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  1. President Calles founded a political party (PNR that later became the PRI--great liberators of Mexico I'm sure). He agreed to a truce to end the Cristero War but in fact broke the truce and had 5,500 Cristero's shot often in front of their wives and children. This was in addition to the 90,000 who died on both sides to either assist or oppose his failed attempt to eradicate the Catholic religion in Mexico. His anti-clericalism stemmed from his youth with his atheist uncle and the fact that his parents were never married. He continued trying to eliminate the Church even after his presidency was over during what was called the Maximato (Calles was referred to as the Jefe Máximo of the Revolution) or the period when he maintained great control over politics in Mexico during the presidencies of Gil, Rubio and Rodríguez whom he kept subordinate to himself until he was finally exiled by President Cárdenas del Río to the U.S. in 1936 to free Mexico from his grip. He was, by the way, opposed to all religions--Protestant, Catholic and others. He was opposed to religious liberty of any sort. He became a wealthy dictator who suppressed the very reforms he originally claimed to support for the Mexican people. Though he did do good things, especially in his first years as president from 1924 to 1926, it would be hard to paint him as a "saint" and indeed it seems that some would like to paint him as a "liberator of the masses". He was a shrewd politician but an ideologue who had no problem murdering his political and religious opposition. The Church also has to take responsibility for the evils it caused and allowed but the government of Plutarco Elías Calles has much to answer for in the history of Mexico as well. I guess that I'm just trying to point out that the history of the times is more complicated and, at least to me, defies the attempt to simplify it. We live in Jalisco and there are even memorial tablets in towns near us that track the passage of the Cristero Wars and they have left a mark on the Mexican people here. St. Turibio's picture as well as a lot more folks who died in that series of wars is everywhere and I still hear the cry of that war--Viva Cristo Rey or Hail Christ the King--at processions and ceremonies. They are building a huge church in Guadalajara to the martyrs--many just lay people who gave up their lives for their beliefs--and you might miss the many shrines in towns everywhere in Jalisco that commemorate them or hold their tombs. It is Jalisco history. It is part of the Mexican heritage. Many proud families who fought and died on either side have relatives living here right now. I find it fascinating and it is part of a battle over religious liberty among the Mexican people. You can't just dismiss either side because you might hold biases one way or the other. I, too, am now part of Jalisco history and someone will one day write the history of the influx of gringos into the State of Jalisco. Some may read it and say it was a bad thing and some may read it and say that it was a good thing. One way or another--we gringos are making our own way into the history of Mexico!
  2. Hey! What about single gay guys looking for other single gay guys and single lesbian women looking for other single lesbian women--Mexican and gringo/a. Lakeside has all types of folks looking for companionship.I see lots of gay and lesbian locals (Mexicans and foreigners) but there is really no way to match up--no activities and no GLBT community centers.SUZ! Start that match service and include everyone ; - ). You will make a fortune. How much did you say the annual dues are?
  3. The person who calculated my water bill when I went to pay it in Chapala told me I would get a 50% discount when I became permanente. Did she lie to me? Was she confused? Was it just a bad day? I happen to think that I WILL get 50% discount when I get the permanente. By the way; I paid my bill in very early January and received no discount at all for paying it early. Nada. None. Zippo. She told me that when I get that permanente I'll get that 50% discount for paying early (if they still give it in 2015).
  4. The young lady who researched my bill is at the Chapala office (the old CFE office) and she told me that I would get a discount if I showed a permanente card. Perhaps you need to ask her before she gives it to you. One of my Mexican friends who accompanied me got all the gory details from her. As to the question of price per whatever of water neither I nor my gardener could see that listed on the receipt. I know that, though I paid it yesterday, I did not receive the 50% discount that is listed on the receipt. Why would they put that on the receipt (Desc. 50%followed by 0.00 on my receipt) if someone wasn't eligible for it? I get my permanente (I hope) in 2016 and I will be sure to ask about it in two languages (unfortunately neither are Spanish) and I'll bring my Mexican friend to rattle the cage about it (he does rattle cages when he thinks someone is not doing their job properly).
  5. I paid my water bill today in Chapala for a three bedroom house with three baths. I pay only once a year and my water bill went up from 2345.32 pesos(2013) to 2660.62 pesos (2014) and now to 2740.42 pesos. A Mexican friend took me and said that paying early I could have saved much, much more if I had been a permanente resident (2016, I hope). He also asked if I wanted to put off paying until I brought my Inapam card. Stupid me; I ransacked the house before I finally found it and I had already paid the bill. The friend told me that they may be planning to make water meters the future of billing. If you have a permanente or an Inapam card bring them with you to save cash. I had no idea that I would have to pay for the meter installation if they meter my property. It makes sense, though. All in all it was still a bargain compared to my Florida water bills. Next year I'll be prepared (I'm a slow learner)!
  6. bennie2 I have brought it up with Mexicans and, as a matter of fact, they'd like to meet you and your Mexican friends to dialogue about it. Can we have a meeting? PM me. This being said; I'm out of this conversation. I agree with gringal. Thanks.
  7. bennie2. This is just not true about blessings and the amount of rockets. That is--I shall call it what it is--a bigoted statement. Repeat it as often as you like and it remains what it is; a bigoted and offensive statement.
  8. bennie2, You need to drink a glass of holy water. The Church does NOT promise a blessing on anyone who sets the "loud rockets" off. I know the priests and they would be alarmed and offended at your statement.
  9. Thanks El Cartero. I think that you are correct. It's difficult for me to sometimes grasp that here at Lakeside. I'm blessed with many friends and they all have that wonderful live and let live attitude. Having taught and been a psychiatric nurse in the U.S. for many years has made me wish that everyone was like that. I guess it just can't be. Thanks for your kind reminder. I needed that.
  10. bennie2 My friends are from poor backgrounds and middle class backgrounds. Some have been born and raised in Guadalajara while others are locals from Chapala. Some have university degrees and are professionals while others are either in school or trying to make a living. Some have a wife and children and some are still single. Some live in nice houses while others live on ranches and in (from my point of view) poorer conditions.
  11. HarryB. I think that DaveMX probably has the correct answer to your question.
  12. I have now developed more than 50% of my friendships with Mexicans at Lakeside and in Guadalajara. All of them are employed or take the first bus out of Chapala to attend school in the early morning in Guadalajara. I have asked them several times about loud music and they have asked me "what loud music?" None complain about it nor does my Mexican friend in San Antonio complain about the now famous church loudspeaker. Yet I keep hearing from gringos that Mexicans don't appreciate it either. The many Mexicans I have come to know here and in Guadalajara must be anomalies. I was just at a very large birthday party in Guad earlier today and found it impossible to hold a conversation in any language but everyone--kids, adults and two abuelas--just seemed to either ignore the sound or perhaps actually liked it. I'm used to a quieter life in the U.S. and I admit to being annoyed when I can't talk with someone because of my poor hearing combined with loud music but if they don't care or if they even like it (??!!?) I just roll with the punches (I'm black and blue tonight!). I just have to say that I haven't found a single Mexican (who wasn't trying to agree with everything I said to be polite) who told me that they were annoyed with the noise level here. My biggest angst comes from those car radios that come down my street with the base on full. You hear them from four blocks away. No Mexican neighbor seems to hear what I hear. Again, I am trying to learn to roll with the punches. As for cohetes--didn't they use them as an enhanced interrogation technique? My one Mexican neighbor speaks of fond memories growing up here and helping to set them off. He says that it's for the kids and I am always surprised to see ten fingers on the young guys who set them off. Older Mexicans seem to be much smarter than to do that.
  13. Let's face it. Insomnia is a problem for folks over 65. I used to sleep like a log but I worked sometimes 13 hours a day 6 days a week (I'm a nurse who made lots of overtime). Now that I'm retired I'm just not as exhausted as I was and I do have trouble getting a good night's sleep. Most of my friends are experiencing the same trouble. I try to stay up and watch some TV or read in another room and then go to bed when I feel sleepy. Hey, I'm retired! What do I need a schedule for ? I schedule activities for after 11 am. If I wake up at night and cannot fall asleep after 15 minutes I get up and read or do something I had planned on doing the next morning. That usually makes me tired and I go back to sleep within an hour--and I feel that it wasn't a wasted hour turning and tossing in bed. If I sleep later because of that I still usually get a total of 7 to 8 hours. Medicine? I avoid that. I administered enough of that stuff in my life. I only take any medication if I absolutely must. Sleep medicine is something I never touch--it would take too much money out of my monthly budget if I got to the point that I had to use it.
  14. We have been here a year and we sold our cars before we moved down. We walk and use the bus system both Lakeside and in Guadalajara. We don't worry about parking or gas prices, we have lost weight , we've met many of our gringo and Mexican neighbors and have a great time. There are times when a car would be nice but they are few and far between. We never "bum" rides from our friends who have cars (we feel that would be unfair) but we have accepted rides from friends who want us to go out with them. So far we are happy with our decision not to drive a car here. That may change in the future but we do not anticipate that right now. We have hired a taxi or a driver on occasion--but rarely.
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