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  1. 10 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. 6 points
    My problem with golf carts has to do with the mentality of the driver's. I have one friend that stated she could no longer drive her car because she couldn't see. Then she said she would have to get a golf cart and stay on the back roads. There is a reason your vision is tested before getting a driver's license. I know another woman that can barely walk with a cane and she with a friend who can't see well enough to recognize people sitting at the table go together shopping at SuperLake each Saturday morning in a golf cart. I often wonder when it will be time for me to give up my scooter. I know it's time to sell the hoverboard.
  5. 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.
  6. 6 points
    Great Cedros, there will be more space for us...
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 5 points
    That alone says they are scammers.
  10. 5 points
    I bought 2 cases of beer, 2 bottles of cheap Tequila and a ham sandwich. I'm ready for any catastrophe.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 5 points
    Who is the go to person/office for complaints about loud noise in the neighborhood? thanks
  15. 5 points
    This, from the guy with the phone # in his "member info" section! Muy rica.
  16. 5 points
    A timely offer to assist anyone in need, with proof of stability and community involvement, not advertising. Get over yourself.
  17. 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.
  18. 5 points
    1/4" masonry drill to depth, plastic anchor and screw.
  19. 4 points
    Nothing more than advertising for Lisa Jorgensen. Again.
  20. 4 points
    Why not make everything a scam. But common sense and a lack of paranoia tells you that the Guadalajara full service funeral homes were the only source for cremation and now all that can be done right here in Chapala. All they are doing is attempting to get the business back. It's called competition.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 4 points
    i have not had any problems with putting used batteries, car oil or paint into the system in five years here.
  24. 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.
  25. 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?
  26. 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.
  27. 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
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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!
  34. 4 points
    bontepar, I'm happy that you're retired.
  35. 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.
  36. 4 points
  37. 4 points
    The maker of the noise. If you are not Mexican, it would be best to get ear plugs.
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. 3 points
    According to that map, they look pretty happy up in Juarez. Maybe a good place for fearful folks to move?
  41. 3 points
    "Just under half in the U.S. (46%) are happy with their democracy and 51% are unhappy." I wonder why? Maybe because Fascism isn't democracy?
  42. 3 points
    Park in garage. Go inside and stand near Burger King & Starbucks. This is where people emerge after clearing customs.
  43. 3 points
    I have to agree w/ mcTavish. I had one early this year, done by a part-time Lakeside/Guad Orthopedist. It failed two times within the first months, requiring 2 more full operations to repair (supposedly my actions and/or weak bones caused the failures) ..... one happened in the hospital within 5 days post-op and the 2nd at 1:AM in my bed, 2 weeks later. Huh? were they just taken by surprise at the potential of these occurances in a 70ish patient, cuz they sure never warned me. Call me nieve, I guess. Then 7 months later, I could not take the pain on the back of my thigh, got an X-ray and found that the Pins thru the bone have broken, and the sharp end is poking thru my muscle and floating around close to the femoral artery. Needless to say, that resulted in operation #4. Please consider the possibility of complications and, potentially, more than just one operation, in addition to the pain and incapacitation and emotional stress of the whole ordeal. Once the pain of the original break was under control, I thought it was going to be a-ok, I'd just take a couple months and be back to my old self. That is not what is happening ...... I am terrified of something else going awry. I'm sure I will survive, but I will never be close to the same independent person ever again. It sounds like your fathers need is elective and not an emergency. Please think long and hard about your decision. Good luck.
  44. 3 points
    I wonder why so many people are giving this OP so much time, he seems to be a know it all
  45. 3 points
    You must have a Mexican credit card. US cards have the same protection against fraud, 0$ loss, no matter what country you live in or use it in. OP, many restaurants take them, but most required the tip to be in cash.
  46. 3 points
    RV does NOT have to be IN Mexico to be able to answer questions/make Posts on this Forum. Your Post is trying to shed some amount of skepticism on what he Posts. Yes, like all of us he may get something a 'bit off' from time to time but by-in-large he is spot-on IMO. He tends to take the 'hard legal line' sometimes but at least one knows what may be coming if one tries to 'get by'.
  47. 3 points
    Pedro it is for other people, we have 1 TV, smarty.
  48. 3 points
    I just love forecasts like that. Try trading on FOREX. I know several homeless people that believe stuff like that......
  49. 3 points
    As my husband and I were crossing the Carretera to return to our car parked in the grass on the mountain side (across from La Huerta/Organic Market), we ran into a tall, slender Canadian man who was in disbelief that someone had hit his left tail light and bumper, busting the light, scratching and damaging the car. When we asked if he had any ideas who might have done it, he said the young Mexican fellows standing in front of La Huerta pointed to a gray mini-van double parked in front of La Huerta. As we were encouraging the gentleman to take photos of this vehicle, call Vialidad, stand by the van and wait for the owner to return, etc. A gringa rushed out of the building, into the van, backed out and rushed off towards Ajijic while looking over at the three of us standing across the Carretera. We were just stunned by her brazen behavior. I'm sorry the man wasn't more assertive as we had been there talking with him about 5 minutes and encouraging him to cross back over to where the van was parked. With her hurried escape, he couldn't capture her photo, a photo of the van nor license plate. But, it was so obvious that she was the culprit and running like a bat out of hell to escape responsibility. So sorry this happened to this fella but even more disheartened that this woman didn't have the common decency to leave a note and in fact when she saw us looking at her, she sped off to evade identification and be responsible for the damage she'd done to the man's vehicle. OK, vent over. Return to Paradise. Valerie
  50. 3 points
    One of the two cooks was fired from Perrys for slapping the waitress ...the other quit in sympathy which for me makes it a no go!