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  1. 14 points
    This guy showed up around here for a few weeks and became an instant expert. And he isn't just maligning Lakeside, he's attacking Mexico as well. He is extremely negative to the point of going right over the top. He was ignored here which pissed him off. From time to time we get some "burps" of criminal activity. The local population knows where their bread is buttered so they manage to tamp it down pretty quickly. Note that any place that brings relative affluence up against relative poverty is going to have its share of petty theft. This is the kind of stuff you can prevent with simple care, awareness and common sense. We've lived here 11 years and find it no less safe than many places we've lived in the U.S. Here, however, you are more responsible for your own personal and property safety. I don't know anyone who is leaving because of crime. The principal reason people leave is either medical or family too far away or both. That hasn't changed in the time we've been here.
  2. 13 points
    Texas. It's very close by and you can live happily ever after fondling your weapon 24/7.
  3. 12 points
    bontepar said: Have some foresight, Get IMSS when you are healthy, like I did, and you will not have any problems, It's apparent you don't KNOW Mexico. Do you really think it's that easy for many Mexicans to pay for IMSS? Do you understand that IMSS requires the entire family to be registered, each at a cost per person depending on age, and perhaps that is more than the family can afford? Do you understand that if a worker is registered in his employment, monthly payments come off their paycheck end the employer pays the premiums, but if a private family registers they have to pay annually like we do and that can be WAY out of their budget? ( In this case the family has IMSS but as Jackie says, there are still many outside costs involved) Do you know that SP requires payment for many medications AND many services if outside the ordinary range of circumstances, so while it is "free" and provides for essentials, it is not "free" in the sense you intimate. A Mexican friend recently needed surgery to repair severe knee injury and was quoted $4,000 pesos over and above the "free" part of SP even though he was a member! So I'm sorry bontepar, but your arrogant attitude towards this situation is unwarranted and does not bode well for your integration into Mexico.
  4. 10 points
    Ladies and Gentlemen - The purpose of this post was to ask for help for a Mexican family, without posting a whole lot of personal information about the situation. As a FYI the person is in an IMMS hospital. However , there are always expenses involved for families when a person is ill, is hospitalized and needing surgery, with needed follow up aftercare and those associated expenses.. Alan, thank you for the specific coverage information. Bontepar, I am happy for your wonderful foresight and financial situation to take advantage of the Mexican health care system to take care of your health needs. Not all Mexican Nationals are as fortunate as you financially . Reading the post, your options were to help or not help or by pass the posting, and avoid a back and forth [ snarky ] exchange about who is right or wrong about the health care system, which ultimately dilutes the purpose of the initial post., . . Help if you like, or ………………...
  5. 9 points
    It is a shame some "entitled" expat's are forcing restaurant's to make business decision's about breaking the law and allowing dog's in their restaurants. I think maybe if we print signs and distribute to restaurants saying this is a pet free premise or zone the expats will take the hint. Otherwise the restaurant could simply point to the sign. If a majority of restaurants do this the dog owners cannot discriminate against one. I think most restaurant owners are afraid to confront the dog owners and they should not have this burden put on them. I know their have been many posts on this forum about the dog problem but it is getting worse. Anyone else have a good idea?
  6. 9 points
    Seems to me lakeside 7 you read it...somewhat thought about it ? then replied...probably took you longer than the poster with less purpose.This is surely the type of information actually relevant to our daily lives here at Lakeside...rather than the usual back and forth bull....t between the same perpetual posters . Water supply should be one of the most important topics .
  7. 8 points
    The title of this webboard may give Mr. Trouble a little clue as to why this site focuses on lakeside??? Most people read this site to find information about living/moving to the Lake Chapala area. There are many forums on this webboard but obviously the majority of posts are regarding living here. His interests seem to not be directed in the same way and one wonders why he spends so much time on this site? Why Mr. Trouble does it bother you so? I certainly do not find every post interesting but it is a good spot to find out information and ask questions that are pertinent to a variety of people. I agree that the majority of posts are focused on the elderly and that might not garner all the excitement Mr. Trouble is looking for but he has choices. One would be to find a more appropriate site to his interests instead of frequently posting about why this site does not meet his "standards" or personal needs. The fact is that Lake Chapala is a very popular retirement area and of all the chat sites that I have found about retiring SOB, this one has a lot of dialogue and posts. Many others only have occasional posts and because of that not the best or most pertinent information for those seeking it. Perhaps Mr. Trouble might be better served in starting his own thread for those younger of heart and body? Perhaps Mr. Troubles often demeaning posts contribute to threads being closed or deleted? I do not understand the need to disparage other peoples posts so often or why trying to negate the value this webboard gives him or anyone else any pleasure:/
  8. 8 points
    And maybe the kids like it covered in what some of you call 'graffiti'. To them, it may be a beautiful piece of art. If it keeps the kids off the street corners causing trouble and possibly doing drugs, then I say, let them paint it any way they like. It doesn't bother me at all!
  9. 8 points
    Nothing here but ramblings and personal comments. Closed.
  10. 8 points
    Do a search of that topic on this board. You will find many suggestions. Your question, though you don't realize it, is kinda like asking which house should I buy or which car, etc. Different strokes for different folks and everyone has a different medical history, tolerance for risk, and financial ability to pay the premium. Good luck (and be sure to think twice about declining Medicare Part B if you are American).
  11. 8 points
    Mr. Dhal didn't like how crowded it was here and is trying to thin out the place for his return.
  12. 7 points
    For the poster who's opinion on Chapala/Ajijic is based on the comments of tired old musicians, who only see the night time here, and are lucky to see 200 pesos for a nights work here. For the poster who thinks he would not be accepted here because he is "bi-racial". Firstly people are very accepting here - bi-racial, bi-sexual, bi-polar, bi-cultural, bi-pedal whatever you've got. Secondly, "gringos" are definitely the minority here, I would say 10%, even in what they call the "high" season here (which I have never understood, lots of chilly, cloudy, days and nights). Yes, many of them are retired, or semi-retired, and they evolve into a completely different mindset - from a world where time is money, to a world where time is just time. Much of Mexico is stuck in the second category, which is one reason it is so fascinating. There is a sort of feeling of rebellion here, that they doing something different than hanging around the U.S.A. and Canada retirement hotspots, bragging about their family's various accomplishments. I have noticed this among the Tapatios too, dragging their patrons and mama grandes out here for a happy family weekend. And the common thread here, from everyone who falls in love with Lakeside, is nature. The hillside residential areas are spectacularly beautiful right now, birds, flowers, trees, all an explosion of color. The breezes are clean, full of oxygen. All you want to do is to take a deep breath of fresh air and then flop into the swimming pool. Bliss. The grand lake, the gorgeous sunrises. This place just beams with life, and it seems to seep deep into your soul. Unfortunately, like all states of mind, or "scenes" - they are very fragile. Things can change radically within one generation. We are seeing already with the profusion of giant, multi-story condo developments, each buyer choosing to be encased in sterile, glass living spaces. Nature is something to be viewed from afar.
  13. 7 points
    I stand by my assessment of your comments. This thread was solely about current NOB border crossing timing for people who are facing that task. I posted valuable web links, I think, that should help them. You immediately brought in the political aspect to the thread telling us that we should not be surprised and making sure we know who you think caused all of this. Planting smiley faces into the comments don't make them less cutting.
  14. 7 points
    What doctors say that??? My mother had quintuple bypass after a heart attack at age 80. She lived to be 92 when she suffered her last heart attack packing for her winter fling to FL. My aunt had quadruple bypass after a heart attack at age 81; she also lived an active life until age 91 (did not die of heart disease). While I am a strong believer in healthy diets and especially weight management, it is silly to say doctors do not think heart surgery prolongs life. Makes your entire post questionable.
  15. 7 points
    With respect that is a very irresponsible statement..and sadly if you're in the middle of having a heart attack you do not have time to read books
  16. 7 points
    We have yet to try, but do have a nice central AC in our little house. I don't get out much now, anyway, but the truck also has AC, as does everyplace else.....Besides; we are out in the country, or it wouldn't be called a 55+ Country Club, would it? I must register a complaint about being called, "prune juicers", since we are both still quite capable of eating our prunes whole; even spitting out the pits, when we fail to buy the pitted ones, due to misreading the label.
  17. 7 points
    The servers at a restaurant are not "petting" the soles of shoes. The soles of my shoes are not resting on the seats of chairs like some dog's asses. I am not stroking the soles of my shoes and sticking my hands into my food plate unlike owners of dogs who are feeding their pets. The soles of my shoes remain firmly on the ground where they belong. I've seen servers pet animals and then continue on to serve food without washing their hands first. If dog owners want to practice low levels of hygiene in their own homes, that is their prerogative. But they do not have a right to impose their habits in a restaurant open to the public.
  18. 7 points
    Can we not just be supportive of someone doing a good thing. Recycling is good for the planet thus good for all of us
  19. 7 points
    Thanks, Since I don't eat with dogs. I will go somewhere else.
  20. 7 points
    I would phrase it this way..... assuming that you are the ‘type’ who would migrate to a foreign country to begin with (and not doing this because you need to land in a place where your meager savings can be stretched), your bigger concern should probably be placed not on the ‘safety’ of living here but your ability to be comfortable with the differences in the day to day culture from wherever you might live at this time. This (and all of Mexico) is not a good place for a Type A to settle down. Also adhere to the old saying “don’t leave your brains north of the border’.... As to the lake being ‘toxic’... it’s not the cleanest and most of us don’t swim or boat in it but the Nationals surely do... and eat the fish that come out of it. I can’t imagine what ‘children are dying’ was meant to portray. If this were the case it would be all over the news, even the news that most of us read, and it’s just NOT. “Crime is rampant” is overkill... petty crime exists and probably to a larger extent (in Mexico in general) than where we most all came from. But if it were so ‘rampant’ there would not still be 1,000s of expats living here and having a great time doing so!
  21. 7 points
    From your post I deduce you received this information from a 3rd party not from something you saw yourself. If true, the post (rumor) you made about Mr Houck is unforgivable. The info came from Facebook. Strike 2. Did you take 2 minutes to look for the supposed post? If you did you would have seen that Mr Houck shared a post about a house possibly going on the market in Riberas. If you would have taken a few more minutes on this board you would know that Mr Houck does not live in Riberas. I'm intrigued about your motive for starting the thread but in the end I don't care. It is not my business nor yours to post this sort of rubbish about another board member or for that matter anyone in the community. I'm glad Dan didn't waste his time responding although I think he would have been a lot more eloquent and entertaining.
  22. 6 points
    And I would not have a colonoscopy which wasn't in a hospital within close proximity of a hospital OR and an anesthesiologist.
  23. 6 points
    A lot of people don´t care where you stand either, so I guess the question is…...who cares the less? You post your opinion as if it is fact, but if i want facts, i would be inclined to go elsewhere
  24. 6 points
    No matter what subject comes up you can always count on some to bring up their warped sense of politics. Are you on some political party payroll. Do you feel compelled to espouse your point of view? We are not supposed to be talking of politics here.
  25. 6 points
    Carry on in Mexico,you are dreaming. I have a police commandante friend who was finally allowed carry on his off duty because he was being threatened and chased on occasion. Want to carry,go to some of the states in the USA for that pleasure. Shoot somebody here, be prepared to go to jail and more than likely never get out alive. I recommend that you stop reading that Facebook Chapala Crime Group for your mental well being.
  26. 6 points
    You guys make me laugh. With most restaurants here overnight invaded by cockroaches, most basic hygiene rules not respected by employees and dirty menus, you all get obsessed and upset by a dog in a restaurant. And ofcourse, in Europe, everybody is dying in the street because of food poisonings in restaurants. What cuts my appetite a lot more is a dirty Walmart type, without manners, eating next to me. I guess we all have our priorities. Have a buenos dias....and whereevever I am allowed to, I will gladly take my well behaved little Schnauzer with me. Only one solution: basic behaviour rules for people and doggies Rony
  27. 6 points
    Not only is Jonny in trouble but looks like he can't read either.
  28. 6 points
    First of all, there is no point in answering questions like this publicly with technical detail that 99% of people don't understand, because it just begs for retaliatory shots from people who think they understand, or worse. Second of all, see First of all.
  29. 6 points
    I didn’t PM you..... 😲
  30. 6 points
    large flock of snowbirds returning home. It's that time of year.
  31. 6 points
    You pulled out the oldest non-sequitur in the book of old comebacks on this board: "go somewhere else". Perhaps I wasn't clear, because some things have to be spelled out: I don't go to restaurants with dogs allowed. Clear now? And I wasn't talking about your classes. I was talking about your food. That's okay: hang around here a bit longer, newb. You'll get it eventually.
  32. 6 points
  33. 6 points
    We ate lunch there today. Grilled fish tacos with salad, fried shrimp tacos with french fries, shared guacamole, lemonada natural and they brought salsa and chips. The food was delicious. We will not be going anywhere else for fish tacos for sure. Quality ingredients, great service by young women that really take pride in their work. Comfortable and clean with fans to keep cool. Did not see a dog ... but I will say this ... there are not many restaurants we have been to lately where there wasn't at least one dog. You don't always see them as sometimes they are kept under the table but if we made the decision not to eat at a restaurant that didn't allow dogs we would not be eating out very much. These young women deserve better than what is going on right now with people taking over this thread with rather disgusting commentary. Trying to make a go of a restaurant or any business is hard enough. Some might stop to think that these young women are doing everything they know to do to make a go of this endeavor and allowing the Ex-pats to bring their dog is a concession on their part as they probably think it is necessary in order to get our business which they will need. Many of us think dogs should not be allowed in restaurants and it is the law for them not to be but there are plenty Ex-pats that get in the faces of restaurant owners or simply just walk in with their dog and dare the workers to say something to them. In our experience the Mexicans will bend over backward not to have a confrontation so they are put in a really bad spot. Then others have a hay day trashing them for it.
  34. 6 points
    I have lived here for 11 years. Every year people start saying they have heard rain birds, very early, and rainy season must be going to start early. It doesn’t start until June no matter who hears what when.
  35. 6 points
    I agree with all of the above answers and I've lived full time in Mexico for 23 years come May 1st. How Bill Dahl became such an expert in a two week visit is amazing. There is an underbelly of crime in every city in the world and most people go about their lives totally unaware of it. It is no different here.
  36. 6 points
    Kitty is FOUND, safe and sound and not the least apologetic for causing his family a lot of grief.
  37. 6 points
    You have to be over 65 to qualify for Medicare? My Mother had her knee replaced when she was in her early 80's. She didn't have to pay a thing, but of course that was in Canada, and there are no age limitations. Thats the benefit of having a robust universal health care system.
  38. 6 points
    Here, for those of you that may yet be saved... http://www.crispian.net/PTIR/Nonsense.html Please note that for all it's elements, this table is not exhaustive. Prolotherapy isn't on the table, but it should be. "Gibbering Godshite." What a great phrase!
  39. 6 points
    Getting a little crude there, Jonny. And another thing: what's with the obsession with not doing the things elders tend to do, like finding a comfortable chair, etc.? Life has stages: our bodies have stages and there's nothing wrong with any of them. I can't imagine a more shallow attitude toward life than to pretend there's a video recorder following you around. That's about when someone should suggest you "get over yourself".🙃
  40. 5 points
    Dr. Daniel Brisenio at Quality Care across from Tio Sams on the Libremiento. He will see you at his office here and then recommend a hospital and set it up for you. Never, ever would I have it done in a doctor's office or clinic here Lakeside. That is just asking for disaster and I certainly would not use a doctor that is so overly confident or bent on making a peso that he would participate in that scenario. I am one that learned that lesson as I had it done once in the States and my intestines were punctured. I had to have emergency surgery and was very sick for about 3 weeks. Had I been in someone's office in Ajijic and an hour away from a hospital, I would have not made it. And, yes, both procedures should be done at the same time if both are needed! Good luck to you. If you decide on Dr. Briesno I believe you will be happy with the care you receive.
  41. 5 points
    hahahahahaha If this board is liberal to you you must be to the right of the KKK.
  42. 5 points
    Johnny, looks like you still can't read. Its not that Ilox can't do more installs...Its that most of the prepaids have left town and are no where to be found to continue with their installs. Ilox put in all the investment in central Ajijic. If they can't install a prepaid, they are faced with stranding that investment. So they're installing others to utilize that investment, then they'll move on to the others. No, they really didn't get it that the community here was that seasonal...So they're making the best of it. They have to manage their business prudently. What a huge disservice you are doing to this community by implying that this is some kind of negligence or incompetence. Why don't you read the communications carefully and correct yourself. .
  43. 5 points
    Mark, - Ilox does oversubscribe. I said same for Ilox.. Why are you saying I implied differently?. But they oversubscribe less than Telmex, which is why the users on clean setups are seeing good performance. - Yes they do have those peering connections. I can probably dig up some proof of them. For the moment I'll quote the Victor Godinez, the President of Ilox: Depending on the service you can be routed by our peer with: Google, Netflix and Facebook through or direct peers with them Marcatel if a Mexican network is to be reached. Cogent, Level 3 or PCCW for international networks 85% of the traffic generated by our clients have a direct peer, this is Google primary, Netflix and Facebook Traffic to Mexican IP destinations are less than 2% of the traffic ----------------------------------- - Ilox network is all fiber: From a bottleneck point of view, fiber is vastly superior to say DSL. Your core fiber connection is about 1.2 Gbps symmetrical vs. few Mbits. The network core within Ilox has no signficant bottlenecks. The hardware limitations start, yes, at the 100 mbps or 1 gb port on your router, or at the interconnected networks. That's a huge improvement in removing network bottlenecks. Tom
  44. 5 points
    I doubt the villagers in Ajijic will ever give up the cobblestones. They believe the moisture evaporating through the stones during the hot season cools the village (like a swamp cooler). there have been major battles , demonstrations, etc over this. I'd like to see pavers set in sand which would do the same job and be a lot less painful to walk on. It has worked beautifully for the Tianguis, but, you wouldn't believe what I had to do to get that done.
  45. 5 points
    Allowing dogs into restaurants is widely practiced in Europe. Here, I have seen people with well behaved dogs at outside seating and have no problem with it. Live and let live. There are some people I wouldn't allow into a restaurant if able.
  46. 5 points
    Bonevoyage is a non profit rescue group created to send Mexican dogs north to better homes. We work with the local shelters and with people in the Lake Chapala area that have many street dogs in their care. We also assist individuals that find street dogs and don't know what to do with them. We are all volunteers working together to try to minimize the amount of homeless dogs in the area. Bone Voyage has a new Facebook group which I encourage you to join. The group of dedicated volunteers has already sent over 300 dogs to homes NOB. The more attention and help they get the more dogs get to benefit. Please help, the community is greatly benefited by this.
  47. 5 points
    If you had been here 20 plus years like I have, you would know that we have come a LONG way towards spay/neuter and education among Mexicans as to the "whys" and "hows". Years ago, you could not go a couple of blocks without seeing starving, mange-ridden dogs everywhere.... and even usually nocturnal (for safety) feral cats could be spotted scavenging food from time to time. So yes, those of us involved in animal activism have come a long way here... with further to go. We left Victoria (Canada) in the late 1990's. At that time, the local SPCA had been importing dogs from other parts of Canada for about 5 or 6 years because the local S/N programs were so successful there were LINEUPS for dogs. One Canadian airline even flew them at no cost from overpopulated parts of the country! So.... unless you've walked the walk, keep your criticism to yourself please.
  48. 5 points
    "the lake is toxic, children are dying and crime is rampant" The lake right now is so full of fish they jump out of the water. Fishermen are having a great time throwing their nets in and in a matter of 30 seconds coming out with a dozen fish big enough to eat. These were my observations last Sunday sitting by them for a while. They had big smiles on their faces. Is the lake toxic? If you dived down to the bottom of the lake and sucked in the muck, you probably wouldn`t live long but heavy metals are...heavy. They don`t migrate much. But you don`t get a fish year like this with a toxic lake. Some of the children in the east villages are dying of kidney disease. My husband works in those villages and he says that so far there isn`t a consensus about what is causing it. The drinking water is inadequate, the carp in the lake have been reported containing mercury and the nutrition of these people is piss poor. These things are known. There are people working on this, there have been studies done but much more needs to be done. Why isn`t it being reported? Because here, the problems of the poorest of the poor don`t get reported. You have to go to these places, speak Spanish and come to be trusted to find these things out. Rampant crime? You`d have to point it out to me because I haven`t seen it. None in the area I live in. There`s been a few murders reported in the larger area. More than anywhere else? The statistics don`t show it. As far as I know, the impact on people`s lives is about nil. I`m happy as a clam here and nothing in recent memory has affected this one jot.
  49. 5 points
    I have lived here 12 years. Never a problem. Be vigilant as in any place in the world and don’t dangle money or jewelry. Be aware of your surroundings no matter where you are in this world.
  50. 5 points
    The Aztecs actually existed.
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