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  1. The fun begins turning left into the Super Lake parking lot when coming East to West and the mis-timed traffic lights cause all the cars behind you to have to wait until the traffic passes or someone coming the other way flashes their head lights to let you go... and you politely hurry and in so doing, you flatten the muffler on your car going over the excess rain bump/barrier. It is almost like hitting an unpainted tope at 40MPH, but you know this one is here and you still flatten your muffler! Then you look up and hope no car is coming out of the mechanic shop garage directly in front of you, while you skillfully avoid hitting a bicycle rider in the middle of the parking lot going the opposite of the flow of traffic, while slamming on your brakes to let the not-slowing down car that came in from the Fenix Real Estate entrance to the parking lot! When you finally get to resume your adventure, the three parking lot men and a windshield-wiper salesman all motion you to move forward so you can mow down shoppers who jump out from between cars and start criss-crossing in front of you after buying DVD's or shopping at Super Lake, naturally without looking left or right, as they wander aimlessly into the parking lot. When you finally spot a parking space, and calculate what angle you need to use to get into it, due to the haphazard angles used by your fellow parking lot adventurers, you have to slam on your brakes again because someone is trying to come into the parking lot the wrong way.... and this clueless wonder expects me and the 4 cars jammed up behind me to all back up, because they have no idea what they are doing is incorrect and have even less of an idea as to how to use their reverse gear. Eventually it dawns on them that "R" means "reverse" and they correct their folly and you pull into your long awaited parking place only to have beggars whose feet are partially in your parking space motioning you with hand signals to stop, so they have more room and so that you have to park with the tail end of your car stuck out n the parking lot traffic. You press forward sufficiently to ensure the rear end of your car does not get totaled by incoming traffic, yet no so much as to hurt the beggars, other than their feelings about getting their begging station space curtailed slightly. Phew! You made it, almost. You get out of your car and a parking lot guy comes up to you and wants you to buy him a coke and some 15-yr-old girl with 2 kids comes up needing money for food and the windshield salesman is lifting my wiper blades and insisting that I need new wipers and quotes a price that drops 50% from the first offer he made, all before I have even had a chance to lock my car doors. There are two older women beggars who are there all the time (except Wednesdays, when the work the Tiangues) who sit and do needle-point all day or something -- each with their own "station" at either end of the huge entrance to Super Lake. They used to smile, but now punish me with scowls for not having given them money the last time I was at Super Lake (in spite of giving everyone money at least once per week) and make motions with their hands to their mouths implying they want me to buy them food. Then I go through the gamut of some lady and her brood of little girls who have set up an expansive begging/bean selling station in my parking space, on the sidewalk and usually all of the area inside the store by the ATM machine. This group has given up all pretenses of trying to sell me beans and now the girls all just say "money, money, money." Yes, I know they are all worse off than me (but not by much after unexpected medical bills wiped us out!) Nonetheless, it rubs more of harassment and guilt-tripping than begging. I often think about sharing the old adage about catching more flies with honey than vinegar, but never do. It is what it is. Then you finally get into the store. That is a whole separate chapter in the adventures of a Super Lake Shopper, perhaps to be written at another date.
  2. I understand wasp spray is also effective. From The Drudge, Sat August 11, 2018: Woman killed by 2 pit bulls while on walk...
  3. Not available in Mexico. I quit cigarettes about 14 months ago and got in on the tail end of patches being available here and even had to have one box -- the last one in the series -- brought to me from NoB. Apparently e-cigs are banned here, too. But, I understand they are still readily available as is the "juice" for them, locally. The patches seemed to really help me a lot. The first month was very difficult for a 2 pack a day smoker for 45 years (1 pack for half that time but increased to 2 packs) and after that first month, things got a lot easier -- at least for me.
  4. Epinephrine (also known as adrenaline, adrenalin, or 4,5-β-trihydroxy-N-methylphenethylamine) is a hormone and a neurotransmitter. Below is an article regarding the availability of EpiPens and alternatives, that might be worth investigating and discussing with a local doctor. I second the recommendation of Quality Care. They have excellent specialists. Make sure to make an appointment as the specialists are not there full-time and often only come in 1 - 2 days per week. Other days, doctors with other specialties are there. I put the link, too, in case the Headline with the hypertext link doesn't work. https://www.themonitor.com/news/local/article_656094ce-722c-11e6-8f99-0bbb1ab1e8fe.html Mexico doctor offers cheap alternative to EpiPen Also, while you are still NoB, here is a link where you can get free EpiPens: https://mylifeandkids.com/how-to-get-free-epipens/ How to Get Free EpiPens
  5. bmk is correct.The program is actually known as KYC (Know Your Client) which is part of Basel III bank compliance program in part designed to eliminate money laundering and depositing of illegally gained funds into the mainstream banking networks. Publicly, Basel III is touted as a global, voluntary regulatory framework on bank capital adequacy, stress testing, and market liquidity risk. It was agreed upon by the members of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision in 2010–11, and was scheduled to be introduced from 2013 until 2015; however, changes from 1 April 2013 extended implementation until 31 March 2018 and again extended to 31 March 2019. Most banks are finally becoming fully Basel III compliant. For those in banking or financial services industry, there is actually a very substantive form that must be filled out by the client. Rumor is that Basel IV is being drafted now.
  6. A little off topic re: iron on patches, but still involves holes in clothes. But, does anyone lakeside do reweaving for a hole in a cashmere sweater? It is s pretty good sized hole, about the size of a 10 centavo coin... a little bigger than the lady of the house wants to attempt using cross-stitch methods.
  7. How to Use Your Cell Phone As a Wi-Fi Hotspot - Lifewire https://www.lifewire.com/use-your-cell-phone-as-a-wi-fi-hotspot-2377756
  8. There was a line available or we would not have installed the line to the house.
  9. What about foreign investors who do not live in Mexico and are buying sight unseen via Internet and won't even set foot in Mexico? (I actually know someone who wants to do this.) He is a company (a US LLC) though, not an individual.
  10. You will notice Alles Heil Kraftig on the window. From what I have heard, this is a homeopathic pharmacy that also offers good natural products, including traditional Chinese and other alternative medicines.
  11. Gabriel Garcia M.D. Dr. Gabriel is an excellent source of information and assistance with any medical condition, since his perspective is both from Traditional Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Gabriel Garcia, M.D. - Integrative Medicine - Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Surgery, Herbology, Homotoxicology. Consultations with appointment only, 8:30am - 10am. Open Mon-Fri 10-12:30. Sat 11-2:30. Centro Laguna (across from Marti Sports Store, next to the Scandinavian Bakery) Tele: 0045. 333. 841. 0653 email: allesheilkraftig@hotmail.fr
  12. They just ask for ID when picking up equipment. We got our phone line so long ago I do not recall having to even show proof of address. We had our own installers install the line from the Telmex box to our house, as the house was never built with phone jacks and needed them installed, too. We then just went to Telmex and told them what address to send the bill (which could have been any address, they didn't care as long as they got paid. Odd thing lately, they have been e-mailing us weeks ahead of due date, reminding us to pay our bill... and then about 2 days before the bill is due, an automated message calls us and tells us our bill is due... for two days before the bill is actually due. At least they call us "Esteemed Clients." Maybe from never missing or being late a bill for 10 years? Naw, just standard protocol.
  13. 10 years ago, but Multivolares would not let Tourist Visa holders open an account. Had to be FM3 or Peramanente. I know there are all new classifications for immigration now, but am surprised that any bank would allow tourists to open accounts. I still have to go into Multivolares once a year and show them my immigration papers. This might have to do with the Casa de Bolsa (managed investment accounts) side of the business. I'm not sure.
  14. Agreed. Noise cancelling headphones seem to be the best option. But, I always love new tech. Here are some headphone-free noise-cancelling headphones for those who hate headphone fatigue and like to stay up on the latest tech. It even translates multiple languages for you. https://www.311institute.com/bin-headphones-noveto-streams-sound-straight-into-your-ears/
  15. There has always been a lot to talk about unwanted noise Lakeside and just saw this interesting gadget that purports to put a bubble of silence around you. It is a kickstarter project but it might be worth following to get reviews. Muzo - State of the Art Vibration Monitoring Sys. Controls your sound environment and even blocks your conversations in restaurants from being overheard.
  16. Paper Straws, 200 pack, Biodegradable Paper Drinking Straws $9.29 It will be against the law to have plastic swizzle stick, too. kilofly Rhinestone Party Stir Bar Spoon Value Pack, Set of 4 $12.99 Swizzle Stick Carrying Case, 9.4 x 1.8 x 3 inches (With an external compartment for used swizzle sticks) Wood Stirrers 150 Pack $4.34
  17. I am not very sensitive to pollen, but got a painful sinus congestion over both eyes today and while talking on the phone to friend, he said he was in bed yesterday with sinus congestion and even pain in his ears. Is there some pollen going around right now or is it a mold? What is the best method for treating it?
  18. GoodRx seems to send coupons to you for Ativan (and other drugs) that you pick up at most major pharmacies in the US When you go back to the States and get a script, maybe you can get a coupon from these folks. The lowest price for 60 tablets of lorazepam 1mg is around $8.88, 78% off the average retail price of $42.25 I have never used GoodRx so I cannot vouch for them, but the discounts might bear further investigation. https://www.goodrx.com/ativan
  19. One of my friends in NY used to live next to John Gotti. He said it was the safest, quietest neighborhood around!
  20. I have paid a travel agent in Ajijic, in pesos cash, for an all-inclusive thing that looked interesting (flight and hotel). It turned out to be a great vacation. It was an in-country vacation. Not sure what happens when traveling outside of Mexico.
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  22. My question is, how will anybody find your "only signed copy" as they step over your dead body -- find it in your secret hiding place (if they can) -- and modify it? Copies you send to others are not legal documents. Yes, they go to show possible intent, but are not valid. I do not believe any reputable US lawyer would participate is such ineffective representation. He could possibly be liable for participating in such folly -- knowing your intentions. Wills are difficult to deal with personally, because you are addressing your own mortality. And, probate court is where you would find out the true nature of people you would wish you had left out of your will. My wills are not secret and my Mexican Will is registered here (and it makes reference to my US Will and visa versa -- as the only two legal documents pertaining to my will) and my US will is registered with my attorney in the USA, who has a legal and fiduciary obligation to maintain the integrity and intent of that will... and is under seal. (Which is a legal option) to prevent the greedy heirs from finding out how much they want to spend on holiday gifts for me. <g>
  23. I have a friend who paid a year in advance here and it worked out well for him. He did it because he is retired and monthly bills annoy his retirement. I don't know if they still do it, but Lloyds used to pay all my bills (rent, electric, Telmex, etc) for me. But, you need to review the statements. It turned out my neighbor had tapped into my electric for 6 months and I did not see the drastic change in my electric. There are ways to effect auto-bill-pay without having to pay in advance and be stuck, should and unfortunate situation occur... like a tree crashing through your roof and you can't live there for a while.
  24. I am impressed with the clean storage! Totally unimpressed with the small amount. You need "Living in Mexico" lessons!
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