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  1. I have been buying Special Kitty at Walmart. It comes in a 9-kilo box, it has a little fragrance, it clumps really well, and the cats like it. All four of them.
  2. I bought 3 kilos of Kirkland butter at Costco Morelia yesterday, after a long stretch of none being available. Thanksgiving at our house is a very butter-heavy day, so I was quite happy to find it available.
  3. Harry, I have used this one for about 10 years. I really, really like it, you might also. I buy it at any Walmart in Mexico. https://www.amazon.com/Carapelli-Verde-Virgin-Cold-Pressed-Ounces/dp/B07TLPCBM1
  4. Sonia, I've had difficulties with two different banks in getting my fingerprints to "read" on their fingerprint readers. I understand that my fingerprints have pretty much worn away with the passage of time! Weird, no? But apparently true. On October 5, I have an appointment with INE to update my credencial. Can you offer me any advance pointers or alternatives if my fingerprints refuse to register on their readers?
  5. I sent my ballot to California, via diplomatic pouch, in plenty of time for the 2016 presidential election. The California elections people never received the ballot, and the embassy in Mexico City said it had been lost somewhere along the way. I re-sent it via fax, an expensive proposition. Caveat emptor, so to speak, but it arrived in time to be counted.
  6. My experience has been that unless you have a written contract with a provider, PROFECO doesn't handle a case. "Written contract" includes airline tickets, and much more. But if you simply let a guy take your washing machine, who said he'd fix it for you, you have no written contract. YMMV.
  7. Do any of the plant people still go to the Wednesday tianguis? At one time, parsley (and cilantro, and hierbabuena, and romero, and oregano, etc) plants were available there every week.
  8. All that was left of the tomahawk steak! I think 8 of us shared the meat--it was fantastic. (Among us, we also ate almost everything else on the menu. We were invited by the owner of the restaurant!)
  9. Bank of America DEBIT cards do have a foreign transaction fee: 3% of the amount you withdraw from an ATM. In addition, if you withdraw from any bank in Mexico other than Scotiabank, you will also incur an ATM charge of $5.00USD. Scotia has a global alliance with BofA that means one doesn't pay the ATM fee. I can withdraw up to 8,000 pesos from a Scotiabank ATM, and follow that up with immediate withdrawals up to my daily BofA dollar withdrawal limit. Each of those $8,000 peso withdrawals will incur the 3% foreign transaction fee.
  10. Buy one on Mercado Libre México: https://listado.mercadolibre.com.mx/baston-para-agarrar-objetos#D[A:baston para agarrar objetos] Yesterday I purchased an item late in the afternoon. It arrived at around noon today. Free shipping. Mercado Libre is great.
  11. I read the first part, which was strongly related to the current epidemic. One of these days I'll pick it up again to read the second part. Sofía Segovia is a very fine writer and the story is definitely similar to what we are experiencing now, 100 years later.
  12. I use an ad blocker called UBlock Origin. It's free, non-intrusive, and it works well with Chrome. Here's a link to the website--they'll tell you which other systems are compatible with it. https://www.google.com/search?q=ublock+origin&oq=ublock&aqs=chrome.1.69i57j0l7.5749j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
  13. Those onions are known in Spanish as "cebollita de cambray" and yes, I was going to suggest them.
  14. Second the motion for Bancomer for bank transfers--not that this answers the OP's question, but it might simplify the OP's situation. Using Bancomer's cell phone app makes setting up a transfer as easy as it can be: you need their account number, OR their bank card number OR their CLABE OR their cell phone number so the bank knows where you want to transfer the money. There are a couple of other questions to answer--nothing invasive and nothing you need to ask the transferee to provide--and boom, you've set up the account to transfer to. Once you've set it up, you use the same account info
  15. KMetzger. Read my lips. Call this number from your TELEPHONE, not a cel phone, exactly as I type it here: 001-800-829-1040. That's the IRS number to ask about your stimulus check. You will be routed through an electronic menu, told to call a different number, etc. Just STAY ON THE LINE and they will kind of unexpectedly connect you with an IRS representative who will help you. The wait time is long, I waited for about 45 minutes, but it was WORTH IT. You'll need to give the live representative your Social Security number and some other data, including the date Get My Payment said
  16. KMetzger, here's the direct link. It's still Get My Payment, and YESTERDAY it accepted new direct deposit information from me. https://sa.www4.irs.gov/irfof-wmsp/notice;jsessionid=6nTJfeBWtNubT03NTqETJYdB.39
  17. The IRS woman I talked to today told me that every part of that form HAS TO BE FILLED OUT. She told me to click either button re the refund part and put the income amount as zero. I did that, along with adding different banking information, and it was accepted without a hitch.
  18. Don Anonimo, in fact there are 64 varieties of maíces criollos (aka maíces nativos), plus countless sub-varieties. Here are the 64 varieties.
  19. I filed the non-filers form about three months ago, and 8 weeks ago found the notice on Get My Payment that my payment had been mailed on June 12. I have yet to receive either a check or a debit card. I'l call that 800 number to see if I can learn anything. EDITED TO ADD: Late this morning, I did call the IRS number that dichosalocura posted. The wait time to talk to an actual person at the IRS was said to be between 15-30 minutes; the actual wait time was about 45 minutes and it was worth every minute of it. The person I talked with identified herself with an official IRS ID number
  20. Amén. And you're probably seeing a lot of American-style sweet yellow corn, which has is being grown in several Mexican states and has become hugely popular in Mexico--as you said, for eatin'.
  21. I suspect that the yellow corn being sold on the streets there is ELOTE--early, tender corn--rather than the DRIED corn used to make masa (corn dough). Yellow elotes are not usually field corn, and you really want dried native corns for making masa--most dried corn is hybridized and is grown for animal feed.
  22. Ever since Mexico began producing blueberries, I have bought them fresh and grown locally, which for me is in Michoacán. There's no comparison with frozen blueberries, IMHO. I use them for pancakes, for muffins, for adding as fresh fruit to sugar-free natural yoghurt, for adding to salads, etc etc etc. I usually pay $120 pesos for a kilo at Costco or less if I can buy from a seller on the street. Walmart and other retail stores sell them for 60 pesos/170 grams, which IMHO is too expensive.
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