Saturday, September 17, 2011

Fulano up and moved

Fulano has moved to the WordPress software and you can find his blog over here:


We'll leave this blog up for reference since there are so many links to it.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Ten Years After September 11, 2001

Nasima Hameed Simjee
From the mid-1970's through the mid-1990's, Fulano was with an international firm of public accountants based out of Los Angeles. Over the years, there were many, many staff accountants who worked for the firm, and directly for Fulano. One of those accountants was a sweet young lady named Nasima H. Simjee. She was in her mid-20's back then and Fulano remembers she had beautiful dark eyes and a radiant smile. Nasima came from a large family, and had three older sisters and three younger brothers. She immigrated to the United States in 1982, when she was 19-years old.

Nasima left our firm in 1991 and moved back to New York to pursue her MBA degree at Columbia University, and earned it in 1993. After graduation she remained in New York, holding a series of jobs with the Bank of New York, Sanford Bernstein and, ultimately, Nasima was a vice president for global research with Fiduciary Trust Co. She was working at her office in World Trade Center Two on September 11, 2001, and perished. Nasima was 38.

Nasima Hameed Simjee was a Muslim. 31 innocent Muslims died that day.

Monday, August 29, 2011

BajaNomads: What Lies Beneath - OXXO

There are some good, honest and sincere people who hang out on the BajaNomad message board. Unfortunately, there are also some not-so-good people there too. The dregs of humanity: lunatics, crooks, druggies, perverts, paranoid schizophrenics, psychopaths, sociopaths, alcoholics, senile old farts, pedophiles and plain weirdos. Even more unfortunate is that the person who runs the forum cannot differentiate the good from the bad. Or, maybe that is by design. I don't know. Even worse than the forum moderator's inability to sort it all out, is that many innocent readers don't know what lies beneath. They sometimes get caught unaware in the riptide.

OXXO - Mr. Hypocrisy

OXXO is a difficult web to untangle, basically because he says one thing and does another. BajaNomad OXXO, whose real name is Patrick Paul Gerety, is a 67-year old Californian. He is another uber-liberal on paper, while in reality he is much different. After Gerety finished college in the 1960's he joined the Peace Corps to avoid the draft. He spent 1967 and 1968 in Tonga, working in public health. It is in Tonga that he took on his other screen name, Matapule, which he uses on other message boards. Matapule means "talking chief," which is more like an arbitrator to resolve tribal issues.

Gerety's postings on BajaNomad are far different from his true behavior. On BajaNomads, he is a liberal environmentalist, who thinks taxes should be raised and everyone should pay his fair share. His own personal reality is far different. It is easier to point out his hypocrisies with a sampling of his postings:
Here we have Gerety saying taxes are too low and people should pay more.
But let us look into what OXXO really does. On BajaNomads he says he works as a general contractor in Mexico supervising remodels for gringo clients.


Sounds OK, until you look at his other posts and come to understand that he does not have an FM-3 lucrativo, a work permit. How do we know this? Well, he told us:

How can a CURP be optional for a person working as a construction manager in Mexico?
Does anybody think this yahoo gringo has a right to work in Mexico as a construction manager? There is no way the Mexican's would ever give him a work permit for that. Also note the date of his post, October 16, 2010. Gerety moved to Mexico in late 2006. If he got his first FM-3 in 2010, he must have been living there on an FMT (now FMM). So, the only conclusion one can come to, is that Gerety, "Mr. Fair Share of Taxes", was working illegally in Mexico and not paying any taxes to Mexico or the US. Welcome to Hipocricylandia.

As to wanting to pay his fair share of taxes. How would one explain his post on BajaNomads trying to find a "relaxed" customs entry for plumbing items he is importing for his illegal remodel. Yeah, Patrick, you'll pay your share of taxes, won't you?


Here is OXXO bragging about what he does:
I work part time, when I want, and make some good money on the side. I am my own boss. I have professional degree which required 5 years of full time education at the university level. I have had a professional license for 40 years now. I work on the computer at home with CAD and also out in the field with clients. It is what I did when I was still "working." I enjoy it because it is more like a hobby now. I usually do only one or two projects a year by choice. I am working on a project right now that will earn me enough for all expenses for a one month sojourn to Hawaii for uaifi and me......which is going to happen soon.
Link to Hawaiithreads

Well, now that we know OXXO admits publicly to working illegally in Mexico for years and not reporting any earnings (not without a CURP number, esse), let's move on to his claim to be an environmentalist. Gerety was a division manager for Willard Marine in Costa Mesa, CA at one point in time. He owns a 2002 Willard 40 Pilothouse trawler, powered by a John Deere 4045TD. It is called the Aloha.
OXXO's environmentally friendly stinkpot, the Aloha. It probably gets 1 mile per gallon.
 Jesus, talk about a carbon footprint.
OXXO, keeps the Aloha in Marina La Paz in La Paz, while he lives down in Cabo San Lucas. By the way, in spite of OXXO's constant bad-mouthing of the US and claiming that his life in Baja California Sur is better that living in the US, it looks like he is planning to weight anchor and abandon Mexico. Posting as Matapule on an Hawaian message board, he claims he and "uaifi" - her name is Eileen - are going to motor the Aloha over to Hawaii this November and live on board in a marina. He probably forgot to mention all that on BajaNomads, being too busy telling everybody how much better Mexico is than the US.

Speaking of forgetting to tell people about things, Patrick also forgot to mention his financial problems in the US. On April 1, 2004 he paid $547,000 for a 4-bedroom, 3-bath home in one of those retirement communities in La Quinta. Everybody has seen them, they are entirely surrounded by 6 foot cinder block walls. Fulano assumes that he was going to retire there. But things did not work out. Earlier this year, in February 2011, the bank foreclosed him out of that home. The bank later resold the home for $370,000 in April of 2011.

When Patrick is not telling everybody on BajaNomads how educated and intelligent he is, he passes his time in Cabo San Lucas playing Freecell on his computer. Freecell is a game that comes with the Windows operating system. The way the game is designed, it is impossible to lose.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

BajaNomads: What Lies Beneath - JESSE

There are some good, honest and sincere people who hang out on the BajaNomad message board. Unfortunately, there are also some not-so-good people there too. The dregs of humanity: lunatics, crooks, druggies, perverts, paranoid schizophrenics, psychopaths, sociopaths, alcoholics, senile old farts, pedophiles and plain weirdos. Even more unfortunate is that the person who runs the forum cannot differentiate the good from the bad. Or, maybe that is by design. I don't know. Even worse than the forum moderator's inability to sort it all out, is that many innocent readers don't know what lies beneath. They sometimes get caught unaware in the riptide.

JESSE

BajaNomad Jesse is Jesus Chávez Partida, and is currently the part-owner and chef at Las Tres Virgenes in La Paz, Baja California Sur. Jesse is one of the original Baja Nomads, having come over in 2002 from the defunct "Amigos de Baja" message board. He is a Mexican who was born and raised in Baja California.

Jesse started his career as a timeshare salesman in Cabo San Lucas back in the 1990's. That should be an omen of things to come. After that he drifted back to Tijuana and worked at the Hard Rock Cafe on Avenida Revolución for about four years. While working at the Hard Rock Cafe, one of his work buddies was Geoffrey Lujan Pruitt, a member of a well-connected Baja California family. This friendship would serve Jesse well later, as we will see.

Jesse dreamed of owning and operating his own restaurant and in 2005 an opportunity came his way. A well known restaurant in Tijuana Zona Rio was in trouble and Jesse came in to turn it around. The story related by Jesse on BajaNomads is that the operator of Hacienda Cien Años was stealing from the owner and left to form his own restaurant, called Cien Años, without the "Hacienda" in the name. Well, that was Jesse's story to the BajaNomads.
Jesse's "opportunity
The real story behind the story is more interesting.  Just a few months after Jesse reopened his "turnaround" opportunity, which was now renamed La Hacienda de Tijuana, Jesse announced on BajaNomads that the name and concept of the restaurant has been changed to Trez Restaurant & Lounge, because the new concept was more profitable.
Change of concept
Now, anybody in the restaurant business knows you don't spend a lot of time and tons of money developing a menu, a service team and a chef and then change it all in just a few months. In any event, a few more months after Jesse announced the change in concept, he was out of work in Tijuana.

The story behind the story is that the owners of the property where La Hacienda de Tijuana was located are drug money launderers who are listed on the Foreign Narcotic Kingpin Designation Act. It seems Jesse's first venture into the restaurant business was financed with drug money.

While all this was happening, another poster on BajaNomads, Aldo Salato, took note of Jesse's restaurant activities. Aldo Salato was an Italian and a naturalized Mexican citizen married to a Mexican woman. He had a property in La Paz and wanted to start a restaurant named "Las Tres Virgenes." Jesse was out of work and broke in Tijuana, and Aldo made him an incredible offer.

Aldo's wife died from cancer in 2007, just months after "Las Tres Virgenes" opened, leaving Aldo a widower with three small children. Tragically, in December 2010, Aldo Salato died in a diving accident in the Sea of Cortez. Before he died, Aldo wanted to let the world know the story of his experience with Jesse, but knew that politics in Baja California Sur would make it too dangerous a story to tell. It was a story that had to wait until after his death. Here, in Aldo's own words, is his story:
I was the guy that 4 years ago approached Jesse when he was living in TJ with NO job and NO money. I offered him to be the front man to open Las Tres Virgenes restaurant on my own building in La Paz. I paid for everything and for his Chilean girlfriend Maria Jose' to come to La Paz and become a known chef after working as an illegal in an industrial kitchen. 
I lost my wife (a well known and loved local girl) for a cancer battle three years ago while leaving Jesse in charge of everything. My wife wanted to fire him at the first lie. Myself always tried to save him hoping he would have said thanks one day. Unfortunately he was successful only to develop his own image. 
Jesse is smart and probably he will have success in life but he will never say thanks or I am sorry. 
Jesse ego is just too big. He cannot admit he is wrong and he cannot say thanks to anybody that helped him when he was down. 
Having him on board was a nightmare (problem with employee, problem with the accountant, problem with missing money) and in the end I was so fed up that I ended losing the restaurant to him together with a good severance payment. 
I was the guy that fed my own enemy in my own nest. I probably lost more than 150,000 USD in the two years I had the restaurant Las Tres Virgenes with Jesse in charge.
Jesse moved on and with his new money partner,  Geoffrey Lujan Pruitt (the buddy from the Hard Rock Cafe in Tijuana) and whatever he could squeeze out of Aldo Salata,  is running Las Tres Virgenes in its new location in La Paz. The restaurant built with other people's money and Jesse's guile.
Jesus Chávez Partida, wetting his beak

Saturday, July 16, 2011

BajaNomads: What Lies Beneath - How Fulano Connects the Dots

"If I only had a brain.
Wizard of Oz: Why, anybody can have a brain. That's a very mediocre commodity. Every pusillanimous creature that crawls on the Earth or slinks through slimy seas has a brain. Back where I come from, we have universities, seats of great learning, where men go to become great thinkers. And when they come out, they think deep thoughts and with no more brains than you have. But they have one thing you haven't got: a diploma.

Scarecrow: The sum of the square roots of any two sides of an isosceles triangle is equal to the square root of the remaining side. Oh joy! Rapture! I got a brain! How can I ever thank you enough?"

There are some good, honest and sincere people who hang out on the BajaNomad message board. Unfortunately, there are also some not-so-good people there too. The dregs of humanity: lunatics, crooks, druggies, perverts, paranoid schizophrenics, psychopaths, sociopaths, alcoholics, senile old farts, pedophiles and plain weirdos. Even more unfortunate is that the person who runs the forum cannot differentiate the good from the bad. Or, maybe that is by design. I don't know. Even worse than the forum moderator's inability to sort it all out, is that many innocent readers don't know what lies beneath. They sometimes get caught unaware in the riptide.

One of the biggest mistakes made by people who desire anonymity on the internet is to talk too much.  Assume there is a poster on BajaNomads who is arrogant and believes he has a superior intellect. Also assume this person guards his identity jealously. Safe in his anonymity, he lashes out and says things he would never have the nerve to say to one's face, even calling a decent, courteous and respectful poster he disagrees with a "whore." How would you find out who this person is, using only public information available on the internet?

Follow along for another abbreviated demonstration of how Fulano "connects-the-dots."

Step #1: Find out what this person does for a living, enjoys or has expertise in.
Mtgoat666 says he has professional expertise in geology. That's a clue, but not all that helpful by itself.

Step #2: Get as much information as you can.
Another clue, he knows hydrology, hydraulics and mangroves. Now becoming very likely he is a geologist with a speciality.
Step #3: Who are some likely candidates in geology/hydrology and also know Mexico? A review of this guy's curriculum vitae indicated he has high potential:

Step #4: What can we find on this guy to use for a cross-reference? Well, he had contracted a form of leukemia in 1994. Now we have a date and a rare disease.

Step #5: Tie-in all this back in to the arrogant, name caller on BajaNomads. Interestingly, another BajaNomad poster has a daughter who is currently being treated for the same disease. Somebody innocently posted a word of reassurance:
A check of many postings on BajaNomads shows that Diver and Mtgoat666 have some kind of a "relationship." One hell of a coincidence that two random people with a connection to BajaNomads were diagnosed with the same disease in 1994
The foregoing is a summary of the method. There were dozens of key words and attributes posted by mtgoat666 that were cross-checked, such as: "all-state top 10 in running and skiing," "drive a Prius," "6'2" frame," "bicyclist," and "Cajeta" among many others.

No private investigators, no skulduggery, no drama. Just read what is out there and connect-the-dots.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Well, if you're wondering where the new Fulano Forum went....

...the free host is worth every penny of what Fulano pays for it. They are having server problems.

The Fulano Forum is now at a permanent location http://fulano.info

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Fulano Files - June 21, 2010 to June 21, 2011

It has been one year since the first blog entry on The Fulano Files. In that year Fulano has posted about 1,145 blog entries and readers have posted over 4,400 comments.

Fulano has other projects to work on, so The Fulano Files are going to take a hiatus. But, Fulano will still be posting occasionally on other internet sites. Keep an eye out for a Fulano posting wry comments about Mexico.