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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Besides working about 5yrs as a respiratory therapist I went on to get my BS, RN, CCP, and RDCS. I’ve worked in several US states, IMSS of Guadalajara and Hospital Pavia in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Believe me, you don’t work more than 45 years in the medical field by having limited knowledge. And I’m a He.
    9 points
  4. Dog walking Wife: "Where did you take the dog yesterday when you went out with your drinking buddies?" Husband: "The regular places.... why?" Wife: "She's acting different...."
    9 points
  5. "But for me I address these issues using Mexican logic" So in your opinion .....Mexican logic is to lie and cheat? And to do criminal acts to receive benefits? Sorry but everyone in my Mexican family is 100% opposed to crimes to receive personal benefits.
    7 points
  6. Oh my goodness, and this board could be so pleasant. Nasty certainly takes more effort than kindness, that is for sure.
    7 points
  7. Apparently Lisa Jorgenson has resurrected an old email list or harvested a new one, because I am receiving copies of the "Lake Chapala Reporter" and the "Guadalajara Reporter" trolling for subscriptions. I removed myself from her mailing lists years ago. The two site are a scam - she "borrows" stories from other papers and charges a subscription to view them. Her URL is guadalajarareporter.mx. Don't waste your money, it just encourages more fraud. For anyone who doesn't know, the actual site for real Guadalajara Reporter is https://theguadalajarareporter.net
    7 points
  8. The first 3 digits of the CLABE is the bank code, the next 3 digits denote the branch/sucursal.
    6 points
  9. With what luisa said,I doubt that she communicates with many Mexicans. The vast, overwhelming majority of shoppers at that Walmart are Mexicans
    6 points
  10. Sadly some people chose to make the pandemic a political issue and scour the internet to find “proof” to back up their misguided views. Easiest to put such people on ignore and we their misguided rankings from your feed.
    6 points
  11. This BRAVE man elected to commit suicide in order to protect others. I for one fervently hope his family are told what an honourable route he chose, and praise is given where due. It was not his fault the brakes failed. But he still had "options" and chose the best-worst available.
    6 points
  12. Ask yourself how many times a week you choose NOT to go out because you just don't want to deal with traffic. Every decision to stay home means less dollars added to the economy. Despite this being my first post, I am a long termer here, still working. This is just an issue that finally made me sign up to this rather cantankerous board. I am hearing lots of friends saying they are looking elsewhere for their winter stays. Add debilitating traffic problems to land costs that are getting at the same level as better managed places, and the advantages to choosing lakeside are quickly disappearing. So much so that I am thinking of leaving too. The traffic issue in Ajijic not only limits what can be done in a day, which reduces competitivity, it increase business costs, fleet costs, it reduces quality of life, increases safety concerns, absenteeism, adds slow emergency response times and a host of other issues that are beginning to sound a death knell for the area. It is a very serious issue. I am beginning to think Ajijic will go the way of the dot.com industry. Great while it lasted, but once gone, it will never come back.
    5 points
  13. Got pretty excited for a second... you made a bit of a typo in your post. (In case anyone is wondering, the original post showed 59% instead of 5.9% in the comment.)
    5 points
  14. Vista Lake is not representing Raúl, he is Raúl or Ruly as some call him. He is not trustworthy, be warned.
    5 points
  15. Our dog was born in 2005, while we were living in Chapala, and is still with us 16.5 years later, in spite of her breed's expected lifespan of up to 16 years. Perhaps it is due to her calm disposition and being born into a cohete environment, where she never flinched at the explosions. Some say that a dog mimics its master's reactions to such events. I think that may be true, as those who complain about cohetes seem to have dogs who are also upset about them. Cohetes are just another part of Mexico's culture, and expats should learn to accept that fact. Asi es la vida.
    5 points
  16. After 10 years here with cohetes going off every few days, I`ve realized there is no point in asking "Why?". Could be a birthday, another type of gathering, couple of guys sitting in their car late at night just setting them off, some guy down at the lake ripping a few or it could actually, as the cultural explanation goes, be a fiesta. At first, I went crazy, asking everyone "Why?" and getting angry each time ("How dare they disrupt my peace?"). The Mexican always just shrugged their shoulders, like "yeah, so what, what can you do about it?". Now, cohetes are just part of my landscape. My aural mind has evolved. But I don`t have dogs or cats so I don`t have that predicament and it must be pretty awful. So, unless you want to do battle with the priests, and you know the cops won`t do anything and the neighbors won`t do anything, you`re going to have to find a solution for yourself and your dogs.
    5 points
  17. The other thread about this was locked because it got so stupid. Now you are bringing up a quote about TUESDAY as though it was made today. HSBC was closed TUESDAY. Other poster verified the same. There were no lights inside, the gate was locked, and they did not answer their phone. One ATM was missing, one had a sign NO MONEY and the account access ATM seemed to function correctly. There was a sign on the outside glass door CLOSED with no explanation. Seemed very odd for a bank. I reported they were open on WEDNESDAY . I spoke with the manager on WEDNESDAY and was told they had a system outage and knew it would not return to working on TUESDAY. Unless you think the manager was lying to me and at least two posters encountered the same signs and situation are lying GET OVER IT And yes they were open on THURSDAY today So CLOSED TUESDAY OPEN WEDNESDAY OPEN THURSDAY
    5 points
  18. Those side effects are not funny at all. I suggested people check with their dentist before starting these meds. I went through it and found that many doctors and patients have no idea of the dental consequences of these medications. I posted my suggestion in the hopes of enlightening people, not to offend anyone. I always appreciate others who share their first-hand experiences, especially those that could save me a lot of pain.
    5 points
  19. 5 points
  20. I personally would book a consultation with either or both Dr. Haro's office in Riberas and Dr. Barragan in Mirasol. I am not confident that Dr. Haro is even practicing much any more but his office is certainly well recommended. Dr. Barragan is a sure bet for me. There are others of course but why not start off at the top!
    5 points
  21. I suggest you check ALL of the lakeside residences for seniors and find out how many of them are licensed and insured.
    5 points
  22. Just check up on him once in a while to be sure he’s okay. I once had neighbors that abused a dementia patient that they were paid to take care of.
    5 points
  23. I will probable be thrown from the group but I think a possible threat poses a position more ethical. SEVEN SPANISH ANGLES LEGAL TEAM is a scam and even Guadalajare Reporter has banned advertisements from this company. They rent cars,wills everything to make you feel comfortable moving to Ajijic but other reputable lawyers will give you reasons not to deal with them.
    5 points
  24. A colleague of mine (a lawyer) was a volunteer guardian ad litem (appointed by local Court) for elderly persons who had no family, or no family nearby their elderly relative. Almost all her cases were the elderly poor on Medicaid. She never had a problem finding a Medicaid bed for new patients or patients who 'lost' a bed in a facility due to hospitalizations. Medicaid beds were not always found in the nearest facilities, sometimes she'd have to drive 20 miles to a facility with a Medicaid bed. Medicaid beds were sometimes in rather posh nursing homes; other times her cases were given beds in less than desirable facilities. It was luck of the draw, though my friend was pretty savvy in getting her cases moved from facilities she either didn't care for or were a long drive, to better and closer facilities when beds opened up. It's not as if all the elderly poor in bad health are living under bridges in the US. Every elderly patient at a hospital is assigned some sort of social worker whose job it is it work with family if nursing care is needed post-hospitalization; they will assist in finding Medicaid beds. If the person has no immediate family, the social worker will refer the case to a local court where a guardian will be appointed. While the care here in Mexico is more to my liking, in the US there is a safety net that does not exist here, to my knowledge. Mexican culture assumes the family will care for their sick elderly. If the person being discussed cannot find a nursing home here that is willing to accept his total income for his lodging, care and medications, going NOB may be his best option. Perhaps the OP, in addition to seeking a facility for his friend here, should also contact the local Agency on Aging where his friend would relocate to in the US and make inquiries. I applaud the OP's stepping up to help his friend....buena suerte.
    5 points
  25. There is one problem with the 'going north' scenario.... well maybe two. One is that maybe the person doesn't want or can't go north. It's not like one can just get in a car or on a plane and arrive somewhere to be taken care of. The second is that long term care is NOT covered under any NOB insurance including Medicare.... So it would be Medicade right away IF a place could be found. AND it will be in a double or triple room with about 10 square feet with NO privacy. Just there babbling until one dies. Mexico on the other had provides superior care for the elderly, in a more humanistic way. I've seen it first hand.
    5 points
  26. I didn't ask you that question. I asked the OP. So there is no reason for you to be offended by my "prying". Why must you constantly try to pick a fight? Do you not have anything better to do with your time than stalk me around the forum, making snotty retorts to my posts? People who are moving to Mexico ask on forums like this all the time if expats have in-country bank accounts and why it's a good idea, or why people don't.
    5 points
  27. In the US, the "inflation rate" is calculated (generally) by looking at goods and services not including food or energy costs (like utilities.) Also not included are taxes, higher education, healthcare, credit card interest, and home prices. So basically all the things people know are zooming upwards are the things that make life just existing day to day for many people. I'm sure the actual cost of living increases each year are actually not the 2.5% quoted but are easily four times that. Wages have been flat since the seventies making it seem even more worse that it truly is. I'm sure the same is true in Mexico. Every country needs a "working poor" class to stay a little afraid and therefore easy to manipulate, to keep the economy stable. Just buy what you need and try to keep everything you've bought for as long as possible. And try to think of those less fortunate than most of us are. Alan
    5 points
  28. I just spent about an hour doing a live chat with several folks at Medicare.gov. There is no change as to the coverage or limitations to any Medicare Part C plans. That means you can't legally use that Part C for anything if you are living outside the US or places like Guam or Puerto Rico. If you don't reside in Mexico but are traveling outside the US for less than 60 days and have a legitimate emergency while traveling here, then the Part C use is legal. There are a few exceptions but those won't apply to this discussion because we are not a border town or traveling from Alaska through Canada. Please don't perpetuate fraud and run the risk of having a bigger bill bounce back on you. There is an organization called NBI MEDIC that investigates fraud, overcharging, theft, etc. on behalf of the Part C insurance providers. Even if you've had luck in the past with this scam it doesn't mean you will next time. Several folks here locally have discovered that the hard way and got bills for many times more than what they would have just paid out of pocket. Alan
    4 points
  29. Many locals refer to a large rainfall that causes huge runoff as a tromba. Because our mountains are close to a lake many jump to the wrong conclusion. A tromba is a water spout. Think water tornado. When such a water spout hits land it quickly drops items found in the source of the water. Think fish, frogs, water plants. The last time there was a similar occurrence in San Juan Cosala the same tromba claims were made. The University came from Guadalajara and investigated. They found absolutely no evidence of lake water, fish, and lake plants which would occur in a tromba. What they did find were large amounts of dead tree branches, dead plants, etc, which had built up over the years in the canyons above San Juan Cosala. When unusually heavy rains caused a backup behind the natural dams they broke loose.
    4 points
  30. When Mexa bistro opened during the height of the pandemic with a Mexican fusion menu…a somewhat similar concept to Teocintle I wondered if it would survive even though we enjoyed both our visits. The answer was probably no…It is now Mexa Fonda with aTex-Mex style menu at very reasonable prices. We were seated at 7pm tonight…although traffic was busy we sat away from the entrance and the noise was not invasive .Both of our entrees …mole enchiladas and a chicken burrito were really enjoyable served with well cooked rice and beans . The meal along with a decent bottle of wine was less than 500 pesos…seems to me we may finally have a successor to El Serape with better food .
    4 points
  31. Of course they won't.... just another in the string who come out here from the city looking for the BIG gringo bucks
    4 points
  32. We could have a lot of fun with this but this is not a dating site. Closed.
    4 points
  33. Storms around here are usually from neighborhood to neighborhood in the amount of rain dropped. Saw this photo from last night, don't know the photographer, but it shows the rain out east from what it looks like downtown Chapala.
    4 points
  34. I find that this works for me; If the light is red, I stop. If the light is green, I go. For some reason that concept is difficult for some and that is what makes the intersection dangerous.
    4 points
  35. Stay on the subject folks or start another post on gun ownership
    4 points
  36. True that there are no codicils in Mexico. Speak to a notario, not an attorney. There are plenty of really good notarios around. I personally respect and trust a notario in Chula Vista - Luis Enrique Ramos Bustillos - 376-76-60190.
    4 points
  37. I just purchased a hearing aid from Doctor Carlos Alonso Flores. His contact information is in one of the above posts. Although I did purchase Oticon his first suggestion was not Oticon but a model that had all the features I requested - rechargeable batteries and Blue Tooth. The reason I choose an Oticon model was because it had 48 channels to work with for optimum tuning. The highly optioned other brand he had suggested had 8 channels to work with. When I received the hearing aids Doctor Carlos made an appointment for one week later to answer any questions I might have. I currently have the level one hearing aid setting. The change to level two and three are each 60 days apart. The appointment for level two has been set. I am very pleased with the Doctor Carlos, the service and quality of product I purchased.
    4 points
  38. My wife is Gwen Chan Burton, author of "New Worlds for the Deaf" ( a history of the Lakeside School for the Deaf, as it was then known, in Jocotepec in the 1980s). She was director of the school for many years and has worked with hearing aids for more than forty years. It is not at all unusual for audiologists operating their own clinics to have a close association with a particular brand. Oticon, based in Denmark, is one of the world's top brands in terms of research, manufacturing, quality and reliability. Quite rightly, Dr Flores - who by the way speaks fluent English - is completely up front in his advertising about the brand he works with, unlike many of his competitors. If you do decide to see Dr. Flores, please report back how it goes.
    4 points
  39. https://www.cartercenter.org/news/pr/500-million-doses.html His foundation did that in 2016 and had nothing to do with Covid-19. Did you have trouble graduating middle school?
    4 points
  40. He works at a veterinary school where he performs post-mortems on horses and dogs. You OTOH seem to enjoy beating dead horses.
    4 points
  41. It actually doesn't matter what the WHO and the CDC say because, until the Government of Canada requires some other test to enter Canada, the PCR is what they want. Period.
    4 points
  42. Luis is a wonderful young man. I cannot tell you the number of times he helped us when my hubby was sick. He drove me to hospital visits and my hubby to Doctor's appointments. He helped us with renewal of drivers' licenses, he paid taxes and he paid car license renewals. He is kind, prompt, honest, efficient. A true gentleman.
    4 points
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