Service For Life Newsletter-La Paz Update Jan. 2014

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Inside This Issue…

  • Is It A Cold Or The Flu, And What Should You Do?…
  • How To Turn Unused Gift Cards Into Cash…
  • Fun Facts and Laughs: Take The Perfect Nap, Best Time To Drink Coffee, And More…
  • Trivia Challenge:
  • Real Estate Corner Q&A: How Can I Net More Money Selling My Own Home?
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Gordon Herpst 

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La Paz B.C.S., 23000, Mexico
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January 2014Dear Subscriber
Have you heard the old adage to ‘starve a cold and feed a fever’ (or is it the other way around?). In this month’s Service For Life!® Free consumer newsletter I’ll give you symptoms to know if you have the cold or the flu, and what you should (and shouldn’t do) do if you get either one.You’ll also learn how to turn unused gift cards into cash, the best time to drink coffee, and three helpful apps for first aid – plus fun facts, a trivia challenge, and lots more.

Lots of Posadas (Christmas parties) this year.  The city put up beautiful Christmas decorations on the Malecon street lights.  Also they created an illuminated Christmas Village on the Malecon near Marina Palmira.  Lots of traffic and Christmas shoppers. (No snow or ice to contend with)
Most of the government offices will be closed from about the 20th of December to around the middle of January for Christmas vacations.

  Gordon Herpst
Omni Services S.A. de C.V.

P.S.  When you notice people talking about real estate in the next few weeks, can you tell them about the free consumer information I provide?
They may be people looking to buy a retirement or vacation home and you can tell them about my services for buying selling or building their home in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.  A great place to live  and a low cost of living.   Email me at

Today’s Brain Teaser . . .

If nine-thousand nine-hundred and nine dollars is written as $9,909, how should twelve-thousand twelve-hundred and twelve dollars be written?
(see answer below)

Is It A Cold Or The Flu?

You feel lousy. Does it matter whether it’s a cold or the flu? Yes. It’s important because the influenza virus can have very serious complications, such as pneumonia, and can be deadly. While both colds and the flu are caused by viruses that produce some of the same symptoms (sore throat, headache, nasal congestion), there are some definitive symptoms you should look for.

Ask yourself these questions:

Do I have nasal congestion, a stuffy nose or frequent sneezing?
Do I have a runny nose with thick discharge?
Do I have a moist cough?

If your symptoms are from the “neck up” and come on gradually, it’s probably a cold, caused by the rhinovirus or more than 200 other viruses.

Do I have a high-grade fever (102 degrees or above)?
Do I have chills, extreme fatigue, muscle aches, and pains?
Do I have difficulty breathing or shortness of breath?

If your symptoms come on suddenly and your body feels weak and tired, it may be the flu.
What You Should (And Shouldn’t) Do…
If you have a cold:

  • Rest and drink water, juice, broth or warm lemon water with honey to loosen congestion and prevent dehydration. Avoid alcohol, coffee and caffeinated sodas, which are dehydrating.
  • Eat chicken soup. Even the Mayo Clinic says it might help by acting as an anti-inflammatory and speeding up the movement of mucus.
  • Gargle with salt water (1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt dissolved in an 8-ounce glass of warm water) to temporarily relieve a sore throat.
  • Try an over-the-counter medication to ease your symptoms, but read the labels to make sure you don’t overdose on acetaminophen (Tylenol).
  • Don’t take antibiotics (they attack bacteria, not viruses). If your symptoms don’t improve after a week, however, you may have a bacterial infection that could be treated with an antibiotic.
  • Use a saline nasal spray to rinse the virus out of your nasal passages.
  • Put a humidifier in your room. Cold viruses thrive in dry conditions (that’s why colds are more common in winter).
  • Consider herbal remedies like Echinacea, vitamin C and zinc (some people have great success), but talk to your doctor first.
  • Don’t believe the adage “starve a cold, feed a fever” or vice versa.There’s little scientific evidence either way works.

If you have the flu:

  • Try to avoid it in the first place by getting a flu shot. The U.S. Centers For Disease Control recommends that everyone over six months of age be vaccinated annually.
  • Get to a doctor fast. He or she can take a nasal or throat swab to see if you test positive for the flu. Prescription anti-viral medications like Tamiflu and Relenza, which shorten the length and severity of the illness, should be taken within 48 hours of the onset of the symptoms.
  • Don’t take antibiotics — unless you have a complication. If you’re coughing up green phlegm spotted with blood, you may have a bacterial infection and antibiotics could be appropriate.
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Thinking Of Buying A Retirement Home Soon?

If you’re planning to retire and buy a retirement home in Mexico I can help you find your DREAM home or help you build your GREEN home.  Great long term savings can be had by using the new building materials and installing solar systems and LED lighting.  Send me an email with your needs.

Turn Unused Gift Cards Into Cash

If you recently received a gift card as a present, here’s some good advice: Use it as soon as possible. Why? More than $1 billion on gift cards goes unredeemed annually. Gift cards make great presents, but you may receive some you aren’t excited about. If you don’t want the card, you can sell or exchange it at websites like:

  • Sell gift cards worth at least $25 for approved merchants for a percentage of the face value. Receive your funds through PayPal, by check, or in the form of an gift card.
  • Use this worldwide exchange to sell your gift cards for cash and earn up to 92 percent cash back.
  • Choose your own price rather than relying on the website to tell you what percent of the face value you can earn. Review the marketplace to see prices for similar cards.
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Thank You! 

Thanks to all of my clients and friends who support my practice and graciously referred me to your friends and neighbors!

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May you all have a happy and prosperous  New Year!

Fun Facts and Laughs

Take The Perfect Nap . . .
To sleep during the day without feeling groggy, time your nap one of three ways:

1. For improved alertness and performance, take a 10 to 20 minute power nap, ideally between 1-4 p.m.
2. If you find yourself sleeping longer than 20 minutes, try to go for a 90-minute nap. This will take you through a full sleep cycle, which aids creativity and procedural memory.
3. Try to sleep less than 45 minutes or more than 90 minutes because if you wake up during the middle of a slow-wave cycle you may feel more tired.
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Best Time To Drink Coffee . . .

Do you have a cup of coffee to wake you up first thing in the morning? Turns out your cortisol levels naturally peak between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. So have your coffee between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., which should give you an energy jolt before your body’s next natural energy spike at noon.
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Useful First-Aid Apps For Apple & Android Devices . . .

• Pocket First Aid & CPR – Updated with CPR info from the American Heart Association and includes 34 helpful videos. ($1.99)
• First Aid-American Red Cross – Expert advice for everyday emergencies plus you don’t need Wi-Fi to access it. (Free)
• GotoAID – First aid for you and your pets plus disaster preparedness ($4.99 for advanced version).
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Have A Laugh . . .

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I’ve learned… That life is tough, but I’m tougher.  

Trivia Challenge for the Month…

Last Month’s question

What beverage was originally known as “Brad’s Drink”? 

a) Coca-Cola   b) Mountain Dew   c) Pepsi   d) Dr Pepper
The answer is c) Pepsi. Caleb Bradford, a North Carolina pharmacist, invented the drink made of carbonated water, sugar, vanilla, rare oils, pepsin and kola nuts at his soda fountain in 1893. He renamed it Pepsi Cola a few years later after the digestive enzyme pepsin and kola nuts used in the recipe. So, let’s move on to this month’s trivia question.

Which of these contenders did the Oxford Dictionaries choose as the Word Of The Year for 2013?

a) Binge-watch b) Selfie c) Bitcoin d) Twerk

Brain Teaser Answer:


Lots of great properties available and at great prices too.

Did you know I can help you or any of your friends or family save time and money when buying a home  in the La Paz area?  Let me know what you need.

Real Estate Corner Q & A . . .

Q.  How can I net more money selling my own home?
A.  Here are three important tips:

  • Set the right price from the start. Homes that sell for the most money are priced right when they go on the market.
  • Create a comprehensive plan to market your home. You can target buyers though flyers and open houses, but your home should be listed in the official MLS database by a REALTOR® so more buyers see it and you get a price closer to what you’re asking.
  • Hire an experienced Home Marketing Expert. A REALTOR® who knows how to effectively market your home can net you more money. Plus, they can save you time by assisting you with every aspect of the sale, from pricing your home to coordinating the closing process.

Do you have a question you want answered related to real estate or home ownership in Mexico? Feel free to contactl me at  Perhaps I’ll feature your question in my next issue!

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