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  1. There's all sorts of reasons someone needs know accurately what time it is that have nothing to do with being a "slave to the clock". My 3 daughters and I live in 4 different time zones. I have to call them when I won't disturb them at work, at the time they put the kids to bed, or wake them up. Then there's Dr. and dentist appts, knowing what time stores close and open so you don't make a trip out shopping for nothing, and not leaving others waiting when you've made plans together, etc. If your life is such that you never need to know what time it is, you're a lucky man. Or undependable 🙂
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  2. I tried to reset my golden retrievers stomach with no success ☺️
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  3. There are a lot of logistics to moving a business. I was there today and they still don't have TelMex hooked up (DUH). Also to clear up QC only has space in the Plaza San Antonio commercial spaces and is not affiliated with either SAT hospital or Ribera hospital, but they will take care of patients at any hospital a person requests including the 2 lakeside new hospitals and in Guadalajara. Until TelMex gets around to connecting their landlines, QC cell number for appointments is 332 785 0259.
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  4. Am I the only one that see's johanson is joking around.
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  5. It should not have been a surprise. If it was, you might want to consider the bubble in which you are living. (Unless like Angus you never have any need to know the time for any reason and simply drift along disconnected from other humans and their slavish adherence to time.)
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  6. Merida is a wonderful colonial era city full of charming architecture, plazas, and historical landmarks. It has great restaurants and lots of colorful street life. Within 30 min. to an hour in any direction there are ancient Maya ruins. The only downside I found was that visiting in the summer is prohibitively hot and humid. Best time to go is December-February when the weather is mild and pleasant. I did a series on our visit in my blog "Jim and Carole's Mexico Adventure" https://cookjmex.blogspot.com/2012/03/northwest-yucatan-part-1-merida-white.html This is part one. When you get to the bottom of a page, look for "newer posts" to get to Part 2, and so forth. Enjoy!
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  7. https://youtu.be/0fg1AjoLDIs
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  8. It struck me that it is the Mexican health care system that doesn't give a s***. She and her husband went to the clinic during the week and were told by the doctor that they did not have Covid. They were not even given a Covid test. Both diagnosed with NON-Covid conditions and given medication. Is the fact she went to GDL that weekend, the reason for your comment? She went there the weekend after they went to the clinic, where they were told they did not have Covid, didn't even need to be tested for Covid. They were both feeling better by that weekend. They assumed the clinic was correct and the meds they were given for their NON-Covid diagnoses were working. When they started feeling bad again, they went back to the clinic that (finally) tested them for Covid. Why are you blaming her??
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  9. 1. Maybe let's see who answers 2. Not many 3.Maybe also Izzy 4. No
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  10. Too much "locked down" time for some of us.😄😄😄
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  11. I did see a gathering of newly arrived Canadian snowbirds a few days ago. A small flock of Pelicanos Borregones off the Ajijic malecon. First spotting this season for me. Gotta love that name.....they do look like sheep bobbing on the water 🐑 🐑 🐑 🐑
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  12. I sent this email to Mayor Moy. Others need to reinforcement the idea with their voices Since President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), has guaranteed the Mexican people free access to all beaches in the nation will the enforcement of encroachments on Lake Chapala be addressed? Mayor Moy this atrocity must be addressed! The people are calling on you! Harry Bublin
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  13. Did you read the storyhttps://globalnews.ca/news/7390454/canadians-denied-entry-forced-to-quarantine/ (above)? These Canadians were NOT let in, and when they were made to turn around and go back to Canada (literally a few hundred yards away) they were required to quarantine for 14 days...which meant since they decided to fly down, they could not do so for 2 weeks. It's a risk, may work out for this poster, but he needs to know consequences of even trying. I do agree with you that there is unlikely to be an issue at MX border.
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  14. Pot calls kettle black, lmao
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  15. I read so much wonderful and helpful information on this forum and others that I thought I should at the very least post about my personal experiences getting my permanent residency card and "pay it forward". I’ll preface this by saying that I’ve purchased real estate and lived in several countries in South America. Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay. When possible, I always like to get permanent residency status if it’s feasible and there aren’t major hurdles to cross. I lived in South America for 8 years so I’m well aware of red tape, corruption, inefficiencies, etc. I’m totally conversational in Spanish (although not totally fluent). I read a ton of posts online on this and other websites. I live in San Diego and started the process there at the Mexican Consulate office in San Diego. It took forever to get an appointment online. This office is so busy so it took a while to get an appointment online. https://consulmex.sre.gob.mx/sandiego/index.php/visas?id=455 But their website is really detailed and an option to read everything in English for those that don’t speak Spanish. It outlined everything I needed to bring. Although I’m in my early 40’s, I applied under the category of Retired Income Holder “Rentista”. You can read all of the income requirements on the URL link above. But basically you only need to show a monthly average balance of $80,000 US dollars for 12 months. Or you can show that you get retirement income or cash deposits into your account of at least $2,000 US dollars each month for the past 12 months. I met the criteria for both as I own several rental properties and have regular monthly deposits into my bank account each month. But when I presented my bank statements they didn’t care about the monthly deposits when they saw my bank balance easily exceeded the minimum thresholds. I printed off several bank statements with different banks I have because I wasn’t sure if they would hassle me about my age and if I’d need to show more savings. But I didn’t need to. Just keep in mind they are VERY strict about the no PO Box on the bank statements. Now on that website link it specifically says not to have a PO Box on your bank statements but when I started the process it wasn’t so prominently listed and on several of my bank statements I didn’t have my home address on it. And they wouldn’t accept those statements. Fortunately, I brought statements from another bank that had my home address on it. They accepted those so fortunately I brought other statements! They took my US passport and I paid $36 US dollars. They took a photo and then I had to wait there about 1 hour and voila! They put a visa in my passport and it had an expiration date when I had to finish the process in Mexico. I totally forgot that I was going to Cabo with my family before I was going to finish the process with my permanent residency. I didn’t know that you can’t enter Mexico without finishing your process. I was going for a short 5-day vacation. I read that you could possibly get permission to leave but I didn’t have time to deal with this in Cabo. So unfortunately I had to start the process all over again! So if you’re starting the process make sure not to apply for the Visa until you can go to Mexico and finish it. I tried again to get an appointment for the San Diego office (as I live in San Diego). But it was now booked several months out for an appointment. I started to investigate and noticed there was also an office in Santa Ana, California which wasn’t far from San Diego. And surprisingly there were tons of appointments. I sent an email and was surprised to get an email back right away with them offering for me to come in 2 days for an appointment. I gladly accepted and went to their office with all my same documents and explained the situation where I was already approved but I couldn’t finish and that I entered Mexico already so I had to start again. They did require all my bank statements again but they issued another Visa within 30 minutes. That office in Santa Ana is fairly dead so I’d recommend if you live in the area to go to this one vs. San Diego which was a zoo. At this point I had to enter Mexico and finish the process there. I purchased an apartment about 2 years ago in a development that was a totally new construction in a high rise tower in Guadalajara. They just finished it so I was moving down for the summer to get it all furnished. I was just going to do it on my own as I speak Spanish but I’m always a fan of paying for assistance if it’s reasonable. I reached out to Spencer who I believe is in Chapala and I also reached out to Adriana from http://www.yucatanexpatriateservices.com/contact-us as I read some great articles from her website. Both were really great and helpful but it just came down to Adriana being so quick with emails. I got back emails within minutes. Although she wasn’t located near Guadalajara, she said that for $105 US dollars she would basically fill out all the forms needed for the appointment, give me detailed instructions where I needed to go and what I needed to do along with a list of all the things I needed. I thought that was a great deal and extremely helpful and a valuable savings of my time. So I paypal’d her $105 US dollars and she asked for a copy of my passport, the Visa Stamp in my passport and asked a few questions and she sent me PDF copies of all the forms I needed plus a requirement of the things I needed including “dwarf photos”. (special smaller photos that they use in Mexico for the Permanent Residency Card). I can’t recommend Adriana enough. I sent her questions before the process and she always was quick to answer them. All her information was spot on target. Believe it or not the most difficult thing in the process was those darn dwarf photos. I took the measurements that she gave me and found a special studio in San Diego that took the photos. More on that later……. So I went down to the IMF office - Avenida Alcalde 500, Centro, 44280 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico (Google Map location here: https://goo.gl/maps/afxy5i9LrWT2 ) Go upstairs to the 2ndfloor and go back to the left corner of the building as you come up the stairs. You wait in line in the center and tell them you’re there to get your permanent residency. It was really interesting to see all the various people there. I saw several Americans as well as people from all over South America. Most of the Americans couldn’t speak Spanish and they had paid assistants with them. What was interesting is that almost none of them had filled out the forms ahead of time. They were going to the office to get the forms to fill out! So they were waiting in line a while only to get the forms. Once the person saw that I already had all the forms filled out they sent me to another window. The person at the information booth basically finds out what you’re there for and they will give you a colored card with a # on it that tells you which # to go to. It’s a very efficient system. I waited about 45 minutes and went to the window and gave them all my forms, showed them my Visa in my passport and they had me fill out some paperwork. They gave me a little ticket that I had to go pay at a bank for 4,828 pesos. There is a bank a few blocks away that I paid the 4,828 pesos and they gave me a receipt. Then I went back to the IMF office in the same line. The lady told me that I didn’t have to wait in line again. Just to bring her the receipt when I was done. I waited for her to finish with the current client and then I gave her the receipt. Then she told me that I would get an email within 2 weeks (probably sooner) telling me that I was ready to pick up my card, get fingerprinted and I’d give them the pictures then. She also gave me a paper with a website and a # that I could enter in and get my status of the application. I was AMAZED that within 15 minutes of leaving the IMF office that I got an email from them saying that the process has started. I was amazed with how efficient and quick they were! About 8 days later I got the email and I was in Puerto Vallarta on vacation so I couldn’t go for a few days until I got back. But I went back, waited in the same center aisle information booth and they directed me to the window at the left of the booth. It was very quick to see the girl. The girl asked for my photos and here is where the problems were. She told me the photos I got although were the right dimensions, the position of my head wasn’t what they required. I asked her where I could go that knew exactly what they were doing. She said they weren’t allowed to recommend photo places. I saw several photo places on the corner so I left and she said to go get it and I didn’t have to wait in line again to come back to the window. So I asked the first place and they said they didn’t do those dwarf type. I went to another place and they said they did. So I paid 150 pesos and was on my way. You can imagine my disappointment when I get to the window and the lady said these are wrong too! Then I think out of pity the lady at IMF wrote the address of a photo place. She said they aren’t allowed to recommend a place but she said after 2 wrong photo places screwed it up she said she knew this place knew how. So I went around the corner to Av. Hospital 496 upstairs and there is a professional photo studio. I think I paid 120 pesos for a few photos. Sure enough it WAS different. So success! I got fingerprinted with all my fingers in a black ink that was really difficult to get off your fingers and they just give you a piece of paper to clean your hands. I suggest that you bring in some wet wipes (they have mini packs) to clean your fingers after that. The lady told me that within a week it would be ready to pick up. She told me to come back on Monday (I went on a Tuesday to get fingerprinted and turn in my photos). Sure enough by that Saturday I went to log into the website where it had status updates and it said my card was ready to be picked up. I was so amazed how efficient this was! It took me 4 YEARS to get permanent residency in Argentina and this was so easy here in Mexico. I was amazed how efficient and tech advanced they are here at IMF office. I was easily able to get my CURP at the first meeting when I came here. They gave you a paper with it and it had a digital code you can scan with your Smartphone and goes right to the page where you can print out your CURP. I went to the IMF office the following week and my card was ready. I was so happy that it was so efficient and easy. I was now able to open up a bank account which I did the following day easily with my new Permanent Residency card. They ordered me a check book (not sure if I’ll use that much) along with a Visa ATM/Debit card. And just yesterday the electricity company asked me for an RFC # which I did NOT have. I didn’t know what the process for that was but a Google search easily showed that you can instantly get the RFC # if you have your CURP (which you will get when you get your permanent residency card from IMF). Just go to https://www.siat.sat.gob.mx/PTSC/ and go to RFC and type in your information and voila you can instantly print out your new RFC card. Again, I was amazed with how easy they make this! Bravo Mexico. I hope this is helpful to anyone that needs to apply for their permanent residency. I thought it was really simple with not a lot of hurdles to jump through and not major money requirements. Good luck!
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  16. This site was updated recently (Oct. 20th) and explains who can cross, defining 'essential' versus 'non-essential' travel. You mentioned that AK's can cross into Canada, yes they can, but only to return to their homes in AK (with proof of AK residency). AK's heading south to the lower 48 as winter snowbirds may be denied entry into Canada. https://www.ezbordercrossing.com/coronavirus-travel-issues/ As with all Border crossings, it is up to the agent at the border to determine your passage. Here's a story where a family called Canadian border office, were told they could cross, but at the border were denied entry. https://www.alaskapublic.org/2020/08/11/border-woes-when-canada-says-no/
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  17. So you have no idea how to change the time zone on your devices and think there's a time zone called "Western Time". Hmmm.
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  18. Well, if you don't have the correct name, it's hard to find the articles and videos that he's written. Like this one done with Open Circle... Then there's this article which thanks Dr. TOM STRONG... https://www.expatsinmexico.com/the-safety-and-health-of-lake-chapala/ I don't "know" AndyPanda because it appears that he/she's a newbie. However, I do trust Tony Burton. It just makes it VERY hard to find correct information when the author's name is acknowledged incorrectly. THAT was my point.
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  19. Advice for all. Anyone with symptoms can make an appointment for the free University UDG drive thru testing. 33 3823 3220 Or you can go to one of many labs that are now offering test for a fee. My nephew had mild symptoms, called the hotline and was able to drive thru that afternoon. He was told to self quarantine until he got his results. 3 days later he received a positive diagnosis. Most of his symptoms had abated but he followed instructions and self quarantined for 12 days more. Full recovery and none of his family infected.
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  20. Believe it or not,his surname actually is "Stong" - see https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Todd_Stong
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  21. A highly motivated person could at the end of their four years as a temporary, go to Texas and start the process again for up to another four years. Car problem solved.
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  22. Sir, your rant.... your words.... is that over the years Mexico came up with some new immigration laws. You wanted them to give you something that was no longer available. Moved the goal post on you. Didn't manage it well. No options. Very inconvenient for you and they should have grandfathered you in. Rampant corruption. Total apathy on the part of the citizenry. Whew! Shame on you Mexico! But somehow you stuck it out in this hell hole. Must be the weather vis a vis Canada. Hope they don't start messing around with that because it sounds like it's about all you have left going for you. In reality, yes, the decision to 'guide one towards Permanente status' after 4 years and also not allow one to have a foreign plated vehicle after that did cause some consternation among folks who would have liked to have kept their foreign plated vehicle. BUT if one was paying any attention it was seemingly a generous amount of time.... 4 YEARS...to decide what they wanted to do about that situation.
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  23. You certainly are having a streak of bad luck. My sympathies. Just to let you know that the BBVA will do nothing to help you nor will any other bank with ATM's or stand alone machines like the ones in Walmart. You must deal with the bank from which your ATM card originated which in your case is probably in Canada. Call the number on the back of your card.
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  24. It's wise to pay attention to things in this country so that you won't be surprised by such a simple thing that happens every year. Nothing was behind for the vast majority of us.
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  25. On Dec 18 there will be no smoking in any restaurant without completely walling the smoking area off from the rest of the restaurant. Many places will just ban smoking all together because of the cost involved in adhering to the law.
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  26. I still don't understand why or what sense it makes for non-essential travel to be curbed for those entering by land but not by air. Seems like someone who was driving down in their own vehicle, who took precautions on the way down not to possibly expose themselves to the virus would be a safer bet than those who'd just spent time in airports and crammed onto a plane shoulder to shoulder with hundreds of other people.
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  28. If a person can speak Spanish get a citizenship. I got my passport the same day. The voting ID card makes doing business so much easier and I feel a little more respect. Also I voted.
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  29. Oh here is a checklist of the items you will need to bring to IMF to finish your process: Checklist of documents to take to Immigration for the “canje” procedure: - Original and copy of passport (the original is just to compare with the copy; they will give it back to you the same day). - Copy of the resident visa stamped in the passport. - Original of the FMM document (the one you will receive at the airport marked as canje for 30 days). - Letter requesting the resident card. (Adriana provided me with the letter) - Online form requesting the change of document to permanent resident card. (Adriana provided this to me all filled out) - Formato básico (basic form). (Adriana provided this to me all filled out) - Payment of immigration fees for the card. You must go to a bank to do this payment with a form the Immigration officer will provide to you when you submit your documents. (The payment will be done by you). Pictures: Three recent color photos (no more than 3 months old) with white background, infant size (2.5 x 3 cm). - Two photos taken from the front. - One photo taken from the right, showing the right profile. - Applicant must not be wearing glasses in the photo and hair must be behind the ears; no earrings. - Pictures should be taken in a specialized photography studio. Polaroid or cellular phone pictures will not be accepted. Dues to Immigration for each procedure Permanent resident card: $4,828.00 pesos.
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  30. But GreenGo, I paid for my copy. It was part of the newest new Internet Explorer 12.5+ which I downloaded for a small fee up here in Seattle, to replace the old MS EDGE last weak and/or week fee or fie Sorry if you do not understand the new spelling concept used on the newest MS software. Don't you have the newist spellcheck softwair? Does not appear so.
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  31. I am confused BisbeeGal. Did this happen to you or the writer of the blog? Was this here, and then to the hospital in Tajamulco de Zunigas? My sympathies, in any case. It is best to hire a facilitater like Rony to guide through paperwork and find helpers for 24 hour care. This is why the public hospitals are so plugged up. Normally family members or hired helper do all the fetchit work 24 hours per day. With Covid the nurses, doctors, interns have to do this, all the time wearing stuffy protection gear, in toxic work environment due to AMLO's savage cuts to healthcare and wages. Anyways it shows how you must keep up your defences against these highly contagious viruses. They are supposed to peak in December. MerryChristmas and a whole lost 2020 earthlings.
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