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  1. Today is Friday and you need to leave Sunday? Not one of those advance planners, eh? I hope it is not because of a family emergency.

    Why don't you just take a plane or a bus to Houston and then get your paperwork done there and then come back the same way when you have your paperwork in order. I know this requires more money than you might think is practical, but less than it will cost encountering problems along the way.

    Alternatively, I think there is a service that can get paperwork to transport a vehicle with outdated paperwork to the border for you... not sure how, but maybe you can ride along with them and get the travel papers in the link Angus provided above once you get to the border.

    If nobody else chimes in and mentions the service that gets you car to the border, I think Spencer knows about it and you can reach out to his office.

    Or, you could just roll the dice and hope you get lucky. I did that once and got married. It cost me two houses and three pension funds.


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  2. There is a hospital in Canada (Toronto) specializes in hernias... Shouldice Hernia Hospital.

    I heard about the hospital when US Representative Rand Paul, MD chose to go there for his hernia treatment.

    I was curious as to why a doctor who is also a US Representative would choose that particular hospital.

    It turns out they use scar tissue instead of mesh, the latter which can migrate and cause complications, whereas scar tissue does not migrate.

    Naturally I do not speak from a position of experience or medical expertise, just information sharing.

    With micro-lasers I can envision very accurate mesh-patterned scar tissue being created probably using laparoscopic techniques that might be a preferred method.

    The website above has extensive information about the hospital and their procedures.






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  3. The upholstery shop in the same plaza as MultiVa gave me a good quote for leather re upholstery of the two front seats for my Honda CRV. I was quite pleased with the quote ($1900 pesos I think) but have not had time to get it done. They asked that I bring it in on a Wednesday and it would be done by Friday.

  4. A friend in the Ajijic area drives frequently to Jocotopec and claims that the police are camped regularly by the Racquet Club checking emissions papers only.

    We all know that there always has been a problem with new administrations coming in to find that the office equipment and computers are all gone, the bank accounts are empty and huge piles of unpaid bills await them. So, yes, municipalities need to generate money. So, it is not just a "money grab" but with the radical increase in fines, traffic enforcement is one way to do so.

    Of course, certain events capture public attention and cause short-term enforcement of certain violations that may have been contributing factors in the recent newsworthy event. This is normal in every country.


  5. On 3/29/2019 at 11:21 AM, oregontochapala said:

    No offense meant, but I fail to understand why people use that service. My mail and my packages are delivered to my door with nary a hiccup. 

    I often have documents FedeEx'd to a real estate company owned by a friend, where I know someone will be on duty during business hours because I may not be home to receive delivery. In the instant case I used IShop this time because I was not sure the product would make it through customs and they are technically a freight forwarding company and have a relationship with customs. Now that I know the package will clear customs, I will probably use UPS for the next shipment and make sure they include and invoice inside the package, as well as in the plastic envelope on the outside of the package.


  6. I recently purchased and item not available on Amazon.

    And, I got whacked for $1065 pesos in customs and shipping fees from Mailboxes, Etc/I-shop yesterday for a $10 bottle of herbal supplement.

    They explained that there was something like $13 Customs processing fee, $22 in duty (the said there was no invoice, so customs went to the company website and got the list price of $130/bottle, not the $10 I paid) and $20 in Shipping from Laredo to San Antonio Tlaycapan for a 16 oz/3 lb. bottle.

    It took 12 days from the date it was shipped from Florida to arrive ($12.80 USPS from Fl to Laredo, too.)

    Other shipping options appear to equally bad, but delivery could be much faster.

    The company has a mental block and is stuck on USPS and has trouble thinking outside that box (unusable in Mexico) but did price out UPS which does work in Mexico and sent me the following pricing:

    one bottle - 3 lbs        Priority Mail International -  54.30
                                         Express International - 71.60
    six bottles - 12 lbs      Priority - 80.50
                                          Express - 100.90
    one bottle - 3 lbs         UPS Standard - 71.81
    six bottles - 12 lbs       UPS Standard - 89.81


  7. On 3/20/2019 at 2:06 PM, jonnyintrouble said:

    Rich kids (called juniors here) have bone spurs.

    Those things keep popping up. I heard they were the literal translation in the Bible where it says God created Eve from Adam's rib!" It was actually a "bone spur!"

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  8. Still owed a refund from my exterminator. Spray was totally ineffective. Told me it was my fault because I didn't know what type of cockroach I had. LOL!

    Apparently being a entomologist is a requisite of the customer, not the "professional."

    I used boric acid, powders, sprays all to no avail until I got Bayer's Maxforce.

    Knocked out the problem in 2 - 3 days.

    I bought it at the Ferreteria on the lakeside of the Carretera on the Chapala side (East) of Mirasol.

    Maxforce FC Magnum Roach Bait 1.16 oz




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  9. I just used Bestlab in Riberas for the first time at the recommendation of a neighbor who was very pleased with them. They are very thorough, especially at intake to make sure you are getting the correct tests for why you are there and have packages of tests that are available that are more thorough and less money than a battery of individual tests you request. The thoroughness of the intake procedure (fluent English, but mixed English and Spanish in my case) made me feel much more comfortable that they were going to do the tests correctly and I would not have to pay all over again at a different lab, which has occurred a few times in the past.  Pricing was the same as other labs for the same work.

    I just had a full liver panel done (Perfil Hepatico) that contained two more tests than requested and was much less money than the individual tests I requested (at the instructions of my doctor.) Needless to say, my doctor was delighted to see the additional tests and accused me of watching too much Gray's Anatomy to know to ask for the additional tests. <g>  They e-mail the results to you and your doctor (if requested) immediately. They are in the old Parker Insurance building,  in between the new clinic and Tienda Pilar, in that same shopping center.

    Bestlab Laboratorio Clinico
    Hidalgo  248A col. Riveras del Pilar
    Chapala Jalisco, Mex. Cp. 45906
    Tels: (376)6881174, 3310969173
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  10. Thanks Chillin. Yes, I have been to the thermal springs in San Juan Cosala with the different temperature hot tubs, hot tubs full of seaweed, flowers, mud, what have you and and rather like them. The steam cave is kind of novel, too. I have a picture of the first time my youngest son came to visit several years ago there, when he was 17, and we are both covered in mud head to toe from one of the hot tubs. Fond memory.  I just need to muster up the fortitude to drive there. I don't even like going into Ajijic from Riberas because of the traffic. 

  11. I suspect that gullible people's money tends to disappear more so from intoxication than detoxification. I just got liver panel blood tests back and my liver appears to be fine, but not from lack of trying to tank it!  I think detox is something a lot of my friends could use, but then I might not have any friends left!

    I went to a homeopathic doctor near Jocotopec who put me on a seed and vegan diet with some odd suggestions like soaking my groin in a basin of very cold water 30 minutes 3x per day, which was a non-starter for me. I'm good with Angus' suggestion of working in the yard and figure the heated pool is as cold as I want for the groin. But, when looking at the functions of so many of our organs, detox is a primary function and our skin is our largest organ. I believe there is merit in the concept of getting toxins out of your body. 

    The doc who suggested the infrared sauna to me believes it it so much that he bought one for his office NoB and lets his patients use it for free as long as the patients manage the schedule and do not take time away from his office staff.



  12. Anybody know if there are any Infrared (FAR) Saunas available for use or rental sessions?

    Infrared Saunas

    Infrared saunas use infrared panels instead of conventional heat to easily penetrate human tissue, heating up your body before heating up the air.

    An infrared sauna also can operate at a lower temperature (usually between 120˚F and 140˚F) than a traditional sauna, which is typically between 150˚F and 180˚F.

    The supposed benefits of using an infrared sauna are similar to those experienced with a traditional sauna. These include:

    • better sleep

    • relaxation

    • detoxification

    • weight loss

    • relief from sore muscles

    • relief from joint pain such as arthritis

    • clear and tighter skin

    • improved circulation

    • help for people with chronic fatigue syndrome

    These different levels represent the different sizes in infrared wavelengths and refer to the intensity of the treatment. Most people find that:

    • near-infrared levels are best for wound healing and increased immune function

    • middle-infrared levels are ideal for increasing circulation and promoting muscle relaxation

    • far-infrared levels are used primarily for detoxification purposes

  13. I need some adjustable-weight wrist and ankle weights for physical therapy.

    (I need to start light and increase the weight as time goes on.)

    Is there a good place lakeside to purchase these or preferably, if someone has some they would be willing to sell?

    If the latter, PM me,  please.

    They could be any style, but am posting a picture of one type that looks something like what I have in mind.


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