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  1. Thank you, DesertDave!!! Francine was very helpful and I just talked to Cheryl. The folks on this board are simply amazing when it comes to lending a helping hand!
  2. Yes, I'm sure that's right. Now all is need is her phone number/contact info.
  3. Nope, but thanks anyway. The lady whose contact info I'm looking for has a Chapala phone number and I believe she lives in Chapala Haciendas. I know that she has two sons who have lived here, one of whom is named Blake.
  4. Does anyone have the name and office phone number of the blonde Canadian lady who provides Shaw Direct Satellite TV service in Lake Chapala? I'm a long-time client, dating back to when her late husband ran the business several years ago, but I have lost her contact info. Since I only deal with her once a year to pay my annual subscription fee, darned if I can even remember her name. My renewal date is coming up soon but I will be visiting Canada on that date, so it is important for me to be able to contact that lady in the next week or so. I know this is probably a long-shot, but if anyone has her contact info, I'd sure appreciate it. Thanks in advance, MexicoJimbo
  5. I'm having some software problems with my laptop computer and would like to get the help of a computer expert today or as soon as possible. If you could recommend a computer repair person/company here in Lakeside, I would greatly appreciate it. The phone number/address of the computer repair person/company would be very helpful. I live in Chapala, but would have no problems taking my laptop to Ajijic or any other lakeside location. My computer is a Dell inspiron with a Windows 7 operating system and is about four years old. Thanks in advance for your help.
  6. Thanks so much for your detailed response, Jeanne. And thanks to other posters for their thoughtful replies.
  7. I am aware there is a FedEx outlet here in Lakeside, but I have no idea where it is. If someone could post the location and phone number for FedEx, I would be very appreciative. Thanks in advance....
  8. I hope the classified ad wasn't selling frozen turkeys. Wasn't Arthur "The Big Guy" Carlson the boss at WKRP in Cincinnati? "With God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly."
  9. Thanks very much for your response, Spencer. I now understand why the facilitator told me that financials would be required in my situation, since I would have been applying EARLY. I'll wait until 30 days before my FM3's expiration date before applying for permanente status.
  10. I'm confused. I have an FM3 with the number '4' on the back (as in 'four years'). I have been reading on this board that if you have an FM3 with a '4' on the back, financials are NOT necessary when applying for permanente status. Yet my facilitator, whose services I have used for more than a decade, tells me that financials ARE necessary in order for me to get permanente status. I have several months before I need to renew my immigrant status and I'm well aware that the rules and regulations will almost certainly change - or at least be clarified - before my renewal date. However, I would really appreciate knowing for a fact whether financials are required for someone who has an FM3 with a '4' on the back and is applying for permanente status. Thanks in advance for any responses to my question....
  11. Several excellent posts in this thread. Although the new income requirements aren't a problem for me personally, I have a great deal of empathy for many expats who are living on Social Security or the Canadian equivalent and will be adversely impacted by the new rules. I know quite a few folks in this situation. Many have lived here for a decade or more. Some own modest homes. A large number employ Mexicans as maids, gardeners and handymen. Quite a few have developed Spanish language skills. A lot of them contribute to charities or help poor local families on their own. And now they're worried that they may have to leave the country that they now call home - and all because of some bureaucrats' idea of a new immigration policy with stricter income requirements. When I see this concern, I think back to a conversation I had many years ago with a retired American woman who owned a small home in Riberas and was living on Social Security. She had told me how enjoyable her life was here in Mexico and then said: "You know what I would be if I still lived in the United States?" "No," I replied. She smiled and said: "A bag lady." I hope these new income requirements don't result in that kind of worst-case scenario for that woman and others like her.
  12. I heartily support this recommendation. I had a colonoscopy about a month ago. Dr. Juan Pablo drove me from Chapala to the hospital in Guadalajara, assisted in the procedure and then drove me back to Chapala. I also had a 'clamp' put on a problem hemerroid (sp?) during the procedure. That 'hemi' has since disappeared. I had been worried about what a colonoscopy would reveal, since my sister had this procedure a couple of years ago and two cancerous polyps were discovered. After having those polyps removed and having had chemotherapy for six months or so, she was (and remains) cancer-free. I put off having a colonoscopy (my first) for quite a while - I suppose I didn't want to hear any bad news. But I am happy and relieved that I have finally had the procedure. Even the day-before-the-procedure "flushing out my intestines" with two small containers of liquid being ingested wasn't as bad as I thought. Total cost for everything was 7,000 pesos. There was even a video disc of the inside of my intestines, filmed during the procedure. I let Dr. Juan Pablo keep the disc for his file on me. I didn't really want to add that disc to my video collection....although I have been told in the past that the camera loves me. But seriously....I highly recommend Dr. Juan Pablo. Interesting note: Prior to the procedure, when they were putting an I.V. in my arm so I would be sedated during the colonoscopy, they discovered my blood had the consistency of maple syrup. I wound up taking blood thinner pills for a month and will be taking a 'baby' apirin every day for the rest of my life. If this hadn't been discovered, a blood clot could have eventually developed and gone to my heart or my brain. Just another reason why I'm glad I had a colonoscopy.
  13. Hope you were happy with Arce's work. Could you post your photos, please?
  14. I'd like to recommend a very talented female artist, Arcelia (Arce) Real. She has painted beautiful designs (including flowers and 'sayings') for numerous clients in the Lake Chapala area. She speaks fairly good English, lives in Ajijic and can provide photos of her work for you to see. You can reach her at 045-331-244-4971.
  15. Here is a final excerpt from the article, dealing with the massacre so familiar to those living around Lake Chapala: On May 9th, Guadalajarans woke up to a new Zetas atrocity—eighteen headless, dismembered bodies left in two vehicles parked near a popular restaurant out past the airport. Then the police found some more body parts in a safe house in Chapala, a lakeside community that is popular with retired Americans and Canadians, about an hour south of the city. Half of the dead were soon identified. They were local people who had recently gone missing. Ordinary citizens, not narcos, kidnapped and murdered. Four were said to have been students at the University of Guadalajara. That turned out to be only part of the story. It seemed that the Zetas had planned to kidnap and kill fifty people, and to distribute the dismembered corpses around Guadalajara on Mother’s Day. The details of this plan emerged after a kidnapper on guard duty, Laura Rosales Sánchez, fell asleep and a dozen victims, seizing their chance, escaped. It was too late to save the eighteen—and two boys under Laura Rosales’s guard who failed to flee were also killed—but the police managed to arrest four of the kidnappers, who, under interrogation, revealed the grand plan to kill fifty. The kidnappings, their leader confirmed, had been done at random. They just grabbed whomever they could—waiters, a construction worker, a dance teacher in a primary school. The purpose behind all this carnage? To “cause terror,” the arrested leader, who is twenty-seven, said. He seemed vaguely bored at his perp-show press event, where he nonetheless tried to answer every reporter’s question. He was just following orders, he said, from a Zeta named Fernando, who remained at large. Laura Rosales, who is twenty-five, said that she had been mainly helping her brother, Angel, who also remained at large, and that the Zetas were responding, with this massacre, to the killing, up north, of twenty-three Zetas by Chapo Guzmán’s forces. After the Mother’s Day massacre, thirty thousand people, led by University of Guadalajara students and dressed in white, marched silently through the city, protesting the ever-rising tide of violence and the government’s apparent helplessness before it. Around the same time, tens of thousands of students marched in Mexico City in a sudden revolt, launched just weeks before the election, against the constantly reported inevitability of a Peña Nieto victory. Acuerdos between the PRI and the country’s biggest broadcasters, including alleged payoffs exposed by the Guardian, were making this a self-fulfilling prophecy, according to the protesters. There were more marches in June, but the student movement seemed unlikely to stop the return of the PRI. Read more http://www.newyorker...currentPage=all