Guatemala Travel Stories

Math Skills are Genetically Based

My father could multiple four digits times four digits in his head.


My father loves to play checkers, maybe it is because he seldom loses.

Lago Atitlan, Guatemala
(One of the perfect climates and most beautiful locations on earth.)
by Andy Graham (Gadget) of | Gadget Profile


The Big Lie in the USA
The worst thing in the USA that ever happened in the USA is the declaration,
"All men are created equal."

It would be foolish for me to challenge my father in math, and my father and mother did not raise a fool. However, it appear the world is increasingly become full of fools, who feel empowered to believe they are equal to people with superior skills.

I am wondering where the world will go from here, there is a belief that a computer can make a smart person out of a dumb one. I do not believe it works that way, and if you have a PHD in Math, it does not mean you are better at math than my father.

My father is genetically wired for math, I am his son, and for that I will forever be grateful. And the wise person talking to my father has a calculator in his hand, and a piece of paper to make the game of life marginally equal, but there is no way to negate natural skills.

Math Skills are Genetically Based

Retiring Now and Avoid the Collapse of the USA

Now, I just love to try to sell stupid ideas to fearful people, what good fun.

Lago Atitlan, Guatemala
(One of the perfect climates and most beautiful locations on earth.)
by Andy Graham (Gadget) of | Gadget Profile


Becoming Extremely Rich is Easy
There are two ways to become rich, one is to work 16 hours per day, sell you soul to the the Devil and cheat everyone around you until you become a Blue Country Person. The other is easy take that monthly retirement check to a place where it buys 10 times the amount of love.

This is the Secret?
I had a friend tell me he could not live in Colombia for less than 2000 USD per month, I thought to myself,
"Well, that is pretty stupid, 99 percent of the people in Colombia can, you must be stupid?"

I am in Guatemala, the monthly minimum wage is 238 US Dollar per month, American often think they cannot live here on 2000 USD per month, some people are truly stupid, you need to accept that and take advantage of their lack of savvy.

If I had 2000 USD per month coming in here per month, I would hire a Chauffer, a Gardener and a full time Maid. I used to be paranoid, I thought Americans were smart, if they figured out how good I lived, they would all come down to Guatemala, or any NON Blue country with me and ruin it.

Mathematically the world is full of idiots.

Thank God

The lower the minimum wage, the richer I am, I earn Western Dollars, then use them in the most effective way to buy love.

Retiring Now and Avoid the Collapse of the USA

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Suffering the Public Humiliation of Living in Guatemala

Tourist go to countries with the most bragging rights, they want to return home and say to the other people at work,
"I spent two weeks in the Caribbean."

"Mr X told me the other day,
"Andy you are too sensitive."

I thought to myself,
"No, I am just looking for ways to avoid public humiliation."

Lago Atitlan, Guatemala
(One of the perfect climates and most beautiful locations on earth.)
by Andy Graham (Gadget) of | Gadget Profile


Andy is Stupid List
1. I go to Africa, it is full of Black people.
2. I go to Guatemala, it is full of short, poor indigenous types.
3. I went to Iraq, it was a war zone.

Andy is Smart List
1. I went to Paris and saw the Eiffel Tower.
2. I went to Thailand and laid on the the beaches, at least 20 times.
3. I went to England, and saw Buckingham Palace
4. I have visited nine Caribbean Islands.

How to guarantee nobody mocks me today?
1. I do nothing.
2. I will go to the same restaurant that everyone enters.
3. Drink beer with all the people drinking, and drink the group favorite.
4. Get a job in the USA, do the exact same thing every day until I kick the bucket.

The Consensus is, Andy is Nuts.
The more I do, the more opportunities I serve up to people to say,
"Andy, you are nuts, stupid, arrogant, obnoxious or you are bragging."

I want to know why everyone is competing, the world, not just the USA, I mean all the people on planet earth are trying to improve their status in life.

Obama should stop trying, if he did nothing, he would not prove himself: Up to you, maybe smart, dumb, inadequate, competent, if he did nothing less people would mock him.

I am Afraid
I think my biggest fear in life is approaching, in ten more years I will be 65. It would be horrible to be 65 and not have a few bushel baskets full of great memories.

There is always social pressure to conform, for example, to be part of the group. What is the solution, how do we avoid social pressure to be part of the group? I think it is rather easy, when you are about to talk about something that is not mainstream, close your mouth.
I mean, you do not have to talk about everything with all your friend. And let’s face it, if they are really your friend, they will not mock you.

Mocking has many methods, for example, a person can ask never-ending questions as if they do never trust you. They can continuously disagree, they can make round the bush insults, generally mocking is rampant in the white culture.

I have started to realized, most of my friends at home cannot even come to visit me, they are afraid their friend will mock them.

I can just imagine my parents up in Chubbies Restaurant saying,
"We are going to Guatemala."
The locals would say,
"Why go there?"

It is said as if a person must come up with a list of great reasons to do something.

I am afraid, I want to have a lot of memories, I want to be able to talk about a lot of things when I am too old to walk. I want to be able to remember the time I was in Guatemala.

I tend not to listen to old people, they say the same thing as young people. Sports, weather, poor this, and poor that, I do not have any money, but much slower, it is tedious.

I remember the old many "Ron the Pilot" here in Pana, he used to talk about flying planes of guns into Nigeria, he would tell you very slow, and forget what he told you. But trust me, hearing a story about flying an airplane full of guns into Nigeria is ok, I do not have a problem listening twice.

I think we all need to go to countries with no bragging rights, because when we get old, we need to have stories we can repeat endlessly without anyone getting annoyed.

Remember my Andy is Stupid List

You may thing it is stupid now, but these memories will last a long time:

1. I go to Africa, it is full of Black people.
2. I go to Guatemala, it is full of short, poor indigenous types.
3. I went to Iraq, it was a war zone.

I have lived a life worth living, and many people refuse to live, why? The are too sensitive and do the exact same thing every day, for fear someone will say they are stupid.

I am thinking about Cameroon in Africa, and I know the majority of you have no idea where that country is located. And even funnier, you think it is dangerous, like all 52 countries in Africa are at war, this is too silly, just not possible

I am not sensitive, I just do so many things, there is so much to mock. I continuously try to think of creative ways of avoiding or slowing down the boring people from talking. It takes a lot of work to avoid all the mocking comments from people who do nothing in their lives.

The more you are mocked, the more you are doing, keep up the good work.

I have a lot of travel writers mock me for writing about Africa or Guatemala, like we need more people writing about Europe.

Suffering the Public Humiliation of Living in Guatemala

People who can live anywhere go to different places than retired people.

For the last few months I have written many pro travelers, people who have all traveled for over three years and have no fear of going anywhere. There is almost no correlation between retirement locations overseas and where people go, if they can go anywhere. I am constantly surrounded by people who retired overseas, they are easy to find, the pro travelers are rather a unique bunch. They go where they want, while the retired bunch settle for the first location.

I believe that all people enjoy a great location to live, there is no big difference between an experienced pro traveler and a person who want to retire overseas, we like the same climate and types of destinations, but for some odd reason they are different.

Lago Atitlan, Guatemala
(One of the perfect climates and most beautiful locations on earth.)
by Andy Graham (Gadget) of | Gadget Profile


Things to think about, things I have realized.

--- Pro Travelers are generally over 50 years old, because they have somehow arranged to have money.

--- People who retire overseas focus on buying homes overseas, reading brochures on homes, and almost forget to ask themselves,
"Is this place a great place to live?"

--- Retired people make extremely radical jumps, they will move everything to a location where they have never lived longer than one month. They go on vacation and somehow see a great vacation spot as a great place to retire.

--- Pro Traveler dream about going to paradise, then travel to the country. Strangely, if they stop and live for a month or two, they choose rather different locations than retirement locations.

--- Pro Travelers gravitate towards cities that are affordable, tend to live within their means, and can save money.

--- People who retire overseas seldom last longer than seven years, then return home.

--- Most of the people writing about retiring overseas, have never travel much, and almost none are actually living overseas. This is very suspicious, it is as if the writer are searching for something to write about, and the reader never see the writers are talking about something they do not do.

--- It feels like the retired people want a guaranteed situation, they want to find a place, get married to it, set down extreme roots, buy a house, car, they commit totally. This feel strange to me, they gamble their whole life saving on a location.

I do not know clearly, but it feels like the retirement group choose a location, commit totally, and try to make the best of it, because the have no choice. The live their lives making the best of bad situations, they believe they must accept the world as it is, they feel sort of powerless. While the Pro Traveler feel no compulsion to make the best of a bad situation, they just move on to another better location, they are constantly searching for the ideal locations.

Really what happens is this, the retired person says to themselves, I am going to live in Paradise, and refuses to accept they made a bad decision. While a pro traveler know that paradise is some joke in a way, there is no such thing as a perfect location, pro traveler realize they get annoyed with location after awhile and move on to another.

What is truly important is not where the pro traveler go, but where they all agree is a good location. What is truly important than is where they return to when they want a vacation from travel.

For example, I have returned to Lago Atitlan many times, why? Because life is incredible easy, and the climate is perfect.

Living on beach sounds ideal, but in reality beaches are hot, and being older, it is not as much fun as being a young boy.

If I could convince people do one thing in life before they retire overseas, I would ask them to make a list of five locations they dream about, then go to each of these locations and live for three months. Then continually ask themselves, am I trying to make the best of it?

What is this compulsion to accept a bad situation? Freedom is almost always sabotaged by the human species, the compulsion to commit is stronger than the compulsion for freedom. People commit to things for life, ending all ability to make changes, they want to stop thinking, they want to settle into a routine and never change.

I am very concerned about the incredible amount of people hiding inside gated communities overseas full of rage, making the best of a bad decision.

List of cities where pro traveler live for 1-3 months, when the go to where they want to go, and not where they are told to go:

Pro Traveler can go anywhere ---
People who retire overseas, can go anywhere --- but they do not.

3 Month Destinations

People who can live anywhere go to different places than retired people.

Ignoring People to Get Their Attention

I was supposed to meet a person yesterday for coffee at 4:00 pm at a local restaurant. 4:00 pm arrived, and the person did not, so I went back home. That seems simple, but the other person did not see this as reasonable, and is now bugging me to meet again. It all seem rather simple, the person did not show up, I assume they do not care about me, and we stop, no big deal, our acquaintance ends. I do not want years of waiting on a person to start because I enabled them to believe I would wait. Having friends is work, and working to have idiot friends is stupid on my part.

I read this incredibly boring book about 25 years ago, and it truly help me to understand people, I am quite glad I read it.

Lago Atitlan, Guatemala
(One of the perfect climates and most beautiful locations on earth.)
by Andy Graham (Gadget) of | Gadget Profile


My advice, never tell someone they are not OK.
If you ignore a person, you are saying to this person, you are not OK. Now, if you know me, you now I seldom ignore people, I can be extremely aggressive, and say leave, but I will not ignore a hello or a greeting, I will reply. I also expect a reply in return, if I say hello.

I do my best to tell people, you are OK, or you are not OK.
I believe that all people should be personable, they should walk up to each other, shake hands, hug, do something and convey to the other person they are OK.

If you are wise, savvy and understand human nature, you can make a premeditated decision and know what you are doing, are you saying OK to them, or not OK?


To person A, I will do something to show them they are OK.
To person B, I will do something to show them they are NOT OK, and to leave me alone.

Generally, being personable will not cause you any problems, and assuring the people around you that they are OK will make life simpler.

However, if you do something like ignore a person on purpose, you may find that person starts to follow you around. Why, it is quite simple, when you tell another person they are not OK, that person may have low self esteem, and take the rejection personal.

They may then follow you around, trying to get you to treat them OK, in an attempt to get you to rescind or take back your NOT OK judgment.

We used to say in college, they are like dogs,
"Beat them with a stick and they keep coming back for more."

Generally the crazier the lot of people, the more you ignore them, the more you are a jerk, the more friends you will have.

The movie 9 ½ Weeks was one big your not OK example, if a person loves this movie, then run.

I have been accidentally ignoring old women here in Pana, now I have an over surplus of old women trying to be my friend, this is horrible.

Ignoring People to Get Their Attention

I Had a Tooth Pulled in Guatemala

I have had an infection for the last two years below a tooth called the first upper molar. Veronica, a dentist in San Pedro told me a week ago, the tooth was dead, I started a regime of antibiotics in preparation to have the tooth pulled.

Upon returning to the dentist, Veronica had decided I needed to go to Xela to a Surgeon, a city about two hours away from here.

I walked into a "Charlie Foxtrot"
It would be wonderful if everyone on the planet had the situational awareness to realize when they have walked into a "Charlie Foxtrot." This is a nicer way of saying Cluster FXXXK.

What happens in a "Charlie Foxtrot?"

It is when a simple situation become complicated, because the people making the decisions do not have common sense, the number of bad decisions compounds.

I went to the dentist to have a tooth pulled, and she had made the decision I needed to travel two hours away, arrange with a surgeon, and have a tooth cut out. What should have been done in 30 minute was turning into a 5-7 day project. I had already invested three day into taking antibiotics and thinking about having the tooth removed.

Trust me, sitting around anticipating a tooth being pulled is no fun.

Lago Atitlan, Guatemala
(One of the perfect climates and most beautiful locations on earth.)
by Andy Graham (Gadget) of | Gadget Profile


I could have had a root canal, and would have maybe been a good option, if I lived in one location on the planet, whereby I could return to the same dentist easily. This in the USA would have escalated into 3-10,000 Dollar, while here it was between 300 and 1000 Dollars.

First Premise:
My tooth started hurting in the Philippines one time, and the pain was so bad it became an emergency, no person could tolerate this level of pain. I was lucky that time, I solved the problem with the least amount of problems.

Second Premise:
If this happened again, in the wrong place, the wrong country, I could have catastrophic problems. I could be rushed to the hospital, and teams of truly stupid doctors could run up expenses from me from 3000 to 10,000 dollars.

Third Premise:
It is or was just a matter of time until the excruciating pain problem returned.

Fourth Premise:
Root canal has between a 50 and 95 percent success rate, this means I could have extreme pain in the future, in an uncontrolled environment.

Fifth Premise:
Removing the tooth has about a 98 percent chance of having extreme pain in the future.

If I remove the tooth, my chances of extreme pain and problem goes down to about two percent.

1 in 100 people have common sense.
I have been trying to figure this out, and estimate percentages now for a few years. My guesstimate is that about 1 in 100 people have common sense. This is the person that should be running the company, leading the troops into battle, and investing in the stock market.

Sadly, 99 percent of people believe they have good common sense, and one percent have the humility to accept they need to quadruple check themselves.

Savvy people are capable of entering into Charlie Foxtrot’s and coming out the other end as winners. Generally, there are some simple signs of lack of common sense when traveling, for example: If a person is robbed on a regular basis, if a person misses a plane, if a person arrives in the dark to to check into their hotel room, etc.

The 100 Q Solution
I returned across the lake, took a taxi to another dentist, paid him 13 US Dollars to remove the tooth, went back to my room and watched TV.

What is different here is that I am 100 percent responsible for my decisions in life and truly do not grant dentists, doctors, guides, writers, or other people the right to make my best decisions. Now, am I the 1 in 100 with common sense, that is the big question --- or am I an idiot?

I Had a Tooth Pulled in Guatemala