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  1. Tiny, a new meter was on the list of considerations (as was adding a 2nd meter) but the entire house (or at lest the parts of it that go to my desktop computers) needs to be re--wired. The thin gauge wire that was originally used heats up and causes resistance thereby necessitating greater electrical pull. But, thanks for the thought. $3800 pesos this 2-mo bill -- very small gauge wires in this house.
  2. No solar and my bill was $600 pesos more than usual. I have not compared with the last bill.
  3. I got my Honda SUV done inside and out at the one near Wings Army about two weeks ago, inside and out for $98 pesos. They even found one of my debit cards alongside the driver's seat that I lost 3 months ago and returned it to me (It was cancelled, but they didn't know that.) They did a good job, too.
  4. I am renting, so solar is not an option for me. But I sure would if I owned the house. My neighbors all pay $200 - $400 pesos per CFE bill. I pay $3200 - $3800 pesos per bill. For my work (world-wide, based out of Hong Kong) I need two desktop computers running 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. Normally, this would not cost as much as it does, but when they built this house, they used extremely small gauge wires. This causes the wires to heat up building up resistance and requiring a stronger draw of current than a properly wired house. The entire house from the meter to the breaker box and throughout the entire house is wired with 20 gauge wire, and should be wired with at least 14 gauge wire, and preferably 10 gauge wire. There is thicker wire in the cord of my night stand reading lamp than running in my house! The people who built the house only received a one-time lump savings of about $25 USD by going with the lowest gauge electric wire they could. But, costs me over $100 USD per month. My electrician said because of the size of my bill, CFE would be required to put in a 2nd meter for just the computers, even without changing the gauge of my wires if I demanded it... and that would save a ton of money. (I laughed, because CFE does not respond to demands.) I would have to separate the lines from the existing line and have them ready to be plugged into a new circuit breaker (which costs a ton of money) have lines running from there to the new meter and of course, pay CFE for he new meter (a lot of money). Paying to fixing up somebody else's house is not on my list of things to do. I will be moving soon. Two of the houses I have considered are solar and not only have $99 peso CFE bills (with pool pumps and Jacuzzi) they are also properly wired to accommodate people who use more than just an incandescent bulb hanging from a couple of wires dangling from the ceiling in the bedroom from 20 gauge wires. Viva Mexico!
  5. I am not an audiophile, so I find the regression to vinyl as curious as I do DAC units which take digital data and transform it into an analog audio signal. It seems that with all of our progress, we seem to be going backward in evolution to obtain a satisfying result.
  6. That was a good article, Alpha1. Thank you. I agree with it. I have a good friend who is an audiophile and he and I prefer different systems -- or at least different speakers. Audio can be very personal and subjective -- especially with regard to our own hearing with many factors coming into play, such as how many rounds you have put downrange or overseas, how many cases of dynamite you have used or how many hours you spent jamming with your buddies standing in front of a stack of Marshall amps and speaker stacks! Here's a link to Lifewire's 10 Best Home Audio Systems to Buy in 2019 -- their take on the best sound system for large rooms, small rooms and more
  7. I got this offer via e-mail yesterday: MBL Reference Line Audio System € 398,700 ($456,584 USD)
  8. I went past the CT Scan place across from the Farmacia Guadalajara on my way to Chapala yesterday and it is a dental CT Scan place for implants.
  9. I have an Epson WorkForce 500 that someone gave me that needs the nozzles taken out and unclogged. I was given 2 sets of new color ink and 3 sets of new black ink and I would hate to just throw it all away. Does anyone locally have the skill-sets and tools to take out the nozzles and soak then in solvent or whatever it takes to unclog them? I understand from cartridge people that ink is not available for that printer, but with the encouraging quick US Amazon delivery post on this site [ Amazon delivered in 3 days ] ink might soon be available.
  10. I was heading into Chapala from Riberas and noticed a CT Scan place on the mountainside directly across from the Farmacia Guadalajara. At least I'm pretty sure that is what it said. I have no details. Sometimes a CT scan will suffice. It might be worth looking into.
  11. San Juan /Pemex/ Oxxo turnoff got a lot more fun with the huge taco truck that was trying to set up there permanently so you had to deal with pedestrians all over the place, too... that is other than in the middle of the turn-off where people appear to think that the middle of the street is the bus-stop going East with 4 or 5 cars trying to re-enter the Caretera from the gas station plaza area turning left and right in front of each other not to mention the cars from San Juan trying to get onto the Caretera. I did not pay attention to where people parked when Pemex turned their grassy section into an Evento, but was quite surprised to see the lawn covered with tables and chairs and people freezing to death wearing winter coats and waiting for their dinner to be served. But the nativity scene was nice. I did not like the laser light show or the disk jockey, but it was not my party.
  12. So you mean the bills they throw in your driveway (even though you have a mailbox) on windy days never to be seen again are the only thing acceptable (not the official pdf copy of it on CFE's website) and can keep you from closing on your house? This is the most backward thinking I believe I have ever heard other than needing 10 copies of a utility bill in somebody else's name to prove your address.
  13. I use a debit card at stores that accept them, always checking the total on the register before handing over the card. My card is a Debit/Credit card which requires me to sign the receipt. Sometimes they ask for ID, most of the time not. Lately, Walmart has even quit asking me to sign. Like Johanson, I also always carry an assortment of various denominations of currency $500, $200's, $100's, $50's, $20's etc as well as coins for propinas and beggars. And, I always keep one 10 peso coin at all times in case I ever need to take a bus home.
  14. For future reference: Dr. Pinto Hidalgo 77-2 Riberas del Pilar Tel. 376 765 7793 Emergencies: cel 333 106 1634
  15. http://www.ajijicweather.com/ Although I believe they get their extended forecasts from: https://www.accuweather.com/en/mx/ajijic/233361/astronomy-daily-forecast/233361/
  16. Because of all the scam phone calls in the area, I do not know how well cold-calling people will work here. A lot of people do not even answer the phone unless they know the number. However, I think the service is a much needed service and one which I would use and tell others about. I just had my oil and filter changed two days ago. Word of mouth especially on a Bulletin Board like this one would be of tremendous value. You should make up a flier that you can post here... at least in text format. It will be like an evergreen ad, as people can search key words and that original post will come up in the search results.
  17. I just got prices from COSTCO for tires for my Honda CRV-SE SUV. Thought I would share so you can get an idea of their prices in pesos. There is a discount for buying 4 tires at the same time on two of the brands. BF Goodrich SUV Advantage Go $1849.00 ($95.02 USD) less $500 ($25.69 USD)/4 tires Bridgestone Dueler HP Sport 98H $1949.00 ($100.15 USD) no 4 tire discount Michelin Primacy $2499.00 ($128.40 USD) less $700 ($35.96 USD)/4 tires The discount is the total discount on all four tires if purchased at the same time, not the discount per tire if 4 are purchased. You have to divide the discount above by 4 to get the discount per tire. With the Michelin, COSTCO carries at least two lesser value tires. The Primacy listed above is allegedly their top of the line.
  18. I have a triple abdominal (incisional) hernia and cannot lift anything until I get it repaired. A garfon is definitely off limits. I use Bonifant and Jorge is very timely, friendly and efficient. The price just went up from $33 pesos to $35 pesos, not surprising given the cost of gasoline and diesel. I give a 5 peso tip.
  19. More from the School of Shaving! I was unfamiliar with shaving oil for electric razors, too. A good article appeared: Pre-Shave Oils and Electric Shaving An oil can’t soften the hair by itself because the hair is covered in a very tough outer shell called the cuticle and it can only be weaken by alkaline components found in a quality shaving cream. A pre-shave oil works by penetrating and holding the water into your skin, making it supple, plump and well-moisturized. This greatly reduces the risks of irritation when shaving. The mention of "good quality shave creams" led to another article below, with recommendations for good shaving creams: What's the Best Shaving Cream? The Ultimate Guide
  20. Good info solajijic Thank you. My problem has always been driving my US plated car to the US once a year or so and being forced to buy 6 mo US auto insurance to get any coverage. After more than 10 years in Mexico, I pay through the roof for not consistently maintaining auto insurance in the U.S. (one of the criteria for setting rates) and not having good credit in the US because I don't use credit in the US. (In the US, your credit score is also one of the criteria for setting rates.) It is a double-ding! Getting a 6-mo policy is getting more difficult, too, as I always cancel after a week -- upon my return to Mexico. Insurance companies don't want to take me on as a client. A Mexican plated car is the only way to ferry items back and/or forth. Insurance booth selling temporary US insurance abound on the Mexican side of the border. But you must have a Mexican-plated car. Flying and renting a car is the best way to go, unless you want to ferry items back and/or forth... which is the only reason I make the arduous drive in the first place. It costs more in tolls, gas, food, lodging, etc., than it usually does to fly anyway.
  21. A couple of links that might be helpful: Export to Mexico Brokers and Importers YRC Freight Import and Export Requirements for Wood Packaging Material ... For additional information on wood packaging materials (WPM) - natural or unfinished wood pallets, crates, or dunnage, serving to convey or protect cargo, see the APHIS Miscellaneous and Processed Products Import Manual, Table 3-199 on page 3-167.
  22. A foil shaver works in an oscillating manner (like that of a desk fan going back and forth). A rotary head shaver works like a weed-whacker spinning around incredibly quick (in the neighborhood of 15,000 RPM!) Also different from the foil head is that with a rotary shaver you go in a circular manner when shaving. Philips Norelco (1150X/46) Shaver 6100 Braun Series 7- 790cc Merkur Long Handled Safety Razor
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