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  1. I need a pair of adjustable hiking poles. Anyone have an extra pair they’d like to sell? Alternatively, is there a store in the Lakeside area that carries them?
  2. We just noticed what appears to be black mould along the base of the wall under the bathroom sink. There is also salitre on the wall above it. We have read that black mould is dangerous if inhaled. What is the best way to remove it and does anyone have any names w/phone numbers of professionals who have handled this successfully for you?
  3. We got a message on our Shaw Direct TV Satellite system that "Receiver has lost signal. Network connection lost" Normally this only happens when a rainstorm interferes with the signal and the signal is regained as soon as the rain lets up. There has been no rain today and the signal has been lost for a couple of hours now. Is this happening with anyone else? Any thoughts, solutions?
  4. I have a Brother HL 5140 laser printer (black and white only) which I have been using for many years. It has developed a problem and I am looking for a local, Chapala area, person who is good with repairing old printers. Any recommendations?
  5. Carrying a $2.00 USD paper bill only prevents Covid if all the digits in the serial number are letters. Otherwise, no protection. Someone should tell AMLO.
  6. Hmmmm...back when it was first announced that a Walmart was to be built in the present site, I said this will be total mess for traffic at this intersection. It's been a mess for several years, but now we have moved to the "supership stuck in the Suez Canal" stage. Surprise, surprise!
  7. My wife I got our shots on Sunday in Chapala. We heard at the last minute that it was happening, so we down- loaded and printed our necessary forms and set off. We were sure it was going to be an ordeal--or at least at typical Mexican adventure. In the end, we were pleasantly surprised! It was held at Christiana Park and was surprisingly well organized. We we arrived about 10:30am and had to stand in a short line (3-4 people ahead of us) to get the registration done. I had tried to do it on-line, but there was no way to download the certificate. No problem, several guys with laptops were at Christiana's front gate to take care of it. This took about 15 minutes and we headed for the end of the vaccination line...and headed...and headed... and headed...It stretched from the main gate at Christiana to the front door of Cruz Roja. Fortunately, almost the whole distance was in shade and the staff had set out chairs all along the way so everyone could be seated. They were letting about 30 people in the gate at time, so we played musical chairs every 20 minutes or so, getting closer and closer to the gate. When we finally got to the main gate, we had been there about 3 hours. I had brought water, some snacks, and a book, so it was not unpleasant. They counted us off at the gate and we were then guided to a canopy under which were lines of chairs, one behind the other. We sat and again waited, this time for about 20 minutes. Then workers started down the aisles, giving injections to people on either side as they went. The shot was very gently administered and virtually painless. Even as the injection staff were working their way down the line, other workers were following them, taking our paperwork and filling out forms for our second shot, to be administered in about 3 weeks. All the Mexican staff were very courteous and supportive and some actually spoke English (at least better than my Spanish!) so we could get our questions answered. At one point the staff filling out my form didn't speak English but she was able to call on one of my seatmates who could translate my questions and her answers. Our stay under the tent was about 45 minutes total, including shots, forms, and waiting for allergic reactions. Then they shepherded us out and we were DONE! The whole thing was somewhat tedious, but not unpleasant, especially compared to what so many folks in Ajijic experienced. I plan to do my next shot in Chapala again, unless I hear that Ajijic has got its act better together.
  8. VPN doesn't make any difference. I use Hotspot Shield and my virtual site is somewhere in Southern California. The same problem happens with or without the VPN turned on.
  9. My condo complex is considering having Telmex install fiber optic to all units. Is this likely to solve the problem? I still don’t understand why some websites are affected and not others.
  10. My wife and I have both experienced difficulty connecting to Goggle and related websites at various times during the day or evening. For example I couldn’t connect around 11:30 pm last night and she couldn’t between 7-10am this morning. At other times of the day, everything works fine. What is particularly odd is that we can connect with some sites just fine but not others. No problem with Washington Post or NY Times, but nada with Google. Anyone else having this problem or knows what’s going on?
  11. Wearing a mask that doesn't cover your nose is like wearing a condom with the tip cut off.
  12. We have heard that Jalisco’s motor vehicle department has reactivated its office in Chapala, but we can’t seem to locate it. Anyone have an address? Hours of operation? Also, given the pandemic, do you need an appointment? Is the Recaudora office where you make payments in the same place? Thanks in advance for any assistance.
  13. I had Luis do some work for me and I found him honest, reliable, and he accomplished what I wanted at a reasonable price.
  14. Mainecoons, I have faced the same situation at Mexico City airport several times. I have tried the shuttle, the bus and a taxi. Take it from me, just take a taxi. It's much quicker and simpler than any of the other options and the cabbie will know just where to drop you off for the shortest walk. The ride is only a short distance so the fare is not much. All you need to know is the most direct route from your arrival gate to the taxi sitio.
  15. cookj5


    Merida is a wonderful colonial era city full of charming architecture, plazas, and historical landmarks. It has great restaurants and lots of colorful street life. Within 30 min. to an hour in any direction there are ancient Maya ruins. The only downside I found was that visiting in the summer is prohibitively hot and humid. Best time to go is December-February when the weather is mild and pleasant. I did a series on our visit in my blog "Jim and Carole's Mexico Adventure" https://cookjmex.blogspot.com/2012/03/northwest-yucatan-part-1-merida-white.html This is part one. When you get to the bottom of a page, look for "newer posts" to get to Part 2, and so forth. Enjoy!
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