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63. UPDATE: a friend sent sites, doesnt sound like major U.S. cities. sounds scary
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  -who would take their 14 yr old daughter to monterrey mexico to live for 2 months seabeyond  Apr-14-07 03:37 PM   #0 
  - where is the mother?  wildhorses   Apr-14-07 03:38 PM   #1 
  - oh... the mother is horrible. nah, the mother isnt in the cards  seabeyond   Apr-14-07 03:40 PM   #2 
  - No more dangerous in general than any other large city.  karlrschneider   Apr-14-07 03:40 PM   #3 
  - that wasnt the data i received doing a search of the city. this is why i am posting  seabeyond   Apr-14-07 03:45 PM   #7 
     - There are parts of it I avoid but the danger is exaggerated.  karlrschneider   Apr-14-07 04:03 PM   #16 
  - where's the mother..?  QuestionAll   Apr-14-07 03:40 PM   #4 
  - the mother is out of the picture. she has no rights. as much as we dont like to believe  seabeyond   Apr-14-07 03:46 PM   #8 
  - I've been to Monterrey and liked it very much  DesertRat   Apr-14-07 03:44 PM   #5 
  - when did you go? really i would like to be assured of that, but  seabeyond   Apr-14-07 03:48 PM   #9 
     - I went in 2005. I used the same caution that I would in any large city  DesertRat   Apr-14-07 03:53 PM   #12 
        - cool to know. and that wasnt that long ago. thanks. i appreciate  seabeyond   Apr-14-07 03:56 PM   #14 
  - I doubt if Monterrey is any more dangerous than anywhere else  Kali   Apr-14-07 03:44 PM   #6 
  - I would because of the learning experience.  Clark2008   Apr-14-07 03:48 PM   #10 
  - lol lol clark,... you are soooo off. i really dont want to raise her. not my job  seabeyond   Apr-14-07 03:54 PM   #13 
  - OK - I'll take you at your word.  Clark2008   Apr-14-07 04:26 PM   #24 
     - hse is my niece. i have kids of my own. nope,....  seabeyond   Apr-14-07 04:29 PM   #27 
        - Oh, trust me! I know.  Clark2008   Apr-14-07 04:53 PM   #41 
           - bah hahahah. that is funny. i hear ya. at least niece isnt a girlie girl  seabeyond   Apr-14-07 04:59 PM   #43 
              - My husband wanted a little girl.  Clark2008   Apr-14-07 05:16 PM   #46 
                 - that is what i tell my husband. the opportunity he misses not having a daughter  seabeyond   Apr-14-07 05:21 PM   #47 
  - We're talking about a 14 year old girl alone in a hotel all day  pnwmom   Apr-14-07 04:25 PM   #23 
  - i THOUGHT so.... geez. lol lol llol. thanks. not like i WANT to be in this position  seabeyond   Apr-14-07 04:31 PM   #30 
  - No Colombia?  mitchtv   Apr-15-07 03:10 PM   #80 
  - Overreaction?  AnnInLa   Apr-14-07 03:50 PM   #11 
  - could be overreaction hence my post about those that have experienced the area  seabeyond   Apr-14-07 04:00 PM   #15 
  - No more than anywhere else  Marie26   Apr-14-07 04:04 PM   #17 
  - Monterey is a lovely place and no more dangerous than  Cleita   Apr-14-07 04:10 PM   #18 
  - sounds like you have been there. good to know. now on the dollar  seabeyond   Apr-14-07 04:14 PM   #19 
  - Think of what she has to gain!  Warpy   Apr-14-07 04:18 PM   #20 
  - no, i would not say the same thing about those areas, but then i would not have  seabeyond   Apr-14-07 04:24 PM   #22 
  - The brother's not talking about a private school, he's homeschooling her.  pnwmom   Apr-14-07 04:28 PM   #26 
     - No, he needs to hire someone to accompany her then  Warpy   Apr-14-07 04:50 PM   #39 
     - That's what I think, too, Warpy. No 14 year old is going to sit inside alone  pnwmom   Apr-14-07 04:52 PM   #40 
        - ya..... lol lol  seabeyond   Apr-14-07 05:01 PM   #44 
     - you got that right  mitchtv   Apr-15-07 03:16 PM   #83 
  - All your brother needs to do is hire a competent professional to supervise your neice.  aikoaiko   Apr-14-07 04:22 PM   #21 
  - lots of assumption. i have taken care of his daughter for years  seabeyond   Apr-14-07 04:28 PM   #25 
     - I hear you, seabeyond.  pnwmom   Apr-14-07 04:31 PM   #29 
     - sittin in a hotel studying on her own. but then  seabeyond   Apr-14-07 04:36 PM   #31 
        - Is she isolated in a hotel in Houston, too?  pnwmom   Apr-14-07 04:46 PM   #36 
           - oh pn you dont know. i have to decide today to make the offer  seabeyond   Apr-14-07 04:55 PM   #42 
     - Sorry, I guess I misunderstood what you meant by stopping him from taking her to Mexico.  aikoaiko   Apr-14-07 09:00 PM   #61 
  - I LOVE Monterrey!  Madspirit   Apr-14-07 04:30 PM   #28 
  - no she doesnt speak the language  seabeyond   Apr-14-07 04:39 PM   #33 
  - I didn't think  Madspirit   Apr-14-07 06:10 PM   #48 
     - thanks,  seabeyond   Apr-14-07 06:22 PM   #49 
  - My teenaged daughter had a similar "boob" incident  DesertRat   Apr-14-07 06:36 PM   #50 
     - It was unnerving...  Madspirit   Apr-15-07 03:08 PM   #79 
        - Thanks, yes she was  DesertRat   Apr-15-07 03:18 PM   #85 
  - Tell him to find a nanny for the day.  igil   Apr-14-07 04:37 PM   #32 
  - he has talked about that at the beginning. but didnt talk about it last call  seabeyond   Apr-14-07 04:40 PM   #34 
     - I suspect that you're right. He may be trying to manipulate you.  pnwmom   Apr-14-07 04:50 PM   #37 
        - so  seabeyond   Apr-14-07 05:02 PM   #45 
  - The company your brother works for must have other employees'  Nay   Apr-14-07 04:43 PM   #35 
  - i tried talking him into getting her back into school.  seabeyond   Apr-14-07 04:50 PM   #38 
  - It sounds like a great opportunity for her IF puts her into a school where she can make friends  bklyncowgirl   Apr-14-07 06:56 PM   #51 
  - Most Mexicans are terrific people  seabeyond   Apr-14-07 07:09 PM   #52 
     - The Mayan people are pretty special.  bklyncowgirl   Apr-14-07 08:27 PM   #56 
        - he is a traveler always has been i see always wll be. that is something  seabeyond   Apr-14-07 08:49 PM   #59 
  - I'm going to get in trouble, but I thought this thread was asking...  joshcryer   Apr-14-07 07:22 PM   #53 
  - funny. i did ask the gal at the wendy's window last night if she wanted two boys  seabeyond   Apr-14-07 07:25 PM   #54 
  - Question for clarification -  mzteris   Apr-14-07 08:09 PM   #55 
  - she is a good kid. smart, kind. the work is the same with what i see as most kids  seabeyond   Apr-14-07 08:46 PM   #57 
  - One of the reasons that she doesn't care about hygiene  DesertRat   Apr-15-07 01:49 PM   #64 
  - lol desert rat i hear ya as that making an impact. and maybe that is what  seabeyond   Apr-15-07 02:13 PM   #65 
     - It's called natural consequences  DesertRat   Apr-15-07 02:42 PM   #75 
        - i think you might be onto something. might try my own and not nag to  seabeyond   Apr-15-07 02:43 PM   #76 
  - She's right about that age where some kids get hygiene some don't  Hippo_Tron   Apr-15-07 04:28 PM   #91 
     - kids end up at my house. i do the running around. they spend the night here  seabeyond   Apr-15-07 04:47 PM   #92 
  - i re read my post. that is probably what you are referring to  seabeyond   Apr-14-07 09:16 PM   #62 
  - I think it is actually a nice place  Horse with no Name   Apr-14-07 08:47 PM   #58 
  - good. everyone is making me feel much better about backing off n/t  seabeyond   Apr-14-07 08:50 PM   #60 
  - UPDATE: a friend sent sites, doesnt sound like major U.S. cities. sounds scary  seabeyond   Apr-14-07 11:05 PM   #63 
  - We were in Mexico City when this alert came through the  nadinbrzezinski   Apr-15-07 02:20 PM   #69 
     - i dont think in responding my my concerns warrants your disdain  seabeyond   Apr-15-07 02:24 PM   #71 
        - Should I use any smileys?  nadinbrzezinski   Apr-15-07 02:27 PM   #73 
           - because it is necessary to question if 14 yr old niece will get involved with a  seabeyond   Apr-15-07 02:32 PM   #74 
              - For the record 14 year olds have, American 14 year olds  nadinbrzezinski   Apr-15-07 02:49 PM   #77 
                 - well, again from the tone of your post, you pretty much have a whole scenerio  seabeyond   Apr-15-07 03:00 PM   #78 
                    - Let me repeat it slowly  nadinbrzezinski   Apr-15-07 03:11 PM   #81 
                       - i thanked you for info a good three posts ago. yet still  seabeyond   Apr-15-07 03:16 PM   #82 
                          - I guess we need smileys (nt)  nadinbrzezinski   Apr-15-07 03:19 PM   #87 
  - Monterry is no more dangerous for the average person  nadinbrzezinski   Apr-15-07 02:17 PM   #66 
  - She  Madspirit   Apr-15-07 02:19 PM   #67 
  - read post #63. people are being awfully snarky because i am concerned  seabeyond   Apr-15-07 02:20 PM   #68 
     - this is not snarkiness  nadinbrzezinski   Apr-15-07 02:24 PM   #70 
        - thank you for the info  seabeyond   Apr-15-07 02:25 PM   #72 
  - This sounds so frustrating. I just want to ask you to step in and  midnight   Apr-15-07 03:16 PM   #84 
  - gosh for years i said let me be the aunt.  seabeyond   Apr-15-07 03:18 PM   #86 
  - I'm sorry but it sounds like your brother is a lousy parent  alarimer   Apr-15-07 03:28 PM   #88 
  - Monterrey is the hometown of an old acquaintance of mine---  elehhhhna   Apr-15-07 04:00 PM   #89 
     - i will make that suggestion elehhhhna  seabeyond   Apr-15-07 04:04 PM   #90 

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