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  1. 16 hours ago, geeser said:

    The single biggest waste of water is the demand heater. They were sold as a solution for expensive gas but cost way more in wasted water, especially where water is a problem. I have swapped the instant on for a tank type and the water is warm at the most distant outlet. It has never been with the demand heater. Any savings in gas is more than offset by the lack of water.  I always had plenty of hot water in the states with a tank heater. The very best help is to insulate the pipes in the brick stucco walls, they suck the calories out. You will probably have to bring the 1/2" or 3/4" insulation from the USA.

    https://www.homedepot.com/s/1%2F2%22%2we save0pipe%20insulation?NCNI-5

    I'm not sure I follow this.  We find it takes the same time for the hot water to get to our kitchen or MBR the same with either the tank heater or the demand heater we have now and we save a bunch on gas, like 50 percent.  

    If electricity wasn't so expensive the best solution would be an electric demand heater wherever hot water is needed IMO.


  2. 2 hours ago, happyjillin said:

    Are there oyster vendors on the beach and if so can you have your drinks served there?

    None of the above.  We were out on the beach this morning.  Maybe 4 other people as far as one could see in either direction.

    There is one condo here, period, the one we are staying in.  63 units.  Otherwise a few obviously pricey houses and a lot of open beach front.  \

    Restaurants in Barra de Navidad, 30 minutes north or at Hotel Isla Navidad, 15 minutes, fancy and pricey.  

    As I wrote, this is a serious get away from it all and almost everyone beach vacation.

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  3. We are at the beach now in a place called Playa Grande Condos just outside of Cihuatlan, Jalisco.  No noise, no trash, no crowds, just perfect conditions every day.  We've been coming here for years.  Costs under a thousand to rent a 2BR condo for a week.  Check out goplaygrande.com for more information.  This is a serious get away from it all vacation spot.  We have to go this week because that is when our Oaxaca college students are out for spring break.


  4. 6 hours ago, cookj5 said:

    Hmmmm...back when it was first announced that a Walmart was to be built in the present site, I said this will be total mess for traffic at this intersection. It's been a mess for several years, but now we have moved to the "supership stuck in the Suez Canal" stage. Surprise, surprise!

    But it didn't need to be.  From the beginning, when the direct ingress and egress was blocked, this has been screwed up.  This latest simply compounds the earlier errors in spades.  When added to the problems already being caused by the west side traffic light in San Antonio, that entire area will be gridlocked most of the day. 

    There was a simple solution here, a single four phase light setup at the main intersection, no change to right hand turning off the libremiento towards Ajijic and east bound exit only at the east end of Walmart.  This is the near universal (NOB) solution for this situation and it works.


  5. 3 hours ago, CHILLIN said:

    Our rent has not increased for the past twelve years. There is much more skill to be a good tenant rather than a good landlord.

    As far as decreased prices, people on the true off grid solar are saving a small fortune.

    I could save even a lot more running used cooking oil through my diesel, but that seems a lot of work.

    On the rent you are unusual and fortunate.  We aren't off grid but make 100%+ of our consumption and definitely are fortunate.  Waiting for better batteries to go true off grid.

  6. Fun with the English language:

    Have you ever wondered????
    Why is “abbreviated” such a long word?
    * Why is the third hand on the watch called the second hand?
    * If a word is misspelled in the dictionary, how would we ever know?
    * If Webster wrote the first dictionary, where did he find the words?
    * Why do we say something is out of whack? What is a whack?
    * Why does “slow down” and “slow up” mean the same thing?
    * Why does “fat chance” and “slim chance” mean the same thing?
    * Why are they called “tug” boats? Aren’t they really “push” boats?
    * Why do we sing “Take me out to the ball game” when we are already there?
    * Why are they called “stands” when they are made for sitting?
    * Why is it called “after dark” when it really is “after light”?
    * Why do we drive on a parkway and park on a driveway?
    * Why are a “wise man” and a “wise guy” opposites?
    * Why do “overlook” and “oversee” mean opposite things?
    * Why is “phonics” not spelled “fonix”?
    * Why doesn’t glue stick to the inside of the bottle?
    * If all the world is a stage, where is the audience sitting?
    * Why do we wash bath towels? Aren’t we clean when we use them?
    * Why do they call it a TV set when you only have one?
    * Why do you press harder on the buttons of a remote control when you know the batteries are dead?
    * Why do we put suits in garment bags and garments in a suitcase?
    * What’s another word for “synonym”?
    * Is there another word for “thesaurus”?
    * Would a fly that injured its wings be called a “walk?”
    * If vegetarians eat vegetables, what do humanitarians eat?
    * If women can give birth to triplets and quadruplets, why not singlets and doublets?
    * Is Atheism a non-prophet organization?
    * I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, “Where is the Self-Help section?” She wouldn’t answer me.
    * Why don’t you ever see the headline, “Psychic Wins Lottery”?
    * If the folks at the psychic hotlines were really psychic, wouldn’t they call you before you called them?
    * Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavor and dishwashing liquid is made with real lemons?
    * Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?
    * Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour?
    * Why are they called “apartments” when they are all stuck together? Aren’t they really “compartments”?
    * If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress?
    * Why are there “interstate” highways in Hawaii?
    * Why are cigarettes sold in gas stations when smoking is prohibited there?
    * Can you imagine a world with no hypothetical situations?
    * How does the guy who drives the snowplow get to work in the mornings?
    * If nothing ever sticks to Teflon, how do they make the pan stick to Teflon?
    * Why is it that when you transport something by car it’s called a “shipment,” but when you transport something by ship it’s called “cargo”?
    * Why is it that when you’re driving and looking for an address, you turn down the volume on the radio?
    * Why do noses run and feet smell?
    * Why is there an expiration date on sour cream containers?
    * Why call it a “building” if construction is complete? Shouldn’t it be called a “built”?
    * What do sheep count when they can’t get to sleep?
    * Why is it that misdialied phone numbers are never busy?
    * What was the best thing before sliced bread?
    * Why do we call it a “hot water heater”? Isn’t it a “cold water heater”?
    * Is the color orange called that because it’s the color of the fruit of the same name, or was the fruit called orange because that’s its color? Which came first, the color or the fruit?
    * Why is a carrot more orange than an orange?
    * After amphibians eat, do they have to wait one hour before getting out of the water?
    * How can there be self-help “groups”?
    * It is hard to understand how a cemetery raised its burial cost and blamed it on the cost of living.
    * What do Styrofoam manufacturers pack that stuff in for shipment?
    * Why don’t sheep shrink when it rains?
    * When two airplanes almost collide, why do they call it a “near miss”? Isn’t it a “near hit”?
    * When sign makers go on strike, are their protest signs blank?
    * If you try to fail, and then succeed, which one have you done?
    * Why does “monosyllabic” contain five syllables?
    * If you wear an antenna to a wedding, is the reception better?
    * If you were “scared half to death” twice, would you be 75% dead or 100% dead?
    * If the cops arrest a mime, do they tell him he has the right to remain silent?
    * If you ate pasta and antipasti, would you still be hungry?
    * What should you do if you see an endangered animal eating an endangered plant?
    * If ATM stands for “Automatic Teller Machine,” why do we call it an ATM machine? And if PIN stands for “Personal Identification Number,” why do we call it a PIN number?
    * Why do “flammable” and “inflammable” mean the same thing?
    * What is the speed of dark?
    * Why is it that rain “drops” but snow “falls”?
    * Do Roman paramedics refer to IV’s as “4’s”?
    * What happens to the tread that wears off tires?
    * Are Santa’s helpers called Subordinate Clauses?
    * If the #2 pencil is the most popular, why is it still #2?
    * Why do you never hear about gruntled employees?
    * What would the speed of lightning be if it didn’t zigzag?
    * If a book about failures doesn’t sell well, is it a success?
    * When dogs bark for hours on end, why don’t they ever get Laryngitis?
    * Why do superficial paper cuts hurt more than grosser cuts?
    * The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
    * Why do engineers call it “research” when they’re searching for something new?
    * If quitters never win and winners never quit, why should you “quit while you’re ahead?”
    * When you pick something up so your hands are full, why does a place on your face start to itch?
    * A bus station is where a bus stops; a train station is where a train stops. What occurs at a desk with a work station?
    * Can vegetarians eat animal crackers?
    * Before they invented drawing boards, what did they go back to?
    * How come Superman could stop bullets with his chest, but always ducked when someone threw a gun at him?
    * If Superman is so smart, why does he wear his underpants over his pants?
    * Why does Mickey Mouse wear pants and no shirt while Donald Duck wears a shirt and no pants?
    * How is it possible to have a civil war?
    * How much deeper would the ocean be if sponges didn’t grow in it?
    * If a parsley farmer is sued, can they garnish his wages?
    * When you open a bag of cotton balls, is the top one meant to be thrown away?
    * Why do they call it the “Department of Interior” when they are in charge of everything outdoors?
    * Why doesn’t Tarzan have a beard?
    * If lawyers can be disbarred and clergymen defrocked, does it follow that electricians can be delighted, musicians denoted, cowboys deranged, models deposed, tree surgeons debarked and dry cleaners depressed?
    * Why is it that if someone tells you that there are 1 billion stars in the universe you will believe them, but if they tell you a wall has wet paint you will have to touch it to be sure?
    * If a rabbit’s foot was actually lucky, wouldn’t it still be attached to the rabbit’s leg?
    * Why is a whole pizza round, then cut into triangles and placed in a square box?
    * Why are boxing rings square?
    * Why is it that people say they “slept like a baby” when babies wake up about every two hours?
    * Why didn’t Noah swat those two mosquitoes?
    * Why do they call it baby-sitting when all you do is run after them?
    * Whatever happened to Preparation A through G?
    * Why is it called a “word to the wise?” If they’re already wise, why do they need to hear it?
    * What happened to 1up, 2up, 3up, 4up, 5up, and 6up?
    * Why do we call it a hamburger when it is made of beef?
    * What disease did cured ham actually have?
    * Why aren’t there any B batteries?
    * Why are they called “stairs” inside but “steps” outside?
    * When you clean out a vacuum cleaner, does that make you a vacuum cleaner?
    * Why do buffalo wings come from a chicken?
    * Why is there no pine or apple in pineapple?
    * Why are there no grapes or nuts in Grapenuts cereal?
    * How do “Keep off the grass” signs get where they are?
    * What do people in China call their good plates?
    * Why is it that you must wait until night to call it a day?
    * What’s the difference between “null” and “void”?
    * You can be “overwhelmed” and “underwhelmed,” but why can’t you simply be “whelmed”?
    * How did a fool and his money get together in the first place?
    * Why do they call it a “Free Gift”? Doesn’t “gift” mean free?
    * Why do they lock gas station bathrooms? Are they afraid someone will clean them?
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  7. Although the map suggests Torreon to Chihuahua to Juarez it does not say that in the legend and our last trip I was told Chihuahua has their own and will not accept Pasa.  This was true from the last toll booth on the north side of Torreon all the way to the border, even including the short cuota to Santa Teresa.


  8. 1 hour ago, ea93105 said:

    So many times there are lanes for these electronic passes, what happens if you enter one of these lanes and it doesn't accept it ? Are those lanes also attended so you have a way to pay cash or something or are you forced to make the people behind you backup to let you out of the lane ?






    On the toll plazas where it was accepted it seemed that most of the manned booths had sensors for it and we used those in case it didn't work.  Otherwise you are stuck with backing out if it is an unattended lane solely for Pase.  I've seen even trucks backing out of those so we avoid them.

    This system is far from foolproof here, not like the ones up north.  Have cash ready in case you need it.

  9. We have a "Pase" toll tag that you can get at Oxxo and also put money on it.  Once you have it, it has a number on it that can be used to monitor both your additions of toll prepay and the deductions as you travel.  I am told it works pretty much everywhere in the central part of the country.  It did not work in Chihuahua for us, the last time it was accepted going north was on the toll bypass around Torreon.  Have not used this one in centro but our friends have one and they have.

    Lots of information here:  https://www.pase.com.mx/


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