Pre-Contact "Mexico" Mike
Please read before writing me
If you ordered a map and did not receive it, please check your spam box for a letter from me with the download links. Or just go back to my shopping cart.
At the top right is a text menu. Click "Login." You had to create an account with a password to buy anything. If you don't remember your PW, there is a recovery feature. If you got the wrong map, I will be happy to send you another or refund your money.
Please have a heart. I am one man. I am trying to make a living. I don't have time to re-answer things I have already spent the time writing so you can find what you need. READ my web site first. I have been getting 80 emails a day. 60 of them had already been answered on the web site. There is a search feature - use it.
1. If you are writing to ask if Mexico is safe - READ my articles on safety (side menu - "Is Mexico Safe?"). I can discuss specifics with consulting customers, but don't have the time to reiterate what I have already written to people who do not read.
2. If you are writing to ask about an AA meeting - READ the AA pages. I spent a lot of time making a database so you can find my information. Side menu - "AA".
3. If you are writing to ask the cost of fuel - READ the database page. I may be a week or two late in updating it because it only changes once a month, but that has the most current info I have.
4. If you are trying to buy a map and cannot figure out what you need, perhaps my new shopping cart will make it easier. If not, I will be glad to help.
If you have 'protected' your email account against spam by denying anyone from writing you unless they are preapproved or have to jump through verification hoops, either preapprove email from the domain of mexicomike.com or do not write me. You are writing me, not the other way around. I have just spent another 15 minutes composing a thoughtful reply to someone only to get the email bounced because 'recipient is only accepting mail from specific email addresses.'
If you want to ask a question about a product before you buy it / make a dental or medical appointment / ask a question about a consultation before you pay for it or have new information for me, then feel free to email me from the link at the bottom of the page. If none of those apply, then please read on.
I do not mean to sound like a grumpy old man. I am just trying to limit frustration on both our parts. If you email me and don't get a response, you will think I ignored you, when in fact, there may be a reason you did not get my email - or a response.
I like people who like Mexico. I feel like we are often one big family. I appreciate all my fans who write to say that one of my books changed their lives or one of my consultations helped them have a better move to or trip to Mexico. Heck I even like those who write to tell me I got something wrong on a web page.
But, here's the rub. I only have the same amount of hours in a day as the rest of you. I need to make a living to feed my family. I am 62 years old and Social Security is my retirement plan. I've spent all these years learning about Mexico. I drive Mexico several weeks each year to keep up. My knowledge (like a lawyer's) is my stock-in-trade. I can't just ignore people who write me. Every email takes some of my time away from writing, web designing, consulting, map-making etc.
Maybe the reason you are asking me questions is that I appear to have the answers you cannot find elsewhere on the web. Maybe the reason you are asking me questions is that you have written other web masters and they did not answer you. Maybe you are asking me for help because you found four different answers to the same question from "experts" on bulletin boards or social networks and you'd like to talk to someone who knows what he is talking about. Maybe there is a reason for the above.
When you ask me, "just one question" it often turns into several emails. When an email starts out, "I didn't turn in my car permit," it usually takes more than an hour of my time just to tell you that you really should pay for my information. When an email starts out, "I did not see an AA meeting listed for _____ and I am going there on vacation tomorrow," it means you did not read my notice on the AA meetings page to please not ask if there is nothing listed. It means you do not respect my time.
So here's the deal. If you have bought something from me - a map, a road log, a book, auto insurance, a consultation, dental appointment, doctor appointment etc., I will give you all the time in the world. If you need some clarification of something before you buy, please write me. I am here to help.
If you have not contributed to my retirement fund, and have no intention of doing so, then please don't steal my time. There are 200 pages of free and mostly accurate information on this site. Seek and ye may find.
If you don't want a consultation about your trip or moving to Mexico, or to ask a question about something you wish to purchase, I charge to answer questions. Go to my shopping cart. If your question turns out to be too long or complicated, I will either just tell you that is way too much to expect and return your money or suggest a reasonable fee which you can take or leave.
If you agree with all that and don't feel your question falls into those categories, click to email me. If I can answer your question, I will. If not, I won't. (Ignore the "Contact Mike" link below - it just comes back here).Contact Mike