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  1. Wearing a mask that doesn't cover your nose is like wearing a condom with the tip cut off.
  2. 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.
  3. I had Luis do some work for me and I found him honest, reliable, and he accomplished what I wanted at a reasonable price.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 bo
  6. What is the cost of installation to your home? Is there a monthly charge?
  7. The big flat screen TV that was in our house when we bought it five years ago has finally crapped out. It is probably at least 10 years old. We want to replace it with a new one but are somewhat baffled at our choices. The selection at Walmart (we don't want to drive to Guad), primarily included the LG and Samsung brands. We want something fairly simple that we can hook up to our Shaw cable and to our DVD player. What we found seemed to be much more complex than that, with all sorts of complicated options that we'll probably never use. Also, with our old TV we could control the on/off, c
  8. What you say is correct. However the original poster says the employees were the ones not wearing masks. This has nothing to do with being uncomfortable with confrontation. It has to do with lax management and employees who don't give a rip who they infect--and infections are increasing rapidly in Jalisco.
  9. It probably would. However, that is not the only statistic to watch. Hospitalization utilization and deaths from covid-19 are probably a better indicator of what is going on than reported infections, given the disparity in testing.
  10. Sweden's death total, as of Sept. 22, 2020 is way higher than its neighbors Denmark, Finland, and Norway. It is true that Sweden, with a population of just over 10 million is larger than its neighbors. The other three each have populations of about 5.5 million. So Sweden is about twice as large as each of them. However, Sweden's death total is 5,876 as of Sept. 22. That is 9.3 times as many deaths as Denmark (643 dead), 17.13 times as many as Finland (343 dead) and a whopping 22 times as many as Norway (267). I would call Sweden's record a pretty miserable one, compared to its neighbors.
  11. We have lived in Ajijic for almost 14 years. For the first 10 years or so, we depended upon ATMs to access our money in our NOB account. Ultimately, we found that having a Mexican bank account gave us better access to the pesos we needed. This was particularly so after we bought a house that needed occasional repairs and when we needed substantial sums to buy a car, pay medical bills, etc. Many times, the amounts needed were greater than you could get from an ATM, unless you went back repeatedly over a period of time. Over those first 10 years exclusively using ATMs, we did encounter a n
  12. We just got an email from MultiVa that we can no longer deposit a US check in our savings account unless we shift 25% of our money into an investment account. Has anyone else gotten a communication like this from MulitVa? Are any other local banks/investment houses putting out similar communications?
  13. I have used Sammy Reyes (333-4820167; 331-289-5209) for more than a decade to take my wife and I to the airport, often at very early hours. He is absolutely reliable and usually shows up earlier than the appointment. Charge from Ajijic to the Airport is $450 pesos (not including tip). I usually give him at least $20 pesos/piece of luggage. He has several vehicles of various sizes. Make sure you mention how much luggage you have.
  14. I talked to Polo this morning. He will be returning to the LCS on Monday, Sept. 28 with appointments starting at 11 AM. By the way, Mainecoons, are you sure the problem is with the hearing aid itself or just the little rubber earpiece? When the earpiece collects too much earwax, it can make the hearing aid inaudible. You can soak the detachable earpiece in hydrogen peroxide and that will sometimes clear up the problem. Otherwise you need a new earpiece. It's best to get a couple of sets so you have spares when Polo is not in town.
  15. It is not only NOT a scam, it is part of the South Dakota state law to allow people from out of state to get SD vehicle titles, registration, and auto plates: 32-5-4.1. Nonresident registration application--Issuance of nonnegotiable interstate title--Purpose and duration--Violation as misdemeanor. Any person who is an owner of a motor vehicle, motorcycle, truck tractor, road tractor, trailer, semitrailer, or recreational vehicle or trailer, who is required to apply for registration under chapter 32-3, 32-5, 32-5B, 32-9, or 32-10, and whose legal residence or chief place of business i
  16. Gee, that makes me wonder if any of that showed up in his paintings...
  17. I was making a small joke there. Obviously unsuccessfully.
  18. Maybe they're getting a head start on fiesta season?
  19. I have to say, Mijo, yours is the most succinct post I have ever seen. There ought to be some sort of award for this.
  20. When lived in L.A., my car was broken into one time and stolen another. When I moved to Portland, OR, my car was stolen, my garage burglarized, there was an armed standoff next door between the cops and some car thieves, and we had a drive by shooting on our street. Nothing like that has happened to me in my 13 years living in Mexico. I guess 3rd World is a bit broader than a lot of people think.
  21. I had my wallet stolen several years ago at Soriana in Chapala. They were very good, I didn't even have a sense of anyone immediately around me. I only had a small amount of cash in the wallet, maybe $300 pesos, but it also contained my Oregon drivers' license. That was irreplaceable and its loss meant I had to get a Mexican drivers' license, no small deal at that time. Fortunately, my wallet also contained my LCS card, and just like MtMama, I got a call that the wallet had been found. No money left, of course, but it contained the all-important driver's license. I learned some lessons f
  22. Many of the underlying conditions which make covid-19 so deadly, like diabetes and heart disease, are closely related to obesity. An hour hanging out in the Ajijic Plaza will confirm that a very large number of expats here are high-risk. Why do you suppose they sit in close groups, maskless, chatting and laughing? They don't appear to be either ignorant nor uneducated. I guess there really is no cure for stupid.
  23. I haven't seen any evidence from a reputable scientific source that says HCQ is good either for prevention OR for treatment. In fact, there are a number of studies that indicate it can have negative effects, including death, on people with certain underlying conditions. As one doctor said, just because a drug is helpful with one condition doesn't mean it is effective or safe for another. As he said, aspirin is good for headaches, but he wouldn't prescribe it for someone with a bleeding disorder. The FDA, the CDC, Dr. Fauci at the NIH, and others all advise against it. But sure, go ahead and us
  24. And, if the government is chronically short of money, because people find ways to shirk their taxes, you will also see no positive improvements. This is a circular argument that ends up being a little too convenient for those who just don't want to pay taxes.
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