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  1. 11 points
    It is not a local guy deciding to open a restaurant to take advantage of the boom. This is a franchise it is a serious business well-executed and extremely successful at the other locations. Mentioned to me today by a local waiter at another restaurant was the idea that maybe coming to higher end restaurants in full length pants and a nice shirt with ladies in a skirt or dress might be more appropriate than the retiree uniform of shorts, flip flops and t-shirts or ladies in pedal pushers. Those of you who think national residents do not have the money for these restaurants are so far behind the actuality of changing demographic. The budget retiree is not their consumer and actually I don't see many of those even at Tango that much anymore - at least not after 7.
  2. 9 points
    I'm sorry, but when a restaurant opens its doors to the paying public all bets are off. It's sink or swim time and if the owner doesn't know enough to poach, hire, or train good cooks and waitstaff, they don't belong in the business. And probably won't be for long.
  3. 8 points
    If you wish to begin this familiar tangent, please start a whole new thread where you all can lecture, sermonize, and moralize to your heart’s content. This thread is directed to people who know, care about, and might wish to help this couple. No one else needs to involve themselves. You do not have to donate a centavo. You didn’t even need to read the OP.
  4. 7 points
    I've sent many messages over the years to chapala.com, and this week I actually heard back. It was a response to my posting to assure members here that their PCs were not at fault, but that the Webboard software was continuing to have major problems. I said it was not acceptable, after so long. I want to assure everyone I was not trying to single out any individual: I just wanted y'all to know not to fret with your computer settings. Well, I'm embarrassed but happy to report that they are working through immense difficulties to try and get this fixed. From the message, the fellow seems extremely knowledgeable. He is in contact with the two outside services that provide space and security and has been for quite a while. I guess bottom line is, no one is ignoring this. That's good news.
  5. 7 points
    There have been a few humourous posts about getting things done in Mexico. Nothing describes this better than the following:
  6. 6 points
    You "think" that there is a crime problem. Ummm...maybe you should look up your information rather than tossing out rumors? Or at least talking to someone who actually lives here? The inherent snobbery from others, especially in Ajijic, never ceases to amaze me (I know, I know). Yes, there have been problems in the past, but relying on old stories is getting, well, old. I like that I don't have to worry about my house getting hit by a mudslide or shifting because it was shoddily built. It's also nice to be able to look over the mountains and the lake without being jammed next to my neighbor. The location is convenient and the lack of congestion is wonderful. Each area has its pluses and minuses, so you really need to consider what you actually want, not just follow the herd. Yes, we're on a septic system and it's NOT a pita to maintain if you use common sense. Would I prefer a city system? Possibly, but having had a septic system in Texas, I wasn't too shocked to find our home came with one, too. No biggie. OK, rant over.
  7. 6 points
    First, I have no problem if people want to chat privately about dollars and value. Second, I am Canadian, so whatever you say in U.S. here just means I need to add 35% extra, more or less, to get Canadian dollars. But third and more important, I don't have a corporate pension, and all my work is done here in pesos. So I live pesos and think pesos. So I don't translate funds in my head. Thus, constantly talking dollars about restaurant prices and how it compares to back home is just irritating to me, and pointless.
  8. 6 points
    Thrilled to receive a note from friends who sold their home NOB in record time! Now, they're planning their move to Paradise. They've asked me to help find a rental for them. They'd like a 2 bedroom, 2 bath in the Ajijic Centro. area (walking distance to L.C.S.) with off-street parking for one vehicle. Their price range is $850-1000, including their utilities. They should arrive a few days before Nov. 1st so are hoping to find a 6-12 month rental to start then. If anyone knows of something like this or has something to offer, please send me a P.M. As always, thanks in advance for the information. Valerie
  9. 6 points
    The OP’s point was not that they closed for renovations but they did not have the common courtesy to notify people who had reservations. Had she not called to reconfirm (and not everyone does) she and her guest would have arrived to a closed restaurant. That is rude and inconsiderate of customers who deserve better.
  10. 6 points
    " I haven't a total power outage since early 2008 when my photo-voltaic solar system was installed. Yes my solar backup system continues to provide power, day or night when CFE was or is down. When I ordered my system in 2007, CFE had a much worse reputation than it does now. So in those days, it made sense to add battery backup. Not any more, in fact it is nearly impossible to find a solar company that sells battery backup systems. About three years ago I had to replace my 8 deep cell golf cart batteries. At that wasn't cheap. I really love the fact that the refrigerator, one or two lights in each room, my TV system and my computer have power 24 seven. I also don't have to reset the electric clock in my refrigerator and electric clock in the TV room either Would I recommend you try to get a battery powered backup system today? Heck no. But it is sure nice to have my old system." You should save this to a file so you would not need to type it over and over. HAHAHAHAHAHA
  11. 6 points
    A lofty and desirable goal. However, based on experience of ten years at lakeside....good luck in finding enough people who think with their brain instead of their gut and their prejudices, and who are also interested in spending time in that way.🖖
  12. 5 points
    Be strong in the knowledge that you are not alone. Listen, I used to keep my car windows rolled up all the time to keep the dust out, but that got old. And one of the main reasons I have a lady who comes to clean, is because these are tile floors and I really dislike mopping. But imagine the carnage of dust and bugs if I had wall-to-wall carpeting, like back "home".
  13. 5 points
    Tom is right. Traditional steakhouse sides are intended to be "family style". When put in that context I hope the image isn't so odd to you. These prices are steep but given the possibility of sharing and if it meets the quality of restaurants like the Palm in NYC, I would not mind it for a special occasion.
  14. 5 points
    Snobbery easily is matched by reverse snobbery in the Lakeside area.
  15. 5 points
    I wish folks would stop indicating cost in dollars...please give us the price you paid in Pesos and let us be the judge if it's good value....if you're not familiar with the mix of folks at Lakeside...we are not all from Kansas
  16. 5 points
    I would hesitate to suggest building to a person who is not yet familiar with the area, the workers and the costs. My suggestion is the usual: Rent for at least six months before even considering buying or building. You should learn about neighborhoods without making a big financial commitment. Houses usually sell slowly for many reasons, including the unavailability of good financing options such as are found in the States.
  17. 5 points
    Why don't you look at chapalamls.net and judge for yourself. on the MLS site you can choose properties for sale or under contract. Google walk neighborhoods to get an idea of what they are like (not current views but a good start). Real estate market here is not like NOB.
  18. 5 points
    Those prices just caused hundreds of baby-boomers to cancel their applications for residence visas! The economy of Ajijic is doomed and the "1%" will have to dine in Guadalajara 'con la gente'.
  19. 5 points
    Trust me, snowyco, it's still bite me. It's just that we can be very diplomatic. After all, why keep roughing up the guy's hair? It never amounts to anything except a bad smell on your hand....
  20. 5 points
    Furthermore, if an Uber driver is selling you a trip 'off-app', he's not driving for Uber--he's driving for himself and can ask you to pay him whatever the traffic will bear. I'd bargain with him over the price. I've used Uber services in several cities in both Mexico and the USA. No Uber driver has ever offered me 'off-app' services. No Uber driver has ever accepted a cash payment from me, not even as a tip. If I'm not mistaken, Uber in Guadalajara does accept cash payments, so YMMV. If it were me and an Uber driver offered 'off-app' services, I'd report him and his offer to Uber. His 'off-app' offer of service means he's stealing from Uber. Here's the link for that: https://help.uber.com/. Use "I had another issue".
  21. 5 points
    When I was a kid we played “Let’s Pretend.” We’d agree on a basic setup and who wanted to play. The rest was improv. “Let’s pretend we’re lost in the woods.” “Let’s pretend we’re a family moving into our new house.” “Let’s pretend we are cowboys and Indians at a fort.” Looks like Trump is playing “Let’s pretend I am a president who can do whatever I want because there are no laws, rules, policies, treaties, and regulations” He expects everyone will play along and pretend too. And, at least in the Oval Office, that is what happens.
  22. 5 points
    I would say -no - the timing is wrong. There is a media overload of debate, disguised as news. Too much chatter, tweets and opinions already, maybe the public hasn't had enough, but I sure have. I prefer the sweet solace of the garden, birds. Then again, I "experimented" with debate in Universities, I have the skills - but so what?
  23. 4 points
    OR you could participate in or just watch an absolutely joyous event that takes place all over the world. I know what I'll be doing...
  24. 4 points
    I actually enjoy large portions. I despise artsy-fartsy nouveau cuisine miniature pieces of art that won't satisfy an ant. The vast majority of Tapatio tourists here wear goofy sneakers and shorts, just like everyone else. They come for vacations and weekend getaways, and just like everywhere else in the world, they don't dress up to go out for supper in a tourist town.
  25. 4 points
    Traditional steakhouse side dishes are large as they are meant to be shared.