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  1. The term grumpy gringos is completely false as is computerguys assumption that I am new to this area. I am one of the few gringos in the area that you will find at almost every Mexican Fiesta and event and I do not live my life as if I am still north of the border or shuttered away in a gated community. I have been here almost 15 years lakeside and am not trying to re invent the wheel. If anything my objection is gringo events that are thoughtlessly planned with little consideration or respect for the Mexican community who was here long before we were. I knew Elliot and she was a fine woman.
    4 points
  2. So a 660 pesos hotel in Mexico City was not up to 4-star standards. Hmm. Who'da thunk it?
    4 points
  3. As one of the long time Dance Captains for the Annual "Thrill the World" Event that Elliott Joaquin brought to Ajijic many years ago, I can tell you that we as organizers and participants are not in charge of the day/date/time of the Event. This is set by the "Thrill the World" organization out of the S.F. Bay area and we are told what day each year (usually the last Saturday in October) and what time in relation to G.M.T. we are to do the dance. We comply and each year have asked the Municipality if it conflicts with the Virgin of the Rosario Parade through Ajijic. We have asked for and be
    4 points
  4. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
    3 points
  5. I am surprised that you seem to be taking this so personally. There are numerous posts on this thread about the inappropriateness of Halloween and it's conflict with a very spiritual celebration of Day of the Dead. That the Thriller event is held in a public place at the same time that the virgin of the rosary procession IS a conflict in the community and I am not alone in my feelings about this. If it was held for instance at the La Floresta Castillo plaza it could be a non issue, that it is held on the Ajijic plaza between the two churches when there is a very important religious procession
    3 points
  6. Some people get sick and others do not. We are not all in the same physical health depending on habits, etc. Those harmful elements were still not meant to be consumed. I prefer to not wait until there is a problem.
    2 points
  7. Thank you to all our Zombies. To our local grumpy gringos, turn off your lights and hide from a bit of multiculturalism.
    2 points
  8. Thank you for the heads up. I'm very picky about the hooker-infested, meth-reeking, floor-flooded, dump hotels that I frequent - short and long term. I'll certainly change my Trip Advisor rating of the Hotel Corinto based on your experience. Cheers!
    2 points
  9. Ignorance. I have been streaming succesfully with paid and non paid services for 5 years,so have many others. Can be done with 5 download speed. Theres free apps with ads, many services like the above without .i am paying appx 800 pesos for a year 1000 uk and usa main stream channels in sd hd, and uhd quality. 5 mbps will give you sd, or sometimes 720hd for live tv.720 for movies without problems. Some people just dont want to listen or learn.
    2 points
  10. In our 13 years at lakeside; first on Ocampo in Ajijic, then on Lopez Cotilla in Chapala, we never had any children at our doors on the last day of October. Halloween is NOT observed in Mexico and I suggest that it not be encouraged. Join in the dia de los muertos celebrations and enjoy the vast cultural difference. It is a truly beautiful celebration of remembrance.
    2 points
  11. I thought wacko jacko was the devil after his past history . Not a person who i would care to remember.
    1 point
  12. I did the Zombie thing for 5 years because I have a background in Michael Jackson style dancing. But there is a cultural rift here that the gringos are not aware of. I walked to the plaza with my zombie outfit and make up on, and later explained to my neighbors that it was not a devil worship but an homage to Michael Jackson manifested by doing an international celebration of his Thriller video. I had to explain the difference between DDLM and Halloween in the north which emphasizes the grotesque and evil. For that reason I have hated Halloween for years even before I came here. Frank
    1 point
  13. Ja ja...We are ready for some good old prot-Marxist helping of the poor. Maybe Brazil would welcome those who liked it under Peña Nieto?
    1 point
  14. Remember my glowing review for La Nueva Posada's English style fish 'n chips? I just deleted it. We went there for lunch today and had a very bad experience, to wit: New help, hopelessly untrained, didn't "know anything about" the ad in the Guad Reporter offering free Margaritas or salad or soup with light or main course meals. It wasn't worth the trouble to take the matter further, so we didn't. I ordered fish 'n chips. It came with NO malt vinegar. The waiter had brought salad vinegar. When asked for the malt vinegar, he returned and said they didn't have any. There was enough tart
    1 point
  15. The problem that is difficult for a proto-Marxist such as Lopez Obrador to understand is that several billions of “dollars” have already been spent on supplies, studies, legal work, land acquisition et al. We’ve heard reports that as much as $10 billion shall be lost but we find that very, very hard to believe if the projected cost was $13 billion. However, as we all know, that $13 billion, by the time the airport would have been finished would have escalated to $20 or $25 or even $30 billions of dollars. Nonetheless, the Peso and the Mexican stock market plunged on this news, wi
    1 point
  16. I drank tap water in Chapala, simply filtered and sometimes treated with UV, but often not, from age 65 to 78 and still do not glow in the dark, or exhibit other symptoms. Now, at 81, I suspect that something may eventually kill me, but I am too busy to worry about it.
    1 point
  17. If you believe an 85 year old Mexican grandmother who lives at 6 corners and the public servants in town hall have the same core value I do not know what to say. I have made my statement and it has been dismissed and the your response, and inability to entertain any change tells me all I need to know. I had not supposed this forum would be the place to create a new awareness and it seems I was right. Thank you
    1 point
  18. Sorry, Hal, your comments are based on nothing you can substantiate, and you are truly grumpy. Especially when you say things like the locals don't want to get in our faces. Locals includes the municipal government that sanctions this event, and if you think they are easy to push around, well... And making sweeping statements about the communities here just doesn't add up. Exactly what and where are these many gringo activities that fly in the face of the Mexican community? Sorry, but truly your story is so full of holes that I could take several pages in refuting your points, but at this
    1 point
  19. The transitos are supposed to be limited to west of Ajijic panteon and the libramento to the highway. I've seen them in La Floresta when pickings must get lean.
    1 point
  20. Thank you Bisbee Girl for this link, which is for an adjacent lot to the one in question. It looks like the rush yo build on the mountain is in full gear. Im told the link above is an area very prone to landslides and do inappropriate for construction We are waiting for an official letter Wednesday from the authorities st which time I will let people know how they can show their support to keep this area green
    1 point
  21. La Paceña wins "Best New Restaurant of 2018" as far as I'm concerned. I don't care about their fried fish, batter or chips though. I like the other things on their menu.
    1 point
  22. I too have been streaming for several years with about a 5 download speed. I use a Fire TV Stick and take it when I travel. I do notice that download speed effects the picture quality; not sure if the app or the Fire TV Stick is adjusting resolution; but I am certainly looking forward to the high speed of Ilox fiber optic. As far as picture quality the Shaw Direct HD channels are superior to streaming quality I have now but soon we will see if it download speed, the IPTV service I am currently using, or if I need to upgrade from the Fire TV stick to a device with a faster processor and more me
    1 point
  23. JayBearII, which development was stopped? ("The gash up the mountain..."). The winding road off the Libramiento leads to Las Minas (I think that is the name) and when I have walked up there, they were still working on it.
    1 point
  24. Hal, sorry you thought I was being impolite. I was 100% serious. It's a job you feel strongly about, and really no one else does. Everyone enjoys both these and many other lakeside events. So take the bull by the horns, so to speak. The organizers have been doing it for years. Unfortunately, the fantastic lady who started the Thriller dance has since passed away, but she left a lot of supporters to take up the cause, and they have discussed the logistics as much as anyone, including getting the proper permits. Yes, that's right, permits are required, meaning municipal government involvement. I
    1 point
  25. Huh???? Villa Nova is upper Ajijic, west of centro.
    1 point
  26. Each to their own zombie / near death experience.....
    1 point
  27. Thanks Gringal. This makes me feel much much better. Hopefully them dancing across the plaza and then back to 7 corners did not interfere with the virgin of the rosary procession. It still seems unnecessarily close to the Virgin of the rosary. I don't understand why they don't just avoid the issue and move it to a place like the La Floresta Castillo Plaza. Plenty of room, plenty of parking no issue for anyone
    1 point
  28. Don’t know why someone would think your post funny as it is the direction many are taking. However when I tried your website got a message saying invalid. Please check and repost.
    1 point
  29. I've lived in six locations on the north side; lake front in Ajijic (2), mountain side Ajijic, Ajijic village, San Antonio, and upper Chula Vista, as well as Jocotepec over eight plus years, and now living (happily) lake front near San Luis. Telmex does have phone and internet here, IF, you can get an available line. I've been on the waiting list for something like six months. I don't know the local speed for Telmex, but they commonly offer only a fractional upload speed, compared to the download speed (10Mb dn/perhaps 0.5Mb up). Spyderweb offers internet in many locations here (needs l
    1 point
  30. Just put a false first name and intial.or post code. They arent wanting id. No one will know.
    1 point
  31. You are the first person I've heard say that it is an insult. You do know that this thing wasn't created by anybody locally, right? In countries all around the world with Latino citizens, they celebrate Day of the Dead with street alters and parades, and I have yet to hear a Canadian or American tell them it's an insult to do it so close to Hallowe'en. Further, this is not a case of the ends justifying the means, not by a long shot. Feel free to approach the organizers of the event and let them know your opinion. I'm sure they'll stop, after consulting with the local charities affected, and on
    1 point
  32. Then I am nearsighted. I think living in a foreign community where your charity event insults the culture because of its timing and nature is a problem. That is my opinion. You could easily create another fundraising event that would not be rude to your Mexican neighbors. I believe it is shortsighted to think the end justifies the means when there are other ways to reach that end
    1 point
  33. The Thriller dance is a world-wide phenomenon, and a huge charitable event. There is absolutely nothing wrong with celebrating two causes on the same day. Doing this dance raises money for LOCAL charities. The fact that more faces are being painted like Catrinas and fewer like zombies is actually pretty cool. To suggest that it somehow corrupts or abuses this long-implanted cultural tradition is near-sighted.
    1 point
  34. I remember now from these posts that it was the procession for the Lady of the Rosary in Ajijic (not a day of the dead procession) that one year was coming to the church on the plaza and was met with gringos dressed as Zombies doing Thriller. Some of the Gringos got right in their faces and all their cars blocked the procession and they were throwing candies at the little old ladies walking in a religious procession. It was horrible
    1 point
  35. To my mind the difference is to NOT bring Halloween to the public plaza or malecon and thereby forcing it onto people (like Thriller) as opposed to Mexican children coming to your frac and you graciously giving out treats. Active celebration vs passive celebration. IMO
    1 point
  36. I agree with much of your post ezpz. One of the best pieces of advice I received from a long time expat resident more that 14 years ago is to remember you are a guest in this country. No matter how many years you are here. You are a guest. Act like a guest. Be polite and respectful. You do not drive the car....you sit in the back seat.
    1 point
  37. There's one in every crowd, right? I'm with you: what value is gained from making such a suggestion?
    1 point
  38. Perhaps I am oversimplifying this. But, if a topic does not fit any of the specified categories then it should be in the main forum, should it not? I have seen plenty of questions/discussions about medications, doctors, supplements in the main forum, and it has not been challenged before.
    1 point
  39. WOW a new high to just how BITTER the people are here...
    1 point
  40. I have it like it.I have the HD package.I also like it because I can order the NFL Sunday Ticket so I can at least get regular season games,Go Hawks.I can also find games not covered with it on the many other sports channels available on SKY
    1 point
  41. Does anyone know if there are there similar magnesium-based products here, especially in generic form?
    0 points
  42. I thought a Trip Advisor report was to based on the writers experiences..not a 3rd hand coment, albeit it was "R" experience he should file the report
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  43. But just to kid around, you said that this was rather myopic. But did you mean hyper-myopic or hypo-myopic (Near sited or far sited?) Oh or did you mean short or tall sighted? Forgive me for kidding around. But I just couldn't help it
    0 points
  44. Hi, If you live in Villa Nova your address is San Antonio. Not Ajijic. Maybe they will expand in the future.
    0 points
  45. This attitude is exactly why Mexico will never be a Free Country !
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