Jump to content
Chapala.com Webboard

Leaderboard

Popular Content

Showing content with the highest reputation since 09/18/2020 in all areas

  1. Yeah, next time you are in for a surgical procedure, just explain to the doctors that you don't need them to wear masks since you understand it is no longer medically recommended and it might be uncomfortable for them anyway...Forget the gowns, gloves, and all that hand washing beforehand. It probably dries out their skin anyway and those gloves just get all messy and they make the hands sweaty. And those gowns on top of perfectly good clothes? Please, read an article on the internet if you want the real (Q) truth! Alan (being sarcastic)
    19 points
  2. At the risk of getting slammed, I would like to suggest it would be better for the expat community, which has proven quite effective in protecting themselves from covid, to let the Mexican community who have to be out there working or are living in larger family groups, to get the first few rounds of vaccinations. Personally speaking I'd also be leery of getting around those large crowds of vaccination seekers.
    15 points
  3. On behalf of Mayor Moises Anaya, I would like to express the Mexican community's condolences to the American people and all those who lost loved ones on 9/11. And in this terrible tragedy, all the amazing heroes who ran into danger and gave their lives to save others, we salute your example! Our prayers are with them and all who suffer today! Your friend Hector España Ramos
    13 points
  4. I'm sorry he has Covid. However, he IS the President and has access to health care and the most promising treatments. HOWEVER, his cavalier attitude may have infected OTHERS who don't have access to that kind of care. He should have listened to experts in science and healthcare and led by example because, obviously, his talismans and faith are worth nothing.
    13 points
  5. I am a patriotic American and I applaud the way Canada has handled the Covid crisis. No genius just basic common sense. The way the pandemic was handled in the US was criminal and things like that led me to Mexico 20 years ago. Corruption is everywhere;no need to debate it. It is a fact. When they say 80 - 90 % of US deaths could have been adverted and nothing will be done about it I am infuriated and ashamed.
    13 points
  6. Shame… both he and Desantis should face criminal charges…..for reckless endangerment of human life…leading to the deaths of thousands who mistakenly listened to their disastrous policies .
    12 points
  7. @Jim BowieNot only is this a duplicate of what you already posted under Mexico General, it is rude, crude and socially unattractive to compare pretty much anything to the Holocaust, a horror resulting in the killing of 6+ million human beings.
    12 points
  8. If the tree cannot be trimmed any further back away from your property, how about simply picking up whatever debris falls onto your property and putting it in the trash? I own a home in a heavily forested neighborhood in the States, and cannot imagine how I would react to a "politely worded" letter from my neighbor asking me to keep my trees' leaves from blowing onto her property. I doubt, though, that the letter would be received favorably. Leaves and other debris from trees scatter. That's nature. In the interest of friendly neighborly relations, I suggest coping with it -- and I don't intend this to come across mean spiritedly.
    12 points
  9. This is NOT the f&%$ing flu!!! Just read an article on the local Covid forum about the polio epidemic/iron lungs/after effects on those who survived. The difference between then and now is that everyone got the vaccine to eradicate the problem. "No one is safe until we are all safe". Sigh.
    12 points
  10. We are going to install a giant solar powered fan to blow it all towards Ajijic 😁 sh"t is going to hit the fan
    12 points
  11. A little debunked science, you mean. https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2021/apr/16/diamond-and-silk/medical-hypotheses-journal-article-lacks-evidence-/
    12 points
  12. What I will never understand is why you and others of your I'll feel the need to spew your opinions. Fine, you don't believe this is a pandemic, nor that a vaccine is necessary, but it seems the only one you're looking to convince is yourself. You do what you see fit and accept the rewards or consequences and allow the rest of to the same without listening to your opinions which mean diddly squat to most everyone.
    12 points
  13. Hola! To the original question from the OP: Do you feel house prices will come down or like in some area's of the US and Canada go though the roof? It is a complicated answer. First of all, I am the broker of a local real estate agency. In 2020, sales of residential properties, area wide, were down year over year compared to 2019 a total of 29%. However, prices have remained steady and in some cases rising. The average sales price in 2020 was $264,000 USD, about the same as 2019. Inventory was up around 10%. Clearly fewer potential buyers from the US and Canada flew down to look at houses for obvious reasons. The ones that did however, were very serious and arrived with money in hand ready to buy. Yes, the Tapatios and other Mexican nationals took over some of the market share as they were looking for refuge out of the major cities and also getting their money out of the banks as interest rates came down and due to overall mistrust in the federal government. The last 3-4 months have proven to be VERY busy and the near term outlook looks very strong and if the current demand persists, along with the potential of travel opening up later this year due to vaccines, people tired of waiting to travel, and the new group of 'location independent' professionals, I would expect that the demand will remain strong and prices will slowly rise. In our office, we've been blessed with record months in both December and this month, February and had a 24% increase in 2020 compared to 2019. Sales to Mexicans and foreigners already living in the area were drivers of our sales. We do not manage rentals so I do not have a pulse on the rental market but I understand from property managers that there has been less demand (less travelers) than normal.
    12 points
  14. I have been doing business in traditional Mexican arts and crafts here for about 30 years. I have nothing but high praise for all the families, artisans and indigenous groups that we work with. We started with mostly replicas of pre-Columbian art and very early I found the Torres family in Chapala, first with the father Luis before he passed about 6 years ago and and then his sons Manuel and Luis who learned the art from his side from an early age. Anyway, this area of art, as in much more in this year of disaster, has suffered greatly. I had been talking to woman in Utah who ordered 6 large Maya figures and Manual spent weeks creating them. These had to be carefully packed in boxes and delivered to the trucking company in Tonala for the transport to cross the border into Laredo and then on to the client. When the pieces were ready to go to the Tonala warehouse we loaded our old Ford 150 pickup truck with the boxes, packing materials and most importantly a large roll (5' x 2') of bubble wrap (worth US$100+) to transport to Manuel to do the packing. Myself and my assistant Jesus took off with this and when we arrived at Manual's workshop in Chapala...no bubble wrap!!! The roll had been blown off the truck!!! Manuel said that he would improvise so we went back to the office and I saw the phone message blinking and it was a message about a found roll of bubble wrap!!! Amazing...how did they get our phone #? Well it turns out that the the roll blew off right in front of the fire station on the Libramiento!!! Now, how did they find our phone #? Well, the original plastic shrink wrap was still attached with a label from the manufacturer (U-Line) with our company name at the address of IShop in SAT where they had delivered, but with no phone #. So what did they do? They called IShop to see if they had a phone # for us and got the #, and then called with the good news! Sorry for the lengthy story but to me it represents the reality of our beautiful adopted country. ¡Viva las bomberas! Happy New Year!!!
    12 points
  15. It is for BOTH. Proven. Fact.
    12 points
  16. This is the correct forum for a local organization to request a donation. This is not an event which would be posted elsewhere. I have a why not for you: Why not try being less snarky? If you don't want to help out, just ignore the thread.
    12 points
  17. Hey, folks...do we really need to be doing this on a post that was meant to express sympathy? I know how easy it is, I'm very guilty of having done it many times, too, but in this case, please...
    12 points
  18. Isn't "comfortable ranchito style furniture" an oxymoron?
    12 points
  19. A quote from someone I know pretty much sums it up for me also, "Because those who believe they can exercise their freedom prevents those who don't from exercising theirs. Any place a bunch of folks waltz around without mask is a place others might be afraid to go. Because if those who aren't afraid are allowed to go everywhere and do everything, those who are afraid can go NOWHERE and do NOTHING. I was brought up in a society where I was taught to give up my seat on a bus/train for an elderly, pregnant lady, or anyone lesser able than me. Not because I have no right to take that seat, but because decency calls for respect and altruism. Standing instead of sitting may be a small gesture on my part, but it means a lot to those who benefit from that sliver of willing self sacrifice. Perhaps one day, I shall be the lucky one on the receiving end of that kindness. So I wear my mask when I go do my groceries, so granny can feel safe to do hers. So I practice social distancing and limit my exposure, so if I am contagious, I do not inadvertently infect - directly or indirectly - the weak and vulnerable. I might recover; they might not. I accept the inconvenience of my today, so I don't take away all of someone's tomorrows."
    12 points
  20. The salient point of the story is that in this IT office, there were 5 cases, resulting in 2 deaths and 2 more hospitalizations. NONE were vaccinated while a fellow employee who is vaccinated, did not get the virus. My feelings towards the unvaccinated is that they will prove Darwin correct once again.
    11 points
  21. I don't mind you sitting in the bleachers as long as you don't ever infect anyone else. That, for me, is the kicker... to be an asymptomatic carrier and to unintentionally infect and/or kill someone else and/or a member of their family. In protecting yourself, you protect others. Yes, variants will evolve but they will more easily evolve in unvaccinated people. The buck stops with YOU doing your part.
    11 points
  22. Maybe I'm missing something obvious, but I really don't see Ajijic as a Pueblo Magico when compared to others.
    11 points
  23. No my 90 year old mother with Asthma in Seattle has not received an appointment for the vaccine. So this is not abnormal for Johanson. Nursing home folks and health care professionals are getting the vaccine. Ib just started and the computer system for appointments crashed cause people to become frantic and making the situation worse. My Mom says not big deal as she says a few extra months of isolation is a small price to pay. She thinks the people in the grocery stores should get it before her. She gets all her food delivered by Amazon Fresh to her front porch. My sister husband was shopping before for her but she thought that dangerous as my sister is immune compromised due to chemo. I am proud of my mother who thinks of others before herself. She has been by herself since may. She knows she is lucky she has the money to order food from Amazon as many people can't afford it. If my Mom at 90 with Asthma can relax and chill some of you folks need to also do so. Breath deep and relax!
    11 points
  24. When it is obvious the waiter is doing his best and the fault lies with the owner, seems the decent thing to do not to penalize said waiter. There employees are in a world of hurt these days.
    11 points
  25. It is very hard to be a moderator and post. I leaned from trying it on the Oregonian paper years ago. It doesn't work. Pick one or the other but not both Mainecoon.
    11 points
  26. I applaud Mudgirl and Harry for their intelligent responses. I am not sure why Maincoons, who should be impartial as a moderator, should feel personally insulted by comments that do not match his predudices.
    11 points
  27. I've lived here over 20 years and still don't know most of the posters personally,but this is one guy I hope never to have anything to do with. Why is it people claim that they are upfront and honest when they just plain rude and crude? This board is composed of a community and we are all trying to support one another, share information and sometimes bring a little levity to our experiences. Every post by this guy is confrontational. He obviously thinks he is of superior mental and moral character and wants to cudgel us with his wisdom. Although I notice he never seems to have anything to offer but negativity. I'm not a fan of banning, but some people should not be encouraged by people engaging with them. He seems to thrive on his guardian-against-BS role which is anything that doesn't fit his narrow view. I especially don't like it when he goes after long time valuable posters for some persieved slight. It is funny for him to write about self awareness when he has none..."Those that know don't say and those who say don't know."
    11 points
  28. Sorry they disappointed you by not looking gaunt and pathetic.
    11 points
  29. I am boycotting this forum until the moderators do their job and rein in the trolls, who have been allowed to make a mockery of the forum. It's starting to look like a newsletter put out by the inhabitants of an insane asylum.
    10 points
  30. A sweet grandmother telephoned St. Joseph's Hospital. She timidly asked, "Is it possible to speak to someone who can tell me how a patient is doing?" The operator said, "I'll be glad to help, dear. What's the name and room number of the patient?" The grandmother in her weak, tremulous voice said, Norma Findlay, Room 302." The operator replied, "Let me put you on hold while I check with the nurse's station for that room." After a few minutes, the operator returned to the phone and said, "I have good news. Her nurse just told me that Norma is doing well. Her blood pressure is fine; her blood work just came back normal and her Physician, Dr. Cohen, has scheduled her to be discharged tomorrow." The grandmother said, "Thank you. That's wonderful. I was so worried. God bless you for the good News." The operator replied, "You're more than welcome. Is Norma your daughter?" The grandmother said, "No, I'm Norma Findlay in Room 302. No one tells me shit."
    10 points
  31. My grandfather left Russia for America when he was 13 years old. He never saw his family again. He tried to make contact with relatives back there, through various agencies, for years, and finally at the age of 64 got a letter from a cousin. Who said "OMG Joe, we always wondered what had happened to you. It's amazing to be in contact after all these years. I am so sad to have to tell you that your sisters and parents all perished at Auschwitz." Anyone who thinks Holocaust jokes are funny or that it should be used as a comparison to wanting people to be vaccinated against a deadly disease has something seriously wrong with them and is an abhorrent excuse for a human being.
    10 points
  32. The government requires several vaccinations to get into public schools and well as some instances for military duty. They required everybody to get a polio vaccination back in the 50's and 60's. Everybody complied. During the big surge of the 50's, there were something like 15,000 cases that resulted in some kind of paralysis (me included) and 3,000 people died. There have been 200 times that many deaths from Covid, so far, and some people still seem hesitant to take a vaccine that will keep you out of the hospital. Sometimes the government makes you do things, that some individuals might not like, for the betterment of society at large. Like speed limits, seat belts, workplace safety requirements, fire drills, clean air standards, food inspections, paying into Medicare and social security, etc. There are many examples. Because some are too stubborn, greedy, ignorant, or politically self serving to just do the right thing, government has stepped in for the benefit of the majority. A day might come when this Covid vaccine will be required. It might be a new and improved one...let's hope so. But the un-vaccinated are causing great harm right now and it affects everybody including in non-health related ways. Mexico has a little more room to be excused due to lack of access. The USA has no excuse. Alan
    10 points
  33. Sometimes we all have moments when we’re at a loss, we’re frustrated and we share our feelings and what we hope to get back is…I hear you buddy, it sucks your electricity (for example) has gone out 5 times this week, that must be frustrating. What’s not helpful, is someone saying…oh really, I don’t have any problems with my electricity, must be your attitude. If your friend, your neighbor, your kid, whatever, shares their feelings or frustrations with you, would you say too bad, the problem is you? I hope you wouldn’t do that. If you wouldn’t say it out loud to someone’s face, let that give you pause as to whether you should type it from behind your keyboard. Remember the old adage, if you can’t say something nice or supportive or humorous, better to say nothing at all.
    10 points
  34. Marco, and his charming and lovely wife, were riding his motocycle when they were rear ended at the Walmart entrance mess. The bike was totalled and they spent the night in hospital. The driver of the vehicle says he cannot pay to replace the bike, and has no insurance. So Marcos has come up with an ingenious plan to raise the 18,000 pesos he needs for another motorcycle, which he uses for delivery. Right now, he is borrowing a friend's bike. The deal is you pay 1,000 pesos, he records your name and deducts any meals you purchased at El Rey Taco. Tonight the special is grilled garlic shrimp, with cob corn,and something else tasty - or, slow cooked beef cubes cooked in a French style like Bournigon, with generous sides. Great food at great prices. His Father is a professional Chef from France and he has gone to a trade school for a Chef certificate, worked all over Mexico, but Chapala always draws him back. Super nice young couple.
    10 points
  35. Too funny. So many have warned you that your CFE bill is not normal. They're getting testy because you're not listening. Really, the only thing they're trying to do is prevent you from finding out the hard way that the damages of playing with the CFE will burn you badly. Whatever. Stick your head back in the sand. You've been warned.
    10 points
  36. Stop if the semáforo is red as you approach the intersection and go through if it is green. s
    10 points
  37. And some people have far too much time on their hands that they make themselves guardians of us all. You must have a sad life if you have to find fault in others without looking in your own mirror. Since I actually have a life, I try not to make myself the neighborhood nazi. SMH.
    10 points
  38. ...happen be happy and don't be surprised. Wife tried to get into Surtidore but got the over 60 rejection. Couple of young mexican guys behind her got her a chair and went into the store for her and got her the Campbells mushroom soup can she was there for. Viva Mexico and Mexicans! pedro kertesz
    10 points
  39. In case you haven't heard, COVID is a highly communicable disease. Those kids get infected, they bring it home to the rest of their family, those people spread it to more, within days there are scores or hundreds more infections and it happens fast. What was "not your business" last week could land you in the hospital on a ventilator next week. The health of one's community and people ignoring safety precautions is everyone's business, especially when it concerns a virus which can be deadly or cause long-lasting health problems.
    10 points
  40. 10 points
  41. I feel like the employees at the station I frequent could always use a tip even if it is just to pump the gas. I speak Spanish, have gotten to know them a little, and know that they mostly count on tips to earn a living. Almost all customers, including Mexicans, tip them. Does anybody reading this board think they could live, raise a family, or have a future with options working for what locals are able to earn? Most are lucky to earn the equivalent of 300 dollars per month. Would you do it? Could you do it? Would you appreciate a tip? They pay the same prices for things that we do (as relatively wealthy expats or visitors.) I have never had a service station attendant take advantage of me. I always tip generously. Alan
    10 points
  42. When a business owner deals with negative comments by accusing those who have complained as being some sort of conspiracy by the competition, that doesn't say much for the business owner's professionalism, nor does saying you'll pay anyone who has a bad experience. Know what a professional approach is? "I'm quite distressed to read that some of the posters here have said they had a bad experience at my restaurant. Please, if you ever experience poor food or service at my establishment, let me know right away, so I have a opportunity to get to the bottom of what might have happened, as it's of utmost importance to me to provide a consistent high quality product and service." Defensiveness, accusations, and denial in response to customer complaints will cause me not to patronize a business just as much as poor quality product, service, or workmanship will. Whereas a business owner being open and responsive to complaints will often encourage me to give that business a second chance.
    10 points
  43. When a restaurant has inconsistent food and service, one day good, the next terrible, they lose my business.
    10 points
×
×
  • Create New...