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  •  I used to wheel into the Negra Modelo (et al.) (2+ / 0-)
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    local warehouse in Matamoros or Reynosa, Tamps (MX) a couple of times a month and exchange empties in cases for full ones (they came in some neat plastic cases you could use for other stuff). Drive in the building, pop the trunk (or if in the pickup, just sit there), a worker would lift out the empties, load the new, and I'd pay the pesos and head back to the bridge.
    If we went to Monterrey or Saltillo, Tampico, or wherever, and locally, we'd bring back stuff too; but US Customs had a limit. Other trips we picked up Scotch, excellent rums, tequila, etc., at very low prices, and a 25 cent Customs stamp.

    Those were the good ol' days 'en la Frontera', not much gunfire, most of the 'traffic' was electronics going into Mexico, not that much drogas coming this way yet. Nobody I know travels across now.

    Negra Modelo was about the best and only decent beer you could get around the Valley back then, that's how bad it was long ago.
    HEB didn't sell any alcohol back then, Kroger, and others (KMart after they opened, Gibson's maybe?) had it (this was even before Walmart came to town), but it was so much cheaper right from the source across the river.

    We’re Ready, Wendy’s Ready! WTF Are We Waiting For? Bring ‘em on! The revolution has begun! Come and take it!

    by Bluefin on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 03:44:59 AM PDT

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    •  What's happened is so tragic (1+ / 0-)
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      My mom's family was in Mexico and we'd visit every year. Not so much now. I haven't been in half a dozen years.

      Coming Soon -- to an Internet connection near you:

      by FischFry on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 08:45:07 AM PDT

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      •  And the whole destruction of the country was (0+ / 0-)

        brought about by the same mindsets who are still screwing us six ways from sunday.

        The ramping up of the so-called "War on Drugs" steadily led to the dissolution of our neighbor(s) into chaos and corruption. Granted, Mexico has never been much of a paradise (for most of its' people), but conditions are far worse now than 10, 20, 30, 40 years ago.
        I lived on the border, I visited there, have family there. I saw it happening, saw it devolving into the absolutely predictable conditions that exist now.
        All brought to us by the same hypocritical, moralizing, utterly contemptible American Taliban and their masters who vex us sorely today.
        And like with Pat Robertson and his diamond mines, if you followed the money, you might be surprised.

        We’re Ready, Wendy’s Ready! WTF Are We Waiting For? Bring ‘em on! The revolution has begun! Come and take it!

        by Bluefin on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 09:27:30 AM PDT

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