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  1. Update on sobriety checkpoints.

    I read elsewhere that they had one set up just last night near Ixtlahuacan, so I wouldn't be too sure that there won't be more.
  2. puerta Arrroyo

    There is no arroyo in Puerta Arroyo. You have it confused with elsewhere.
  3. US retirees in Mexico face being thrown out

    You're like a dog with a bone, aren't you Alan? Just can't let it go. I already told you in the beginning that DIF did NOT help her, just told her what she needed to get done such as the apostilles, and sent her on her way to the American Consulate who gave her the INCORRECT INFORMATION that only a parent who was IN the United States could get that done. Why do people like you think that because an experience didn't happen to THEM, it didn't happen? I already also told you that the next time I run across "these types of women", I will be sending them to you, because fortunately you have all the answers.
  4. puerta Arrroyo

    Don't buy in the bottom 2 rows, especially the lowest row. The evento centre beside it can be deafening at that level. Up higher or on the west section would be much better. There are not many places in town safe enough to live without bars on the windows but that is one of them.
  5. US retirees in Mexico face being thrown out

    Now you are twisting my words, Alan. Where did I say "all"? I was speaking of the boy and his sister who I recently helped. If it applied to these two American born kids I am sure it does happen to others, though. I can only attest to what happened in my case. I think I made it very clear that I was talking of a specific case where I helped a boy I sponsor. The Cert of Nationality may only cost that but I clearly stated that we had to get his copy of his U.S. birth certificate apostilled in the U.S. and that was not free. Then the document the U.S. provided had to be translated to Spanish down here. All this involved Fed-exing documents back and forth. Therefore in my case, it DID cost far more than 260p per child. I did state that the Prepa wanted thousands of pesos for him to attend as a foreign student because he had no Mexican birth certificate, and they did. Like I said earlier, I was there and you weren't so you can't really argue about that conversation, can you? Let's let it go and please keep your rule book handy for the next case.
  6. US retirees in Mexico face being thrown out

    AlanMexicali. I don't understand the point you are trying to make by posting all these rules and regulations which no one cares about. Whether you want to accept it or not, ( and you clearly don't ) the boy didn't have a Mexican birth certificate to present until such time as we helped his mother get all the paperwork done with his American birth certificate. Until that time he was not allowed to register in Prepa. He was allowed to attend Primaria and Secundaria , but NOT Prepa. Let's agree on this, Alan. Next time I have a kid I'm sponsoring in this situation, how about if YOU take over and use all your rules and regulations to fix the problem. Thank you in advance. Now I know who to contact, and the family will greatly appreciate your expertise and assistance.
  7. US retirees in Mexico face being thrown out

    Alan Mexicali, although that all sounds very nice, when you have no birth certificate from the U.S., and have to find a way to get a copy of it sent here, and you are uneducated and don't know how to use a computer, things are not that simple. This mother managed to get a copy of the birth certificates for her kids a couple of years ago but then we were told that they had to go to California to be apostilled, and then translated here by an official translator, and then taken to the DIF office so the kids could be registered. DIF offered her no help with getting any of that done, and the consulate in Guadalajara gave her incorrect information about a parent in the US having to get the birth certificates apostilled. The Prepa would absolutely not accept the boy for registration without this and told him that he would have to pay as a foreign student to attend. So there well may be all kinds of programs in place but if DIF and the parents don't know about them, it is not much use to them. To say that none of what I said is factual is untrue, since I have sponsored about 70 students in that Prepa and the Director therefore knows me, and told me that his mother would have to get all that paperwork done before he could attend for free. Since I was there and you were not you will simply have to accept that much at face value.
  8. US retirees in Mexico face being thrown out

    The problem is they are not considered to be Mexican citizens. They are citizens of the United States, and when it is time for them to go to Prepa, which is what they call high school here, they will be considered as foreign students and charged thousands of pesos each semester to attend, which of course the parents don't have. That means they can't progress past Grade 9 unless all the paperwork is done to register them as Mexican citizens. It takes thousands of pesos and some know-how which the often sorely uneducated parents have a difficult time understanding and doing. I helped a woman register her son recently. Prior to my helping she had gone to the American Consulate in Guadalajara to try to arrange for his American birth certificate to be apostilled and they told her only a parent who was in the United States could do it, which was completely incorrect information. It is not easy for an uneducated person with no money to get her children registered as Mexican so that they can go to school and get a voter's card one day when they are of age.
  9. Cell phone set up help wanted

    Young people are very good with technology. You could hire a young Medical school student I sponsor named Alex Ortiz and his cell number is 333-597-5369. His English is excellent and I'm sure he would be able to get you going. These young people spend a lot of time on their phones!
  10. I agree. I only meant rich in comparison to most of the poor Mexicans in the villages. There is a growing middle class, absolutely. The rich Mexicans don't go to P.F. Chang's in Guadalajara. They go to the P.F. Chang's in Houston, or Sacramento, or Las Vegas, among other much more expensive restaurants in other countries.
  11. Ha Ha, I know, but some people really enjoy junk food. There are lots of places to get good burgers here now, unlike when I moved here, but I still love the taste of a Papa Burger! What can I say? It has its own certain flavor and I would love to have one.
  12. 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.
  13. I dropped my husband off at 10am today and there was nothing going on. Just the usual busyness.
  14. Well said. Thanks for what you have done. I know it must have been very difficult. Giving some money to a charity is all well and good, but the ones who go in and get their hands dirty, and put in the long hours, and face the realities of whatever sad cause is the one being helped, seeing it personally and actually dealing with it, are the ones who are really helping the very most. You and your Transition Team are to be admired for everything you are coping with and I thank you wholeheartedly for your time and effort.
  15. The Instituto Internacional offers grades 7 through 12 only.