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  1. How do I know when I'm at the "second to last stop sign"? Is there a sign saying that? ...And my "Military" right?
  2. Louie's is still there but the last time we were there...the quality and service level was not what it used to be. We honeymooned in Huatulco, 28 years ago.
  3. Haha, coming from PV the humidity here seems downright low to us but the temps are much higher. PV on a scorching day at our condo might hit 93 F but the humidity there was always 80 or above. We never once used our A/C units there due to sea breezes during the day and the land breeze at night. We use our A/C here every day so far and we keep it set at 80 F because our blood must have thinned out.
  4. Yes and no. More Spanish spoken here but no beautiful view of Banderas Bay like we had there. SPI is only an hour and 15 minutes away and those beaches are as nice as any in Mexico, certainly better than in PV which tend to have quick drop offs. Obviously higher prices for most things like HOA fees and property taxes but the place we are in is much like a Fracc you would find Lakeside but with better security, wider and nicer streets and a 9 hole golf course that is free for unlimited play plus tennis courts and, naturally, shuffleboard courts. $162/Mo. covers it all. Traffic can be heavy but nothing like the last time we were in Ajijic. PV traffic is likewise much lighter than Lakeside. Most but not all locals are bilingual and anywhere outside of our community feels much more like Mexico than the US. Since our medical insurance cost would have tripled if we remained in Mexico the decision to return came fairly easily if not readily. We're having fun exploring the area and since we both tend to look forward, not backward, life is pretty good. I don't miss being on the BOD for our condo building in PV, a very thankless job that I swore I would never get into but got talked into it, LOL. I understand there are several residents in here who previously lived Lakeside also and am planning to meet them. https://www.myalamocountryclub.com/ Don't believe the weather part of the website, not accurate.
  5. The Rio Grande Valley is not part of Mexico but it's also not really part of the US. It truly does feel like it's own country. The HEB store in Donna is definitely Texas but the town plaza, right out the front door, looks exactly like plazas everywhere in small town Mexico. Thanks for your observations of driving a Mex-plated van. Guess times have changed. Please don't continue to advertise SPI, too many people have already discovered it. Yesterday in that HEB, my wife and I were the only pink people in there. Spanish was the only language being spoken until it was our turn to check out when they easily switched to English. Interesting place to be.
  6. Yeah a car would be one thing but a van with Mexican plates tooling around the border area is sure to attract plenty of (unwanted) attention.
  7. Just a heads up to anyone who may be having problems, this might be the cause. " Police Shutdown an Illegal IPTV Service With 50 Million Subscribers by Luke Bouma on September 18, 2019 in All News, News Earlier today Police in Italy, the Netherlands, France, and Bulgaria raided multiple locations in an effort to shut down what they say is the back end of many illegal IPTV services. Xstream-codes.com is reportedly the company behind the software systems that run many IPTV services according to TorrentFreak. “A multi-country action day coordinated by Eurojust in The Hague led to the dismantling of an international criminal network committing massive fraud with pay-TV, which shows organized crime expanding its illegal activities to large-scale violations of audiovisual copyright,” a statement from EU Eurojust said. “The damage caused by the criminal gang amounts to approximately €6.5 million, jeopardizing the existence of many legal providers of pay-TV on the market. More than 200 servers were taken offline in Germany, France and the Netherlands, and over 150 PayPal accounts of the criminals were blocked.” Xtream-Codes offered an “all-in-one” solution to operate an IPTV service. According to police they now have control over the system and have reportedly cut off 5,000 clients servicing over 50 million customers around the world. Exactly what IPTV services used Xtream-Codes is unkown as is how much data the police got. It’s very likely they now know the names and locations of many of the 5,000 clients who sell the IPTV services.
  8. Assorted sizes...priced by the kilo but lower than the tiangus vendors. Going fast so better hurry.
  9. Yes...God's Country for sure although I never was fortunate enough to get one but our group did.
  10. Make all the revisions you want to the deaths from drunk drivers stat. Let me know when your numbers get close to the numbers killed in mass shootings. You could call it negligent homicide if you don't care for "murder". I'll bet some of the survivors considered their loved ones murdered but you are correct the law doesn't see it thus.
  11. I totally agree that not everyone reacts the same way. My point to mudgirl was that her condescending slap at Hud was just that; you proved the point by describing how you and your husband reacted after it happened to you. Nothing condescending in your narrative, just how it was for both of you. Now... how did you make the leap that Hud owns an automatic weapon, or a semi-automatic weapon or is in favor of open carry? How did you decide Hud is totally paranoid about it? You certainly have the right to your opinion on the subject but that opinion should be shared in a civil manner not to demean someone else's reaction. Of course I don't know if mudgirl was ever threatened by a gun but I strongly suspect if she was no such put down of Hud would have occurred. Sorry if you find this condescending, it's not meant to be. And as HeH says above, when are we going to stop drunks from owning or operating vehicles? And when will society get tough on anyone and everyone who breaks the gun laws? Carrying a stolen gun or a concealed weapon without a permit should get you 5 years in prison, no plea bargains, no time off, no parole. Yes, it will mean higher taxes and more prisons and more "unequal" prison populations but until that happens I think society is not really that upset by the number of gun deaths. Much easier and cheaper to blabber away about the horrible gun violence. Makes a person feel good about them self and sets them above and apart from those "gun nuts". You see what I mean about "condescending"?
  12. Nothing wrong about finding out the source. I guess if you found it was scorpions, since they hadn't stung you yet, you would leave them alone. Once bitten, you might think otherwise. YMMV
  13. He didn't directly say that and until you've had a gun pointed right at you , you have no freakin' idea how you would feel or how you might react afterwards. Your lack of having had that experience shines brightly and thank your lucky stars you never do. Condescending BS.
  14. Have you had an actual exterminator look at the droppings before you cleaned them up? That would be my next move.
  15. Haha, that's the pronunciation I heard most often, even from long-time expats...along with ra PEE doe.
  16. Quite right. The "knock" on the French is not for the average soldier who usually fought bravely. It's really for the French leaders and especially the upper echelons of the military who were totally incompetent. They should have also been hung at Nuremberg.
  17. Like...Holy Batsh*t Robin!! I always topped up at any old Oxxo but maybe that no longer works?
  18. The old joke: How many French soldiers does it take to defend Paris? No one knows, it's never been done.
  19. ...Usually angry young males without growing up without a strong father figure. But that wouldn't fit the narrative...so...it's guns that are the problem. YMMV
  20. My experience with hotels used by the Federales has been that they are extremely noisy drunks and I figure if I know where they stay the bad guys probably do also. I avoid them like the plague, but as always, YMMV.
  21. Hahaha...CG I just couldn't resist, the Devil made me say it. Regards, Pappy
  22. Gonna be a very upset OP if you're right.
  23. Using Google Maps you can pull up Pharr and see plenty of hotels within 30 minutes.
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