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⇑⇓ TELL ME ABOUT LIFE IN THE UNITED STATES I live in Baja California and am thinking about visiting the United States, but I am concerned about my personal safety. I just read a Travel Warning that states there is a high probability of a terrorist attack, and there have been threats of nuclear annihilation by North Korea. And in watching the news, it seems as if an all-out civil war could break out at any minute. I've also grown so accustomed to living inexpensively, and the food down here is not only delicious, it's cheap. I wonder how far my limited finances will take me in the States. I admit that sometimes I like to drive a little fast, and have heard of people getting fined as much as $600 for speeding! And apparently there is no way to 'talk' one's self out of the ticket with a reasonable mordida. I sprained my foot down here a few months ago, and, not having any health insurance, ended up paying 100% out-ofpocket for the doctor's exam and the X-rays. It came to $12. What if I have a medical emergency in the States? I have heard of people racking up thousands of dollars a day in medical expenses, and sometimes being charged as much as $100 for a single aspirin. Could I be life-flighted back to Baja and affordable care? I have also grown fond of people I don't even know greeting me with a "Buenos días," or "Buenas tardes." Are people as friendly in the United States? Does anyone else have these kinds of concerns about traveling in the US? Chip 'Tongue in Cheek' Prather ex-Miss Teak, Morgan 45 Dana Point Readers — The point that Chip, who, along with his wife Katy, has gone over to the dark side of powerboating, is trying to make is that people can get ridiculously inaccurate impressions of any country by reading Travel Warnings and fear-mongering news articles. As an example of how ridiculous it can get, last month Doña de Mallorca got a call from a gentleman who asked if the waterfront condo he'd booked from her for January was "still going to be there." When she asked what in the world he meant, he explained, "You know, the hurricanes, the earthquakes, the drug cartels." The gentleman was relieved to learn that hurricane season ends in October, that the Mexico City and other earthquakes had occurred hundreds of miles away in the mountains, and that problems with drug cartels were unlikely as long as he didn't go into competition with them. As far as the Wanderer is concerned, the most accurate travel warning is the number of people who are fleeing any given place. We don't know of any cruisers who are fleeing Mexico because of concerns about hurricanes, earthquakes and personal safety. Naturally these are legitimate concerns anywhere in the world, but the Americans in Mexico don't think they are any greater down there than they are up here in the States. And neither do we. — rs ⇑⇓ THE 'CAT HOUSE' OPENING AT SANTA CRUZ ISLAND The Wanderer recently wrote, "The Grand Poobah is thinking about opening up a floating bar and restaurant at Prisoner's Harbor at Santa Cruz Island next September. Sort of like the late Willy T in the British Virgins. We don't think anybody would care, do you?" If he was saying that just to get a rise out of those of us who regularly cruise the northern Channel Islands, it worked. Regarding the idea of a 'floating bar', yes, some people

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The November 2017 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.

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The November 2017 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.