I always wondered what it would cost for one person to live in Mexico. Now I know. I've thought about exploring the country. I did a ketchup commercial there for the Japanese once and came back sick and with a intermittent recurring fever that lasted several years. But I don't feel secure there. Before 9/11 I used to cross the border at Nogales to pick up prescriptions in Mexican pharmacies, and to buy penicillin over the counter. Prescriptions are literally hundreds of dollars cheaper, and many controlled medications up here can be bought over the counter down there. So naturally the Mexican pharmacies set up shop in the border towns to meet the demand. They raise the prices and think they're taking advantage of us, but even their raised prices are drastically lower than we pay in the states. They prefer to be paid in American dollars. I'd park my car on the American side, walk through the gate, walk about two blocks to the pharmacy feeling paranoid as hell, then turn around and walk back to the American portal. Along the way I ignored the girls, the guys trying to sell stuff, and I wanted to give money to the beggars, but to do so would only invite a mob of them, so I never did. There would always be a line at the US portal, and a short wait. I would have to show my purchases. After 9/11 it could take half the day, and everyone was treated like a criminal, so I stopped going.