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  1. Xena: As Robert Heinlein once said "When you can see the smoke from your neighbor's chimny, it is time to move to another planet." Good luck.
  2. From Riberas to San Antonio it is about a 2" orange conduit. Could be to light the path, but it sure looks like fibre to me. Certainly not water & sewer.
  3. It seems to me that we are missing the point. Someone wanted underground fibreoptic along Hildago. They bribed their way to get the bike path so the road could be torn up. Notice that the fibre is going in on the traffic side of the bike path, not the away from traffic side. That will make access to it even more dangerous and disruptive. My thoughts.
  4. You said you are coming in through Nogales. I suggest that you consider the Lukeville border crossing. It is small and not congested. On the other hand, you have to drive some distance South to do the paperwork. Monitor the border crossing delay statistics to help make up your mind. The first time I drove down, I came through Nogales. At customs the guy told me that I had to unload the car so he could inspect it. But after the first double armload of shirts on hangars, he asked me if that was all that was in the car. I said "Yes". He quietly said that for $20 US I wouldn't have to unload the car. So I didn't unload it. Another time I brought some potting soil with me. It is illegal to bring into Mexico. Who knew? That one cost me $50. Very expensive potting soil. Another time I brought a ratty old swamp cooler and she said it was a piece of machinery. I paid a legitimate 600 pesos that time, but had a proper form. We showed the form as we came to each checkpoint thereafter and were quickly waved through. So that is 3 incidents in 11 times, 10 of them with a car full and a well loaded trailer. Many of them were through the Santa Teresa crossing. Going North has been even easier. I wish you an easy trip.
  5. I had to have some work done at the Toyota dealer. (March '19) To say that he was not competent to work on my Lexus is a huge understatement. When we went to pick it up not only had he not fixed the problem, but there were other major things wrong. He did get the car into condition that I can drive it home and to a true Lexus dealer. I hope not to have a Lexus when I return next year!
  6. Hi Spencer, Do w need a new, additional update on Chapala rules? They were just published. Thanks for what you do. Rick
  7. A lawyer recommended to me that I get a document from my maid and helper that states that they work for others and that they are sole proprietors while working for us.
  8. A couple of years ago when I knew we would be here for the warm season I bought a large window swamp cooler from the States. I installed it on the mirador blowing down the stairs. On a very hot day my granddaughters couldn't watch TV because it was too cold! The temp was 72° on the 2nd floor and it was 75° downstairs. Swamp coolers work very well here if properly sized. Remember that the output of the cooler should be such that it will replace the complete volume of air in your home in one minute, two at most. That also means that you go the farthest part of the house and open a window. You should be able to keep your whole house cool with a 500 Watt cooler using 110V power. I have had bad luck with the smaller roll around units. A large window one should work well for you. Rick
  9. Since I am going to San Franscisco, going through Larado makes no sense.
  10. Does anyone know about the drive from Sonoyta to Mexicali on route 2? How is the road? Is there much traffic? Is it safe for a Gringo hauling a small trailer? Or should I go North at Lukeville to Gila Bend and West? 70 extra miles, well over an hour with the trailer. Thanks, Rick
  11. We have a young man who, at his request, does general chores for us for 60 pesos an hour for whatever hours we need plus 75 pesos to wash our car and clean it inside. He has just left for a 3 week job out of town where he will get "about the same" , full time, 6 days a week. So we are paying him "market rate". It reminds me of a story from my mother. During WWII my father was posted to a city in the South; we had lived in New York. She asked the other wives what to pay a maid. She said that what was being paid was much too little, and she paid what she thought was a living wage. The woman came to work on Mon., Tue., and Wed., but then not again until the next Monday. When my mother asked where she was, the maid said that she had earned enough for the week and she came back when she needed more money. My mother lowered her pay to what everyone else was paying and everyone was happy. MORAL: Find out what is appropriate for the local market and pay accordingly. You can be generous with bonuses and Christmas stuff. We pay our maid the local rate, but my wife often has some good food that she sends on with her.
  12. My wife has used accupuncture successfully in the past ad has a need to try it again. Is there a good accupuncturist around? Thanks, Rick
  13. And I thought this thread was about a wall a little farther North that looks like it will be built of steel, anyway!
  14. With fuel in Lakeland FL at $1.86 per gallon it is not surprising that drivers in the USA like their high powered vehicles. If you are a rural driver and occasionally have to tow a trailer full of 1 ton hay bales, that power is nice. So Ford et al highlight the vehicles. And production of compact sedans in the USA is being shut down. I drive a big SUV to go fom here to the States towing my trailer. But am looking for a compact sedan to drive in the towns here. Note my avitar to see what I think the optimal vehicle is for driving around Ajijic. But I wouldn't drive it to Guad or to Mexico City. The point being that one matches their choice of vehicle to their needs and abilities. The car manufacturers supply what is demanded.
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