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David asks…

Where are some nice places to stay in Mexico in January?

Am looking for somewhere that not too hot and on a tight budget for 4 months

Tijuana answers:

Well, someplace close to the California border, like Rosarito Beach or Ensenada will be very cheap to get to because of it’s proximity to the US. Many retirees live in this area of Baja.

But because it is close, you will find some prices higher than moving to some small town in the interior. Compared to the US however, it will be very cheap… And the more “Mexican” you live, the cheaper yet.

Check Craig’s List for Tijuana… You will see some places from $200 and up; and the closeness to the border will save you a lot of other problems and expenses like phones, mail, etc.

Right on the Pacific coast… Weather just like San Diego.

Mary asks…

Can someone who was in the Navy or currently in give me a detailed summary of what its like in the navy?

from what you do everyday…whats it like out on ships…whats the bases like…is it worth it…

im havin a hard time selecting between the air force and navy…i pretty much know everything about the air force…so if anyone has any experience, let me know!

Tijuana answers:

Well this is from many years ago and a recent trip to a Navy base, Mayport, FL.

As far a bases I can say back when they had the training center in San Diego it was a great base, The mess hall was very good. Only about 30 miles to Tijuana, Mexico.

After boot and school there I went to an Army base, White Sands Missile Range. The base was OK but in the middle of nowhere. It was 30 miles to the nearest town, Las Cruses, NM and 45 miles to El Paso, TX. Of course El Paso was just across the border to Juarez, Mexico.

At two years in the Navy I was sent to my first ship. A destroyer home ported in Mayport, FL.
Life on the ship depended on your rate. If you were in engineering you would do watches in the engine room or in the boiler room. Now days they don’t have boilers as the ships are now gas turbines or Nuke. Your day would be keep the ship running.
If you were deck force you would do a lot of scraping rust and painting. You would probably stand watches on the bridge along with the Quartermasters and Signalmen. Sonarmen kept the sonar working and stood watches on the sonar.
Well, I was an FT and we stood no underway watches. My day consisted of running checks on the radar and director to keep them running.
For the crew we knocked off around 4 and had chow and what we wanted if you did not have a watch. Usually a movie on the mess decks or a good came of cards somewhere.
There is nothing like going out on deck at night during darken ship and looking up at the sky and seeing 40 million stars, such a beautiful sight. Or going to the fantail and looking at the florescent wake of the ship.
I don’t want you to think it is all fun and roses, especially on smaller ship. Heaver weather can make it a bit tough, especially if you have a tendency to motion sickness.
The best part is all of the places you will get to go. I made two cruises to the Mediterranean and saw places I will never see again. “Join the Navy and see the world” is a true statement.

Now about what I hear about the new Navy.
On my recent trip to Mayport I learned that when you home port you do not necessarily live on the ship as we did. The top sailors get to live on the base in these little condo like units. The consist of a small living area, a little kitchen and two bedrooms with two bunks per room. So you will live with three other guys. You will eat in the mess hall on the base not the ship. But my guess is it would be better eating on the ship as they are cooking for a couple hundred and not thousands. I had lunch at the mess hall at Mayport and it was not very good. Great salad bar. Oh, get used to low fat milk as they do not serve whole milk in the mess hall.

John asks…

Any idea about earthquake and tsunami in japan ?

I heard about it. And came to know that its going to happen in new zealand and america.

Tijuana answers:

It was an earthquake – 8.9 – and it created a tidal wave which should be arriving on the U.S. West coast in an hour or so.

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General information:

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Midway Island has had a 8-foot surge as of 1:15 a.m. Hawaii time/3:15 a.m. Pacific/6:15 a.m. Eastern; more waves are expected, and powerful aftershocks continue in Japan, so being cautious is very important.

Hawaii has started to be hit with the first of the waves as of 3:30 a.m. Their time (5:30 a.m. Pacific time, 8:30 a.m. Eastern time); the first waves in Honolulu have been about 2.5 feet, but those are south-facing shores. No data so far on the north-facing shores.

The magnitude 8.9 earthquake occurred just off the coast of Japan at:

Friday, March 11, 2011 at 12:46:23 AM (EST) – Eastern Standard (New York, Toronto, Jamaica)
Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 11:46:23 PM (CST) – Central Standard (Chicago, Mexico City, Costa Rica)
Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 10:46:23 PM (MST) – Mountain Standard (Calgary, Denver, Phoenix)
Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 09:46:23 PM (PST) – Pacific Standard (Vancouver, Los Angeles, Tijuana)
Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 08:46:23 PM – Anchorage
Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 07:46:23 PM – Adak
Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 07:46:23 PM – Honolulu

The first surges (6 – 7 feet) are expected to reach Hawaii at around 6 – 7 hours after the intial quake, and the west coast of the U.S. About 9-12 hours after the initial quake – about 3:00 a.m. Hawaii time (5:00 a.m. Pacific time/8:00 a.m. Eastern time), then around 7:00 a.m. Pacific time (about 10:00 a.m. Eastern time) for the northern Pacific Coast of the U.S. (Washington and Oregon), and about an hour or so later (about 8:00 a.m. Pacific time/ 11:00 a.m. Eastern time) in California. It’s getting to Washington and Oregon earlier because we’re due west of Japan, while California is somewhat southwest.

There is an excellent possibility that there will be more than one surge; just because one comes through and then is over with, it does NOT mean that there no others.

If you’re anywhere in the Pacific or on the Pacific rim, keep yourself informed:

http://wcatwc.arh.noaa.gov/2011/03/11/lhvpd9/01/webetalhvpd9-01.txt << Expected arrival times for cities on the U.S. West coast

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Useful web sites:

http://www.weather.gov/ptwc/ << Pacific Tsunami Warning Center

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/ << USGS Latest Earthquakes map; Red = in the last hour; blue = last 24 hours; yellow = last two weeks; you can click on any of them.

Http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/usc0001xgp.php << Link for this specific earthquake

If you live in Hawaii or the U.S. Pacific coast, there ARE warnings, and about 50 other countries are also affected to some degree.

Http://www.weather.gov/ptwc/text.php?id=hawaii.2011.03.11.083152 <<< Hawaii warning text

http://images.smh.com.au/2011/03/11/2228206/q5-600×400.jpg <<< Map of times for waves to reach various points

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