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  1. 22 points
    Back where we lived in the states we had trash pickup once a week but paid 70 USD a month for it. Our home taxes were approx 12,000USD. School taxes were about 4,000. Internet about 100 per month for fibre but you purchased it in increments as in one price for 20 mbps and another price for 50, etc. Gas and electric averaged about 400 a month The potholes on state roads through our town that were fixed were not done correctly thus they were fine for a few months and would reopen and be worse. Our town used to have a big crew fix pot holes and to maintenance and was flush in monies until corruption took over hence all but 2 were laid off and tey made the crew boss with no financial training town manger. I used to say that we didn't own our tires but rented them. Our state is in a fiscal free fall and even had to take bonds out on state liquor stores to help shore up the budget. A portion of state revenues were always set aside to give to school districts and they have dropped significantly and as a result school infrastructures are in bad repair. Our district was ranked 3rd in the state and yet the buildings had become full of mold and in disrepair and will take tens of millions to fix so I hear taxes will be going up again. The state university system over the last 10 years has lost so much funding that it has become a nightmare for parents and students. State schools were designed to teach the poor to middle class. Now room and board is about 40,000 and you can get a better scholarship at a private school. That's a 300 percent increase from when my son graduated about 6 years ago. He lives iN San Francisco now , one of the most beautiful cities in The USA and yet so many streets are riddled with hypodermic needles and human feces and people sleeping on the streets in front of companies like twitter and Pinterest and the homeless population has grown by leaps and bounds. Yet some of the largest tech companies are right on the corner and do nothing to help. The traffic is beyond nightmarish and a recent poll showed that if they could, 75% of the population would leave. The largest outdoor encampment of homeless in all of the US was right by the San Jose airport smack in the middle of Silicon Valley . You could see google and the other high tech companies from this encampment that was destroyed and the homeless dispersed and yet in this homeless encampment were people with jobs and advanced degrees who couldn't afford rent because the area has a 96% occupancy rate and rents would go up and up and up. Leases were 10 months with minimum 20 percent increases. They were based on the markets prices. Many so called wealthy tech hackers live 4 and 5 in a 2 bedroom apartment and the parking lots of google and other high tech companies have hundreds of vans or winnebagos in their parking lots where employees sleep. They wash and eat in their company facilities and these companies know whats going on. Los Angeles and its beautiful suburbs are being overrun by homeless. Venice Beach , the American version of a Pueblo magico is getting so bad that blocks and blocks of businesses and citizens now have guards protecting them. I say this because it isn't much brighter NOB from my perspective. If everyone here wants trash picked up on schedule and the local roads to be taken care of far better infrastructure and a fully functional fleet of what we call garbage trucks here , and faster internet service, etc. are you willing to pay the extra monies in the form of taxes and internet bills? Look at your tax bill. It is ridiculously cheap beyond imagination. Your yearly real estate taxes could not get you a meal for 2 at a white tablecloth restaurant in a major city. I am new here having purchased in October but I see the US going downhill as Mexico is going up hill. Our taxes , HOA fees, water and propane and 24 hour manned security and a crew of 10 or so people to maintain the development is 2200 a year. Our transition apt in the states after we sold our home was more than that and it want anything spectacular. I call it back to the eighties here. Yes , it has changed here but there will be adjustments made and if its so bad why are prices going through the roof into bubble territory. How many have come here because they have realized they can no longer afford to retire in America or Canada and places in Europe and can still live a good life on social security and or pensions and there is no way in hell they could do that back home. Is it getting worse? Depends on what you mean by worse. It can be much better from an infrastructure point of view but are we all willing to have our taxes increase five or ten fold (and that would still be cheap). Speaking of corruption, our town back in the states was corrupt as ever. Borrowed 50 million in the form of bonds to give large landowners (gentleman farmers) monies to have easements put on their properties so that developers couldn't buy and build luxury homes (that no one wants anymore)and the town also froze the taxes on these parcels. Corruption comes in many forms. At least here they are open about it. I would assume many people here cannot leave because their finances dictate that they cannot go back home. If I went back home I could not afford to buy the house I sold 1 1/2 years ago , let alone pay close to 25,000 a year for lousy health insurance (1 1/2 years away from getting full social security benefits at 65 1/2) and perhaps get an appointment with a doctor in 3 months if I am lucky. I believe the latest statistics are that a couple retiring today will need 275,00 USD just for medical expenses in their future years and 3 years ago when I looked the estimate was 235,00. Assisted living median price is 10,000 per month in the states and the facilities are basically owned by private equity firms. You want an extra slice of bread, that will be 50 cents and pharma companies use these places as testing grounds for new drugs. How much is it lakeside? 1500 a month?.Or you can have a live in caretaker for less. Perhaps there is a price to pay for having a roof over your head here in the form of bad roads and internet services and sub par utilities and garbage strewn streets but one has to look at the whole picture. A retired couple can live out the rest of their lives here easily and comfortably with far less in assets if one is prudent. You wouldn't be able to do that NOB where a couple would need at least 2- 3 million or have rock solid pensions and I believe no pension is rock solid anymore. I say the price for the inconvenience is worth it. Many of you have the finances to have multiple homes. I can only afford to have one. Back home we had to get in the car to go for a bottle of milk. Here many expats are getting healthier because we walk so much more and eat healthier food (if we choose to). I know of 5 people who have rented here who are freaked out because their landlords see the crazy prices being offered and have sold their properties and now these people will have to move somewhere even cheaper because of the difficulty in getting suitable living quarters at the price they can afford to pay and they cant afford to buy anymore because they have been told to "rent for 6 months or more to see if you like the place" and they really do but in taking that advice they have been priced out. We looked into buying in Mazatlan and SMA and the real estate agents called the properties investments. The light went off in my head. A house for me is only an investment if its an income producing property. Now the real estate agents here (some who could never be one NOB) are doing the same thing. Calling homes investments. We are competing with the educated middle class Mexicans who don't exactly trust their banks and have always seen real estate/land as a solid investment. GDL is being known as the High tech capital of Mexico with close to 20 billion in revenues. Microsoft and intel and other high tech companies are there and quite a few of their executives live Lakeside which is not considered in any way an exclusive area compared to some in GDL. Many expats here are crying behind closed doors because they know they are in trouble. I would assume whats driving these prices much higher is that the boomers are retiring in droves and are looking for an affordable places to live and are not doing the appropriate due diligence but rather watching some stupid you tube videos on how to retire In Chapala for 1,000 a month or read that god awful International Living magazine that reprints the same article on the area every 6 months, and they flock here and buy andn many get burned in the process. Medicare and Medicaid in the states are at risk, even social security because how do you run a country that in a couple of years will have a 30 trillion dollar deficit. The cut backs will kill many people, especially the elderly and poor and disabled. And its not going to get any better. I cant speak about Canada and its issues but only about the states. It is scary what may happen. The stock market is going up but everything is cyclical and over 50 percent of the population aren't in the markets. Technology is moving at light speed and estimates are that one third of the workforce will be without jobs unless they educate themselves real quick . My 28 year old son can go through the turmoil but people my age with limited resources cannot. I will gladly deal with all the bad things here than back in the states where if either my wife or I got very ill and required to go to a private institution it would most likely bankrupt our family and my son who makes 200k a year at 28 living in silicon valley is barely considered to be middle class (pays close to 50 percent in taxes between federal, state and local and now they are thinking about taxing you based on how many miles you drive.). He cant afford to buy a home and rents a 120 sq foot room in a person's home for 1,000 per month and still drives a 1996 Subaru. He sees the future and it is not bright. I doubt if he will live there in 5 years. The nature of his work is one that he can work from anywhere in the world and connect to his ofice. He came down to visit and was enthralled with our place (One third the size of our home we sold) He saw what so many who have been here a long time do not see anymore. He saw possibility. He saw happy people. He ate some of the best food he ever has eaten. Machima was his favorite place for breakfast and lunch and he made sure he was there almost every day. Its only 3 hours by plane from where he lives to GDL and I have this feeling that he will be coming down every few months to work and play and learn about this wonderful culture. Sorry for the length of this post but I believe being new here I come with a different perspective. Many of us don't have pensions to fall back on. We lost a sizable amount of our hard earned money or lost businesses in the tech collapse of 2,000 and then the real estate banking crisis of 2008. And pensions although guaranteed by law to be paid are in trouble. All we need is one supreme court ruling that will allow states to go bankrupt and it will be a house of cards. How does New Jersey pay pensions to its workers with a ballooning pension deficit closing in on 100 billion (better a bit now than 2 years ago because of higher stock market returns but that's only fleeting). Or how about Illinois where the state cops had to buy their own bullets and Chicago couldn't even afford to pay for its toilet paper in City Hall and the outflow of people from that state is huge.The ex mayor Of Los Angeles said that All City Hall basically did all day was cut pension checks for hundreds of thousands of people. That is unsustainable. Perhaps instead of focusing on whats wrong here we should focus on what is right. Its all a matter of perspective. For me , this will be my year round home. Am I willing to put up with what we all believe to be worsening conditions? Yes I am, because I know that I really can never return to the states to live. Here in this culture, family is so important. We have no family but for one child. I intend to have family here be it with the local folk or like minded expats. To me there is no energy in complaining. The energy is in taking action and doing something about it. When one only lives here but for 6 or 8 months per year , I assume that is different than being here full time. Hopefully I can help make changes. I may be off my rocker but I will give it a darn good try. You won't see me hanging out all day and buying trinkets in Ajijic and then boozing it up and having dinner out 6 nights a week. I plan to be doing lots of volunteering in places west of Chapla on the lake where children are dying because they have kidney disease and can get a kidney only if their parents can show the means to pay 50 dollars a month for medication and they cant. But I have to believe that in order to live out my life here I need to be respectful of the fact that this gvt has allowed my wife and I entry based on fairly minimum requirements which many NOB cannot even meet while my country up north is kicking out fathers and mothers who have lived there for decades and will leave behind children who they will probably never see again. Pretty sobering. I assume I will get pretty nasty responses as I have been called a troll, etc but I am a newbie and am very grateful for the opportunity to be able to learn much from all of you. To me some of you are like family. I love reading some of the posts and banter I have gained so much information from many of you and that has helped me tremendously even though I still cant figure out this whole private health insurance craziness. With all its foibles this is a wonderful forum. All I ask is that you look into your hearts and ask yourselves why you are here? I told you most of the reasons why I am here. I am probably the only one who has never been in a Costco since I found out that the Kirkland brand toilet paper (the number 1 selling item at Costco is terrible for flushing in my development (seriously) Life could be far worse. We are still 6 feet above ground rather than 6 feet below. Its all about perspective. Each and everyone of you is special.There are so many people who read this forum and don't participate for fear of being attacked, etc. My wife and a good friend are two of them. Heck, I would like to ask more questions and participate but I have trepidation . You represent a wealth of knowledge that people like me are looking for. That is something special that you have. In 10 years If I am still here I will make it my point to answer any questions from newbies ( all of you know who we are just by looking at our names) with courtesy knowing I am helping someone who was like me. Confused, a bit scared and don't know who else to turn to. Yes, Some of you , the elders of this forum wield power that you do not know you have. The power to give people like me information in 3 sentences that if not for you would take me 3 weeks or months or more to figure out. I wish all of you a magnificent day and thank you for allowing me to have posted this.
  2. 20 points
  3. 17 points
    Denise - you may need to understand the quantity of puppies and kittens being thrown out in the area, or half starved where ever they are living. There are times when euthanasia is a kind solution. Please don't condemn until you are the person who has just discovered 7 abandoned puppies and is responsible enough to do something about them, rather than just walk on.
  4. 16 points
    Hud; I was starting to provide a well thought out answer to you about human/animal behavior and stealing. But, then I thought I might look at your post history and discovered you seem to have a negative troll like answer to just about everything. At this point I feel logic would fall on deaf ears. People might think your posts have to do with the areas you list you have lived: Oklahoma and Texas as both are known to produce more than it's share of narrow/negative minded people. But I was born and raised in Oklahoma and moved here after 20 years in Texas so I know the states can also produce those with positive attitudes. And for the record, every town I lived in in OK and in TX had more than it's share of thieves. The only explanation for you not having any problem because you "didn''t pick a bad place to live" was that you lived in the Eastern Oklahoma hills as a hermit. Or that you were that one crazy angry man in town whom no one talked to or got near. Thieves and bitter people are a fact of life - everywhere.
  5. 15 points
    I was raised going to bullfights, they are part of my culture so I can criticize them all I want. . My grand-father took us every Sunday in the summer. I saw all the famous bullfighters and saw several of them being hurt.. Bullfights and games with the fighting cows and acrobatics with fighting bulls are part of my culture and I vote to have the bullfights banned... In Boxing two consenting aldults are involved, their choice.. In a bullfight the bull has no choice, RV no point rationalizing that the meat is sold.. Have you ever tried to eat the meat of a bull afer it has been running fighting for 20 minutes?? The meat is horrible, it used to be given to hospitals for stews..The bull is tortures for 20minutes.. which means 6 bulls are tortured for 20 minutes each for the pleasure of humans.. In my grandfather´told us how they used to use old horses without protection and it was common to see a horse running as it was losing its guts stepping on them etc.. then they passed a law to protect the horses. Very few matadores are any good, they miss very often and the sword enters the bull totally and than the bull has to be made to run in circle to get the sword out , usually bleeding from the mouth as it is hit in the lungs and not in the heart and so on.. I have no problem with the bull being shot and butchered , I do have a problem with the bull being put through that. Bullfighting has been outlawed in Catalonia. It is outlawed in France except in a few cities where it is an old tradition like Bayonne or Dax but it will be outlawed eventually and really should be put away like feeding the Christians to lions was ... A lot more things should be outlawed but that one is totally gratuiteous for the pleasure of a few people and to enrich the breeders ... The cows are also used in games but they are not killed as a results they become very tricky and the games can get pretty funny but the bulls get the pictures past the 20 minut and become very dangerous.. A cow will attack and gore people but not trample them, a bull will tram´le people and gore them. By the way what kind of a fight is it.. the bull starts out wounded as his neck muscles are damaged so he cannot keep his head up.. Gives us games without the picadores and may the best one winn, let´s see how long the bullfighters will last..
  6. 14 points
    After 17 years here we are in our 70s. Dec/ Jan we are using our rolling propane heaters more. Fans keep April and may comfortable and the backup AC only gets used a few afternoons. The cobblestones and the lack of enforcement of sidewalk repair has cut way down on our walking which is now pretty much limited to the malecon. What keeps us here is the mexican people. They are happy, generous, mostly honest, etc. I have a friend who lives in a sun city in jacksonville FL and loves it. She has her golf cart a cute house and fun activities. But, I'm assuming all she sees are old people? I love the children, the young men who help me, the maid who sings through her daily chores, the flowers we grow, the gardener who comes instantly if I have an emergency. And yet we can't to seem to spend all of our SS. Our pensions go to investments for our future bequests. We do have medical coverage , so don't worry about that. Viva Mexico!
  7. 14 points
    Maincoons We saw your house being built so we have been in Ajijic a whole lot longer that you have, my husband votes there, I vote in Chiapas and we have residences in both states and are Mexican Citizens so we have a whole lot more to say than you do. We stay in Mexico when sick , do not go back to the States , I work for a Mexican company from Jalisco in Chiapas so if someone has nothing to say it is you. I can see why you would not like San Cristobal.. ..a little too real for you... the number 1 tourists here are Mexicans number 2 are Europeans so you are a little bit out of your element here. My husband spends most of his time in Ajijic and I spend a lot of time in Chiapas we have owned a house in Ajijic longer than you have been around so really if one of us has nothing to say it is you... I could also say the same thing to you in Spanish a whole lot better than you could. It is pretty funny for a man who is always bragging about his house and wealth to say that San Cristobal is pricey.. must have been scared of eating where the locals eat. I live near the market and shop there every day and it is a whole lot cheaper to live here than in Ajijic..it should be , the town is full of poor people. who do not eat in restaurants downtown. You chose to see the tourists area and that is your business but if you live here you know better than eat in the tourists traps.. Comparing a 450 year old town to Playa del Carmen is pretty funny. , they are both tourists towns but the tourism between the two is very different. I can assure you that all the European backpackers are not spending a whole lot of money here. As far as the government affairs in Chapala you really do not have anything to say either and your accusing them of all kinds of things is getting pretty old. They are what they are, if you do not like it vote for someone else. Your doctor and gardner and all other service people are Mexicans , they have the right to criticize their government, you do not. By the way you have no authority to define who is full time or part time here and Ajijic is part of the Chapala municipality like it or not and Ned Small has the same right than anyone else to discuss Ajijic if that is what he wants to do Resident of Ajijic or not.
  8. 14 points
    Next time just offer to take the dogs without the personal attack.
  9. 14 points
    you missed a few adjectives - whiny, self-centered, entitled, .......
  10. 14 points
    When I I got up this morning and was getting ready to run some errands I couldn't find my wallet. I looked all over the house, in the car, etc. and couldn't find it. I was thinking about all the hassles to get a replacement driver's license, INM card, credit cards, etc. not to mention some cash I had just gotten out of the ATM machine, What a mess. I started thinking back and finally determined that the last time I was sure I had it was when we went to a movie at Interlago Mall on the libramiento yesterday afternoon. I went by there about 1:30 today and they were all locked up as movies didn't start until later in the afternoon. I went back by again about 6:30 and talked to a couple of very pleasant and helpful employees. They went and got a young lady who introduced herself as the manager, I explained what I was looking for and she asked me a couple of questions - and then told me to wait for a couple of minutes. She unlocked the office and then opened a locked desk drawer. And out came my wallet! Absolutely everything was there - including all of the cash! I thanked her profusely and tried to give her a nice reward - which she refused. In fact she said that was not even working yesterday and wasn't exactly sure who had found it. I insisted that she accept the reward and we finally agreed that she would use the money I was offering to buy drinks and snacks for everyone. There are people that will take advantage of you anywhere - and people that will exhibit exceptional kindness everywhere, My experiences in Mexico have been overwhelmingly positive. Another great day in our little bit of paradise.
  11. 13 points
    I'd agree with your observation Lakeside7. IMHO there are two primary causes: 1. Mexican car ownership has skyrocketed. In Jalisco for example car sales are increasing annually at a rate around 20 percent or higher. Put that with the renewed popularity of a newly mobile of the city of 6 million we live very close to and that translates to a lot more visitors. I note people observing similar impacts in places like Mazamitla, Tapalpa, Puerto Vallarta and other popular recreational destinations. The Tapatios have wheels and money in their pocket and they like to get out of town. 2. Unfortunately this influx has not been met with increased and better services and management locally. Quite the contrary. Whether it be trash removal, road repair, addressing traffic issues outside of Chapala the local government is AWOL. It is noteworthy the Pueblo Magico visitation committee commented on the general trashiness and obvious failure to manage solid wastes and other environmental issues. And they've been handing out building and business permits for ugly and damaging projects like candy not to mention the ear shattering concerts. Look at the broken benches and the rotting bridges on our Malecon. Together with the trash and the potholes the overall presentation of this town has gone down. Way down. When we moved here 10 years ago, street repair was systematic and consistent. Yes we had cobblestones but those were kept in far better repair. As for trash removal you could set your watch by it. Major streets like the carretera and around the plaza were swept regularly. No more. Jalisco in general has gone backwards in environmental protection and road maintenance. Let's face it Chapala highway is a bone jarring, car wrecking nightmare. Just about every road in this state is nearly as bad or getting so other than those pricey toll roads. The current Jalisco government cut road maintenance nearly 30 percent and it shows. It shows locally too since they are responsible for the maintenance of the carretera and there basically isn't any at all. After two years of failure to provide reliable and consistent trash service Ajijic is a lot trashier than it used to be. The Pueblo Magico people noticed it, my visitors notice it and we notice it. It is a regular occurrence to have to bring the trash back in on missed pick up days. Unfortunately not everyone does that so the stuff gets scattered all over the place. No, if we came today for the first time and saw this we probably would have looked elsewhere. The situation is manageable IMO but this local government isn't going to do it. Given the reformers can't seem to understand that running 5 candidates is a sure bet for reelecting the current regime I don't see a lot of hope for a better municipal future here.
  12. 13 points
    Some years back, all the restaurants started hiring musicians to play during supper, then lunch. And lost a lot of customers. Salvadore's restaurant came close to going under after he started playing music at lunch. Tony's became the place to avoid while he was singing at 8pm. I will never go to a restaurant that plays anything more than background piano, or quiet jazz records, during mealtime. A singer-songwriter duet, such as recently advertised locally for 6pm? Forget it. Dinner out is the perfect place to chat with friends and renew old acquaintances, not to shout over your food.
  13. 13 points
    Amazing how small this community is.. who cares who the managers or owners are... If the store is a good one I'll go there , if not I won´t.. it is that simple no need to have a personal campaign one way or the other..
  14. 13 points
    Denise, with all due respect, you have NO idea how many more puppies and kittens are born every day here than homes exist. And that's NOTHING compared to how it was 20 years ago before S/N really got into gear. If you are so outraged, after you pick up those pups, perhaps you'd like to drive out to Anita's and take on the 50-plus cats and kittens that will be put down because there are no homes for them either........ (and yes, we have 5 cats and 4 dogs, all rescues, and our inn is full) Euthanasia is never a nice prospect, but it beats the alternatives in many cases.
  15. 13 points
    For those who ridicule people for some of their honest answers, and who think you should go back to Canada or the United States for wanting some of the things you had there, think back to the city you came from. Did you ridicule the Italian immigrants for all their stores in "Little Italy"? Or did you shop there sometimes for some of their great products? Did you ridicule the Chinese immigrants for what they had going on in "Chinatown"? Or did you go to their restaurants for some fantastic meals? All the cities have areas where immigrants of a certain nationality like to spend time together. You probably understood that it is human nature to want to be with people who speak your language, and to buy products in stores that suit your way of cooking, etc. There's comfort and familiarity in that, and there is nothing wrong with craving things you enjoyed in your home country. Why can't you see that it is the same for people who have immigrated to Mexico to want to eat certain foods, and buy certain things they grew up with? That doesn't mean that they're not enjoying their life in Mexico, and that they should go back. It means they are human and they feel comfort from certain things they grew up with, that's all. There is nothing wrong with that. Let me tell you who else wants many things from the U.S. Rich Mexicans. Take a look around in Superlake and you will see Mexicans who can afford it in there buying all those imported products at high prices. Take a look around in Guadalajara and you will see many American stores and chain restaurants, and who do you think they opened those for? The foreigners from Lake Chapala? No. It turns out that Mexicans like that stuff too, if they can afford it. MaineCoons had a good point above, I must say.
  16. 12 points
    I have lived in Ajijic full time for almost 13 years - visited here for the first time about 20 years ago. I started coming to Mexico and Central America in the mid 60's - even drove to the Panama Canal and back one time. I have definitely seen quite a bit of change in Ajijic over the 20 years I have known about the place. Traffic is definitely heavier and some other things have changed - some for the better and some not so great. I am actually in the U.S. right now visiting grand kids but can't wait to get "home" next week. Mexico and Ajijic are far from perfect but I've never had one day when I thought about leaving. We have friends that are REALLY frustrated by lost of things - most notably the traffic. I'm never in a hurry so I just refuse to let the traffic bother me. I never give a moments thought to things I want to change and hope I never do. If that ever happens I'll just have a margarita and I'm sure that those thoughts will pass. As one of my great work friends used to say "It's 10% how you make it and 90% how you take it". I don't care if the glass if half full or half empty - I just LOVE the glass. I feel truly blessed.
  17. 12 points
    Do not worry michel 2595, the town never was clean or in tip top shape so there is no danger we go back to the original town. We I came in in 2001, there was more sewer lines broken and raw sewage going into the lake. there was more garbage at the lake because the lake was way out. The gardners burned the debris and some garbage on the bank of the lake, now they cannot because people took over the federal zone, there was more horse and cow poop all over because there was cattle grazing at the lake and moving around the streets, more dogs in distress .. street lights would go out for ever... so there is no perfect time, it is just that with time we forget things.. Once thing we did not have is the traffic back up, caused by the lights because there were no lights., nor did we have a Soriana or a Walmart. The restaurants would close at 8 and went out of business like clock work during the low season.. It never was paradise.. nor was it ever magical, charming yes but clean and magical , I do not think so.
  18. 12 points
    I really see no reason to kick Superlake no matter who is the manager. SL is one of the top expat resources here. To me they are more important than the American Legion where I am a member and the LCS where I did not renew.
  19. 12 points
    Love it. Keep these checkpoints coming! Nobody tolerated drunk driving NOB , why are we not all clapping hands and supporting this effort here. Too many lives have been lost to this. Make the penalties as high as possible I say! Viva Mexico!! Set em up all over Lakeside every weekend all weekend and maybe we will get less "party crowds from the city" on weekends. We all need to support and encourage this effort. Well done Jalicso!!!!
  20. 12 points
    Most crime is not reported. Be concerned. Very dangerous. Cancel trip
  21. 12 points
    But you do win the award as most negative comments regarding this area of Mexico, in my opinion. Fred Habacht
  22. 12 points
    I'd be happy if the streets and main roads weren't full of potholes that destroy small cars. Some of the above answers are leaving me gobsmacked: More lousy fast food restaurants like the U.S.? What ARE those people thinking? Why did they move here, anyway?
  23. 12 points
    May you always pay attention, never get old and confused, never be ill and make a mistake, and always remain confident and certain. If any of those things do happen to you may you never be considered stupid or foolish by smug people who think they would never let something like that happen to them.
  24. 11 points
    I really wonder what all the bitching is about. If you are American your dollar goes pretty darn far here in Mexico. I am a Canadian so my dollar doesn't go so far. I wonder if you were back in the U.S. or Canada would you be bitching so much or just accept that this is what you have to pay and if you don't want to pay then don't buy it. I really get fed up hearing all this crap that goes on here about the cost of living. You are so lucky to be in a warm climate, with nice people , close to Guadalajara that has great concerts, opera , shopping. So please understand where the pesos is and when Superlake or now Poncho's buy from the U.S. it costs them a lot. So if you don't want it don't buy it , but please stop bitching. Jackie Sandler
  25. 11 points
    No one gives a rat's ### about how you rate women's bodies. Get lost.
  26. 11 points
  27. 11 points
    Court0503 is correct here, and has every right to be peeved. Those chastizing should be admonished. These records are public, intentionally so, so that owners, contracters, and anyone else can uncover legally-important issues. Neighbours have every right to know what's what when water leaks, trees grow past their boundaries, illegal businesses are operating... the list goes on and on. And realtors and their lawyers are the main clients of these files. Lot boundaries are one thing here that are fought over in court constantly, and signing a lease or a purchase agreement requires strict adhesion to the information contained therein. The woman that passed the info along is typical of the insiders' network, and should be fired for misrepresentation and using a government and public position to advance her husband's career. And he should be fired from his position with the realty company and blacklisted from ever working in the business again. These are shenanigans of the worst kind.
  28. 11 points
    The OP didn't pretend they hadn't made a mistake. Why be so ungracious? They were simply giving us a heads up. As far as any relationship about Mexico not being someone's place and this unfortunate mistake, this can and will happen just about anywhere. Let's try and not be constantly telling people this isn't their place or they should leave when they post something we don't like. Thanks OP for sharing your story.
  29. 11 points
    I agree more with Mainecoons. If our infrastructure was better maintained, I would be happy. To be honest, I hate to see this area become a series of store malls. Guadalajara has most of what we really need and is closer than a flight to the states. just my opinion.
  30. 10 points
    And once more he is allowed free advertising on this board.
  31. 10 points
    After living in central Ajijic for 10.5 years now, I finally started traveling around various colonial cities in MX with guided tour groups. I've loved all of them - San Cristobal, San Miguel, and Zacatecas as well as Mexico City so far. Coming home put me into the culture shock of realizing that I was sick of the dirty streets here, traffic congestion on the ever-tacky carretera, too much loud and low quality amplified music - as well as walking on cobblestones which is harder as you age. I enjoyed the cooler temps and cleaner air at the higher altitudes. Of course, relocating definitely crossed my mind. On these tours, I, a single woman, enjoyed the free time in the evenings, going off alone to explore different areas while walking at a healthy clip. I taught myself Spanish before coming here and have used it often since Day One. I have never inhabited the gringo self segregated all-English parallel universe bubble here. I'm able to break the ice socially with Mexicans as well as handle routine business and daily transactions. I chat at length with my maid in Spanish. Still I am not completely fluent and wonder if I would really thrive where not so many people spoke English outside of the businesses that cater to tourists. I am returning to one of those lovely places soon to test my meddle - alone. When considering where else one might live in MX, many seem to ignore the necessity of speaking the language and knowing the culture. How well would you function up north if you didn't speak English? Many gringos here are married and take for granted that they always have someone to talk to at home. Single people find it essential to get out and meet people, but you could only do that in Spanish in these other locations. And the Mexicans are not spending their lives looking for New Best Friends - they have their extended families around them. Simply, a few points to consider...
  32. 10 points
    The developers of Puerto Arroyo have no obligation to obtain phone lines for the houses they build. The realtor has a moral but no legal obligation to disclose that phone lines are not available currently. Buyer beware everywhere in North America; but especially in Mexico where there are few consumer laws. IMHO the OP did not perform due diligence before moving to Mexico as he should have understood that phone lines are problematic at Lakeside and the non-existent legal obligations of realtors to disclose potential problems .
  33. 10 points
    I wonder why there is need for other people to pontificate and suggest they are born again experts of the culture in which we live....it's your monkey keep it on your back
  34. 10 points
    When any of these services - or any individual - takes money or a "negotiable instrument" (a check, for example) across the U.S./Mexico border in either direction they must declare if they are transporting over $10,000 USD or equivalent. Look at the customs forms you complete going in either direction. The person or business transporting those funds much declare the amount if it is over $10,000 USD. You can transport more but you absolutely must declare it. If not the funds are subject to confiscation and the person or business is subject to a fine. I personally wouldn't carry anything for anyone across the border in either direction without knowing what it is. People and business do so all the time and almost always get away with it. But they do face some serious consequences if something goes wrong. If "getting away with it" works for you then go for it. For a while HandyMail had a policy that they would not accept mail containing a check of any size. That was after the problem they had that was mentioned above. Certainly sounds like a reasonable response and absolutely no doubt that they have every right to set any policy the want and to charge whatever they want for any service they provide. And they can change their terms, services and prices any time they want to. Just like any other business. When HandyMail or anyone else takes things to the border and "imports" it into the U.S. so they can take it to a Post Office on the U.S. side they REALLY are importing it. Pretty black and white. If you took some mail NOB for someone and there was a big check that got confiscated then would you reimburse the person who asked you to carry the check - and also pay the fine? Even if you didn't know you were carrying it? I'm not sure what anyone that is up in arms about this expects. No "advanced warning"? Blindsided? So HandyMail should send out a notification to everyone that might ever use any of their services just in case I might want to use them someday and wouldn't want to be "blindsided". Wow!!! Just plain silly. How on earth were you so irreparably damaged and personally offended by being quoted a price you didn't like? When you go into any business and ask them to do something or to sell you something they tell you how much it will cost. At that point - and only at that point - you have the option of saying "okay" or saying "no thank you". Seems REALLY easy and straightforward. They can't rip you off whether you say okay or no thanks. Just walk away if the deal doesn't work for you. If you say yes they didn't rip you off - you had a choice. If you went in and said you wanted them to do something for you and you would pay them $10 pesos and they said "no thanks" would you be ripping them off? Let me throw out another scenario. HandyMail charges you a fee - one that you like better or even the "exorbitant" amount they quoted you. They ignore the possibility that the funds can be at risk and just throw tour check in a bag along with other mail that happens to contain checks and get that bag to the border - in an hour, a day, a week or a month. At the border the bag is opened, the funds are discovered, they are confiscated and HandyMail gets a big fine. Would you expect HandyMail to cover your lost money? Would it be reasonable to expect them to just eat the fine? Much ado about nothing! If you don't like the price then make other arrangements. Using terms like RIPOFF is really inappropriate and offensive. I personally think HandyMail deserves praise for protecting us from ourselves. I personally wouldn't use anyone that didn't take this seriously - and they get to charge what they want for providing this service. And I get to say okay or no thanks.
  35. 10 points
    Wrong on both counts. We had a rave in the same place 3 blocks from my house. Nope, you're wrong Mainecoons. (In my very humble opinion because I'll probably be disappeared from this site if I don't say that.) You're wrong, in both your previous post in this thread, on many counts, and also in this latest one above which I'm only partially responding to now. And you know very well I've lived here as long as you have, and I lived in the house adjacent to yours three years ago. Yes, that was a loud music-filled event three years ago, but that was not a Rave. The event at the lakeshore in West Ajijic below seis esquinas a month or two prior to that WAS a rave. (And yes, it was truly awful, even all the way across town.) But that was the one and only "Rave". But I've learned, with respect, of course, there's no point in discussing or debating anything with you. You control all of the levers and switches on Chapala.com. And you're always right. Lastly, I hope you find a way to make peace with the local noise you'll never be able to change or make go away. Perhaps the famous quote below will help you. I hope so. -------- God grant me the serenityto accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.
  36. 10 points
    Let's give this guy, tkessler, some thanks for taking this on.
  37. 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…
  38. 10 points
    I thought some people would find this interesting. If you're not, I am good with that. Although, I don't understand why you bothered to post about something you don't care about.
  39. 10 points
    Betty,....' lower skilled non skilled & less educated people party all night '.... this has to be the greatest insult to any people. Go out in the sunshine, take a deep breath and be thankful you are able to live here. The alternative is that place between here and Guad and can take you anywhere you want.
  40. 9 points
    Every time I feel frustrated driving East into the village I am still appalled watching most;y local vehicles throwing trash out the window. When I feel very frustrated I take a trip back to the US. I am terrified of driving on 4-8 lane highways. I cringe at restaurant prices. I quake at housing prices. After four days I long for Ajijic again with all its faults.
  41. 9 points
    The OP is looking for someone who can clean and look after him should the need arise. "Pretty and obliging" was not the prerequisite. And yours was an ignorant and misogynistic comment.
  42. 9 points
    My first three years in Mexico were spent in San Miguel Allende. When you are sitting in the main plaza with the church bells ringing in that amazing building; when the first class parades are happening; when the colonial buildings dominate the downtown....you know why it was designated a "Pueblo Magico". It's well deserved. I moved here for its lower altitude because of health problems ten years ago, but never, ever saw a potential "Pueblo Magico" surrounding me. It's just a town that happens to border a lake, but although the lake is a great asset, it's not what the town is about. It's a nice place to live except for the neglected streets and a few other problems, but "magico"?.....whoever came up with that idea was a real dreamer.
  43. 9 points
    I don't see it as politics at all. It is, as Angus and other point out, a question of equality. And it is only one small area in need of massive reform among the many, many issues that people of North America face today. It wouldn't even be an issue if it weren't for testosterone. And to get upset about it is silly when you begin to think globally, because it sure isn't restricted to this continent. When you toss in the general inhumanity around the world, from slavery to religious extremism, it hardly amounts to a hill of beans. Yet it is the hill of beans we need to deal with.
  44. 9 points
    Who is Pedro and who cares? He does not even appear on this thread. I am sure that I speak for the majority on this board that I am getting very tired of some of the same people (many on this thread) going of on rants that have nothing to do with the subject matter. Grow up and stick to the subjects or take your stupidity elsewhere.
  45. 9 points
    Hugs get old when the food is less than good Fred Habacht
  46. 9 points
    I completely disagree. Are you living in the real world or some kind fantasy world? I have been travelling to México for over 25 years and live here now for 9 and this is complete nonsense. Have you ever been in a Mexican's home? Have you ever looked at the immaculate children going and coming from thier schools in thier spotless uniforms? Do you even know what you are talking about? Yes, maybe the streets might not be as clean and the garbage not picked up as in your perfect hometown, but have you ever heard of the phrase "behind the walls"? I suggest that you take a look some day before you spout your "Ugly American" reteric. And even if you are not American I suggest that you reconsider your offensive remarks or maybe think about why you are here in the first place. Just my opinion.
  47. 9 points
    What I would call exciting would be the return of Johnsonville brats.
  48. 9 points
    Most of those living at Lakeside know Agustin, owner of Viva Mexico and guardian angel of San Juan Cosala. Always willing to help anyone and giving to all in need, one of Agustin's major goals is to help more children gain an education. He is so grateful to all those who helped him along the way and wants to give back. He and his family are turning the bottom floor of their home into a tutoring center for local children who need to get educational support. There will even be a computer center located there for the children's use with home, online classes, and language tutorials. And as always, when Agustin pays it forward ... it is great for so many of us. One thing that he decided this morning was to make the fund raising dinner on April 28th into a buffet, so that all who come can eat a wider variety of delicious foods. So even though his "cut" of the fund raiser will decrease, he wants "his kids" to have what it takes to be successful. Just wanted to give a shout out to this great man.
  49. 9 points
    I don't think it is so much that Virgogirl complained but with how much bitterness she complained and how generalized her anger was. Maybe she was just having a bad day. However, to say it is INSANE that a business would be closed on a major holiday, part of a three day weekend, shows a lack of cultural understanding and a sense of entitlement that rubbed some people the wrong way. I live in Chapala and avoid going to Ajijic whenever I can due to even ordinary traffic and parking issues. However, calling the place many people live in and love "Ajjifreak" and "filthy" was unnessary and rude. You reap what you sow.
  50. 9 points
    More absurdism via Chapala.com. A national holiday / three-day weekend that started Friday-ish ending this Monday-ish. Celebrating Benito Juarez birthday (look at the 20 peso bill in your wallet, lakeside7). Yes, traffic has been awful, but not just today. Restaurants have been busy all weekend.