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  1. Construction on the libriamento

    Another hospital...according to a Mexican friend.
  2. access to the periferico

    So, it seems that you exit to the right before getting to the periferico but stay in the left portion of that exit . Then you travel under the periferico and loop around and then go under Lopez Mateos and the loop up onto northwest bound periferico. Well, I guess I did miss something. I hope that works better that the crazy cloverleaf. They never seem to do the same thing twice when configuring highway intersections. They always seem "casi perfecto." Thanks for the info. Alan
  3. Wonderful food

    I think the op was talking about Teocintle which, by the way, is terrific. It is a very small place but they do take reservations. Never heard anything but raves about the place. We'll probably overwhelm them and force them to expand and it will never be the same...so go soon while you can enjoy a truly unique dining experience. Alan
  4. Unless I missed something, which is quite possible, it now seems that when heading into Guad on Lopez Mateos you can't exit and head west on the periferico. You can still get on and go east and you can still get off the periferico onto LM when traveling west. It looks like they just took out the cloverleaf that let you do the normal loop up to the westbound periferico. We just went past the Home Depot and traveled back east until we got to the entrance to head west. Has anybody heard about a design change or eventual addition of some way to make that portion of the trip easier? Alan
  5. Car Inspection

    Last I heard it was still just the place on Zaragoza. I too have tried numerous times and can't get in. You'd think that something that is required would be available...Like maybe move the test machine to another shop until the street is passable. They seem to have torn up several streets in the old part of Chapala before finishing the first one. It has to do with securing funding from the state for anything that is underway, even though not completed, before the end of the year. Alan
  6. Internet in Riberas

    We live near the Anglican church on Av. de la Ribera and always have download speed of 10 mbps. Alan
  7. Meeting with Transito

    My point was that ,as Mainecoons states, we are living in a functioning anarchy especially when it comes to traffic. And I'm perfectly OK with that! I see fewer accidents here than NOB. But for police and other officials to make claims that whatever they decide to do is in the name of safety, well, that is just b.s. and we all know it. If it wasn't, then some of the common infractions I mentioned would be strictly enforced. They aren't. I also frequently break traffic laws, expect others to break traffic laws, and am not only willing to pay the consequences for that, but I still love living here. I lived here 45 years ago and I've lived and traveled here since then. The traffic "laws" that are being broken today are the same ones I saw being broken back in 1972. I got used to it then and I'm used to it now. Don't expect it to get better or safer with the new cops... just get really good at driving defensively. Alan
  8. This seems to have become a computer problem page instead of trying to answer the original question. Not sure, but seems the OP is asking about financial requirements for perm. res. visa. The Mexican embassy website says for individual, one needs 94,165 on deposit for previous 6 months or 2,354/month income from pension,etc. No info readily available for couples. When we applied a few years ago, we got denied at first because we were not pensionistas but when I suggested she check the embassy website she quickly decided to give us the permanente visa based on bank deposits. Consulate employees all have different versions of the "truth" so instead of disputing the requirements, just refer them to their own government website so they don't feel like they have to break any rules or use any personal judgment that might get them in trouble with their boss. Alan
  9. It was recently stated by local transito reps that 4 wheelers and golf carts are not legal to drive on any street anywhere at anytime. You pay your money and you take your chances. Alan
  10. No booklet required now. No visit to clinic to get started required now. Just take a copy of the info they give you at the moment of signing up to the clinic or hospital next time you need medical help. There is sometimes a nurse at the Chapala facility who is there to check blood pressure, blood sugar level, etc. if it appears the person signing up might have a medical problem that needs to be on file. Anything that nurse makes note of will not disqualify you from getting coverage. I have been to the clinic in Ajijic (Seis Esquinas) and don't recommend trying to see a doc there for any minor thing. Those clinics are there for locals who truly have no other choice. As gringos, we usually have the resources to pay out of pocket for minor health issues and the S.P. clinic is a crowded and chaotic place that most gringos will not have the inclination to endure. Alan
  11. Meeting with Transito

    Just like in most other places, in Mexico it is mostly about revenue and very little about safety. Gringos in a car create more potential revenue than locals in a car. Locals in a beat-up truck or on a moto offer even less potential revenue and therefore receive fewer traffic stops. When you add in the family and friendly ties that local cops have with local drivers and the Mexican tendency to not be overly critical of friends, neighbors, or family...well you get the picture. Don't look for things to change much with the new police in place. If you get stopped, just take the ticket and don't offer a mordida. That just makes it worse for the future. You might be surprised how often the ticket is just more work for the cop and so it just won't get written. If safety was really a concern, we all know what should happen. Pretty much every time a motorcycle goes by, they are breaking laws and since they are most vulnerable they logically need to get the most tickets. Speeding 4 wheelers with drunk teens driving on the back roads, especially on weekends, need to be given tickets every time they are seen. Vehicles driving at night with no brake lights or other lights not working should be given tickets every time they are encountered. People passing on curves or solid yellow lines, driving in the ciclopista, tailgating, not dimming their bright headlights, and driving home to Guad with a snootfull after spending all afternoon drinking in SJC should all receive tickets every single time. But in the name of "safety" the police have other priorities. We all know it and they know we know it so don't expect any miracles. Alan
  12. Actually, they still had altars on Cinco de Mayo but fewer than in years past. The ones in front of the Presidencia and church are done by students who, as part of an assignment, choose a person to honor. This year we saw ones for Cleopatra, MLK, and others. The young folks who make them put in a lot of work and many dress up and wear appropriate make-up. The altars on Cinco de Mayo appear to be loved ones of the families who live on the street and seem more heartfelt. Both areas were a joy to experience. Remember that most are done for the evening of Nov. 2nd. Alan
  13. Gas Leak detector

    Actually, the code in the US was black iron only because of the potential of confusing the gas and water pipes which were galvanized. It had nothing to do with the "flakes getting into the orifices" which is an old wives tale. There are now no restrictions on using either type of metal pipe and even some places where it is required to use galvanized pipe for gas (such as in a fireplace insert.) There are now bans on using galvanized for water pipes and most old installations of that pipe from years ago are rusted and gone. Some states and some countries ban the use of copper for gas because of the same confusion issues and some places require copper for gas lines. Go figure. You should never have a copper fitting touch directly to a galvanized pipe or fitting since oxidizing will occur quickly. Use a brass fitting in between. Code in the US now calls for only the thicker yellow Teflon tape not the white since they have discovered that the white tape will dissolve with long term exposure to gas. Remember that in this country, anything goes when wiring or plumbing and things usually work OK most of the time. Alan
  14. Purging Propane Tank

    On NOB tanks there are a couple of things that are different and not all gas filling locations know how to deal with them. First, there is a slot head screw near the handle on the side of the gas valve. That should be opened before and while filling the tank with propane. The gas is heavier than air and as the gas goes in the air rushes out. When you see/smell gas coming out of the purge hole you close the screw and stop filling the tank. If you don't do this you will have pressurized air in the tank with whatever gas they had room to put in. Second, the tanks from NOB all have a very sensitive overfill protection device and when you first use your newly pressurized tank with your grill, you need to open the valve on the tank only about a quarter turn and light the grill. Once lit, you can open the valve more. With the new tanks you could cut the hose in two with the gas valve open and the the gas will shut off instantly. So when the tank thinks that might be the case if you open the valve all the way, it thinks there is an escape and it shuts down. If you forget this process just remove the hose and let out the gas and then reconnect and try again with the valve only barely open. There is a grill store in Riberas that has all the hoses and any adapters but be careful with getting your tank filled as many places have no clue how to fill tanks properly. Alan
  15. What happened to the plan that was floated by Chapala admin. to have local cops take over the duties of the Transitos? You'd think that if they got to keep part of the ticket money locally that they could use that to repair some trucks, fix some roads, and maybe hire more cops to actually go out on patrol. I see many traffic infractions every time I leave the house and I almost never see a transito or a local cop. Laws should be enforced but stops and subsequent tickets should be given according to the infraction...not the nationality of the driver. And EVERBODY should stop offering bribes to the transito cops. That makes the situation worse. Just take you ticket and go pay it early to get your discount. Probably be less than the bribe you would have paid. Alan