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  1. You are thinking too linearly Eric. At this stage of the game, you are not the village elder looking for a new location for the family compound, but rather peace, joy and simplicity. You can go on the malecons in the mornings and fret seeing disrepair, dog doodies, and trash - but the point is to notice the beautiful sunrise, coming over the mountains and mist, big birds waking up to their day, take a deep breath of the oxygen green air, and thank god you are alive. If you don't feel alive, you haven't found the right spot yet.

    Dr. George

    Had terrible experiences at "Dr." George. High pressure to buy useless, way overpriced, relabelled product. Surly staff, who clearly did not enjoy working there on old gringo feet. It was all good when we discovered Dr. Daniel, from Guadalajara, who comes lakeside twice a week, to perform housecalls. He is a fully accredited medical doctor, a podiatrist, and a truly wonderful soul. He charges 250 pesos for a housecall, but he maybe upping his prices to reflect rising gas prices. With medical podiatry it is important to keep up the battle, very reasonable, monthly house calls help a lot. He also can provide podiatry surgery, but he will take you to a private clinic in Guadalajara. His smartphone, which is the best way to contact him, 331-197-9322.

    russet potatoes

    It is easy to grow Russets here, but there some important twists. Firstly, you have to buy potato seed, not tubers - they will never be allowed in. Secondly, choose a variety which grows/matures to a smaller size- this is quite common to organically grown local vegetables. The Russets grown in Idaho, Northern Mexico, and Prince Edward Island require a lot of pesticides and chemicals to get to the giant size demanded by food companies such as McDonalds. I thought of commercially growing potatoes, but after harvesting a large bin of Camiotes, I realized that this very hard work, you really need a gas/diesel powered potato digger - under $10,000 from China. Then the workers pickup the loose potatoes, onto washing and sorting. I have found a source of "Nugget" Russet seeds, as well as Marie Piper seeds, an Irish potato very popular in the U.K., especiallly for frying. My sub-tropical Rhubarb from Austrailia is doing very well in our climate, it has commercial possibilities as well. The ancient Mexican squash, grown for its seeds, is of course thriving in this climate - very prolific. http://tatermaterseeds.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=25

    Bottled water

    Is anyone else concerned about high mineral contents in local purified water? I have had one kidney stone out, soon, the next one - never had problems before. My neighbour's dog has suffered bladder stones for the longest time, I hear lots of local pets are this way. I wonder if there is too much calcium in the water, does the alkaline water make any difference? I do know, however, the the worst tasting water I remember was when our boy scout patrol took a break beside a high altitude, glacier fed stream, water melted from many hundreds of years ago. The water tasted "flat" or "dry", it did not have time to pick up minerals from the rocks, etc. Best water was recently in Canada, fed by an artesian well/lake 600 feet below the surface. Mt Shasta, in Northern California also has "sweet" water.

    Twilight Years

    For those who have chosen, or are contemplating, spending their final years in Mexico, adequate health care coverage can be a deal breaker. To rely on the "milk of human kindness" through crowd funding, etc., is unreliable and gets tiresome real quickly. There is public healthcare in Mexico, but it is nowhere to the comfort level of private "for profit" hospitals - but it is affordable and the medical care is just as good. If you can afford private care, or have insurance which covers it - all power to you.

    Fund raiser for local star

    Seguro Popular will cover all cardio problems if you are under 60 years old. This might change if the population's heart health improves. You also have to deemed fit enough to be able to survive surgery, even if you are under 60. They have a board and an algorithum they stick to. After 60, things become more complicated. You may be asked to co-pay, in the sense of paying rental for the cath lab, staff and supplies. Still following the advice of their boards, etc. They are very conservative when it comes to invasive procedures - which also falls in line with many recent studies that long term cardio problems are betting addressed with pharmaceuticals and lifestyle changes anyways. Dealing with public healthcare in Mexico would be like dealing with a heavily unionised coal mine, with lots of safety oversights and paperwork. Dealing with private health care in Mexico is like dealing with a gold miner, who wants to extract their nuggets out of the ground and hidden, before the government, unions and safety cops, get a piece of it. In their world, a pile of cash in the pocket is more important than long term patient outcomes. And many "consumers" adopt this outlook - "I want to be well again - NOW!" And they are willing to pay for it, too often going back to the lifestyles which started their problems in the first place. I always remember seeing patients outside the hospital, with their drip bags and oxygen bottles, shivering in the cold, while enjoying a cigarette.

    Mortar types

    Ain't that the truth! Just before I moved permanently to Mexico, I saw a construction product offering a "lifetime warrantee" I thought this will be interesting. Details- sure enough, 25 years. Before I retired as a restoration mason, I had never worked on a building less than 100 years old.

    Found! Perfect Lakeside Song

    Did you read the lyrics Gringal? It is nothing about living in past. The song says when we were young, you get tied up in hopes/dreams, then adult responsibilities, then you get old, only to discover that your hopes and dreams have never changed, that you can still enjoy laughter, old/new friends, and dancing. I was thinking of this song after seeing how many ordinary Mexicans were able to rally themselves and their loved ones after a health crisis or terrible adversity. Quite remarkable. I hadn,t heard that song for a long time - I always thought of as an old European pub song. Going through times of war, then coming out the other side. But that is not a part of the lyrics though. Not a big fan of Tallboys or that song either. More like a low budget Jimmy Buffet, who has captured that genre much better.

    Mortar types

    You could be referring to Hydraulic Lime, which is water proof, or high calcium natural lime putty. I haven't bought from this supplier, who has a warehouse in Guadalajara, but I will soon :http://www.oxical.mx/ The advantages of pure lime putty (and sand) are that it is not corrosive (acidic) but rather alkaline. Keep the mortar as simple as possible. Lime white wash was used for many years to coat metal tools in storage. The second advantage (I think) is that it takes a long time to fully cure, and during that time it will self heal from vibrations and can easily be removed if you have problems. In about 100 years (!!!) it will fully cure and be harder than any stone you might imagine - and the copper will still not be corroded.
  10. I think so, anyways. Those were the days - no not the Archie Bunker version. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3KEhWTnWvE


    Hey - I like that name. I often have trouble getting my first name -Gary-understood by Spanish speaking locals. It makes it easier to pronounce if introduced as Gahh - ree (accent on the ree). Maybe now I can claim it is short for Garufa.🧐 Just spent 4 days in public hospital, like being trapped in Comedy Central - Mexican people (generally) have a wonderful sense of humor, even at times when they are lowest in health and broke.


    A lot depends on the U.S. Dollar. There is a lot of speculation where it is heading right now: https://www.google.com/search?source=hp&ei=i_2KW5yfM6fKjwT_14igDQ&q=will+u.s.+dollar+collapse&oq=U.S.+dollar+collapsing&gs_l=psy-ab.1.0.0i22i30k1.1628.11867.0.13938. For many, many years the exchange rate was 10 to 1, many bought their properties at that rate, and many old timers here are stuck in that mindset (as in "I bought my house for $100,000 $US, I am sure not going to sell for less than that!"). Of course now, it is closer to 20 to 1. So - would you pay $400,000 U.S. for a property in Ajijic? A property which may be worth half of that within one year? Of course for many, life is short, money is plenty, so get on with living the good life as soon, and as long as possible.

    Plastic Bags

    Of course all this when there is a global shortage of paper. Many small run "print" newspapers are suffering too with tariffs on newsprint. Not much paper production in the U.S.A. anymore. https://www.pgpaper.com/paper-shortage-will-impact/
  14. I would say -no - the timing is wrong. There is a media overload of debate, disguised as news. Too much chatter, tweets and opinions already, maybe the public hasn't had enough, but I sure have. I prefer the sweet solace of the garden, birds. Then again, I "experimented" with debate in Universities, I have the skills - but so what?
  15. A cannabis compassion club would serve the same purposes, and much, much more. Alleviate pains, seizures, and insomnia for a start. Would be far more popular than a debating society! https://www.forbes.com/sites/mikeadams/2018/04/17/replacing-alcohol-with-marijuana-may-prevent-dementia/#37ec63085e36