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  1. Thanks Tiny, I actually bought that too. I have the one gallon jug from Amazon USA. The application procedure is a little involved, and as a last resort I will try to get my handyperson to apply it, but I'm hoping that some company in the area does this for a living. I thought with the number of old dogs, and people, in the area this would be a relatively common problem, especially given how easy it is to fall down in a damp bathroom or kitchen. I even remember reading an ad for this in the Ojo 9 years ago when we first moved here. Sadly that ad is no longer being published. Best wishes, N&H
  2. Thank you Liana, but we are hoping for something clear that won't take away the appearance of the tile. Hi Lily, we bought those from Amazon, as well as the "non slip socks." Both were a non starter for Athena.
  3. Dear Group, Our seven year old puppy, Athena is having a very hard time getting up on our slippery tile floors these days. Is anyone aware of a local (guadalajara) company that can come in and apply some type of non-skid coating to our floors? I have tried these guys but they said no because their product is a film that is only applied to small areas. Sr. Google has not been helpful. Any pointers would be apprciated. Best wishes, N&H
  4. Just filled up in Riberas pemex. No line. Magna only.
  5. Sound interesting? The cosmology club talks about these things and many others every quarter. To find out more, please contact Jerry at <dosmotos@yahoo.com>.
  6. Yes, here is the contact info: Eliberto Velazquez de Anda - Legal & Immigration Services phone (cellHim): +52 (331) 327-5506 phone (cellHer): +52 (331) 444-1214 phone (work): +52 (376) 766-4240 phone (work): +52 (376) 766-4249 phone (cellHim): +52 (331) 020-4848 address (work): Constitucion 13-B Ajijic, Jalisco 45920 Mexico mail: eli4162@yahoo.com.mx spouse: Susana Rodriguez His wife Susana is the one who does most of the leg work.
  7. Buenos días, paisano , deberíamos ponernos nuestras mejores togas y escuchar a Cesar en el Foro?
  8. Last Thursday (Nov 1st) I went to Guadalajara for my citizenship exam. It was the end of a long process, that involved a trip to Mexico city, numerous rewrites of my entrances and exits because the trips logged by INS did not match my passport, and the final stumbling block was that I had lost my permanente card back in 2014, so even though I've been a permanente since they first came out, the date on the back of my card was Feb. 2014, and unless the chief let me slide, I hadn't been here for the requisite five years. Fortunately he did let me slide after I produced a photocopy of my 2012 FM2. Now on the the exam. Since I'm over sixty (though I look 45) (hah) I did not have to take the dreaded history exam. I could have never passed it either. I had to take the language exam, which consists of reading about 4 paragraphs of Spanish text, answering 5 questions about it, and then writing 3 sentences about a picture chosen at random from as set of about fifty pictures. The total time for this test is ten minutes, and you must get 5 out of 6 answers correct. Question 6 is the 3 sentences. Now I can communicate pretty well in Spanish, as long as you don't care about the gender of the noun, the tense of the verb, or whether the adjectives agree with the noun in terms of gender and quantity. Pretty much typical gringo Spanish, I'd say. They made me read the "story" out loud, which was bad for me because when I'm reading aloud I concentrate on pronouncing the words (more or less) correctly and not on the meaning of what I am reading. After reading it out loud, I quickly reread the story to myself. There were a lot of words I didn't know. It was about some area in Mexico that has a river with a dam and a bunch of endangered animals, and was turned into a nature preserve. After reading it again, I still couldn't answer the questions, so I matched the words in the question with the text in the story. I understood what the question was asking, but had to refer to the text to figure out the right answer. This was somewhat non-trivial, and there were always several dependent clauses referring to the gist of the question, so you had to understand the question in order to pick the right clause. I really took my time on this part, so that by the time I got to the picture I only had about a minute and thirty seconds left. The picture turned out to be the easy part, thanks to the magic of three and four word sentences. I came up with: 1. Hay muchas luces. 2. La gente juegan futbol. 3. La mujer toma vino. They weren't happy with sentence one, so I added arriba to the end and then they were satisfied. Everyone at the office was kind, encouraging, and helpful, but the exam was a lot harder than I expected it to be. So my advice is, read it out load as fast as possible. Don't try to understand it but try to remember where in the text the "main ideas" occur. Then go immediately to the questions, and look for the corresponding text in the story. Now figure out what the question is asking, and search the text for the answer to that question. One of the 4 multiple choices answers will match pretty closely the answer provided by the story. Don't worry about the picture. If you can use Hay and conjugate ser in the present tense, you can always come up with something. After passing the test, I was told that in only three to six months I can expect to receive my citizenship papers, provided they don't change the rules between now and then. Viva Mexico! Henry Laxen
  9. Dear Earlyretirement, Do you mean like the Trump properties? We lived in Mazatlan when some friends of our were sold the fourth floor of a three story property. Be very careful before putting donw real money on a property that doesn't exist yet. My 2c. Best wishes, N&H
  10. You can get a "real time" look at the office by going to: http://ladron.mx/ and seeing if there are people moving around in the waiting room. Best wishes, Henry Laxen
  11. After reading all this, I'm wondering if there is someone in the area who could provide an "insurance approved" appraisal of items in the house? I would happily pay for such a service if it exists. Anybody know?
  12. Our frac has a very large master plan map of the development, maybe 36x48 inches (ARCH E). Does anyone know of a service in the area that can scan the document for us so we can put it online. We would like better resolution than taking a photo with a camera. All pointers will be appreciated. Thanks in advance. Best wishes, Henry Laxen
  13. I'm considering buying a new Nissan Leaf electric car and installing some extra solar panels so that I can drive for free. I'm wondering if anyone else in the Ajijic/Chapala area owns a Leaf and what their experiences have been. Please leave your salient comments below. Thanks.
  14. We have a "home grown" system that works pretty well. If you want to come over and check it out, just let us know and we'll send you a map.
  15. Here is the number I have for him. +52 (33) 1486 7173 Besr wishes, Henry Laxen
  16. I just tried transferwise and it was very easy and their website is slick and fast. The only thing I didn't like is that they (transferwise) asks you for your banks username and password, which means in theory they could empty out your account if the wanted to. I will reset my password after this transaction, because I'm the paranoid type.
  17. If you want to transfer a large chunk, I can recommend ofx, formally forex. https://us.ofx.com/ What I like most about their service is the security. When you sign up you need to provide a (Mexican) notarized copy of your passport, as well as proof of your address and phone number. Then every time you make a transfer online, you will receive a call from them (usually within 10 minutes) confirming the request. These measures pretty much stop identity theft in its tracks. Also their exchange rate is good, and the transfers are fast. A good service for the paranoid among us. Best wishes, Henry Laxen
  18. Dear Group, While I was out for my walk today I sadly encountered the body of a recently killed dog lying in the gutter on the side of the road. It is just across the street from the Centro Oftalmologo pictured below. Does anyone have any idea whom to call to pickup and dispose of the corpse? If so, please post the info here so the next time I search I will find it. Thanks in advance. Best wishes, Henry Laxen
  19. Hi Amanda, I've added you to my tennis list which is available at: http://nadineloveshenry.com/chapala/tennis/players.html On that page is a link to a printable version as well, in case you are old school. Welcome to the neighborhood. Best wishes, Nadine and Henry
  20. Yes, it does. It gets charged to your credit card, long before it arrives at your door, so you can see for yourself.
  21. Yes, we ordered patio furniture and a 60" tv from costco online, and had no problems.
  22. I just listened to the Tom Mabe audio and it was so funny it brought tears to my eyes. To bad my Spanish isn't good enough to try that down here.
  23. There is a sign in Hector's office. The camera is dangling on it. Here is what it looks like:
  24. Hello friends and neighbors, I like to tinker in my spare time, and have come up with a fun little project that might be useful for some of the businesses around Lakeside. Using a low cost Raspberry Pi computer equipped with an inexpensive (but high resolution) camera, I can quickly upload a photo of your choosing to your website. The photo is taken every minute, so you can see the image in pretty much real time. Why would you want this? Well, if you offer a service that requires people to wait, it would be nice to know how long the waiting times are. Right now this is installed in Hector's vet office and Chrissy's hair salon. The URLs are below: http://ladron.mx http://christines.mx This might be handy for other places where people have to wait, like restaurants or doctor's offices. If you are interested in deploying something like this, please let me know. My email is nadine.and.henry@pobox.com Best wishes, Henry Laxen
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