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  1. 19 points
    Harsh measures? They are logical, common sense measures proven to work to contain a highly contagious and dangerous pandemic. And those measures are designed to protect everyone- measures that are being employed, all around the world, where people have sense and education, that have kept the infection and death rates down in those places. Places that don't have any "old ex-pats". You criticize endlessly the things that are quite normal in Mexico, yet now you're the big defender of Mexicans who want to work. And no one is telling them they can't work. All they have to do is wear a damn mask, not around their neck, but properly, stop having parties as if the pandemic is a joke, and enforce distancing in their stores. It's not that complicated.
  2. 18 points
    Yesterday my car a/c went out so I went to EuroFreeze next to Gossips to get it repaired . As I got out of my car I tripped over a broken curb and fell HARD . Before I hit the concrete , Manuel and one of his helpers were there to help me up . Lots of blood , cuts and bruises but nothing broken . Sore as hell today . As soon as I was up and while I was trying to stop the bleeding which is no easy task since I am on blood thinners , Manuel went to the Farmacia next door and came back with bandages and other stuff to treat my wounds . He never hesitated to do this and would not take a single peso although I offered him a nice amount . Needless to say there were a lot of tacos and cokes for Manuel and his men today . Don't feel sorry for my accident because I know I need to be careful when walking in the village but rather concentrate on the great kindness shown by these guys . I am not looking for reviews of their work because that wasn't the important thing in this case .Please give them your business should the need arise . Their phone number is 331 584 5209 .
  3. 17 points
    Huh? I am one of the expats mentioned and am acutely aware of the economic hardship this virus has created, as are many of my fellow expats- you know, those unfeeling folks who have ponied up a portion of their SS checks to support one, or two, or three of the feeding programs in the area. Don't patronize me to promote your own agenda, it won't work. Try harder.
  4. 16 points
    Ok, I'm risking of having hundreds of you slam at me now but this is excessive attention-seeking behavior.
  5. 15 points
    Witness Arizona, Texas, and Florida. In particular pay attention to Houston whose ICU beds are at 100% capacity. Those are facts, not speculation. Once restrictions are relaxed or ignored, the death toll skyrockets. I encourage you to go out among those enjoying "virus killing sunshine and fresh air". Be sure to breath deeply as you rub elbows with those not wearing masks because they've heard how great fresh air is for them . Oy.
  6. 15 points
    I don’t understand the point of the majority of your posts. This board is not your personal diary for you to ramble on about your life. Would you please consider using Facebook for that?
  7. 15 points
    And where are people who are stuck here supposed to go? What a nasty thing to say to someone who has suffered such a calamity. Both of you posters should be ashamed. What makes you so self-righteous that you feel you have to post to pile onto someone's misery? Okay, you may feel that way and it is your right,but to post makes me feel sick....this is a time for compassion, not vilification .
  8. 15 points
    I live in the center of Ajijic, and I work. So I am contstantly driving and seeing the carretera, at all times of day. The bike path is used by TONS of people, most of whom are workers going to and from jobs. It was used before the improvements, and now it will be even more. IMO all of the foreigners on this forum who have condemned the project and called it a "bikepath for nobody" are flat clueless, driving occassionally in their cars, and for whatever reason unable to see all the traffic in the bikepath. Go take a look at it during "rush hour".
  9. 15 points
    In times of stress and anxiety I find an unpleasant side of myself coming to the fore. I become excessively controlling and have the overwhelming need to have things exactly the way I want. I sometimes even become a scold. In order to alleviate these symptoms, please, I ask you people to listen up: Grow up. Please. You are all bickering like children. I am too old to be fond of children. Except for Mexican kids, they're about the cutest people I've ever seen. Please do not challenge me, my thinking process or my facts. No, do not. I know what you're thinking, but no. This is a serious situation, do not make light of it. However, I do like a good joke. If you have one, please tell it in such a way that I do not feel guilty. I want you to tell me how and where to buy my food, what masks I should wear, and when; what personal habits and hobbies I should have; and what personality traits you find most appealing. And yet I do not. I sense some protests coming my way now, but please remember number 2 above. And while we're airing things out, I beg you, some of you people, learn how to spell. And for God's sake, when you're in a grocery store, please wear a mask; but above all do not cough directly on the shelf items! Yeah, gramps, you, talking to you. Thank you for your time, I feel better already.
  10. 15 points
    Initially I was excited to find this forum of locals to help me learn and navigate living in a new community and country. The more I read however, the more discouraged I’ve become. What makes the world an interesting place is that we all come from different backgrounds and have varied life experiences which of course lead us to have different thoughts and opinions. One thing we do have in common is that we’ve chosen to make this community our home. Is it possible for us to share, consider the points of view others and even disagree without resorting to nasty personal attacks on this forum? I may be completely off base in posting here, but with all the craziness in the world right now it seems like the perfect time to practice some care, compassion and camaraderie within this community.
  11. 15 points
    listen guys.... I was 33 when I arrived here in Mexico. I am almost 56 now and as a very young expat, unfortunately I have had to say goodbye to a lot of older Canadian and US friends ( unusual to lose that many friends when you are in your thirties and forties ) and every time it hurt and I never got used to it !! Also, a lot of those people left their pets, which didnt always have the best outcome ! The Mex healthcare system ( like others ) will not be able to cope with this tsunami. Authorities mostly ignore the seriousness and hardly do any testing About myself, yes, I am strong enough to admit that I am scared....but more so ( although at minor risk, I may hope ) to maybe have to leave behind my 15 year old doggie. So, forgive me that I laugh a bit less, when reading the same style and repeated jokes...over and over again. I sincerely wish the best to all of you ( and to myself ! ). No hard feelings. We simply dont have the same sense of humour and a different background Rony
  12. 15 points
    Oh, good god Eric, give it a break. We're all gonna die and thankfully we don't know when or how. Worry is far worse for one's health than all the things one worries about.
  13. 15 points
    Hi Catbird...I lived in Ajijic for about five years (1999-2004) and still visit occasionally. I have lived in Morelia for a total of 8 or 9 years, with a break when I lived for 8 years in Mexico City. I've been back in Morelia for exactly a year. Morelia is home for me. Morelia bears absolutely NO resemblance to Lake Chapala--except that as you mentioned, the weather is similar. It's generally cooler here than there, and can be quite chilly in the winter. Our altitude above sea level is 6400 feet; Lakeside is at 5200 feet. Morelia is a colonial city of 1.2 million people; the English-speaking expatriate community is approximately 300 to 400 people. The city is extremely cultured, with at least 6 major universities, a symphony orchestra, a chamber orchestra, frequent festivals of importance, including the Morelia international film festival in October-November (considered to be the best film festival in Mexico), the international music festival during the last two weeks of November (concerts range from popular music to classical music, many are free to the public), plus annual jazz, organ, classical dance, and other annual festivals. There is no large body of water close to Morelia--Lake Pátzcuaro is about an hour away. We have a small international airport 45 minutes to an hour northeast of the city. We have a long-distance bus terminal about 15 minutes from Morelia's Centro Histórico. We have excellent taxi service and good Uber service. There is no organized community of English-speaking foreigners, no animal rescue group of foreigners (that I am aware of), no ladies' lunch groups, no little theatre (although we have two theatres that often have traveling companies of concerts, dance performances, and Spanish-language plays), no 'bar scene' for foreigners, no restaurants oriented to foreigners. Really, nothing in Morelia is directed to a foreign community. There is quite a bit of national tourism here, and some foreign tourism---but nothing like the level one sees at Lakeside. We treasure and preserve our history, including our culinary traditions. There is a large indigenous presence here, primarily the Pur'epecha community, whose presence is crucial to our ways of thinking and believing. Morelia's Centro Histórico is considered to be the most beautiful in all of Mexico. Our buildings here are made predominately of cantera stone blocks and date to the mid-1500s. This is not the colorful tourist-oriented town that, for example, is Ajijic. We are typically Mexican: conservative and relatively formal in dress, building exteriors, etc. On the other hand, there are many historical families here, many intellectuals, and quite a bit of non-conservative thinking, music, and art. We have a number of fine museums and many, many historical buildings in the city. Unfortunately, the level of narcoviolencia in and around Morelia is substantially higher than that at Lakeside. Unlike the Lake Chapala area, we in Morelia are very little influenced by foreign ideas of what central Mexico is like. If you have more questions, please ask.
  14. 15 points
    This is just a public Thank you and lots of gratitude to the Riberas Pet Store and people like Sue who work tirelessly and have such a big heart for little innocent animals. I found a little street dog whose leg was broken. Doctor Hector will fix her and they will find a home for her. I would have taken her but already have 3 but my heart ached when i saw her. I just want to say that people like Sue make this world a much better place.....and our little town of Riberas is so blessed to have you in it !!!!! Thank you Sue.
  15. 15 points
    It never ceases to amaze me to observe or hear about expats who bitterly complain about these migrants, as the person described in this comment did. The expats here nearly all have vastly more wealth, power, and opportunities than these unfortunate people. The migrants are, in fact, only trying to better their lives and are suffering danger and privation to do it. People like the person described should be ashamed of themselves and, if they are not, then the people around them should shame them.
  16. 15 points
    I'm sure I will get beat up over this entry, but my "advice" would be to hold off on the planned move -- if at all humanly possible -- until after your daughter graduates from high school. My "observation" is that Lakeside is not a place where teenagers are provided ample opportunities and peer role models to thrive. (Of course there will be exceptions.) Teen pregnancy and drug abuse are at alarmingly high levels here.
  17. 15 points
    Peónes are ranch and farm workers. Albañiles are construction workers. Probably they need the larger stones chipped down to a certain custom size like a jigzaw puzzle to make the wall where the rocks fit together tightly with no overabundance of cement mordar which is ugly and poor workmanship. You could have witnessed a stone craftsman working on his project with pride for all you know. Stewart Stafford
  18. 14 points
    In various areas of Mexico, people are attacking medical workers who they think have been in contact with COVID cases. How do you think they might react to people who have actually been tested and confirmed? Please stop calling for information on the specific patients... those in charge are probably doing as much as they can to trace any contacts, but their options are limited. We should not put people in danger by "outing" them as infected. The best strategy is to assume ANYONE you come in contact with may have been exposed, and may therefore expose you to infection. Take necessary precautions... masks, hand-washing, disinfecting, etc. Stay home if you are concerned or in a high-risk group. The virus IS here, and probably has been for awhile. It will CONTINUE to be here for months or even years. We need to learn to deal with it rationally, without panic, and without treating others as though they're the enemy. Please be kind to those around you, and be considerate of the need for privacy. Digital hugs to all!
  19. 14 points
    Now is not the time to let up our vigilance.
  20. 14 points
    Harry was discreet. You were not. I thought nothing further about his request. You are the one who introduced “the police” and “breaking the news” and telling “someone in a message.” You could have PM’d Harry instead of partially sharing the news on a public board.
  21. 14 points
    My jaw just dropped when I read these comments. The Feria is not a Texas flee market. It is one a marvelous outlet for these artists from all over Mexico that supports their world class art, and two a chance for us to see it and maybe even buy a piece. An 80 pesos entrance fee doesn't come close to covering what it takes to bring these artists and their art right to our doorstep. As for haggling for art.... well I won't go there.
  22. 14 points
    They aren't "expats"- they are refugees. Calling people you don't even know "trash" is despicable. It says much more about you than it does about them. And no, they can't legally work in this country. If they did, you'd probably be ranting about them working without work permits.
  23. 14 points
    I can't believe the crap on this thread. NO ONE was hurt. I was there; spoke with the lady. Yes, she got in the wrong gear, and as bad luck would have it, her brakes repeatedly failed. She has insurance. Pancho has insurance. The woman is incredibly distraught, and Pancho is pretty upset himself... just think of what they are both going through. By the way, she has her driver's license, and the postulation that people come down here and avoid having such a thing is ageist and ridiculous. A gigantic unfounded rumour within a rumour. Shame.
  24. 13 points
    Given the OP's history of maligning service providers, I would not recommend anyone to him, let alone a physician I like and respect.
  25. 13 points
    Get over your issues with FB and accept that it is just as likely you'll hear lies here. This web board has every bit as much misinformation. Good grief.
  26. 13 points
    Get your head out of the sand and realize this is not overblown hype. Sitting next to someone at Open Circle who has been exposed to the virus coming from US, UK, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, and many other countries is not particularly safe. It can be spread with no symptoms.
  27. 13 points
    Dichos - the entrance fee does not cover the cost of setting up and running the show. There is a charge for the location, rental of tents, tables and chairs, advertising and so on. The artists do not pay for their booth space, but they do donate two items to the Feria, one of which goes to the raffle, and one of which is sold in the Artists Supporting the Feria booth, the proceeds from that booth go to the operating funds of the show. The artists are housed and fed by local residents. You cannot put on a show of this size without money - how much fund raising would you be prepared to head up in order to have free admission??
  28. 13 points
    Yeah. Because no one should lift a finger to help another human if they would not be able to bring that person to live with them? Do you also tell your residents and their families “the way it is” in the same cold, uncaring way as you do here?
  29. 13 points
    No human being is trash. Even you.
  30. 13 points
    What makes you think the cruel home owner was gringo and what makes you think our very very small population of foreigners should even mess with what has been established as the official standard of wages in this part of México? When a gringo thinks that THEIR maid or gardener deserves to receive a 5 o 6 times increase in wages, more than what is paid to the average worker, how is that really helping things? Paying a local worker US standard pay has the potential to do more harm then good to the other average middle class Mexicans who also need a maid and gardener but can only pay them a fair steady salary by local standards. Some are creating much resentment and boasting where it is not needed. And nor is it fair to the Mexican community as a whole. Think guys, think!
  31. 12 points
    I've been in every country in Central America and all of western South America. There is not another place that suits our needs quite like this area. We have lived in San Miguel de Allende and I lived in Patzcuaro. I have been in 26 different states of Mexico. Always with an eye out for potential living or retirement. The combination of elements that exist here does not exist anywhere else that I have ever been. If you feel like Ajijic is too much like "gringolandia" then consider places like San Nicolas or Santa Cruz or even Jocotepec. Same weather, proximity to Guad and airport, four hours from the best beaches in Mexico, and Ajijic amenities within a short drive. It can depend on your comfort with the language. There is crime and corruption in all of Latin America as well as in many places in the US. Some folks just love South Texas, Florida, or Arizona. Not our choice though. Half of the fun of expat living is exploring your options...something that much of the world just does not have the luxury of doing. Alan
  32. 12 points
    You want to use this forum as your bully pulpit to critizise the Mexican government. Wait until word gets around and see how far that gets you.
  33. 12 points
    I'm grateful that we live in a municipality where those in charge appear to have the residents best interests at heart. Additionally we live in a state where the Governor has been pro-active, for which I am also grateful.
  34. 12 points
    Gringo hombre The truth is unknow to everyone including the experts.. People who test positve are positive, people who test negative can be positve.. My brother just died of the virus in France, he was a health worker, was tested twice while he was sick and the test were negative both times. If there are cases Lakeside, no one knows for sure., they may not be but since no one is tested unless they are sick, no one knows and that is the truth. We can contnue to take care of ourselves , not trave,l stay home were masks and take all the precautions and we are safer than if we did not but there is no 100% safe place as far as I know.
  35. 12 points
    Wow, lakeside7. A new low in your never-ending stream of complaints. The mask making is a charity: "an organization set up to provide help and raise money for those in need." In fact, you can't even get them right now, as they are devoting all their energy to helping lakeside villagers, not greedy, self-important, bloviating gringos. So go spend your 30p and feel really good about yourself. I'm disgusted.
  36. 12 points
    I most certainly do NOT hate Americans. I hate misinformation and am really TRYING to get people from EVERYWHERE to pay attention to this virus and to get their heads out of their butts. I don't care if the American President is Republican or Democrat as long as the job is done properly. Therefore, I am not a fan of Trump. I had nothing really critical to say about either Bush or Reagan. Tricky Dicky creeped me out. If you don't know where I'm from then you don't spend enough time on the local forums. And, btw, that was a VERY personal attack and a very twisted message. I have many, many American friends. Why don't you try improve your reading comprehension instead of just reading.
  37. 12 points
    I know that you are a moderator here, and have some power, but please rethink your continuous sarcasm and macho behaviour. It is utterly childish. As a European, I follow VERY closely the unfolding drama in Italy ( where I have friends/direct witnesses in Florence ) and other European countries. Panic no,.... but the non stop jokes about this ...are not even funny anymore and out of place. One bad joke yes, but ... If you still believe that this is not serious and will not hit people here ( especially the poor, who will not have access to good or any healthcare ), you will be in for a big surprise soon. Rony
  38. 12 points
    Hi y'all, I adopted BeeBee this morning. She is wonderful. We feel so happy, lucky and blessed. Buen dia everybody ❤️
  39. 12 points
    @bmh is not being cheap. She is accurately pointing out what real wages are here. Paying 500p for 3 hours work is 167p per hour. As loathe as I am to compare Mexican prices to US prices, 167p is $8.60 USD per hour. The US federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. While you *think* you are being generous, you are in fact creating resentment among the locals who know the value of their work and the value of their neighbors' work. When an expat starts paying 3 times the going rate they are dissing the majority of workers who are being paid a normal wage. Such "generosity" will also create resentment towards the entire expat community. When in Rome (or Chapala), better to live by local rules and mores.
  40. 12 points
    Jim Bowie, good lord, what are you talking about? Ok, your neighbor says they are trash, even if your neighbor is Mexican, that is not ok. Does he know them, personally? I haven´t seen the ones up by La Canacita yet, but the ones I have seen in Chapala look almost African black, as in, nada mulato. Café negro sin azúcar ni leche. I thought they looked Haitian, but some people have said they are from Honduras or Nicaragua. Jim Bowie, just because they are poor and black, do you still want to say they are trash? My goodness! Have some humanity and give the guys a break. They also deserve to live decently and feed their children! Regardless of their skin color!
  41. 12 points
    Mrs. Rupert, not all of us expats are here to take advantage of living in the cheap and poor country of México. In fact, what makes you think México is so cheap, the houses here cost about what they cost in North Carolina, from where I´m from, and with a lot more maintenance required yearly and far less acreage or property included. A decent home there will cost you around 100,000 dollars with a good size yard, you can even find older homes selling for 50 to 60 thousand in the country with a real good sized yard. A nice home will cost you 200 thousand and up. Kind of sounds like here almost but with far smaller yards. Gas here is more expensive, electricity is far more expensive. Fruit and veggies and day to day living is much cheaper although. All and all we live cheaper here, I must admit. But México ain't that much cheaper than rural America. If you want cheap, expats should move to Guatemala or Nicaragua. I, along with many other expats live here in Lago de Chapala because we love the weather, the people are awesome, the scenery is gorgeous, and life is more exotic, stimulating and adventurous. And I love living in a relatively small town (Chapala) where I can walk everywhere and shop at small mom and pop stores and get to really know my neighbors and the people on the street. Something, that is becoming more ever so difficult to do in the US of A. I speak fluent Spanish since I was 18, I speak to the locals and I travel all over the country. I don´t get this negative vibe that you do that Mexicans are all living in fear and they are all being neglected and abused by their government. Sure, life in a developing country (note, I said developing, not 3rd world like perhaps Central American countries) is more challenging in some ways and not always as picture perfect and wonderful as American suburban life. Paradises do not exist, life in México is certainly not perfect but for me, I love it here as do so many other people. There are certainly places in México that may add up to what you are describing for the whole country, but they are a small minority of places. Even in the terrible, frightful , horrible city of Culiacán, if you were living there, it would not seem so terrible and dangerous once you get adjusted, it would seem like any normal city, with bouts of violence flaring up every now and then, but on the whole, just a normal city with just normal happy people going about their daily life. And of course, like always, there will be some people that were touched by violence that may be living in fear, but they would certainly not be the majority and certainly not the majority of Mexicans feel that way. If they did, Mexican immigration to the USA would be up, but as we all know, it is down down down. México is slowly turning into a middle class society and most Mexicans have lost the need to sneak across the border. Most Spanish speaking immigrants to the US now are not Mexicans but Salvadoreños, Nicaraguenses, Hondureños and Guatemaltecos. Oh my gosh, Mrs. Rupert, you aren't describing México at all, I think you were describing Honduras, now that is a country that would come closer to your description of a dangerous country with much of its population hovering in fear and feeling abandoned by their government and living lives surrounded by poverty and horrendous daily bouts of violence.
  42. 12 points
    I am married to a Mexican citizen and we have an extended family in Mexico. What you have missed is the people may be poor but they enjoy a degree of freedom which is worth more than money or gold to most people. I have traveled all over the world and there are many, many countries where the people live in poverty and have no freedom of choice. Here I see the children laughing and playing in school and when I smile and say "hola" to someone my greeting is answered with a smile. When I shop, people try to be helpful and give me good advise. I see people trying to get ahead and here in Mexico they have a chance. More and more educational opportunities are being offered the students. My stepson has graduated with a Masters from the University of Mexico which has over 150,000 students. He has received a fellowship from Germany to work on his Doctorate in Chemical Biology. He is working on a project on aging which will hopefully help all of us live longer. Mexico is an up in coming country which education and modernization which will help it get past its drug related past.
  43. 11 points
  44. 11 points
    This was posted in the MC thread on "interesting data": The CDC says, in very plain language, that COVID-19 is one of the most damaging and dangerous viruses / diseases out there, to both young and old. Fewer young people die from it, this is true. However, the full extent of the significant and permanent damage done to their bodies, general health / stamina, brains, and cardio systems is still not fully understood - other than it can be life changing and life shortening. https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/24/health/covid-19-symptoms-last-long-term-study-wellness/index.html
  45. 11 points
    Here you go assuming something once more with your own obvious morality issues. It never crossed your mind that daily drinkers already contribute plenty to society including for pandemics, disasters and any number of other things and don't give up what little or larger pleasures they may have, to do good deeds Has nobody ever told you what ASSUME spells and what are you doing to help others?
  46. 11 points
    Our Delegado, Juan Ramon says many followed directions, some didn't didn't ---human nature, The police checked the malecon every 30 minutes and broke up any groups. Sunday was dead, Good adherence. Mexico may save itself.
  47. 11 points
    Mainecoons, you are extremely deluded if you think the US response has been "rapid". A couple weeks ago the POS was saying it was all an overblown hoax created by the Dems to derail the election. Today, in his meeting with US governors, he told them if they needed medical supplies, they should find them themselves. And the madness that is taking place at US airports, where thousands of US citizens were forced to wait for hours, in packed conditions, with zero protection as far as spreading diease, was insane and irresponsible and probably substantially upped the number of cases that will surface. It's too late now for US entry travel bans- that should have been done not only by the US, but worldwide, weeks ago. It's now in the US, there have been deaths, and it's the US residents who are spreading it around, some of them still under the impression that it's some "liberal media hype".
  48. 11 points
    It surprises me that the local Mexican business people are not getting upset by the number of expats who are running businesses here.. if there is no local Mexican people offering that service then that’s fair enough, but so many expats are offering rides to the airport and just about everywhere else.. food to be picked up a local bazaar.. moving you from place to place, just to name a few...,
  49. 11 points
    tomgates, I find your comment to be insensitive and not helpful to timjwilson and others in his position. I'm sure if he could afford one, he would have considered that a long time ago. Not everyone can afford to have a vehicle, including me! Or maybe his disability prevents him from being able to drive.
  50. 11 points
    All I can say about this thread is "oh, brother." Closed.
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