Saturday, March 15, 2014


My regular readers know that I'm on a years long quest to get all my teeth beautiful and in working order.  Two days ago I broke one and hurried to my favorite dentist in Algodones Mexico to get it fixed.  I'll show you what it's like---and tell you a terrific notion the experience inspired.

The main offices of RUBIO DENTAL GROUP---just a three block walk from the border.

Meet Dr Alejandra Rubio (no relation to the founder) who preps me for the specialist.

Dr. Fernando Dominguez says he can save the tooth and does a rather complicated procedure involving a bit of laser surgery.  He prepares the tooth for a strong post----Since it's late in the day--I will come back tomorrow for its installation.  Note the spanking new building and extreme cleanliness.  
He points to the problem tooth.  They have the new instant low-dosage x-rays that pop up on large screens like this.  (and they will give you a copy to take with you if you want it)

Thought you might like to see Dr Alejandra without the mask.
Front office for the Endodontics and laser building.
He sends me immediately across the street to this office.
Where Dr. Omar prepares the new post for a crown,
 takes several impressions and makes a temporary crown for me.  He carefully matches the color of my teeth.
Before I go home, I ask for a shot of Dr. Ernesto Montoya--whose specialty is  prosthodontics and implants.  Seated from right to left are the people you will speak to if you call: Edgar, Michelle, and Louis. everyone speaks English.
I'll go back very soon to get my new crown.  Your local dentist could hardly deliver the expert service I received nor in the short time frame it was delivered.  And he would be astounded at the price I paid:
Far less than half what he would charge is my best guess.

Meet the visionary and founder of this new, comprehensive system of Dental service:  Dr. Carlos Rubio.  Already it is the biggest in Algodnes and I predict great things for its future.

RANDY PHILOSOPHIZES:   Oh sweet people, I came home so pleased with the service and so sad for my fellow citizens who need dental attention and cannot afford American prices that I suddenly envisioned a simple solution:


What's wrong with American Dental care is that it's waaaay too expensive! 

What you and I can do is take our business to Mexico.

A bright new dental care supermarket system has evolved in the past few years in Algodones----(just across the border from Yuma, Az.) that is the heart of my plan.

Most everyone I know needs dental work. Millions are suffering pain and cannot even afford to have bad teeth pulled.

It cost outrageously to get a root canal or a crown---or even dentures. God help you if you need an implant.

This morning I saw the solution----for you personally and for the nation. I remembered when American cars were second rate. Our auto makers were not properly motivated to produce quality at a fair price.

Then Honda introduced delightful, efficient. affordable little cars. Then Nissan, Toyota and others.
People bought and enjoyed them and very soon American cars dramatically improved. You and I are ultimately responsible for that improvement---BY SIMPLY VOTING WITH OUR DOLLARS.

We can do the same with shoddy, overpriced dental service. Just you and I---voting with our dollars can start a rock rolling downhill that can trigger an avalanche of change.

The strategy has 2 parts:
  1. Go to Mexico to get our dental work done.
  2. Focus our support on that bright new supermarket system---make it super successful--- so it can quickly expand to multiple locations. 
That new system is called RUBIO DENTAL GROUP ( phone 928-275-2816 and 928-257-4594 ) an association of expert dentist under the leadership of Dr Carlos Rubio. He was a solitary dentist like the hundreds currently located in Algodones but he did such excellent work that he could not meet the demand. Slowly he expanded his practice with associates till one day he (apparently) had a vision. He imagined a very large dental clinic with the very latest technology, staffed by a full spectrum of experts in each phase of dentistry. Collectively they could afford to own the best technology and labs and for each associate to focus on his or her specialty. Thus, for example, Dr Rubio specializes in Implants. (he has done more than 10,000 and is likely the world's best)

This Idea has worked so well that now they own a host of buildings, including their own labs, to facilitate their work. (runners will dash off to the lab with freshly done impressions—or hurry in with a just made crown post)

HERE IS THE GIST OF MY NOTION: I think RUBIO DENTAL GROUP is a breakthrough notion in dental care not unlike Sam Walton's notion of selling for the least profit possible instead of the most. His first store in the unlikely town of Bentonville, Arkansas expanded by a FEEDBACK LOOP (success building even more success) to the world leader that it is.

Rubio Dental Group may be an incipient Wal-Mart ---dentistry wise---developing a pattern of efficiency that could be replicated all along the Mexican border---making it easier and easier to get quality care at a reasonable price. Millions could then vote with their dental dollars in Mexico.


The sooner this bright new concept is discovered---the sooner---we can stimulate reform and price reduction in America. If my readers who need dental care will give this clinic a shot---and if they come away as satisfied as I am----and tell their friends---we can very quickly start a FEEDBACK LOOP that can catapult this new system to expansion just like the early customers of Sam Walton's first store.

Algodones, Mexico ---just like Bentonville Arkansas --is an unlikely birthplace for a dental empire---but there it is----go see for yourself.
And oh yes!--THE RUBIO GROUP guarantees their work for 3 years.

They have not asked me for this endorsement. I write it to hopefully set an avalanche in motion.  

Saturday, March 08, 2014


SENSIBLE HOBOS--VAGRANTS---HOMELESS FOLKS  SHOULD LIVE IN YUMA---DURING THE WINTER.  Because they can!  Right here---within a mile of me in every direction--is Hobo heaven in the winter.  Warm weather, free camping, accessible water and food, and assorted charity services are within walking distance.  And to put frosting on their cake:  A convenient train rolls sloooowly through every 45 minutes or so.  Easy enough to hop aboard and go elsewhere to escape summer's heat.  And thus for a hundred years Yuma has been hobo heaven.  I'll show you!
I've shown you this guy's house of sticks on another post.  I come again---note that his pile of stuff has increased.

I bring Wayne Wirs with me this date---note the additional security measures: lockable gate.

Some days later I intercept the builder/owner---meet Glen---on his way to work.  He earns $8 an hour waving a sign.  He remembered me---we chatted awhile.  He represents the best of the bush people: Has built a home---keeps pets--earns a living--is intelligent.  This day he briefly explained the bell shaped curve theory as it applies to homeless people.
This is an old lady whiling away the day in nearby Winterhaven---did not discover her lair.
I told this guy he looked like Geronimo.  He seemed pleased.
This cute lady emerged from the bushes one day---could not find her camp.

This guy only comes here to sleep---has a good tarp for rain protection.

I followed this trail 

To this camp.  Owner gone.  As you can see---their stuff is highly vulnerable to theft.

See that bicycle trail?  It circles around and enters an opening in that patch of trees.  I followed it ...

to this camp.   Nobody home.

Took this shot into his tent.  See that book?  It's John Updike's  TOWARD THE END OF TIME.   Resolved to come talk to this guy.
And I did!   Meet Larry---A very amiable and interesting fellow.  Retired---enjoys solitude--flies in from New York each year---stays till April---then flies home--leaving his bike and camping stuff here.  Spends his time reading, enjoying his solitude, visiting the library and interesting sites.  He has the means to live conventionally----just likes this style.
Visited this camp in the bushes---the smallest of them all---tucked away in the willows.
It belongs to this very tall guy.  Brad and I pass him almost every morning on our walk.  Have not gotten his story.  We see him sitting alone on a rock--sipping coffee.
One day a few miles away, I saw this guy.

Of course I engaged him.  Said he has everything he needs in those bundles---is in no distress---just enjoys seeing the country.  Quizzed more deeply he told me that wherever he goes the cops check him out --said he didn't mind.

Took this shot a few nights ago---a middle age lady lives in her minivan--parking at the casino at night--spending her days in the parks.

One day I went upriver a mile or so and discovered this wikieup frame along the banks of the Colorado River.  Someone once lived here awhile.

RANDY PHILOSOPHIZES:  I have many other examples of bush people but this is a fair sample.
Here's what I think about this low-end lifestyle:
1. It's not the worst way to live: Welfare hotels and Missions are worse.  To live in the grip of religious people or bureaucrats is lowest-- because they provide no sense of freedom or self reliance.  Many of the bush people have sampled them---and said no thanks.
2.  There are bushes everywhere that you can pitch your tent in.  Anyone can buy a fairly comfortable house/tent for under $50.  There is no good excuse for wretchedness or dreadful discomfort.  No one need live in the rain.  (Once I lived in the bushes near Arlington, Wa. for a week---enjoyed myself---made friends.
3. The most surprising discovery is that bush people don't often camp together for the company and protection it would offer.  The six camps nearest me did not socialize with the others.  "Hobo Jungles" it seems are fading away.
4. One can live well in the bushes for $100 a month. 

 I predict that one day we will pay people to not work----JUST LIKE WE PAY FARMERS NOT TO FARM.  Mechanization has fulfilled its promise----there are not enough jobs to go round.  Let's pay people to get out of the work force---BUT NOT MUCH----saaay 3 to 4 hundred a month to willing mavericks who promise not to have kids and live the free life---just bumming around.