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  1. 9 points
    To all those complaining about the “Golf Cart” problem and how it’s not fair that they don’t have to pay referendums, get plated or have insurance. And that they get in the way of the rightful users of the roads and parking spaces - cars. Allow me to retort: Cars, not golf carts, are by far and away the biggest problems at Lake Side – no need to look further than the highway any day of the week or the “no place to park” situation in Ajijic. Polluting, expensive, proven to be deadly and massively oversized for the tiny, narrow side streets, cars deal destruction and pain here on a daily basis. Kids, old ladies, dogs and cats all fall victim every year and it’s like, well, so what? I need to get around, don’t I? And these damn golf carts – always getting in my way… Golf carts have a 3.5 horse power electric motor and normally can’t even hit 15 mph, hence no need for all the safety equipment. On the terrible back roads here, they usually go much slower. And I agree, that’s where they belong. Not on the highway or the bike path. But on the frontage roads? Give me a break. You can park 2 golf carts in a parking spot and they are being used in many small tourist towns all over the world as smart transportation. In my mind, car users should give way to golf carts, not the other way around. Golf Carters are doing their part to make life better here by reducing congestion, lowering pollution levels, making less noise, saving energy ($10 USD per month in electricity to run), adding to the fun and interesting flavor of the area and generally being good citizens. They are ideal for shopping and making short trips. And oh yeah, not killing anybody – don’t forget that. Zero is the number of golf cart related fatalities for the last 10 years. Why should we serve as a target for the self-righteous, self-centered and self-serving car population? Seems like it should be the other way around…
  2. 7 points
    If you couldn't care less then don't bother joining the conversation. You add nothing to resolving the problem so STFU.
  3. 7 points
    Crackdown on golf carts, motos, ATVs, etc. In what other position would you drive any of those things?
  4. 7 points
    contrary to popular belief here, most of things that appear here are not for expats but for the nationals.. Walmart was not for expats..this development most likely is not either. How about the fact that 2 hospitals are going to open here, where will all those employees live, and so we can go on and on and rant rant.. it is being built..love it or leave it..will generate lots of tax money for San Antonio I am sure. Things change..accept it..I have been here almost 20 years and most changes have been progressive and have yet to hear of one that the locals disliked..except the ugly gringos...
  5. 6 points
    I'm deeply offended by these posts. You may or may not like Mr. Trump but he is the President of the United States. I expect people to have respect for the office of the President of the United States. What would the moderators done if this had referred to the Prime Minister of Canada, Mr. Justin Trudeau or the President of Mexico, Enrique Pena Nieto? Moderators, please respond to my question.
  6. 6 points
    Such negative comments of Mexican people. All a gated community does is give you a false sense of security. A community does not have to gated to be regulated.
  7. 6 points
    Great Cedros, there will be more space for us...
  8. 6 points
    I read your earlier post, weeks ago now, about proper treatment of prepared food to kill bacteria. When I started paying attention, I realized that I was getting mild food poisoning at least one a week with bigger flare ups maybe monthly. It was such a constant condition, I stopped thinking of it as unusual. Sometimes it was only headaches with minor gastric symptoms, but just all the time. It was a complete mystery to me, because I've never had these issues. I used to be a huge consumer of the frozen home cooked, or restaurant prepared, food at Superlake and the local organic markets. I went cold turkey and just stopped buying anything home made. It's been months.. well, however long since you wrote the detailed post, I haven't had one instance of food poisoning. I've talked to a few friends who have had similar problems. Just an alert to pay attention and be careful.
  9. 6 points
    My only concern regarding all the frozen entree and other "home cooked" items sold around here is the conditions under which they are prepared.
  10. 6 points
    The phenomenon of lovely, affordable. little places morphing into crowded upscale places has been seen over and over again in the U.S. I'm thinking of places like Carmel-by-the-Sea in California becoming a favorite getaway, with a line of traffic stretching all the way to Silicon Valley. Then there's the charming Wine Country towns like Napa and Healdsburg turning from farming communities into expensive destination resorts. All across the country......same deal. What do people usually do when faced with their community going in that direction? If they own their homes, they might shrug and stay anyway. If they are renting, rising rents may force them to move on. One thing for certain, it won't be stopped because a lot of expats who are non-citizens don't like it.
  11. 6 points
    Projects like this are inevitable. If you are not a citizen, you don't have much of a say. So you can either adapt or find another location that suits you. Finding a mix of all your convieniences and your low key life is going to be a challenge. And with the scenery you like. The tolerance levels of projects like this change as newcomers don't remember "the good old days" this will be the new reality for the future wave of expats arriving. Face it, the area is going to become more of a Guadalajara bedroom community.
  12. 5 points
    That alone says they are scammers.
  13. 5 points
    I bought 2 cases of beer, 2 bottles of cheap Tequila and a ham sandwich. I'm ready for any catastrophe.
  14. 5 points
    This is scary stuff. At present im locked in my bunker to avoid this kind of thing. Not a hurricane or a nuke from north korea but the descion wether to put tp into the system or which bagels i should buy, if they were even available , worries me. Maybe these people tried to call me and possibly advise on the dilemas but here in deepest ajijic so far nothing. A solar flare or maybe first strike are blocking these calls but until all is resolved in san juan cosola i remain cautious and will not eat bagels , so no need to go to the bathroom and use paper , so eliminating the possibility of causing over flowing sewers or other natural disasters in paradise. Be safe.over and out. Ten four good buddy.
  15. 5 points
    The bottom line is that someone you don't know is offering something you don't need and wants contact information or will send something to open on your computer. Trying to establish a personal connection with you. Why would you say yes? If you want any info on preparedness, google for it. The world is your oyster. Protect yourself by being suspicious.
  16. 5 points
    We can help prep you, check papers and make the appointment at certain consulates. We have helped thousands of people and when we work with someone and prep them we have not heard of them having problems, even when rejected doing it themselves or at another consulate and they come to us after for help. When problems arise we file lawsuits and appeals. Immigration may not think I am their best friend but they respect us. We arent the cheapest nor most expensive and go to immigration daily in Chapala and every 2 to 3 days in Guadalajara so if there is a change we know about it right away which happens randomly. Our Chapala office is 2 blocks away. We have dedicated staff, one person, Denise (native English speaker born in San Francisco but Mexican) has worked for me for 6 years and all she does is prepare immigration documents, Luis at my office has worked for me for 5 years and his job is to go to immigration every day and present documents. We have others as well to jump in and lend a hand when someone is out or when representation is needed by an attorney or translator or when immigration wants another copy of something we run it over right away. My wife and I are official court translators if the need arises, no need to send anything out as we have it all under one roof. I own the building we are located in so I will never move and we are stable. We have US phone lines and a US fax in the event you need your bank or medical provider to send you documents which due to their privacy / security policies cannot email. I am a real attorney who studied here in Mexico, worked in the local courts and State Supreme Court and also on the list of attorneys of the US Consulate as well as on their list of translators as well as on the list of the Jalisco Courts and Federal Courts.
  17. 5 points
    Who is the go to person/office for complaints about loud noise in the neighborhood? thanks
  18. 5 points
    This, from the guy with the phone # in his "member info" section! Muy rica.
  19. 5 points
    A timely offer to assist anyone in need, with proof of stability and community involvement, not advertising. Get over yourself.
  20. 5 points
    Wow! I have enjoyed street food, home food, restaurant food and picked fruit & berries all over the world & even eaten dirt as a toddler, I suppose. Once, I did get dysentery from contaminated water caused by a sewer line break, but lived and am about to become an octogenarian, so the odds are with you if you allow your immune system to look after you. The fastidious are always ill, I think, and I have heard that there are studies that have established that as a valid point.
  21. 5 points
    1/4" masonry drill to depth, plastic anchor and screw.
  22. 5 points
    How will this tiny, tiny population growth going to effect traffic there in any way? I heard the same "The sky is falling" when Walmart was being built. As a builder don't you want to be near access to the highway, and also there will be a commercial element to the project. Get over it!
  23. 4 points
    While there is a comprehensive guide to Mexican laws and tips for Jalisco drivers from Spencer posted here, I want to suggest a very short list of points for new residents. This is a selfish post as I've nearly been hit 3 times in one week by cars with tags from WA & FL states, and one from Ontario. You know who you are! The lights on the carretera at La Floresta have a white and black sign hanging in both directions. On it is a diagram of a 'glorieta". That is a roundabout. It means that you cannot turn Left in front of me as I'm driving in either direction. Instead you need to turn Right, drive around the big tree, wait for the light and then cross over to your lower or upper La Floresta destination. If you would have hit me (great brakes on my car) you would have suffered a large degree of inconvenience and discomfort. If you want to turn against the traffic from the carretera, you are required by law to move over to the right (unless this is in a narrow passage that would prevent this), turn your left blinkers on and wait until traffic is clear in both directions. I have seen traffic backed up for kilometers because someone has stopped traffic while waiting to turn. Oh no no no. I'm not posting this as an invitation to malign other drivers, especially the Mexican ones. This is, after all, their country and if they choose to break the law, they will deal with the authorities in their own way and time. However, if you are not used to sitting in a Mexican jail for 24 hours, without your phone, water or food, then please, learn how to drive here. It's not the same as where you came from.
  24. 4 points
    I just found out there are very loud barking dogs next door and the internet is iffy so Im going to pass. Thank you all for the good advice! I am going to get something short term so I can check out the possibilities and neighborhoods personally at different days and times as was suggested.
  25. 4 points
    i have not had any problems with putting used batteries, car oil or paint into the system in five years here.
  26. 4 points
    Sounds like an absolute load of doggie-poo to me. Seriously, who would do that? What "Kennel of Guadalajara"? Not only that, a kennel is a respite for dogs, not a dog-catching outfit. And even if there was such a place, why would they come lakeside? And to what purpose anyway? And the implication is that they are poisoning dogs in this way, too? Why bother? Our poisoners use poison, thrown around willy-nilly. Now we are supposed to believe there are gangs in vans who's purpose is to kill dogs. Geez. So many things wrong with that post. Trolling is getting ridiculous with this kind of stuff.
  27. 4 points
    Many thanks to all of you, for your kind words, and for putting up with my frequent posts. Today is sort of special, and I only wish that I were able to be there to celebrate it with some of you. Instead, Louise and I will enjoy the gift of a fine dinner out, and we even received a bottle of our favorite Mexican Agavero for sipping later. Meanwhile, I have been reflecting on something that an old friend recently sent along, and I hope you will all take the time to read it. It gave me something to think about; and to remember: Regards to all, Bob “We are the last....“ Born in the 1930s, we are a bit special. We are the last, climbing out of the depression, who can remember the winds of war and the war itself with fathers and uncles going off, with us collecting any spare metal for the effort, watching in towers for German aircraft, and studying the profile cards to recognize them. We are the last to remember ration books for everything from sugar to shoes to stoves. We saved tin foil and poured fat into tin cans. We saw cars up on blocks because tires weren’t available. There was an ice man, a bread man, an oil man and teachers could paddle us if we misbehaved; we didn’t. We are the last to hear Roosevelt’s radio assurances and to see gold stars in the front windows of our grieving neighbors. We remember knowing refugees living on our road in temporary Quonset huts or even remodeled tank crates. We can also remember the parades on August 15, 1945; VJ Day. We saw the soldiers come home from the war and build their Cape Cod style houses, pouring the cellar, tar papering it over and living there until they could afford the time and money to build it out. My father did that in 1939, before the war, with me watching and learning. We are the last ones who spent our childhood without television; instead imagining what we heard on the radio. We played outside, in the woods, rode horses and drove wagons and buggies and we did it all on our own. There was no little league, parents expected us home for dinner and we learned by discovering. Our parents were often struggling, some were poor, but we didn’t know it. The lack of television in our early years meant, for most of us, that we had little real understanding of what the world was like. Our Saturday afternoons, if at the movies, gave us newsreels of the war and the holocaust sandwiched in between westerns and cartoons; all for fifteen cents for the matinee. Newspapers and magazines were written for adults. We are the last who had to find out for ourselves. We understood that, and we explored and tinkered with things to find out how they worked. We also asked a lot of questions. As we grew up, the country was exploding with growth. The G.I. Bill gave returning veterans the means to get an education and spurred colleges to grow. VA loans fanned a housing boom. That demand and new mortgage plans put factories to work. New highways would bring jobs and mobility. The veterans joined civic clubs and became active in politics. In the late 40s and early 50’s the country seemed to lie in the embrace of brisk but quiet order as it gave birth to its new middle class. Eisenhower began the Interstate System. Our parents became absorbed with their own new lives. They were free from the confines of the depression and the war. They threw themselves into exploring opportunities they had never imagined. Some of it worked, some of it did not. There were no safety nets. Get sick: pay the doctor and hospital. They were affordable and flexible. We weren’t neglected but we weren’t today’s all-consuming family focus. They were glad we played by ourselves until suppertime; and we had better be on time. They were busy discovering the post war world. Most of us had no life plan, but with the unexpected virtue of ignorance and an economic rising tide we simply stepped into the world and went to find out. We entered a world of overflowing plenty and opportunity; a world where we were welcomed, once we had proven that we were capable of learning. Based on our naïve belief that there was more where this came from, we shaped life as we went. We enjoyed a luxury; we felt secure in our future. Of course, just as today, not all Americans shared in this experience. Depression poverty was deep rooted. Polio was still a crippler, taking a few friends at an early age, as did TB on occasion. The Korean War was a dark presage in the early 50s and by mid-decade school children were practicing “Duck and Cover“. China became Red China. Eisenhower sent the first ‘advisors’ to Vietnam. Castro set up camp in Cuba and Khrushchev came to power. We are the last to experience an interlude when there were no existential threats to our homeland. We came of age in the late 40s and the 50s, having our own children in the 60s. The war was over and the cold war, terrorism, climate change, technological upheaval and perpetual economic insecurity had yet to haunt our daily life. Only we can remember both a time of truly apocalyptic war and a time when our world was secure and full of promise and plenty. We experienced both, and learned from it in a way that the younger generations seem unable to grasp. We grew up at the best possible time; a time when the world was getting better not worse. Yes, we are the last of a rather unique group. What we see now is quite disturbing. Of course, we never thought to live this long, since we were quite sure that one would surely collect that new Social Security at 65, if they made it to 65, but that we would surely not collect it for very long. But that too has changed, and I am happy to report that I just turned 80......and am aware of it! What‘s next?
  28. 4 points
    Flush all the TP you want, and ignore the lakeside communities as a whole, who suffer in response and may never know why.Take a look around at the leaking and flooding and ruined wet roads when it is not raining, and understand that this kind of attitude is responsible for an already-overloaded infrastructure failing even faster. And then just continue to deny it. I love the way people make up their own facts.
  29. 4 points
    Let's restate your "people adjust "...a few people may but I would suggest the majority do not. A disgusting special feature your real estate agent will not share
  30. 4 points
    What about all those unlicensed four wheelers the weekenders like to rip around town in? Too bad the local transitos can't find something to do with their time, you know like nabbing real dangerous drivers.
  31. 4 points
    A crackdown on motor cycles might be more productive. I've never had a problem with a golf cart but motorcycles many times.
  32. 4 points
    This is an absolutely untrue statement. Gimpychimp's comment are the truth. He is not commenting on Mexican people but on the lack of zoning restrictions. His comments describe the reality that folks in the villages live. I gather that Tiny either doesn't live her or hasn't been here long enough to understand the reality of village life.
  33. 4 points
    IMSS does not "rule out" pre-existing conditions. Rather it applies a waiting period during which they are not coverd. IMHO if you're going to live here dump Medicare part B, part A is no-cost. The prices of real estate may be up but they're not yet at the level they were in 2005/6. There's plenty of affordable housing here.
  34. 4 points
    Infrastructure changes are measured in decades, not years. Then, it will still depend upon which house, on which block, how far from the corner Telmex box, and how tight the wires were twisted, and how long ago they were twisted, and how long since the box got wet, and if it gets sunlight to help drying out, and your luck at winning the Publisher‘s Clearinghouse jackpot while in Mexico.
  35. 4 points
    Any time you are driving on the cuota (toll road), you are given a receipt when you pay your toll. Don't just crumple it up and put it in with your car trash. That receipt is an insurance policy that covers damage to your vehicle caused by the condition of the road. Several years ago, I was driving from Morelia, Michoacán to Guadalajara and hit a pothole; the edge of the pothole ripped the sidewall of my driver's side front tire, one of those run-while-flat tires. I stopped at the next toll booth (Ocotlán, Jalisco) and told the attendant what had happened. She called the adjustor, who arrived within minutes and shook his head over the deplorable condition of the autopista (big highway). He called the Ocotlán repair shop affiliated with the highway insurance. The repair shop sent a flatbed truck, loaded my car onto it, and took the car, my passenger, and me to the repair shop and subsequently took me and my passenger to the Ocotlán bus station and they (not we) paid for our bus tickets home. Due to the type of tire and the time of year (it was the week before Christmas), it took about two weeks to find and replace the tire. The repair shop called to say it was ready, we bought a one-way ETN ticket to Guadalajara (the nearest ETN stop), and persuaded the bus driver to let us off at the Ocotlán toll booth. I called the repair shop, they came immediately to pick us up, took us to the shop, we inspected the car and the new tire, and we were on our way in just a few minutes. The total cost was over 6000 pesos. We paid only the cost of the bus ticket to retrieve the car in Ocotlán. Hang onto your toll receipts!
  36. 4 points
    bontepar, I'm happy that you're retired.
  37. 4 points
    It's neandertals like him that made me move back to Mexico and the reason i do not go to the gringo bars.
  38. 4 points
  39. 4 points
    The maker of the noise. If you are not Mexican, it would be best to get ear plugs.
  40. 4 points
    Foreign residents (not residing in Mexico) who are landlords etc. subject to tax payment in Mexico generally fulfilll this obligation when the person (tenant, etc) who pays them withholds the tax and pays it to the Tax Administration Service (Servicio de Administración Tributaria). How does a tourist comply with this? SAT wants electronic filings and payments via electronic transfer and tourists cannot open bank accounts nor have RFC numbers as they dont have CURP numbers. I dont see tourists really being able to comply as Mexico wants to be so high tech they block out any low tech options and therefore lose out on millions of income. Tourists could report rental income but it is made impossible. Too many here watching Mission Impossible reruns and not thinking logically.
  41. 4 points
    When I look at that high rise at El Dorado sitting next to that hole they are trying to turn into "Radisson" condos I really have to wonder just how smart these developers are. I hope we don't end up with yet another half built impossible to sell hulk just down the hill. The site really isn't attractive for much so I don't see much of a loss here. Since it is being built anyway, we can only hope that it succeeds. Better a success than another hulking failure.
  42. 4 points
    You are such a nit picker, Angus, and totally not adding to this discussion.
  43. 4 points
    And you have the power to change what? It is what it is so get over it. I' m sure there will be other projects in the future to cause hand wringing and gnashing of teeth.
  44. 4 points
    Nice idea, Camille, but some people really don't have any interest in cooking (hard to believe for those that do). I can and do, cook perfectly well, but there is nothing about it that I enjoy. At any given moment I can think of about a hundred other things I'd rather be doing. My kids' big compliment to me used to be, Wow, Mom, you didn't burn the rice tonight. Even though I can prepare very tasty and healthy full course meals, it bores me to tears- I usually wander off to do something else, hence burnt pots.
  45. 3 points
    But the Lake may have had a BEEEG problem!!!!
  46. 3 points
  47. 3 points
    We avoided doing business with “that place“, after one experience, for many good reasons. We preferred honest mechanics and garages and liked to get the products we actually paid for. Yes, the only legal inspection place is at Zaragosa #375, in Chapala, as others have stated.
  48. 3 points
    OK mighty fine, vulgarities are not taught there. I wish those madres well.
  49. 3 points
    Pedro it is for other people, we have 1 TV, smarty.
  50. 3 points
    We use USAA and they have not stopped reimbursement of fees.