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  1. A bit off the subject, but...... When I lived in GA, I lived in a rural area. One of my neighbors put in a hot tub. It was one of those partially in the ground deals. He bought the tub and hired some people to dig the hole and get it in place. Then he called me to help him wire it. I don't remember exactly how much power it took but a lot. We got it wired up and he filled it up. Ran the well dry twice doing it. He tried it out and said it was great.... In GA, it can get to 100+ in summer and below freezing a lot in the winter. Plus, it rains a lot in GA and we have hardwoods that drop leaves all year. He was always having to remove water and leaves, so he called me and wanted to build a gazebo to protect it. So, we, did, out of redwood, benches all around, wood shake roof, etc. Looked great. I have no idea what that cost. When winter hit and he got the power bill, he about had a heart attack, but you can't just cut them off or they will freeze. In summer, it is not too bad. Doesn't take much power when it's 100 degrees outside. The next fall, I looked out and he was filling it in with topsoil and planting shade tolerant plants in it. When I kidded him about it, he said that he had figured out that he and his wife could go to the Holiday Inn twice a month, enjoy their hot tub, sauna, pool and get a free breakfast and come out cheaper.
  2. When you say solar, do you mean to heat the water or to provide electricity? A hot tub takes a lot of power to bring up to those temps. I've never seen one down here that didn't have some kind of backup power (propane or electrical)
  3. I had a cat that claimed I needed him to keep the elephants out of the garden. He got himself run over and the elephants didn't return. We have probably scared all the evil spirits away for the next few centuries.
  4. I came here a decade ago and decided not to buy a house, to just rent. I also looked at the banking here and decided there was no way I wanted to deal with any of them. Things have probably improved in the last decade, I really haven't looked. I don't have any bank accounts here and get along just fine. If you are looking for just straight investment for income, the Caymans are great. They handle a lot of huge funds, have the people and the experience and run under British law. Lots of really good investment houses there. Mexico is growing rapidly which should mean that there are good investment opportunities here but I don't understand the legal system or speak the language well enough to handle my own stuff here, so I go else where.
  5. I live in Villa Nova and occasionally, there will be a "marching band" practicing somewhere around here in the middle of the night. They definitely need the practice. The very first night I was in MX, in April 2008, there was one practicing at 4am on Guadalupe-Victoria just outside my window. That's when I knew why they didn't let me bring my gun into MX.
  6. A small UPS in line helps a lot also for electronic equipment. They will switch to battery on low or high voltage and they tend to clean up a lot of the spikes etc that exist down here.
  7. I've found between Google, Amazon, E-bay and YouTube, you can find parts and instructions on how to repair almost anything. If you can find the parts and get them shipped in, you can always find someone here to do the work.
  8. Just watching TV at 3am. There is snow in some parts of the US. Isn't it great that we can bitch about the SNOWBIRDS instead of the SNOW....... I'll put up with snowbirds in exchange for the weather any day
  9. I lived on Hildago, just a couple of houses from 6 corners. parking was always at a premium. There was a family that owned a bodega across the street and we had a deal. They parked their truck in front of my garage. If I wanted out I just walked across the street and they would back the truck out, I'd get out and tell them roughly how long I'd be gone. When I came back, I'd beep the horn and he'd move the truck, I'd get in the garage and he'd park in front of the doors again. It worked great. He had a guaranteed parking spot and I knew who was parked there. The kids played soccer in the street and they'd kick the ball over the wall. I'd let them in to get the ball and if it was in one of the trees, go get a pole to get it out. They were always polite and always said thanks. In a year, I never had any problems at all. About 6 months after I left, the people that rented it next saw me and were bitching and moaning about the neighborhood. He had called the cops several times about people parking in front of the garage and he said he had a big collection of soccer balls. They had been robbed twice and were very unhappy. I never had any of those problems. The kids stood guard while I was gone. They knew that I was a good guy that always got their ball back. Being a good neighbor works almost everywhere in the world, including Mexico.
  10. I do auditing of apartment rates in the US over the net. Most apartments (2 br) charge $45-65 a month for water, sewer, trash. Electrical will average $100-200 a month depending on climate and type of stove. I hear these prices and just cringe. My average electrical bill per YEAR is around $200US. Electricity may be "expensive" in MX, but you use a lot less because of the climate
  11. I went to dinner the other night and noticed that the prices were up about 10%. When the bill came, I noticed that I got the old price. When I asked the owner, he winked and said "Snowbird prices". And, no, I'm not going to tell you where this happened.......
  12. They do help support the economy, although not as much as in the past. More than anything else, they bring new topics of conversation. I dearly love listening to them bitch about things NOB
  13. The rule here seems to be "if a cop doesn't catch you, it is legal" Since the transit cops don't show up until 9am, anything before that is "legal". Watched a golf cart park at El Torito today
  14. As long as they bring lots of money to support the local economy, I'll just wear earplugs and smile. Snowbirds are like boats. Two good days. They day they arrive and the day they leave.
  15. One of my friends gave me a set of stick on letters that work OK also. The vowels go in a hurry.
  16. I have a couple USB corded full sized keyboards. I'll loan you one if you still need one. Villa Nova area
  17. Amazon has an "Amazon essentials" keyboard for around $11. (USB corded). I buy a couple at a time and they last about 2 years before I wear the letters off. Kaliber Gaming makes a backlit keyboard for about $40 (Amazon US USB corded also). They are full sized and heavy duty. I just bought one and it has a good feel and sound when typing. Gaming keyboards are built to take a beating. If you want a real keyboard look for one with mechanical switches. The cheap ones just have a rubber piece with a contact on the backside and the rubber returns the keys. Eventually the rubber wears out and weird things happen. They are expensive but last.
  18. I left Salvadors this morning headed home. I have to turn left onto the Carreterra. Since the cross road is wide there, I pull up into the center and put on my blinker. That way, there is enough room for someone turning right to get by me on the right and a full lane on the left for people turning in. Traffic is heavy and a guy is on my right trying to turn right. There is still a full lane to my left. Suddenly, I look up and a woman in a land yacht is turning left off the Carreterra headed directly at both of us. Where she thought she was going was beyond me, there was plenty of room to my left. Now, she has a mini gridlock going on, blocking everyone in all directions I backed up and let her in. When she passed, I checked the tag. Yep, a Snowbird. I do hope she brought plenty of money to spend and improve the economy.........
  19. I bought a keyboard recently that says you can pour liquids on it and it will survive. I haven't tried that but it does have holes in the bottom to let the liquid drain through. I'm looking for one that is "dishwasher proof". It might survive around here. Haven't found one yet. However, I think that there is a market for such keyboards............
  20. I spent a month at Casa Nostra and found it to be very good. The care level was excellent.
  21. I'm 70. Everything I like my doctor says is bad for me. I no longer care what it is or what is in it. If it tastes good, I eat it. If it doesn't I don't.
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  23. I just bought a plane ticket to Canada. Sounds great!!!!!!!
  24. How else do you expect Slim to survive? He certainly can't do it providing extra phone lines or keeping the ones here working all the time.
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