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Mexican Car Insurance: A Personal Essay

By Larry Turk

On the evening of January 22nd, 2012, I was sitting at Señor Puck’s, a cold Pacifico con limon in hand, intently watching my San Francisco 49ers as they prepared to kick off to the NY Giants to begin the over time quarter, tied at 17. It just doesn’t get better than this.

A tap on my shoulder, and a friend informed me my vehicle, parked on the curb, had just been rear-ended by another vehicle. Continue reading Mexican Car Insurance: A Personal Essay


Mexican Auto Industry Surprising the World

Screen Shot 2016-04-07 at 4.16.07 PMBy Neal Erickson

Mexico is number 8 in world auto production as of 2012, and is poised to displace number 7 Brazil in the near future. Some of the newest, most modern and efficient auto assembly plants in the world are located in Aguascalientes, Toluca, Hermosillo, and Guanajuato. The auto industry of Mexico provides 56,000 jobs, 21.9% of the country’s exports, represents 18% of its manufacturing GDP (Gross Domestic Product), and is growing at a steady rate. Continue reading Mexican Auto Industry Surprising the World

Motorcycle Safety


By Alvin Starkman, M.A., J.D.

It’ll only take one fatality or maiming injury on a road in Huatulco or Puerto Escondido to get gringos to smarten up. It makes no difference whether you’re an expat resident of Oaxaca, a snowbird, or a one-week tourist. And it definitively shouldn’t provide you with any solace calling it a scooter rather than what it is, a motorized vehicle affording its driver no protection at all, travelling alongside cars and trucks whizzing by. Continue reading Motorcycle Safety

Classical Thinkers and Auto Mechanics

Screen Shot 2016-04-07 at 4.16.41 PMBy Brooke Gazer

A lifetime ago, one of my University professors assigned us to read “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”. This was a Philosophical book using a motorcycle trip across America as a literary vehicle. The premise was that there were two kinds of people in the world: those who understood how things worked and could fix them and those who were clueless. The author was of the former group which he labeled as “classical thinkers” and his companions were a well meaning but inept couple of “romantic thinkers”. You didn’t need to be Einstein to figure out who was not going to reach California. Continue reading Classical Thinkers and Auto Mechanics

Buses Vs. Trains

By Deborah Van Hoewyk

In 1979, we took a train from the port of Vera Cruz to Jalapa, the capital of the state of Veracruz, to visit a friend. A beautiful trip; a train with old-fashioned charm, chugging slowly up the sides of the Sierra Madre Oriental. We saw coffee beans ripening among glossy green leaves, crossed deep gorges on spidery bridges, and ate gorditas we bought from women who boarded the train whenever it stopped. There might even have been a chicken crate or two overhead. Continue reading Buses Vs. Trains