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  1. virgogirl

    looking for Alex Peterson today

    no worries now alex called...he said someone on the web board notified him i wasn't reaching him and thank you whoever you are as that worked. he responded. all is well. happy new year to all.
  2. Hello! I know some of you know Alex. I booked him for a ride to the airport tonight at 730. I have tried every method of contacting him since 12:30 this afternoon just to confirm with no replies. Doesn't answer phone. I thought maybe he's driving and can't answer phone. But if something happened, then i need to scramble for another driver. The number i have for him is 33 3577 7765 and i ndo have his rapidpack email. thank you...maybe someone knows what he's up to today
  3. virgogirl

    Quinoa search

    Prasad next to Telmex has it and so does Walmart.
  4. virgogirl

    Pancho's Grand soft Opening

    Thanks to all who posted about Pancho's. What a nice thing to know there's a good grocery store in Riberas. I have used Abarottes del Pilar in a pinch as well as my local OXXO. but of course it's very limited. I'm going to check this out!!! Alfa, why get your undies in a bundle. Folks in Riberas will be happy to see a close grocery option. Maybe go over there, have a beer and chill???
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    You can buy a good esmalte-oil based paint and it will work well with the primers mentioned. Go COMEX or SAYER. Get the expensive stuff. I once tried Wamart and it was worse than a bad joke.
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    Social Security issues

    Hello SunshineyDay: the email is fbu.guadalajara@ssa.gov. The first thing you do is let them know what you want. I made the mistake of wanting to change address as well as remove medicare. when one thing is attached to the other, thenwhatever is lacking will hold up the process. it's because i work that it spurred me to fill more forms. when you write to them, and are processing things, do only one thing at a time, and keep it all on the same thread. you cannot break from that. in other words as you go along with them, never start a new email. i had no face to face contact. they want to do these things by email. I am running into a second problem. I cannot make an account with "MY Social Security". This allows you to see what is going on with your account. I kept getting kicked out and i feel i put the correct mailing address and phone number that i had when i signed up. I tried to call a GDL number today, but all i got was a fax machine. Does anyone have workable numbers for the office in GDL?
  7. virgogirl

    Social Security issues

    Thank you Oregonto chapala. I think my mistake was to initiate two processes at once. I asked for address change from USA address to my address here. This initiated more forms. The cancellation of medicare Part B only required one form and the copy of the passport. So I recommend anyone needing to do processes thru internet in gdl, just do one at a time, because if they need more info, then they will hold up ALL processes waiting for the info. this is where i went wrong. i just submitted the last bundle of paperwork friday night, don't know if this will satisfy them. Intercasa is right, when you are working and collecting social security if you make over the limit which is around 17,000 dollars a year it goes against your social security check. I don't come close to that kind of money, nor the limit on tax filing. Here's the bottom line, because I wanted to change my address to am mexican one, that called for the form 21. then i answered that i was working. that called for an added form 1763. It all just made me crazy but it is all submitted now, so we'll see. Kyle, I don't remember opting in to medicare part B. But maybe I did two years ago when i initially started the SS before I can back here. I think they automatically start it unless you made the effort tom opt out before 65. I just didn't think about that. Those of you who wrote to say i should be canadian or something, the banter does not belong on this thread and has nothing to do with the nature of my question. thanks to all others who answered the OP properly. Teresa
  8. I recently turned 65 and the subsequent SS check had Medicare taken out so once I noticed that, I started the process of filling out forms and dealing with having it removed. I decided to change my address with them as well to here in mexico. This triggered more form filling and a deep look into my work status down here. They were asking for work contracts which the three schools i have worked for have not given but I provided legal documents filed for INM to prove the employment. Now I have high anxiety about how much more info they will want, or will they just process it. I've talked to people who have had months of hoop jumping to get the Medicare cancelled. So far I have understood that the SS located in GDL is far quicker than trying to do it thru the states, so at least i feel on the right track that way. I'm looking for what your experience has been to get medicare cancelled and how long it took. My income is low as an English teacher, not enough to file taxes on or report against the SS check. I wonder if they are going to have me investigated by the IRS. I just hate this feeling. Comments welcomed.
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    does anyone know when the social security officials will be visiting LCS or American legion?
  10. virgogirl

    180 Day Tourist Visa Calculation

    I know someone who overstays the tourist visa frequently, then goes to the states how this person manages that is telling them that the visa is lost and paying a fine. Now when i heard that this person was going to do that, I worried the person wouldn't get back in after the month NOB. But the person did come back without trouble. Not something I'd do. but if you overstay you could use that strategy. Not sure if it works for EVERYONE the same. Experiences could vary.
  11. virgogirl

    Constancia de inscripcion de empleador

    Well, there are several reasons why I work in this country. First, when I lived in GDL, I found the work conditions to be decent and normal and schedules were predictable and good. I worked as a licenced psychotherapist most of my life,LAKESIDE 7. I changed careers in 2006 in GDL, getting certified in TEFL and then training teachers. I've had great jobs here and teaching motivated people English is rewarding. In 2016, I retired with small social security that doesn't make financials for the other visa options. I can live on it OK, but it doesn't allow me permanente. However, a path to permanente for me is holding a work permit for 4 consecutive years and then becoming permanente. I have a passion to teach. Usually schools are run by educators, academic types, intellectuals. The ones that are run as "money mills" are the ones that mistreat the teachers. I have worked at many schools that were excellent overall. The problem at lakeside is that the pickins are thin for incorporated schools (connected with INM) I hope that answers your question,Lakeside 1. And no, never was into self-flagellation. Just working as a professional, master degreed, certified teacher workin' my way to permanente status. I won't sue them, but certainly may pursue my severance.
  12. virgogirl

    Mexican Driver's License

    I respect the use of "helpers" to take you in and out of the city; however, I speak Spanish and don't need these things. I also used to live in GDL so know my way around. My friend just got back for the states and also needs here licence. She said she was aware that if you got to Ocotlan they usually fail you on the drivers test, then you pay the mordida and get the licence. sounds a little dicey, but we have taken trips there just for the fun of it, so wouldn't be a bad drive. GDL seems easy to me. Take Chapala Plus, then a taxi, do business, take a taxi or bus back to bus station, Chapala Plus home. We are checking at the Municipal building in Chapala later this week to see when they are coming to Chapala again. I will report back. As for the person who needs a replacement card, I'd ask at the Transito Vial. I saw handout sheets in there in English some time ago.
  13. virgogirl

    I just "cheated" Walmart out of $300

    because he saved the money, he gave the savings out to the baggers who are no employees, only make tips. nice of him...
  14. virgogirl

    Constancia de inscripcion de empleador

    I believe these are Mariana Francos' contracts. Very good job in Business English. My specialty. I spoke to her previously and she is not registered. So you would have to be permanente or Mexican national. But thanks for the tip. I had been working for "the only legal game in town". I had been overworked for over a year. There was a promise I could work a regular predictable schedule when we got the two new teachers. Lasted for 3 days. Then it was back to enslavement and abuse. Needing to be "on-call " from 8am-9pm. I pushed hard for what had been promised and got fired. I asked for the alguinaldo over being fired but did not receive it. I had been a loyal employee for over a year, never sick, calling in, always there for them. They figured I wouldn't get a lawyer and push it. They always do that there in their other business as well figuring folks will just go away and give up.
  15. virgogirl

    Constancia de inscripcion de empleador

    Thank you Spencer. How can I get in touch with SANE, as I never heard of it, and thought i combed the area well. What I don't understand is the ins and outs of it. Do they have to pay the gov. to be registered? What do they have to report? Taxes, rosters of teachers/ students? I just want to understand the cost and time comsuming aspect to settle my mind. I have been in so many situations over the years where they see a Native speaker with my credentials and they want me in tomorrow, promising the propers and delivering nothing. In this political climate, I wonder if they realize how dire that is for the visa holder. I understand the system will slap the hand of the school and deport (at most severe) the extranjero whom is working with an entity that is not incorporated with INM. Before 2013, I had my visa and could work for the legal representative as well as other unregistered schools in GDL. They say you can't work for ANYONE not registered now. Thanks for the info on SANE and it's location if you know it.