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From The 90 Day Yacht Club Guide to Ensenada

July/August 2006

Volume 4 , Number 7/8

 

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PLEASE BE PATIENT AND GIVE OUR "GLOW SLIDE SHOW" A CHANCE TO LOAD / TWO BANKS OF 4 PHOTOS

PUTTING A FACE ON THE WINNER OF THE RECENT BAJA 500

AND HOW A MEETING ON THE DOCKS IN ENSENADA TIED LARRY RAGLAND TO THE DEATH OF A PREVIOUS ENSENADA RESIDENT

            A chance encounter on the docks here at the Coral Marina yielded some interesting and sad news about sea stories and a former resident of the Coral Marina that had moved on to La Paz by sailboat 3 years ago. My writings about the grounding of the APL Panama on Christmas night 2005 and the grounding of a 62 foot Nordhvn motor yacht off Magdalena Bay on Aril 18th somehow begat the genesis of a fact finding mission that led to some recent news about the death of a former gringo citizen of Ensenada on the yacht that grounded on those desolate southern shores of the Baja.

A turbo prop blazed by the Coral Marina just clearing the marina jetty at low altitude and was gone before I could look up and see the event. I commented on the fact that I hadn’t even seen the plane pass by to a man walking on the dock and he said it was part owned by Cam Theriot (heir to the San Francisco Chronicle), the owner of the mega yacht Lucky Sperm, and a mutual acquaintance who was here last year for the month of May preparing for last years Baja 500. We started a conversation and shared the fact that I had written about the APL Panama containership grounding and that led to the discussion about a yacht that had grounded north of Cabo San Lucas. We introduced ourselves, him as Larry Ragland, me as me, and I commented that I had seen his name on some of the trucks that were at the head of my dock. You see, the whole huge Collins Racing Trophy Truck Baja 500 campaign had parked and “camped” at the top of B dock, complete with 3 transporters and 9 or 10 pre-runner and pit trucks ready to support the four Ragland/Collins Trophy Trucks during the event. “Camping” at the Coral Marina for these guys means 20 rooms in the hotel complete with the hotel’s amenities and the Ensenada city charms. Plus, Brian Collins parks his mega yacht at the end of B dock for all the race teams to visit for the entire race weekend!

Larry Ragland is somewhat of a legend in Baja off-road racing circles, having won the Baja races 5 times previously. If that sounds a bit understated, it is. But my diminishing of this man’s accomplishments is overshadowed by the humble nature of the man himself. A truly regal guy I say, as we must have conversed for more than 45 minutes without a hint of him big timing me or him revealing a crack in his shield of good natured real-person charm and availability. Ragland was truly shy about his skills and accomplishments; stating he was only the driver of the trucks, and nothing else.

The conversation led on to the fact that Larry had just flown his private plane south to check out a grounded yacht near Mag Bay. He had walked out on my dock to check out a sister vessel of the yacht in discussion. And he had traveled down with clear title in hand, and only the salvage of the vessel stood in the way of making the yacht his for the sum of… zero dollars. Under maritime law, that was the contract he had with the previous owners of the yacht; you go get it, you own it.  Problem was, after a panga trip out to the vessel, it was discovered that the yacht had been totally stripped! Devoid of even the teak on the bulkheads! The one Policia guy in San Carlos had secured the electronics reportedly during the first few days, but the one month departure in timeline for Ragland to get to the yacht had rendered the yacht worthless for salvage.

As we parted company, I asked jokingly if he drove a truck (now knowing he did drive quite an expensive little truck!), and could I could ride in the back and take photos during the race… his response, “sure, but I think you may have to hold on”. It was a pleasure to meet Larry Ragland and hear that he had won the event for the 6th time!

Now for the local angle to this story that leads to our boating community here at the Coral Marina.  Mark and Sue Saunders, better known by their boat name of "Blue Suede Sue" in La Paz and here in Ensenada were aboard the grounded motor vessel "Charlotte B", the yacht Ragland had perused while traveling to south Baja, when the vessel grounded near Magdalena Bay. The Saunders were residents here at the Coral Marina for three years, before their three year stay most recently in on their sailboat in La Paz.

We are sorry to report that Mark Saunders, age 62, was killed in this incident. According the Mexican Navy report, a distress call was received at 20:10 on April 18 reporting the vessel had gone aground. Also onboard at the time of the accident were Bryan Saunders (not related according to reports), Mark's wife, Sue Saunders and Tim Hartwell all of the United States and Jonah Marzan of the Philippines. At 22:45 the Mexican Navy vessel arriving on scene received radio contact from the captain from the "Charlotte B" that Mark had died as a result of the accident. The official report states that Mark may have received his injuries as a result of being ejected from the vessel onto the rocks at the time of impact. However, other reports received indicate that Mark was off watch at the time of the grounding and received injuries while trying to secure a lifeline to shore for the rest of the crew to safely exit the stranded vessel. He may have been struck by a wave, crashing him against the hull of the vessel or rocks. Our condolences to the family and friends of Mark Saunders.

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2006 BAJA 500 RACE WRAP UP

Photo Credit: Doug Gould at http://bajawild.net

Teammates Brian Collins, Las Vegas, and Larry Ragland, Cave Creek, Ariz., survived a tough desert course and a race-record field of 438 starters to capture an overall 4-Wheel and SCORE Trophy-Truck victory Saturday in the 38th Tecate SCORE Baja 500 desert race. Starting and finishing in Ensenada, Mexico, Collins drove the first 150-miles in the No. 12 Collins Motorsports Chevy Silverado before turning the wheel over to Ragland to drive to the finish, covering the challenging 424.29-mile course in 9 hours, 36 minutes and 49 seconds, averaging 44.13 miles per hour.

Collins and Ragland, captured the 4-wheel vehicle win with a flawless, flat-free race in front of a massive crowd estimated at nearly 200,000 spread out along the course by Mexican tourism officials. The race featured a race-record 438 starters, from 28 U.S. States, Mexico, Canada, Colombia, France, New Zealand and Japan. The large field, competing in 25 Pro and 6 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs, was the largest in the storied history of the summer desert classic, easily eclipsing the event record of 384 that was set and then tied in 1976 and 1977. It is also the largest starting field in the three-decade-plus history for SCORE race in Mexico, and second-most in the entire history of SCORE, behind the 1988 SCORE Parker 400 which had 452 starters.

With the marquee SCORE Trophy-Trucks claiming an impressive 11 of the first 15 overall finishing positions in the race, a total of 222 survivors out of 438 starters made it to finish line within the 18-hour limit. The 222 finishers represent the largest number of finishers ever in a SCORE race in Mexico.

Collins claimed his third class win and first overall 4-Wheel crown. His previous class wins were in 1997 and 1998 in Class 8 and the win was also his third career race win in SCORE Trophy-Truck. For Ragland, the win was sixth class triumph and fourth overall victory in this race as well as his ninth career SCORE Trophy-Truck race win.

After maintaining a slight early lead on corrected time, Honolulu’s Alan Pflueger drove solo in his No. 28 Pflueger Racing Chevy Silverado in his best race of the season with a second-place overall and SCORE Trophy-Truck finish, seven minutes, 16 seconds behind Collins/ Ragland.

Winning the unlimited Class 1 with a dominating 14 minute, 23 second class victory margin, the team of Troy Herbst, Las Vegas, and Larry Roeseler, Canyon Lake, Calif., finished fourth overall in a time of 10:09:20 in the Terrible Herbst Motorsports Ford-powered Smithbuilt open-wheel desert race car.

The two competitor entries that covered the course the fastest were both motorcycles. The two factory Honda teams captured the top two overall motorcycle positions and Class 22 win. Riding a Honda CRF450X, they gave a Honda four-stroke it’s first victory ever in this race, Robby Bell, Murrieta, Calif., and his teammate Kendall Norman, Santa Barbara, Calif., completing the course in 8:59:04, averaging 47.22mph.

Click these links for Adobe PDF versions of the Baja 500 Map and the Baja 500 Final Results. You will need the Adobe Reader to view these files. Click the following link for a free download. Adobe Acrobat Reader

Below: Race Winning Truck #12 Driven by Collins/Ragland

And an excited race fan and her owner

Photo Credits: Doug Gould at http://bajawild.net

 

THE BAJA 500 WINNING #12 TRUCK AFTER LAST YEARS BAJA 1000 - THEY WEREN'T AS FORTUNATE - THEY ROLLED IT!

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"Say what you will about the Ten Commandments, you must always come back to the pleasant fact that there are only ten of them."
  HL Mencken

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LINDA RONSTADT SINGS THE FLAVOR OF OLD MEXICO

Returning to her Mexican Heritage 

            Linda Ronstadt changed her musical trends with two excellent music albums featuring a return to her roots. Performing a wonderful set of traditional Mexican music, the velvet-voiced diva is inspiring and impassioned offering a collection of unforgettable songs that will stay with listeners forever.  Senora Ronstadt stepped into the studio with the intention of not only preserving her rich heritage, but also connecting with her past.

            The pop singer that you may associate with her first hit called “Different Drum” (written by Michael Nesmith of the Monkeys) and a band called the Stone Ponies and dating former California Governor and now Mayor of Oakland, Gerry Brown, was raised in Tucson. As a Mexican American by descent, she recorded two excellent record albums (now CDs) celebrating the music of old Mexico. Her grandfather’s habit of singing to her aunt when she was a child the collection of tunes inspired the songs Linda flawlessly performs singing the traditional music of the land of shorter shadows. You will thoroughly enjoy these songs, through the years sung to wile away the long afternoons on the rancheros and in the cantinas of days gone by and still in present day times.

            Federico José María Ronstadt, better known in his later years as Fred Ronstadt, was born in 1868 on the Hacienda Las Delicias near Cananea, Sonora. He spent his childhood in Sonora, moving to Tucson at the age of fourteen to learn the wagon-making trade. In addition to an intelligent, curious, retentive mind and a capacity for hard work, he brought with him a love of all sorts of music. Music seems to have been a feature of the Ronstadt household from the beginning. His daughter Luisa (Linda’s aunt) remembered her father sitting under the grape arbor in the yard on summer evenings, playing his guitar and singing old songs from Sonora. Those songs are part of the family heritage to this day. It is not surprising that this talent and enthusiasm continued as a family tradition. Fred Ronstadt's daughter, Luisa, became an internationally known interpreter of Spanish song and dance in the 1930s, under the name of Luisa Espinel. In 1994 the Ronstadt family was awarded a Copper Letter from the City of Tucson for beautifying the city with song for well over a hundred years.

Luisa Espinel circa 1924

Linda Ronstadt’s Aunt

            Linda writes on the liner notes, “Since I was a young child, I have loved and admired the traditional music of Mexico in all its wondrous diversity. It is said that there are many contradictions in the Mexican culture. Its music is no exception. It is at once the most disciplined and the most hang loose music I have ever attempted. Its Pre-colombian rhythms and subsequent European influences always allow it to shine as distinctly Mexican. The mariachi is in the truest sense a folk orchestra playing the regional music of Jalisco. The influx of German settlers in the north brought with it the accordion and the polkas, waltzes and oom-pah military music so dear to German hearts. The Mexicans engulfed and made it there own. My brothers and I grew up particularly loving the sones and huapangos from the south and trios from Huastecas. We were thrilled when we finally got to record our own versions of these songs we’d admired so long”.

Fred Ronstadt & Luisa Espinel

Fred Ronstadt's 50th Wedding
Anniversary Celebration

February 15, 1954

            Linda Ronstadt recorded “Canciones de mi Padre” (Songs of my Father) in 1987 and followed in 1991 with “Mas Canciones” (More Songs) due to the first albums tremendous success. Both are beautifully presented with the words to the songs in both Spanish and English on the CD enclosures. The first album has Linda’s comments prefacing the words to the songs. The incredible range of Linda’s voice is accented by rowdy hooting male companions who also join in with perfectly tuned harmonic choruses. A brass section accompanies strummed and picked guitars contrasting the velvet violins which together celebrate the emotion shared on “Mi Ranchito”.  Mix in a harp, harmonica, flutes, a tuba, percussions, and the vihuela (a delicately crafted 12-string guitar with gut strings and 1 to 5 decorated rosettes instead of the sound holes) and you have your entire happy hour filled with music characteristic of the country you are visiting.

            These songs will remain a great keepsake continually calling you back to visit Mexico again. A few of these songs date back to the turn of the 18th century and are the indigenous folk songs of Sonora, Mexico. The first album was recorded by Asylum Records and is referenced by #60765-2. The second was an Electra product #61239-2. There is also an excellent DVD performance of these songs entitled “Canciones de mi Padre, A Romantic Evening in Old Mexico” available on the internet at CD Universe. Performed in 1991, this is a stage performance of the songs on Linda’s albums, performed in three acts complete with a Mexican ballet. Linda sings 21 songs during this rousing and inspirational celebration of Mexican culture. The DVD is on the Rhino Home Video label #R2 970298.

Click the link below for an Adobe PDF copy of a collection of music and words in both Spanish and English compiled by Luisa Espinel published January 1, 1946. The dedication at the beginning of the 59 page document reads as follows. Again, you will need Adobe Reader to view this file. Click the following link for a free download. Adobe Acrobat Reader

Canciones de mi Padre / Spanish Folksongs from Southern Arizona

To my father with affection...

            Those long summer evenings of my childhood, when the moon made strange patterns on father’s guitar as he sang enchanting songs to me, are no more. But the imagination hears the romance and wistfulness of their melodies, hears them with sweetness as subtle as the fragrance of wild flowers dried in herbs. -LE

            Linda Ronstadt wrote of the above dedication in 1987,

            "My Father's sister Luisa wrote these words the year I was born. They are the introduction to a book of collected songs from my grandfather's homeland of Sonora, Mexico.

            Many of the songs on this record were passed on through my father to me, and others I have learned through my continuing interest in the great vocal traditions of Mexico. These songs comprise a tradition both of my family and of a country which has made profound contributions to the world of music. They are a living memory of heartfelt experience".

Click here for an excellent taste of the song "Tu Solo Tu" on the first album.

OK, one more, also from the first album "La Ciggara".

 

A JANUARY TRIP TO SURF KILLERS

Biggest Wave Bounty

(A Sample Chapter from our Books)


          The biggest wave ridden by a human was the subject of a bounty offered by a prominent surfing magazine in the early 1990's. The wave had to be in the Pacific Ocean and recorded on film. It was an incredible challenge that included the huge winter waves of the north shores of Hawaii, Northern California, and Australia. Surf spots like Waimea Bay and Kaena Point in Hawaii, Steamer Lane in the Santa Cruz area of California, and the dozens of wild spots in Australia were thought to be frontrunners in the competition.
These world-renowned spots are known to support rideable waves of more than 20 feet high every year. The keyword here is rideable, as many spots attract big waves, but few maintain the shape necessary to be successfully ridden by a surfboard. In the world of big wave riders, just a few spots are widely accepted as candidates for capturing the wave needed to make that one surfer King Kahuna of them all. The fame and fortune, with the resultant endorsement moneys from the surfing industry, were a great attraction to the potential winners of that year's competition. As the rumors flew around as to who actually was up-front in the running and where the best spots were for the winning, the surfing world buzzed with excitement. When the winter storms of the extreme north and south latitudes send huge swells over thousands of miles of ocean to break on a reef that is perfectly shaped to make the swells jump to twice their size, the word spreads quickly and surfers from all over the planet board either jets or their old jalopy cars to get to the scene.
          A surprising winning wave at a surprising winning spot in a surprising area of the world, won the prize for that year's search for the perfect monster wave. Back in the mid 60's the Windansea Surf Club located in La Jolla, San Diego, discovered a new surf destination. It was 90 miles south of La Jolla and required chartering a boat, as it was 9 miles offshore and only accessible by boat. This was a spot named Killers by the crew, as it was a crushing wave of over 15 feet, if the swell was big enough and from the right direction. Adjacent to the big Killers waves, were spots called Chicken’s, Rarely’s and the Boat Launch Lefts. These were much smaller and forgiving in strength and many of the less brave-hearted souls preferred to hang here.
The location of this surfing Mecca for big wave seekers is illustrated on our Todos Santos Islands map. Si señor, the largest photographed waves that year were to be had at a rocky reef in front the lighthouse of North Todos Santos Island named Killers. The size was subject to some debate whether you were from the Hawaiian Islands or from California. The Hawaiian Islanders called them a 20 foot Hawaiian-style wave, but the Californians definitely saw 25 to 30 footers. In the photos, if a man is 6 foot tall and you can fit more than 5 times his height by spreading your fingers to his size against the wave, then we would call that at least a 30 foot wave.
           Killers can be seen breaking from the shoreline of Ensenada on the extreme north end of the Islands with the naked eye when it is "on". A horizontal column of white water foam extending around the point can be plainly seen on the days when it's "working". If you are visiting the Ensenada area in the winter months and the waves are raging along the shores of the Bahia Todos Santos, you may enjoy a cruise out to see some of the biggest waves in the world, at Killers, Todos Santos Islands, Baja California. Boat charters are available along the Ensenada waterfront to this area complete with surf tour guides which will anchor while you are surfing this magnificent wave.

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"Where we have strong emotions, we're liable to fool ourselves."
  Carl Sagan

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VIEWS OF CRUISEPORT MARINA

 

A NEW CRUISEPORT MARINA MAP REVISED

ENTERING THE CRUISEPORT CHANNEL AND MARINA BASIN

 

ENSENADA HISTORY

Note the building (which still stands to your left just as you cross the new bridge entering Ensenada) at the left of the above mid-20th century photo offering rooms for $2!!! 

(Another Sample Chapter from our Books)

            In 1542 Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo first sailed into this bay, that in 1602 Sebastian Vizcaino named Ensenada-Bahia de Todos Santos (All Saints' Bay).  Since then, the town has seen a succession of "discoverers" and developers. In the 17th century, the bay was used for shelter both by the Manila galleons and the pirates lying in wait for them. The ensuing years saw little local activity aside from the cattle ranchers who made their homes on expansive rancheros on the coast and into the surrounding mountains.

            It's interesting to note that there is no missionary-built church in this area. Gold, not God, developed the area into what is now known as a town. In February 1889, accounts reported that gold had been discovered in the Santa Clara Mountains about sixty miles southeast of Ensenada, which signaled the beginning of the boomtown era as gold rush fever brought new settlers from other areas. Now becoming a center of trade and support for the miners, with all the graft and greed that are usually a result, Ensenada endured the effects of this sudden prosperity. By 1890, the mines were depleted and the area returned to its previous pastoral existence. The town's population of 1400 consisted of primarily out-of-luck miners. 

            In 1882, Ensenada was appointed capital of the territory. The next decade saw the development of huge tracts of land charter in the south near San Quintin by British and American holding companies headquartered in Ensenada. At the turn of the century, the capital appointment was lost to Mexicali and the Mexican Revolution of 1915 annulled these land charters.

            Gradually the harbor grew into a major seaport and became an export center for the agricultural goods of Valle de Mexicali. Being the closest foreign port to California, the town and surrounding ranches and farms enjoyed a renewed period of growth and wealth.

            When the 1930's emerged as the era of bootleg liquor, smuggling activities and gambling establishments became a staple of the economy.  At the corner of Blvd. Lazaro Cardenas and Ave. Riviera is the former Casino Riviera del Pacifico, built in the late 1920's. In it's heyday it was a famous gambling house, once managed by the boxer Jack Dempsey. The opening act in 1929 featured Bing Crosby backed by the Xavier Cugat Orchestra. The orchestra included a singer named Margarita Carmen Cansino, a Baja native later to be known as Rita Hayworth. It now can be visited in its current incarnation as a cultural center.

            For a period of time Ensenada became a little Havana, but the legalization of liquor in the U.S. in 1933 and the outlawing of gambling in Mexico in 1938 meant the end of these sordid times.

            Throughout the 1940s and '50s the port gained a reputation as one of the finest sport and commercial fishing areas on the west coast, having at one time been known as the "Yellowtail Capital of the World". In an effort to attract more tourism dollars, the downtown waterfront has been redeveloped and a new cruise ship terminal constructed. Three yacht marinas, with all the conveniences expected in California marinas have been built. As the third largest city in Baja and unofficial capital of Mexico's finest wine-producing area, this bustling city continues to attract those wishing to experience a taste of traditional old Mexico. Hussong's Cantina, serving as a reminder of the area's frontier days has changed little over the years.         

A part of the Ensenada allure is its tendency to be event driven, rather than relying on specific sites of tourism. We enjoy annual celebrations; which include Carnival, Cinco de Mayo, wine festivals, surfing contests, sailboat races, fishing tournaments, off-road car races, and the migration of the gray whale. If your schedule permits we suggest a more sedate mid-week visit as this area is either a busy tourist center or a small quiet town, dependant on whether you visit on a Saturday or a Wednesday.

Our ecological advice while visiting Mexico is:

"Take only photos and leave only footprints."

And remember, the beautiful sea that surrounds us and nurtures our very existence is neither an ashtray nor a trashcan.

 

APL PANAMA UPDATE 8-3-2006

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Manila, Jul 27 - Container Carrier APL Panama is still undergoing repairs at Subic Shipyard & Engineering Inc, Zambales Province, Philippines. Subic Shipyard officials said that repairs are expected to be completed towards the end of September. The vessel is dry-docked and undergoing repairs to its bottom hull, propellers and rudder. - Lloyd's Agents.

Manila, June 16 - Container carrier APL Panama arrived Subic Shipyard & Engineering Inc June 7. Subic shipyard also reported that the vessel is now dry docked and undergoing repairs. Earlier reports indicated that its propeller blades had been damaged. - Lloyd's List Correspondent.

Manila, June 29 - Container carrier APL Panama is presently undergoing
bottom and side shell plate repairs at Subic Shipyard, however, estimated time of completion still undetermined. - Lloyd's Agents.
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            A visit to the beach this weekend that the APL Panama container ship resided upon for almost 3 months at the beginning of this year yielded some new information. The streets surrounding the area have all been repaved and all the street signs are new! As a part of the settlement with the city of Ensenada the salvage company that used the streets to transport the containers from the ship to the port via countless heavy trucks had to fix the roads that were used for the process. Never mind the fact that they were potholed and almost impassible before the Panama arrived. The pockets of the salvage company were unceremoniously and deftly tapped for funds in order to get his work done for a release of the ransomed container boxes from Ensenada.

            Speaking of the boxes, they are still in stacks of 7 high on various lots surrounding the port of Ensenada. That shipment of mutton chops being shipped by my shipping company contact in New Zealand from Australia to Mexico City must be very ripe and quite odorous. Can you imagine opening that box? Might as well just condemn it and take it far out to sea and commit that box to the sea.

            The ATV’s and the motor cycles have reclaimed the beach where the Panama lay. Again it is pure bedlam on the beach as the gas powered vehicles have made the playa again their racetrack. And you are allowed to drive your truck or car out on the beach to your claimed spot for the day. My policeman friend Roberto that witnessed the Panama coming ashore is still in charge of the bluff where I chronicled the Panama rescue drama. See his account of the ship grounding on Christmas night in our February 2006 Newsletter. I am still admitted to the bluff, and no one else is, as this is private property. I have come to call this huge tract of land Ryan’s Bluff. I am using the area as a private surf club staging location - the Panama Surf Club! And I have a personal security guard, Roberto, sitting in his car watching my camp for the day. He works there 12 hours a day, just sitting in his car doing his university school work. In order to keep my 12 volt cooler running and cerveza cold,  I need to keep my ignition on one click, well; I leave the keys in the ignition, the radio on, and the windows down while I am out surfing! Try this at any other Ensenada beach…

 

THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA WILL SPARE NO EXPENSE TRACKING DOWN ONLINE CIGARETTE CONSUMERS TO HEAP MORE TAXES ON YOU

           HERE IS AN INTERESTING NEWS ITEM THAT ILLUSTRATES THE CURRENT STATE OF AFFAIRS IN CALIFORNIA REGARDING ENFORCING TAX LAWS. THE COST OF CIGARETTES AND GASOLINE HAS GONE THROUGH THE ROOF BECAUSE OF CALIFORNIA STATE TAXES, AGREED? CIGARETTES ARE OVER $4.00 A PACK AND THE COST OF GAS WILL SOON BE $4.00 A GALLON. WHY? WELL, THERE IS SO MUCH TAX HEAPED ON THESE TWO COMMODITIES THAT THEY ARE DISGUSTINGLY OVERPRICED AND YOU ARE PAYING A PENALTY TO USE THESE GOODS. HERE IN MEXICO, A PACK OF CIGARETTES IS STILL UNDER $2.00 AND FUEL IS $2.60 A GALLON FOR MEXICAN PREMIUM.

            THE CALIFORNIA STATE GOVERNMENT HAS SO OVER TAXED CIGARETTES THAT FOLKS ARE BUYING THEIR CIGS ONLINE. A “BRILLIANT” IDEA HAS BEEN IMPLEMENTED BY THE CALIFORNIA STATE REGIME TO TRACK DOWN THOSE BUYING THEIR CIGS ONLINE. THE ONLINE SUPPLIERS ARE GOING TO BE SUBPOENAED FOR THEIR RECORDS AND YOU THE CONSUMER WILL BE TRACKED DOWN AND MADE TO PAY YOUR BACK TAXES ON THE CIGS THAT YOU BOUGHT ONLINE…!!!

            SO, THE STATE SO OVERTAXED CIGS THAT YOU WERE FORCED TO BUY YOUR CIGS “OFFSHORE”. SOUND FAMILIAR? AND NOW THAT YOU HAVE BEEN FORCED TO BEHAVE LIKE A PIRATE, AND PERUSE YOUR PURCHASES OFFSHORE, THE GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO SPEND MONEY TO BRING YOU TO JUSTICE AND OVER TAX YOU RETROACTIVELY, AS THEY DID WHEN THEY LEVIED THESE OUTRAGEOUS TAXES ON A PACK OF SMOKES IN THE FIRST PLACE.

            BUYERS OF YACHTS ARE FORCED TO PAY BOTH SALES TAX AND PROPERTY TAX, A DOUBLE AND UNFAIR TAXATION. AND THEY TOO ARE FORCED TO BEHAVE LIKE A PIRATE AND CHOOSE TO TAKE AN OFFSHORE DELIVERY TO AVOID THIS OVER TAXATION.

            IF ALL THOSE THAT WERE BEING PERSECUTED BY OVER TAXATION WOULD BAND TOGETHER AND FIGHT FOR FAIR TAXES FOR ALL GOODS AND SERVICES, REGARDLESS OF YOUR PREJUDICE AGAINST THE OTHER PERSONS PREFERENCES OR WEALTH STATUS, THEN WE COULD BRING THIS INSANITY BACK INTO CONTROL. PEOPLE JUDGE THE BOAT BUYERS AS THE RICH JUST TRYING TO EVADE TAXES, AND OTHERS VIEW THE SMOKERS AS NOT NEEDING TO SMOKE IN THE FIRST PLACE DUE TO HEALTH REASONS. WELL, WE ALL USE GAS, NO VALUE JUDGMENT THERE ON OVER TAXATION! WE NEED TO SEE ALL OTHER TAXES AS COMMON BURDENS MUCH AS WE SEE THE COST OF FUEL TAXATION AND JOIN TO FIGHT THE CALIFORNIA STATE GOVERNMENT NOW SPIRALING AROUND THE DRAIN, IN DEBT TO THEIR NECKS BECAUSE OF BLOATED BUREAUCRACY AND BAD JUDGMENT, AND DO SOMETHING TANGIBLE BEFORE CALIFORNIA IS DEEMED TOTALLY UNLIVABLE AND YOU ALL JOIN ME IN MEXICO! THAT I CERTAINLY DON’T WANT TO SEE HAPPEN…;-) NO OVER CROWDING HERE IN ENSENADA, PLEASE!

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