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  1. Wow, I know this will probably get me banned, but majority of you people are pathetic. You sound like a bunch of bitter , unfulfilled and unintelligent assholes. Ferret what you did was a desperate sign for validation. I am sorry your life didn't turn out the way you planned. If this is a sample of the type of people who are there a warning sign needs to be posted: DANGER!!! AHEAD LIES A COMMUNITY FILLED WITH HAS BEENS WHO NEVER WERE!!!!!!!!
    7 points
  2. In my experience as a moderator on many boards over the years, I have always found it best to allow a "cooling down" period for myself before I respond to a situation. I also can not participate in a board as both moderator and member: it is not fair to myself or any of the other members. It is also unwise and unfair to fire off critical or personal Personal Messages to any member, regardless of the reason. The only time a PM should be delivered is when an explanation is required for a moderator action, and that must never include personal observations; simply "you were off topic", or "you became too personal" or "you violated the rules", and "This is a warning; please do not (do that) again, or we will be forced to suspend your account." Also, any post by a moderator, including deleting a thread, or closing it, must always include a polite, impersonal reason, otherwise it looks like an attack to the rest of those reading the thread. These are merely the requirements of civility for a webboard moderator.
    5 points
  3. OK, I'm going out on a limb here but there was another thread about respect and I just want to pass on an observation. Before I do though, yes I'm a Canadian, no, I don't hate Americans (some of my closest friends and some of my family are American), yes I love Mexico and all things Mexican and I tend to look through rose-coloured glasses at some of the problems and yes, the recent US election is absolutely none of my business. But if we're going to discuss the issue of respect how about this; just because you can get away with something doesn't mean you should do it. Yesterday, as I was waiting to turn left on the Caraterra, traffic was held up because of a golf cart trying to cross to the other side. In and of itself it wouldn't be an issue, although I have no idea of the actual legality of driving an unlicensed vehicle on the road but again, none of my business. No, what really frosted my cookies was the fact that they were driving down the bike path. And worse, several locals on bikes and a family with children all had to move out of the way because the cart took up the width of the entire path. And because of the cement barrier I have to assume they'd been driving on this path for at least a block, if not probably longer so who knows how many other people they inconvenienced. Here's the thing; I doubt very much that the the people that had to jump out of the way knew or cared if the drivers were Canadian or American, Liberal, Conservative, Democrat or Republican, or snowbirds, tourists or permanent residents. What I am sure about though, is it was one more reason to give the local populace a reason to be disgruntled. More fuel to stoke the backlash fire. That smile you thought you saw wasn't a smile it was a grimace. And please, you don't need to remind me that locals kids on quads and motorcycles ride illegally on the bike path all the time. I get it; they do. But if I recall my mum taught me this one a long time ago - something about following Billy off a bridge. So please, if you're driving one of these carts and you're afraid to drive on the road because it's too slow or too scary, it may be a sign that you shouldn't be in it in the first place. Just because no one stops you isn't an excuse for boorish behaviour so please, show a little respect. Cheers!
    4 points
  4. I just read this thread and am sitting here stunned. WHAT did anyone say to deserve this hateful rant? Not content to personally and visiously attack a poster with whom she disagrees, Denise attacked "the majority of people" posting here (from whom she has been seeking advice and support) as being a bunch of "bitter, unfulfilled and unintelligent assholes" and "has beens who never were." This behavior apparently is justified because she is "under a lot of stress."
    4 points
  5. This is the kind of response that makes this such a great group of folks. Thank you very much for it.
    3 points
  6. I've written about (see link below) getting the most out of the coffees that are available at Lakeside, but have been wondering it it'd be a viable idea to try to either get some sort of informal group together or perhaps persude Café Grano Café or El Arbol in Chapala to carry a small selection of coffee makers and grinders, since the standard drip brewers sold in Mexico don't brew well at altitude and grinders of any sort are almost unknown. Improving quality beyond that would require importing coffee from other countries (e.g. Kenya, Guatemala, Ethiopia) and I doubt there's enough demand. Real (whole leaf, not tea bagged) tea is my other great caffeinated love and as there's no tea culture (beyond enjoying chamomile and spearmint at night) in Mexico it has always been something I've had to schlep in in quantity. I'd be curious to know if there are any other fans of such teas at Lakeside and whether some sort of informal "Lake Chapala Coffee & Tea Club" with periodic tastings or classes might be of interest. An obstacle there is that it would be essential to bring in teapots with infusers as there's just nothing available (as far as I know) to brew anything other than a teabag in Mexico. Any feedback apprecaited! (Here's the old but still pretty current writeup on local coffee options: http://eatinglocalatlakeside.blogspot.mx/2012/06/buying-brewing-good-coffee-at-lake.html).
    2 points
  7. The "enabler" comment was meant as light irony; not in any negative way, but some people are in a dark mood and take any opportunity to pounce. Some even start playing amateur shirnk and go so far as to tell other posters (who they have never met) what their lives are like! Good grief. As I also said, I'm well aware of the awfulness of nicotine withdrawal, as an ex heavy smoker who HAD to quit due to health problems. That was many years ago, and I'm still paying for my habit, but yes, I know there are people who can produce credible research to support either pro or con views on smoking or e-cigarettes. A former friend, now deceased from other causes, once sent me a reference to a group that advocates smoking as being GOOD for you, so go figure. You are indeed under a lot of stress with the move, and I understand how words on a web site can be taken in the wrong way since you're not sitting next to the person reading the body language.....the most telling thing in any conversation.
    2 points
  8. Ferret whatever you need to tell yourself to feel better about your life is fine with me.
    2 points
  9. And why don't you apply to be a moderator rather than just a forum member attacking others?
    2 points
  10. When I have the time, I will post innumerable links to show the opposite and, in fact, that nicotine all by itself is quite interesting to the medical community as a Medicine. I actually didn't find either of the replies to Gringal nasty at all. YMMV... and Gringal is a good friend.
    2 points
  11. This is from WebMD a very reputable site. I posted this not to start trouble or a begin a debate, but some of you are so nasty in your replies. E-cigs, majority of them, have some form of formaldehyde or antifreeze (this is a fact, can be proven) so when Gringal stated they are worse, there is some truth in what she said. There was no reason to try and be so rude. It seems like some of the same people sit around and wait to pounce on peoples' posts, that is really not nice. Now, many of you are going to feel the need to pounce on my reply, please, I am asking you to just reflect on what and how you phrase your replies. Are They Safe?http://www.webmd.com/smoking-cessation/features/vape-debate-electronic-cigarettes Most contain the chemical nicotine, which is addictive. When you stop using it, you can go into withdrawal and feel depressed and crabby. Nicotine isn't good for people with heart problems. And some initial research shows it may hurt your arteries. It can also: Harm the developing brains of kids and could affect memory and attention. Damage unborn babies. Pregnant women shouldn't use anything with nicotine. But the concerns go beyond nicotine alone. Some brands contain chemicals including formaldehyde -- often used in building materials -- and another ingredient used in antifreeze that can cause cancer. Flavors in e-cigs also raise red flags. Some use a buttery-tasting chemical called diacetyl, which is often added to foods like popcorn. When it's inhaled, it can be dangerous. "Diacetyl is a well-known harmful chemical, which, among other things, causes a lung disease called 'popcorn lung,'" says Erika Sward, assistant vice president for national advocacy at the American Lung Association.
    2 points
  12. FEB - 20 - Music by Daniel Cordero during lunchMuchas Gracias Party for Jus ChillinMon 2 PM · Constitución #32 Ajijic centroHey everyone, come celebrate with us at Jus Chillin on Monday, Feb. 20, at 2pm for lunch.... and Happy Hour starts at 3pm. Jus Chillin provided the 700 bottles of water that were distributed at the rally, and we could not have done that without them. Let's show them our appreciation by showing up, and filling up their place for lunch. Location: On Constitucion east of Colon, where Tom's Bar used to be.
    1 point
  13. After 20 years working as an engineer and manager in the U.S. I have had enough of corporate life and am contemplating early retirement. Thus I plan to spend the month of April experiencing Lakeside life as part of a scouting mission to Mexico. I could use some advice on good neighborhoods to get the most out of the visit and perhaps some help vetting a rental before I commit to a whole month. Online listings and photos don't tell the whole story, and I'd hate to find myself in an undesirable part of town or next to a jackhammer testing facility. On the other hand, I am doing my best to stay within my early retirement budget and expect to make some compromises. I will be driving down with my dog, so off street parking and a garden/courtyard area would be nice. Good internet service would be helpful. Although I will have a car, it would be nice to be able to walk to restaurants, etc. It's just me and the dog this time so I don't need a large house... I would rather be paying for location and quality than size. Tips on where I should focus my search would be greatly appreciated. I apologize if this is a tiresome subject on this board. Feel free to message me directly.
    1 point
  14. I have no idea why the OP thought it was needed to mention politics or even nationality at all here instead of just noting that this was boorish and dangerous behavior. There's plenty of that to go around on the local roads as you will find out after you've been here. it bears little relationship to age, sex, nationality, or hair color. We see a lot of the same kind of kamikaze driving from the four wheeler crowd. And it was breaking the law to drive it in the bike lane. Sometimes I wonder if some of the senior citizens who drive these things are confused and think they are in Leisure World or someplace like that.
    1 point
  15. Andi......made this exact trip last month with my 2 dogs. Have done it before. Stay at the Best Western Hotel Del Rio in Navojoa. They are dog friendly and safe. They have a decent restaurant on the property. Most places in Mexico do not recognize service dogs unless they are seeing eye dogs so I don't think you can bring yours into the restaurant. However, you can sit outside with him/her. 2nd night we stay at the Aguamarine Hotel in Mazatlan. It is across the street from the beach and is dog friendly. They charge 500p cash deposit (you get it back). Tell them your dog is a service dog and they waive their regular 250p charge. You will have to show some kind of proof...an ID, vest or something. If you don't have proof they will charge you 250p (not refundable). This is the only place I have found in Mazatlan that takes dogs. There are fish restaurants right across the street on the beach. We brought our dogs. You don't see the restaurants unles you are standing on the malecon as they are below street level. Mazatlan is a good stopping place. There isn't much else after Mazatlan. Also, be sure to fill up with gas before leaving Mazatlan as it will be a very long time before you find a gas station. Bring lots of snacks as there really isn't anywhere to stop to eat besides Oxxo (like 7/11). https://www.bestwestern.com/content/best-western/en_US/booking-path/hotel-details.70111.html http://www.aguamarina.com/en/completo.php Cross at Mariposa truck crossing in Nogales early in the a.m. We even got the red light and they just had us open the back of our car, then told us to have a nice day. Didn't care about seeing our dogs papers, but you should have them just in case. Stay on the Cuota (toll road) and you will be fine. You will be here soon and both of you will love it here.
    1 point
  16. Guys, I don't think he's looking for a NoTell. Try this list: https://www.tripadvisor.com/HotelsList-Cancun-Adult-Only-Resorts-zfp3877.html
    1 point
  17. Many years ago, we faced the same problem and had to search in person, feeling the top of the refrigerator to see if there were capped holes for hinges on the opposite side. Eventually, we found one of the right size at Home Depot in Guadalajara; a stainless steel Whirlpool with a top freezer. On removing the handle and door, I discovered that they had one Torx screw, for which I had no driver. A search of auto mechanics found one that I could borrow, and the problem was solved. I suspect that the popularity of “french door“ refrigerators has reduced the need for reversible hinges, so it might be best to design your kitchen remodel to take a 36 inch refrigerator with double doors; if possible. Now, we have a double-door-bottom freezer unit with all the water and ice options on the door. However, our present home has no water at the refrigerator location & no easy way to provide it. You just cannot defeat Murphy‘s Law.
    1 point
  18. Wow! The reaction to a simple word "enabler" went totally over the top. Closed
    1 point
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  20. Hi and welcome! There are a lot of variables to consider so will tell you some of the things I wish I had considered when I moved here with 3 large dogs 4 years ago. It's hard to find garden space in the village of Ajijic without paying more, so dog size matters, as does your dogs personality. There are a fair number of street dogs in the villages, fewer in the more rural locations. Also, most villages from Chapala to Joco have periods of fireworks throughout the year, so again, depends on the animal. There are areas that are quieter, such as Riberas del Pilar, which is within reasonable distance of the restaurants and shops of Ajijic and less expensive if you shop for a place. I live on the outskirts of the area with more garden and house for my limited budget but it took a few moves to figure out. You might want to find a short term location while you look for an area that suits you, and dog, for reasons only you know about! Whatever you choose, I hope you will come to love the area and the people as much as I do. Best of luck.
    1 point
  21. When we notice we are having water problems, we first check our filters to see how dirty they are. For us in Chapala, that is usually the culprit. I remember one time when we first moved here, we went nearly a week without water thinking that the city was rationing it to find out later it was our dirty filters all along.
    1 point
  22. Thanks, Xena. Mod 2: I know there's that warning from back in 2011 by CocinaMod. He explained why I was getting it. But this one is different in its design. And I have no further notification about it. Glad it wasn't you. Because here on this thread you're claiming I expressed "a blatant personal attack" where none was expressed. You said the same about Al Berca. Perhaps you're overreacting? You also said the same and much more in an inappropriate PM to me the other day. The one where you called me angry and hateful? You really shouldn't do that, no matter how you sign it. Lexy
    1 point
  23. This is not new. It's been around for years.
    1 point
  24. Twasn't me. You have one warning from 2011 by "CocinaMod" on your record. There are no other showing. Perhaps you just forgot about it? Believe it or not, opinions that you don't agree with are not all political and do not require censorship. You should be happy you didn't get handled for that blatant personal attack in the "respect" thread.
    1 point
  25. Claudia Gomez advertises in the pet section. We love her. We used her about 16 weeks last year and 1 1/2 weeks this year, so far, and think she's the best. She's bi-lingual, so won't freak out if she has to talk to the maid or gardener. She has her own car, in case she has to take a pet to the vet. She's young and healthy and actually walks the dog, unlike some of the older pet sitters I've had. She's honest. I've left jewelry, cash, and computers out with no problems. She's computer literate and sends me photos when I miss the kids. She's clean and takes care of the house. I think the house is cleaner when I return than when I leave. I often have trouble determining if she's even been here other than she leaves the sheets clean and folded on the bed to tell me she's done the laundry. And you know you've got a good sitter when the dog wants to go home with her and gets a little depressed after we return. We love her to pieces.
    1 point
  26. There is no such place. If you find one call it paradise. Dogs owners think barking is excerise. Way too many dogs and ignorant owners.
    1 point
  27. Thanks for posting the location. I don't understand why posters don't do it in their initial post. We don't all live in the immediate area and some are new to the area.
    1 point
  28. I pay all my Telmex, TELCEL and CFE using an app on my phone called Xoom. It's now owned by PayPal. There's a small transaction fee but it's worth the headache. It also reminds me when a bill comes due. Weeks in advance. Guess it boils down to personal choice. But yeah. You can pay TELMEX pretty much anywhere
    1 point
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