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  1. 4 hours ago, NoVaDamer said:

    Nonsense. There is nothing on the IRS website stating such a condition. There is a statement saying "non-resident aliens" are not eligible, but that does not change the status of a US citizen spouse. And there is no condition that one be a US resident. I am a US citizen with a permanente here, and my wife and I already received our stimulus checks.


    Are you registered with a Mexican address with Soc. Sec.?

  2. 11 hours ago, bmh said:

    I do not know if it is in the spinning or in the weaving or sorting out the various tones of green  but orders are delayed when there is a lot of green because I was told that there are  less women who want to work with it.

    That is the reason I was given by Margarita the head of the group but of course who knows if that is the real reason..I would think there is less green cotton than brown cotton and II do not know how they allocate the cotton , if less people grow it maybe less women work with it.. who knows, sometimes things get lost as their Spanish can be a literal translation from their language or way of thinking  and it does not translate well.

    Is this a group of women in Guerrero, a cooperative, and what is your role with them?  What do  you produce?

  3. 8 hours ago, bmh said:

    Interesting because the women   ,we  deal with do not like to work with the green cotton and are ok with the brown..They make spectacular colors with the green cotton but only a few of them work it.

    That is interesting.  I haven`t found green different in the spinning from brown. Perhaps there is some other part of the work with green that is difficult.  

  4. 56 minutes ago, bmh said:

    Brown is the most comon of the colored cotton.. I wonder wy they called it jaune since that s yellow and not brown which is brun or marron.. It s also the most comon n Mexco .. Dr, Vasquez says that the brown cotton from Peru was exported up north.. but who knows..Mexco , I read had lots of dffernt color cotton but it all went extnct except for the brown and green.Many of the artisans I know do not like to work with green cotton because they find it more difficult to handle so n a group there are  few women who want to work it and garment with green cotton always take longer to get if you order a bunch for that reason.

    The brown cotton from Peru, gossypium barbadense, was indeed brought to the States and was the basis of all the long-stapled brown cottons now grown mostly in Arizona and Texas.  Peruvian white cottons were the basis of all the long-stapled white cottons, like Pima cotton, Egyptian, and Sea Island, the finest of the cottons. However, native Mexican cotton, gossypium hirsutum, is the basis of the world-wide cotton industry, comprising 95% of the cottons now grown for clothing.  Sea Island was tried in the Sea Islands off Georgia and then on the east coast of the US but were destroyed by weevils. It is now only grown in the West Indies where it was originally discovered.

    Most green and brown cottons are indeed difficult to work with because their fibers are so short, near to 1/2".  But you get used to it and the result is so spectacular.  In my experience, green cotton is a bit easier to work with than the browns being that it is a tiny bit longer.

  5. 1 hour ago, geeser said:

    65 years ago while playing in a sharecropper's cabin in Arkansas I found brown cotton with seeds in the bols. I did some research and discovered it was "coton jaune" share cropper's cotton. I planted and gres several plants.  It was cotton that share croppers and before them slaves had planted in garden plots the land owner had designated for their use. They were allowed to grow and spin or sell that cotton. Because it was brown the land owner never thought they had stolen his cotton. This cotton was planted in small plots that the owner allowed slaves and later share croppers to plant vegetables in. It grew in parts of Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas in small plots and fence rows when I was a kid. I now know it was also called Acadian cotton.


    This cotton is still being grown and seed being sold in the south.   I am growing one variety, Arizona green, here.  A beautiful little green,  it will wind up in a shirt or two and in scarves for sale.  Acadian cotton is a different variety from the others grown in the south.  The main reason the plantation owners let the slaves grow colored cotton is that the they didn`t consider the colored cotton valuable.

  6. 16 hours ago, Zeb said:

    I have a laser jet printer that is problematic.  Any recommendations for a repair person? The place in Riberas does not do that.

    Ruth Papeleria on the corner of Privada Degollado and Flavio Romero in Chapala fixed my inkjet. I don`t know if they fix lasers.   

  7. 1 hour ago, bmh said:

    Then you next step is to order seeds from Peru.. 

    Just check out this thread.. according to this Dr. tblue, yello and another color do not exist. at this time.. 2016


    Unfortunately, I have seen no source for ordering seeds from Peru.  Of course, that would be the easy way to obtain fiber from there.   Dr. Nunez says there are many artisans in Morrope that work with the colored cotton but lists no contacts. There are many reports and pictures as well as garments of blue, red and yellow cotton.  At least, I`m willing to go to Peru and see what I can find!  Will let you know when I get back.

  8. 2 hours ago, Ferret said:


    3 hours ago, Yo1 said:

    I just looked on MercadoLibre and searched for surgical tubing and came up with a photo of what you want with arrows to the right for more vendors.

    Yes, they have it on their site, but it comes from China.  On the slow boat.   And I just got a note from them that the slow boat just got slower because of a particular virus that is they're having a bit of  problem with.

    Thanks, both, for looking out for me!

  9. 58 minutes ago, bmh said:

    I have not gone to those areas in Peru but they grow green and brown cotton in Mexico and Guatemala. The brown cotton is called coyutche or coyotchi and it is grown in Chiapas in the Pantelho area and in Oaxaca and Guerrero , I do not know about other areas . . The green cotton is grown in Guerrero by the Amusgos, may have it in Oaxaca as well, on the border with Guerrero as they are Amusgos as well and use it in their hupiles.

    One note, a friend of mine gave seeds of green cotton to weavers in San Mateo del Mar to grown the the green cotton came out brown so the soil may have something to do with t.  also gave green cotton seeds to a frend n Pantelho and it came out brown s well.

    When I was visitng villages around lake Atitlan some of the weavers told me that gren cotton was grown industrally n Guatemala.. I did not know about other color cotton then so I did not ask but you could look into it.

    I know those cottons well.   (Been at this for 40 years.) I`ve grown their cottons from their seeds, spun it, wove it.  I have plants here on my property from Guerrero. Some of the cooperatives from Guerrero have been to the Feria.  Brown and green cotton is common but the blue, red, yellow can only be found in the mountains of Peru.  Thank you for your suggestions,  bmh.

  10. 1 hour ago, Ferret said:

    Well, this thread sent me down a rabbit hole. Interesting stuff! This may be the lady to contact. We need many more like her.



    There is a link to her website which contains her contact information in the second link that I posted.



    Yes, I know her. I was one of the original testers for her.  I`m looking for the Mother Lode where Sally`s seeds came from. I`ll have to go to Peru for what I want.

  11. 2 hours ago, Willie said:

    They used used grow the tan and green in the Phoenix Az area...not sure if they still do but might be easier for someone to mule them in to you by car.

    They still do.  I have those and have been working with them for 40 years.  I`ve worked with all the Peruvian derivatives available in the US.  But now I have a hankering for the real thing from where the seeds they use in the States came from.  The originals, the deep colors from the jungles of Peru.  Thanks for your suggestion.

  12. On 1/23/2020 at 1:02 PM, Jreboll said:

    Clear pvc is most commonly used.  It’s used for suction, air, oxygen, CO2 among other things. It comes in 1/4”, 3/8”, and 1/2” ID.

    The thick rubber tubing is most often used for chest bottle drainage. They can be “milked” to keep them patent and don’t loose their elasticity.

    I need tubing that is elastic, stretchable - surgical tubing.  It does not exist in the medical supply place on the carretera in Ajijic, nor in any of the famacias.

  13. 2 hours ago, Ferret said:

    They did not wait until the end of the cycle to split the bill. They waited until the end of the cycle to generate the split bills.

    Anyway, since we don't know why the OP wants to do this, there is no point speculating further.

    Read the meter, subtract it from the reading on your last bill and do the calculations accordingly. It only gets a little complicated if you're spread over a few of the rates. But it's definitely doable.

    There`s a reason!  I`ve been using a heater extensively this season and want to find out how poor I`m going to be after the next CFE bill so I can prepare myself.  Should I begin learniing about wild foods to cut down my food bill?   But, it sounds like one cannot, indeed, learn how much one owes in the moment, between billing periods, by consulting the machine.  That`s what I wanted to do.  Standing in a line in the building is not enough fun.  Thanks, community, for this wisdom-gathering-in-the-round!

  14. 2 hours ago, Eric Blair said:

    My wife want to learn.

    How about an instructor/teacher?

    There is a pretty good guitarist named Larry who leads and others who occasionally show up to the open mike at La Bodega on Wednesdays at 5pm in Ajijic.  You might show up and ask him what he knows about guitar teachers (I don`t know if he teaches). He certainly knows the lay of the land musically lakeside.

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  15. 1 hour ago, dano1948 said:

    No, new, non Spanish speakers will not be able to find these on there own...They are still around, but most in undesirable areas, as in night time crime, etc. Another friend, just today rented a 1 bed 1 bath new, firnished apt, near the malecon...$450 includes everything...

    Agreed.   Sounds like your friend found a nice place for what, at this moment, is a good price and in a nice area.  The prices changed 2 years ago.  Before that you could easily rent, as I did, a nice well-maintained 2 bedroom house with large planted yard for under $300 owned by an old family who doesn`t raise the rent.  The same size house around the corner just rented for $750USD.  Sign of the times.  The Chapala house owners are keyed into the gringos now, fixing up every piece of property they own and renting them for 3 or 4 times what they did only 2 years ago.  Can`t blame them, of course.  They`re taking advantage of the market and being able to give their children better food and a little higher education.  I fear, though, that old lovely, traditional Chapala is in for a gringo readjustment.   I will treasure the old ways and places for as long as I can.  

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  16. 6 hours ago, Djangoplayer said:

    Hi I’m new to Ajijic. I play jazz/ blues/ rock guitar and I’m looking for musicians to play with. 



    3 hours ago, Mainecoons said:

    Go over to La Bodega Bar on 16 de Septiembre on Tuesday night around 7 PM and talk to the band there.  I'll bet they can help you out.


    There`s a couple of good jazz groups and some duos and also rock bands. As MC says, Bodega is a good place to start.  I would add the Chapala open mike on Thrusdays at 5PM at El Patio.  Also the open mike at La Bodega on Wednesdays in Ajijic on 16th de Septiembre.  Same primo backup band at both venues. Man, these guys are fun to sing with.  But they also know the musical lay of the land and play their own gigs as well.  Iron Horse in Riberas has some kickass country, blues, roots groups showing up.  Then, the other universe of course, Guadalajara.

  17. 22 hours ago, Mostlylost said:

    There are many $300US rentals available. It takes shoe leather and networking to find them. I know a 1BR house in San Antonio that was just rented for $4000MX per month. New paint, small patio & Garden in back, new electrical & bathroom fixtures. Did not come with stove or refrigerator. 

    Oh, you know of one!  One does not, however, mean "many"!  


    22 hours ago, dano1948 said:

    Agree with you, lots of cheap places here in Chapala, have a friend pays $150 per month..One really needs Spanish or a friend that does...Mostly lost has it right!!...The caviat is, you get what you pay for..

    "Lots of cheap places" ?  You personally know of "lots" of cheap places?  

    The topic on hand here is the article announcing to potential retirees from places like Santa Cruz, California that there are $300/month rentals lakeside.  So the question is, how many of these are available to people new to the area from the US, could they find them and would they want to live in them?  I contend the answer to that is that there is an extremely small number of $300/month houses and apartments lakeside that someone from Santa Cruz, California would  1) be able to find (given they probably don`t speak Spanish, don`t have a clue to the culture and that these places are not listed), 2) even consider living in considering the shape they are in (notwithstanding MostlyLost's single contribution) and that they are usually in exclusively Spanish-speaking areas (excepting the few near the plaza in Chapala) and considering their size (singles, 1-bedrooms, small apartments).   

  18. 1 hour ago, chapalence said:

    And they are dumps!

    Well, I think there are 2 or 3 possibly near the plaza which are alright  (last chance! today!)  But the others are rented low for a reason.    A friend rented one recently and leaned on a sink whereupon it fell to the ground.   And bring your rat traps.

  19. On 1/30/2020 at 1:21 AM, dichosalocura said:

    300 US dollars a month for rent here in Chapala is not that unheard of.  But usually you will be getting a very small apartment or casita for that amount.

    The article is extremely misleading.  There are a few last remnants of areas that have places renting for $300 a month in Chapala.   But that`s the only area left lakeside other than maybe San Juan -  not Riberas, not San Antonio, not La Floresta and certainly not Ajijic.  Good luck finding these places in Chapala.   These places have no "for rent" signs, they are not listed.  

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