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  1. 22 points
    Opening a motion to have "Johnny" and "Tiny" have their own board or forum, and "take it outside" / get a hobby (other than this one) "Like" if you agree….
  2. 22 points
    Back where we lived in the states we had trash pickup once a week but paid 70 USD a month for it. Our home taxes were approx 12,000USD. School taxes were about 4,000. Internet about 100 per month for fibre but you purchased it in increments as in one price for 20 mbps and another price for 50, etc. Gas and electric averaged about 400 a month The potholes on state roads through our town that were fixed were not done correctly thus they were fine for a few months and would reopen and be worse. Our town used to have a big crew fix pot holes and to maintenance and was flush in monies until corruption took over hence all but 2 were laid off and tey made the crew boss with no financial training town manger. I used to say that we didn't own our tires but rented them. Our state is in a fiscal free fall and even had to take bonds out on state liquor stores to help shore up the budget. A portion of state revenues were always set aside to give to school districts and they have dropped significantly and as a result school infrastructures are in bad repair. Our district was ranked 3rd in the state and yet the buildings had become full of mold and in disrepair and will take tens of millions to fix so I hear taxes will be going up again. The state university system over the last 10 years has lost so much funding that it has become a nightmare for parents and students. State schools were designed to teach the poor to middle class. Now room and board is about 40,000 and you can get a better scholarship at a private school. That's a 300 percent increase from when my son graduated about 6 years ago. He lives iN San Francisco now , one of the most beautiful cities in The USA and yet so many streets are riddled with hypodermic needles and human feces and people sleeping on the streets in front of companies like twitter and Pinterest and the homeless population has grown by leaps and bounds. Yet some of the largest tech companies are right on the corner and do nothing to help. The traffic is beyond nightmarish and a recent poll showed that if they could, 75% of the population would leave. The largest outdoor encampment of homeless in all of the US was right by the San Jose airport smack in the middle of Silicon Valley . You could see google and the other high tech companies from this encampment that was destroyed and the homeless dispersed and yet in this homeless encampment were people with jobs and advanced degrees who couldn't afford rent because the area has a 96% occupancy rate and rents would go up and up and up. Leases were 10 months with minimum 20 percent increases. They were based on the markets prices. Many so called wealthy tech hackers live 4 and 5 in a 2 bedroom apartment and the parking lots of google and other high tech companies have hundreds of vans or winnebagos in their parking lots where employees sleep. They wash and eat in their company facilities and these companies know whats going on. Los Angeles and its beautiful suburbs are being overrun by homeless. Venice Beach , the American version of a Pueblo magico is getting so bad that blocks and blocks of businesses and citizens now have guards protecting them. I say this because it isn't much brighter NOB from my perspective. If everyone here wants trash picked up on schedule and the local roads to be taken care of far better infrastructure and a fully functional fleet of what we call garbage trucks here , and faster internet service, etc. are you willing to pay the extra monies in the form of taxes and internet bills? Look at your tax bill. It is ridiculously cheap beyond imagination. Your yearly real estate taxes could not get you a meal for 2 at a white tablecloth restaurant in a major city. I am new here having purchased in October but I see the US going downhill as Mexico is going up hill. Our taxes , HOA fees, water and propane and 24 hour manned security and a crew of 10 or so people to maintain the development is 2200 a year. Our transition apt in the states after we sold our home was more than that and it want anything spectacular. I call it back to the eighties here. Yes , it has changed here but there will be adjustments made and if its so bad why are prices going through the roof into bubble territory. How many have come here because they have realized they can no longer afford to retire in America or Canada and places in Europe and can still live a good life on social security and or pensions and there is no way in hell they could do that back home. Is it getting worse? Depends on what you mean by worse. It can be much better from an infrastructure point of view but are we all willing to have our taxes increase five or ten fold (and that would still be cheap). Speaking of corruption, our town back in the states was corrupt as ever. Borrowed 50 million in the form of bonds to give large landowners (gentleman farmers) monies to have easements put on their properties so that developers couldn't buy and build luxury homes (that no one wants anymore)and the town also froze the taxes on these parcels. Corruption comes in many forms. At least here they are open about it. I would assume many people here cannot leave because their finances dictate that they cannot go back home. If I went back home I could not afford to buy the house I sold 1 1/2 years ago , let alone pay close to 25,000 a year for lousy health insurance (1 1/2 years away from getting full social security benefits at 65 1/2) and perhaps get an appointment with a doctor in 3 months if I am lucky. I believe the latest statistics are that a couple retiring today will need 275,00 USD just for medical expenses in their future years and 3 years ago when I looked the estimate was 235,00. Assisted living median price is 10,000 per month in the states and the facilities are basically owned by private equity firms. You want an extra slice of bread, that will be 50 cents and pharma companies use these places as testing grounds for new drugs. How much is it lakeside? 1500 a month?.Or you can have a live in caretaker for less. Perhaps there is a price to pay for having a roof over your head here in the form of bad roads and internet services and sub par utilities and garbage strewn streets but one has to look at the whole picture. A retired couple can live out the rest of their lives here easily and comfortably with far less in assets if one is prudent. You wouldn't be able to do that NOB where a couple would need at least 2- 3 million or have rock solid pensions and I believe no pension is rock solid anymore. I say the price for the inconvenience is worth it. Many of you have the finances to have multiple homes. I can only afford to have one. Back home we had to get in the car to go for a bottle of milk. Here many expats are getting healthier because we walk so much more and eat healthier food (if we choose to). I know of 5 people who have rented here who are freaked out because their landlords see the crazy prices being offered and have sold their properties and now these people will have to move somewhere even cheaper because of the difficulty in getting suitable living quarters at the price they can afford to pay and they cant afford to buy anymore because they have been told to "rent for 6 months or more to see if you like the place" and they really do but in taking that advice they have been priced out. We looked into buying in Mazatlan and SMA and the real estate agents called the properties investments. The light went off in my head. A house for me is only an investment if its an income producing property. Now the real estate agents here (some who could never be one NOB) are doing the same thing. Calling homes investments. We are competing with the educated middle class Mexicans who don't exactly trust their banks and have always seen real estate/land as a solid investment. GDL is being known as the High tech capital of Mexico with close to 20 billion in revenues. Microsoft and intel and other high tech companies are there and quite a few of their executives live Lakeside which is not considered in any way an exclusive area compared to some in GDL. Many expats here are crying behind closed doors because they know they are in trouble. I would assume whats driving these prices much higher is that the boomers are retiring in droves and are looking for an affordable places to live and are not doing the appropriate due diligence but rather watching some stupid you tube videos on how to retire In Chapala for 1,000 a month or read that god awful International Living magazine that reprints the same article on the area every 6 months, and they flock here and buy andn many get burned in the process. Medicare and Medicaid in the states are at risk, even social security because how do you run a country that in a couple of years will have a 30 trillion dollar deficit. The cut backs will kill many people, especially the elderly and poor and disabled. And its not going to get any better. I cant speak about Canada and its issues but only about the states. It is scary what may happen. The stock market is going up but everything is cyclical and over 50 percent of the population aren't in the markets. Technology is moving at light speed and estimates are that one third of the workforce will be without jobs unless they educate themselves real quick . My 28 year old son can go through the turmoil but people my age with limited resources cannot. I will gladly deal with all the bad things here than back in the states where if either my wife or I got very ill and required to go to a private institution it would most likely bankrupt our family and my son who makes 200k a year at 28 living in silicon valley is barely considered to be middle class (pays close to 50 percent in taxes between federal, state and local and now they are thinking about taxing you based on how many miles you drive.). He cant afford to buy a home and rents a 120 sq foot room in a person's home for 1,000 per month and still drives a 1996 Subaru. He sees the future and it is not bright. I doubt if he will live there in 5 years. The nature of his work is one that he can work from anywhere in the world and connect to his ofice. He came down to visit and was enthralled with our place (One third the size of our home we sold) He saw what so many who have been here a long time do not see anymore. He saw possibility. He saw happy people. He ate some of the best food he ever has eaten. Machima was his favorite place for breakfast and lunch and he made sure he was there almost every day. Its only 3 hours by plane from where he lives to GDL and I have this feeling that he will be coming down every few months to work and play and learn about this wonderful culture. Sorry for the length of this post but I believe being new here I come with a different perspective. Many of us don't have pensions to fall back on. We lost a sizable amount of our hard earned money or lost businesses in the tech collapse of 2,000 and then the real estate banking crisis of 2008. And pensions although guaranteed by law to be paid are in trouble. All we need is one supreme court ruling that will allow states to go bankrupt and it will be a house of cards. How does New Jersey pay pensions to its workers with a ballooning pension deficit closing in on 100 billion (better a bit now than 2 years ago because of higher stock market returns but that's only fleeting). Or how about Illinois where the state cops had to buy their own bullets and Chicago couldn't even afford to pay for its toilet paper in City Hall and the outflow of people from that state is huge.The ex mayor Of Los Angeles said that All City Hall basically did all day was cut pension checks for hundreds of thousands of people. That is unsustainable. Perhaps instead of focusing on whats wrong here we should focus on what is right. Its all a matter of perspective. For me , this will be my year round home. Am I willing to put up with what we all believe to be worsening conditions? Yes I am, because I know that I really can never return to the states to live. Here in this culture, family is so important. We have no family but for one child. I intend to have family here be it with the local folk or like minded expats. To me there is no energy in complaining. The energy is in taking action and doing something about it. When one only lives here but for 6 or 8 months per year , I assume that is different than being here full time. Hopefully I can help make changes. I may be off my rocker but I will give it a darn good try. You won't see me hanging out all day and buying trinkets in Ajijic and then boozing it up and having dinner out 6 nights a week. I plan to be doing lots of volunteering in places west of Chapla on the lake where children are dying because they have kidney disease and can get a kidney only if their parents can show the means to pay 50 dollars a month for medication and they cant. But I have to believe that in order to live out my life here I need to be respectful of the fact that this gvt has allowed my wife and I entry based on fairly minimum requirements which many NOB cannot even meet while my country up north is kicking out fathers and mothers who have lived there for decades and will leave behind children who they will probably never see again. Pretty sobering. I assume I will get pretty nasty responses as I have been called a troll, etc but I am a newbie and am very grateful for the opportunity to be able to learn much from all of you. To me some of you are like family. I love reading some of the posts and banter I have gained so much information from many of you and that has helped me tremendously even though I still cant figure out this whole private health insurance craziness. With all its foibles this is a wonderful forum. All I ask is that you look into your hearts and ask yourselves why you are here? I told you most of the reasons why I am here. I am probably the only one who has never been in a Costco since I found out that the Kirkland brand toilet paper (the number 1 selling item at Costco is terrible for flushing in my development (seriously) Life could be far worse. We are still 6 feet above ground rather than 6 feet below. Its all about perspective. Each and everyone of you is special.There are so many people who read this forum and don't participate for fear of being attacked, etc. My wife and a good friend are two of them. Heck, I would like to ask more questions and participate but I have trepidation . You represent a wealth of knowledge that people like me are looking for. That is something special that you have. In 10 years If I am still here I will make it my point to answer any questions from newbies ( all of you know who we are just by looking at our names) with courtesy knowing I am helping someone who was like me. Confused, a bit scared and don't know who else to turn to. Yes, Some of you , the elders of this forum wield power that you do not know you have. The power to give people like me information in 3 sentences that if not for you would take me 3 weeks or months or more to figure out. I wish all of you a magnificent day and thank you for allowing me to have posted this.
  3. 20 points
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 16 points
    Sometimes you need to admit you need help. That you can’t do something all by yourself. That realization came to me this week and I wanted to share my thoughts. My husband has been ill for several months. The last few weeks he has been getting markedly weaker. Unfortunately he is macho and stubborn and refused to use a walker because by damn he wasn’t an invalid. After falling more than a dozen times in a 5 day period, his back and hips were so sore that he couldn’t get out of bed or sit up. I finally admitted I couldn’t take proper care of him myself. With help from Dr Sam and his wonderful wife Mari, I put my husband in a residence home for a hopefully short period of time. We chose a new facility, Happiness Care Residence in Riberas. He actually listens to the pretty nurses when they tell him to drink liquids. (Me he ignores) He is having a great time flirting and retelling his favorite stories. And his back is getting better. I like the fact that this is a small casual facility where they encourage him to eat when he wants – no breakfast is served from 8 – 9 only – and offer the flexibility we need right now. They offer daily and weekly rates and will help me get him to his doctor appointments. So if a loved-one needs care you are not able to provide, especially short term care, don’t be ashamed to ask for help. Know that there are a variety of options available locally. And if someone is so ignorant as to say, “you put your husband in a nursing home? How awful. I kept my mother at home. I would NEVER put someone in a nursing home.” You have my permission to slap them silly. http://www.happinessresidence.com/
  7. 16 points
    Poor you, any other homophobic advice you might have for us? Have you found a new bar complete with hookers for your pleasure?
  8. 16 points
    Hud; I was starting to provide a well thought out answer to you about human/animal behavior and stealing. But, then I thought I might look at your post history and discovered you seem to have a negative troll like answer to just about everything. At this point I feel logic would fall on deaf ears. People might think your posts have to do with the areas you list you have lived: Oklahoma and Texas as both are known to produce more than it's share of narrow/negative minded people. But I was born and raised in Oklahoma and moved here after 20 years in Texas so I know the states can also produce those with positive attitudes. And for the record, every town I lived in in OK and in TX had more than it's share of thieves. The only explanation for you not having any problem because you "didn''t pick a bad place to live" was that you lived in the Eastern Oklahoma hills as a hermit. Or that you were that one crazy angry man in town whom no one talked to or got near. Thieves and bitter people are a fact of life - everywhere.
  9. 15 points
    You mean those watching a criminal run a country into the ground?
  10. 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..
  11. 14 points
    Pets are pets. Beloved most often, yes. But they are pets, not people. They will not die of loneliness when left at home for a couple of hours. They will not bother anyone when left at home. They will bother many people when brought into a restaurant. Pets stay at home millions of times a day, all around the world. There are reasons for laws forbidding pets in restaurants. Some here seem to believe that Mexican laws are not like real laws, and don't apply to gringos and expats. What BS.
  12. 14 points
    After 17 years here we are in our 70s. Dec/ Jan we are using our rolling propane heaters more. Fans keep April and may comfortable and the backup AC only gets used a few afternoons. The cobblestones and the lack of enforcement of sidewalk repair has cut way down on our walking which is now pretty much limited to the malecon. What keeps us here is the mexican people. They are happy, generous, mostly honest, etc. I have a friend who lives in a sun city in jacksonville FL and loves it. She has her golf cart a cute house and fun activities. But, I'm assuming all she sees are old people? I love the children, the young men who help me, the maid who sings through her daily chores, the flowers we grow, the gardener who comes instantly if I have an emergency. And yet we can't to seem to spend all of our SS. Our pensions go to investments for our future bequests. We do have medical coverage , so don't worry about that. Viva Mexico!
  13. 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.
  14. 14 points
    Next time just offer to take the dogs without the personal attack.
  15. 14 points
    you missed a few adjectives - whiny, self-centered, entitled, .......
  16. 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.
  17. 13 points
    Sue Garn - Why would you care why she wants to know??? That type of comment and attitude are why a lot of folks are reluctant to post questions on this forum!
  18. 13 points
    My pet peeve is misspelled words. Other than that, I walk and drive defensively.
  19. 13 points
    No need for this cynical behaviour. In 2005, when I had a restaurant here and suffered union extortion, it was the press and the press only that helped me and made me win the case. Let us see how many of them would like to see their picture in the newspaper while texting. It is reactions like yours that make people turn away from this forum. Instead of spitting poison, how about some positive input by bringing up a better solution. Rony
  20. 13 points
    I'd agree with your observation Lakeside7. IMHO there are two primary causes: 1. Mexican car ownership has skyrocketed. In Jalisco for example car sales are increasing annually at a rate around 20 percent or higher. Put that with the renewed popularity of a newly mobile of the city of 6 million we live very close to and that translates to a lot more visitors. I note people observing similar impacts in places like Mazamitla, Tapalpa, Puerto Vallarta and other popular recreational destinations. The Tapatios have wheels and money in their pocket and they like to get out of town. 2. Unfortunately this influx has not been met with increased and better services and management locally. Quite the contrary. Whether it be trash removal, road repair, addressing traffic issues outside of Chapala the local government is AWOL. It is noteworthy the Pueblo Magico visitation committee commented on the general trashiness and obvious failure to manage solid wastes and other environmental issues. And they've been handing out building and business permits for ugly and damaging projects like candy not to mention the ear shattering concerts. Look at the broken benches and the rotting bridges on our Malecon. Together with the trash and the potholes the overall presentation of this town has gone down. Way down. When we moved here 10 years ago, street repair was systematic and consistent. Yes we had cobblestones but those were kept in far better repair. As for trash removal you could set your watch by it. Major streets like the carretera and around the plaza were swept regularly. No more. Jalisco in general has gone backwards in environmental protection and road maintenance. Let's face it Chapala highway is a bone jarring, car wrecking nightmare. Just about every road in this state is nearly as bad or getting so other than those pricey toll roads. The current Jalisco government cut road maintenance nearly 30 percent and it shows. It shows locally too since they are responsible for the maintenance of the carretera and there basically isn't any at all. After two years of failure to provide reliable and consistent trash service Ajijic is a lot trashier than it used to be. The Pueblo Magico people noticed it, my visitors notice it and we notice it. It is a regular occurrence to have to bring the trash back in on missed pick up days. Unfortunately not everyone does that so the stuff gets scattered all over the place. No, if we came today for the first time and saw this we probably would have looked elsewhere. The situation is manageable IMO but this local government isn't going to do it. Given the reformers can't seem to understand that running 5 candidates is a sure bet for reelecting the current regime I don't see a lot of hope for a better municipal future here.
  21. 13 points
    Some years back, all the restaurants started hiring musicians to play during supper, then lunch. And lost a lot of customers. Salvadore's restaurant came close to going under after he started playing music at lunch. Tony's became the place to avoid while he was singing at 8pm. I will never go to a restaurant that plays anything more than background piano, or quiet jazz records, during mealtime. A singer-songwriter duet, such as recently advertised locally for 6pm? Forget it. Dinner out is the perfect place to chat with friends and renew old acquaintances, not to shout over your food.
  22. 13 points
    Amazing how small this community is.. who cares who the managers or owners are... If the store is a good one I'll go there , if not I won´t.. it is that simple no need to have a personal campaign one way or the other..
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 12 points
    Jonny, you are so close to loosing access to this forum. Back off
  28. 12 points
    And they were all on the Carretera yesterday.
  29. 12 points
    What's up with the personal attacks? Not funny!
  30. 12 points
    I have lived in Ajijic full time for almost 13 years - visited here for the first time about 20 years ago. I started coming to Mexico and Central America in the mid 60's - even drove to the Panama Canal and back one time. I have definitely seen quite a bit of change in Ajijic over the 20 years I have known about the place. Traffic is definitely heavier and some other things have changed - some for the better and some not so great. I am actually in the U.S. right now visiting grand kids but can't wait to get "home" next week. Mexico and Ajijic are far from perfect but I've never had one day when I thought about leaving. We have friends that are REALLY frustrated by lost of things - most notably the traffic. I'm never in a hurry so I just refuse to let the traffic bother me. I never give a moments thought to things I want to change and hope I never do. If that ever happens I'll just have a margarita and I'm sure that those thoughts will pass. As one of my great work friends used to say "It's 10% how you make it and 90% how you take it". I don't care if the glass if half full or half empty - I just LOVE the glass. I feel truly blessed.
  31. 12 points
    Do not worry michel 2595, the town never was clean or in tip top shape so there is no danger we go back to the original town. We I came in in 2001, there was more sewer lines broken and raw sewage going into the lake. there was more garbage at the lake because the lake was way out. The gardners burned the debris and some garbage on the bank of the lake, now they cannot because people took over the federal zone, there was more horse and cow poop all over because there was cattle grazing at the lake and moving around the streets, more dogs in distress .. street lights would go out for ever... so there is no perfect time, it is just that with time we forget things.. Once thing we did not have is the traffic back up, caused by the lights because there were no lights., nor did we have a Soriana or a Walmart. The restaurants would close at 8 and went out of business like clock work during the low season.. It never was paradise.. nor was it ever magical, charming yes but clean and magical , I do not think so.
  32. 12 points
    I really see no reason to kick Superlake no matter who is the manager. SL is one of the top expat resources here. To me they are more important than the American Legion where I am a member and the LCS where I did not renew.
  33. 12 points
    Love it. Keep these checkpoints coming! Nobody tolerated drunk driving NOB , why are we not all clapping hands and supporting this effort here. Too many lives have been lost to this. Make the penalties as high as possible I say! Viva Mexico!! Set em up all over Lakeside every weekend all weekend and maybe we will get less "party crowds from the city" on weekends. We all need to support and encourage this effort. Well done Jalicso!!!!
  34. 12 points
    Most crime is not reported. Be concerned. Very dangerous. Cancel trip
  35. 12 points
    But you do win the award as most negative comments regarding this area of Mexico, in my opinion. Fred Habacht
  36. 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?
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. 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.
  41. 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.
  42. 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.
  43. 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
  44. 11 points
    You, jit, on the other hand, are rude, crude and totally lacking in class and education. Sometimes you're amusing but, most often, you're not. It doesn't really matter how old YOU are, because you'll always be an immature brat looking for attention. It would be very nice if YOU would find another forum to crap in.
  45. 11 points
    I've lived in six locations on the north side; lake front in Ajijic (2), mountain side Ajijic, Ajijic village, San Antonio, and upper Chula Vista, as well as Jocotepec over eight plus years, and now living (happily) lake front near San Luis. Telmex does have phone and internet here, IF, you can get an available line. I've been on the waiting list for something like six months. I don't know the local speed for Telmex, but they commonly offer only a fractional upload speed, compared to the download speed (10Mb dn/perhaps 0.5Mb up). Spyderweb offers internet in many locations here (needs line of sight from their towers and uses wifi frequencies to a local modem) but their prices are quite high comparatively. However, you can choose your up and download speeds, to a point... I used them in Joco and here in San Luis, but they aren't exactly a customer oriented company, more like a buyer beware, and I haven't experienced a steady, reliable signal from them. Ilox has been here (south shore) for years. Currently, they say they will only install to "businesses", but the definition is not clear, might be that telling them you have a business is enough. Yet, I have a neighbor who's had their residential service for a couple of years. He reported there were some outages from time to time, and, you pay a year in advance. Speeds can be much higher than Telmex. When it's working, it's a good service. Ilox's system was installed at Roca Azul (rv park in Joco) around a year ago, and the residents there report continued, frequent outages of the internet (as well as with the electricity and water) and, it's only provides a 20Mb service for the ALL the RVs, which can number as high as 35 to 40 units when a caravan come in. One full-timer there uses Spyderweb and generally reports a reasonably steady service, but not without occasional calls to fix problems. The new options from both AT&T cellular and Telcel, are cell system based internet modems (essentially Hot Spots) are providing much better speed and reliability (so far). (AT&T less so while they are solving a problem, which might be from overselling their system. I have a modem from both companies. Each offers a choice between 5 and 10Mb speeds, same prices, and both throttle speeds down after passing certain monthly bandwidth usage. These will only work well ( i think), if you are close enough to a cell tower to pick up the 4g service and don't have many buildings between you and the cell tower. The AT&T office in Joco is buried in the downtown buildings and there he seldom gets much speed from his modem. For non-imported groceries, you can find a lot in Jocotepec, as well as a number of restaurants, but, they aren't the gringo oriented ones as in Ajijic. You can also get basic groceries (vegies, breads and meats) in any of the villages. The need for speaking Spanish is most relevant to how you live. If you are spending lots of time interacting with the locals (south shore), you'll need more Spanish but, MANY speak at least a little and others speak a lot of English. At the government offices, less so. Can't offer much about boat docking. I plan a boat in the future, but it won't be until I can build a secure boat house, or long (perhaps) rail based access down to the water. Leaving a nice boat unprotected on the shore is probably a precursor to giving your boat to someone else... However, if you bought something like one of the old fishing boats here, might be less threat of loss. (Like having a rusty old bicycle or rust-bucket car that nobody would want to steal.) One could easily have a trailer sized boat, stored at your home and just get it wet when needed, but if you aren't going to have a car at all, that's more complicated. NOT having a car over also offers complications. Walmart (as a point of reference) is 25 miles by road (8 to 10 miles by water) and can sometimes be driven in 40 minutes, if you drive fast where possible, but will normally take an hour, unless you are east of San Luis. The closet hospital I know of is east of Joco, about 25 minutes by car. Travel time to Costco (in Guad) is no longer, maybe a little faster than from Ajijic, about 50 minutes (+/_). You might want to have a plan in place if you need sudden transportation, such as an unplanned trip to the doctor. And, if you choose east of San Luis, you will learn to hate the road "through" San luis. It's about 1 1/2 miles of narrow two lane, with cars randomly parked on the side causing a one lane event with countless car and trucks (and backhoes/farm equipment) trying to get through. The highway is busy much of the day and night, thus, of you live close to it, means traffic noise, mostly from the countless truck (jake breaks and lost mufflers) and weekend motorcycles (in mass). Otherwise, this side seems quieter to me. And, finally, the view looking north (as compared to looking south from the north shore) is really, quite a lot nicer. One things is seeing the night lights of the far more developed north shore. Another might be just the difference between the mountain ranges on the north and south sides. And in the dark, you see the 'light' of Guadalajara over the mountain top, but you also see lots of stars overhead. Fire trucks will come from Joco, which means you should get your hose turned on while you wait... Real Estate scams and problems can occur anywhere around the lakeside (around Mexico?), caution is obviously needed if you are buying. Still, lots of gringos have purchased properties along the south shore, many have never had any "title" issues at all. A long-term lease would remove those specific concerns. Regarding water and electricity, San Luis appears to pump (pressurize) water (on the west side) three late afternoons each week, Tues., Thur. and Saturday. This water fills your own tanks, and you draw water from them. Of course, some scheduled days they might not pump (it happens), and sometimes the pressure could be lower than other times. If you design a new water storage system here, it might make sense to have a week or more capacity to avoid a possible day or two without water. If renting, buying a second storage tank is easily affordable. Electricity seems normal for Mexico. Voltage (mean voltage target in Mexico is 127v) during the day is commonly lower, and in the evenings/overnight commonly higher. There are occasional brief (a minute or two) outages, and when there's a break in the power line (storms or auto accidents) power can go out for some hours, which isn't significantly different from the other lakeside locations I've lived. However, I have a general inclination for installing a proper voltage regulator (boost/reduce functions). There are many choices and sizes available. You might find voltage Controllers, as well as true Regulators. Iso Solabasic offers both such systems. Both can function with input from about 90 volts to about 147 volts. The output is essentially flat with their regulators, but their Correctors output from 102 to 132v. A 50amp corrector has a retail price around 4,500p and the Regulator is around 8,000p. I've seen them for less in the big Commercial electrical shops in Guad. Lots of Gringos have solar panels and many pay next to nothing each month as a result. Not all include a battery storage system, but having one and a suitably sized inverter can eliminate brown/black outs. In west Ajijic a few years ago I saw voltage as low as 65 and as high as 160. That high isn't normal, but lows aren't uncommon. Also, some will probably have to debate, during the rainy season, I have observed lots more clouds and rain on the north side, then here on the south side. Perhaps I am delusional, as well as decrepit... I prefer being on the south, but, if you think about going out to eat more than, perhaps once a week, or participating in any of the countless groups and activities on the north shore, you'll spend a lot of time on the road and probably tire of it fast. I suggest you consider keeping (or getting) a car, possibly an small economy type, and use it as sparingly as you like, but, have it for when you need it. (trips to Costco?) This side is certainly more peaceful and relaxed and probably represents what the north shore was 30-50 years ago. I expect property values will climb here, but, who is going to live long enough to enjoy that? Last, take all dire warnings about anything posted on this webboard, with a load of sale (or maybe BBQ sauce). There are so many old people here passing on old stories and fears and rumors and guesses, about nearly everything, things can sound a lot worse than they are. If you crossed north by your little boat, getting a ride to shops would be easy by obtaining the local Taxi stand phone numbers (to call ahead), or by learning some of the private driver's numbers or even using Uber. In your 40's, walking might be desirable. If you were ready to motor back south across the lake, and see a big storm, there are plenty of places you could wait it out, possibly with a nice beer or music or just enjoying an art gallery. And if the wind happened to come up when you are half way back across, it's only four or five miles more which might be 10 minutes travel time, even a modest motor boat will likely get you to shore before any real trouble. I expect you're an adult and can make reasonable decisions on the fly... Renting first is one of the best bits of advice for anyone coming here to buy. It's easy be enamored with this or that location/community or house, but taking the time to learn how close that house is to an Eventos or how many dogs live next door or on the roof, or which house has parties till tomorrow all weekend long, will greatly improve your happiness. Unless you're deaf, in which case, who cares? In hunting for a house, be it to purchase or rent, get out of the car and walk and talk to everybody. You speak Spanish. Ask. Most small communities are going to have at least shop that the proprietor will know everybody and (nearly) every opportunity. Start at the corner grocery and work your way down the street. You've already spent time lakeside, you already know it can be a great place to live!
  46. 11 points
    You are kidding, right? He started this on his own and has worked tirelessly toward an admirable goal. And it is not the first time he has tried. All because he wants better Internet lakeside. Meanwhile, he takes all the criticism and abuse such a VOLUNTEER position comes with. "Not willing"? He has done everything he can to provide as much information as he can, ON TOP OF keeping the whole thing going. What have you done?
  47. 11 points
    I really wonder what all the bitching is about. If you are American your dollar goes pretty darn far here in Mexico. I am a Canadian so my dollar doesn't go so far. I wonder if you were back in the U.S. or Canada would you be bitching so much or just accept that this is what you have to pay and if you don't want to pay then don't buy it. I really get fed up hearing all this crap that goes on here about the cost of living. You are so lucky to be in a warm climate, with nice people , close to Guadalajara that has great concerts, opera , shopping. So please understand where the pesos is and when Superlake or now Poncho's buy from the U.S. it costs them a lot. So if you don't want it don't buy it , but please stop bitching. Jackie Sandler
  48. 11 points
    No one gives a rat's ### about how you rate women's bodies. Get lost.
  49. 11 points
    Maincoons is wrong. Hacienda del lago has aquired their license and are open for business. i think its time to let it go and should consider looking for something else to complain about. Hacienda Del Lago is a wonderful restaurant with great food and an exceptional staff. come visit and find out for yourself.
  50. 11 points
    If you believe you need to walk around where you live with a taser in your hand you might consider a different place to live.
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