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  1. I added the link, thanks for the reminder. Note to self: you're still shook up!
  2. The NYTimes is reporting the Chiapas off-shore earthquake last night as the worst in a century. According to the newspaper El Universal, it was magnitude 8.4 on the Richter scale. As of the moment, the news is reporting more than 30 dead: 26 in Oaxaca, 4 in Chiapas, and 3 in Tabasco. Here's a link to coverage in El Universal; even if you don't read Spanish, the photos might interest you. The hideously loud Mexico City earthquake alarm activated at approximately 11:49PM. There's an alarm in every neighborhood, including on the corner just one door from where I live; the sound of the siren and the horror of the constantly droning voice--ALERTA SÍSMICA ALERTA SÍSMICA ALERTA SÍSMICA--is enough to give a person a heart attack. My four-story building, which was undamaged in the 1985 quake, is consistently strong and generally when there is a quake, we residents don't go downstairs because of an out-of-code 10-story-tall glass-and-sheetrock building across the street that will, if fate decrees it, be the first to fall and kill us all. I braced myself in a safe interior doorway and waited. Within a minute, the shaking started. Slow at first, it soon picked up speed and severity until the pull-chains on the ceiling fan that I could see were swinging closer and closer to the ceiling. The hardwood floors were creaking loudly and the building itself was groaning, moving back and forth and banging against the building next door. The portions of the floor that I could see appeared to be waves on the sea and I clutched tighter to the door frame. The electricity failed and I considered going downstairs to the street, but because of the building's movement, I could not have walked the distance to the front door without being knocked down. For me, one of the worst things about an earthquake is not knowing when it will stop. Last night's quake lasted for approximately two minutes, a long time for an earthquake, with hard up-and-down shaking (as opposed to oscillating shaking) during the entire time. Many friends have reported their fear of not knowing whether the quake would continue to intensify, whether they would survive it, whether it would be like the 1985 quake in which as many as 40,000 people died. That's the sort of fear that an earthquake inspires. However, shortly after the quake stopped the electricity in my small building came back on. Many other neighborhoods are still without electricity this morning and friends have reported from their cell phones that they have no internet service, only WiFi. It is always terrifying to experience an earthquake; in seven years, Mexico City has lived through several of a Richter scale magnitude greater than 7. Three were 7.2, two were 7.8. To my knowledge, to this point in this event we haven't had any strong aftershocks. By 2:00AM I had stopped shaking and was able to go to bed and sleep till morning. There's no way to express the gratitude we all have for our safety. Please pray for Mexico's southern states where the damage is greatest and where news of loss of life will no doubt continue to rise. And while you're praying, say one for Mexico's east coast, where Hurricane Katia is expected to strike within the next 24 hours. Veracruz and eastern Oaxaca will take the brunt. Link to El Universal: http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/
  3. 80,000 attendees at a hardware convention. 20,000 more or less at an industrial aluminum convention. Etc.
  4. If you're looking for really elegant, high end fabrics, the best store in Guadalajara (and really the best store in all of Mexico, according to owners of fabric stores in Mexico City) is Al Puerto de Veracruz, Av. Chapultepec Norte, Col. Ladrón de Guevara. It's almost at the corner of Av. México, on the left-hand side of Chapultepec as you are driving toward Av. México. Fabulous fabrics!
  5. The rules are the same for all employees. The formula for calculations is the same. The differences include length of employment and salary amounts. If for some reason you have to let your employees go, you are legally responsible for the amounts due them BY LAW. Half a day a week or 365 days a year, it doesn't matter. You just plug in the figures.
  6. Ned Small. How could you forget? (That's a JOKE, Ned, don't get your knickers in a twist, pls.)
  7. I have everything you need in a Word document--but am unable to attach a .docx to any kind of reply or private message. If you can PM me with your email address, I will send it to you immediately. The document includes the formula for calculation and the letter your employee needs to sign to confirm that s/he has received the correct amount of finiquito/liquidación.
  8. IMHO the rendition is the eyesore--and I can't believe that I agree with betty about it. The photo looks like Ajijic has looked since way before I went to live there in 1999--well, with the exception of the OXXO on the mountain side.
  9. I'm not going to tell you about the ex-pat in Mexico City who has started a bagel business here. Nor will I tell you that his bagels are as good as any I ever ate in NYC. But I will post a picture of a few that I bought. Onion in the foreground, everything, and salt.
  10. So, so sad to read of her passing. What a wonderful human being she was, and such a lot of fun. RIP, amiga.
  11. Telmex--in my experience--has never been known for telling the truth. "When will the tech arrive to install my internet?" "He'll be there within the hour."
  12. Telmex has reported that this outage affects the entire country and into the USA. Even the Telmex telephone lines aren't working. Some people are reporting that Infinitum comes up and lasts a few minutes and then goes back down. I doubt that this is much consolation, but it's not just you folks at Lakeside who are affected.
  13. Pete, Mexico City's Hoy No Circula works very differently from what you say in your post--has nothing to do with even or odd numbers or days. Take a look at this English-language link for accurate information: http://www.mexicocity.gob.mx/contenido.php?cat=11200&sub=0&idioma=en
  14. I just did a search for Boursin in Mexico City. Nothing. I've seen several "tipo Boursin" ads, but nothing that is what you are looking for.
  15. http://mexicocooks.typepad.com/mexico_cooks/2007/05/fishing_for_sea.html The link is to an article written about the Mercado del Mar in Zapopan about 10 years ago. Not much has changed but the prices. Compare the Mercado del Mar to Mercado La Nueva Viga in Mexico City: http://mexicocooks.typepad.com/mexico_cooks/2017/04/la-nueva-viga-mexico-city-second-largest-fish-market-in-the-world.html
  16. RV, that's not accurate. It's very misleading, you should check first before you post erroneous information. First, in the mind of INAPAM, Guadalajara to Chapala (or vice versa) IS long distance. The 50% INAPAM discount has nothing to do with interstate routes. Furthermore, even the little buses that trundle around in the north shore villages offer an INAPAM discount of 50%. I just spoke to the Chapala Plus people in Guadalajara. The Chapala Plus employee told me that the cost for the directo from Guadalajara to Chapala (or from Chapala to Guadalajara) is 55 pesos per person. The discount with an INAPAM card is 50%; the cost with the INAPAM discount applied is 27.5 pesos per person. Nothing has changed. If anyone has other questions, call the Chapala Plus people and get the information straight from the horse's mouth. http://chapalaplus.com.mx/ The website doesn't work for many things, but the telephone numbers are there.
  17. About 13 years ago, I went to Guadalajara to get my INAPAM card. The INM office in Guadalajara is very easy to find. I was in and out of the office in about half an hour, card in hand. Since then, I have used the card at least once a month to purchase long distance bus tickets at the 50% discounted price on bus lines ETN, ADO, Primera Plus, and Estrella Roja . No bus line has ever told me there were no spots on the bus for a cardholder. I understand that some bus lines do have that policy, but...well, YMMV. As AngusWhatsis said, buy your tickets in advance and you won't have that problem.
  18. Bisbee Gal, I read the introduction to the photos on that link. It's always a surprise to me to see what mistaken ideas foreigners have about catrinas. Here's a link to an article that explains the origin and history of the catrina, why the skeletal figure is called by that name, and why it is neither emblematic of death nor connected to Day of the Dead celebrations other than by recently popular use. http://mexicocooks.typepad.com/mexico_cooks/2016/10/the-catrina-mexicos-iconic-legacy-from-josé-guadalupe-posada.html
  19. Take a look at the family-run Hotel Garza Canela in San Blas. The hotel has an on-site restaurant, considered to be one of the best in the country; the chef there, a graduate of the Cordon Bleu in Paris, is a judge for Mexico's MasterChef Juvenile section. http://www.garzacanela.com/en/instalaciones/
  20. Why guess at what it takes to become a Pueblo Mágico? All the prerequisites for receiving and maintaining Pueblo Mágico status are online: http://www.sectur.gob.mx/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/GUIA-FINAL.pdf SECTUR Nacional (the federal tourism department) makes the decision. What bmh said is absolutely correct: it is about marketing to attract tourism, not about history or cobblestones or a colonial centro histórico. And furthermore, in recent years it has become about having a political "in", no longer strictly about anything except $$$$. I suppose, if you don't read Spanish, Google translate could help you out with the website.
  21. I hate to disagree, but 9 out of 10 of the recipes I looked at do indeed call for bagre (catfish) "u otro pescado". Some specify substituting huachinango for bagre, but by and large, bagre is the go-to fish for Caldo Michi. Bagre, of course, is a naturally-occurring sweet water fish, a bottom-feeder, that is common in both Mexico and the USA. I grew up eating catfish and love it; catfish is still fished and eaten today in many parts of central Mexico and the USA. You can recognize it instantly by its fairly flat head, slick body, and its whiskers. Because it is and always has been so common in Jalisco, it's the fish of choice for Caldo Michi. Don Bagre.
  22. Maybe, AngusMactavish, and maybe not. I'll look further. http://www.wisconsinaquaculture.com/News_Details.cfm?NID=310&LinkType=62
  23. I pay my bill online, by going to https://app.cfe.gob.mx/Aplicaciones/CCFE/Recibos/Consulta/login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fAplicaciones%2fCCFE%2fRecibos%2fConsulta%2fDefault.aspx. Is this possible for you guys at Lakeside?
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