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  1. No summer? - up here in TX, it was normal, Austin had over 40 days 100+ and then of course that little thing named Harvey, so as usual, we didn't notice, same old same old. Global hooha is a religion for folks who don't have a regular one. It has all the components to make them believers without the obvious downsides, no one passes the collection plate, Gov takes care of that?
  2. I've never ever owned an HP for those and other reasons. I use Canon exclusively. If you look at them you'll find many, if not most, use ink "tanks" not integrated with the print head. My current one uses 5 different color/black tanks, I just ordered 2 complete sets, 10 tanks, for $8.50 from eBay.
  3. Yep, there will be some smokin' deals on new and used cars. They'll show up in NE, IA, IL, CA, up east and of course MX. A friend bought one back in the 60's, couldn't believe the deal he got - except in about 3 months, small rust pits started popping out on the doors etc. and soon they became BIG rust patches, you could watch the car die daily. This morning I was in Marble Falls and as I got out of the car a guy pulled up behind me and hollered "hey, you need a home theater"? - I said no, I have one, he said he could tell by the car I was driving (a 12 year old Jeep?) that I had a big TV and this would be perfect and I kept saying NO all the time thinking it was probably directly from Houston and NOT in the original box.
  4. Oh yes, flood insurance is a $$joke, if the water doesn't come from a specific direction for a specific reason and on a non-rainy Thursday - sorry Charley. But, that's not just TX, when I lived in Louisiana it was the same. As I recall now, we prayed the roof blew off so the rain came from above, not rising water from the bayou we lived on which was connected to Lake Pontchartrain which is open to the Gulf and every time the wind blew the water came up, but whatever. The Fed response appears to be significant, but "we" tend not to depend much on them, it's better to do it with home folks and leave the pols, DC (and strings) out of it.
  5. Well, the first half of the article may be human dignity, but the last half is definitely a political jab that doesn't belong in the article except for obvious reasons. In this case, MX is helping a lot of their own people - just saying. Texas can take care of itself, HEB has sent a convoy of trucks with food, water etc. Budweiser has converted a packaging line to canned water and the lists go on and on. Utility crews are converging from all over not only TX, but the US. The Houston flooding is a disaster, but not unusual, the devastation in Rockport which everyone seems to have forgotten is far greater.
  6. It happens - several years ago now, my Visa was "grabbed" either at Walmart of Soriana for $800 in computer equip in Guad. Here NOB a year ago I was hit for $400 worth of ladies clothes at Nordstroms Calif? - and they didn't even fit? In retrospect it was a bit amusing, when I talked to Nordstroms they said I had to report it to my "local police". I said "maam, you don't understand, I'm in semi-rural TX and my local police is a sheriff and when I track him down he may be on horseback and telling him about my problem buying ladies clothes probably will cause him to laugh so hard he'll fall off his horse" - so, I didn't bother. But, I do see reports of card skimmers at gas stations in Austin, so it's the world we live in.
  7. Good advice all, but then again, nothing I don't do NOB when building, I'm the unpaid worker onsite every day and even then I worry. But you've all jumped past the most important and critical first step in the process - DO YOU ACTUALLY OWN THE LOT AND ARE YOU SURE IT'S EXACTLY THE SIZE ETC THE PAPERWORK SAYS? Now, I realize that may sound silly, but in MX - it's not! I saw it next door and heard about it more than once that people were happily building away and suddenly someone shows up and says "excuse me, you don't own this, or you're over my property line - and a dozen variations". I believe My neighbor went into Chapala and hired the official surveyor or some such person to certify his lot size and location. I watched 3 guys dig a wonderful footing for a big front wall, two foot wide and eighty foot long and then a day later a tractor was filling it in - seems the surveyor "missed" the mark by about 10', so that's my advice for the project and good luck.
  8. CCW, the weather site listed below has data from the past 10 years, tells a lot about hot/cold and wet/dry. www.chapalaweather.net
  9. We're at totality here in TX, we did drop a degree or two, but otherwise you'd never know, but I think there's another in 2024 that might be better?
  10. There's a lady about a block E of Ken Gosh's studio just E of the Ajijic Square, she does a fabulous job at silly cheap prices. Maybe around #58 Guadalupe Victoria. I have a number of beautifully framed pieces I brought back from there. Here in TX I went into Michaels and asked how much to dry mount a 24X36 poster - $75 thank you, I didn't bother to ask how much to frame.
  11. Often NOB the hospitals etc. don't pay any attention to the DNR, I don't know about down there.
  12. We've actually had EPA "bad air" days up here in central TX from burning of the fields in Eastern MX. I lived in Riberas and I have asthma so I often scrambled to close up the house, but MX is what it is. There was a little old lady at the corner near us and almost every day she'd clean up and rake up fallen leaves etc. and make a nice little pile in the street and then burn it, we called her "Ms. Burner".
  13. Lots of windows, YUUUUGE windows and a big wall around to create your own world which you can share with others, or? - my example, lived there 7 years and while MX has it's challenges no matter where you live, I'd not trade this place for any place I ever visited.
  14. I had a 4M volt stun gun and it was legal, when you hit the key it arched between the contacts making a very very loud snapping, crackling electrical arching noise, plus you see the arch and I would hope that would be enough to interrupt the event, if not you use it, shouldn't take more than once to make the point.
  15. Didn't you ever wonder why there are so many battery powered clocks in MX? - well, thank you CFE, they screw with not only with slamming on/off, but frequency variations and I had several devices that were destroyed by that little trick. When they are off, or pull in another source they often don't match frequency and we get the results. Many things are not sensitive to frequency, but some are. Just as a general statement, in MX in 7 years, I lost 7 routers, 2 UPS regulators, 1 answering machine, 1 phone caller selector, paid $800MXD repair on a new home theater, 1 pump motor, and more. Since returning to TX 23 months ago - zip, nada. Plus my power is about $0.10 per KWH. And guess what, it's just electricity running down two wires to my house, no magic, nothing different than MX. So, you have to ask, why?
  16. Yeah, just get a killAwatt they measure frequency no problem, lots of them around lakeside. Funny side story, many many years ago when I was in metrology in Calif we were having no end of problems and the line checked out at 60CPS (in those days) and finally we discovered a big liquid Oxy plant down the road was causing the entire line to fluctuate at something like 5CPS which we found with an ocilloscope.
  17. In my case we had eight foot compound walls, so that didn't work out - although it didn't stop me from chucking fallen palm fronds over the wall into the vacant lot next door as is traditional locally - and to be fair, several of the palms were on the lot line so depending on the wind, most fell over there anyway, I just added to the collection.
  18. Here's a thought, if it's so annoying to you, why not offer to pay his gardener, or any gardener to sweep his property with a nice MXN broom - nice and slow, everyone wins, you have peace, his property is clean and you employ a person, what could be better?
  19. When I went looking for one a few years ago I had to go to Guad and at Home Depot the small one was at that time $820p, the same thing NOB is about $35. So, I bought NOB and imported it for my gardener. And, as far as neighbors not liking it? - nobody blows leaves at midnight unlike music until all hours and barking dogs with no "off" switch.
  20. Here in Lower Riberas we tend to be a bit DYI (or it doesn't happen). No street light for a year on a dead dark street? - now we have one, I bought it at Home Depot, I installed it and I maintain it. Floods in past years came into the property due to no street maintenance? - my neighbor and I split the cost of a tractor and a couple loads of gravel, now the street slopes away from the property and water flows on by. I just heard lots of scraping/shoveling sounds (and of course loud MXN music) and looked out and my neighbor had two of his boys shoveling a pickup load of broken tiles into the "lake" formed by - yes, no street maintenance. Here the general expectation is NOT "you get what you paid for" - but - "you get what you personally pay for - and do yourself".
  21. Improved? - I guess, the streets are the same, the water is the same and I'm not sure exactly where 120 is, but if it's next to the school it's not going to be quiet per se.
  22. "I have seen survey teams in and around the area but don't really know what that means. I have zero problems with my septic tank in the 7 years we have lived here. Never had an overflow nor ever had it pumped. So I suspect it is a hit and miss thing." Couldn't agree more, this property has never had a problem nor has anyone else I have met around here. To be honest, it's actually hard to have a problem except for blatant incompetence in installation. Seems in CO some 40 years ago, the rule was dig a hole, pour in a gallon of water and if it percolates in 1 minute or maybe more (sorry?) it's good. Here? - my gosh, about once a month during the dry season, out at my back gate, it moves and jams as the ground dries, so I have a certain place I put the hose to run overnight and hundreds of gallons leave a "wet spot" no larger than a dinner plate and the gate moves back. Yes, I know, don't start, my point is that the ground here is so porous it's hard to imagine having a septic problem - other than total incompetence. I rent, but I'd bet the owners will be facing a bill for much $$$$ thousands of dollars of assessment for something they don't need.
  23. "Lower Riberas" seems to be a very nebulous term. It stretches from San Antonio to the curve at the Carretera before the park. So, maybe before we cast too many aspersions we should be a bit more specific as to location? The property I live on is so porous I have a problem with my gardeners, they work in the evening and leave on a sprinkler or hose and the next morning there is hardly a trace? - no place I've ever lived could you leave a hose running over night without flooding the place, so it's a bit hard to imagine an actual "septic system" (properly installed - yes, I know?) that would have a problem here. And as rehashed from times recent, I'd hate to imagine dealing with the traffic and street disruption, plus the cost to the owners of that sort of project, but then, that's why my bag is packed and next to the front door.
  24. Welcome to Mexico and especially welcome to Riberas. There are several wells and you may not be on the "new" well, I certainly am not and as far as the sewer project, I understand they've been "promising" that since Poncho Villa was around. Personally I want to see where they build the plant because I'm in the lowest part of Riberas.
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