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  1. Well, I have done my own DD and, while it remains a risk, the risk is normal consumer risk, so I have decided to take the plunge and sign up for ILOX. It does seem that all this ruckus started with a misunderstanding, namely that ILOX was initiating this movement. They did not. This is a consumer demand movement. A local resident saw a need for better internet, had the expertise to understand how to fix the problem then did the research and heavy lifting necessary to convince a qualified service provider to look outside their normal business model and offer service to our area. This volunteer may have bungled the marketing aspect, but hell, that is not his area of expertise so let's not shoot the messenger. Right about now TK must be feeling a little like the former head of NASA trying to convince Trump that investing in science is important. The underlying intent is solid. Getting better internet to Lakeside. Can a lot still go wrong? Sure, things are never as rosy as the sales pitch, but in my view any chance for better internet is worth the investment risk. Besides, I am sure many of us have invested more money in worse risks over the years with far less due diligence. I can think of a few examples, start by looking at your kitchen gadgets, cd and VCR players, an AMC Gremlin, plastic surgery, ...lol, anyone else remember buying one of those ridiculously expensive and very stinky Afghan coats? Putting it in perspective, the investment risk is small, the rewards could be large so I am willing to risk it. If I get burned, so be it. I will put it on the wall next to all those stock certificates.....
  2. To those who are so passionate about this, why not talk with management to organize a meeting with those of us who mistrust this process so that we can ask our questions? So far all I am seeing are third party advocates for a promised service, but no actual corporate presence. Even their website is non-transparent: http://www.iloxtelecom.com/ You would think that if Ilox were so keen on doing business here they would be happy to come on down and provide some transparency. By the by, my company subscribed to a service like this in a small town in Michoacán that also touted the best service and made some large claims about speed. The “company” turns out to be an enterprising local boy who has taken advantage of the new Telecommunications laws in Mexico to buy space off the existing Telmex network at a discount. He then resells it to his clients at slightly less than what Telmex charges, but the level of service is the same…and definitely no fibre optics although he proudly insists his service is faster (Speedtest begs to differ). The downside of using this service instead of Telmex is the loss of the use of the Telmex grid when travelling, and getting bumped offline when the Telmex and/or their system goes down. Which it does. A lot.. Here is an article about similar companies in Canada that may shed some light on what Ilox is trying to do if they are legit, and an article from Forbes that compares services in North America, showing we are not alone in our suffering: https://community-broadband.ca/choice https://www.forbes.com/sites/kevinmurnane/2016/09/15/comparing-internet-access-speeds-in-canada-mexico-and-the-united-states/#36b4aa781039 I too would love faster internet, especially fibre optic, but before I pay upfront for a service that promises so much, yet does not seem to have the necessary start up capital to open up a store front where we can talk to them directly, let alone have sufficient resources to install a regional fibre optic network, I will want to see this companies permits to build fibre optic lines in our area, see the required government licenses, see their articles of incorporation, how they are financed, who is their management etc. It is called doing due diligence. Otherwise, I fear we are being sold a bill of goods. So for those who are passionate advocates of this service, why not get organized with Ilox's management to come and meet the sceptics directly…if they pass scrutiny, they will see a flood of applicants. If they balk at presenting to their potential investors…well, ‘nuff said and adieu.
  3. You can make personal insults all you want. I am not talking about the validity of pre-arranged funerals, I am talking about the wisdom of buying any product from some stranger who happens to call you and who has also been caught lying. Now if that makes sense to you, then why not give her a call......
  4. Heads up all -again..... This is getting tedious. There is a lady(in this case) called herself Rebecca, Spoke Spanish, Number she called from was 333-401-8753. She says she is representing a funeral home in GDL and calling to sell pre-arranged funerals. I asked her how she had my cell phone number and she tried to bypass the question. I nailed her to it and she finally said a friend of mine had left it at the funeral home on a recent visit. This is something I know to be patently untrue. So at best, this woman is a blatant liar and why would you want to do business with a liar? At worst this is yet another scam targeting the expat community. Keep your eyes open all.
  5. I didn't realize that presenting ideas for a meeting being convened to find a solution to a cyclical and horrific problem was so offensive. Perhaps my ideas may be too long term for you to grasp so if this is really how you all feel about this then best just lock me out M. and you guys can keep on keeping on. Power to you.
  6. Well, poisoning dogs is certainly a bad solution, but so is ignoring existing laws by pet owners. Two wrongs do not make a right. As a reminder ahead of this meeting, if you attend with your dogs in tow, please keep them on a leash, especially since you all know there is the potential for poison out there. The cities I have visited who have solved this dilemma, did it by providing dedicated dog parks, imposing stiff fines on irresponsible owners, pet license fees, providing animal collection and animal destruction services etc. Wouldn't it be nice if instead of going in that expensive route (with so often an unhappy end for the stray animals), why doesn't everyone just decide to respect existing laws first, before the tax bill goes up to pay for all this? A dog park operated by the users of it is a good idea, why not run with that idea as a starting point. Also, why not just respect existing laws; by stopping the perp who is poisoning, and stopping the dog owners who let their dogs off leash? Maybe speak with the municipal government about setting up a pet license fee to be used to finance such a park, and so users of the park pay for the park. Right now it is my tax dollar (yes I pay all my taxes to Mexico) and people like me who are paying to upkeep a Malecon many can no longer use because of so many unleashed dogs. A user based system is more fair to all. Volunteering and committing to be a part of the solution will help us build a better community. It is a start.... As Clara liked to say to Dr, Who when the situation was dire...."Just do it".
  7. The Nobel prize committee seems to be re-inventing themselves as markers of fundamentals shifts (in time, thought, philosophy etc). I had nothing to do with the shift that Dillon and many like him helped to create, but I am certainly a product of that shift. For good or for ill, I thank them. PS: It was CAD$20, or twenty bucks...
  8. I expect this posting will die a quick death, but not before I thank you virgogirl. It is nice that at least one person recognizes a seminal moment in time.....
  9. I dunno' is it me or do lists like these really just show that you get what you pay for? BTW, Has anyone gone to INEGI for population info on the Riberas? Granted their website is obtuse and obstreperous, but they are the countries official census takers,. Soft sell reminder, ...transparencia! http://www.inegi.org.mx/ Good luck.....
  10. Sophie has had too high a price to pay for this ongoing issue, where irresponsible pet owners think its OK to let a supposedly beloved pet roam leash- less, and those barbarians who think it is OK to leave out poison as a response to the roaming dog packs that result. Its like letting a group of 4 year olds play outside unsupervised in traffic all by themselves. I am so sorry for Sophie whose needless death highlights how even responsible pet owners are made to suffer by those who are not responsible. Where and how does it stop?
  11. Water run off can be an issue but look at it on the positive side, at least once a year you could have waterfront property. Wherever you look, just make sure you get a building above grade and you will be OK (look at the driveway, does it go up or down to the house?). Racquet Club had a big land slide years ago with home damage, and land and mud slides can be a problem in areas that drain directly from the hills. This is the same anywhere in the world with challenging topography. Simply look at Google maps to locate where the drainage fans are from the mountains, avoid those areas and you are probably OK. The north south streets have more issues than the east west ones, and lower la Floresta near the lake has drainage issues which may cause septic problem. True of any low grade lakeside property. You mentioned a wife with disabilities. Best bear in mind when considering buying here that you are over an hour away from a full service hospital with emergency triage. There are small local clinics but expect to be on your own in any medical emergency. In my direct experience Red Cross charges you up front for the ride to GDL. Not sure what would have happened if I didn't pay, but the implication was clear. They also do not supply receipts. The local bomberos seem to have a new ambulance so there is that option. Fingers crossed emergency first response deficiencies will continue to improve over the years but in the meantime, best to be prepared.
  12. I lived 4 years in Upper La Floresta. In that time I found that lower La Floresta experiences more noise issues from weekend parties but is still quiet most of the time (weekends are a hit or miss). Upper La Floresta gets the odd loud party but is quieter overall. No matter where you go in Mexico you will get noise of one sort or another. Best to learn to love it or join the carmudgeons who love to gripe about everything. Bring ear plugs wherever you travel if you are a light sleeper.
  13. A well deserved honor. He writes poetry that speaks to everyone and was smart enough to put it to music. Here is a good summary of his work. http://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/bob-dylan-lyrics-nobel-prize-literature-1.3802933?cmp=rss Congratulations Bob, (BTW Ms. Meade in Montreal is still waiting for you to pay her back.... but something tells me her rights to the story may be priceless).
  14. The first type you boot up your computer you are given a language option. Just make sure you choose English and all will be well. At worst you may have to get used to a new keyboard configuration that includes Symbols and accents, actually a convenience once you get used to it.
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