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Everything posted by RickS

  1. The Snowbirds are back

    Nope.... it is definitely "my gay" daughter.... only he underlined it twice just in case one didn't get the intensity of his feelings (either toward the owner or his daughter, can't tell!).

    Just be reminded that many/most Mexican houses don’t have a true ground circuit. Make sure that your 3-prong wall plug is actually connected to a ‘real’ ground. Otherwise no surge protector is going to be affective. Past that, Trip Lite is a respected name..... in my business I purched them over AMC. For refrigerators just remember that they will draw a good bit of current when the compressor starts up (many times a day) so match that with a regulator. IMO, it would be hard to compare this product with something bought locally without knowing the real specifications of the local unit. On the other hand, local units may be designed from the git-go knowing that Mexican power is not as clean and that ‘normal’ operating voltages are higher.

    The 'info tag' associated with this ad says " i-phone "..... not really. Perhaps the owner meant 'smartphone'.
  4. Sonia, I am surely no arguing your point but, for me, one question has seemingly never been addressed (to my knowledge or satisfaction). That is the statement from the goverment about TIP’s ‘life’, and in English, is: ”As a foreigner, the expiration date of your permit will be the same as that of your immigration status, including its continuous renewals provided that they are sequential. Bear in mind that you need to submit your notice to the Customs Office within 15 days of the date of the immigration document renewal, for you to be entitled to have your permit deposit reimbursed.” To me, when one decides to fly out, and they surrender their Tourist card to the airline and thus Aduana, their immigration status is that they are no longer a tourist in Mexico and therefore “have no immigration status”. That Tourist card was for ‘up to 180 days’ and they have decided to relinquish that visa to the government prior to it’s 180-day death. When one then decides to fly back into Mexico they are issued a new Tourist card but since that new Tourist card is not ‘continuous’ it can not be considered a renewal (if for no other reason than a Tourist card cannot be renewed, but also ‘continuos’ did not happen). I suspect that ‘continuos’ language is put there for the Temporal visa which can be/is renewed and we all know that the TIP that is associated with it can be renewed at that time also. Anyway, I’m wondering if you might have asked for clarification of this point when you spoke to your contact, Sr de la Rosa? For most, that is the language that appears to suggest that a car cannot be left behind. I am also wondering if that gentleman might be willing to give a written clarification response to that question if asked to do so.
  5. Your temporary vehicle import permit (TIP) is good for the same period as your Tourist card.... up to 180 days. I say up to as you can, of course, leave before then. But one CANNOT legally leave Mexico WITH the TIP vehicle left behind (this is a highly disputed claim and has been debated for years, but.....). Plenty of people have done it (leave with the vehicle still in Mexico, then fly back), including me, but some have been fined if "caught". The odds are pretty small that one will 'get caught'. IF you decide to fly out, with the vehicle still in Mexico, your Tourist card stating that you came into the country via ground, will be taken by the airlines as required. Upon re-entry by air you will be issued/you will fill out yet another Tourist card for 180 days and this one will denote that you arrived Mexico via 'air'. When you eventually leave Mexico by vehicle within the original 180 days, you will want to turn in your latest Tourist card and cancel the TIP paperwork at the Mexican border (or you won't get the refundable $400 deposit you gave AND you will not be able to bring another foreign plated vehicle back into Mexico as their records will show you did not remove the first one!).
  6. CNBC article re Chapala Cost of Living

    That information is so wrong it borders on criminal to publish it!!! Most of that info is circa 1997 at best and even then I could not have gotten an apartment for $148/mo.
  7. Actually, if the vehicle qualifies you will have to use a bonded Broker at the border. AND, that vehicle will have to be formally EXPORTED from the US as part of the process. That part is not costly but will take a day or two alone. Depending on the value of a vehicle the cost is “somewhere around $2500 US” mas o mano. Many people don’t think that it is worth the trouble/cost but that, of course, is an individual decision. Only vehicles 8 to 9 years old can be imported and only NAFTA qualifying vehicles can be imported.... so no ‘Made IN Japan, Germany, South Korea etc etc’ vehicles.... only VIN#'s starting with a 1,2,3,4 or 5.
  8. ROKU ??

    Ah, consumer choice. What a concept. The cable/dish folks rode that horse for a good number of years but that is coming to and end.
  9. ROKU ??

    Well, not quite western but you are right about its appeal. Winters are great for ski'rs but I quit that sport years ago when costs went haywire and lift-lines approached an hour wait. Now it is somewhere warmer in the winter like..... sigh..... PV and surrounds.
  10. ROKU ??

  11. Mexican car safety features

    That does sound like a bargain! So curious.... were you able to 'bargain' to get that price are was it 'list'?
  12. On demand water heater

    I’ve certainly heard that (the ‘without problems’ part) about Bosch units and maybe others that have no pressurized water system feeding them, but have friends with another brand coupled with pressure and seemingly don’t have problems.
  13. Mexican car safety features

    Nissan ‘what’ though? $10,800 US would be a killer price for a Murano-type Nissan but no so much for a Tsuru.
  14. ROKU ??

    Wow, pappy, with all of that content firepower, when do you and the Ms. have time to step out-of-doors!?!
  15. Guess should have added that it was Chrome on an Android device but I just checked and it works fine on my Windows 10 Chrome too...... But aside from the 'problem' with the page on some computers..... nice information Sonia!
  16. Yes, cut-n-paste into probably any word/text program will allow it to be viewed successfully. It also is OK using an iPad so Apple/Safari is seeing it as intended. Google Chrome also handles it fine. Firefox does not. As mentioned above there is probably something in the 'code' that is not being picked 'correctly' up by some browsers. Common actually. IMO, only your website designers (or someone there schooled in web design) will be able to determine why some/all windows-based browsers can't decipher the intent.
  17. Costco Hearing Aids

    Costco NOB has a very good reputation and carries top of the line aides at a good price.... Siemens, Resound to name a couple. Their 'terms' are beyond good.... meaning they replace lost aides, give at least 6 months for one to decide they want to keep the aides (after purchasing them up front), any Costco will 'look at them' for you, not just where you purchased etc. etc. I recently purchased a Siemens model which is their Kirkland Signature 7 model for this year. $1700 per the pair.
  18. Insurance- What to get????

    IMO, the whole Part B Medicare insurance thingy is a tough one to call. I have had two sets of friends who also said that they would be buried in Mexico... that's how sure they were that they would stay and I believed them. Both sets LOVED Mexico and especially Lake Chapala. But for each set the time came when, due to unforeseen medical situations, they HAD to retreat to the US to obtain healthcare/drugs that were not available in Mexico at the time (or extremely expensive per dose but covered by Medicare). Since it was crucial to their staying alive they left....crying, but they left.
  19. I'll 3rd the choice of crossing at Nogales. It is the only reasonable way to come from N. California all things else being equal. And don't let the sound of Mariposa truck crossing deter you from using it.... it is also for cars and most folks use that crossing barely to the west of Nogales. And, if you are so inclined, you could stop over in Mazatlan to enjoy some time at a nice beach city. Authentic Mexican experience gringo-ized enough for everyone to enjoy IMO. Enjoy your trip......
  20. Oaxaca City

    With all that devastation and people loosing their jobs, why in the world would anyone want to 'drive a hard bargain', especially when the pesos is already a bargain?
  21. Insurance- What to get????

    Although I don't live Lakeside, I think that the decision to forget Medicare Part B should be an individual's decision. I have been on Medicare for 11 years now NOB and although I am pretty healthy my costs have been minuscule. Also suggesting that one who has Medicare NOB is in bad shape compared to being in Mexico is not accurate in my opinion. Dental I agree with wholeheartedly but not medical. I pay for PartB @ $130/mo and my premium for Medicare Advantage is $0. Health Club costs $0. Costs me $15 to see my wonderful PCP, $0 for a thorough annual physical or $50 for a specialist. Something like a colonoscopy as an outpatient cost $250. Hospital stay is $200/day for 5 days then $0. If something big happens my maximum out of pocket is $5,000 per year.
  22. Residente Permanente

    Chapala will be fine, if not required. MANY have done it there and without facilitators. That office has many Temporals 'under their belt'. If, as a newbie, you aren't comfortable doing it yourself you can get Spencer McMullen (the lawyer to whom you have been referred) to help for a fee.
  23. I don't know/see how you came to the conclusion about AT&T Mexico being the best option. AT&T is fairly new in Mexico having bought existing Mexican carriers Iusacell and Nextell in 2015. With those purchases they cover about 90% of Mexico. That said, TelCel is ubiquitous in Mexico and their coverage at Lakeside is probably better. I don't know about pricing between each of them but if I were a newbie I'd just start off with TelCel if for no other reason than there are many places where one can get 'service' with them. After you have been here you could look into other resources but...... YMMV P.S. and yes, I'd just wait until you were Lakeside to address your cellphone needs. P.P.S. T-Mobile in the US has an agreement with TelCel in Mexico and it works flawlessly for me. Once in Mexico your phone will switch over to TelCel automatically. The T-Mobile "over 55" account @$50 has unlimited talk, text AND data in the US and that carries over to Mexico so you could use that for quite a while after arriving Lakeside and worry about switching after you have settled down. Calls back to the US (and Canada) are covered with the plan.