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What more can I tell my 25 year old son to keep him from traveling to Mexico ?
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Posted on 10/02/2012 6:15:23 AM PDT by George from New England

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To: George from New England
Why don't you simply advise him to go to Vegas, Atlantic City, or any number of locales here in the US, where gambling is legal? He's playing an extremely high-stakes game, going back and forth across the Mexican border. The number one rule in gambling, is surely "live to play another day."

Appeal to his sense of risk and describe in realistic terms, the odds of him losing his life.

21 posted on 10/02/2012 6:32:35 AM PDT by Lou L (Health "insurance" is NOT the same as health "care")
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To: George from New England
He can play poker in any casino in the US, and there are lots of them. He can also go to Canada if he must play on line.

I would hope he can find a better way to make money soon, sounds like a literal dead end if he goes to Mexico.

22 posted on 10/02/2012 6:33:55 AM PDT by Lakeshark (I don't care for Mitt; the alternative is unthinkable)
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To: MinuteGal
A business pal of mine has a condo in Puerto Vallarta and claims it's safe. When ever he goes down for a week, he buys a couple hundred dollars in travelers checks and keeps an eye peeled.

Somehow, I don't think I'd be very relaxed in this environment.

23 posted on 10/02/2012 6:34:05 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (In the game of life, there are no betting limits)
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To: George from New England

Why in the world would he go to Mexico if he lives in Florida? Why wouldn’t he just go to the Bahamas, 85 miles away?


24 posted on 10/02/2012 6:34:36 AM PDT by dinodino
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To: George from New England

I think a lot of the FReepers suggestions are very intelligent. May I say that I would use GUILT. Okay, maybe it only works for Moms but do this: say, “if something happens to you, it will kill your Mother” or “I have never asked your for anything after raising you with love and commitment but I am going to ask you not to go to Mexico.. even if you don’t agree, do it for me”. Not sure of your financial status but maybe if you offer a few bucks to go to Canada.. he will see you are serious. When all else fails.. cry. Perhaps I am giving away too many Mom secrets but crying (even faked) will bring him around to see how worried and distressed you really are. Good luck, George.


25 posted on 10/02/2012 6:35:01 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: George from New England

Take out a term life insurance policy on him, make sure the U.S. embassy has his picture and learn a bit of Spanish.

At 25 the only useful teacher is severe pain.


26 posted on 10/02/2012 6:35:45 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: George from New England
You really don't want to hear what I think.

You really don't.

So, I'll just offer The Ultimate Solution For Everything:

"PUPPY!"

27 posted on 10/02/2012 6:37:08 AM PDT by Old Sarge (We are now officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet)
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To: George from New England

http://crimeblog.dallasnews.com/2012/08/canton-ministers-wife-abducted-held-for-ransom-in-mexico.html/

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2012/05/14/mexico-4-headless-bodies-is-third-massacre-in-ten-days-in-triangle-death/

Hand over pay or else:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/26/world/americas/mexican-teachers-push-back-against-gangs-extortion-attempts.html?pagewanted=all


28 posted on 10/02/2012 6:40:09 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: George from New England

1. If I were moving anywhere to play online poker I’d go to Costa Rica. Much safer than Mexico, cheap, lots of American expats, beautiful, poker-friendly. Lots of the online poker sites are based there.

2. He could move to a place in the US where poker is legal and play in casinos or poker rooms. Vegas is one option but not the only one. I would think this would be a lot better than moving to drug territory in northern Mexico.

3. Poker is a fine hobby but as a career it’s not the most stable or good for long-term well-being. I think banning it online (or in real life) is stupid, but that’s not likely to change under a Romney administration. Maybe this is a good time for him to reevaluate his long term plans and make a career change.


29 posted on 10/02/2012 6:40:24 AM PDT by Turbopilot (iumop ap!sdn w,I 'aw dlaH)
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To: George from New England
Tell him Costa Rica is much nicer, and a whole lot safer. Or any of many Carribean islands.
30 posted on 10/02/2012 6:40:55 AM PDT by Hugin ("Most times a man'll tell you his bad intentions, if you listen and let yourself hear."---Open Range)
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To: George from New England
If your kid already knows the reason for the low hotel rates and has included that point in his reasoning, then he is foolish.

There is no rule of law in Mexico and Americans are considered deserving of punishment for being Americans. It is likely he will never see any money from Mexico, just a lengthy prison sentence unless he can persuade you to send money to pay his large "fine".

You can let him know you won't do that.

Finally, you can let him know that should he ever get out of Mexico, he will likely have serious IRS troubles when he returns, unless he hires an excellent tax lawyer before he goes down there and engages in any financial transactions. The reporting requirements are ridiculously rigorous and viciously enforced. They'll take everything he owns for the slightest oversight.

31 posted on 10/02/2012 6:42:28 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Fresh Wind

Candid and to the point... spot on....


32 posted on 10/02/2012 6:42:30 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: George from New England
At 25...he knows exactly what he's doing....If it gets messy..so be it.

You...grab your rosary and keep yourself sane.

33 posted on 10/02/2012 6:42:30 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Fresh Wind
" Take him to a local funeral parlor to pick out a coffin. "
Or they will find a way to frame the stupid gringo and trow him into a turd world county jail or prison.... once again, your advise is on the mark.
34 posted on 10/02/2012 6:46:01 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: George from New England
Tell him to come to Canada. Real estate is cheap. He can live here safely and inexpensively and the border is 5 minutes away. Banks are very stable, in fact he can still bank in the US.

It took me less than 30 seconds to clear customs both ways on Sunday. That was exceptional, but nice and I'm sure he can obtain the same documentation that I have.

35 posted on 10/02/2012 6:46:59 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (Obamanomics-We don't need your stinking tar sands oil, we'll just grow algae.)
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To: wrench
Introduce him to futures trading and stock day trading.

I'm fairly certain that's what caused my hypertension. But it's a better way to go than Mexico.

36 posted on 10/02/2012 6:47:16 AM PDT by DeFault User
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To: George from New England
,,,,ask him to make out a list of where he wants his belongings to wind up...who gets what and how much?...then have him sign it
37 posted on 10/02/2012 6:47:16 AM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: George from New England

Rosario, Mexico isn’t that bad compared to North Eastern, Mexico. It is a big fishing port and not really known for drug crime. He could do worse.


38 posted on 10/02/2012 6:48:27 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: George from New England

Suggest that he go to Honduras instead. It’s cheaper, safer, and far more pleasant. I have a home on the Caribbean coast, and you can’t beat Honduras for a lovely lifestyle. Personally, i would suggest he grab an apartment in La Ceiba. Nice city. Very laid back. And the government leaves you alone.


39 posted on 10/02/2012 6:50:48 AM PDT by hampdenkid
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To: Fresh Wind
Take him to a local funeral parlor to pick out a coffin.

That image (up close) is worth 10,000 words.

Quiz him on his knowledge of Charles Darwin...he's putting himself in line for a Darwin Award.

My two oldest children are 25 & 23. I feel your pain. They also know when Dad's about to impart some fatherly wisdom...it starts with a completely off-the-wall observation. For example, "have you heard about the latest Darwin Award winner?"

40 posted on 10/02/2012 6:51:01 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (The Tea Party was the earthquake, and Chick Fil A the tsunami...100's of aftershocks to come.)
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