As most of you know, we got hacked. Over 1000 bogus accounts were created and thousands of SPAM posts created. While not "cured" we are close. That means the SPAM has been deleted and most bogus accounts have either been banned or deleted. I say most because there are still some out there that will be dealt with when a bogus post is made.

Security measures have been added but some bogus accounts were still being created. For now, the ability to create new accounts has been turned off. If you want an account, send an email message to staff@gt4us.com and include the following information:

  • email address
  • preferred login name
  • temporary password (you will need to change it when you log in)

We will set up your account and email you the information. Once you log in, besides changing your password, we encourage you to fill in your profile information.

Sorry for the inconvenience but that seems to be the way the world works right now.

Living in Guatemala vs. the U.S. -- Part 3

First, let me say that there are so many things that are not different at all. There are stores, low-, middle- and upper-class people, cars, buses, schools, and jobs all over the spectrum. Lots of people work 8-5, five days a week, go to church on Sunday, ... While you could say most people speak Spanish there are certainly areas in the Southwest of the U.S. where you could say the same.

The biggest different I see is the cost of labor vs. the cost of products. That, in itself in not what you see but it is the cause of the reality. Labor is cheap. What that translates to is that labor is used much more than in the U.S. Here are some examples:

  • A delivery truck -- say one delivering soft drinks -- will likely have four people on the truck rather than one or two. People will manually take cases of beverages and either carry them or load them onto a hand truck to deliver them to a business.
  • People, rather than machines, will keep the city clean. For example, in Guatemala City you will see hundreds of individuals with a minimalist uniform and a big sack picking up trash off the city streets.
  • I business will more likely have enough employees to watch for possible theft rather than some high-tech theft prevention system.
  • If something heavy needs to be move you will see four or six or ten individuals moving it rather than seeming some expensive machine used to do the task.

While this doesn't seem all that different, you just need to be here and experience it. It is totally logical but it just "feels" very different.