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  1. 15 points
    Witness Arizona, Texas, and Florida. In particular pay attention to Houston whose ICU beds are at 100% capacity. Those are facts, not speculation. Once restrictions are relaxed or ignored, the death toll skyrockets. I encourage you to go out among those enjoying "virus killing sunshine and fresh air". Be sure to breath deeply as you rub elbows with those not wearing masks because they've heard how great fresh air is for them . Oy.
  2. 10 points
  3. 9 points
    Chapala didn't post Chicken Little, mocking those who are rightfully concerned, you did.
  4. 9 points
    If you need a degree in virology to express your opinions about Covid19 it is going to get mighty quiet around here.
  5. 8 points
    So many things have changed since then. I am pasting in an article I wrote about my very first trip here which had been published in a now defunct local Newsletter. I neglected to mention in this article how much I loved discovering the Ajijic Plaza in the evening when there were virtually no gringos there. Staying in a B&B, I had to go out to dinner every night and usually ended up there for a nice ice cream bar for dessert as I sat watching and absorbing everything. Before the Malecon was built in 2008-09 due to flooding caused by very high lake levels, the Plaza used to be the living room of the pueblo. Everyone of all ages would come out in the evenings to socialize while the little ones ran around happily playing, the teens and pre-teens walked around the plaza in a big circle, circulating and maybe flirting with one another. The parents and grandparents contentedly sat on the benches chatting and keeping a loose eye on everything. The whole vibe was so harmonious and cheerful, I felt like I had died and gone to heaven, which was a big factor in why I decided to move here. Please note I was unable to correct the bolding in a couple of paragraphs. Here is the article: MY TRIP TO A-SMALL-TOWN-IN-MEXICO-WHICH-SHALL-REMAIN-UN-NAMED-BECAUSE-THE-REAL-ESTATE-IS-ALREADY-OUT-OF-SIGHT There are no “sights” to see here; no touristy attractions, just a few quaint little villages on a lake, which one can slowly and quietly savor with all one’s senses. As I tried to write emails to friends from local internet cafes, though, I realized that what I was experiencing on my vacation in this colorful, warm, and laid back town was too much to describe in cliché postcard language. I was in a different world completely, in spite of the presence of an expat community, and I want to savor that memory, as well as convey it to others. The mountains of Mexico are home to numerous villages, towns and cities dating from the Spanish colonial era 400-500 years ago or longer. Since the Spanish didn’t completely obliterate the native cultures the way the English did in North America, there is a much stronger presence of these cultures, obvious in the colorful houses and crafts, music, numerous fiestas, other various local customs, in addition to the intangible vibes of the ancients. My accommodations were in a lovely B&B, the likes of which I could never afford in the states. At low season, the place was nearly empty most of the time. Even the American owners were away on their own vacation, so I had a chance to meet and get to know the hospitable gardener and his wife, the cook (for breakfast only), who were managing in the owners’ absence, giving me a good chance to work on my Spanish. There was about an acre of land with lovely fountains, a swimming pool, lawn and patio, which I often had to myself. The décor included many fascinating Mexican art objects and each room had a unique and colorful décor in the Mexican style. No TVs! Bueno!! Music was playing all the time in the main part of the house, as seems to be common in Mexico. Surprisingly, the 25-CD changer had such selections as Edith Piaf, Sarah Vaughn, and other big band artists, apparently the taste of the owners. I could have enjoyed doing nothing but hanging around this lovely abode, but I did want to get out and explore the town, and had to get to a local gym to practice for an upcoming audition on my way back to San Francisco. It turned out the gym was part of an old elegant hotel about a mile on the other side of town, a pleasant walk. One day, I decided to take the small local bus on the cobblestone streets, and experienced such a rocking and shaking - like a small earthquake - that I could barely stand up long enough to reach my seat. I have since gravitated to balancing myself and "surfing" the bus like I used to do on the "M" Streetcar in San Francisco. My mission each night was to search for a restaurant for dinner. Ambling slowly on the cobblestones and uneven and sometimes high sidewalks, I drank in all the sights and sounds that I could, while carefully watching my step. In the languid afternoons, I enjoyed the delicious Michoacan frozen fruit bars while sitting in the Plaza, watching life unfold in front of me, meeting people, unwinding completely. Ironically, some of the residents that I met were not retired, but had galleries or websites which occupied their time. Still, they found the time to visit with me, and I appreciate their hospitality. The Sights. The vivid colors everywhere jump out and truly wake up your mind and spirit, as well as your eyes. Houses are frequently painted in multi-colored schemes, sometimes with native style accents, or murals. From the streets you see long, high walls with gates, some of wrought iron that enabled you to peek into a courtyard, or solid huge doors, which hide everything. In addition to wrought-ironwork, another local specialty is colorful, custom tile work, used mostly in bathrooms and kitchens, floors, and occasional wall or door accents. The artistic touch is everywhere. Colorful tropical vegetation tumbles over many walls, adding even more hues and textures, a delight to behold. Every so often one sees a colorful and quaint shrine built to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patron saint of Mexico - my favorite Mary, with her gorgeous, expansive aura. There are a good number of outdoor murals to be seen around town, on both public buildings and private homes. Many are mystical, some display historical aspects of the town or of Mexico in general, and some are just colorful folk art designs. Walking by one mural of a gigantic iguana, located on the wall of a bar, I made up my first Spanglish word – Iguanamente. To understand, you’d need to know your polite basics – (“nice to meet you”) “mucho gusto”, (“likewise”) “igualmente”. Some folks thought it was funny, but I’m still trying to figure out the meaning. Like and iguana? One truly unexpected sighting one afternoon, was that of a large circus parade slowly coming down the 2-land carretera, or highway which links several local towns (like pre-freeway USA). I had just purchased another disposable camera and was walking around, exploring, when I heard a siren. Seeing a large vehicle with flashing lights approaching slowly in the traffic, I assumed it was a fire truck. As it went by, I saw that it along with other trucks behind it, were towing large cages of wild animals – first zebras, then various wildcats and even a giraffe. The circus was being announced over a large audio system in the first vehicle. I don’t particularly care for wild animals in cages and circuses, but I must admit, I was so stunned by this incongruous sight, that I couldn’t manage to reach into my bag and unwrap the camera and take pictures. I just stood there dumbfounded and stared. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the poverty that I saw – crumbling old stone and brick houses that were never painted, and a certain amount of litter strewn about in some areas. The town is a hodge-podge of nice homes interspersed with poor ones, or vice versa. There is no zoning as we know it. However, there was always a feeling of simple dignity even in the poor areas. I never felt threatened, as I would in a poor neighborhood in the states. The Sounds. Between the busy winter and medium busy summer gringo seasons, the village was probably at its quietest. Very little car traffic, as most Mexicans do not own cars. Upon arriving around 6PM on a hot day, I needed to stretch my legs and find someplace to eat. Having memorized the basic layout of the town from seeing maps on the internet, I set out. As the evening light slowly dimmed, people were at home, the typical cheerful up-tempo Mexican music was coming out of many different homes, happy kids were playing on the streets. The balmy climate has inspired a very indoor-outdoor lifestyle with many open-air rooms, so you can hear what is going on in many houses as you walk by. I decided I would smile and say “hola” to everyone I saw, and usually got a friendly and warm response from people of all ages. A soft breeze gently came up, and I eventually arrived at a restaurant which catered mostly to gringos. (Strangely enough, it was actually difficult to find Mexican food in the evenings, since that is family/home time to most Mexicans, who generally don’t go out to dine at night.) The restaurant was pleasant enough, open air, with a small stage for live music. An American solo-singer-guitarist played American MOR hits, which put me into a little shock, after the lovely cultural immersion I had just experienced. Another single woman came in looking for someone she was supposed to meet, who didn’t show. So, I invited her over and we started talking (over the loud gringo music, which was gradually getting on my nerves. Not what I came to Mexico for!) But, I saw how easy it was to meet people there. Later, I walked back to the B&B around the block, around dark. With no media to distract me, and having had a very long day travelling, I lay down in the grass and looked up at the stars. At this point I simply tuned into the soft, gentle, and most agreeable cacophony – exotic songbirds in the trees, church bells a few blocks away, cicadas which sounded like they must be a foot long (they’re not), the stereo gurgle of two fountains on either side of me, a gentle breeze in the trees, the clip-clop of horses sauntering by, music wafting over from different houses, a mother and child speaking to each other in sweet tones, the very occasional car going by. I was in pure bliss. A little later, all the dogs in town would routinely start barking, at what, I don’t know. Maybe it was their social hour. During the day, a common sound was that of the recorded voice of a man who sells fill-ups for the propane gas tanks that everyone has – no city gas lines there. He would slowly drive around the town with his loudspeaker, saying ga-a-a-as, ga-a-a-a-s. I would also hear various political advertising done in the same way, a car driving around with a recording going over a loudspeaker. At least I hope it was a recording, otherwise the speaker would get quite hoarse calling out all day! Many fiestas in Mexico start off at 5am with firecrackers and church bells waking people up for Mass, before they celebrate with parades, processions, food and live music and dancing for the rest of the day. I only heard firecrackers only once while there, coming from the neighboring village, so it wasn’t too loud. Knowing that the boom-boom was celebratory in nature, it didn’t cause the usual alarm one would feel in the states. Many roosters live here and there in the town, and you’ll hear them early on, also. I walked by a loud party one Sunday afternoon, which I could only hear over the walls, but not see. Big loud parties in Mexico are usually family affairs, with all the generations together laughing, enjoying music, dancing and dining. Again, no cause for alarm, as it would be in the US. The weather. Far from being bland, the lovely and temperate weather had a dynamic of its own. When I arrived in late May, the hottest time of the year, the temperature was around 85F, but dry, with nice breezes in the evening. Many shops and restaurants have a completely open wall to the street, so that being inside the building is still like being in a sidewalk café (hence the expression Hole in the Wall). The distinction between outdoor and indoor is most pleasantly blurred. The rainy season usually starts in mid-June, and I happened to experience a passionate and sudden windstorm one night, which lasted exactly two hours. It was almost dark and the power went out, and the handsome son of the gardener, who was acting as night watchman, brought me a couple of candles. Nothing else happened – we just chatted in our broken Spanish and English, and enjoyed the fury of the storm, which ended as suddenly as it started, and then, all was perfectly quiet. A couple of showers came up, as usual, in the evening or at night, which leaves the days mostly sunny. How convenient! One night I was in a charming little restaurant, with open eaves, located behind a small boutique. A sudden heavy rainstorm came up around the time I finished eating, and I was unable to leave. The senorita who had been my waitress insisted that I stay until the rain died down. Since the owner was a gringo (whose wife was from Oaxaca), there was American R&B playing. I ordered a hot chocolate, sang along with Ray Charles' Raelettes, and managed to ask the two senoritas (in Spanish!) if they would like to learn how to dance to this music. So, I showed them. We danced around together in the shop, and had a wonderful time. They were just darling, so kind and friendly. Eventually, the rain died down enough so I could walk home, the dusty cobblestone streets now washed clean and the air fresh and moist. The people. As in small towns everywhere, people are friendlier than in big cities. I said “hola” to most everyone going by, and usually got the same back. Various gringos would stop and chat. The pace of life there is so easygoing, that people normally do that, instead of rushing off in their busy, busy lives. I met an excellent photographer who has been in town for 20 years, had a gallery, and was very blended into the community. I met a naturopathic doctor and his wife who were managing a nearby B&B. We spoke of health matters and the state of things in the states, agreeing on much. I made several other acquaintances whom I would love to see again when I move down there. It was always a little adventure to relate to people in a new and foreign language, a humbling experience, but one that always gave me a little rush. I found that my zany side seemed to be well received there. Laughter seems to come easily to Mexicans. One remarkable woman I met was Conchita, who sat out on the beach every day, weaving and selling beautiful blankets and rugs. Every day, she would have to tear down her display and haul her stuff – somewhere – wherever she stayed. Obviously poor and shabby, she was walking up the sloping street from the beach one evening, pulling a huge load of her stuff in old plastic garbage bags on some sort of furniture dolly. I couldn’t believe she was doing this alone, so I got behind her and helped push. Finally, we got to her destination, where she paused and we tried to talk. Two young local men came along and joined us. One of them knew a little English, and I asked him why no one helped her. They chatted in Spanish, and he told me he couldn’t understand her very well because of her accent. She told him of her tragic story, how she had no children (anymore?) and her son had been killed in a car accident. The thing that amazed me was that she could still laugh and smile, and that she conveyed a true sense of inner peace. I told the young man to tell her I thought she was a saint. My photographer friend knew her and filled me in on her story. She was from Oaxaca, and had been driven off her ancestral land, and sat on the street corner and cried every day for six months after her son was killed. She showed up in a postcard that I bought, her picture was in a local magazine in an article by a therapist, and a painting of her was in a book given to me by my photographer friend, just before meeting her. Sometimes it feels like a real blessing to meet someone - like her. Later that evening, while walking around, the two young men passed me on the other side of the street, saying “hola” like friends. I kept having these delightful chance encounters there – one of the big reasons why I want to return. On the slightly scrubby lakeshore one Sunday, I saw kids playing in the water and mama rocking her husband in a hammock, smiling sweetly at him…such a peaceful scene. The children. Mexicans have a very strong love of family, and it shows in the happy and exuberant children I would see playing in the streets in the evening. Many of them looked almost too thin, but their energy at play seemed to indicate that they were indeed healthy. I saw a number of young girls who looked like budding high-fashion models, with their slender, elongated limbs and high cheekbones. Kids would be playing soccer on the cobblestones with great gusto, girls as well as boys, but not the two together. Since the cobblestone streets were being repaired, there were piles of dirt here and there around town. I came across a group of young girls playing Queen of the Mountain, running up and down the pile of dirt with delightful and giddy, giggly abandon. I saw young teenage mamas nursing their babies. I saw teenagers out with their grandmas. Two young girls were expertly riding horses on the beach with their father. The day after the big windstorm, there was debris to be cleaned up. In the street, I saw a young girl with her little brother who was proudly pushing a full size wheelbarrow, probably on their way to help clean up. Kids do work there, especially when poor. But the little boy had a great big smile on his face. Hey, it’s fun to help the grownups do something useful! Had I had my camera handy, I’m sure the kids would have been mystified as to why I would photograph such a simple, but delightful moment. The Upshot. My retirement can’t come a day too soon! I find myself yearning to be in the land of the real Counter Culture to the U.S. It’s only recently dawned on me what a strong link there was between Mexican culture and the 60’s psychedelic scene in San Francisco where I came of age. Various hipsters were hanging out in Mexico and bringing back elements of the culture – the colorful beads, the embroidered clothes, the relaxed attitude, enjoyment of music, dance, festivities, as well as some mind-expanding native plants. Now I realize why people started painting the SF Victorian houses in bright multi-colors. Obviously, someone had been to Mexico, and wanted to put a little color into our neutral-toned cityscape. What a concept! Things don’t have to be drab! Colors live! Iguanamente!!
  6. 8 points
    There isn't conflicting information about whether wearing a mask in public and social distancing reduces viral transmission of COVID. It is a scientific and public health issue, not a political one, or a matter of some untrained person's opinion who doesn't "agree with you". So yes, anyone who refuses to wear a mask in public is severely lacking in intelligence.
  7. 7 points
    I think you have to insult 1000 people minimum.
  8. 7 points
    Mexico has a whole has done a terible job at protecting its people and taking the epidemy seriously. I lost another friend yesterday in Oaxaca.. The situation is awful in Southern Mexico.. between the dengue,. the covid and other zika and chickungunia many people are sick,do not see the doctors or go to the hospitals so they do not get reported. The situation is really scary and no one seem to really care... The country is reopening just when the situation is going worse and there seem no real effort from the government toenforce mask wearing and social distancing.. Lets all forget itexist and burry our head in the sand and think it will go away.. Good luck to all of us.. I am not fear mongering , I am just seeing and reporting what I see.
  9. 7 points
    Mexico is following the US---young ignoring the precautions, getting sick, spreading infections and cases skyrocketing. More to come, no doubt, sadly.
  10. 7 points
    Yes, as a matter of fact, I am defensive. I am immune suppressed and a Covid death is horrible (you slowly drown in your own fluids). I am one you could kill. Hope you can live with it if you infect someone in order to protect your right not to be inconvenienced.. I couldn't live with myself if my behavior caused the death or severe illness with unknown sequalae to someone else. Stay safe and healthy and, please, stay away from me.
  11. 7 points
    I agree with you Jeanneboo. The observation by Tingting "My civil rights don't end where your fear begins." Could be countered with "The right to swing my fist ends where the other man’s nose begins." Except that instead of a fist it is a scientifically proven risk in the embodiment of a virus. Without a mask, you risk yourself and others in the community and most importantly, if you get sick, you risk hospital staff who must take care of you. Would you sign and carry a release that states that you want no treatment for COVID because "I got sick of my own free will and don't wish to put anyone to any trouble caring for me?" The answer to "Am I my brother's keeper?" is supposed to be yes, at least that's what I was taught.
  12. 7 points
    Wearing a mask and distancing cost you nothing. My wearing a mask protects you and not me. I am immune suppressed and have stayed home except on the rare occasions I have to go out. By you refusing to wear a mask and distance yourself from me, you can kill me. YOUR RIGHT TO NOT FOLLOW PUBLIC HEALTH MEASURES ENDS WHEN YOU THREATEN MY LIFE! I am sorry it inconveniences you but that is no reason to potentially infect someone else. The virus is here. We are not testing. We have no idea who or how many people are infected. People can be infected without symptoms and can infect others. Concern for the wellbeing of fellow humans does not seem to one of your strong suits.
  13. 7 points
    By the way, just rewatched the video. Maher did not offer medical advice. He said nothing controversial or in opposition to what specialists have said. There are people terrified to leave their homes, making themselves crazy with fear. He was talking about going for a walk in the fresh air not suggesting people don’t wear masks and go around licking door knobs.
  14. 7 points
    One thing I can tell you that you can "take to the bank", Eric, is that maybe the thing that really "pisses off" Mexicans is when a "gringo" tells them how they should be running their businesses. My opinion only.
  15. 7 points
    I have done this to make them easy to find. Please allow only Mostlylost to post there so the the thread will contain only official statistics not comments.
  16. 7 points
    Our domestic help at lakeside earn more than teachers and police so the slave wages is just not the case. The actually earn higher wages than 90% of Mexico. If I had to pay the US wage equivalent I simply wouldn't have any help. They won't thank you for causing the jobs to disappear. Actually I would just cut the hours back to what I could afford as would many folks I know. This area thrives because of the cost of living for foreigners. Most home owners simply use the inflation number as a percentage. A raise should be for better work not just attendance. Most workers do not get a COLA in the US.
  17. 6 points
    Your community requests that you quarantine for a minimum of two weeks. With all the information on this virus, to do less would show a gross disregard for life. And before the "sunshine, fresh air, and exercise" brigade arrives, let me say that all of that can be had without leaving home. Get plenty of pesos at the airport, go home and order groceries delivered, order meals delivered, and keep your community members Covid free.
  18. 6 points
    You're partially right. In the bigger picture, taking care of others also ultimately takes better care of yourself. Think about it. This applies both to specific issues like Covid, and to national health systems. And both of these are a (or the) key reason why the US is such a disaster with the pandemic, vs the rest of the world.
  19. 6 points
    I really, really want to occasionally utilize this webboard as a resource for information from locals in the community. It appears this is a place for SOME, to simply vent their spleen randomly at others. Wish everyone the best and Happy Father's Day. AA
  20. 6 points
    The motherboard on my Samsung washing machine fried a couple years ago. The technician who the Samsung distributor in PV uses and who gave me hos name, looked it over, told me it needed a new motherboard. Said it would take a month to get one. After a month, he told me that they weren't available anywhere in Mexico. I looked on Mercado Libre and found a guy with a an appliance store in Mazatlan who had lots- brand new, in the box. Put the money in his account and had it in 2 days, and popped it in myself. Don't believe everything you're told. Sometimes you have to do the research yourself.
  21. 6 points
    While interesting the story has absolutely nothing to do with Chapala. Maybe would be better posted on web boards for Florida and New York Ajijic/Chapala/Guadalajara This board is for people with interest in the Lake Chapala area and in moving to Mexico.
  22. 6 points
    In truth according to many nutritionists most money spent on supplements is wasted. For years the supplement industry has spent time and money promoting their products. Sometimes as "miracle cures" Note required by law in USA These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please, consult your physician. Fortunately we live in a place where fresh fruit and vegetables are inexpensive and available year round. A balanced diet does wonders.
  23. 6 points
  24. 6 points
    What I cannot understand based on the many complaints Eric and others have expressed concerning poor quality meat and produce, prices not as indicated on the shelf, cashiers short changing people, protocols not being observed, vanishing ziploc bags, lack of shade trees in the parking lot, and so on, is why people keep going back to Walmart. There are better options, cheaper options, options that include free home delivery, options closer to your home, Eric, options that better support the local people, and options that include friendly rather than surly employees. So why patronize a store that offers little and is the recipient of so many complaints?
  25. 6 points
    Very good article...emotional but valid. I think all leaders the world over are trying to balance the physical health and economic health in their own communities. The mental health aspects have been neglected a little until very recently as the riots and protests are made more virulent due to frustrations brought on by the never ending pandemic. Health initiatives make the economic impacts worse and economic downturns make the health impacts worse. The world is a social community and we need interaction to survive emotionally and economically. How to balance those things with still climbing virus numbers is a very tough task. I respect the rights of states here and in the US to react as the majority of citizens wish. Either way a price will be paid. Since the start we have been told that the health measures are in place only to flatten the curve and that the virus will continue to sicken and kill and so it does. Has the curve been flattened enough to let us go back to as normal a life as we all desire? Can the medical industries handle what is going to happen in the near future? Can society survive the huge economic hit it continues to take without anarchy becoming all too present? Can we handle the increase in crime and suicide? Man, I'm glad I'm not in charge! Do the best you can to keep yourselves safe and don't count on everybody else to do the same things you do in those efforts. Alan
  26. 6 points
    This link is to a story that ran on Michigan Live. They got four experts on infectious disease to rank 36 different activities as to the level of safety from covid-19 and some things you might consider before engaging in them. The experts didn't always agree on their threat rankings, so the rankings were averaged and disagreements noted. I found it very useful, since most of the activities are similar to what expats might consider here at Lakeside. https://www.mlive.com/public-interest/2020/06/from-hair-salons-to-gyms-experts-rank-36-activities-by-coronavirus-risk-level.html?fbclid=IwAR05qyKn9vrwze-laHSHO1Nb93wHH1OanQUW2oZhDjXlnGh66dReIGCG5nM
  27. 6 points
    you make no sense.. Blacks are US citizens just as people from other races in the US .What are you trying to say.? Racism is alive and well in most countries and police brutality also happens in many countries .. The US seems particularly bad but it can happen anywhere.. Do you think that Blacks an North Africans are treated the same as the other local in Europe? Here I know people who were brutally beaten by cops, one of the man lost the vision in one eye an had broken ribs for smoking dope at the malecaon an playing music. Who know what the cops were after when they arrested Giovanni Lopez n Ixtlahuacan.. It is very difficult to ever know the truth here but the man was taken alive from his family an was dead the next day We probably will never hear the whole story but that is another nasty exemple of police abuse. By the way there were troubles in Ixtlahuacan thursday night as well . my godson was on a second class bus coming back from Guadalhara late that day an could not make it tio Chapala , He spent the nigt withp people in Ixtlahuacan as he was too afraid of walking the streets there that night. He also spent a couple of hours stuck on the bus..
  28. 6 points
    Mexico has a growing number of citizens who are of mixed race and some who are non Hispanic. The world is changing all the time.
  29. 6 points
    June 4th Thursday: 105680 - 101238 = 4432 June 6th Saturday: 113619 - 110026 = 3593 Take a week off the board will be beneficial to yourself and others.
  30. 5 points
    Now don't you wish you had responded to his emails?
  31. 5 points
    Says the guy who tells others they are suffering from TDS.
  32. 5 points
    There is no need to disagree. If one of you would like to report the Federal stats and one to report the State stats I would be happy to give you each a separate pined thread. That way we can all easily follow the progression of COVID from both reporting sources. I do appreciate that Mostlylost is going out of his way to do this and would hope Bisbee Gal would join in the effort.
  33. 5 points
    In some people's view, it is everyone's job to look out for all of humanity. And do one's part so that others are not harmed by our own self-centeredness. Thinking you are the center of the universe is a normal state of mind for a 2 year old. Civilized people are supposed to grow out of that. But I know that's not a popular American viewpoint.
  34. 5 points
    Just my opinion but I'd rather have RV giving me advice than you. PLUS he's a gentleman. Mostly. RV tends to go the conservative by-the-book route. Safer in the long run but being Mexico there's always more than one way to skin a cat.
  35. 5 points
    Or....You can do the right thing. Protecting yourself and others is a serious responsibility, no matter where you may be. There are no indications that there is 'herd immunity', and little likelihood of an effective vaccine in the foreseeable future; if ever. The economies of the world must change to contact-free delivery, etc.
  36. 5 points
    Well, here in t USA we have almost 50% Republican voters who support DTrump by doing as he does: going sans mask, ignoring distancing, & denying any risk of Covid for them and theirs. You see these folks are TheEntitledOnes, so they just know they'll not be affected by Covid. It'll be the 'other guys' who'll be infected, so why would they care...And, they don't care...'. Ghastly people !! The USA is very Sick...in more ways than one. I am sad to see it. The EU may ban flights from America, & they should hurry it up for their own sake.
  37. 5 points
    gee. ask the people in Arizona and Texas and especially Florida where the curve is going up up up.
  38. 5 points
    True, you only are safe from it if you are rioting, burning and looting. Right Rick? Snowbirds normally start coming in November, that's a long time from now. Let's don't have our pain in advance. Most likely some will come, some won't.
  39. 5 points
    Tell that to the folks in Tulsa... 😥
  40. 5 points
    This decision is really a personal one and one size does not fit one other, much less all. Many folks who drop paying say that they did so because 'they will NEVER return to the US so why keep paying'. Only problem is.... stuff happens and folks who they and me thought Mexico was their forever home and they would NEVER go back.... go back. I've had 5 different friends/couple who have done this and two of them said 'the only way they would go back is in a black bag'. This was after a lot of years most times too. Well, things change or in the vernacular "sh*t happens!" In my experience the main factors are 1) medical reasons, 2) family and 3) 'just got tired of the Mexican way of life' (for all the things that can mean). I also have friends who said they would not go back and they HAVE NOT after 10-15 years. So one never knows. I personally look at it like paying for life insurance.... one pays it but seldom uses it. But I do understand that the cost, currently about $140/mo I think, is not chicken feed to just seemingly throw away.
  41. 5 points
    A difficult message to post. Be nice ( to some of you : take your nasty attitudes somewhere else or I simply delete the post ). My friends Jose and Isabel ( the owners of the famous restaurant here in the Chapala plaza ) are ill. Isabel is on a respirator ( last bed in hospital civil in Guad ) and medication is scarce. Jose is recuperating at his son s house in Guad. I dont feel comfortable to discuss their medical condition or cause of illness here. So, plse, respect that. If you would like to help them, you can send them money through OXO to their daughters ( Deniss ) SALDAZO card ( very easy ). ( or Paypal their son in law ) Email me (elbelgicano@yahoo.com ) for a picture of her card. I am sure that they can use help soon. Also, they had to close for the longest time ( no income ). Through their church, Jose and Isabel, have helped a lot of people too. I would like to see some good Karma working here. Thanks for considering this. Rony
  42. 5 points
    Folks rambling on a web board are not people I listen to for medical advice either, but here we are.
  43. 5 points
    a very nice way of showing your respect to somebody who does his best to speak and write your mother language, Peter. More and more, showing true colours....sorry "colors" . by the way, how many languages do you write and speak ? Perfect Spanish too ? ai...touché
  44. 5 points
    pure discrimination. So women are allowed to have a moustache ? And how do they know.....if you are wearing a mask ? I agree...time to drink the poison. Hasta la vista, baby
  45. 5 points
    Why tell us what you are gonna do, why not just go do it.
  46. 5 points
    That one certainly gave me pause as well. A raise for showing up? Isn't that what an employee is supposed to do, show up to work? An employee who doesn't show up for work would be an employee I'd fire. Rewarding someone simply for showing up to work is a bizarre concept.
  47. 5 points
    No problem guys when everyone was careful there were no cases of covi and now people let their guards down and there are 11 cases of all of a suden.. Just because the government says they are reopening does not mean we need to let our guards down.. Social distancing is important and needs to be kept alive.. As far as stores reopening , as long as people are careful an do not pile on top of each other, I do not see the problem.. The problem is when people think we are back to normal..and we are not, not if we have any brains.
  48. 5 points
    In Mexico there are light citizens, there are medium colored citizens and then there are the really discriminated-against dark Mexicans. Discrimination is alive and well in Mexico. Just as in EVERY other country of the world. And it doesn't have to be about race or nationality. It can be about almost anything that makes a smaller group different than a larger group.
  49. 5 points
    No doubt they'll welcome you with open harms.
  50. 5 points
    Not really. It's definitely about police brutality, but it's not about systemic racism, which is what the US protests are about. The young man beaten and murdered by the police was Mexican, as were the cops who did it.
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