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  1. I remember someone saying the door hinges were on the outside - the burglars simply lifted off the door. Possible at your house? I think iron bars on windows are a good deterrent. The previous owner of my house had his computer desk right under the window though and he came home to find the perp trying to lift his lap top through the bars. So don't place anything of value in reach. Having glass in a door that can easily be broken so the perp can then reach in and unlock the door is a bad idea. I had glass with bars on a door where one could do this by easily reaching between the bars. Patio doors are the same. I think a good metal retractable "fence" would make sense. As has been said many times, don't give out keys. The person you give it to might be honest but that key might be stolen, the person be unaware that it was taken long enough for a copy to be made. If you have to be out when your cleaning lady or gardener is coming, can a neighbour let them in? And lastly, vary your routine if you can. We all ignore barking dogs so unless they are seen by the burglar and are seen to be ferocious, I think they are useless.
  2. Thank you to those who understood the situation we were in. Both my friend and I have multiple animals and are volunteers with the spay and neuter groups. She could not keep the pups more than a day because of out of town commitments and I was unable to do so either, Then my computer gave up on me and I didn't see your response, Denise. The dogs were taken to a very compassionate local vet who said that being the kind/colour they were that he saw no good news in their future. We know what is going to happen to them. None of us want that. But Denise, I am sure that you will be out at Anita's tomorrow to pick up seven dogs there who are waiting for new homes. Or maybe a couple of cats. And once again, thanks for the support from the rest of you.
  3. Left in front of the door of an animal lover - who isn't even home right now. We must have just missed seeing the perp - the dogs were beginning to tumble out of the box onto the road as we were walking by. We got them into a crate that they cannot escape from and a friend will keep them in her patio overnight. And she is giving them a flea bath. What to do tomorrow? These are not cute little in-demand pups. They are ordinary black (mostly) and they will surely be almost impossible to adopt out. I am emailing The Ranch and Lucky Dog. We don't feel we can expect a vet to take them. Frankly, much as we hate to think of it, euthanasia is on our minds. And hopefully there is some vet who will do that for these cruelly abandoned pups. If it comes to that. If anyone out there has had success in a situation like this, please post.
  4. My beefs are with the municipio. fix the sidewalks. Charge people who don't maintain their sidewalks, who allow trash to accumulate in vacant lots or who otherwise ignore the bylaws.. Quit adding new stuff till you keep the old in repair. And please let there be some place to buy Tetley orange pekoe tea.
  5. Judging by that description, I talked to this man on the bus about two weeks ago. He was getting off at Sunrise and said he lived in that area. Was doing just fine. He volunteered that his family thinks he's nuts to be here. He always has a big backpack, and was getting around without trouble. I saw him this week at LCS but didn't speak to him.
  6. Raul Ruiz (metuchenmama's recommendation) is a psychotherapist, not a psychiatrist. I know him well, as an individual, not as a medical professional, but have no hesitation in recommending him. He is qualified to use hypnosis in his treatment if that is of help to the OP. Wouldn't you know it, I can't find his card. But his email is raulruizs@hotmail.com
  7. I live in Riberas where, within two blocks of my home, at least a dozen lights are out. Two different Mexican neighbours called, about a month apart. The first call: she was told that they would be visiting the area within a week. (She had a map which she gave to the correct department.) The second and third calls: the truck that they use is broken and besides, they have no lights. The last call was about five weeks ago.
  8. I put the smart card over my meter and then I have to go to the CFE office to pay. I don't know the amount until the machine reads my card at CFE. . I asked when I was there, Is there any place other than here that I can pay this? NO. I don't get a paper bill, have no bar code, so their answer makes sense.
  9. This has been a pain in the butt for me, but for CFE I can see that it was "smart." I have noticed that new homes in my area (Riberas) are getting the old style meter. My sense is that the smart meter plan didn't last long as when I stand in line at the machine (CFE itself being the only place I can pay) I rarely see another person with a card. Does anyone know what the status is of that plan to convert meters to the digital ones that use the smart card?
  10. The place on the left, going into Chapala, isn't taking plastics. I have plastics (milk and pop bottles) and aluminum cans. Probably enough to almost fill the back of a half ton. Mostly from the street trash. I am hoping to find a non-profit which will pick them up and take the money. I live one short block off the carretera in Riberas. I've tried to contact four non-profits, two responses, and am thinking this is not going to work. Anyone out there who has contacts and can give me a lead? I'd really like these to go before rainy season. TIA Linda
  11. I don't know if I am talking apples and oranges here but I want to report what the Presidente told Riberas residents back in November . This was a meeting that he convened and it was held beside 7-11. A group of residents had been pushing for months for more attention to services in Riberas. He introduced a man who was to update property records. There are many properties in Riberas, we were told, that had never been registered with the municipio and as a result, taxes were not being collected. Of course we were all stunned: how do they get services like water then? Doesn't SIMAPA check before they do the hook-up? With CFE it's easier... all those illegal hook-ups. I don't remember the answers from the Presidente. But on hearing this most of the crowd calmed down, thinking that this made sense. My impression was that we were willing to give Admin a chance. Very likely this checking on properties is going on across the municipio, and not just Riberas.
  12. I just went to the Montecarlo two days ago. We said we were members of the "swim club" and the entrance fee was 50 pesos. But two of our group came earlier, did not state this, and paid 100 and got a wrist band. So that explains the price difference. I have no idea what the "swim club" is - have been saying this for at least two years. I thought this meant walk-in traffic, but apparently not. The big pool, down by the lake, is warm enough now and should be for a couple more months. Maybe 29 degrees. Guessing. A peahen was strolling with her five babies and daddy was displaying his colours nearby. There was a lovely breeze and though it was almost 34 back home (Riberas) it was pleasant there. We had lunch too and the food was fine. All five said we would order again. And a plus for me, short bus ride and it stops right at that corner.
  13. No idea what brand, but Puritan Poultry in Riberas now has sausages in the freezer at the front. I was told that a Mexican man who used to live in Germany makes them. They are packaged by Puritan. Kinds? Turkey, Italian, breakfast and brats. They have been available there for about a month. If anyone has tried them, please let us know what you think. And have you checked out the custom VWs for sale in the same building? Neat!
  14. And Mr Bull, both in Ajijic and Chapala, has bulk sausage, spiced (peppery?) in the freezer. I'm guessing the package is about 1 kg.
  15. I live on San Luis, just west of San Mateo, and have TelMex. For 6.5 years. Phone and internet. I can't speak to the speed because I don't use internet for anything fancy. I think you will find just as many who recommend TelMex as recommend Telecable. But the poster is correct re the difficulty of getting a TelMex line. Just a month ago a neighbour, directly behind 7-11, sold his TelMex line. Too bad you didn't know about it. Hope I get to meet you when you arrive. I love Riberas!
  16. All is well. He waited till the cohotes stopped. A neighbour, up early, saw him sitting in front of his door. Yes, the absolute worst day of the year for dogs. And we have so much construction going on in Riberas right now. Thank you all.
  17. Howard is a gangly, poodle type, white, with an underbite. He has a collar and ID tag. The cohotes today scared him off. No idea which way he went. His home is on Av de la Ribera, two short blocks below the 7-11 in Riberas. If you see him please contact his owner Sandy at 765-7231 or me at 765-3587 / lindaball2001@yahoo.com. Really hoping he'll find his way home when the cohotes stop...
  18. I too would be interested in going out with someone who is knowledgeable re the night sky. We still have another month before rainy season.
  19. Someone talked on another thread (mine) about Ajijic having green waste removal twice a week. Does that not include West Ajijic? Boy, garbage pick-up sure isn't consistent, place to place.
  20. Yes, I'm wondering if anyone has taken one from the Chapala pier. And if so, where could we stop and get off? I am wondering if any of the malecons or piers along the way, going west, are currently accessible.
  21. El Cartero, I am wondering about renting a boat to hold at least two, maybe more.
  22. I realize that docking the boat is the problem. Are there any places between Chapala and Jocotepec where we can dock? Am thinking of the boats out of Chapala. How far west could they go? If someone has done this recently please post your experience. Thanks Linda .
  23. Alumbrado dept. at City Hall, takes care of street. lighting. Was given that info by a resident who tried to get action. She didn't give a name. Good luck.
  24. I know it is useless to try to get city hall to change but I can't stop myself. Here in Riberas we get NO attention from the municipio yet new construction is proceeding at a fast pace. I see that as new tax dollars. And some should come back this way. Ha! It occurs to me that if they spent less on garbage pick-up some money could be diverted to pothole repair and control of run-off. Or streetlights. And the garbage trucks would last longer, meaning that we would have fewer days with missed pick-up. The excuse for everything is "we don't have the money" and "our trucks are not working." Can you post your area and how often pick-up is scheduled? I am M,W, F but I could easily live with twice a week. And what's this "green truck" that someone spoke of? How much of the municipio gets that service? Thanks Linda
  25. I can look up the number but let me first tell you what my Mexican friend was told when he went to City Hall about this. This was the second time for him to report the light out in front of his house. The word is that there are no lights available and the truck to install them is not working. This was about three weeks ago. I live on your street, about two blocks east, and I had made a map with all the burned out lights marked in my area. My friend thought it hopeless to pursue the matter but if you do and are successful, please share. Linda
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