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  1. Hello Lake Chapala community! I am coming to Lake Chapala from Dallas, TX for one month in May/June (I will know the exact dates later) and looking for a small apartment/studio/casita for one person (myself) in Ajijic, west Ajijic, San Juan Cosala or San Antonio. Being close to hot springs in San Juan Cosala is a plus. It needs to be on a QUIET street yet very close to buses and taxis (important, since I can't walk distances). I need to have a full kitchen. Would prefer a bright airy place with an outdoor space, a balcony and/or nice view. Budget 6000 pesos. I am a responsible, quiet person, don't smoke, don't party, coming to explore the area, visit hot springs, and for medical travel. Thank you. Elizaveta
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  2. Gents, Sorry I've been travelling on business in Monterrey and just saw this thread. Wow...what a huge amount of rumor mongering! So lets set the record straight: The project is going very well. Nothing has been cancelled nor is there any indication it will be, au contraire, about 5 to 10 people keep paying in daily and 6 gated communities have lined up banging on the door for contractor quotes. There seems to be a lot of emphasis on how many have paid in, etc...well...yes, people take a while to get to the bank....and it takes a while for people to get their data in correctly and get their contracts...and yes a lot of the high income folks are in gated communities that have infrastructure obstacles, and all that was exactly the reason Ilox wanted to see a few hundred people paid up showing skin in the game...and I expect we'll be there pretty soon. The email based pledge process has been cumbersome...mail goes to spam folders, people send in smudgy ID's, language issues..etc... but its all getting worked just fine. Here is the link to signup instructions with some needed clarifications. If you've pledged and wish to continue, please just follow the instructions: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1NFc0OPJEE5PT6GlPMHvq5V4f05hV7zUq If you have pledged and are expecting to hear something and haven't, we are starting to follow up with all the stragglers to see what is going on. But please take the initiative if you can and follow the instructions. Let me reiterate for all those that think Ilox should be doing more...They didn't ask to come to Ajijic. My group and I asked them to come here. Because their high speed fiber optic ring happens to go right through Jocotepec. Because they're a business grade carrier who's been around 22 years with the lowest complaint level in the country. Because Telmex wouldn't give us the time of day. All they asked is for a few hundred people to show enough interest to seed the project. The amount of money that will raise is but a fraction of the investment required. Can anyone blame them? When we reach the paid-in, Ilox will commit internally to the project, open an office, start marketing, etc. Until then its incumbent upon us to welcome them. Please join me in signing up. Ilox is a federal carrier with an impeccable record. The deposit contract has been reviewed by several lakeside attorneys who have given a clean bill of health. Your money is safe. thanks, Tom Kessler
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  3. Here somes picts remove the old seal, repair the tile in poor condition, them seal again
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  4. No, we're not. (No need to shout with caps.) But the Mexican government can change laws at their will, just as they have already made higher income requirements, regulation about foreign plated cars, rules about non-involvement in Mexican political affairs which, if not followed, can lead to deportation and many, many other matters. (A friend of mine did get vocal and was deported without recourse). In other words, don't delude yourself. We are here on sufferance.
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  5. We have used them to brace our house from sliding down the mountain, repairing deep cracks in walls, iron work, cement step repair and many other complicated projects. The price they have given us front has been the final price unless unforseen problems occurred. Workers arrive at 8:00 and leave at 6:00, no music, clean and courteous. We are very pleased with them and will continue to work with them.
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  6. I shop local, not big box, so the little guy still has an income.
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  7. Not sure why this post is here? Did you mean to put it somewhere else but accidently posted here?
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  8. If there are no problems, why is the funding not done? Maybe 200 customers (investors) are too many to convince. If it is such a great proposal, why isn't there a small group of investors jumping at the proposal to make money for themselves.
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  9. I'm guessing the humming bird feeders were being covered to avoid depletion by bats overnight and that's when the rainbirds were heard.
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  10. Interesting observations, the money market are reflecting Obrador did good
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  11. Where is Tom Kessler while this debate is going on? The tongue in cheek comments about a less expensive version suggested a plan at about 5000p and I would certainly go along with that. Now it seems that option is not available lakeside so I will wait and see, the next higher amount is more that I want to risk and need. BTW does everyone know that Telmex has had fibre-optic cable on the carretera from Jocopec to Chapala for many years. Maybe they are just waiting for Ilox to put in theirs and then offer discounts. Alternatively they may be just looking at what is going on, to decide if there is a viable market by someone else doing the survey. Just a thought
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  12. This is a really stupid discussion. In the US do you do all your shopping at 7/11?
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  13. I completely understand that some folks just can't take the leap of faith that is required to make the ILOX deal have a chance of going forward. I really do understand that perspective as well as the reality that some folks just can't afford the upfront cost. There is definitely some risk involved and everyone has to do that risk/return assessment on their own. Makes sense to me but I understand that others just can't get there. The reality is that ILOX put forward a proposal and not enough folks have agreed to that proposal so it won't go forward. Absolutely no problem with ILOX's proposal OR with anyone's response to that proposal. However, saying that ILOX should do this differently is really a moot point. They get to say what they will/won't do and we all get to agree - or not. Just like the pricing and terms/conditions of any other product or service - Superlake, restuarants, cabs/car service, and a ton of others that are debated over and over. So the one thing that is absolutely certain as a result of the response ILOX has received is that we will not have any options that could be described as "high speed internet" anytime in the near future. Telmex and Izzy/Telecable are clearly not going to make the investment needed to really change anything here. In fact, as more people come to our area, the actual reliability, quality and speed available to us is more likely to get worse rather than better. We have lost the one real chance we had for that to change for a long time. I understand - I REALLY do. I am just disappointed. I REALLY want higher speed but am obviously getting by with what is available. My only observation is that we shouldn't gripe about Telmex or Telecable since we passed on a chance at an alternative. Just like ILOX they have made business decisions and we have to live with what they have decided. The only thing less effective than debating how ILOX should have handled this is expecting things to get better with Telmex or Telecable. All the posts about workarounds to try pick up very small increases in speed are sort of funny.
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  14. I wish them well. Options are always good. I'm sure they will figure out where their pricing needs to be in order to be competitive but also to be profitable. All businesses have to figure out this balance. When businesses try to compete solely on price it is very hard to sustain - but I am certain they know that without us telling them. I admire anyone who takes on this type of a challenge and hope that they are successful. Stella and Rene - welcome to the community and best of luck.
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  15. Which ones? There are so many over the years.
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  16. My experience is it does not make very good popcorn. It looks nice for display.
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  17. Great advice Chillin. Thank you. I am very open to living in a Mexican neighborhood and renting from a Mexican. Looks like dollar will go even further now.
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  18. Thank you for all the suggestions. I will keep on looking.... These are my preferences but I am flexible.
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  19. Honor and faith.... might want to make sure that you are quoting the right person. I never said you were illegal, but I get your political drift. RickS
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  20. THANK YOU! I did look everywhere else except the internet. Shoulda known better!
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  21. Yes, for sure. In fact, just by following threads like this one, it becomes clear that there are a whole lot of things to consider and understand. My post was aimed at Adirondacker, who may not have started reading at the beginning. Streaming takes over while it is being done, and other users experience drops and slowdowns. And vice versa: someone who wants to stream while I'm downloading files is going to see problems. So your post about speeds is right on.
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  22. You are going to have to choose between a QUIET street and one near taxis and buses. You can not find both. With your budget, you should cross Ajijic and West Ajijic off your list. There was a time when 6000 pesos would get you what you are looking for but that time is past. Best of luck.
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  24. I am going to suggest that you need to budget at least double that, probably more.
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  25. Rick S..... Big diff. We are not ILLEGALLY IN THE COUNTRY.
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  26. I know this will sound unbeivable, but I used to own a dowel making factory, using Pacific Northwest birch. The main function was to make stock for my wooden golf tee factory. So I have to tell you that 1/4 inch dowels are extraordinary difficult to produce. You might be better off looking at Bamboo, of which we have a large, unwanted grove. Wear good boots and pick anything you need. You will need some serious clipping shears, but I have those too. German steel baby!
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  27. Depends on who has what I want. I like and want to walk, so picking up items I can fit in my large tote on foot is a great way for me to keep up on my walking. Once a week a car trip to Walmart or Soriana or SuperLakes or La Paz for heavy or cumbersome shopping . Use Costco buying service, rather than driving there. Some examples of items available at specific places within walking distance of me in Ajijic: Green chorizo (Ajijic tianguis) Warm bolillos (local tiendas) Hot smoked salmon (Thursday market at Jasmine's) Italian sausage and sliced ham/prosciutto (Lilifer on Colon) French Pastries (La Vie en Rose #2, Independencia) Coffee (truck from Veracruz on carretera at Javier Mina...his name escapes me today) Granola, hard-to-find spices and baking needs, goat yogurt and Rony's chocolates (La Graneria next to Gossips on carretera at Javier Mina) Half and half (El Torito only place I've seen it in Ajijic)
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  28. In Chapala you don't need a car because we have a mercado at our central plaza and many shops all around it as well. some people use the collapsible carts if necessary. You just picked the wrong town to live in without a car. I don't have one yet and have been here almost 10 years.Once a month I go to Soriana or Walmart by cab primarily for big cleaning containers and bulk paper goods.
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  29. Angus, just so ya know: the word is tianguis, both in the singular and the plural. The word comes from the nahuatl word tianquiztl. One tianguis, two tianguis. I know that some people seem to drop the 's' when they pronounce it, but nevertheless... My personal preference is to shop at either a tianguis or at a municipal market. I have several reasons: the produce, meat, etc, are fresher than at a supermarket or corner store, the prices are usually less, and shopping is a highly convivial social experience, not just a supermarket push-your-cart-around chore. I love getting to know the tianguis and market vendors to chat about ingredients and recipes with them and with other shoppers. I usually go at the same time each week, as do many other clients, and we meet over the jitomates y calabacitas to yak about life and food, politics and that louse of a neighbor, whatever comes up. It's fun.
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  30. Still can't understand why Lakeside expats insist on calling an insect a bird.
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  31. History of Chapala.com and rainy season: Rainy season always starts middle of June. Someone reports rainbirds around Christmas. We ALWAYS get a couple very strong storms the end of May which ALWAYS prompts a declaration of an "early rainy season". Then there are 2 weeks of little or no rain, after which rainy season starts.
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  32. Heard my first rain bird, just above, Las Salvias last night. They say it will start raining 6 weeks after the rain-birds start singing. I rather doubt that this will be the case, as that would be June 5. I always used to hear that the rainy season would start sometime around mid June or a week later, not earlier. Having grown up in the greater Seattle, and Vancouver area, I always thought the rainy season would be terrible. How wrong I was. Down here, at least, the summer rainy season is one of the best weather periods of the year.
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  33. Quick, someone start a contest.
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  34. I heard one, lone call yesterday afternoon. Skies were overcast. However, it really only means a few of them have struggled out of the earth earlier than the majority. They say the season will start 45 days after the first one, but whichever way you look at it, June 15 is about average... no matter when they begin buzzing. That being said, I fully expect this thread to come alive with observations and predictions, and I'm just glad I got my licks in first... it will change nothing.
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  35. Well, as explained before, yes, T-Mobile is partnered with Telcel WHILE one is in Mexico. It works just fine. BUT, the OP is looking to keep their US phone number after moving to Mexico and this, to my knowledge, using a cellphone is not possible. T-Mobile will let one take their cellphone to Mexico but they won’t let one keep it there ‘forever’. This capability is designed for one who might be visiting Mexico and would like to still receive call directed to their US phone number. The only way that I am aware that one can keep their US phone number, and it was explained above, is to port that number to an Internet phone (magic jack, any vonage-like folks, OOMA etc etc) for use in Mexico. But that is NOT a cellphone... it is a ‘stay-at-home’ phone.
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  36. Horrible scene in Toronto today. Guy ran onto sidewalk in Toronto - Younge and Finch area. At this time 9 dead, 16 in hospital. No firm motive yet. So very sad
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  37. Does anyone have any comments....meanwhile the Usd continues to strengthen
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  38. No, I put it here because we have alot of people living here who lived in Toronto Canada.
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  39. http://www.let.rug.nl/usa/essays/1801-1900/the-iron-horse/railroad-towns.php Bid against another town? Provide rights-of-way? We don't want no stinking railroads in our town. Let them put their tracks in somebody else's town. We like horse and buggies and don't want no help getting our products out or needed stuff in.
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  40. Why not ask your wife if you can join her in the kitchen and gain knowledge that way? Most women learn to cook by helping their moms prepare meals. Same thing.
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  41. First: I "REALLY" hate to put it this way, but your post comes across as shaming those who didn't go along with Ilox's proposal for reasons that vary from not being able financially to pay the upfront cost, or who don't feel they need it, or just are not confident about the service they will get, so maybe "shame on you." You moved here with the service being what it is, and you had the choice of moving elsewhere. You chose not to. Second: You posted " Telmex and Izzy/Telecable are clearly not going to make the investment needed to really change anything here." Do you have the ear of the top dogs at Telmex? Why state it as if it's the solid truth? As far as I know, none of us knows what may or may not be in the pipeline.
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  42. (Then you are the IN CROWD, because the sale of pickups has never been higher. Mind you, the kits I've seen, I would never use one for actual work... such an easy way to mess up a $35,000 exterior.) TelMex introduced dual-band modems over a year ago, and then quickly stopped when they discovered (via people like me, no doubt) they couldn't support the download speeds already available. In my case, the max speed attainable dropped 50%. You can, however, buy third-party dual-band routers, for those who might be interested.
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  46. Good points, RickS. The decision to move to Mexico for retirement is the really high risk gamble. After that, it's a series of leaps of faith right down to the present, where we have no certain assurance that the Mexican government won't do to us non-citizens what the U.S. government is doing to Mexican born non-citizens. We have no certainty that we won't have to grab what we can throw in the car and head back to the NOB, thus losing the homes we own. If we're renters, we don't know if our landlord will decide to evict us and put a favored nephew in the house. However, the matter of little decisions like the fiber optics issue depends on whether one has the extra cash in the first place and whether one wishes to spend it in that way. Not such a big deal.
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