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  1. To familiarize yourself with the bus method cstone and others have described, use Google Maps in Map mode to identify the automobile exit ramp for traffic leaving the airport complex on Boulevard Aeropuert to connect to HW 23/44 heading north towards Guad. Just south of, and parallel to, that HW overpass, project the Google control panel little yellow person icon onto the HW going north and visualize the white metal pedestrian bridge where the bus will stop to allow you to cross over HW 23/44, and which will deliver you to the eastern end of Boulevard Aeropuerto, a path you can continue to visualize both from above and at ground level. The return trip involves catching a bus directly west across the HW from your original bus stop; this second bus stop can similarly be visualized for orientation. As others have observed, carrying luggage of any size on buses can be troublesome, especially since they are so often packed.
  2. Two Chapala restaurant gems

    Interesting fact that the gentleman who set the then-novel quality standard and did the roasting for then infant Starbucks, Mr. Peet, had his shop around the corner from Chez Panisse, These, along with the Cheese Board Collective, constituted Berkeley's very influential 'Gourmet Ghetto'. It's a classic Berkeley experience to stand in line at the tiny Cheese Board Pizza 'office' with two Nobelists (Literature and Chemistry, on one occasion) and have the one type of always vegetarian pizza on offer that day. See: http://cheeseboardcollective.coop/
  3. It's wonderful that someone like mtatl is interested in this opportunity. ilox's notes suggest that they might stage 'town meetings', which is fine, but the operation of this technology is of a different order altogether, and almost deterministic if managed properly, and supremely quantifiable. Assuming there is someone qualified to frame the key questions and evaluate the system components and service hierarchy, just as mtatl seems to be, iloxs' chief engineer should be able to rattle off the answers in a few minutes. But get it in writing. If translation is required, sober up the local bilingual EE. As demonstrated by XO and other companies, telecom firms are refracting photons off a razors' edge, and I guess it's a tough business, but ilox can only benefit from an informed public that precludes it's own disappointment and frustration through skillful means.
  4. Per https://huaweiswitch.wordpress.com/2015/05/ , the maximum 'span' of a single GPON tree is 20km/12mi. That far east of Joco might be the theoretical end of the line. Thus GPON shares the same kind of limitations as xDSL (range) and Cables' shared bandwidth (congestion). ilox could probably lay multiple parallel lines supporting separate trees, but at this point I'm out on a technological limb... Note that the ilox documentation refers to the possibility of setting up low-cost wireless point-to-point transmitter/receiver pairs to serve areas within around 3km of any cooperative wired subscriber node. I looked into these radios about a year ago, and they seem to work well, in the states anyway. Seem to run around USD$300, the pair, and many are, with luck, PnP. The gentleman who has operated LagunaNet may consider adapting to this new environment, if it evolves. Reviewing the population density from Joco east with an eye on demographics, it becomes clear that special efforts might be made to inform denizens of Las Fuentes and especially the 'Racket' Club about the sign-up opportunity, along with the hotels and resorts along the way. The large but not pole-wired Senderos del Lago might not be eligible.
  5. Here is a link to a mixed descriptive and technical treatment of GPON which illustrates performance characteristics and how this topology is light on signal control electronics and thus relatively cheap; it's been around a while (I looked into it very casually maybe 15 years ago). See: https://huaweiswitch.wordpress.com/2015/05/ As Bisbee Gal suggests, It would be worthwhile to find current ilox users in analogous deployments and gather their impressions. Comments posted to the ilox FaceBook page are 'mixed': See https://es-la.facebook.com/pg/iloxmx/reviews/?ref=page_internal One recurring remark: "Worse than MegaCable." Still, after due diligence, I would be interested in subscribing in San Juan Cosala, but all I have is a bare lot. Do the building code and utilities allow water, power and telecom to be installed before the structure is finished? How about fiber-to-the-RV?
  6. Mexican investments questions

    Despite the fact that I personally hope that financialized capitalism collapses to be replaced by star trek socialism, in the meantime, appropriate to my age and obligations, I practice a careful but wide diversification across asset types and localities. As some say, wealth management is risk management; the MiniMax rule applies. Classically, rental real estate is ideal, but what a pain, especially if held by a foreigner during a period of social and economic upheaval. Holding pieds-à-terre in different legal and tax regimes may or may not be optimally profitable, but it does provide options of unique value and utility under duress. Some physical gold and junk silver, and a spot 'o bitcoin wouldn't hurt. Other hard international assets, such as energy, are best held in some securitized form, and if one has the bulk of ones' wealth in a single currency, forex can be a lifesaver. Live long and prosper.
  7. Mexican investments questions

    A couple of years ago I was visiting Lakeside for the first time and simultaneously thinking of buying some 'udibonos' (analog of US 'TIPS', if I understand correctly), all while the MXN was hitting 20 per USD for the first time. I decided instead to buy a small lot offered in pesos in a new neighborhood with terrific views and mostly buried utilities to not obstruct the vistas, and may build once the internet arrives in full glory. But to capture the depressed value of the MXN, I have enough pesos in my forex account to pay for the house already, and Cetes or 'Bonos also can make a lot of sense. But until this NAFTA nonsense is resolved the peso could be a problem. Great thing about forex is how cheap it is to trade decent sums and keep yourself hedged in real time. Without endorsement, see: http://www.finamex.com.mx/the-visionary/soy-inversionista/invertir-en-cetes-o-en-udibonos/ I also spoke with the chap at O'Rourke earlier this year, and my impression was that it is a smaller outfit, and rates etc. on offer were not exceptional. Might give good specialized service, though.
  8. Most of the check-ups and dental work I've ever had have been at facilities serving a large population with special, highly developed programs for international visitors, i.e., medical tourists. In Bangkok, Bumrungrad Hospital is perhaps the most famous in the world built on this model, serving Gulf and Ozzie patients in great numbers and specialized to their needs (in the later case, a rubber mallet...) A check-up there is like being run thru a white padded assembly line built into a four star hotel, and it works wonderfully, though prices have crept up even as the baht has declined (it's American run, but still much cheaper than the absurd US). In contrast, the medical check-up facility at CIMA Hospital in Escazu, Costa Rica, was in a nice little hospital and conducted by a series of fine professionals, but I was the only patient that morning. My point is, size matters (though Bumrungrad is rumored to have got it's start offering, er, 'extreme size reduction' surgery decades ago). Unless medical and/or dental facilities lakeside offer high-value services at sufficient volume, i.e., successful medical tourism, someone is going to end up paying for any improvement in facilities, though demographic trends should help.
  9. Toilet paper flushing

    Both my homes in northern California have proper US style septic systems, and I use the same eco-TP as the state parks that surround us, and while it is 'ergonomically' inferior to the normal commercial stuff, it does the trick and seems to just disintegrate in water. I will be designing a home at the top of the hill in SJC eventually, and hope to overbuild all it's systems to have the least negative impact. The street is so steep, using the sewer system US style would be like attacking Poland flying a Stuka...
  10. RENTAL

    Google Maps allows you to virtually walk most public streets Lakeside - extremely useful to contextualize any prospective property, the neighborhood and the routes in and out. Photographs capture a huge amount of information, if you study them thoughtfully.
  11. How do I pay property tax?

    I paid property taxes in for the first time on a newly purchased lot in SJC last March, in person. The staff in the Joco municipal office could not have been nicer or more efficient, though there was a something of a language barrier, and the taxes on undeveloped property are stunningly low. Talking with another american property owner in Ajijic, it is my understanding that municipal property taxes can be paid any time, including late. How would this work in Joco, specifically? It will be the case that in some years I won't be Lakeside to pay in person, so can I just ignore deadlines and just let the account accrue whatever penalty is involved, or is it important to have someone present the original paperwork annually in person? If annual payment is strongly recommended, who could provide such a service in Joco? Thanks!
  12. Telecable internet

    Under entirely different conditions (DSL hardware mounted on the north face of a house in the redwoods of northern California), I've seen how data rates can be rendered unstable by humidity, especially rain and sometimes wind. Cable should be more robust, but in Mendocino the copper connectors develop the green patina that graces the roofs of so many great buildings worldwide. Ask your neighbors if their cable service exhibits the same pattern (though you'd think Telecable would have line testing built into the system). And does anyone know how fast and dependable Telecable service is down the road in Los Senderos? Apparently Telecable contractually provides service to the entire fracc and poor service there could be a real problem for a captive audience...
  13. Mechanic For Audi or BMW?

    It would be interesting to hear back on this thread both what a Mexican european dealership's hourly rate is, and/or the who, what and where concerning quality independent .service, especially for German marques. Thanks.
  14. LV, you wrote, "...there WAS a waiting list..." May I ask, are you still waiting, and if so for how long, or if you've won the phone line lottery, how long it took. I ask because phone lines are just being installed in the neighborhood where I have a lot, about a km due west of the RC, and I may not build until adequate internet becomes available. Thanks.
  15. Huge Fire Last Night

    GH, big thanks for such a clear first-person report.