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  1. Yeah, next time you are in for a surgical procedure, just explain to the doctors that you don't need them to wear masks since you understand it is no longer medically recommended and it might be uncomfortable for them anyway...Forget the gowns, gloves, and all that hand washing beforehand. It probably dries out their skin anyway and those gloves just get all messy and they make the hands sweaty. And those gowns on top of perfectly good clothes? Please, read an article on the internet if you want the real (Q) truth! Alan (being sarcastic)
    19 points
  2. At the risk of getting slammed, I would like to suggest it would be better for the expat community, which has proven quite effective in protecting themselves from covid, to let the Mexican community who have to be out there working or are living in larger family groups, to get the first few rounds of vaccinations. Personally speaking I'd also be leery of getting around those large crowds of vaccination seekers.
    15 points
  3. What a singularly graceless and unnecessary comment.
    13 points
  4. On behalf of Mayor Moises Anaya, I would like to express the Mexican community's condolences to the American people and all those who lost loved ones on 9/11. And in this terrible tragedy, all the amazing heroes who ran into danger and gave their lives to save others, we salute your example! Our prayers are with them and all who suffer today! Your friend Hector España Ramos
    13 points
  5. I'm sorry he has Covid. However, he IS the President and has access to health care and the most promising treatments. HOWEVER, his cavalier attitude may have infected OTHERS who don't have access to that kind of care. He should have listened to experts in science and healthcare and led by example because, obviously, his talismans and faith are worth nothing.
    13 points
  6. I am a patriotic American and I applaud the way Canada has handled the Covid crisis. No genius just basic common sense. The way the pandemic was handled in the US was criminal and things like that led me to Mexico 20 years ago. Corruption is everywhere;no need to debate it. It is a fact. When they say 80 - 90 % of US deaths could have been adverted and nothing will be done about it I am infuriated and ashamed.
    13 points
  7. Appalling - aren't Moderators supposed to be...ahem...moderate?
    12 points
  8. Shame… both he and Desantis should face criminal charges…..for reckless endangerment of human life…leading to the deaths of thousands who mistakenly listened to their disastrous policies .
    12 points
  9. @Jim BowieNot only is this a duplicate of what you already posted under Mexico General, it is rude, crude and socially unattractive to compare pretty much anything to the Holocaust, a horror resulting in the killing of 6+ million human beings.
    12 points
  10. If the tree cannot be trimmed any further back away from your property, how about simply picking up whatever debris falls onto your property and putting it in the trash? I own a home in a heavily forested neighborhood in the States, and cannot imagine how I would react to a "politely worded" letter from my neighbor asking me to keep my trees' leaves from blowing onto her property. I doubt, though, that the letter would be received favorably. Leaves and other debris from trees scatter. That's nature. In the interest of friendly neighborly relations, I suggest coping with it -- and I don't intend this to come across mean spiritedly.
    12 points
  11. This is NOT the f&%$ing flu!!! Just read an article on the local Covid forum about the polio epidemic/iron lungs/after effects on those who survived. The difference between then and now is that everyone got the vaccine to eradicate the problem. "No one is safe until we are all safe". Sigh.
    12 points
  12. We are going to install a giant solar powered fan to blow it all towards Ajijic 😁 sh"t is going to hit the fan
    12 points
  13. A little debunked science, you mean. https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2021/apr/16/diamond-and-silk/medical-hypotheses-journal-article-lacks-evidence-/
    12 points
  14. What I will never understand is why you and others of your I'll feel the need to spew your opinions. Fine, you don't believe this is a pandemic, nor that a vaccine is necessary, but it seems the only one you're looking to convince is yourself. You do what you see fit and accept the rewards or consequences and allow the rest of to the same without listening to your opinions which mean diddly squat to most everyone.
    12 points
  15. Hola! To the original question from the OP: Do you feel house prices will come down or like in some area's of the US and Canada go though the roof? It is a complicated answer. First of all, I am the broker of a local real estate agency. In 2020, sales of residential properties, area wide, were down year over year compared to 2019 a total of 29%. However, prices have remained steady and in some cases rising. The average sales price in 2020 was $264,000 USD, about the same as 2019. Inventory was up around 10%. Clearly fewer potential buyers from the US and Canada flew down to look at houses for obvious reasons. The ones that did however, were very serious and arrived with money in hand ready to buy. Yes, the Tapatios and other Mexican nationals took over some of the market share as they were looking for refuge out of the major cities and also getting their money out of the banks as interest rates came down and due to overall mistrust in the federal government. The last 3-4 months have proven to be VERY busy and the near term outlook looks very strong and if the current demand persists, along with the potential of travel opening up later this year due to vaccines, people tired of waiting to travel, and the new group of 'location independent' professionals, I would expect that the demand will remain strong and prices will slowly rise. In our office, we've been blessed with record months in both December and this month, February and had a 24% increase in 2020 compared to 2019. Sales to Mexicans and foreigners already living in the area were drivers of our sales. We do not manage rentals so I do not have a pulse on the rental market but I understand from property managers that there has been less demand (less travelers) than normal.
    12 points
  16. I have been doing business in traditional Mexican arts and crafts here for about 30 years. I have nothing but high praise for all the families, artisans and indigenous groups that we work with. We started with mostly replicas of pre-Columbian art and very early I found the Torres family in Chapala, first with the father Luis before he passed about 6 years ago and and then his sons Manuel and Luis who learned the art from his side from an early age. Anyway, this area of art, as in much more in this year of disaster, has suffered greatly. I had been talking to woman in Utah who ordered 6 large Maya figures and Manual spent weeks creating them. These had to be carefully packed in boxes and delivered to the trucking company in Tonala for the transport to cross the border into Laredo and then on to the client. When the pieces were ready to go to the Tonala warehouse we loaded our old Ford 150 pickup truck with the boxes, packing materials and most importantly a large roll (5' x 2') of bubble wrap (worth US$100+) to transport to Manuel to do the packing. Myself and my assistant Jesus took off with this and when we arrived at Manual's workshop in Chapala...no bubble wrap!!! The roll had been blown off the truck!!! Manuel said that he would improvise so we went back to the office and I saw the phone message blinking and it was a message about a found roll of bubble wrap!!! Amazing...how did they get our phone #? Well it turns out that the the roll blew off right in front of the fire station on the Libramiento!!! Now, how did they find our phone #? Well, the original plastic shrink wrap was still attached with a label from the manufacturer (U-Line) with our company name at the address of IShop in SAT where they had delivered, but with no phone #. So what did they do? They called IShop to see if they had a phone # for us and got the #, and then called with the good news! Sorry for the lengthy story but to me it represents the reality of our beautiful adopted country. ¡Viva las bomberas! Happy New Year!!!
    12 points
  17. It is for BOTH. Proven. Fact.
    12 points
  18. This is the correct forum for a local organization to request a donation. This is not an event which would be posted elsewhere. I have a why not for you: Why not try being less snarky? If you don't want to help out, just ignore the thread.
    12 points
  19. Hey, folks...do we really need to be doing this on a post that was meant to express sympathy? I know how easy it is, I'm very guilty of having done it many times, too, but in this case, please...
    12 points
  20. The salient point of the story is that in this IT office, there were 5 cases, resulting in 2 deaths and 2 more hospitalizations. NONE were vaccinated while a fellow employee who is vaccinated, did not get the virus. My feelings towards the unvaccinated is that they will prove Darwin correct once again.
    11 points
  21. I don't mind you sitting in the bleachers as long as you don't ever infect anyone else. That, for me, is the kicker... to be an asymptomatic carrier and to unintentionally infect and/or kill someone else and/or a member of their family. In protecting yourself, you protect others. Yes, variants will evolve but they will more easily evolve in unvaccinated people. The buck stops with YOU doing your part.
    11 points
  22. Maybe I'm missing something obvious, but I really don't see Ajijic as a Pueblo Magico when compared to others.
    11 points
  23. No my 90 year old mother with Asthma in Seattle has not received an appointment for the vaccine. So this is not abnormal for Johanson. Nursing home folks and health care professionals are getting the vaccine. Ib just started and the computer system for appointments crashed cause people to become frantic and making the situation worse. My Mom says not big deal as she says a few extra months of isolation is a small price to pay. She thinks the people in the grocery stores should get it before her. She gets all her food delivered by Amazon Fresh to her front porch. My sister husband was shopping before for her but she thought that dangerous as my sister is immune compromised due to chemo. I am proud of my mother who thinks of others before herself. She has been by herself since may. She knows she is lucky she has the money to order food from Amazon as many people can't afford it. If my Mom at 90 with Asthma can relax and chill some of you folks need to also do so. Breath deep and relax!
    11 points
  24. When it is obvious the waiter is doing his best and the fault lies with the owner, seems the decent thing to do not to penalize said waiter. There employees are in a world of hurt these days.
    11 points
  25. It is very hard to be a moderator and post. I leaned from trying it on the Oregonian paper years ago. It doesn't work. Pick one or the other but not both Mainecoon.
    11 points
  26. I applaud Mudgirl and Harry for their intelligent responses. I am not sure why Maincoons, who should be impartial as a moderator, should feel personally insulted by comments that do not match his predudices.
    11 points
  27. I've lived here over 20 years and still don't know most of the posters personally,but this is one guy I hope never to have anything to do with. Why is it people claim that they are upfront and honest when they just plain rude and crude? This board is composed of a community and we are all trying to support one another, share information and sometimes bring a little levity to our experiences. Every post by this guy is confrontational. He obviously thinks he is of superior mental and moral character and wants to cudgel us with his wisdom. Although I notice he never seems to have anything to offer but negativity. I'm not a fan of banning, but some people should not be encouraged by people engaging with them. He seems to thrive on his guardian-against-BS role which is anything that doesn't fit his narrow view. I especially don't like it when he goes after long time valuable posters for some persieved slight. It is funny for him to write about self awareness when he has none..."Those that know don't say and those who say don't know."
    11 points
  28. 2 questions for the mods: Is ACD a friend of yours, that he is allowed to derail thread after thread with his unhelpful blithering and unsatiable, obsessive need for attention and stirring up conflict? Not to mention leading to threads where people are simply seeking legitimate information being locked? How do you think this forum appears to newcomers when you allow trolls to reign? Sure we can put him on ignore, but newcomers see all the posts.
    10 points
  29. This is for those looking Lakeside for a COVID-19 PCR test. Just to clarify, this is NOT the same as the COVID-19 Antigen test. PCR is a molecular polymerase chain reaction test and it is not as widely available Lakeside as the antigen test, therefore I am sharing the information I gathered as it may help others. At time of writing, a PCR test is required for entry into Canada and your test results will NOT be accepted at the Canadian border if they are older than 72 hrs. You should check the Canadian Gov't website for most recent info. https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/exemptions?utm_source=travel-covid_travel-restrictions_entering-canada-checklist&utm_medium=redirect&utm_content=en The following was accurate on Aug 30, 2021 (you should double check) The PCR test is available at: - San Antonio Hospital - $6800+ pesos, results were offered in 72 hours - not willing to guarantee anything earlier - Ribera Medical Centre (Libremento) - $4800+ pesos, results in 72 hrs but testing was not available on Sunday so this can make it tricky to plan, - Laboritorio Clinico El Lago (behind bus station in Chapala) - $2800+ pesos - results same evening as test, I triple checked this and was told I would receive test results via email within 12 hrs of the test. You can also get a PCR test at the Guadalajara Airport - 2nd level of the parking lot - I did not speak to them as I wanted to get a tested Lakeside. I also did not research anything west of Ajijic. The discrepancy in prices, did not appear to have anything to do with timeliness of results or level of service. Lakeside locations that did NOT offer PCR test: - Ajijic Hospital - Chopo Lab - Go Lab - Best Lab My Experience: My husband and I went to Laboritorio Clinico El Lago because of their pricing and their multiple assurances that we would have the test results the same evening. We called for an appointment and chose to take one a day earlier than they suggested just so we would have a buffer day if something didn't go as planned. (Our back up plan was Guadalajara Airport). This is a very small clinic and the place was hopping first thing on a Monday morning but the process was very efficient. We speak very little Spanish and the staff were helpful and kind. You have to check in at the window upon arrival and they took us right on time. I felt that they knew exactly what the process is - if there was any confusion at all it was due to our lack of experience and language skills. Once inside, we had to fill in a simple form with our address and passport info BRING YOUR PASSPORT (or at least the number) WITH YOU. They will create a sticker with your name and passport number on it - make sure your name is spelled correctly and exactly the same as it appears in your passport. The test itself takes place in a little closet-sized office and is done by a technician in full PPE - hazmat suit, googles, ventilator. The technician sprays and disinfests everything - including you. The test is not pleasant but not terrible either - a swab in each nostril all the way to the sinus and a swab at the back of your mouth. The technician spoke very good English and explained each step before proceeding. He told me the samples are driven to Guadalajara in the afternoon for processing that evening. The whole thing took less than 5 mins and was very professional. We paid cash after the testing and asked for a receipt which was created immediately on an official receipt pad and signed by the head nurse. Turns out we never needed to show it to anyone but it was just another piece of documentation if something went wrong along the way. The whole process for two of us took about 30 mins. Good to their promise, our results arrived the same evening via email - actually earlier than the 12 hrs advertised. They were PDF attachments which we downloaded to our mobile devices and we also printed them. Having a paper copy turned out to be the easiest for airport purposes. We were asked to show them at the AeroMexico check-in counter and we had to present them to Canadian Customs and Immigration upon arrival in Canada. It cost us $5600 pesos for two people, plus ~$400 pesos for taxi from Ajijic to Chapala and back. So all in, $6000 pesos for the two of us. Hope this is helpful to those heading back into Canada. Stay safe! Feewee
    10 points
  30. I am boycotting this forum until the moderators do their job and rein in the trolls, who have been allowed to make a mockery of the forum. It's starting to look like a newsletter put out by the inhabitants of an insane asylum.
    10 points
  31. A sweet grandmother telephoned St. Joseph's Hospital. She timidly asked, "Is it possible to speak to someone who can tell me how a patient is doing?" The operator said, "I'll be glad to help, dear. What's the name and room number of the patient?" The grandmother in her weak, tremulous voice said, Norma Findlay, Room 302." The operator replied, "Let me put you on hold while I check with the nurse's station for that room." After a few minutes, the operator returned to the phone and said, "I have good news. Her nurse just told me that Norma is doing well. Her blood pressure is fine; her blood work just came back normal and her Physician, Dr. Cohen, has scheduled her to be discharged tomorrow." The grandmother said, "Thank you. That's wonderful. I was so worried. God bless you for the good News." The operator replied, "You're more than welcome. Is Norma your daughter?" The grandmother said, "No, I'm Norma Findlay in Room 302. No one tells me shit."
    10 points
  32. My grandfather left Russia for America when he was 13 years old. He never saw his family again. He tried to make contact with relatives back there, through various agencies, for years, and finally at the age of 64 got a letter from a cousin. Who said "OMG Joe, we always wondered what had happened to you. It's amazing to be in contact after all these years. I am so sad to have to tell you that your sisters and parents all perished at Auschwitz." Anyone who thinks Holocaust jokes are funny or that it should be used as a comparison to wanting people to be vaccinated against a deadly disease has something seriously wrong with them and is an abhorrent excuse for a human being.
    10 points
  33. The government requires several vaccinations to get into public schools and well as some instances for military duty. They required everybody to get a polio vaccination back in the 50's and 60's. Everybody complied. During the big surge of the 50's, there were something like 15,000 cases that resulted in some kind of paralysis (me included) and 3,000 people died. There have been 200 times that many deaths from Covid, so far, and some people still seem hesitant to take a vaccine that will keep you out of the hospital. Sometimes the government makes you do things, that some individuals might not like, for the betterment of society at large. Like speed limits, seat belts, workplace safety requirements, fire drills, clean air standards, food inspections, paying into Medicare and social security, etc. There are many examples. Because some are too stubborn, greedy, ignorant, or politically self serving to just do the right thing, government has stepped in for the benefit of the majority. A day might come when this Covid vaccine will be required. It might be a new and improved one...let's hope so. But the un-vaccinated are causing great harm right now and it affects everybody including in non-health related ways. Mexico has a little more room to be excused due to lack of access. The USA has no excuse. Alan
    10 points
  34. Last time I checked, no one had God given rights or constitutional rights or any other kind of rights to put other people's lives and health at risk. Hospitals are in serious trouble because too many people can't afford to pay the bills or the co-pays and are filing for medical bankruptcy. Again, being double vaccinated means you will get less sick. So quit whining and wear the darn mask, social distance and get over yourself.
    10 points
  35. "... endless covid fear mongering and BS from the media and this board." You forgot to disparage Scientists, Doctors, health care workers, billions of concerned individuals and Government. Millions of deaths; tens of millions (soon to be hundreds of millions) of cases and you suggest Covid is an overexaggerated issue not worthy of strict support of preventative measures such as masks, social distancing and vaccines. You make fun of our concerns for safety. As the chief moderator on this board, a position of influence and responsibility, you use this platform to spread what I consider reckless innuendo. Today one in ten Americans have been affected, some with lingering conditions. Well over 600 thousand deaths. Think how many family members and friends are left behind to grieve and cope and yet you continue to trivialize the seriousness of the pandemic. This is not a game - first/ second amendment rights arguments, infrastructure bills - this is life and death as well as the recovery of world economies. SunFan
    10 points
  36. Sometimes we all have moments when we’re at a loss, we’re frustrated and we share our feelings and what we hope to get back is…I hear you buddy, it sucks your electricity (for example) has gone out 5 times this week, that must be frustrating. What’s not helpful, is someone saying…oh really, I don’t have any problems with my electricity, must be your attitude. If your friend, your neighbor, your kid, whatever, shares their feelings or frustrations with you, would you say too bad, the problem is you? I hope you wouldn’t do that. If you wouldn’t say it out loud to someone’s face, let that give you pause as to whether you should type it from behind your keyboard. Remember the old adage, if you can’t say something nice or supportive or humorous, better to say nothing at all.
    10 points
  37. Marco, and his charming and lovely wife, were riding his motocycle when they were rear ended at the Walmart entrance mess. The bike was totalled and they spent the night in hospital. The driver of the vehicle says he cannot pay to replace the bike, and has no insurance. So Marcos has come up with an ingenious plan to raise the 18,000 pesos he needs for another motorcycle, which he uses for delivery. Right now, he is borrowing a friend's bike. The deal is you pay 1,000 pesos, he records your name and deducts any meals you purchased at El Rey Taco. Tonight the special is grilled garlic shrimp, with cob corn,and something else tasty - or, slow cooked beef cubes cooked in a French style like Bournigon, with generous sides. Great food at great prices. His Father is a professional Chef from France and he has gone to a trade school for a Chef certificate, worked all over Mexico, but Chapala always draws him back. Super nice young couple.
    10 points
  38. This is such a pathetic thread and the Covid deniers are out in full force. It's not a game and it's not a joke. If you feel so strongly that it is then GO EVERYWHERE AND GO MASKLESS. Just stay the hell away from me because I'm not into Russian Roulette.
    10 points
  39. Too funny. So many have warned you that your CFE bill is not normal. They're getting testy because you're not listening. Really, the only thing they're trying to do is prevent you from finding out the hard way that the damages of playing with the CFE will burn you badly. Whatever. Stick your head back in the sand. You've been warned.
    10 points
  40. Stop if the semáforo is red as you approach the intersection and go through if it is green. s
    10 points
  41. And some people have far too much time on their hands that they make themselves guardians of us all. You must have a sad life if you have to find fault in others without looking in your own mirror. Since I actually have a life, I try not to make myself the neighborhood nazi. SMH.
    10 points
  42. ...happen be happy and don't be surprised. Wife tried to get into Surtidore but got the over 60 rejection. Couple of young mexican guys behind her got her a chair and went into the store for her and got her the Campbells mushroom soup can she was there for. Viva Mexico and Mexicans! pedro kertesz
    10 points
  43. In case you haven't heard, COVID is a highly communicable disease. Those kids get infected, they bring it home to the rest of their family, those people spread it to more, within days there are scores or hundreds more infections and it happens fast. What was "not your business" last week could land you in the hospital on a ventilator next week. The health of one's community and people ignoring safety precautions is everyone's business, especially when it concerns a virus which can be deadly or cause long-lasting health problems.
    10 points
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