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  1. 4 points
    Come on out to Chapala Pride and join your fellow ex-pats to show our Mexican hosts we applaud them embracing their queer community and we also support human rights for all no matter how you identify and who you love. The more Allies the better. We have a large banner to march behind uniting the Mexican, Canadian and US flags. If you are from a country other than the US or Canada feel free to bring your flag and wave it proudly. Any other flags are also welcome: transgender, lesbian, intersex, bisexual, PFlag for parents, etc.... Meet at 3:30 at The BeerGarden on 11/17, 3 days from now, or come straight to the parade. Those at the restaurant will have a meal/snacks/drinks together and then join the parade when it forms around 4:30 or 5:00 on the street just outside the restaurant.
  2. 3 points
    First off, I applaud the opportunity. Secondly, I have to question the "sad faces" peiople have posted. I personally feel it is rather devilish to allow icon commentary with no substantiation by name. It's an easy way to take a cheap shot without the responsibility. I've asked Chapala mod if there is any way to show poster's names. I, for one, like people to know when I give them accolades. Thirdly, I think it should be noted that the parade is a big local thing; the post unfortunately makes it sound like ex-pats only. FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/pridechapala/?ref=br_rs
  3. 2 points
    There are many Charitable Bazaars on the Carretera throughout Lakeside. Many of those would be willing to set up a box and receive donations. They all have parking and it gets people into their Bazaar and who knows some are going to buy something. We need to get away from the concept that everyone in Ajijic is living in Centro and has easy access to the Delegation. It is called "thinking outside the box". Pass that on to the Municipality and to Hector, Harry. I am sure there are people who are prepared to visit some of those Bazaars and propose such an arrangement. The easier it is for people to make a donation the more donations you will get.All the bazaars have Facebook and can advertise there to their members. It is good for business.
  4. 1 point
    Let me know if you find one...
  5. 1 point
    My bad, after clearly rereading the question I see that the OP was asking for an English Speaking Church service, boy, is it easy to get caught up in the subsequent comments. But I still stand by my opinions on proselytizing in Mexico, please allow Mexico to be Mexico and to retain its unique and different culture than what is commonly found north of the border. If Mexico suddenly became all Baptist or all Jehovah Witness, I would have to find a new country to live in!
  6. 1 point
    Mike, your wikipedia article was interesting but I am still perplexed, why would the OP go to Mexico and ask if there are any Christian churches in the area. To me, it kind of rubs me the wrong way, he or she, goes to one of the largest Christian countries in the world, where they have a Christian church on nearly every plaza and especially in every barrio, and she/he asks if there are any Christian churches around here. Maybe, the OP doesn't consider Roman Catholics as Christians even though they were mostly responsible for the creation of the Christian religion as we know it today and its basic doctrine. Perhaps she/he was looking for English speaking services, but if that were the case, why wasn't it stated in the original query? Mexicans may be Catholic, but they are some of the most religious, devout, and most Christ like people I have run across in this life being from North Carolina without all the hype and fanaticism. Well, the good news is, is that there are all types of religious groups here. And many have English services. With all the proselytizing happening around these here parts, I used to wonder what happens when a Mormon missionary and Jehovah Witness missionary pass each other on the street. Once I got to witness that very same occurrence on my street in Chapala. Upon passing each other, they both tightly grasped there individual and unique bible or interpretation of God's word that they both proudly displayed in their hands and smiled and nodded to each other, and continued on their way. I kept expecting a confrontation or an attempt to witness to each other, but no, they just smiled and continued on their own individual ways, clutching their holy books, on a mission to save Mexican souls from eternal hell fire. Then, almost instantaneously, I could hear the ringing of the Capilla Carmel church bells, off in the distance, calling the faithful to Mass.
  7. 1 point
    I don't think this town hall is needed if you only got 5 people responding. The municipal transitos cannot really do anything until after the city council approves the traffic laws, scheduled for December 6th, allowing the municipal transitos to actually issue traffic tickets. Right now, they can't. If there are any complaints about transitios, they have to be directed to the State of Jalisco transitos, who haven't been invited to the meeting, and don't need to since they're only going to be in control for another few weeks. In other words, this is a meeting without a reason. What's the point here?
  8. 1 point
    Could you put some specificity to those claims? I have heard of nothing but antidotal information that would substantiate anything other than sporadic occasions that this has happened... like at the Belize border or maybe from folks who tried to ‘turn a card in and immediately ask for another’. Who are ‘they’.... any particular crossing.... and put some figures to ‘clamping down’ please.
  9. 1 point
    The sword cuts both ways, for those of us dumb enough to leave money down there before returning NOB - it's ugly.
  10. 1 point
    Harley Davidson 2003 Dyna Limited Edition low rider. 100,000 Pesos. In very good condition. Has windshield and saddle bags plus other modifications. Was serviced and made road worthy by SS Auto about a year ago. I have the title but it will need to be nationalized. Located in West Ajijic.
  11. 1 point
    I just spoke to Carlos Castro. The administration in Chapala has sole responsibility for the pricing at the courts. The new administration has no plans to change the current pricing. Repair and repainting of several of the courts will commence November 21. Carlos will be working at Racquet Club in the mornings and then in Chapala in the afternoon. The administration wants him to restart the free tennis lessons for children as soon as possible during the afternoon. Some of the young kids Carlos worked with 8 or 9 years ago are now ranked players in Mexico and have opportunities for college scholarships both in Mexico and the US. The new administration also has plans to construct pickle ball courts.
  12. 1 point
    The Border Patrol reports it detained 50,000 people crossing the border illegally in October. The caravan is not an invasion, just a group that announced their intention to reach a port of entry to apply for asylum.
  13. 1 point
    Thank you for the spelling correction . I knew I was skating on thin ice, but, my spellcheck only came up with Nicorette and I knew that wasn't right. The delegation is on the south west corner of the Ajijic plaza and the cops will carry any donations in for you. Park on the corner opposite the delegation.
  14. 1 point
    If you ask Senor Google, you'll get a long list.
  15. 1 point
    It is not a Mexican law. It is a Veracruz proposed state law. It would, of course, be challenged as unconstitutional if the governor doesn't veto it like he said he would. Really, not much to discuss.
  16. 1 point
    I can only guess how Chapala administration feels about all this activism. Gringal has it right. If you move to foreign places learn how "things" are done. Understand the culture and try to adjust , embrace it and learn how to live within. If you cannot, it is probably better not to move in the first place. "Better" life means different thing among people. We had these meetings before. Honestly, (in my opinion) they are done to make us feel better...to calm us down. To get it off our chest. "They" lived here much longer then "us' and the issues we will raise are not new. Unfortunately the people "we" will be talking to have their bosses and they will only do what they will do. If boss suggests the bridge to Jesus it will be a priority over any Ajijic sidewalk. In some instances "the bosses" are harsh and not flexible. That is a fact. As always we can suggest but not demand. I think the Harry and Hector moderation should be positive for both sides. Thanks Harry. Accountability in Mexican system is not the same as where we came from ....and if we try to change it....well, good luck. Look around you there is so much to enjoy. Cheers.
  17. 1 point
    I am pretty sure that most Mexicans could not pass the history portion of the citizenship test. I'm positive that most American citizens could not pass the citizenship test in the US! I think the test for us "old folks," which seems to be a basic fluency test, seems fair. I might give it a try. There isn't really a lot of advantage in being a citizen over being permanente but since I'm never going back to the US, I'd feel more comfortable knowing I coudn't be forced out of Mexico if the animosity between the two countries ever gets to that point. Not likely...but strange things seem to be happening every day. Alan
  18. 1 point
    Because of all the scam phone calls in the area, I do not know how well cold-calling people will work here. A lot of people do not even answer the phone unless they know the number. However, I think the service is a much needed service and one which I would use and tell others about. I just had my oil and filter changed two days ago. Word of mouth especially on a Bulletin Board like this one would be of tremendous value. You should make up a flier that you can post here... at least in text format. It will be like an evergreen ad, as people can search key words and that original post will come up in the search results.
  19. 1 point
    Last Thursday (Nov 1st) I went to Guadalajara for my citizenship exam. It was the end of a long process, that involved a trip to Mexico city, numerous rewrites of my entrances and exits because the trips logged by INS did not match my passport, and the final stumbling block was that I had lost my permanente card back in 2014, so even though I've been a permanente since they first came out, the date on the back of my card was Feb. 2014, and unless the chief let me slide, I hadn't been here for the requisite five years. Fortunately he did let me slide after I produced a photocopy of my 2012 FM2. Now on the the exam. Since I'm over sixty (though I look 45) (hah) I did not have to take the dreaded history exam. I could have never passed it either. I had to take the language exam, which consists of reading about 4 paragraphs of Spanish text, answering 5 questions about it, and then writing 3 sentences about a picture chosen at random from as set of about fifty pictures. The total time for this test is ten minutes, and you must get 5 out of 6 answers correct. Question 6 is the 3 sentences. Now I can communicate pretty well in Spanish, as long as you don't care about the gender of the noun, the tense of the verb, or whether the adjectives agree with the noun in terms of gender and quantity. Pretty much typical gringo Spanish, I'd say. They made me read the "story" out loud, which was bad for me because when I'm reading aloud I concentrate on pronouncing the words (more or less) correctly and not on the meaning of what I am reading. After reading it out loud, I quickly reread the story to myself. There were a lot of words I didn't know. It was about some area in Mexico that has a river with a dam and a bunch of endangered animals, and was turned into a nature preserve. After reading it again, I still couldn't answer the questions, so I matched the words in the question with the text in the story. I understood what the question was asking, but had to refer to the text to figure out the right answer. This was somewhat non-trivial, and there were always several dependent clauses referring to the gist of the question, so you had to understand the question in order to pick the right clause. I really took my time on this part, so that by the time I got to the picture I only had about a minute and thirty seconds left. The picture turned out to be the easy part, thanks to the magic of three and four word sentences. I came up with: 1. Hay muchas luces. 2. La gente juegan futbol. 3. La mujer toma vino. They weren't happy with sentence one, so I added arriba to the end and then they were satisfied. Everyone at the office was kind, encouraging, and helpful, but the exam was a lot harder than I expected it to be. So my advice is, read it out load as fast as possible. Don't try to understand it but try to remember where in the text the "main ideas" occur. Then go immediately to the questions, and look for the corresponding text in the story. Now figure out what the question is asking, and search the text for the answer to that question. One of the 4 multiple choices answers will match pretty closely the answer provided by the story. Don't worry about the picture. If you can use Hay and conjugate ser in the present tense, you can always come up with something. After passing the test, I was told that in only three to six months I can expect to receive my citizenship papers, provided they don't change the rules between now and then. Viva Mexico! Henry Laxen
  20. 1 point
    I would suggest the KISS approach.
  21. 1 point
    The simple truth is, Franky, you are asking a zillion questions about some situations that probably have never happened to most people. And if they did, who can remember most of the details? You are also describing them as if you were having a conversation face to face, and it is very difficult to follow everything. Plus, you have gone way past what I personally would consider reasonable questions, because who the hell knows? It depends on the day, the place, the item, the courier, and who knows what else. It' s at that exact point that you have to be ready to take some of this on yourself and see what happens. Like the rest of us typically do. So it would be great if you run into any of these problems, you tell us what happened next, so we can prepare, too. Remember always that this is Mexico, and basically... there are no rules.
  22. 1 point
    Let's say you weren't trying to troll, okay? In that case, it would be a good idea to strive for a little more simplicity and clarity in posts, lest you be mistaken for a troll trying to create confusion. Peace.🖖
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  24. 0 points
    To celebrate AMLO's birthday, the USDMXN is trading around 20.50 and trending up. It's my amateur experience that regime-level themes are relatively persistent, as international hot money measures every situation in terms of creating further profit trends.
  25. 0 points
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