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  1. I have thought frequently thought about leaving Mexico. I am blessed with decent health and good finances....and then I factor in my experiences with the people and I know that this is where I will stay. Last night, we had a power outage, one of many recently....and my oxygen deprived wife needed help as her air supply was failing.....one neighbor went and rented us a 14 hour o2 tank.....not easy on a Saturday night. Another one helped me get my generator up and running to charge our battery operated portable and two local women came and comforted my frightened wife. Offers to shop for us, (not needed but appreciated)....going with us to help get her into the doctor's office.....and much, much more. The Presidente in my village, yes I can call him and he has always been willing to get info as to CFE's progress in restoring power and last night was no different...WOW! When I think of the negative comments about local government, transitos, roads, noisy restaurants, etc.......I see my personal scale always tilts towards more pleasant thoughts. Is it perfect here? Certainly not but, pretty good for me.
    23 points
  2. For reasons known only to the administrator and moderators @chapala @moderator5 @moderator-2, BobbyBrown is allowed to post whatever he wants, including "jokingly" calling others nazis and making what he thinks are 'funny' references to nazi atrocities (making people into lampshades). These type of comments would get others banned, but he seems to have carte blanche.
    14 points
  3. A pox on people who take advantage of others. I removed my doorbell. I don't answer the door unless I'm expecting someone and I don't answer the phone if I don't know the number. If someone is insistently banging on my door, I send out the advance troops to investigate. Their barking usually settles the matter and the vultures move on. I don't know how big the trunk is but, wouldn't it be great to store your antiques elsewhere, and put a wooden skeleton in the trunk.
    9 points
  4. I mean no disrespect, but after reading certain responses to my post, I get the impression that some members of this group are dealing with unresolved issues and quite possibly have stopped taking their meds. Just saying.
    9 points
  5. With medical care, like everything else, you pretty much get what you pay for.
    9 points
  6. "They've realized that COVD isn't that bad." An unbelievably callous comment to the wives, husbands, children of the million that died in America and millions more worldwide. SunFan
    8 points
  7. MOST of the time, the weather here is divine. However, the month of May and the first two weeks in June are HOT... not humid but hot. The advantage of living lakeside is that there is an extreme between the daytime high and the nighttime low... the swing is about 25 degrees F. in scope. Make that work to your advantage. Close your windows during the day to keep the cool air in and open them at night to refresh the cool air. Keep in mind that the air won't come in unless it's got a way to get out... you're looking for flow. Well sealed windows are a must for this to work. Spaces (such as in jalousie windows) don't work even in the closed position... too many gaps that let in both hot and cold air. I replaced all of mine. Windows that are hit by the sun cause an extra heat gain. Curtains on the inside do nothing. You have to stop the sun from hitting the windows in the first place. The Australians figured it out years ago when Coolaroo shade fabric was invented... they hang outside, in front of the window. There are awnings, pergolas or even a tilting umbrella will work... anything to keep the sun off the windows. Ceiling fans keep the air moving when the windows are closed. MOST ceiling fans have a switch on the motor housing which changes the flow of the air from up to down. You want that flow of air to be DOWN when it's hot and UP when it's cold. A chain on the motor housing will change the speed of the fan. There is usually a high, medium and low. IF you have a remote control for your fan, you now have NINE speeds to choose from according to the season. Pull the chain until you get to the highest speed for air movement down and then use the remote thereafter. In the winter, I want the opposite... pull the chain until you get the lowest speed to kick the warm air off the ceiling and circulate. The electricity was out at my house for a couple of hours last week... in the afternoon at the peak of the heat. I have a Geek Aire rechargeable 12 inch fan that has been invaluable. I put it on the floor and my dogs park themselves in front of it. I took my shoes off and it kept my legs and feet cool. I just ordered another one and they are available on both Amazon and Amazon Mexico. Anybody else have tips and tricks for keeping cool?... a cool shower works as well...
    8 points
  8. For most of us, April, May and into June are hotter than we'd like. Some people actually get air-conditioners for just that reason. Ferret was merely suggesting ways to deal with the heat particularly for newbies. Even a long-times like me found a few good suggestions. Jim you might want to look into some anger management techniques or meds - just a friendly suggestion.
    8 points
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  10. If you didn't get to read ALL of their posts in their THREE threads BEFORE they deleted and edited them to make themselves look good, you would realize that THEY were the first ones to be rude and it wasn't to me. And now I get it from you too. Get all the facts before you leap gringohombre.
    8 points
  11. For the 2nd time, dear husband (who has dementia) let a strange woman use our guest bathroom. I keep an old trunk full of small antiques there and for the second time, a woman stole something out of the trunk. (Not the same one) The maid and I have explained to my husband not to let people in the house but he is Mr Nice Guy and forgets. We live in Riberas but I expect this particular gang moves around. You do NOT need to be nice. You do not need to let people use your bathroom or roam around your house. The stolen items were small but they were things I liked. And they were mine.
    8 points
  12. Yes they work in Mexico. I prefer to wear mine on my right ankle to balance my gait since I have an ankle bracelet on my left that the Federal Marshals gave me.
    8 points
  13. Our observation is among the most inflationary things lakeside are restaurants and local government. Plus at least in and around Ajijic the cost of real estate and rents. Costco prices for imported goods have jumped, local food not so much. Gasoline has gone up a lot less percentage wise than NOB but that is the result of deliberate action by the Mexican government. Natural gas is up nearly 50 percent. The economics of solar hot water and electric are better than ever. Fortunately, with a little planning one can really limit their energy consumption here and costs for same. Where we are at, we neither heat nor cool except for the use of a portable heater for a few hours on the coldest days. Overall, I don't think locally that home owners have seen near the inflation they are having NOB. If we lived up there still, we would have gotten blasted by heating costs this winter and continually the near tripling of gasoline costs since we used far more of both there than we do here. One cannot simply look at this from a purely local perspective and ignore the near total interconnection of Chapala with the global economy. These problems have roots in megatrends and policy errors all over that go back for a number of years. An example of a key megatrend player in current events is having vital goods and medicines manufactured on the other side of the planet from where the primary markets are with resulting dependence on long, vulnerable and costly supply chains. How much better off would everyone in this hemisphere be if all that production that went to India and China went to Mexico, Central and South America instead? The problems were exacerbated IMO by a severely damaging mishandling of covid and wanton money printing in key countries that also goes back quite a long way. Think of it as a toxic combination of older chickens coming home to roost with a rash of seriously stupid policy errors in a number of key places piling on. Regardless of any partisan labels, I believe the latter is the result of a political, economic and "educational" elite that is so disconnected from reality and the rest of us they are doomed to make gross mistakes and drag the rest of us along from one disaster after another quite unwillingly. The ruling class and their billionaire sponsors have become a liability for everyone including themselves. And for the most part, none of them have a clue why this is so. That's a bargain, I'll take it. But is that in Pesos?
    8 points
  14. Sounds like a heart attack on a plate to me….
    8 points
  15. Taking a liberty and telling all who genuinely cared........ and hope Mom and Dad are not offended. Ziva is in the very best home possible..... people she knows, neighborhood she knows, and a doggie house-mate/friend she also knew prior. She's a HAPPY dog, even tho' might still be a little confused over the big change. But all that familiarity will help her with that a LOT. Some will judge Mom and Dad. Don't. The situation was worse than they told in many ways (extremely familiar with it) , and this really was the very best thing for all...... on 2 legs and on 4.
    7 points
  16. Would everyone like to welcome back "Eric Blair", "Clueless", or previous incarnations I might not be able to name. Personally, I would suggest to David that he let those who 1) know what actually happened recently, 2) are schooled in Mexican law, and 3) are the products of Mexican culture do their jobs without his interference. Chapala Haciendas got run through the wringer by the same attorney (F) who has been discussed on this board. They also hired the wrong firm to dig a well. Meanwhile, a global pandemic struck and we all know the disruptions this caused. They have recently hired a new, sharp, young abogado and a well educated contador who are working with the BOD to sort things out, recover some money if possible, and put us on the right track. The last thing our fracc needs is someone who is clueless- doesn't speak the language, doesn't understand the culture, is not a lawyer in Mexico, and who can't hear well enough to have heard jack squat at the AGM- mucking about and acting the know-it-all. I might add, fracc business should remain fracc business and not be thrown to the wind to see who reads it.
    7 points
  17. Thanks so much for helping with your tips and tricks gringohombre... NOT. I specifically started this thread to help those who are new here because you bitched so pathetically on the "start of the rainy season thread". I've lived in the frozen North which is also stinking hot and humid in the summer since there are so many lakes. I have lived in San Miguel de Allende and I have lived on the coast in San Pancho. Everybody has a different take on what's comfortable. imho, this IS the best year round climate anywhere. Now STFU unless you have something to contribute.
    7 points
  18. We are removing our request for a possible housesit in Lake Chapala. We have never encountered such rude, ignorant, people in our lives. That tells us all we need to know about the area. PASS, we will explore other countries and enjoy life a lot more. We truly feel sorry for all you miserable people. Thank you to the people that responded in a positive manner . To all others You should all get together and form a MISERABLE PEOPLE"S CLUB, you deserve each other. Ken and Patti Do not respond, we will not read any response from this website. ENJOY
    7 points
  19. Normally he's on here like clockwork. Last pm'd with him about getting CoV booster a week ago. No reply and no new posts. Yes he can ask about the obvious at times, but he's OUR obvious questioner.... so I find myself a little worried.
    7 points
  20. My friend, you know we know each other, and we've talked about your situation before. I sympathize with all you're going thru'..... been there, done that.....and that's the only reason I'm putting this forward as something whose time may have come. I had to step in and do many preventative steps when my loved one's memory could no longer be trusted. So I suggest you keep the doors locked at all times, with key where he can't find it. That way if doorbell rings he can't let anyone in without you or maid assisting. If he's home alone.... tough. OR.... put a secondary bolt of some kind way up high which hopefully he won't remember to use..... so again he can't get the door open. Good luck, and take care of YOU so that you can continue to take care of HIM. Abrazos
    7 points
  21. It's a joint effort.
    7 points
  22. Cause: C = Can't F = Furnish E = Electricity
    6 points
  23. One of the best climates, yes, but not perfect. These days are hot. Even Mexicans complain about these hot days. And Ferret wasn't complaining but giving suggestions how to keep your house cool which is more then helpful especially as lot of houses here don't have good insulation. If you see that as complaining you really must question yourself not other people.
    6 points
  24. Maybe they’re feeling sad for you because it appears you could use some actual live friends in your life to talk with…. I doubt many here are really interested in what you eat/drink when and your bathroom habits
    6 points
  25. Hope it's a good one. This video reminds me of your strength of character and perserverance.
    6 points
  26. @Mainecoons You add nothing to the conversation other than your ignorance and prejudice.
    6 points
  27. posting on behalf of Natasha...
    6 points
  28. I reacted several times to some of the comments by clicking on one of the symbols. I enjoyed the well wishes. Thank you for those. Artsnob's comment that I didn't act my age made me laugh. But truthfully I yearn to be 89 again. Lexy
    6 points
  29. No surprise that bobby brown supports the Big Lie and is allowed to post about politics, despite this forum's policy not to. @chapala @moderator5 @moderator-2
    6 points
  30. Your inability to comprehend the posts you respond to is astounding.
    6 points
  31. Economy was in a great place during last US Administration and we were reaping benefits here in Mexico. Now, as you say. food and gas prices have risen and the rest of the economy is under stress. This is not "normal" inflation; it was created by poor economic decisions. Simple as that. It was bad before Putin jumped in, so this is not on him, contrary to some.
    6 points
  32. Ian, tonight was not a minor shower. It was a rain storm and a wind storm combined. Enough to knock out many power grids. It's not just here that the power grid has problems. Also in Texas... Texans asked to turn up thermostats after sweltering heat knocks six power plants offline (msn.com) The advantage of living here is that you can get by without air conditioning or heat. A tinaco solves the problem of having to rely on electricity for a pump. Here no electricity is an inconvenience not a disaster.
    5 points
  33. I absolutely agree, one glass per day is all I drink!
    5 points
  34. Enjoy.... and again when you buy it after May and June heat fry first batch to a crisp Best to wait until closer to rainy season before you get all excited about grass 😜
    5 points
  35. Everyone is going to die of something but, for the second year in a row, Covid-19 was the THIRD LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN THE U.S. https://www.wmur.com/article/covid-third-leading-cause-of-death-us-2021-cdc/39803353#
    5 points
  36. Remember when Bruno was minding the place, you could go in and every table had a reserve sign on it? You'd ask and he said sit anywhere and he has the signs up so if someone he doesn't like comes in, he could say all the tables are reserved!
    5 points
  37. No it is not over but we have to learn to live with it without all this disruption. Cloth masks are a bad joke and a security blanket for the uninformed. The real deal is expensive, must be changed often and worn like a pro. In a practical sense that's not going to happen with most of the population. It would help if someone would actually develop a vaccine that works without damaging immunity. "Works" means it prevents getting and spreading covid which these do not. All these massive outbreaks in supposedly highly vaccinated populations is a pretty good sign what we have now doesn't do much.
    5 points
  38. Your numbers are a total joke!!! Oil and gas are fungible and worldwide numbers...The US numbers were directly affected by you know who restricting drilling, fracking, pipeline construction and more. The US was energy independent and a net exporter before you know who took over...GET REAL!!!!
    5 points
  39. Is there something like education for morons.
    5 points
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