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  1. My problem with golf carts has to do with the mentality of the driver's. I have one friend that stated she could no longer drive her car because she couldn't see. Then she said she would have to get a golf cart and stay on the back roads. There is a reason your vision is tested before getting a driver's license. I know another woman that can barely walk with a cane and she with a friend who can't see well enough to recognize people sitting at the table go together shopping at SuperLake each Saturday morning in a golf cart. I often wonder when it will be time for me to give up my scooter. I know it's time to sell the hoverboard.
    6 points
  2. Why not make everything a scam. But common sense and a lack of paranoia tells you that the Guadalajara full service funeral homes were the only source for cremation and now all that can be done right here in Chapala. All they are doing is attempting to get the business back. It's called competition.
    4 points
  3. Newcomers are welcome. It is a matter of wording on their part. I apologize on their behalf for the terse reply. Some on this board are not very diplomatic. I have had this experience as well from time to time. The issue seems to be that the article is not accessible without paying and some are aggravated because they suspect some other motive. I don't assume that. On my end, I am just letting you know that it cannot be read without having to pay for a subscription. Most of us are familiar with the publication and we certainly are interested in the article, however, don't want to have to subscribe just to read that particular one.
    2 points
  4. Nothing more than advertising for Lisa Jorgensen. Again.
    2 points
  5. Well, it looks like you cannot read any of that as you have to pay for a membership, so I don't really see the benefit of posting this link unless it is to sell subscriptions.
    2 points
  6. I had extremely high myopia ( -10 to -11) and when I had my cataract surgery the doctor suggested I get one lens that sees distance and one that sees close. Its amazing how your brain just makes them work together. This way I don't need to have either reading glasses or distance glasses for driving. I can see everything. That being said, I did buy from him a cheap pair of glasses for TV watching since I do that a lot in the evenings, and when I put them on, although they aren't necessary and I can read everything on the screen, it sharpens things like switching from a regular channel to a Hi def channel. I'm very happy with what he did.
    2 points
  7. We have been checking into purchasing a golf cart in addition to our (existing) small SUV. The answer is to purchase a street legal (meaning: directional lights, headlights, seat belts, mirrors) golf cart, which is plated and insured like a regular motor vehicle. You may ask, why do that, why not just buy a car? Answer: a car is more difficult to navigate the narrow streets designed for horses and carts. Harder to find a place to park. Far more pollution and poor fuel mileage. We are specifically looking at the Yamaha gas-engine golf cart that IS sold already equipped as street legal, has a max speed of 25 mph (though on the back streets we would never drive that fast, regardless of type of vehicle) and gets about 180 to 200 mpg. That is an accepted vehicle which fulfills the local motor laws and regulations. I believe the ultimate intent is to limit unplated, uninsured motorized vehicles of any type. The quads will be next. I saw this in SMA, where regs were changed so that all quads had to be street-legal, plated, and insured. Ditto for golf carts, except they aren't used due to the steepness of the hills.
    2 points
  8. Right, so one day I decided to retire, move to Mexico and buy a golf cart to drive around. Because that's what they do there. Uh-huh. It isn't the speed. It's the danger and the aggravation, which is even more dangerous.
    2 points
  9. I cleaned this thread up. Take the biased one sided political crap to TOB. You all know the rules here. Next time I'm going to hand out some one month suspensions.
    2 points
  10. We could go on all day. The charts tell the picture. Interest rates are below long term norms, the dollar is overvalued when compared to long term norms. The growth figures are pretty much staying the same. I could care less what some politician has to say about these, the data do not lie. Some folks like to think the economic megatrends really depend much on individual politicians, I believe the real picture is much more complex and involves a whole range of factors including demographics, growth in capability and competition around the world, the gross amount of borrowing being done by quite a number of countries and the like. What we are seeing in the economies and the sociology of various countries has been building for decades. Personally I think we have reached the "rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic" stage in the current cycle of history. If you want to take the simplistic view that one or several individuals is responsible for this, be my guest. I'm done.
    2 points
  11. Getting too political. this conversation about what you can flush down the toilet is now locked for ever. The evil Moderator5.3
    2 points
  12. OK enough unpleasantness. Michael, it does not work to post a link to a pay site non subscribers can't read. I checked your link and I could not read it either. It's always a good idea to test a link before posting. That applies to the GDL Reporter as well which is also a pay site. If you want to pass along this kind of information, just summarize the piece and tell people where they can read the original if they want to pay for it. Cutting and pasting it is copyright infringement so please don't do that. Some of you really need to take a look at how you communicate here. Accusing someone of being an imposter for just citing something from a site or person you have personal rancor for is out of bounds here. Please do not use this board to carry on your personal vendettas against people who don't happen to agree with your views. Try asking yourself before you post if you would say the same thing to a person's face you are writing. If not, don't post it! Thread edited and Closed.
    1 point
  13. Really folks! This name calling and attaching a Newbie without knowing anything about this person is unkind. What a terrible impression it makes for a new person. It is hard for me to believe people would do this in person. If you don't like their post, just ignore it. It's fine to disagree with the content, but not attack the person. Just my opinion.
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  14. So sorry for your bad experience. Some of us really are nice people. I have had similar experiences.
    1 point
  15. My last post was about the new hernandez hospital. YOu can read it Click on my name and you can see the post. As I stated I am new to this area . I sure hope not everyone is as welcoming as some members of this group. I am extremely upset.
    1 point
  16. You're not listening Michael2595. NOBODY can read the article that you linked to in this thread UNLESS they subscribe to The Lake Chapala Reporter.
    1 point
  17. from the Toronto Sun " Still, if there's one food that establishes our national identity - I'd have to say it's the butter tart! It's certainly part of our heritage and as Canadian as you can get. With just a handful of ingredients you get what many call one of this country's most quintessential desserts. It's ooey and gooey and sweet and sexy. And beyond delicious. Runny or firm, plain or with raisins or currents, butter or - dare I say it? - lard-based crust, when you think of a defining Canadian staple, its gotta be this darling. " OR Food Network " Known around the world as a uniquely Canadian dessert, butter tarts are one of the tastiest things to come out of the True North. Nothing beats the flaky pastry filled with a perfectly sticky-sweet centre. Whether you prefer them plain, studded with raisins or turned into a cheesecake" My dad likes his with currants, frozen (otherwise he will eat them all in one sitting), microwave for 30secs then he calls them 'steamers', micro them toooo long and there is a whole lotta swearing goin - damn that's hot.
    1 point
  18. I spoke to him as well and he assured me that all will be well. They will announce something soon.
    1 point
  19. Found this at another site; if eSun was your installer, this should help: I just spoke with Nyah (ex. eSun manager) and indeed eSun has gone out of business. Nyah is working on something new (TBA soon) and would like to let any eSun customer know that he will still help with servicing, warranty claims, etc. If you need to get something taken care of you can call Nyah at 331-400-2646.
    1 point
  20. Ever since I arrived to this solar system from Galaxy thirteen I also need a solar system tech Please help
    1 point
  21. Heads up all -again..... This is getting tedious. There is a lady(in this case) called herself Rebecca, Spoke Spanish, Number she called from was 333-401-8753. She says she is representing a funeral home in GDL and calling to sell pre-arranged funerals. I asked her how she had my cell phone number and she tried to bypass the question. I nailed her to it and she finally said a friend of mine had left it at the funeral home on a recent visit. This is something I know to be patently untrue. So at best, this woman is a blatant liar and why would you want to do business with a liar? At worst this is yet another scam targeting the expat community. Keep your eyes open all.
    1 point
  22. Of course it does. That is not in doubt so sales calls from "full service" funeral homes from Guadalajara make sense in light of joint venture full service in Chapala being available now.
    1 point
  23. Had my surgery this June in PV. My doctora suggested the opposite and she said she has had some patients who did not adapt to the dual lenses as well as gimpychimp (Glad to hear yours was so successful!). Prior to surgery I needed to stand within about 5 feet of the TV to really be able to see it at all. She inserted a lens in each eye that were slightly different based on my need. She said she could insert basically a bi-focal lens if I really wanted it but she did not recommend it. I went with her suggestion and she told me i would probably need reading glasses which was fine with me. 4 months post surgery I have 20/20 vision and carry a pair of 2.0 readers with me that I use for reading on my phone, fine print anywhere, and sometimes for a menu that is really small. Don't need anything for computer use, tablet or Kindle. No more Mr. Magoo for me!
    1 point
  24. Here you can do anything you want----until. One poster mentioned an accident involving a golf cart and injuries to pedestrians. Another poster mentioned taxi drivers complaining, which I completely believe would happen here too. Something has happened; now we have to pay the price. Paying off El Gordo only encourages him and makes it worse for everyone. If he stops you video him and take it to the Commandante. He will at least get transferred. I think golf carts are perfect for the village. If Pueblo Magico ever goes through, perhaps an exemption could be made for below the carretera as an ecological measure?
    1 point
  25. The INM office for your visa and the office for your Temporary import permit for your vehicle are 21 kilometers south of the border from Nogales. You can fill out the form you print online ahead of time if you want.
    1 point
  26. The nursing home can lose their license and should (assuming they are legal and have one) if residents have no visa. The humanitarian visa I delivered yesterday at a senior's center was for a woman who turned 100 today.
    1 point
  27. Sorry, the only scam I run is being nice to cackling hens.
    1 point
  28. No, I just say that a telemarketer is not prima facie a scammer.
    1 point
  29. Oh, man, THAT's what happened to my golf cart... !
    1 point
  30. To your question as to whether if will be much harder - the truth is yes. Impossible no. All depends on the landlord, personally for example ,just because of my own personal past experiences , I don’t accept cats but will accept a small well-behaved dog , Other landlords based on their own past experiences may do the reverse- or no pets at all,
    1 point
  31. That presumption is not correct. I choose assessments based on solid experts inside the USA, like US Treas. Sec. Steve Mnuchin and foreign objective sources like BBC London's financial experts, plus the assessments of groups like the IMF experts. Both the BBC and US Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, plus the IMF, have tracked US economic strength & perceived strength, and they agree that " expectations about interest rates and the US economy also play a role " Overall, they see the US economic picture as weak. Not awful ... just weak & sluggish. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-40853840 and US Treasury Secretary Mnuchin on the Benefits of a Weak Dollar "Since the election": "The U.S. dollar has been considerably weaker this year. The dollar index, which measures the greenback against a basket of six major rivals, is down about 10 percent year to date. Since the election, it's down 5.32 percent." https://www.cnbc.com/2017/08/31/mnuchin-having-a-weaker-dollar-is-better-for-us-on-trade.html Even the IMF (which is historically closely aligned with US White House policies) even announces that they have cut their growth forecasts for the US economy " due to uncertainty about White House policies." "Proposals such as cuts to spending on programmes that benefit low and middle income households could lead to even slower growth, the IMF warned." "The consultation revealed differences on a range of policies and left open questions as to whether the administration's proposed policy strategies are best suited to achieve their intended purpose," http://www.bbc.com/news/business-40421270 Currency traders follow these significant news updates from Treasury's Mnuchin, from the IMF, and from London financial experts ... and those traders have been punishing the MXN peso for the July & August (and continuing) reports of perceived US economic weakness - wagging Mexico like the tail on a big American dog.
    1 point
  32. True but the question is, are people dying to do business with Rebecca? Given that we have plenty of local funeral homes and now a state of the art crematorium in Chapala, why go out of town for this service?
    1 point
  33. Pull it out, pre-need funerals are a service. Your paranoia doesn't make it a scam.
    1 point
  34. Incorrect again. Try stepping outside of your ideological agenda and just look at the actual numbers. They do not support your thinly veiled allegation that any one administration is driving the numbers. The main economic driver from the last two and now apparently this one is deficit spending! The Federal government has been propping up the U.S. economy for at least 17 years now with borrowed money! Among other things, it is a fact that economic policy changes take quite some time to show up in GDP. A long longer than the current administration. They haven't had the time to make many changes of substance. You keep bringing up T bills, still apparently not understanding that first, the value of an already issued T bill drops when interest rates rise and secondly that, just as the dollar is beginning to come down from historically overvalued levels, the interest rates are beginning to rise from historically low levels. Both are overdue corrections and should be expected. You noted earlier interest payments on the national debt are rising with rising interest rates. Prior to the Clinton administration, most Federal debt was held in 30 year T Bills. Beginning with that administration and expanding with subsequent ones, financing of the national debt has become more and more short term. Coupled with the artificially low interest rates caused by Fed manipulations, this has disguised the real cost of carrying the massive debt of the U.S. government. As interest rates rise, this too is not going to end well. When those short term debt instruments are rolled over into ones carrying higher interest rates, the interest cost of the national debt is going to start "eating" the national budget. All of this but the latter is peripheral to the real issue which you identified: Runaway borrowing. The first budget of this administration has as much red ink as some of the highest of the previous. This is not going to end well as economic history clearly shows that sooner or later the piper has to be paid. The U.S. has risen into the ranks of the 10 most indebted nations in the world as a function of GDP. And now it is facing rapidly escalating cost to service that debt. There is no way to grow out of this level of debt! One can argue I believe that the U.S. is already insolvent and is surviving on the "too big to fail" phenomenon. There is a very important demographic factor here as well. The U.S. population is aging, the birth rate is near historic lows, and older people do not drive a basically consumer led economy the way younger ones do. There is no baby boom up there entering their most productive and consuming years, quite the contrary. The baby boomers are retiring in droves and spending previously earned assets. Old populations aren't going to post big growth numbers tax cuts or not. Ironically Mexico has great demographic numbers but is being absolutely choked to death by the corruption of its political class. I've seen it put very well IMO: Mexico is a country with first world people living in a third world country because of a fourth world government. This country should be roaring into the first world but until it deals with the corruption and wholesale theft of public money it isn't going anywhere IMHO. It isn't even growing fast enough to keep up with population growth. There's no question the stock market isn't an indicator of anything but a bubble and one with very narrow breadth as well. There are a lot of wildly inflated values on companies with earnings that don't begin to justify stock prices. Indeed a lot of these concerns are awash in red ink like the government. It is being driven by people chasing yields and pumping up fewer and fewer stocks. This isn't going to end well either, it never does.
    1 point
  35. I know without a shadow of a doubt that they are doing just fine. I support one of their students.
    1 point
  36. There is more than one group interested in starting a new facility for pickleball in Ajijic. Right now there are some investors from Minnesota who are trying to start something. There is a group of them coming in February to check things out. I'll keep you posted.
    1 point
  37. Thankfully this thread has evolved into what the subject matter really is...a joke. Now don't get me wrong, there is a little truth to this subject but some folks here (I am sure sincere) really believe we Gringos should save all our shi**y toilet paper in a basket to save the helpless Mexicans from ecological disaster. Amazing.
    1 point
  38. It's poutine. I reiterate: fries and gravy. A side-of-the-road quick stop. Fries and gravy. (Edit: with cheese.) $5.30 Cdn? Not a chance. Oh, did I forget to mention? We are in Mexico. Other dollars are not the currency of Mexico. So let's just say $140 Baht. Or $165,000 Romanian Lei. Let's go further. The "cost of living" index in Mexico vs. other countries. This is just not a real argument. Or if you want to go for the "staying in business" argument, then drop the poutine, and serve Tabarka's lasagna and gnocchi (Edit: with cheese.) (with a salad) for $95. That's a meal worth paying for. Apologies for the sarcasm. There are just so many things wrong with the previous comment.
    1 point
  39. To all those complaining about the “Golf Cart” problem and how it’s not fair that they don’t have to pay referendums, get plated or have insurance. And that they get in the way of the rightful users of the roads and parking spaces - cars. Allow me to retort: Cars, not golf carts, are by far and away the biggest problems at Lake Side – no need to look further than the highway any day of the week or the “no place to park” situation in Ajijic. Polluting, expensive, proven to be deadly and massively oversized for the tiny, narrow side streets, cars deal destruction and pain here on a daily basis. Kids, old ladies, dogs and cats all fall victim every year and it’s like, well, so what? I need to get around, don’t I? And these damn golf carts – always getting in my way… Golf carts have a 3.5 horse power electric motor and normally can’t even hit 15 mph, hence no need for all the safety equipment. On the terrible back roads here, they usually go much slower. And I agree, that’s where they belong. Not on the highway or the bike path. But on the frontage roads? Give me a break. You can park 2 golf carts in a parking spot and they are being used in many small tourist towns all over the world as smart transportation. In my mind, car users should give way to golf carts, not the other way around. Golf Carters are doing their part to make life better here by reducing congestion, lowering pollution levels, making less noise, saving energy ($10 USD per month in electricity to run), adding to the fun and interesting flavor of the area and generally being good citizens. They are ideal for shopping and making short trips. And oh yeah, not killing anybody – don’t forget that. Zero is the number of golf cart related fatalities for the last 10 years. Why should we serve as a target for the self-righteous, self-centered and self-serving car population? Seems like it should be the other way around…
    1 point
  40. Skype has a $2.99 per month subscription for unlimited call to the US, including 800 numbers. Voice quality has been very good.
    1 point
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  42. The man in front of Guadalajara Pharmacy is there every day and his prices are good.
    1 point
  43. Your post should be recognized by all; it is generous and professional, which is rare. So, thanks.
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  45. While the results do not surprise me, the level of disillusionment was a bit of a shock. http://www.pewglobal.org/2017/10/16/many-unhappy-with-current-political-system/ This goes beyond any explanations of the cultural heritage of the Spanish mordida system as a driver of corruption IMO. One thing is for certain, the Mexicans don't seem to have the illusions about their government that some expats do.
    1 point
  46. Topic is results for Mexico. Have a comment on that? Come back after you've read up on fascism too. I suspect the results of this study go hand in hand with these findings: http://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/insecurity-perceptions-at-record-high-level/
    1 point
  47. Yes butter tarts and Nanaimo bars are Canadian and my friends wife makes them both and they let me have some when she makes them. Lucky me.
    1 point
  48. Tránsito cop with mustache and large belly caught in camera shaking down a 74 year old woman for 5000 for driving a golf cart. When she said she didn't have it he told her to get into his truck to go to the bank. The two witnesses told her that it was kidnapping and not to get in. His name is Camarena.
    1 point
  49. .....and where will you use that off road vehicle? License plates, Insurance? If you want something small, but legal, consider a smart car. You can buy one at the Mercedes dealership in Guadalajara. We did & loved it for batting around and for long trips. Oops! As a tourist, you probably cannot register anything. Since you own a residence, you really should have a residence visa. It will be very beneficial whenever you sell your home.
    1 point
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