coals.  Make an example of him to the other employees.

Over a simple bowl of rice.

The fire was not there. How could we get angry?  He needed a hug and a meal.  Not our vitriol.

Just shut my mouth!

We so take things for granted.  We Americans hear about people who don’t have enough food all the time. 

But they are always “somewhere else.”  They are not the people you are in contact with day-to-day. 

All of us have full refrigerators and pantries.  At 3 p.m., we are “starving” for a bag of chips.  Or “starving” for a candy bar.  We are “famished” to have dinner.

Just shut my mouth.  

We’re going to make some changes.  No one doesn’t eat on our watch.

That’s my story…

Jonathan

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Jonathan Roldan has been writing the Baja Column in Western Outdoor News since 2004.  Along with his wife and fishing buddy, Jilly, they own and run the Tailhunter International Fishing Fleet in La Paz, Baja, Mexico  www.tailhunter.com.

They also run their Tailhunter Restaurant Bar on the famous La Paz malecon waterfront.  If you’d like to contact him directly, his e-mail is: jonathan@tailhunter.com

Or drop by the restaurant to say hi.  It’s right on the La Paz waterfront!

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Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter International

Website:

Mexico Office: Tailhunter International, 755 Paseo Obregon, La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter International, 8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  91942
Phones:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863
.

Tailhunter Weekly Fishing Report:  http://fishreport.jonathanroldan.com/

Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

“When your life finally flashes before your eyes, you will have only moments to regret all the things in life you never had the courage to try.”

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MEXICO…STILL A BARGAIN UNLESS YOU HAVE TO LIVE HERE

STRETCHING A FEW PESOS

MEXICO…STILL A BARGAIN UNLESS YOU HAVE TO LIVE HERE

Originally Published the Week of Aug 22, 2022 in Western Outdoor Publications

Folks come down to Mexico and no doubt, it’s a bargain.  Currently, in the post-pandemic,  it’s the number one tourist destination for Americans.

It’s close.  It’s easy to travel to.  Easy to come back. 

While the culture and language are different, it’s not exactly alien to Americans.  Spanish and Mexico are very much ingrained in the American psyche and every-day landscape (Tacos…Corona Beer…nachos…blah blah blah).

And, it’s a deal.

Compared to most places, you can still knock off a quick vacation for a ton cheaper than many places in the world. For a lot of us, it’s almost like going to visit your cousin’s house for a few days. 

It’s a no-brainer for many Americans who live in states like California, Texas and Arizona.  We go back-and-forth several times a year.

Your neighbor goes to Vegas or Tahoe.  You scoot across to Mexico.

It’s been a bargain for many years and there’s no changing that, but lately inflation has started gut-punching the Mexican economy.  

It takes awhile for things to trickle down to Mexico.  Things like the last recession or the last real estate crash hit the U.S.  It took longer to reach across the border to Mexico.

Likewise, it took awhile for Mexico to recover.

However, as inflation has swept and continues to sweep the U.S., Mexico is now taking it in the chin.

While the U.S. seems to have somewhat stemmed the rapidity of rising prices and historical inflation, Mexicans are feeling the crush.

They’re watching everything from corn, potatoes, meat, tortillas and housing start to rise these past few months.   

As gas prices skyrocketed in the U.S. the Mexican government pledged to hold down Mexican gas prices.  It did this by using subsidies to insulate the public from fuel increases.

Well, they couldn’t keep doing it forever and now gas prices are creeping up as well.  A fast creep.

According to experts, Mexico’s inflation rate is the highest in 21 years.  The economists put it at about an 8% rate and say it could hit a critical 10% by the end of this year.

At street level, this is especially tough for Chuy and his family.

Wage increases have not kept up with rising prices.  And there’s no unemployment, stimulus checks or food stamps down here.

In Mexico, the general minimum wage is about 10 dollars per day.  Not per hour.  Per day.

That’s if you’re paid legally above-board.  That’s before  pre-taxes, pre-social security and other deductions.

A huge majority of Mexicans live on a cash basis.  Hand-to-mouth.  They earn whatever they can. 

Even for many established businesses, it is not uncommon that the boss or owner pays everyone cash.  Not legal, but not exactly unusual either.

And everything is going up. 

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A gallon of gas now takes half-a-day’s wages . One gallon.  Not a fill-up.  That’s often unheard of.  Imagine if filling your gas tank took more than you earn in a week.

I’ve seen folks pull up to the gas pump and literally buy 1 or 2 dollars of gas.  That’s all they can afford. 

Enough to get to work to earn another dollar-or -two that seems to go right back into the gas tank to earn another dollar-or-two.

For tourists, unless you’re a frequent visitor, the changes won’t be that noticeable.  Or you’ll never notice at all. 

Prices across the board will have risen and are rising.  It’s inevitable.  Restaurants, hotels and other business, are raising their rates to reflect increases in the cost of gasoline and staples needed to run the business.

Compared to the U.S. and the rest of the world, Mexico will still remain a bargain…for now.

Your lobster dinner is now 2 dollars more.  Your hotel room has been raised 5 dollars per night.  The fishing trip cost $25 more and the Tecate beer you bring along is a dollar more for the six-pack.

But at ground zero, behind the swim-up bars and margarita pouring, it’s getting tougher.  The struggle is real.

That’s my story!

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing

www.tailhunter.com

Mexico Office: Tailhunter International, 755 Paseo Obregon, La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter Sportfishing

8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  91942

Phones: 
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863

When your life finally flashes before your eyes, you will have only moments to regret all the things in life you never had the courage to try.”

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DON’T TOUCH ME THERE!

A DEFINITE NO!

DON’T TOUCH ME THERE!

Originally Published the Week of Aug. 16, 2022 in Western Outdoor Publications

Jimmy and his dad came down here to La Paz to fish with our fishing fleet.  They had forgotten to bring sunscreen.

As one of them told me, “We’re two Casper-white guys from Washington and we never see the sun where we live!”

So, I sent them down a few blocks to the local grocery store that night.  They went out fishing the next day.

When they came back, I saw two of the reddest men I have ever seen.  Both Jimmy and his dad had also (unwisely) taken their shirts off while they fished. 

About the only part that wasn’t crimson were the “raccoon eyes” from their sunglasses.  And obviously under their shorts and I didn’t need to check that out!

They weren’t in pain yet, but I knew it was coming.  They were grinning after a good day of fishing and I don’t think they realized how burned they had gotten.

I asked them to show me the bottle of sunscreen they had purchased.

When I read it, I realized it was some kind of Mexican tan accelerator.  Much like baby oil!  OMG.

I told them they had purchased the wrong thing. 

They told me they couldn’t read Spanish and didn’t know how to ask for it at the store.  So, they bought the bottle because it had a “sun” on it and looked like it was the right stuff.

I just shook my head. 

I was worried that at some point, I might have to send these guys to the local urgent care.  Or, I’d be getting a call from their hotel room in the middle of the night asking for some aloe gel pain relief.

As it turned out, they were fortunately the type of guys that “fry” with very little pain.  But they were fishing for an entire week and even before they left, they were peeling like crazy.

They were fortunate.  I’ve seen some bad sunburns in my 30 years down here running our fishing operation.

Even using sunscreen, I see some ugly burns on ears, tops of thighs, the tops of feet (those spaces in between flip-flops and sandals) as well as the regular places.

So, I figured I’d do some research on sunscreen and there were some interesting facts.

Listen, there’s no disputing that too much sun and those dastardly UV rays can dry and damage your skin.  Sometimes very painfully.  Plus the long-term effects of cancer can’t be ignored.

Facts are facts, but I found there’s a lot of myths about sunscreen as well.

For instance, 30 SPF blocks 97% of the UV rays.  Going higher than that is just marketing.  It’s not only more expensive, but you’re only blocking another 1 or 2 percent at most.

Go for a label that says “broad spectrum” that covers a range of say, “15-50 SPF” for the best protection.

Another one has to do with skin color.  Early on, being dark-skinned myself,  I thought I didn’t need sunscreen. 

It’s a common misconception about dark or olive-skinned folk.  Yes, you do need sunscreen and can still suffer skin damage.

And yes, you can burn just as easily on a cloudy day or windy day.  And yes, you can get burned in the wintertime. Even when it’s cold.

By the way, there’s no such thing as “waterproof” sunscreen and manufacturers are now prohibited from using that label.  It can be “water-resistant” but only between 40-80 minutes.

Either way, you should probably re-apply every 2 hours or after you go in and out of the water or are doing a high-sweat activity.

I also never knew that sunscreen expires.  Between my wife and I, we have about 20 bottles of various sunscreens that people have left behind.

The FDA requires that sunscreen retain it’s advertised strength for 3 years.  Many suncreens will have an expiration date on the label . Some do not so you’ll just have to try to remember when you bought it.

Sunscreen also loses it’s effectiveness if the bottle has been exposed to heat or sunshine. That makes sense. 

By the way, hitting the tanning salon before you go on vacation, gives you a head-start on your tan.   It does very little as far as protecting you from skin damage.  So, you still need sunscreen.

I do see a lot of our anglers using sunscreen sprays.

There’s some trepidation among the experts and from me personally .

Sure, it’s convenient.  However…

There’s no way to know if you’re covering yourself evenly when you spray.  Most folks don’t use enough sunscreen to begin with.

It is recommended that you use a teaspoonful just to do your face and neck.  Spray barely covers that!

The medical community also says that inhaling the chemicals from sunscreen can be harmful.  If you’re spraying in a breeze…well, you know…you’ve seen the spray flying all over the place.

Your clothes…your buddy…the boat seat…your fishing gear all get a little dose of spray. 

It’s one of my little peeves to see sunscreen getting on fishing gear.  I think fish can smell oils and chemicals. 

In fact, we know it’s true.  We buy “scents” to go fishing to put on our lures and bait like shrimp, anchovy and squid aromas.

So, I make a point to always wash my hands no matter what I touch.  Sunscreen…my burrito…a cigarette (I don’t smoke, but lots of fishermen do) it doesn’t matter.  I wash my hands before I touch my baits, lures or reels.

That being said, I still make sure the rest of me is covered with sunscreen, hat, long sleeve shirts and sunglasses.   You’d be wise to do the same.

That’s my story!

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing

www.tailhunter.com

Mexico Office: Tailhunter International, 755 Paseo Obregon, La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter Sportfishing

8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  91942

Phones: 
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863

When your life finally flashes before your eyes, you will have only moments to regret all the things in life you never had the courage to try.”

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Things I Didn’t Know About Mexican Etiquette

OOPS!

THINGS I DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT MEXICAN ETIQUETTE

Originally Published the Week of July 24, 2022 in Western Outdoor Publications

The longer I live here in Mexico, the more I realize that there are so many “nuances” to social etiquette that can only be garnered through experience.   Sometimes, embarrassingly so!

It’s not enough to know a language, although that’s a great place to start.  Lord knows after 30 years, I’m hardly fluent.  By most standards, I’m hardly even passable. 

But, I get by. 

I try to learn a new phrase or word every day.  But, even then it’s not just what you say, but how you say it and the context in which something is used.

Like in any country.

There are some things that I learned long ago that are just bad form.  I hear Americans unwittingly say and do things that make me cringe.

For instance, hearing someone ask a local, “Do you speak Mexican?”  Ouch. 

That’s right up there with walking around and committing one huge faux paux of telling folks, “I’m American.”  As if that gives you extra cred.

Or even worse, telling a local, “Well compared to how it is in Mexico, in the United States this is how WE do it…”.

Go ahead and be an arrogant bastard.

Here’s a few other things I’ve learned about social etiquette over time.  Admittedly, I’ve goofed on many of these until I got “schooled.

Where to start…Here are some nuances that I bet you didn’t know. 

It’s rude to stand with your hands in your pockets.  Standing with your hands on your hip signifies you’re angry.  Really?

This is a very macho country on so many levels and it’s part of the very fabric and DNA.  For instance, only men should propose toast at a table. Especially rude for a foreign woman to propose one.

Try to figure out this one…

As a foreigner, you are expected to be on time.  But, if you show up “on time” at a social event like dinner at a restaurant, you’ll be the only one there…maybe for a long time!

It’s quite alright for locals to customarily arrive 30 to 60 minutes or more late.  We see this in our own restaurant constantly.

They’ll reserve a table for 8 at 6 p.m.  Great.  But, by the time everyone shows up, it’s 7:30!

In business, it can really be frustrating.

“On time” for a meeting means your Mexican counterpart might show up unapologetically half-an-hour or more late.  Expect it.

On top of that, it’s considered rude to just “get down to business.

Business in Mexico is largely based on relationships.  Resumes and pedigrees are fine, but locals deal with counterparts they like and trust.

Business…real business, is not done on the phone, text or e-mail.  Even the smallest thing is best done personally.  In many cases, it will ONLY be done person-to-person.

So, expect small talk first.  And it’s expected that you will ask and be asked about family, friends, etc.

By the way, get everything in writing.  A “promise”  culturally means nothing.  It’s part of small talk.  Unless committed to writing, it’s not serious.

If business or entertainment is done over a meal at an establishment, the invitee is expected to pick up the tab.  No friendly arguing at the end.  Not a bad idea to slip your credit card to the waiter at the beginning.

Even if your Mexican associate drinks several cocktails, and you’re sipping your Diet Coke, the tabs is on you.

Conversely, if you are being invited and you are offered a beer, cocktail…even coffee, it’s rude for you to turn it down. 

Or food. 

Accept and take a little or you’ll be seen as being “too good” to accept.

Along those lines, drinking in excess raises eyebrows.  Especially, if it’s done by a woman.

And it’s culturally acceptable if the person you invite to a meal, meeting or social event keeps canceling.  Sometimes at the last minute.  Or not show up at all.

Maddening!

But, you’re expected to keep inviting them or they will assume you were never serious in the first place!

Interestingly, if you do invite folks, usually, they will say “yes” because it’s culturally acceptable and proper.  And even if they say “yes” they might never intend to really show up.

As an American, that sure feels rude!  But, perfectly OK down here.

Here’s one I just learned…always keep your hands above the table. Pass dishes to the left. 

Don’t start eating until the host says “buen provecho.” And never ever cut your salad at the table.  Fold it!

One thing to keep in the forefront is that many Mexicans are very status conscious.  Despite what you may see and hear or seems obvious, Mexico has social classes.

There’s an upstairs and a downstairs.  Socially, there’s not much cross-over.  Sadly actually. 

Upper class stays upper class.  Middle and lower class stay in their lanes as well.

Status is very important.

Therefore, how you dress.  What you drive.  What hotel you are staying in.  Your make-up.  Your jewelry.  Your shoes. 

Impressions are important. Yes, you ARE being watched and subtle judgements are being made about you.

I never realized that until recently. Never dawned on me. 

I’ve been here 3 decades.  My wife and I run several businesses. 

However…I wear shorts every day.  And usually a Hawaiian shirt or printed t-shirt.

And I don’t even have a pair of shoes! 

Because of our work, I’m in flip-flops 24/7.  I wear an old dive watch with a rubber/ plastic wristband . We drive a beat up 1992 Honda Civic!

Sometimes, I even take the time to shave!

This is how I show up.  I am what I am.  Now I wonder how I’ve been perceived all of these years. 

Or not!

None of this is wrong, by any means.  It’s just a different and wonderful culture that you need to adapt to.  As in any country.  It’s how things are done.

However…

I’m definitely going to start showing up late.  And saying “yes” when I don’t intend to actually show up!  When in Rome…or Mexico…do what the locals do!

That’s my story!

Jonathan

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Jonathan Roldan has been writing the Baja Column in Western Outdoor News since 2004.  Along with his wife and fishing buddy, Jilly, they own and run the Tailhunter International Fishing Fleet in La Paz, Baja, Mexico  www.tailhunter.com.

They also run their Tailhunter Restaurant Bar on the famous La Paz malecon waterfront.  If you’d like to contact him directly, his e-mail is: jonathan@tailhunter.com

Or drop by the restaurant to say hi.  It’s right on the La Paz waterfront!

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Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter International


Website:

Mexico Office: Tailhunter International, 755 Paseo Obregon, La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico


U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter International, 8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  91942


Phones:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863
.

Tailhunter Weekly Fishing Report:  http://fishreport.jonathanroldan.com/

Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

“When your life finally flashes before your eyes, you will have only moments to regret all the things in life you never had the courage to try.”

 

 

 

 

 

 



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WARM BEER and NAVY SHOWERS

WARM BEER and NAVY SHOWERS

Originally Published the Week of July 18, 2022 in Western Outdoor Publications

Understandably, we got a lot of folks from chilly and wet places like Alaska, Montana, Washington, etc. coming to Baja to fish.

Over the years, when I’m trying to entice folks to sign up with us to fish here in Baja with our fishing fleet in La Paz, I laughingly tease by saying,

“The only snow and ice you’ll see down here will be inside the rim of your margarita glass or in your cooler chilling down your beer!”

Well, I may just have to put the brakes on that for a bit.  Hopefully, it’s not an omen of the future, but I have to admit I’m nervous.

This past week, reports started coming in from various spots in Baja as well as the central Mexican mainland that there’s a water shortage and water restrictions.

Yes, it’s pretty common to hear in the U.S. about drought conditions that have been on-going for way-too-man-years.  The Colorado River and Lake Mead are drying up and at historic lows.  Lakes in California are turning to mudholes.

But, you don’t hear about it much in Mexico.  Or, at least you don’t think about it a whole lot.

But, beyond the golf courses and the sculpted swimming pools and the new construction condos and hotels…hey!  It’s a huge desert out there.

Yup.  A big old desert full of cactus and scrub and arid land devoid of water.

All this tourist construction is a fantasy that we’ve artificially managed to use beating back the fact that there are a zillion square miles of parched desert outside the nearby gates.

And the desert is just a dripping-faucet-turn-away from roaring back in a big way.

This past week, areas of Mexico started reporting not just a shortage of water, but actually running out’ve water.  Right. Nothing coming out’ve the pipes.

We started getting inklings of what was happening about a month ago.  We have a small convenience store here in La Paz attached to our restaurant.   We stock the usual, beers, water, sodas and other beverages for retail purchases .

Several popular beverages made on the mainland could no longer be obtained. Apparently, those areas had no water to produce the beverages!  

Because of water restrictions, the factory could not produce any of it’s bottled waters.

This past week, more bad news.

Emergency water had to be trucked into various areas of Mexico as reservoirs, wells and underground aquafers literally tapped out.

Here in La Paz where we live and several other areas of Baja, various neighborhoods were without water for several days.

Water is distributed a little differently down here. 

If you’ve ever been down to Baja, you’ll often notice big plastic cisterns on top of rooftops.  At our restaurant, we have three 1100 liters plastic cisterns on our roof.  

These cisterns look like giant black or tan-colored tubes.

Water only comes from the city, 3 or 4 times a week. 

The city turns on the water.  It’s come in from a little pipe smaller than the diameter of your typical garden hose.  Little more than a running drop.

Consequently, everyone has cisterns to collect as much water as possible for usage until the next time the city turns on the water.  That might be 2 or 3 days.

Well, this past week, the city didn’t have any water to turn on. 

Businesses like hotels and restaurants, need water for normal things like hotel showers, cooking and restrooms.  That’s a lot of water use.

Swimming pools could not be filled. Ice houses that produce bags of purified ice for fishing, retail stores, bars and others did not have any water to make ice.

There was a huge” run” on ice deliveries as businesses started to hoard ice not knowing when there would be ice available again. It reminded me of the toilet paper hoarding two years ago in the U.S. 

At our restaurant, we jammed several freezers full of ice bags.

When you have a tourist economy, having ice to chill beer and make margaritas is kinda important.  Maybe moreso in Mexico where cold beer and icy cocktails are part and parcel to the whole marketing scheme.

Tourists like to brush their teeth and take showers too.  A good thing to have.

“Navy showers” where you rinse…turn off the water…soap up…then rinse off aren’t exactly folks’ idea of a vacation shower.

There’s a lot of finger-pointing going on if you read the local newspapers. 

Current politicians and bureaucrats are blaming former politicians and bureaucrats for not seeing the warning signs.  Accusing each other of not improving the ancient water-producing infrastructure like pipes and wells that are now breaking down or weren’t adequate to begin with.

It’s kinda hard to “wash your hands” of the issue when nothing is literally coming out’ve the tap. 

Stay tuned!

That’s my story

Jonathan

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Jonathan Roldan has been writing the Baja Column in Western Outdoor News since 2004.  Along with his wife and fishing buddy, Jilly, they own and run the Tailhunter International Fishing Fleet in La Paz, Baja, Mexico  www.tailhunter.com.

They also run their Tailhunter Restaurant Bar on the famous La Paz malecon waterfront.  If you’d like to contact him directly, his e-mail is: jonathan@tailhunter.com

Or drop by the restaurant to say hi.  It’s right on the La Paz waterfront!

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Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter International


Website:

Mexico Office: Tailhunter International, 755 Paseo Obregon, La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico


U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter International, 8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  91942


Phones:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863
.

Tailhunter Weekly Fishing Report:  http://fishreport.jonathanroldan.com/

Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

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HI! I’M YOUR NEW NEIGHBOR!

HI!  I’M YOUR NEW NEIGHBOR!

Originally Published the Week of July 5, 2022 in Western Outdoor Publications

In addition to our sportfishing operation here in La Paz, we also have a restaurant right on the waterfront.  It’s been here close to 15 years now. 

       For so many years, it’s been kind of an information clearing house on so many levels.  Mostly, a lot of fishermen asking for information; telling stories over beer; tourists needing recommendations for things to do and places to see.

       In the last year or so, however, things are changing. 

       It seems that almost a day doesn’t not go by where someone says something like..

       “So, tell me about real estate here.”

       “Do you recommend any realtors?”

       “What’s it like to live here?”

       Or, the more direct…

       “I’m here to buy real estate.”

       “I just bought a new place.”

       “We’re having a place built.”

       “Hi.  We’re your new neighbors!”

That is usually accompanied by a hearty happy handshake and a proud-as-punch grin. 

I almost feel like I should bake ‘em some house-warming cookies or they’re going to ask to borrow a cup of sugar.

Personally, my wife and I live in a little tiny studio apartment near the waterfront that looks out over La Paz Bay.  At night, my wife is fond of saying that 30 years ago, you could see some twinkling lights of La Paz City in the distance in the evenings. 

The rest of the bay was India Ink darkness.

Now, she points out that there are lights completely around the bay and up and down the surrounding hillsides.  The city is growing. 

One of our local Mexican friends just happens to be a realtor.  Her office is next door to our restaurant.

I give her quite a few referrals.  She tells me her office is hopping.  She jokingly said to me a few days ago, “All the gringos are moving to Baja.  All the Mexicans are moving to California.”

More than a bit of truth in her humorous observation.

Post covid, statistics showed that Mexico became the #1 international travel destination for world travelers.

 It was “open” compared to many countries.  There was little fear of things getting shut down (again.) Economically, it’s a great value. 

For Americans and Canadians, add in the fact that it’s relatively close.  Easy in.  Easy out.

With internet access becoming stronger and more widespread, you could easily do work while sitting on the beach sipping a cold one.  It sure beat working from home during quarantine days!

No one even needed to know.  As long as the boss got his reports, none-the-wiser!

Folks anxious to stretch their legs post-pandemic found Mexico to be a cakewalk for vacations. 

Magazines and newspapers touted the numerous attractions of Mexico and especially the Baja.  Our own little city of La Paz, once a sleepy little gem, ended up as one of the “Top 100 places in the world to visit.”  Our beaches consistently show up in every travel magazine or online blog or social media page.

So, the rush seems to be on.  For better or worse.

Some folks are setting up a vacation spot.  Others are chasing a retirement dream.  Others are just fed up with things back in the U.S.

Or their own countries. 

I’m running into folks from Australia…Italians…folks with Italian accents.  Canadians.  Folks from the U.K.  The exodus is on.

I’ve had folks come up to me and tell me they are visiting for the first time to see some land or a house they bought “online.”  Sight unseen.

Some folks have that kind of money to buy property the way I purchase a set of screwdrivers off Amazon. 

Others tell me they purchased land or a house in such-and-such an area.  They’re elated. 

Internally, I roll my eyes. 

No one told them that the property sits on a flood plane and it fills with mud when we get the heavy rains.  Or perhaps their “beach property” is only a block from the sewage outflow for the city. 

I don’t want to or simply can’t bust their balloons. I smile and shake their hands and wish them well and congratulations.

Two new real estate offices just opened up down the street.

Condos are being built on the hillside behind us.

The neighborhood is changing.

Rapidly. 

That’s my story!

Jonathan

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Jonathan Roldan has been writing the Baja Column in Western Outdoor News since 2004.  Along with his wife and fishing buddy, Jilly, they own and run the Tailhunter International Fishing Fleet in La Paz, Baja, Mexico  www.tailhunter.com.

They also run their Tailhunter Restaurant Bar on the famous La Paz malecon waterfront.  If you’d like to contact him directly, his e-mail is: jonathan@tailhunter.com

Or drop by the restaurant to say hi.  It’s right on the La Paz waterfront!

_____________ 

Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International

Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

Mexico Office: Tailhunter International, 755 Paseo Obregon, La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter International, 8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  91942

Phones: 

from USA : 626-638-3383

from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863

.

Tailhunter Weekly Fishing Report:  http://fishreport.jonathanroldan.com/

Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBLvdHL_p4-OAu3HfiVzW0g

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BOYS ‘N’ OUR TOYS

OF COURSE! MUST HAVE ONE OF EVERY COLOR!

BOYS ‘N’ OUR TOYS

Originally Published the Week of July 1, 2022 in Western Outdoor Publications

         A couple of guys arrived the other day down here for a week-long vacation to fish with our fleet here in La Paz.   It was a first-time trip to Mexico for fishing.

       Needless to say, they have been jacked to be down here.  When they climbed off our shuttle van from the airport, their enthusiasm was completely in full turbo.

       Like kids at Christmas.  Couldn’t wait.  That big blue ocean in front of them was just calling their names and they’d been waiting for months.

       To that end, they wanted to show me all the new tackle they brought down.   They couldn’t wait until later at the hotel.  The wanted to show it to me right then and there. In my office.

        Straight out’ve the shuttle van came the tackle bags and boxes. Click…zip…unsnap…unfold… Velcro…untie…unbox.

       OH wow…Hmmmmmm….

       Weeks ago, I had given them a small tackle list of “suggested items.”  It came with the proviso that most folks don’t bring anything and just use our good gear.  However, they are welcome to bring their own stuff.

       Well, they took that list and went shopping. 

       Of course, when you’re in the tackle store, we’re all like little boys.  We get attracted by shiny things, colors and gadgets. 

       Two of these…

…Two more of THAT color…

Yea…I’ll take some of those too…

Wow, never seen those before.  Might as well buy some of those too!  These have a nifty “wobble” when you cast them! 

       Jonathan said to bring 2 of THOSE lures.  Well, what if I lose one or it’s the wrong color.  I better buy 6 of them!

       On and on.

       And then, they started talking to the clerk at the tackle store.  Of course, he’s an “expert.”  He’s fished in Mexico several times. 

       But, never here in La Paz.  Our area.

       So, he tells them they need some of these

…and some of those

…and more of these.

       So, they happily march out’ve the tackle store with all their new toys.  Bag and bags.  And bags FOR bags.

       …and then they go talk to some of their friends.  Who are (of course) also “experts.”

       What?  You didn’t by that new hot lure that’s on youtube?

       Dude…I wouldn’t go to Mexico without some blue and white wiggly plugs!

       Buddy, I saw this new gadget at the fishing show, you should think about bringing one to Mexico!

       So, back to the tackle store! (Happily of course as now there is an “emergency” excuse to buy more things!)

       And that brings us back to the present situation where all this wonderful colorful excess is now spread in front of me. The guys are ooh-ing and ahhh-ing like little kids.

       Man…I hate to be a buzz kill.  I don’t want to bust any balloons or curb their enthusiasm.

       However, deep inside, I know that most of these things will NEVER see the water.  Most will never get out’ve their wrappers or little boxes. 

       In an 8 or 10 hour fishing day, maybe only 50-60% of the time is actually fishing.  The rest of the time is spent travelling; trolling; looking for fish; getting bait, cracking open a beer, etc.

       You really just don’t have time to use all 6 colors of lures or 10 different styles of feathers or hooks or leaders… or anything else.

       You have two arms and two hands.  You can only use one rod and reel at a time.

       And, if something suddenly works, you stay with it. 

       You don’t suddenly change baits or lures or colors just for the sake of change.  Not when something is working like dynamite right then and there.

              If it’s not broke, don’t fix it!

            And, the captains and crews know what works.  They’re professionals.  

          They live and work on the water. Putting food on the table and clothes in the house is dependent on them knowing their craft. 

        They will probably not be too keen to try some new fangled gadget or rig that may or may not work.

       So, fight the urge to buy the whole tackle store or bring your whole garage of gear with you. 

       I worked in tackle stores for many years.  Good stores with good personnel will give you the straight scoop as much as possible.  

      But remember, it’s also a business.

       Just like a grocery store…the shiny colored things are at eye-level. 

      The more expensive things are in easy reach. 

     The big-name manufacturers get more shelf space.  The cooler sexier looking gear is in a display case or lit by lighting “just so.” 

       Especially these days when the cost of extra luggage and gear on an airplane is escalating, be judicious and selective with what you purchase or bring down.   Communicate with the outfit you’re fishing with.

       Ask them what to bring.

       Common sense. 

       Don’t bring a weeks’ worth of gear for 2 days fishing.  Don’t buy tuna feathers if the season is only producing inshore species.  

       If the baits will only be little sardines, you don’t need giant hooks.

       I didn’t have the heart to tell these new guys that they brought way too much stuff.  I was like that way back in the day. As well. They’ll learn.

       In the meantime, there’s no denying.  It IS fun to go shopping for gear. 

That’s my story!

Jonathan

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Jonathan Roldan has been writing the Baja Column in Western Outdoor News since 2004.  Along with his wife and fishing buddy, Jilly, they own and run the Tailhunter International Fishing Fleet in La Paz, Baja, Mexico  www.tailhunter.com.

They also run their Tailhunter Restaurant Bar on the famous La Paz malecon waterfront.  If you’d like to contact him directly, his e-mail is: jonathan@tailhunter.com

Or drop by the restaurant to say hi.  It’s right on the La Paz waterfront!

_____________

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Website:

Mexico Office: Tailhunter International, 755 Paseo Obregon, La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter International, 8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  91942
Phones:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863
.

Tailhunter Weekly Fishing Report:  http://fishreport.jonathanroldan.com/

Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

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THE WORST DAY

EVERYDAY STARTS AS A 10

THE WORST DAY

Originally Published the Week of June 9, 2022

 

What’s that saying?

A bad day fishing is better than a good day at work?

I don’t know who came up with that, but that’s a load.  Being in the fishing industry now for many many decades, a bad day fishing is just a bad day. 

Maybe not in the grand scheme of things, it’s not as terrible as say, losing your wallet or forgetting your anniversary, but you gotta admit, it’s a major disappointment.

From the standpoint of someone who runs a fishing operation, a client who comes back from fishing with zero fish may seem ambivalent.  But, you know they are disappointed.  I take it personally.  I feel like it’s MY fault.

My old Catholic School upbringing drops a load of guilt on me, as if I was to blame that the weather didn’t cooperate.  Or it’s my fault the bait was bad or the clients used the wrong lures. 

It is what it is.

Fortunately, down here in Baja, tomorrow can turn into a banner day which somewhat helps to alleviate the current angst.  There is always hope.

There was a time in my life, however, when a bad day for me on the water was the end of civilization as we know it.  If I came off the water after a bad day watch out!

It could be a day when I didn’t catch fish.  Or someone caught more or bigger fish than me.   My competitive streak was all puckered.

Grumpy is an understatement.  I would be fist-shaking-mad at the cosmos for daring to hand me such fate as a bad day of fishing.  Personally insulted and inconsolable.

Fortune-cookie sayings like “A bad day fishing is better than a good day at work” or “It’s fishing not catching” be damned.  A bad day is a bad day.  I should have gone to work.

That is, until I got on the water again and the fish started biting.  And just like that the world would right itself on an even keel.  

Funny how fishermen can be like that.  Guilty as charged.

 

But, I don’t think I’m that guy anymore.

I have good days.  And I have not-so-good-days.  But, I haven’t had a bad day in years.

Everyday is an 11.  Or a 10 at worst.

Even when I don’t catch fish.  Or someone catches more and bigger fish.

I’ve become quite content to let my wife catch more and bigger fish.  Or the kids.  Or whomever is on the boat with me.

Every day is a blessing and I appreciate just being out on the water. 

It’s so much more fun to watch everyone else have fun. It’s like going to Disneyland of the beach too often.  It can get old.

 And then one day, you bring the grandkids for the first time.  The magic comes back.  It’s brand new again.

Or it’s you and a buddy NOT catching any fish, but still kicking back with a cold one and just laughing and talking.  Some of the BEST talks!

And then there are the days when I’m alone on the water.  Just me.  No clients.  No kids.  No fishing buddy. 

No hooks to tie.  No one needs their backlashes untangled or hooks baited.  No one forgot their sunscreen.

Just me and the captain.

And the fish just aren’t having any of it.

Simple conversation.

The sunrise. 

The sound of the water under the bow.

The sun on my face and the taste of salt spray on my lips. 

My hand trailing in the water.

The homemade burritos just taste so much better and the beer in the ice chest just burns the back of my throat from that first icy chug.

Maybe a quick doze to the rhythm of the motor as we troll.

A cellphone that has zero bars of signal.

Bare feet and happy toes on the warm deck.

My worst day just ain’t that bad anymore.

That’s my story!

Jonathan

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Jonathan Roldan has been writing the Baja Column in Western Outdoor News since 2004.  Along with his wife and fishing buddy, Jilly, they own and run the Tailhunter International Fishing Fleet in La Paz, Baja, Mexico  www.tailhunter.com.

They also run their Tailhunter Restaurant Bar on the famous La Paz malecon waterfront.  If you’d like to contact him directly, his e-mail is: jonathan@tailhunter.com

Or drop by the restaurant to say hi.  It’s right on the La Paz waterfront!

_____________




Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter International


Website:

Mexico Office: Tailhunter International, 755 Paseo Obregon, La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico


U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter International, 8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  91942


Phones:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863
.

Tailhunter Weekly Fishing Report:  http://fishreport.jonathanroldan.com/

Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

“When your life finally flashes before your eyes, you will have only moments to regret all the things in life you never had the courage to try.”

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STOCK PRICES ON Q-TIPS DROP

STOCK PRICES ON Q-TIPS DROP

Originally Published the Week of June 12, 2022 in Western Outdoor Publications

I’m joking, but would not be surprised.

No more covid tests to return to the U.S.  No more of those intrusive “nose probes” with the Q-tips to the back of your brain.

As of midnight Sunday June 12, one of the last vestiges and barriers to travel finally fell.  It’s long overdue, but it’s about time.

For last two years, travelers heading back on international flights to the U.S. have been required to obtain a negative covid test in order to enter the country.

Initially, it required one to go find a testing facility. And this had to be done within 72 hours of the flight back into the U.S. 

As onerous and burdensome as that may have been, the U.S. raised the barrier even higher last November.  Although covid rates had been dropping along with all the protocols, the CDC feared the ominous head of the Omicron virus.

 

So, they removed the 72-hour testing requirement and made it even more difficult.  Folks had to get a test within 24 hours of their international flights back to the U.S.

 

Insofar as tourist destinations in Mexico were already reeling from Covid in 2020 when everything was shut down, it was just starting to get back on it’s feet when the testing was initially implemented.

 

It sent the tourism section of Mexico into a mad scramble to set up testing facilities or find ways to get tests for guests.  It further  had to  assure prospective visitors that it would be easy to obtain.

 

Test facilities were set up at major airports.  Labs popped up everywhere including mobile labs willing to visit hotels to accommodate the demands.

 

Mexico desperately needed to keep the tourists coming back.  It was just getting back a head of steam when the initial testing requirements were implemented.

 

I remember many people suddenly curtailing their vacations and hastily exiting the country when testing started.  

 

And what if you tested positive?   New protocols had to be implemented as well.

 

Ultimately, what a fiasco.  Even moreso when the requirements were increased from 72 to 24 hours before the flight.

 

Of the zillions of folks that came through Cabo Airport alone, barely a handful tested positive and, according to statistics, most were false positives.

 

There was a lot of money to be made by sticking that q-tip up people’s noses.  The tests ranged from 20 dollars to over 100 dollars in costs.

 

Once you took the test, you either had to get a printed copy of the results. Or, one had to get their results on their cellphone.

 

These results had to be taken to the airport.  Every time I went to the airport, my personal observation was that the airlines or health inspectors just gave it a cursory look and directed you to the boarding gate.  No big deal.

 

Believe me, Mexico didn’t want you hanging around with covid either false positive or not.  In fact, you were able to obtain a new test within 24 hours. 

 

As soon as you were negative…off you go!  Adios and please come back again soon.  Sorry for the inconvenience, but it’s YOUR country doing this not Mexico.

 

Also, there were ways around the requirements.

 

I know of some labs that would “guarantee” whatever result you wanted. 

 

Definitely need to get home and work?  No problem, we’ll guarantee a negative test result.

 

Want to stay a few days with a good excuse?  No problem, we’ll guarantee a positive result.

 

Also, this only applied to international flights.

 

Many travelers to Baja, for example, cross the border and fly from Tijuana to their Mexican destinations.  Those are DOMESTIC flights. 

 

Therefore, on the return, they fly BACK to Tijuana and walk, drive back across the border.  No testing required.  No international flight was involved.

 

I had also heard stories of folks who tested positive (with no symptoms) deciding they were NOT going to return to their hotel rooms.  They had to get home.

 

Simple solution.  They flew to Tijuana and easily crossed the border and found a U.S flight home.

 

So…bottom line.  Just like masks.

 

No more testing required.  For now.

 

The CDC says it reserves the right to monitor things and see is some new and crazier viral strain returns.  We’ll see.

 

For now, no tests to come down here.  No testing to leave!

 

That’s my story

Jonathan

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Jonathan Roldan has been writing the Baja Column in Western Outdoor News since 2004.  Along with his wife and fishing buddy, Jilly, they own and run the Tailhunter International Fishing Fleet in La Paz, Baja, Mexico  www.tailhunter.com.

 

They also run their Tailhunter Restaurant Bar on the famous La Paz malecon waterfront.  If you’d like to contact him directly, his e-mail is: jonathan@tailhunter.com

 

Or drop by the restaurant to say hi.  It’s right on the La Paz waterfront!

 

_____________

 

 

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter International

 

 

Website:

 

Mexico Office: Tailhunter International, 755 Paseo Obregon, La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico

 

 

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter International, 8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  91942
 
Phones:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863
.

 

Tailhunter Weekly Fishing Report:  http://fishreport.jonathanroldan.com/

 

Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

 

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WHERE’S THE BEEF?

MEXICAN BEEF SURPRISES MANY

A couple of years ago, I had some fishing clients come down to fish with us here in La Paz with our fleet.  It was their first trip.

Now, let me post a little background. 

It wasn’t just their first trip to Mexico.  This was their first trip out of the U.S.

After meeting them, I can only imagine the trepidation they experienced deciding to try Mexico.

You and I have travelled all over.  No biggie.  Many folks have not.  I often forget that!

It was obvious from the first evening they arrived off the plane and we greeted them.  They were smiley and friendly, but you could tell there was a level of anxiety and nervousness.

Maybe in the way they would smile, but their eyes darted around.  Or the way they were checking things out.  And the questions they asked.

It was almost like they couldn’t believe they were here.  Or that it was a modern as it was.  Or that we had all the amenities like electricity and had discovered the use of the wheel.  And fire.

Not sure where they had gotten their info or what they must have been reading or envisioned, but I think they half expected open desert and donkey carts when they got here. 

After getting them to their hotel, the first thing they wanted was for me to direct them to a local supermarket.  Understandably, they wanted to do some shopping for their stay with us.  

Not unusual. So, I had one of our drivers take them over to the little neighborhood grocery store a few blocks away.

I figured, that like many of our visitors, they wanted to pick up ice, munchies, beers, etc. for their room and for on the boat while fishing.

I was surprised with what they brought back. 

In addition to the bags of chips and junk food, they came back with bread, cold cuts, condiments, lettuce, tomatoes, peanut butter and jelly.   Lots of it.  And cases of water.

Here’s where I heard the kicker…

They were apparently planning to eat in their hotel room each day. 

Despite the fact that we provided breakfast and lunches on their fishing days…Despite all the restaurants they had passed by on the way to the airport…Despite a perfectly good restaurant in the the hotel…

They planned to eat in their room each day.

From the horror stories they had apparently been reading, they didn’t trust the food or water in Mexico. 

They were gonna wash their faces and brush their teeth with bottled water. Even in their modern hotel, they weren’t taking chances on faucet water. 

(Were they also planning to shower in bottled water? I never asked.  But it begged the question!)

On the way from the airport, they didn’t see the nice restaurants.  They saw ramshackle (in their minds) taco stands on the side of the road with scruffy plastic tables and chairs. 

They saw food vendors on street corners selling hot dogs, tacos, corn and other things from carts and make-shift bicycles.

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And, they saw the cattle roaming the side of the highway.  The cows were emaciated and skeletal.

Thank you and muchas gracias, but they were having none of that.  They were gonna fish and eat sandwiches in their room and go home without any intestinal troubles!

After a sigh and trying to hide my rolling of the eyes, I had to do some explaining.

I told them I could understand buying lots of water.  You want to stay hydrated.  But the hotel water was fine to wash and brush with. 

It was even safe to drink.  However, like most city waters, it just didn’t taste real great.  So, all of us drink bottled water just like up in the U.S.

As far as food and meat, local food was great.  It’s part of the fun of travelling.

If they had doubts, just eat where they saw other people eating.  Or, if they were really nervous, eat where they saw other gringos eating.   That’s the best test of any eatery including street vendors and side-of-the-road stands.

The rule works all over the world.

I explained to them that vegetables and meat, gets inspected like everywhere else.  And I had to tell them, the cattle they see next to the highway is NOT the meat that gets into tacos and dinner plates.

The cattle is free-range cattle that land owners must have on vacant property.  Those animals pretty much forage around and that’s why they look so bedraggled and poor.

Mexican meat, especially beef is often some of the best meat around.  I’ve had some that rivals the beef we get in Texas where we have our U.S. home.  In fact, Mexico is the 7th largest meat producer in the world and the U.S. imports a surprising amount of Mexican beef.  

Often it’s grass-fed cattle from the Mexican state of Sonora which is famous for their beef in the same way salmon from Alaska or the Pacific Northwest or lobster from Maine has an international reputation.

Despite my explanations.  They remained skeptical.

Indeed, they did make sandwiches, but by the end of the week, they came out’ve their culinary shells a bit. At least were eating at the hotel restaurant, although I did see them fishing the ice cubes out’ve their drinks.

(Obviously, the ice cubes “might” be made with unfiltered water. Melted ice was OK, however.)

And presumably, they were brushing their teeth and taking showers!

Can’t convince them all!

That’s my story!

Jonathan

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Jonathan Roldan has been writing the Baja Column in Western Outdoor News since 2004.  Along with his wife and fishing buddy, Jilly, they own and run the Tailhunter International Fishing Fleet in La Paz, Baja, Mexico  www.tailhunter.com.

They also run their Tailhunter Restaurant Bar on the famous La Paz malecon waterfront.  If you’d like to contact him directly, his e-mail is: jonathan@tailhunter.com

Or drop by the restaurant to say hi.  It’s right on the La Paz waterfront!

_____________




Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter International


Website:

Mexico Office: Tailhunter International, 755 Paseo Obregon, La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico


U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter International, 8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  91942


Phones:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863
.

Tailhunter Weekly Fishing Report:  http://fishreport.jonathanroldan.com/

Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

“When your life finally flashes before your eyes, you will have only moments to regret all the things in life you never had the courage to try.”

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