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  1. 20 points
  2. 20 points
    Soon Mainecoons will shut this down but usually after he makes the "last" comment. :-) On Mexican social networks extensive anti-American sentiment and rising. Today an American friend faced it a bank. I hear it daily in various offices. It will get much worse. As a Mexican who works with expats daily it is so easy for expats to live here legally and not a lot more effort than it takes for a Mexican to change planes in the US. Not even a background check is done by consulates 99% of the time which is so wrong. Expats get free healthcare, INAPAM; tourists in many places get a driver's license and can buy and register a vehicle. How much easier do you want it? Meanwhile, a significant number earn income illegally with no payment of tax and no INM approval including landlords. I even know of one posting here who has provided mortgages at lakeside and I am willing to bet he never paid tax on the interest received nor had the appropriate visa. I also meet expats who fudged their bank accounts to show income that was not theirs, some here with no legal right to do so. And while everyone thinks all expats contribute greatly to the Mexican economy I ask how is that so when I have met many making less than $1000 per month and a slow as 600? Now I see a silly comment below that states ... oh well not the same number of expats doing things illegal in Mexico as Mexicans in the US. Some will use anything to justify. If the US did not hire Mexicans few would be going there to work to provide for their families back in Mexico. But greed for cheap labor that can be easily taken advantage of prevails. And many of the Hispanics in the US are from Central America. Some may want to read: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/theta-pavis/decades-of-us-interventio_b_5610684.html Meanwhile, there are many INM staff including from SMA at Mexico's southern border turning back those from Central and South American trying to reach the US. Overall expats are a benefit but many are not just as many Mexicans are a benefit to the US but not all. Americans rejoiced when the Berlin wall come down. Oh how things change. Viva Mexico
  3. 17 points
    Denise - you may need to understand the quantity of puppies and kittens being thrown out in the area, or half starved where ever they are living. There are times when euthanasia is a kind solution. Please don't condemn until you are the person who has just discovered 7 abandoned puppies and is responsible enough to do something about them, rather than just walk on.
  4. 15 points
    I was raised going to bullfights, they are part of my culture so I can criticize them all I want. . My grand-father took us every Sunday in the summer. I saw all the famous bullfighters and saw several of them being hurt.. Bullfights and games with the fighting cows and acrobatics with fighting bulls are part of my culture and I vote to have the bullfights banned... In Boxing two consenting aldults are involved, their choice.. In a bullfight the bull has no choice, RV no point rationalizing that the meat is sold.. Have you ever tried to eat the meat of a bull afer it has been running fighting for 20 minutes?? The meat is horrible, it used to be given to hospitals for stews..The bull is tortures for 20minutes.. which means 6 bulls are tortured for 20 minutes each for the pleasure of humans.. In my grandfather´told us how they used to use old horses without protection and it was common to see a horse running as it was losing its guts stepping on them etc.. then they passed a law to protect the horses. Very few matadores are any good, they miss very often and the sword enters the bull totally and than the bull has to be made to run in circle to get the sword out , usually bleeding from the mouth as it is hit in the lungs and not in the heart and so on.. I have no problem with the bull being shot and butchered , I do have a problem with the bull being put through that. Bullfighting has been outlawed in Catalonia. It is outlawed in France except in a few cities where it is an old tradition like Bayonne or Dax but it will be outlawed eventually and really should be put away like feeding the Christians to lions was ... A lot more things should be outlawed but that one is totally gratuiteous for the pleasure of a few people and to enrich the breeders ... The cows are also used in games but they are not killed as a results they become very tricky and the games can get pretty funny but the bulls get the pictures past the 20 minut and become very dangerous.. A cow will attack and gore people but not trample them, a bull will tram´le people and gore them. By the way what kind of a fight is it.. the bull starts out wounded as his neck muscles are damaged so he cannot keep his head up.. Gives us games without the picadores and may the best one winn, let´s see how long the bullfighters will last..
  5. 14 points
    Maincoons We saw your house being built so we have been in Ajijic a whole lot longer that you have, my husband votes there, I vote in Chiapas and we have residences in both states and are Mexican Citizens so we have a whole lot more to say than you do. We stay in Mexico when sick , do not go back to the States , I work for a Mexican company from Jalisco in Chiapas so if someone has nothing to say it is you. I can see why you would not like San Cristobal.. ..a little too real for you... the number 1 tourists here are Mexicans number 2 are Europeans so you are a little bit out of your element here. My husband spends most of his time in Ajijic and I spend a lot of time in Chiapas we have owned a house in Ajijic longer than you have been around so really if one of us has nothing to say it is you... I could also say the same thing to you in Spanish a whole lot better than you could. It is pretty funny for a man who is always bragging about his house and wealth to say that San Cristobal is pricey.. must have been scared of eating where the locals eat. I live near the market and shop there every day and it is a whole lot cheaper to live here than in Ajijic..it should be , the town is full of poor people. who do not eat in restaurants downtown. You chose to see the tourists area and that is your business but if you live here you know better than eat in the tourists traps.. Comparing a 450 year old town to Playa del Carmen is pretty funny. , they are both tourists towns but the tourism between the two is very different. I can assure you that all the European backpackers are not spending a whole lot of money here. As far as the government affairs in Chapala you really do not have anything to say either and your accusing them of all kinds of things is getting pretty old. They are what they are, if you do not like it vote for someone else. Your doctor and gardner and all other service people are Mexicans , they have the right to criticize their government, you do not. By the way you have no authority to define who is full time or part time here and Ajijic is part of the Chapala municipality like it or not and Ned Small has the same right than anyone else to discuss Ajijic if that is what he wants to do Resident of Ajijic or not.
  6. 14 points
    Next time just offer to take the dogs without the personal attack.
  7. 14 points
    you missed a few adjectives - whiny, self-centered, entitled, .......
  8. 14 points
    When I I got up this morning and was getting ready to run some errands I couldn't find my wallet. I looked all over the house, in the car, etc. and couldn't find it. I was thinking about all the hassles to get a replacement driver's license, INM card, credit cards, etc. not to mention some cash I had just gotten out of the ATM machine, What a mess. I started thinking back and finally determined that the last time I was sure I had it was when we went to a movie at Interlago Mall on the libramiento yesterday afternoon. I went by there about 1:30 today and they were all locked up as movies didn't start until later in the afternoon. I went back by again about 6:30 and talked to a couple of very pleasant and helpful employees. They went and got a young lady who introduced herself as the manager, I explained what I was looking for and she asked me a couple of questions - and then told me to wait for a couple of minutes. She unlocked the office and then opened a locked desk drawer. And out came my wallet! Absolutely everything was there - including all of the cash! I thanked her profusely and tried to give her a nice reward - which she refused. In fact she said that was not even working yesterday and wasn't exactly sure who had found it. I insisted that she accept the reward and we finally agreed that she would use the money I was offering to buy drinks and snacks for everyone. There are people that will take advantage of you anywhere - and people that will exhibit exceptional kindness everywhere, My experiences in Mexico have been overwhelmingly positive. Another great day in our little bit of paradise.
  9. 13 points
    Denise, with all due respect, you have NO idea how many more puppies and kittens are born every day here than homes exist. And that's NOTHING compared to how it was 20 years ago before S/N really got into gear. If you are so outraged, after you pick up those pups, perhaps you'd like to drive out to Anita's and take on the 50-plus cats and kittens that will be put down because there are no homes for them either........ (and yes, we have 5 cats and 4 dogs, all rescues, and our inn is full) Euthanasia is never a nice prospect, but it beats the alternatives in many cases.
  10. 13 points
    For those who ridicule people for some of their honest answers, and who think you should go back to Canada or the United States for wanting some of the things you had there, think back to the city you came from. Did you ridicule the Italian immigrants for all their stores in "Little Italy"? Or did you shop there sometimes for some of their great products? Did you ridicule the Chinese immigrants for what they had going on in "Chinatown"? Or did you go to their restaurants for some fantastic meals? All the cities have areas where immigrants of a certain nationality like to spend time together. You probably understood that it is human nature to want to be with people who speak your language, and to buy products in stores that suit your way of cooking, etc. There's comfort and familiarity in that, and there is nothing wrong with craving things you enjoyed in your home country. Why can't you see that it is the same for people who have immigrated to Mexico to want to eat certain foods, and buy certain things they grew up with? That doesn't mean that they're not enjoying their life in Mexico, and that they should go back. It means they are human and they feel comfort from certain things they grew up with, that's all. There is nothing wrong with that. Let me tell you who else wants many things from the U.S. Rich Mexicans. Take a look around in Superlake and you will see Mexicans who can afford it in there buying all those imported products at high prices. Take a look around in Guadalajara and you will see many American stores and chain restaurants, and who do you think they opened those for? The foreigners from Lake Chapala? No. It turns out that Mexicans like that stuff too, if they can afford it. MaineCoons had a good point above, I must say.
  11. 13 points
    These kinds of posts really irritate me. Monica 40 posted asking for help but her question was very vague. People tried to figure out of what she was asking in order to help her out. Rather than clarifying what she was looking for she pretty much said "never mind" because she had gotten her answer somewhere else. Rather than enlightening the rest of us as to what she was looking for and where to find it so everybody could learn, she signed out of the conversation she started. To my way of thinking that was very rude. This webboard is a community where we can all help each other and learn. Monica40 did nothing to help anybody but herself. I say kudos to those who tried to help this newbie and shame on her for her selfish way of handling this topic. Hopefully she will learn and be more considerate of other participants in the conversation in the future. The same sort of postings bug me on the pets forum. People post about a lost or found animal or one needing to be adopted but then never follow up with updates or resolutions. It is not right to tug at people's heartstrings to get them to care about the welfare of these animals and then leave us dangling. Please, people, finish the story!! Just my humble observation and opinion.
  12. 13 points
    I should definitely stay out of this but I am not smart enough to do so. I find this pretty funny so here I go. I must be bored tonight. Let the flaming begin. I personally can't imagine asking a restaurant to measure my wine to prove to me that they are serving some pretty arbitrary amount that I have decided is "correct:. Has anyone really done this??? Wow. Never seen that happen anywhere. But that is a great idea so I am going to start asking restaurants to weigh my mashed potatoes, green beans and the slice of pie I order for desert. Here is an interesting idea. Maybe someone can go around town and measure the "pour" at all the restaurants so we will have a chart. We can then determine the cost per ounce, factor in the exchange rate for various currencies, and update it frequently, After all we are talking about serious money here - typically about $3 for a glass of wine most places around town. I have another well tested approach that has worked for me. I only order wine from restaurants in small fishing villages in Mexico where there is a credentialed sommeliers on duty. So far that strategy has been flawless. I've never been disappointed. I am sure that many of you will not find this at all funny but I think it is pretty hilarious.
  13. 12 points
    I'd be happy if the streets and main roads weren't full of potholes that destroy small cars. Some of the above answers are leaving me gobsmacked: More lousy fast food restaurants like the U.S.? What ARE those people thinking? Why did they move here, anyway?
  14. 12 points
    May you always pay attention, never get old and confused, never be ill and make a mistake, and always remain confident and certain. If any of those things do happen to you may you never be considered stupid or foolish by smug people who think they would never let something like that happen to them.
  15. 12 points
    Nana, actually REC's sarcasm IS funny -- well, to some of us anyway. We don't take ourselves too seriously and forget that others may. You are missing the point. There is something funny about a person "trained by a master sommelier who has worked in many large cities (New York, Montreal, San Francisco, etc)" trying to apply her standards to a restaurant called the Avocado Club in a former driving range on a two-lane road in the middle of Mexico. They do measure their wine and maybe your way would be better but the way they do it works for them. I understand how you feel but still the humor does not escape me.
  16. 12 points
    Just thought I'd share this good news story ...This morning the owner of La Bodega restaurant returned to my husband the wallet that he had inadvertently left in the restaurant last night. The wallet, which contained quite a bit of money, credit card, driver's license, etc. was returned completely intact. The gentlemen would not accept the generous reward offered by my husband, he just said that he appreciated our patronage in his restaurant. Needless to say, we are feeling a great sense of relief and gratitude today, and of course will continue to patronize the La Bodega restaurant which has always provided us with a good meal, pleasant ambiance and entertainment.
  17. 12 points
    Giltner, don't know if you can hear me way up there on your high horse, but you are making a whole lot of assumptions about a whole lot of people you do not know. You may think that posting holiday greetings to imaginary friends on a web board is how you honor the Mexican people and their culture. I don't. How many Mexicans do you suppose are checking this web board looking for foreigners to honor them and their holiday? Also, just because people do not post on a mostly all foreigner web site does not mean all the things you have accused them of. Everyone I know has PERSONALLY honored and celebrated this holiday in a variety of ways. You ARE being disappointed and upset because people haven't done what you have decided they must do. Too bad for you. Enjoy your life and how you live it and stop judging other people for imagined flaws and failings. You are 100% wrong.
  18. 12 points
    Great thread with lots of insightful and helpful comments. We spent 3+ years full-time at Lakeside while always hoping to be able to be part-timers and as early retirees ACA/Obamacare, flawed as it is, has allowed us to do so the past couple of years. Our U.S. base has been small-town Colorado (Cañon City) for two years and for various reasons we've recently relocated to Tucson and are doing the sunbird/sweatbird thing at Lakeside for 3-4 months in the summer. Having had to live on a Social Security-like income for years (and still being years away from actual SS) in both places I'd say that it's far easier overall to live on such a budget here at Lakeside, provided you're willing to make the necessary lifestyle adjustments. These include renting a place with good solar gain and ventilation in an area where you can walk to what you do everyday (and for most newbies that means somewhere between Western San Antonio and West Ajijic), foregoing a car, learning enough Spanish to comfortably shop at the local tiendas and fruiterias rather than Super Lake, eating local (Mexican) food far more often than gringo stuff and learning the ropes of the health care system. As others have mentioned, gas and (especially) electricity are far more expensive on a per-unit cost basis but given the climate actual bills are a fraction of N.O.B. Fruits and veggies of a quality not available consistently anywhere N.O.B. are a third or less of U.S. costs - a huge savings but you'll surely miss the taste of ripe mangos, carrots that actually taste like carrots and $2 a quart raspberries if you ever move back North! So....no car nor need for one, cheaper, better (but much more limited) food, affordable dining out (simply nonexistent NOB), no property taxes, utility costs at maybe a quarter of a cheap place in the U.S. On the negative side, rental costs are no bargain, internet speeds are some of the worst in the Americas, and trips back N.O.B. can easily swallow the cost savings from living here - not only because of airfare but because it may be very difficult to resist some serious splurging on the various consumer goods you can get NOB that are either unobtainable or costly here. That lack of availability is a big part of what saves you money living down here, but don't discount the effects of pent-up demand for things like durable clothes that fit, treats from Amazon.com, Asian food, etc. The other thing to think about long and hard is health care and insurance, both here and N.O.B. As others have alluded to private insurance premiums have been increasing very rapidly down here. It's a small pool of folks that can even think about affording such coverage and they are mostly older so you can begin to see why. Self-insurance is an option but only if you have a large enough nest egg that you don't need to move to Mexico for its costs, so that's a Catch 22. Routine care here is a fraction of U.S. costs and can be excellent once you know the ropes, but you have to have a plan for something serious happening. Seguro Popular or IMS is not that plan unless you are fluent in Spanish and know from experience not just theory that you can deal with third-world hospital and clinic realities and resentment at your using services intended for Mexico's poor on the part of the staff you'll be interacting with. In the U.S. our low taxable income plus the advent of Obamacare has meant that we've either qualified for Medicaid at no cost (there's no means testing for under 65 adults under ACA) or can get huge subsidies for a Bronze or Silver plan, translating into less than $100 a month in premiums for the two of us and out-of-pocket maximums around 5K per year. Our home base in AZ is a super-comfy 1200 sq. ft. mobile home in a 55+ park with year-round pool, gym, hiking trails just out the door and many other amenities for which we have 15K tied up in the mobile, monthly space rent of ~$500, $70 a year in taxes and utility costs on par with a rental here at Lakeside. We were paying even less in Colorado so living on ~2K a month CAN be done both N.O.B. and here. Don't ignore that as a U.S. citizen there IS a medical safety net for you up north (screwed up and about to implode as the system is!) and nothing here. Conversely though we get all of our routine dental and medical stuff done down here, not only due to cost but because the level of care and absence of red tape makes the experience so superior, and if and when either of us ever needed assisted living or the like we'd be back at Lakeside for the duration in a heartbeat, given the horrors of the nursing home system NOB for anyone who isn't rich. Last and probably most important, you really need to spend a year down here living the life and immersing yourself in the expat community to get a sense of just how culturally rich, intellectually stimulating and rewardingly social your life can be down here vs. your U.S. options. The part of Lakeside life that I think is most amazing is the ease of meeting new people, how alive and curious about the world and committed to making a positive difference in it so many retirees here are, vs. the often isolated, "cocooned" lifestyles up North. In the end it's not costs but community and qualify of life that ought to be decisive and that, more than the weather or affordability, is a huge part of the real magic of Lakeside.
  19. 12 points
    OK everyone. I have lived in La Cristina for almost 11 years. During my time here the family living at the edge of the lake have been here. In the early years there were horses, cattle and goats that all lived and grazed down there. Suddenly one day the rich Tapatios living on an occasional weekend enclave decided that they wanted the lake front for themselves. We then were subjected to dump trucks of dirt and rocks being delivered to the lake front 18 hours a day, a truck every 10 minutes. When we called the police about this disruption to our lives the police chief came out and shut them down and told us what to do to shut the entire operation down. We got together as a neighborhood and filed a denuncio, found out who held the local legal claim (there is a Mexican phrase to describe this but I forget right now) to the land. Over many weeks we had to keep calling the police to enforce the claim as the Mexican lakefront neighbors with all their power kept pulling down the police tapes and dumping crap to fill it all in to expand their lakefront land. Lives were threatened, people hid and finally we were forced to call in the press to help shed some light on it for us. Ultimately our local neighborhood gardener was found to hold claim to the lease, the squatters were there with his blessing, the wall that the Mexican neighbors had begun to build was pulled down and there was much rejoicing by all--especially the locals that took their horses there every day and the fishermen who kept their boats on the land. Today we still have a free and open, although badly overgown lakefront that all can use. The system worked for us and we are a proud mixed neighborhood that look out for one another at all times. It is a great place to call home.
  20. 12 points
    I hope that the mods and the owners of this board will allow this thread to continue. We all know about the board rules on crime, but this is too important and people, now more than ever, need to know what is going on. Not to worry about this thread causing bad image..... this kind of news can not be stopped and will be everywhere soon anyway. Rony
  21. 11 points
    The OP didn't pretend they hadn't made a mistake. Why be so ungracious? They were simply giving us a heads up. As far as any relationship about Mexico not being someone's place and this unfortunate mistake, this can and will happen just about anywhere. Let's try and not be constantly telling people this isn't their place or they should leave when they post something we don't like. Thanks OP for sharing your story.
  22. 11 points
    I agree more with Mainecoons. If our infrastructure was better maintained, I would be happy. To be honest, I hate to see this area become a series of store malls. Guadalajara has most of what we really need and is closer than a flight to the states. just my opinion.
  23. 11 points
    Mudgirl it is not fair to convert to what you think is the american equivalent. The maid was given a 10% raise pretty decent by any standards,
  24. 11 points
    Wednesday I went to the tianguis, window-shopped on my way down, and purchased several things on my way back, the last a really nice wallet. Apparently I dropped the new wallet in my purse and, incredibly, replaced its' space with my old wallet, id, credit cards, etc.....I know, incredible brain frog!!! Then I went to Walmart for a few things, and couldn't find my wallet. I tore out for Intercam, sure that the debit card would be easier to use than the credit card, and cancelled it. I discovered I had enough cash in the hidden compartment in the car to cover Walmart. On my way there, I thought, maybe, just maybe, I should go back to the tianguis just in case...also thought, "HAAA!" I walked to where I thought the vendor had been, but no one there. I gave up, figuring after all, it might have been my fault, but probably a pickpocket. Just as I reached the entrance, a young boy ran up to me asking if I had lost my wallet. I couldn't believe it! We went back to the now totally packed-up vendor, who must have glimpsed me retreating. He presented me with my unopened wallet. I pulled out 200p as a reward for his honesty, which he did not want to accept. I told him it might help a teeny bit with his son's education. He turned around and handed the bill to his son, then THANKED me for helping him educate his son that honesty is a really good thing. I went back to the car after many thank yous and had to sit weeping for a few minutes out of pure gratitude. Theft is theft all over the world.....wish there were as much honesty and forgiveness for senior moments!!! I'll be shopping at his stand again!
  25. 11 points
    The OP did not sound like lecturing to me. It sounded like someone bringing out into the open something anyone paying attention knows goes on here in many formats. I find it disengenuous to act as though fine northern gentlemen (whether they post on a web board or not) would never stoop to such behavior.