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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. 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.
  5. 5 points
    That alone says they are scammers.
  6. 5 points
    I bought 2 cases of beer, 2 bottles of cheap Tequila and a ham sandwich. I'm ready for any catastrophe.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 4 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 4 points
    i have not had any problems with putting used batteries, car oil or paint into the system in five years here.
  13. 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.
  14. 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?
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 3 points
    I agree wholeheartedly with Spencer. This may actually be the only immigration document you will ever need. There are many ways to experience the culture here. Messing up on a legal document, not having everything filled out correctly, etc., etc., then getting frustrated with the system, the language, the employees, isn't a good start to your new life in Mexico. Be wise, hire someone qualified, like Spencer for this process. Then relax and start enjoying paradise.
  21. 3 points
  22. 3 points
    First I want proof, some kind of evidence, that this actually happens in Guadalajara. I am getting in touch with the Guad Reporter. I don't believe it for a second.
  23. 3 points
    I think you may be thinking of Chula Vista Norte, which is gated. Upper Chula Vista has direct access from the carretara , with no gate. As other posters said, the road up is very steep and you would absolutely need a car unless you are young and very fit.
  24. 3 points
    According to that map, they look pretty happy up in Juarez. Maybe a good place for fearful folks to move?
  25. 3 points
    The formula for a big letdown.
  26. 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?
  27. 3 points
    He started with one sign asking to please not flush toilet paper. As the toilet continued to overflow because of the sensitive, very special customers exercising their (apparent) god-given right to flush toilet paper he kept adding signs. He was tired of mopping up sewage because some customers believed there was no real reason to not flush toilet paper.
  28. 3 points
    I'm curious as to why you would relocate from a real Mexican city like Puebla to a tourist town like this. I would think Puebla would offer a lot more to your kids for educations and activities than here. In any case, if you want to come at that time you definitely need to find something and book early.
  29. 3 points
    Isn't it nice that participation is voluntary and if one doesn't like what is being discussed one can just ignore the whole thing? Of course that means there's no opportunity to make sideways remarks on said message boards.
  30. 3 points
    There are regular buses between Chapala and Ajijic; cheap! Lived in Ajijic 2001-04 Livedin Chapala 2004-14 LCS wears off really fast, once you get to know your way around and find friends.
  31. 3 points
    I think this is another Mexican myth that freaks out Gringos here. Yes, there are some problems in the barrios but in the more "livable" areas there should be no problem. I have lived in a maybe 50 year old house for 10 years with absolutely no problem. If you are concerned why not test to see if there will be a problem. If there is then a plunger or a Rotter Rooter type guy can take care of it, but at least you will know. If you are in a rental and there is a problem, I would think that any plumbing problem will be covered in your agreement. Another "The sky is falling" scenario that so often happens here. Don't believe it!
  32. 3 points
    Park in garage. Go inside and stand near Burger King & Starbucks. This is where people emerge after clearing customs.
  33. 3 points
    But the Lake may have had a BEEEG problem!!!!
  34. 3 points
    I have iron bars on windows and doors and a large vigilant dog. That's it. Have never had even an attempted break-in in the 15 years I have lived here. My place is modest and doesn't look like it would house expensive toys, nor is my vehicle out front anything new or fancy. But my friends who live in upscale neighborhoods have extensive and elaborate security systems and still have ongoing theft and attempted theft problems. I figure it's not a good idea to choose to live a perceived fancy lifestyle in a place where so many have so little.
  35. 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.
  36. 3 points
  37. 3 points
    Many Mexicans who can afford it, especially those with children, choose to live in gated communities as they feel safer. YMMV
  38. 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.
  39. 3 points
    I wonder why so many people are giving this OP so much time, he seems to be a know it all
  40. 3 points
    Electroventa has reconditioned with one year warranty.
  41. 3 points
    As someone who lives in a gated community, I must say that that if I told my Mexican neighbors that you think they are a cancer on society they would laugh at you. There is a lot to be said about not having break-ins, not having to have bars on the windows, not having to have broken glass on the walls, not having to have electrical fence on top of walls. etc. There is something to be said for not living in an unregulated neighborhood where an ironworker can set up shop next door to you, along with all the terrible noise his business requires. There is something to be said for the property next door not being able to become a dog sanctuary with 60 dogs barking at all hours of the day and night. There is something to be said when the lot across from you which you look at daily, can not have starving horses in it, with their ribs hanging out and no access to water. There is something to be said for the lot next door to you not being allowed to run wild with weeds growing 8 feet high, populated by vermin. There is something to be said for not being in a village where cohetes go off at all hours of the day and night during fiestas. Our Mexican neighbors could tell you all this. Don't fool yourself into thinking that there are no Mexicans also enjoying the safety and comfort of a gated community, Cactus Jack. It's all a matter of personal choice ( and budget ) and many Mexicans prefer to live in gated communities too. When the people in the gated communities in Florida bitch about "the locals", who are they referring to? Are they not all Floridians if they live there?
  42. 3 points
    Heavens Robo if you’re used to uber elswhere use it at the Guadalajara airport. Only problem you’re likely to encounter is the driver doesn’t speak english and/or you can’t find where to await the driver. I have never had a problem and have used Uber out of airport many times and never waited more than 8 minutes. I do not use it to GO to the airport at 4:30 in the morning
  43. 3 points
  44. 3 points
    Those living on SS can not live the high life in the Ajijic Gringo Bubble, paying high rent in U.S. dollars for a beautifully furnished home, travel, and eat out daily in gringo-priced restaurants. You can rent a sparsely furnished, Mexican-owned house and bit by bit furnish it from yard sales, the Facebook sale pages, and hunting bazaars for the occasional bargain. You can eat out regularly if you choose or cook delicious meals at home. Since you are on a five-year plan, I would skimp and save as large a pot of emergency funds as I could manage. That money will buy you peace of mind and an occasional splurge. I have lived here for nine years on SS and have managed to help those less well off than me and build up a slush fund in my checking account for small emergencies. I am comfortable and happy. I do not have many of the luxuries others might consider essential to their happiness but I am happy and very grateful to be living the life I have made here.
  45. 3 points
  46. 2 points
    You can make personal insults all you want. I am not talking about the validity of pre-arranged funerals, I am talking about the wisdom of buying any product from some stranger who happens to call you and who has also been caught lying. Now if that makes sense to you, then why not give her a call......
  47. 2 points
    Thanks Gringal! You ask a good question. The post was a lot of overheated rhetoric until the last sentence which veered over to perfect projection. No one could be more self-righteous, self-centered, and self-serving than the writer of the diatribe that was more trolling than posting.
  48. 2 points
    Several of us have taken the plunge......er.
  49. 2 points
    Yes butter tarts and Nanaimo bars are Canadian and my friends wife makes them both and they let me have some when she makes them. Lucky me.
  50. 2 points
    Officials at the Chapala branch of the state tax office report that they are no longer issuing license tags for golf carts which are not contemplated in Jalisco’s traffic laws. Owners who have been able to obtain plates elsewhere in Jalisco or out of state may escape the long arm of the law by driving only on back streets. I think paragraph suggest you cannot license the cart so catch 22..or I am wrong