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  1. 16 points
    This guy showed up around here for a few weeks and became an instant expert. And he isn't just maligning Lakeside, he's attacking Mexico as well. He is extremely negative to the point of going right over the top. He was ignored here which pissed him off. From time to time we get some "burps" of criminal activity. The local population knows where their bread is buttered so they manage to tamp it down pretty quickly. Note that any place that brings relative affluence up against relative poverty is going to have its share of petty theft. This is the kind of stuff you can prevent with simple care, awareness and common sense. We've lived here 11 years and find it no less safe than many places we've lived in the U.S. Here, however, you are more responsible for your own personal and property safety. I don't know anyone who is leaving because of crime. The principal reason people leave is either medical or family too far away or both. That hasn't changed in the time we've been here.
  2. 14 points
    You mean those watching a criminal run a country into the ground?
  3. 12 points
    Jonny, you are so close to loosing access to this forum. Back off
  4. 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.
  5. 10 points
    Mr. Dhal didn't like how crowded it was here and is trying to thin out the place for his return.
  6. 10 points
    I guess I don’t see the value in demeaning people... no matter what mistakes they make. Just me I guess.
  7. 9 points
    Great, tell them that they need to aspire to those jobs.
  8. 9 points
    You are making two erroneous assumptions. Some of us do not feel unsafe here. We take the normal precautions we did NOB, not one thing different. We feel just as safe as we did NOB — and, in some cases, more so. We never considered this “paradise” and still don’t. It is a lovely, lively place to live. We are having fun, a lot more fun than we would be having NOB. So, when you speak, please remember that you are speaking only for yourself and those sad people who think like you do. Sorry about that pig you’re stuck with but we are loving our purses. They may not be silk, but they are a beautiful, durable fabric that brings us pleasure every single day.
  9. 9 points
    jonny is a smart guy. But he's an asshole who loves hiding behind his anonymity. People, there are better things to do in life that to try and retrain a wasted bag of skin. Fuck him.
  10. 9 points
    I give no quarter to the concept that restaurants should be allowed to "get up to speed". Soft openings are for ironing out unforeseen problems, not for learning how to cook and serve. I would certainly not want my mechanic to get up to speed, or my tailor, or my construction contractor.
  11. 9 points
    As a person who walks with a cane, I hear you loud and clear and am sick and tired of hearing excuses about the dog's need to get exercise. Even where there is no dog park, there is plenty of open country in this area where people can take their dog. They don't need to take it to a public park that has the kind of paved walkway providing the only surface that is safe for the less abled and the elderly. (Newsflash: If you stick around long enough, you'll get old, too !) Why not make life a little easier for one's fellow humans by obeying the law?
  12. 8 points
    Thank you MC for providing a l-e-n-g-t-h-y diatribe supporting the alt - right, white supremacist (sorry nationalist) agenda. It contains a great many errors, misinterpretations, and out right lies. Firstly, Washington Post has won 4 Pulitzer prizes for journalism just this year - how many have Breitbart, Alex Jones, Info Wars, Steve Bannon, Yannopolis won - EVER. Secondly, as RV as pointed out, you have to learn the differrence between "illegals" and "asylum seekers". For example, there is no way there are 200,000 "illegals" in Canada at this time. David Frum's article is coming from an intimate knowledge of both the Canadian and U.S. immigrations systems. He is smart enough not to exclaim "this is what we did in Canada, since 1996, and you should do the same". It would be very difficult to be an illegal in Canada. Employers know the risks, and in 90% of the country you would not survive a winter living under a bridge. They did not change the rules recently, just the opposite, they merely informed border crossers that they would most likely face deportation. Those that present as asylum seekers, other than Convention Refugees, have to go though an extensive examination. Very few are successful. They can't work during this time, and the ones I have worked with, and gotten to know, spend their waiting time in basement suites, with up to four or more living on $600 Cdn per month. In fairness, many of them too, also do not understand the difference between asylum and legal migration. One co-worker, Charlis, from Nicaragua, was a Coca Cola truck driver there. He managed to pass under asylum requirements (union organiser), and then went to Coca Cola Canada to ask them for a job, before he was laughed out of their office. Thirdly your views are obviously from tainted sources. You have obviously have never got to know any of these asylum seekers and their life stories, or know anything remotely truthful about the Canadian immigration system. To pass along these opinions, or impressions, without any actual knowledge is shameful. I am sorry, but it is.
  13. 8 points
    I got bored after reading about 10 of your posts. I can't believe some of the people on this site. Quit griping all the time and give the hospital a chance. There is also another one coming. i wonder what the gripes will be about that one. If you don't like the new hospitals, then take the trip to GDL, but grow up.
  14. 8 points
    Wondering why some feel they need to say they "didn't like his food?" Seems as though a "sorry to hear that" would be sufficient.
  15. 8 points
    I have been reading this web board for over 2 years. I have learned a tremendous amount about lakeside. The people I have learned from, Ferret, Computer Guy, Angus Mactavish & others have all expressed a love of this beautiful place and people. A place that I also have come to love. There is crime anywhere. When I think of Chapala, Riberas, SAT, and Ajijic I think of the great people I have met, local and expats. I think of the older lady walking with her heavy bags who's smile could light light up the neighborhood when told Buenos Dias. I think of Michael Eager who took time to give me advice about living lakeside. There is so much goodness here. I am proud to call Riberas my home. I am not an expat. I am an immigrant. There is no place I would rather be. Will it be the same in 20 years? No. But no place will be the same in 20 years. I will still be here. Thanks to all the friends I have not yet met.
  16. 8 points
    Jakes , you have no right to walk with 5 dogs off leash in public parks or on the street. I have 5 dogs and I do not do that. If a person felt threaten by your dogs , you should apologized and keep your dogs on a leash. Go up the mountain with them off leash if you like but not on the street or n public places. A bite can easily get infected . These dogs should be under control . Period.
  17. 8 points
    The poster who believes he has the right to walk with five unleashed dogs has the kind of attitude that makes it difficult for all of us to occupy the same space in comfort. It's possible that the man "waving his arms" has had a previous encounter with dogs where he was hurt and has been in fear of them since.
  18. 8 points
    I have been fighting city hall since I was 24 and blocked a 2000 condo development. Yes, win some lose some. But, to not fight means lose all. I have dedicated 18 years to this village and will continue to win some and lose some. The more you win the less you have to fight.
  19. 8 points
    Today's Guadalajara Reporter has an article on the meeting that the Urban Planning committee had last Friday. (deleted by mod2 copyright issue) The pressure from the Chialli Axixic group (and most probably the requests for exact details on the zoning change from their lawyer on January 15-18) made for an interesting session of this group made up of the President and two ex-presidents (the Degollado brothers), one of whom was involved in the original zoning change last March. The video can be see on the Gobierno de Chapala facebook page, watch minutes 38-45 for the part on Chapala where the body language, of the ex and current Presidents tell the whole story. The current head of Urban Planning, Arq. Rivas, was very clear about the illegality of the attempted project (which Moy Anaya had oringinally denied existed, but now admits), and although it looks like a win, the Chimalli Axixic group will continue to monitor the situation, as well as the other iffy development plans in the area. The fact is, that all of us stand to lose if there is unchecked building and there is a lot of it. The committee and the current government are willing to legalize many of the projects (La Pueblita, a 4 story building in El Bajío, the high rise in La Floresta, and many more). Having stopped or delayed the tower project near El Tepalo is an example how the will of the people, and a good lawyer, can move, or in this case stop the moving, of mountains.
  20. 7 points
    It is mandated by law that doctors in training provide their time and give back to the country. I don't see how this impacts their capabilities in any way. To me, it's shocking how much doctors up north charge for even the smallest of services.
  21. 7 points
    Thanks, Since I don't eat with dogs. I will go somewhere else.
  22. 7 points
    America builds a wall, Canada opens a door.
  23. 7 points
    I agree that more civility would be welcome, but I don't see this as a generational phenomenon. Some of the worst offenders are way up there in years. I think it's about how they were raised, how they were tolerated by others when they went into "bully" mode and the current situation with social media where it seems anything goes. Anonymity facilitates saying what people wouldn't dream of saying in a face to face situation.
  24. 7 points
    You have no FULL TIME maid or gardener so don't compare apples to oranges. Full time is not a cleaning lady a few hours per week or a gardener for even less hours per week. Full time is all the time and the salaries reflects that. Don't be condescending towards workers who need to fit into their enviroment and work with the skills they have to make an honestl living without some people looking down on them. Some of them can tell.
  25. 7 points
    To me, it is pretty simple. You go to a new country or a new city, and you ask around ask what is the going rate for a particular service like a home nurse or a nursing home, and you pay accordingly. What is wrong is when expats choose to change the going rate. It is not fair to your Mexican neighbors.
  26. 7 points
    Just because. Two things about the weather make me happy: winter, which is not winter at all compared to the cold hell I come from, and days like today: 15 degrees, which by my non-scientific approach is the warmest 7:30 am we've had in months.
  27. 7 points
    I sleep alone and regardless of the weather, that makes me very happy.
  28. 7 points
    The sounds of some motorcycles makes me want to mace the rider so I empathize with the dogs.
  29. 7 points
    Nothing as serious as what happened to the OP, but a group of them were headed for me when their gringa owner pointed to my walking stick (which I do need) and in an accusatory voice said "they think it's a weapon", which was supposed to make it okay to attack me. This was on the Ajijic Malecon, where there is a leash law. I wish the dog owners would consider that among their fellow humans enjoying the lakeside walkway are people with physical problems, old folks and little kids. I think their right to walk unmolested trumps the pet owners' right to break the leash law.
  30. 7 points
    Whataboutism (also known as whataboutery) is a variant of the tu quoque logical fallacy that attempts to discredit an opponent's position by charging them with hypocrisy without directly refuting or disproving their argument, which in the United States is particularly associated with Soviet and Russian propaganda. When criticisms were leveled at the Soviet Union during the Cold War, the Soviet response would often be "What about..." followed by an event in the Western world .
  31. 6 points
  32. 6 points
    So proud of them. They are really digging in on this one - all over the world. Greta (15 years old) from Norway has been nominated for a nobel prize (she famously told the United Nations conference "We kids don't want your hope - we want your panic!". I liked this one too, about a new restaurant reviewer from San Francisco, was a little critical over a famous restaurant, which previous reviewers (all white men) had raved about. But the owner said that the review made her rethink the ways things were done, and that protecting and nurturing those who are sustaining the earth should be everyone's primary job right now.
  33. 6 points
    @Xena, Ilox' 5 year capital spending program did not contemplate service in Chapala. They have all the business they can handle in central Mexico, i.e. all those factories from Queretaro towards Mexico City. Cost of capital is more expensive here than up North. They didn't want to risk the expense of coming up with a few hundred residential subscribers to find out whether service at lakeside would make any sense. We're not in the US. All they asked was that we showed them the interest to be really there. By getting about 300 people to sign up and prepay. That gave them a little seed money. Its called crowdsourcing. Those 300 risk takers made the difference. It happened. Telmex even seems to be coming around. Music to my ears that maybe a person who signed up recently, probably next to someone who already had it, got service quickly. I assure you, they are prioritizing the prepaids. But probably also paying attention to their productivity and synergies. Like any well run business would. If anyone thinks that markets are always efficient without a little community or government help, here's an example of the opposite.
  34. 6 points
    It souds lovely and I am glad that you are happy. PLEASE continue to sing the praises of the WEST END and add the charms of the South Shore, too. Hopefully, all these newbies will follow your lead and move there, too.
  35. 6 points
  36. 6 points
    I have no desire to "jump on you". 😏 But....over a decade ago I took a Spanish course from the Warren Hardy institute in San Miguel de Allende. It was a three week all day intensive course that started off with Warren giving lectures on the differences between U.S. culture and Mexican culture. To "us" money and time were of great importance. To Mexicans, other priorities, such as family needs, were more important. Also, there was a great reluctance to say "no", and rather than do so, a worker will simply not show up. This is certainly true in my experience over the years and that of everyone I know. Definitely part of the culture.
  37. 6 points
    If "some people" would stop making subtle and not-so-subtle digs themselves, maybe no one would attack them.😏
  38. 6 points
    Part of the story reports: ".....After the victims were rescued, Greenwood said they went to a Barrie and Area Victim Services centre, where they were offered hot showers, food and clothing, and given medical assessments. Interpreters were made available, she said. "I am pleased to announce that all of the victims have been offered employment and accommodations at a local resort," she said.... ... Barnum added the workers are now here legally. ....." Very proud that Canada took that option, rather than shunting them on to a bus and sending them packing!
  39. 6 points
    Doesn't anybody read any more?
  40. 6 points
    We have short fences, one Chihuahua, and the belief that our greatest "protection" comes from good, well-known neighbors of multiple nationalities who can see anyone in our yard. After that comes living a modest lifestyle that does not scream "I have stuff you want", followed by the practice of utilizing common sense. Oh, and being believers in the law of attraction we don't engage in the fear mongering so prevalent everywhere.
  41. 6 points
  42. 6 points
    This has gotten way too personal. Can't understand why some don't just use the ignore feature of this board. Closed. A time out issued to JIT but frankly the way some of you take the bait and reply in kind you're lucky he's the only one getting the suspension at this point.
  43. 6 points
    We know bdmowers and he is a calm and intelligent person. Your remarks are typical of someone trying to rationalize behavior that is nasty. Any one of us would be flinging arms and legs if confronted with 5 dogs circling them and barking and to suggest that the bite wasn't that bad and he was acting like a big baby is ridiculous. You should be apologizing all over the place and looking at your own behavior. Don't believe for a moment that he threatened your dogs with a knife, but if it was me your dogs would have received a shocking....
  44. 5 points
    "Site traffic" is a stupid buzzword, employed by companies who want to impress potential advertisers. If most of the traffic here is propelled by trolls rather than decent people seeking information, then the figures are meaningless. And what some people find "interesting", the majority apparently feel otherwise.
  45. 5 points
    This confrontational incident on the front page of last week GR is truly amazing, more so that Dale Palfrey "happened" to be passing for a photo shot. Who the heck is this US employer who sent 4 Mexicans with anti Trump placards If folks wish to escape........ from the USA because of the "political situation", why ho why do they bring their baggage down here...please please leave your problems NOB and enjoy Paradise
  46. 5 points
    I'm seeing in increasing number of posts with misspelling in the subject line - maybe a little more care is needed?
  47. 5 points
    You can rest assured that a voluntary cessation of posts was unlikely.😄
  48. 5 points
    Funny. I was waking slowly this morning, listening to the birds singing and happy not to have a pile of heavy blankets on me. Thought about how I was leaving the bedroom window cracked open at night and that our two-month “winter” appeared over. I smiled as I thought how much I love living here. The climate suits me so well. Seems several of us woke up feeling spring today. Aren’t we lucky.
  49. 5 points
    The hotel property is residential and will need a zoning change. The public must demand to be heard and the proper procedures followed. It can be blocked if the public is adamant.
  50. 5 points
    While bowing to an awareness that too many rules can create more problems, I have to say my home town has a bylaw that stipulates all dogs must be kept on a leash unless on private property or a park designated "leash free". Around here, where brains are free to wander and even leave the skull temporarily, common courtesy would suggest the same thing... but...
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