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  1. But none of them remind one of living in an ancient Czech Republic village or Portuguese village near the sea. As noted by an obviously well travelled Mexican man.


    That is too funny. Stoner spiders indeed. I remember rushing home to watch "Forest Rangers", only to find later that Indian Joe was actually Ukranian with a fake tan! http://forestrangers.bravehost.com/

    Mega Million Lottery

    I'm not sure if it is the same in the U.S.A., but in Canada (it used to be) you have to be a legal resident to claim the prize. Famous immigration case in Canada, a street sweeper won a million dollar lottery (when a million dollars actually meant something). He wanted to move himself and his family to Canada, under the "investment" category. Immigration said no, he still needed business experience because this was to appeal to "financially sophisticated" investors. I beleive he bough and ran a business in Hong Kong for a couple of years, then reapplied.
  4. Here is a blog by a young Mexican photographer. Some very good comments here. It takes a rather special person to move to one of these pueblos, these were the types of expats who first moved to Ajijic a long time ago. Immersion Spanish and an academic grade tutor for two days a week will take you fluent within six months. Life is good in these places - can walk to everything, usuallly social, and very safe. Then a funny thing happens. You become at one with the community, the heartbeat, and no longer crave the attention of fellow gringos, in fact, maybe even avoid it. I have seen gringos actually cringe when a tourist thinks they have uncovered one - "HEY, Hey, you, where are you from? Canada! I'll be dammed, how did a Canadian find themselves down here! - etc, etc, drawing a polite crowd. Many, just pretend they don't speak English. Many Mexicans do the same. Gringos assume they are Spanish speakers (which of course they are) and practise their Spanglish on them, only to find, as they open up, that the person they assumed was uniligual, uneducated Spanish, was actually an academic for many years in Canada or the U.S.A.. Food for thought. http://fulanitoviajero.com/11-municipios-impresionantes-de-jalisco-que-pocos-jaliscienses-conocen/


    This store has the best and most interesting yogurt starters. I was reluctant to order before, because many of their starters were liquid based, which Mexican customs does not like. But now they seem to have more dried cultures. I love the tangy, richness of Bulgarian yogurt. I anybody wants to share an order, PM me and we can make it happen. http://store.organic-cultures.com/datystcukebu.html

    Only the Lonely

    Interesting book review about how the number one public health problem today is loneliness. This, in combination with another study, that 29% are senior "orphans" in Canada and the U.S.A. We have to work on this. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/we-have-an-epidemic-of-loneliness-how-can-we-fix-it/2018/10/12/e8378a38-cd92-11e8-920f-dd52e1ae4570_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.c24bf3a2ec78

    Potholes riberas

    Alas Henry, my painting skills have classical roots, to find a life model might prove difficult, especially now that it is getting colder and shrinkage can become a real concern. I could use a camera obscura, given to me by a warlock friend. They excel at making the tiny into large scale expressions - but I think you will agree, the problem is the same. I'm afraid the answer will be to employ "fake news" or science. The fake news strategy would involve advertising a new vehicle recovery service, showing towtrucks and scuba divers dragging vehicles from giant potholes. All photoshopped of course, lots of images available right now. The science involves the use of Magnesium cements, which cure to full strength very quickly. Mexico has mountains of raw material. They are unusual, because unlike normal cement, which repels cellulose binders (leaves, fibers, etc) the Magnesium cements do not. In fact, the early forms of Magnesium Phosphate cement were made from aged horse dung, to extract the phosphates. Magnesium Phosphate cement is usully sold as emergency repair material for airport runways - it can cure to full strength in one hour. Interesting stuff: http://www.ecomag.com/historyofMgO.html

    Potholes riberas

    Another option, once closer to the Christmas season, is asking visitors to bring down coolers full of snow. Nothing can remind us more of the festive season in the North than giant slushy, mud puddles.

    Potholes riberas

    I think this is an excellent plan to document the wild potholes of Lake Chapala. Spelunkers will travel many thousands of miles to unlock their mysteries. A boon for tourism.

    Grout sealing

    The hardware store next to Farmacia Guadlajara and Bancomer has an excelllent acrylic grout sealer. It is clear, and very tough. You have to apply it with a small paintbrush the width of the grout.

    Psychiatric hospital in guad

    Hospital General Occidente has at least 3 clinical psychologists and I think one therapist. Two of the psychologists speak perfect English.

    San Pablito, Puebla

    There is a local artist, Wayne Stevens, (although the website says Austin TX) who collects, commissions and creates Amate artwork. http://artinaustin.com/

    IMSS vs. SP

    There seems to be a major 'political' difference between the print sources quoted by More Liana and Alan. The distinctions between socialized medicine, universal health care, and single payer healthcare are important. It is almost though Seguro Popular is Obamacare, associated with PRI, and the incoming admin prefers a socialized medicine model, reaching to the nation's most poor and marginalized. Nevertheless, Seguro Popular seems to be well accepted and appreciated by poor, middle class and even the wealthy. The doctors are first rate, and motivated, and facilities/services seem to be expanding at a rapid rate. There are sometimes delays in prescriptions, so you are best bringing your own and then let them dispense them (to only you, of course). There are always sort of co-pays too - I mentioned the MRI for 2,500 pesos, the rental for the kidney stone laser is 12,000 to 14,000, the rental for gall bladder removal brace is 4,000 pesos. The hospital social workers might ask if you have dirt floors, and running water in your home, opening up a whole new layer of subsidies, but they know being permanente you have to pass income requirements. After the current three year 'grace period' that Seguro Popular, or whatever it is called by that time, will likely require an annual fee, based on income, much like IMSS. In the end though, for socialised/universal healthcare to work, it does not require a criticism and "what have you done for me lately" attitude. It requires grassroots community involvement, especially for the kids. You will never hear of anyone donating time and money to an IMSS hospital or a private hospital. Seguro Popular has done much to remove religion from this process, although it is still very strong. I have trying to find a hospital social worker and community activist who is bilingual, and can help put together a list of volunteer and fundraising opportunities. No luck so far. We have been very lucky here at Lakeside, to get on the positive side of the locals, with so many worthwhile charities and endeavors. Let's keep it going. Sometimes, I think the way things are going on in the North, we may have to call in some of the kindness we have shared in our earlier Mexican years. Just a thought.
  14. I can tell what absolutely works, completely environmentally benign - but I would need another lifetime to commercialize, manufacture and market. This is 'live' steam, dry steam. This is water steam heater to around 275 f, contains very little water. Some sort of lance device, then triggering the steam injection around the roots, kills the weed instantly. The root is actually 'cooked'. You can smell it. Also very effective on moss, algae, insects (especially ants, scorpions and the like). The problem is a technical one - I have used both long extension cord and small generators, neither are ideal. Possibly propane tank heater with a manifold which creates the dry steam. Better than a 'tiger torch' which burns the weed (with a high wildfire risk) but not the roots. If anyone would like to invest time in this, come around and I will show how a residential steamer works. My commercial one is kaput - worn out.

    Traffic Rule Question

    I think Spencer's scenario and advice is the best possible outcome. The police, if they are doing their job correctly, which is not always the case, want the scene cleared, they want to see injuries treated, and any financial reponsibilities signed - right or wrong, no matter how many hours of he said/she said (whether in court or the side of the road). Just get the other party to sign a waiver - you sign yours. Insurance adjusters and police just complicate matters. Get a liability waiver form (s) from Spencer or his crew. Make sure you have carefully hidden $5,000 pesos somewhere in your vehicle. This may be the "pirate" way of getting things done in this country, but it works. Some people will smash your vehicle just to get cash