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[*] posted on 10-3-2018 at 08:13 AM


fritz,

You don't know me, but I'm one of the anonomous donors to your fundrazor campaign, last time i checked, I'm still responsible for over 10% of the total you have raised.

Not sure why you chose to lash out at john, I thought he raised legitimate questions. Many you had answered or refered to in past posts, many required clarification and updating. .

BTW - since you were a green card holder and worked in the USA and paid taxes for 12 years, you are eligible to recieve social security benefits,

did you check that out?
https://finance.zacks.com/green-card-holders-living-abroad-e...

John raised a concern over how you ended up in this financial mess. Thats legitimate. many of us here have worked for sacrified for and planned for the resources we will need to cover us moving into our golden years. that includes contingencies for medical conditions, being financially secure, making sure families would be taken care of in the case we make an untimely exit, or get devastating illness or disability - making sure we are able to cover emergencies etc.
for most of us, that process has taken 40 - 50 years.

thats alot of self sacrifice , for alot of years, alot of denial and discipline, putting off wants, to make sure we stay on plan! just to make sure we don't end up in a situation like you find your self.

after seeing you respond to John, i humbly ask that I be placed in the prick catagory - right next to John, where i stand proudly. In fact, since he is Major Prick, i want to be Lieutenant Prick.

I feel bad for you, I especially feel bad for Maria, and hope that things work out, but lashing out at people who are trying to understand why this has gone from needing some short term assistance to looking for others to fund your self determined long range plans - no thanks, I'm out!

Caj - AKA Lieutenant Prick!

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[*] posted on 10-3-2018 at 08:58 AM


Quote: Originally posted by rhintransit  

Well, John, your intentions are certainly not clear. And certainly not helpful, unless you truly are interested in what Hubschrabear “wants,” as a way to help and not as a way kick a fellow human being when he is down.

What the man wants, and needs, are simply human dignity and whatever assistance might be available, having already exhausted all other possible options. Following this entire thread, I can clearly see that struggle, and can only imagine what it must have cost him to ask for help from strangers.

Materially, a safe place to live, access to decent internet so that he can make a living, a decent and secure job for Maria...these would get him back on his feet. Perhaps an angel out there in La Paz is listening/reading this? While I am not capable of providing any of these things, I can be sure that there is grocery money monthly, and if ramen noodles are the diet so that the landlord can be bought off for a few more days, so be it. Responding to a strange in need shows our humanity.

Anyone out there who can help, please join me. There for the grace of God, go I, and everyone else who thinks it could never happen to them.

Roberta Henry, proud Baja Nomad for many many years


My intention was to identify some kind of path or plan for this man to improve his situation. A couple questions I also have:

1) What kind of medical insurance did Fritz have? I can understand if he was 30 years old, and expects to live forever. Once you get into your 50's you should plan for medical expenses that will be forthcoming. Especially if you're an expat. There's a reason most Americans wait till they get Medicare to retire in Mexico.

2) If he decided 16 years ago to live his life in Baja, why did he not take steps to become a Mexican citizen way back then? From what I've read, he could have avoided this $32,000 medical expense by receiving Mexican state social services and healthcare.

3) Without citizenship, how can he get decent long term employment, pay taxes, and receive benefits? I was thinking he might look into being a live in caretaker for absentee owners, property management services, translator, etc. I'm pretty sure being a citizen would provide more options for a reasonable income stream. DavidK has a good idea too.

4) He's 60, with no German government retirement income available in the future? No US style SS, Medicare, etc? Why not? If Germany offers it, perhaps he just has to suck it up and follow their rules. As it is, he's a man without a country. Blaming some guy named Rolf in Florida is not a defense.

I'm not kicking anyone, just trying to see if there is a way he can survive with his choice of staying in a foreign land without citizenship and chronic health issues. Hard questions need to be asked and faced up to.

John



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[*] posted on 10-3-2018 at 02:53 PM


you have a rare talent Señor Fritz!





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[*] posted on 10-3-2018 at 03:05 PM


wait a minute.....without reading 8 pages, is this Fritz, of Fritz's on the malecon that im told is no longer there??? my favorite LaPaz bar?
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[*] posted on 10-3-2018 at 03:20 PM


I have sent "Fritz" some small contributions and will continue to do so.
When I decide to assist someone whether on line like here or just someone on the street I tend to make snap judgments and then no second guessing afterward. I also spend no time questioning how they got to the point where they have to ask for some help, I just hope any contribution I make helps them move forward.
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[*] posted on 10-3-2018 at 04:59 PM


you are a wise and good man, Kurt.



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[*] posted on 10-3-2018 at 05:08 PM


I have also learned that you have no business commenting on where the money goes you are donating.

A few years back, I helped a local guy to build a new house as his had blown away by hurricane Odile.
One of my own walls had blown over, but many of the blocks were still usable. They needed some work to be square again, but it seemed manageable.
So we loaded a trailer full of blocks and drove over to Pedro's property so he had some free building material.

I stopped by for some other stuff three days later and the blocks were gone.
Pedro had needed money for beer. Or drugs. Or whatever.

I had to sort through my emotions and came to the conclusion - it is his life, his decisions. My only involvement can be donating.

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[*] posted on 10-3-2018 at 05:09 PM


Quote: Originally posted by 4x4abc  
you are a wise and good man, Kurt.


I try to be a good human but have often failed, as to "wise" that is certainly open to question!
Thank you in any case,
Kurt
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