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El Cartero

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  1. I note you specified from December thru May and agree with you 100%.  Perfect for snowbirds but for year round Lakeside is best.  Many living here have beach houses they primarily use thru the winter months and for weekend retreats.   Not all can afford that option.  Too, with snowbirds selection the beach for their 4 or 5 month visit traffic on the carretera might improve 

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  2. I am reluctant to comment because most people only want to hear what they want to hear.   I have used a contractor to build a house.  A gringo and proclaimed expert in fact.  Maybe what happened to me can be avoided by you.  So here’s the facts...

    1.  Budget was established which he exceeded by over 50%  2. Paid monthly equal payments with one month in advance.   3. He agreed to pay all licenses and imss.  

    Reality - he paid no building fees, taxes or permits.  No inventory control was in place and he over ordered, placed the material in a bodega and sold it keeping the money.   

    So you can figure out what should be in place to safeguard yourself.   He did this, I later discovered, with several insuspecting clients.    My neighbor and friend used a local contractor.  He falsified documents and sued the client claiming possessionof the house he built.  A house valued at close to 1-million usd.

    would I ever build a house again?   Not on your life.   There are deals to be had on existing homes and bought right I could throw 100grand into a reno, get what I want and be money ahead.


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  3. All I know about the movie was that Maria Grazia starred and that’s tough to forget.  Il Postino, Italian movie.

    As to Pushing hands I did a little Chi Sau (nian shou) which I loved.   Sticky Hands shared sensitivity and timing with Pushing Hands but has the advantage of protection of the centerline and trapping.  My background is in Wing Tsun, Sifu Emin Boztepe.  His, Leung Ting and his Yip Man.

    I appreciate your background.   Not unlike Segal’s marring his Sifu’s daughter, lol.  We have had an “expert” in the past but when he called his kwoon a dojo I lost interest.

    As to location, given traffic and parking, I can only think of a few.   in Chapala, near the lake below the mural.  In San Antonio the jardín /zócalo/ or whatever you call it.  It has, I think, a kiosko should it rain.   In Ajijic I like the 2 Eventos in the west end although not perfect ambiance.   Maybe LCS if they’ll rent their kiosko.

    Looking forward to your arrival.  





  4. The question is fallacious.    It’s like asking the question:  Three guys walk into a hotel, and they're going to spliThe question: Three guys walk into a hotel, and they're going to split the cost of a room. The room is $30. They each kick in $10 and head up to their room. The manager gets wind of it and tells the clerk the room is only $25. He hands five $1 bills to the bell hop and tells him to go refund the guys' money. On the way up to the room, the bell hop gets to thinking, as bell hops are wont to do, and says to himself, "No way can three guys split $5, I'm going to help out." He stuffs $2 in his pocket, knocks on the door, gives each guy back a buck and heads back downstairs to the desk, glowing in the warmth of a job well done. So now each guy has paid $9. $9 times 3 is $27 plus $2 the bell hop stole--only $29! Where is the other buck?

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