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  1. Right before the quake they had just finished Earthquake Drills as a part of recognition of the 1985 quake. As wildly coincidental as that was, hopefully the practice drills saved lives today.
  2. I just PM'd you with the phone number of a guy who used to have a Quad rental biz locally and I think he has one left, for sale. it is a 367 area code number.
  3. A 3rd bedroom for storage is practically mandatory for us. Closets seem to be almost an afterthought in Mexican homes to such an extent that I often wonder where my Mexican friends store all their stuff with fancy clothes that are only worn once a year or so.
  4. Someone told me about a man here at lakeside who will do this same procedure. 18 September 2017 - 08H00 Chinese man investigated for cutting 'noisy' dogs' vocal cords BEIJING (AFP) - A Chinese man is being investigated for running a "veterinary" clinic on the street that cut the vocal cords of "noisy" dogs for a fee, local authorities announced Monday. Chinese media in Chengdu, the capital of southwest Sichuan province, released footage Sunday of the alleged quack using scissors to remove anaesthetised dogs' vocal cords while their jaws were held open with string. The Chengdu Business Report noted that the self-proclaimed "veterinarian" conducted these five-minute procedures on a table at the side of the street. The ground by his feet was splattered with blood, according to the video footage. The report said it appeared that he did not wash his instruments between uses. While debarking -- also known as "bark softening" -- is an established surgical procedure used to reduce tissue in dogs' vocal cords and soften (but not eliminate) their bark, the local forestry bureau said in a statement that the man, surnamed Zeng, was not licensed to operate on animals. His business, which has been ordered to shut down, is under investigation. Customers interviewed by Chengdu Business Report said they came to the stand because their dogs were too noisy, prompting complaints from neighbours. Zeng charged between 50 and 80 yuan ($8 and $12), depending on the size of the dog.
  5. 52% of the world does not have internet access A new UN report on the state of broadband says 1.5 billion more people use the internet today than in 2010, but 52% of the world's population still lacks access. Of people without internet, 62% live in Asia and the Pacific Islands, and 18% in Africa. "Men outnumber women in terms of Internet usage in all regions of the world." China has the biggest internet market, with 700 million users. The global average internet speed is 7.2 megabits per second. South Korea has the fastest internet at 28.6 Mbps. To compare, Nigeria has one of the slowest speeds with 1.5 Mbps... with Lake Chapala, Mexico almost as bad. (Okay, maybe a little editorial liberty taken on the last bullet point) But true!
  6. I still work (via Internet in Hong Kong) and need good internet speed to be able to work. Internet speed is a major consideration in any house for me. Plus, I use the Internet for my Vonage phone, Skype and all of my television. It is unfortunately equivalent to having potable water for us at this time in our lives. I do not want to have to move to Hong Kong. Nice place to visit, but...
  7. When speedtest.net completes its test, click "share results." Then select "image." Then click "Copy" then paste the link you copied into the msg section here. Alternatively, you can paste the link in an address bar and copy the image. I live in lower Riberas and get unusually high internet speeds for Lakeside.
  8. Is Mirasol a condominio? They restrict street access. Also, can an owner deny a renter of another property within a condo complex of parking on the street in front of a house they are not renting? (Ref: An odd situation that came up in Mirasol many years ago, where a tenant had to park across the street to allow construction vehicles access to the rented property, but was told by the owner of the house across the street that he owned the street and the tenant could not park there for even the 2 hours the contractors were there.)
  9. For someone who would think they died and went to heaven if they had an interior patio, I would think a hacienda style house would be very appealing. Everyone has different tastes, for me, living on a lake, I need to see the lake... and need to cook outdoors. Many also simply enjoy the climate and the great people here. Due to the rules of this site, I cannot refer you to two hacienda style houses that I know are on the market, but you will find them. Below (if I pasted it correctly) is a basic hacienda-style home... where the central gathering place is in the middle and the house wraps around the inner patio, as it were -- some with great outdoor kitchens in the middle. Or more extravagant....
  10. You kind of need to be able to read the traffic. The lady of the house keeps a blindfold in the glove-box just for when I drive on the Libramiento, but uses it occasionally on Rt 80 with the 5,000 ft drop-offs and no shoulder.
  11. I got stung on the base of the back of my head spending the night in my friend's rarely used casita. I grabbed the scorpion off, tossed it on the floor and crushed it with my heel. Waking me up in the morning was apparently his/her mate (I hear they travel in pairs, and perhaps they do) stinging me on the outside of my right thigh and then again on another part of my right thigh when the first sting caused me to roll over on it. I got a jar and put that one in the jar. It was very light, almost translucent. It sure hurt a lot... more than other scorpion stings I have had... and more than wasp, hornet or yellow-jacket stings. I didn't take anything for it and about 30 minutes later, my lips started feeling numbs and my throat started closing off my breathing. Normally I would sluff off a scorpion sting, but I guess three stings within 12 hours imparted enough venom that I needed to do something. I decided to go to Cruz Roja but my right leg (gas pedal leg) was twitching involuntarily so bad that it was almost comical and I could not drive, so I had my buddy drive me. They put an IV port in a vein on my forearm and put in a pain-killer, and anti-venom and then another pain killer and made me wait for 30 min to make sure I did not have a negative reaction and let me go. I think it was $450 pesos -- or whatever you can afford. I think I gave them $1000 pesos. As for the scorpion in the jar, after it was dead, I put it on a small, pretty rock and covered it in Elmer's Glue... which dried out clear making it look like it was encased in plastic. It will last a couple years in that condition. Just another curio with which to decorate the garden.
  12. Every Girl's Crazy Bout a Sharp Dressed Man (ZZ TOP)
  13. Looking at http://chapalaweather.net/ we have 27.61" of rain compared with 49.11" for the year last year. Time to dust off the airboat, as the lake will be too shallow and have too much lirio for any other type of boat. ' No way, you mean they re-built that 454-Corvette engine after it was sunk?
  14. Some of the comments have turned into great humor (discretely, of course!) We are fortunate to enjoy Mexico and some perks like Costco, as well.
  15. I took some liberties (under the "Fair Use Act") inserting pictures within the article, rather than having them appear at the end of the article (and adding the Margarita picture, too) I know some here have trouble with my "in-line images", but click the link and you will get all the photos. Some Chapala spots well worth a visit Tired of sipping margaritas all the time? (That is a rhetorical question only!) Here are some lesser known attractions La Maltaraña: Porfirio Díaz is said to have visited. By John Pint Mexico News Daily | Wednesday, September 6, 2017 Mexico’s largest lake is a magnet for foreigners and nationals alike who can’t help but be charmed by its stunning beauty and near-perfect climate, but after sipping margaritas in Ajijic for 365 days of blue skies and glorious sunsets, some curmudgeon is bound to ask, “So what else is there to do?” If this is your case, here are a few little-known spots on the lakeshore well worth a visit. La Maltaraña Mansion Although its walls are now propped up by long poles, La Maltaraña is still a strikingly beautiful casona or mansion with 365 doors and windows, said to be of either French or Italian style. The land is cleared all around it, affording a wonderful view of the lovely old building and, as often occurs in Mexico, there’s no fence around the place, or any sign explaining its curious history. Fortunately, when I first visited La Maltaraña I was with birdwatcher John Keeling who told me that the house had been built at the beginning of the 20th century by Manuel Cuesta Gallardo, “the man who reduced the size of Lake Chapala by 33%.” Cuesta had noticed that the eastern end of the lake was shallow, marshy and rich in silt deposited by the Lerma River. “So,” said Keeling, “Manuel persuaded President Porfirio Díaz to grant him a license to drain one-third of Lake Chapala and sell the land for agriculture, just like other smart developers were doing in California. “Manuel built a dike across the lake from Jamay on the north shore to La Palma on the south shore, and also built raised dikes along each side of the Lerma River and its tributary, the Duero River. Water was pumped out of the marshy areas and the land was sold. Back in those days Lake Chapala may have stretched as far southeast as Zamora. “In the same period (the early years of the Revolution), Manuel got the support of President Díaz to become governor of Jalisco. He was in power for only 25 days before he resigned, being unable to control popular uprisings against him. He later ran for the senate, but his election was disqualified after it was shown that the number of ballots cast exceeded the number of voters.” Cuesta was young and rich and naturally the most eligible bachelor in Jalisco. Some people think he maintained Maltaraña for a beautiful lady from Guadalajara, but others point out that the house was also known as La Bella Cristina in honor of Cuesta’s daughter. It is said that President Díaz used to visit La Maltaraña occasionally, not to watch birds, but to hunt and shoot them. The grounds of La Maltaraña, by the way, provide a perfect place for an elegant picnic and maybe a selfie of you and your friends toasting La Bella Cristina. How to get there. The flying white sheep of Petatán Every year at the end of October, crowds of snowbirds flock to the shores of Lake Chapala. All the way from Canada they come, to pass the winter basking in the sunshine of the Ribera. But hold on, I am referring not to well-tanned foreigners dwelling in Ajijic, but to the celebrated pelícanos borregones (flying sheep) which congregate by the thousands around the little town of Petatán, Michoacán, at the east end of the lake, seeking a daily handout. These American White Pelicans (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) make a 4,000-kilometer journey from Canada to Mexico and for the last 30 years Lake Chapala has been among their favorite places to winter, no doubt because of the huge quantities of fish scraps dumped into the lake at the end of every workday by several filleting maquiladoras. An hour or so before feeding time, the pelicans begin to make their way toward Petatán from all over Lake Chapala. They appear in the distance like white, black-fringed ribbons in the sky. Despite their weight (up to seven kilograms), they are utterly graceful in the air and love to soar only inches above the water for long distances. Not quite so graceful is their landing technique which involves sticking their feet out straight in front of them as they hit the water: a braking maneuver which is as comical as it is effective. Local people call them borregones because they are big and white and flock together like sheep. Every day several thousands of pelicans show up for the feast. One might expect the result to be an absolute madhouse of squawking birds and flying feathers. Instead, they patiently wait their turn in line. This sounds unbelievable, but if you observe the feeding procedure you will see that each bird eats two fish — neither more nor less — and then instantly turns around and leaves. This process makes for maximum buffet-style efficiency except for an occasional interruption when a motorboat appears anywhere nearby. The flying sheep then become a flying carpet which instantly rises straight into the air with an audible whoosh, filling the sky with thousands of birds, each of which has a wingspan of up to three meters. It’s a sound and a sight you will never forget. Word of this extraordinary spectacle has spread and little Petatán now has several good seafood restaurants from which you can keep watch for the pelicans’ arrival. The mass feed usually takes place between 4:00 and 5:00pm, Monday through Saturday. Amazingly, the pelicans don’t bother to show up on Sundays, when the maquiladoras are closed. The pelican-viewing season lasts from the beginning of November to the end of March. How to get there. Igloo Kokolo This prize-winning ecology center is only a half-hour’s drive from the town of Petatán, mentioned above, and offers what may be the most unusual overnight accommodations in all of Mexico. Here, Salvador (Chavo) Montaño and his wife run a learning center that “teaches by doing.” “At Igloo Kokolo,” says Montaño, “we have no electricity, but we do have energy-saving wood stoves, efficient filters made of natural materials for reusing gray water, buildings made of Superadobe, palm-tree roofs, dry toilets which produce odorless compost, solar ovens and even bicycle-powered devices, from blenders to cement mixers.” It’s the Superadobe house, of course, that gives Igloo Kokolo its name. This was the brainchild of Iranian architect Nader Khalili, who proposed making houses out of the most easily available building material: earth. You mix dirt with a small amount of cement and water, put it into old feed bags and pile them on top of one another in ever smaller circles to create an igloo. Khalili’s solution was designed not only for homeless refugees on Earth, but also for future colonies on the moon or Mars where, it seems, every inch of the surface is covered with dust. The two largest igloos have clean, comfortable beds, lights (solar-powered, of course) and you’ll even find elegantly wrapped, environmentally safe soap and shampoo on your nightstand. What you won’t find in your igloo is a toilet or a sink or a shower or a stove. All of these, however, are available a stone’s throw away — just be sure to bring a flashlight! And, yes, the showers have hot water: solar-heated, naturally. Igloo Kokolo is listed on Glamping.com, a website for people who love spending the night at unusual but attractive sites off the beaten track. I also found Igloo Kokolo on Airbnb where, among 22 reviews, I could not find a single complaint. To book an igloo, contact Chavo Montaño at cell 331 835 8026. How to get there. The Mystery Rock of Tuxcueca Only 2.5 kilometers from the lakeside town of Tuxcueca lies one of the least known archaeological curiosities in Jalisco. I include brief mention of it here only for the adventurous, as access to it is a bit inconvenient and if you really want to see it, well, you’ll have bring a ladder with you. The Mystery Rock lies 60 meters north of highway 405 to Mazamitla. It is roughly rectangular in shape, three meters high and 4.5 meters long, covered with bright orange lichen. About 40 vertical grooves have been carved on two sides of the rock and on top you will find some 25 petroglyphs, most of them symbols related to fertility, according to archaeologist Joseph Mountjoy, plus several spirals which, says Mountjoy, are a sort of pictorial prayer asking for rain. The top of the rock is flat and large enough to fully accommodate a prostrate human adult, but whether this rock was used for sacrificial purposes, I have no idea. To reach the rock, you should park at the suggested spot off the side of the road. You must then walk along the highway 175 meters, climb over the guardrail and make your way through tall weeds to the rock: not exactly the easiest form of tourism, but if adventure is your thing, follow these directions, and if you want to climb on top of the rock don’t forget a ladder two meters long. The writer has lived near Guadalajara, Jalisco, for 31 years, and is the author of “A Guide to West Mexico’s Guachimontones and Surrounding Area” and co-author of “Outdoors in Western Mexico.” More of his writing can be found on his website.
  16. You really didn't de-rail the thread. The original question was "what do you buy at Costco?" You also wisely hit on a topic that we all consider, living here... how to live healthy with as few preservatives (other than Margaritas <g>) as possible!
  17. I get Idahoan Mashed Potatoes there. Expensive, but ever since that guy moved back to Texas and quit smuggling Idaho potatoes here, the Idahoans have been a good fall-back. Pancho has them once in a while at SuperLake, but he gets them from Costco, too, I believe.
  18. Hand-painted toilets and fancy urinals are great!
  19. We are in Mexico and you need what/when/how fast -- on a weekend? This is the reason we move to Mexico.. to never utter the words I quoted from you, above. Marijuana grows on the side of the road, margaritas have amazing Tequila in them, hookers will come to your house and have massage skills that will implant Spanish words of delight into you that are not in traditional dictionaries. You are stressed about lampshades by tomorrow at the latest... you probably need all of the above.
  20. We need to keep the alerts coming. The BAC levels are too low to be anything other than a shakedown. In my prior life I worked with legal aid and surprisingly had many clients in the USA on bogus DUI/DWI charges. In the USA, DUI/DWI is a money-racket $25K - $35K (more than a year's salary for most Legal Aid clients) at substantially higher (but realistically not dangerous BAC levels) I want drunks off the street... at least kept from behind the wheel. I have family dead from drunk drivers. However, I do not want people pulled over by government agents with guns, representing the most corrupt government ever in Mexico, to test to see if the driver had a half a beer. I don't want to associate with police here, even on weekends at the family estate. (We have family members who are policia.) What makes anyone believe cops or the government have your best interests at heart? They do not.
  21. Article from Mexico News Daily Governors gone wild: MX’s corrupt leaders The most corrupt generation of governors in Mexico's history
  22. I thought the proposal is to rent a driver to get you through the check-point. Once through, the driver gets out and you go on your way. Taxis and Uber will not let you maintain possession of your car. Tongue in cheek, perhaps. Mike the ComputerGuy has stated in the past that he does not condone drunk driving. He probably does not condone jail and impound for one beer, either. I don't -- especially when, if the past is any indicator, not one centavo will end up saving lives and will all go into the pockets of a handful of unscrupulous politicians or the pockets of their relatives.
  23. 332 area code? I thought that area code was reserved for Puerto Vallarta. Can you move a phone line from Puerto Vallarta to Lakeside? Never mind. Maybe he is using a PV cell phone here at Lakeside.
  24. Lake Chapala Gains Status as Sport Fishing Venue They show a picture of showing a couple of Largemouth Bass, claiming they caught one 2.75 Kilos (about 6 lbs) I'm just not buying into this. The lake has been over-fished so much that no fish get big enough to breed, let alone get to 2.75 kilos. What's the deal? Am I just misinformed on the over-fishing?
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