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  1. Very funny, Giltner. If you do not fly commercially, do you use other flight options that you'd like to tell us about, other than buying a plane (which might not be a bad idea if one could get a number of people to go in together!)? I am so old, I remember the days when you got dressed up to fly on a plane, no one questioned your luggage, porters were on hand to help with luggage, and everyone had matched suitcases. And everyone from the check-in to the crew to the baggage people were POLITE and respectful. (And rested!) Nowadays, flying is an exercise in patience, not to mention bladder
    5 points
  2. There are a number of individuals that do this but I don't know of a company. They come with all their equipment and cut and prune, water and fertilizer. You may have to do some watering between their visits. You don't have to worry about getting gas or having your lawnmower fixed. I've found that very few (almost none) of the gardeners know much about plants, insects or pruning. A company who would do all of this could make a good business of it.
    3 points
  3. Even simpler: Stay in either Chapala or Ajijic, close to the center of things. Walk their streets, parks, malecons and a few side streets with residences. Greet everyone you pass & chat with some, both on the streets, in the restaurants and definitely on the town plazas, as you enjoy a hot dog or an ice cream. Then, and only then, might you ask a realtor to give you an orientation drive through a few fraccionamentos and maybe even see a house or two in your price range, etc. You will have used up all of your time and be very tired. Now, go home and reflect. You will return. Buena
    2 points
  4. The key word in your post was to "maximize" your time here. Just my opinion but I don't think driving around the lake is the best way to use up your 2 days. You'll spend an awful lot of time just driving and not seeing much to impact a decision about moving here. I would suggest getting to know the north shore towns and villages which are pretty close together and won't keep you in the car for hours. Interact with the Mexican people and try talking to expats when you see them. Get an overview of the amenities and services, and learn as much as you can about the culture of the local Mexican peo
    2 points
  5. Not much different than what Volaris does. They charge for a rollaboard and to reserve a seat. When you check in at the airport they assign you a seat and you biloard in that group. But if American assigns you a seat it doesn't really matter if you are in the last group ro board, especially if you didn't pay for the privilege if using the overhead bin. If the bins are full but you paid for that privilege then it would be the flight attendant's job to find an overhead spot for your bag or to put it underneath, which then should mean the airlines refunds you that extra money you paid.
    2 points
  6. In November, United Airlines announced a similar program. They expect increases in profit of 4.8 billion annually, 1.0 Billion from addition seats sold at a cheaper price, 3.8 billion for charging for carry on luggage. If it works, other airlines will also follow model. So, those wanting to benefit from low fares better not bring on anything bigger than a back pack that will fit under their seat. Volaris does this and the costs are still much better than all US carriers I have used to fly to MX.
    2 points
  7. I have a sneaking suspicion you already know what everyone here is going to say...
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  8. I'm beginning to feel the same way as the original poster, desperate! I employ a gardener 5 days a week for 6 hours a day. He spends approx 10 hours a week watering the garden after a 4 stage sprinkler system was thoroughly soaked everything. I've tried to discipline him but a few days later it's back to a steady stream water flowing down the driveway and off down the street. The most of the rest of the time he likes to prune certain shrubs and roses over and over again. 58 Pesos/hour; maybe I'm not paying enough?
    1 point
  9. Did you report it as instructed in an earlier post? Posting it here does not accomplish anything.
    1 point
  10. How about painting the yellow no parking on curbs around town the ones on my corner are hardly visible, people park there and the bases can not make the turn..
    1 point
  11. There are so many homes available on the market why would you go through the pain of building? Building a home here is very different than building in the United States or Canada. There are many pitfalls and since there are no building codes and you do not know what you are looking at as the build happens you could build yourself a lot of trouble. Could it work out wonderfully? Sure but buy a rabbit's foot on the way down. For $300,000.00 you can buy a large, lovely home ready for you to move into if you search carefully and have a good realtor.
    1 point
  12. You have five years to make a decision of the head. You can easily make a decision of the heart in less than 48 hours. When I came down for a one-week vacation to visit friends I was besotted with this place in less than 24 hours. I had no intention of ever retiring in Mexico (or at all for at least another three years). However, six weeks later I was living here. That was almost nine years ago and I still love it. I agree with those who say don't spend your time sightseeing from a car. Drive along the north shore. Get out of the car at plazas and malecons. Walk around. Chat up people you enco
    1 point
  13. Is it possible that you have two things going on? First is to design your garden, second to find a gardener. Someone the other day was telling me Chapala Tree Service did landscaping. I have used Cuca at the nursery in Riberas around the satellite office, carretera, lake side. Her daughter speaks english. You might ask either of them to recommend a gardener for you to keep up their creation.
    1 point
  14. You have 3 single phase meters / services now, they sound like the original CFE ones. At one time, years ago, CFE would place 2 (or more) meters / services to be able to supply 220 (2 phase) service, as that was all that was available. To answer your question requires an electricians' inspection of the wiring sizes in the house and depends on your plans; if you wish to add more power-hungry equipment, then you might need to upgrade the wiring / panels. Solar electric, if desired, can be done with 110 / 127 single phase services, though most folks decide to go to 220 V dual phase a
    1 point
  15. I guess we were a little crazy ourselves. I read about Lakeside in the AARP Magazine. We came down on vacation and in 2 days put a contract on a house. Granted we were here for 2 weeks but we spent that time finding a contractor, making detailed plans as to the remodeling we wanted, getting the utilities in our names, etc. It certainly did not take long at all for us to know this is where we wanted to be. I know this is a decision that a lot of people take a long time to make. We are all different. However, I think 2 days here would be plenty to glean a lot of information. During the n
    1 point
  16. The best idea is to call them directly to find out when they're open. 766-4357
    1 point
  17. Termites love moisture in their wooden lunch and will thank you for feeding them .
    1 point
  18. He called and said he was the owner of my rental home. I was busy and didn't have time to mess with him so I told him that it must be really long distance since he had died 2 weeks ago. Ain't if fun to be retired and have plenty of time to screw with con artists?
    1 point
  19. So today I had a little fun with a guy who must be rather dumb, but perhaps successful at defrauding people out of money. He has called me twice in the past month. "This is your favorite neighbor silly".... the first time he said he was Mike, was at Costco and asked if I needed anything. I said I don't have a neighbor named Mike and he hung up. Today I played with him...again he said he was my favorite neighbor and how could I not recognize his voice? I said "Jim"? Yes it was Jim, whoever Jim is....and what did I want from Costco...AGAIN! So I gave him a long list, and he said "I'll call you b
    1 point
  20. When I buy a cheaper seat I must abide by the rules established by the airlines in order to fly at a lower cost. This is not being "discriminated" against. If it was, then I would resent being discriminated against by not being allowed extra luggage, wider seats with more leg room, and better meals just because I bought coach tickets instead of first class. I pay for tickets and live with the privilege or lack of it that comes with what I pay.
    1 point
  21. How much time would you take to make an important financial decision impacting your lifestyle, your family, and tax implications? More than 48 hours I'll bet. Do you, or will you in 5 years, speak fluent Spanish? If not why take a "touristy" drive around the lake? I think most of us who moved here considered other countries, their financial ramifications, climate and culture. For us the winner was Lakeside and for most to locate within the municipality of Chapala. I would take these considerations into play as if analyzing a stock prospectus. Then I'd come down for a couple of weeks to
    1 point
  22. SIMAPA bill, no meter, Ajijic 2 br house, 1,500. Have always known that seniors discount for taxes or water does not apply to foreigners. "clear case of discrimination", not even close and a bit melodramatic in my opinion. While some areas have allowed it to go through discounted it is not the norm.
    1 point
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