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  1. Nah, pretty harmless stuff used as directed. Not on the Prohibited Items for Importation list. Been using if for 30 years, no ill effects.
  2. Something very obscure called thiourea dioxide, used for reducing oxygen in indigo dyeing. It is a white powder and I think that is why it caused a problem.
  3. Deborah, can you meet me at FitForLife gym, at the entrance to Mirasol on Saturday at 11am?

  4. Well, firstly, none of the items in the package were on the Do Not Import List. So the store, FedEx nor me knew not to send the items. Aduana decided to open the package and call into question one of the items. At that point, the only thing that can be done is the purchaser must hire a broker and/or get papers for the item in question. It is my understanding (and I`ve had a 48-hour crash course in these matters) that neither a store nor FedEx has responsibility for obtaining proper papers. I am guessing at this point, that that is the purchaser`s responsibility. It`s a crap shoot when you order something from the States and have it delivered here. It might get stopped by Mex customs (Aduana) or it might not. One can avoid much difficulty by looking carefully at the Do Not Import List and not ordering anything on the list. But other things are left to chance - whether Aduana decides to hold something back from delivery or not. If they do, it seems it`s basically impossible to regain access to that item, indeed to the entire order as in my case. In the future, I will be having things sent to a broker house in Texas like Sol y Luna and having them clear everything and send it on. The expense is only a little more than having something sent directly from the store in the US to my address, it turns out. And they can get things here faster as well.
  5. The story of my package ends here: after 4 days the package is with Aduana in some kind of warehouse. It will not be returned to sender. To retrieve it I would need a certificate of my status as an official importer, a certificate from the agency that OK`s the items in the package (after the fact since there was no indication upon ordering them that these items are suspicious or not to be imported), and the hiring of a customs broker. I have met the Red Queen in Alice In Wonderland.
  6. Hi, Saltos, any chance I could come and look at your drill press?

  7. A purchase I made at a US online store is being held at customs (I assume Mexican customs). The store sent a message to me about this saying I needed to hire a broker to get it out of customs. It was being shipped by FedEx. Does anyone have any advice as to how I can deal with this? Thanks.
  8. I assure you I have not invested in Monsanto. I have though, invested 30 years educating people about the practices of Monsanto and many other environmental concerns during my 10 years living in, working and teaching in the permacultural ecovillage in Los Angeles, my garden mastering of and teaching in one of the largest community gardens in Los Angeles and my classes in organic vegetable gardening.  I wonder how you have spent YOUR time.

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  9. I do hope your rant was not directed at me in particular or am I one of your "special interests" making it harder to judge the truth?

  10. El Saltos, this is bdmowers, my emal is bdmowers@gmail.com.

  11. Ditto going to the Migration window and saying the visa was lost. You might get asked how long you stayed. If you want no problems, you say "6 months". You pay your pesos for a new visa and be on your way. Do it first thing, before standing in line at the airline because the airline will ask you to have a current visa. Very common, happens all the time. Once, when asked how long he had been in Mexico, a friend said "a year" (a 6 month overstay). The man behind the window admonished him and said he should have obtained a new visa at 6 months then gave him a new visa. That`s about as severe as it gets. I believe the official could have fined him, but I`m not sure. He didn`t, thought, just asked him to pay for a new visa. Why so lax compared to the US who would put you in jail for a while? I`m guessing it`s always a win situation for Mexico to have gringos here. They contribute a lot of money to the local economies so it`s not viewed a negative to have Americans here, but a positive so the visa thing is just not important.
  12. Ferret, thanks for the info about the hardwood shop. Sounds like a a great place.  I bought a crosscut saw from Doug years ago and remember his amazing workshop. I lost his number though. I wonder if you would tell him I just need a board foot or so of some nice hardwood and would he sell me some. My email is bdmowers@gmail.com. He might remember me as the weaver.  Thanks a lot.

    Brad Mowers

  13. I`ve been lakeside for 4 years. By simple observation, it seems to me the expat population is about 90% in their 70`s or older. I`ve seen 10-20 people in their 40`s or 50`s.
  14. WideSky, thanks for the precise list.
  15. Oh yeah, and, unfortunately quite necessary. They get paid very little and have to pay for some of the repairs for the trucks, like replacement for worn tires, and, I think they may have to pay for gas but I`m not sure about that. Maybe someone else knows more about that. Also unfortunately, some of the recyclables are buried in the large trash bags they don`t have the time to get to. So, folks, help out your friendly trash collectors and but your recyclables in a separate bag.
  16. No, dude, it´s not the city dump. It is a recycling facilty. So, you have the choice to take your recyclables to the recycling facility yourself or leave your recyclables on the curb. Either way, recycling is alive and kicking here lakeside.
  17. It might be the place where all the trash collectors take their recycling. It`s not too far after you`ve gone down the hill from Chapala on the carretera towards Guad. It`s on the right and across the street from the booths where people are selling membrillos , etc. But in case you didn`t know, you can also bag it up and give it directly to the trash collectors. They make money from it at the place above.
  18. My experience with Adrian at Sky showed a knowledgable but rather unfriendly person.
  19. Lexie, Walmart no longer sells the boxes at the back to customers. They sell all their cardboard to an outside buyer.
  20. Peter Panaderia (block or so west of Jaurez on lake side of Carretera) carries sauerkraut and kefir that are highly probiotic.
  21. For anyone who has an adjustment from him, can you give your experience? His manner, did he help you, did you get from him what you wanted, if your Spanish is somewhat limited, how was it to communicate with him, would you go back to him?
  22. Here are some phone numbers to call and ask: Barbara’s Bazar, Independencia #7. Largest bazar lakeside. antiques and collectibles, household items, furniture, electronics. 376-766-3636, 376-766-1824. Mia’s, Carretera #7, east of Colon. 333 722 8944. Clothing, jewelry, shoes. 2nd time around, Carretera 11A (next to Ruben's Grill and Change of Pace gym) in central Ajijic (mountain side). 331-323-0907.
  23. Resale shop list incorporating above: Resale shops / bazars/ consignment shops in Ajijic Barbara’s Bazar, Independencia #7. Largest bazar lakeside. antiques and collectibles, household items, furniture, electronics. Mia’s, Carretera #7, east of Colon. Clothing, jewelry, shoes. Pre Loved Clothing, on Ocampo, in front of Early Bird Café (Ocampo # 30), east of Manix. Clothing. Smokie's, in Bugambillea plaza. Clothing, shoes, jewelry. 2nd time around, Carretera 11A (next to Ruben's Grill and Change of Pace gym) in central Ajijic (mountain side) Resale Row in Riberas, starting at the west end: Casi Nuevo, Carretera #95, corner of San Mateo (across the street from 7-11), north side of the street. Consignment shop. Furniture, clothes, household items. Ninos de Chapala, next door to Casi Nuevo. One of the best places for used books. Also clothes and household items. Pepe's Consignment Store, on the Carretera, 3 stores east of Car City, ½ block east of the 7-11, north side of the street. Furniture. Tepehua Treasures, Carretera #98, 2 doors down from Café Magaña, south side of street. Good place for books, clothes. Despite the street number, this is east of Casi Nuevo. Bazar, Carretera #81, north side of the street, west of El Oshito Bazar. Furniture, open only on weekends. A block east of Tepehua Treasures. El Oshito Bazar, Carretera #78, north side of the street. Furniture. Luis’ Bazar, Carretera #66C, north side of the street. Furniture, especially wood shelf systems. Osterizer blenders. Upscale Resale, on the Carretera, half a block east of San Jorge, next to Casa de las Aves, near Maskaras Clinic (now called something else). Mostly household items. Good place for books. Some clothes. In Chapala: Terry’s, Carretera # 265-B, near the Immigration Office and Delicia's restaurant, on the north (mountain) side of the street. Clothes and shoes. Open daily 9 am to 8 pm, Chapala's Consignment Shoppe (Tom’s), on Morelos, 3 blocks east of Ave. Francisco Madero (Chapala main street) Love in Action clothing bazar, Pedro Moreno No. 76, Chapala. Take Carretera (Hidalgo) to light. LEFT onto Francisco Madero. Go past Pemex and make a sharp RIGHT onto Pepe Guizar (ship sculpture). Continue down pass Mam Chey..at Hardware (orange) make RIGHT ( will see big sign)
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