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  1. #278

    Food for Thought

    Quote Originally Posted by FunLuvr  [View Original Post]
    I don't know the specific group of products you are referring to, but most consumer goods sold in the US are produced in the US. On an individual basis, food takes the third most out of most budgets, behind housing and automobile related expenses. Almost all food bought in the US is produced in the US. Automobile imports amount to very little of the total automobile market.

    I haven't seen any data on clothes, but I venture to say that most clothes sold in the US are imported. How much of an average individual's budget is spent on clothes? I say very little.

    Overall, I think a weaker dollar is better for the US populace as a whole, but not good for those of us who travel internationally on a regular basis.
    I have a few thoughts. On food, I guess it depends on what you are talking about. If you mean fresh vegetables, the majority comes from Mexico and Central / South America. If you mean meats, yes almost all from the US. Auto imports? Not so much but that is because a lot of Japanese Auto-Makers have built plants in the US so the numbers are a little (a lot) of gibberish. Clothes? Yes you are right, mostly imported (including tennis shoes which may have the Nike symbol but they have the made in China ID if you look at the identifiers).

    Weaker vs Stronger dollar. I guess it depends on whether you are buying or travelling. Clearly this forum would favor a very strong dollar!

  2. #277

    Hey Dickhead

    Quote Originally Posted by Dickhead  [View Original Post]
    It is the dollar getting weaker. Dollar down 18% against the euro since Trump was elected and began running his mouth. Oil prices up nearly 30%. Look at the COP vs. The euro. Gone virtually nowhere.
    I'm trying to reach El Toro Rojo. Been offered a post in Bogota.

  3. #276
    Quote Originally Posted by MrEnternational  [View Original Post]
    Yes, but most shit sold in the US is made in other countries. So that same shit is going to cost Americans more.
    I don't know the specific group of products you are referring to, but most consumer goods sold in the US are produced in the US. On an individual basis, food takes the third most out of most budgets, behind housing and automobile related expenses. Almost all food bought in the US is produced in the US. Automobile imports amount to very little of the total automobile market.

    I haven't seen any data on clothes, but I venture to say that most clothes sold in the US are imported. How much of an average individual's budget is spent on clothes? I say very little.

    Overall, I think a weaker dollar is better for the US populace as a whole, but not good for those of us who travel internationally on a regular basis.

  4. #275
    Quote Originally Posted by PepolesBuddy  [View Original Post]
    Why is the fucking peso getting stronger vs. US dollar? Oil prices have not increased that much. And I want the old 1 usd = 3.000 peso so I can get better value.
    Its weakness to the dollar to some extent. But, the COP is still pretty weak against the USD from a historical standpoint. As someone also pointed out, it was much stronger 4 years ago. And when somebody complains, "I only used to pay XXXX for short-time", just ask then what the exchange rate was at the time. When I was in Medellin two years ago from this month, the COP was only slightly weaker, whereas the Euro was a lot weaker when I was in Germany just over two years ago. Colombia is still a good value compared to most places that are easy striking distance from the US.

    Note that the dollar's weakness is not universal around the globe. The Indonesian Rupiah is very weak against the USD right now. Weaker than it was a year ago, and since I just got back from Bali, that was a wonderful thing. Excellent short time service with a young, slender Javanese girl for under $22? Best mongering value I've had so far. The Philippine Piso is also at its lowest point against the dollar in a decade.

    But, if you are currency conscious, as I am, then keep your eyes on the currency rates of monger locations you want to visit. That's what I do, because there are many places I want to visit and I choose my destinations partially on how strong the USD is very the destination currency. I figure I'll visit Germany again when the Euro is weak and maybe monger in Spain or Portugal for the first time when the Euro is weak. Dickhead seems to like those locations. I do hope to visit Indonesia and Colombia while their currencies are still weak. Maybe some day, Thailand's government will enact a more sensible monetary policy and let the overpriced Baht weaken a bit. Thai exports are complaining about the strength of the Baht, and tourism is also off this year. At barely 31 Baht to the USD, I'm not planning to visit the Land of Smiles for very long.

  5. #274
    Quote Originally Posted by PepolesBuddy  [View Original Post]
    Why is the fucking peso getting stronger vs. US dollar? Oil prices have not increased that much. And I want the old 1 usd = 3.000 peso so I can get better value.
    Do you realize that the rate was 1800 just four years ago? The USD is still quite strong against the Col Peso, even if it has pulled pack recently. Honestly if it stayed right here for the foreseeable future, I'd be happy as hell.

  6. #273
    Quote Originally Posted by FunLuvr  [View Original Post]
    A weaker dollar is good for most people who live in the United States. It means goods produced in the US will be cheaper on the world market.
    Yes, but most shit sold in the US is made in other countries. So that same shit is going to cost Americans more.

  7. #272
    Quote Originally Posted by Dickhead  [View Original Post]
    It is the dollar getting weaker. Dollar down 18% against the euro since Trump was elected and began running his mouth. Oil prices up nearly 30%. Look at the COP vs. The euro. Gone virtually nowhere.
    I suppose if you don't get laid when you want to, or at the price you want, that's also Trump's fault. In the past 90 days, when the dollar has fallen the most in the last year and a half, the Euro has fallen almost the same - 7. 8% and 7. 2%. A weaker dollar is good for most people who live in the United States. It means goods produced in the US will be cheaper on the world market. Since the US is now an oil exporting country, higher oil prices allow for more exploration. That creates more US jobs.

  8. #271

    Madga.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dickhead  [View Original Post]
    It is the dollar getting weaker. Dollar down 18% against the euro since Trump was elected and began running his mouth. Oil prices up nearly 30%. Look at the COP vs. The euro. Gone virtually nowhere.
    My first trip to Medellin, Nov 2015, dollar bought 3300 pesos. No problema. After the trade war with China and the the nuclear war with Russia it won't matter.

  9. #270
    It is the dollar getting weaker. Dollar down 18% against the euro since Trump was elected and began running his mouth. Oil prices up nearly 30%. Look at the COP vs. The euro. Gone virtually nowhere.

  10. #269

    Colombian Peso getting stronger.

    Why is the fucking peso getting stronger vs. US dollar? Oil prices have not increased that much. And I want the old 1 usd = 3.000 peso so I can get better value.

  11. #268
    Quote Originally Posted by Dccpa  [View Original Post]
    come up with a new international language.
    They tried that. It was called Esperanto. Didn't work.

  12. #267
    Quote Originally Posted by Wolf662  [View Original Post]
    Downtown.

    When you're alone, and life is making you lonely.

    You can always go.

    Downtown.


    Downtown.
    Your post was a breath of fresh air after the stale posts of the last few days! Kudos!

  13. #266

    Ode to Centro (with a nod to Petula Clark!)

    Downtown.

    When you're alone, and life is making you lonely.

    You can always go.

    Downtown.

    When you've got worries, all the noise and the hurry.

    Seems to help, I know.

    Downtown.

    Just listen to the music of the traffic in the city.

    Linger on the sidewalk where the street girls are pretty.

    How can you lose? -It's only $10!

    The lights are much brighter there.

    You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares.

    So go downtown, things'll be great when you're.

    Downtown, no finer place for sure.

    Downtown everything's waiting for you.

    Downtown.
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  14. #265
    Quote Originally Posted by Rocinha  [View Original Post]
    I agree with your comments. Language is important. I speak Spanish and Portuguese and believe that learning a foreign language is a form of mental gymnastics. There is growing evidence that speaking a foreign language can delay the onset of dementia. There is also the issue of respect. When visiting another country it is good to show that your can speak their language and in general your language learning efforts will be appreciated and respected. Speaking their language opens up a whole new world.
    Case in point. Years ago, my sisters and I were visiting family in Europe. We made a 3 day side trip to Paris. I had taken French in high school and made attempts to speak the language. The Parisians were polite to me, but rude to my sisters.

    Also agree that learning languages helps keep the brain. Recently I read the results of a long term study about the health effects of eating leafy green vegetables. Participants who ate an average of 1.3 servings of leafy green vegetables daily had brains that were eleven years younger than those that didn't eat leafy green vegetables. Hello Spinach!

    It looks like several countries have added English to their curriculum. Vietnam calls it project 2020. Cuba was per a Cuban who stated in a Youtube video that they used to teach Russian in schools and now they teach English. Colombian was from a Youtube video interview of someone who was teaching English in Colombia. It really would make sense if there was an international language and English is the language of international business. Maybe take the better parts of English and come up with a new international language.

  15. #264

    Languages.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dickhead  [View Original Post]
    Here is what a recent poster said about this subject: 'I speak Spanish almost fluently, not quite--but close! And it does help A LOT in Medellin!

    Languages are a skill, an asset, a resource. The more languages you know, the better your life will be. Just as the more math you know, the more whatever you know, the better off you are. Ignorance is not bliss. I found that I could obtain some language skills without investing any additional time, by listening to radio or tapes while doing other things. Back when there used to be actual newspapers, instead of spending fifteen or twenty minutes reading an English newspaper, I spent fifteen or twenty minutes reading a Spanish one. Didn't get as far through it, especially at first, but I wasn't spending extra time. That was back when I was pretty busy. I will admit, learning Italian after I was retired was easier than learning Spanish while I was still working. I also had the advantage of starting the language learning process fairly early, when I was eleven years old.
    I agree with your comments. Language is important. I speak Spanish and Portuguese and believe that learning a foreign language is a form of mental gymnastics. There is growing evidence that speaking a foreign language can delay the onset of dementia.

    There is also the issue of respect. When visiting another country it is good to show that your can speak their language and in general your language learning efforts will be appreciated and respected. Speaking their language opens up a whole new world.

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