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  1. I bought some and they must have sat on shelf somewhere and died of old age. I'm not saying you can't purchase them, nor that they won't be relatively fresh, but please check your purchase carefully. It was a lot of money to spend for something that should have been buried, not eaten. Coincidentally, I no longer have a craving for red licorice. Guess that's one way to save money!
  2. Another "paws up" for the Thundershirt, or any of the knockoffs that you can find in the pet shops. Our pooch has problems with a lot of the outside scary noises (she's a street rescue), but she calms down a few minutes after wearing the shirt.
  3. No, I said that I believe a lot of folks will be out of work because the employers won't want to get involved in all of the paperwork. This is Mexico and Mexicans are entitled to make and follow their own laws; I just don't want to have to hire a bookkeeper, etc. I believe in following the laws of the country I live in, so I'll adjust just fine. As Ferret said, we'll let this play out to see what happens before reacting. It's not a drama and I sincerely doubt that we're going to be seeing the moving trucks anytime soon. Kimanjome had it right.
  4. I think the most obvious result is that a LOT of folks are going to be looking for work. I know the minute this comes into play, we'll pay off our gardener and maid and just do it ourselves to avoid the hassle. It may be a great idea, fair, etc, etc, but great ideas and reality are two very different things.
  5. Or you could just make it...I'm absolutely not a cook (don't ask about my exploding boiled eggs), but it's super-simple to make and you can customize it for your own preferences. I like a buttery/slightly salty flavor and you just can't find that very often. Just go online (food.com, etc) and you'll see what I mean.
  6. Interesting that "Jack Slade" has used Raul for 15 years, but is showing as a newbie on this web site. Obvious conclusions are being made... For the rest, thanks for telling us of your own experiences. It never ceases to amaze me how one person seems to think his experience will wipe out another's...
  7. While I absolutely understand and respect your views, I'm willing to bet that Dra. Candy will gain more clients than lose following this posting.
  8. DHL in Ajijic. Fast, reliable, but not cheap.
  9. FWIW, the coffee from El Arbol de Café in Chapala is about as fresh as you can get. It's roasted right there. Lalo, the owner, is a great guy and the espresso has a secondary taste (or whatever the official term is) that's really pleasant (pecan?). No, I don't speak coffee, don't even really like it (!), but I do like cappuccino. Yes, I was dropped on my head as a baby... The coffee truck is also great. Folks, pick your poison and just enjoy the day. There sure are a lot worse things that we could be arguing about, but why?
  10. Gosh, I'm so sorry this happened to you and your ex. What the porter did was abusive ($20USD?????). Hubby often has to have a wheelchair because distance walking is difficult (don't even get me started on Mexico City airport...ugh!); however, the porter should be tipped. The way this guy handled it was wrong, wrong, wrong, but it's not the easiest thing in the world to push an adult and it just seems to be fair that they get something for it...just not $20. In MC, it's worth every centavo of the propina given and it's never been more than $200 or so pesos...our choice.
  11. Dee retires at the end of the year....NOOOOOOO!!!! We absolutely love her and the fact that our 4 terrorists come back happy. More importantly, they're excited to go there. I don't know what we'll do now...shameless bribery?
  12. Oh, I don't mean that I rely on the "this place sucks" type of review, but when they're specific. If it's something that is just a preference ("I like more salt"), then I ignore it, but when it's specific and worrying ("waiter went to restroom while I was there and didn't wash her hands"), then I take notice. Depending on what's said, I often give the place a chance. Like someone else said, the tops and bottoms are usually toss outs.
  13. I've found TA pretty reliable, but I don't read the great reviews first, but the bad ones. If they give hard, cold facts ("steak still had plastic wrap on it" or "service was so slow that I counted all of the floor tiles...twice"), then I take them seriously. If they just whine, then I give the place a chance...especially if it the ratings percentages are pretty high. So far, so good.
  14. lakeside, I don't disagree w/you at all. I think we're all pretty much saying the same thing, but my point was simply not to target one area as "the" crime area. As you pointed out, many have been hit. Yes, we do have a slightly larger area, hence the septic upgrade. The previous worked ok, but there was a big brouhaha about 5-8 years ago where the authorities were checking because many areas were using arroyos as their black water dump. We wanted to make sure that we weren't one of the perpetrators (we weren't). Since ours is an older home, it was as good a time as any to upgrade and we did. It's still nothing fancy, but it does its job. As for safety and crime, well, let's just say I'm not in any rush (never) to return to the home country. While we have a wall, we don't have it electrified, nor do we have iron bars. We do have other safety features and have never had a problem in 14 years (touch wood). We don't give out our security password to anyone, nor does anyone else have a key. We pretty much had the same setup in our last US home. It's not that there aren't honest people out there, just a lot of those who might have a cousin, who has a brother, whose best friend needs money and guess who's going out of town? BTW, I LOVE your last sentence and fits exactly what I was trying to say, but you said it so much better... "...absence of evidence is not evidence absence."
  15. Snobbery is snobbery, regardless of how it's painted. You've made one of my points for me. There is a difference between stating that "I think there's a crime problem..." and stating preferences. As Al Berca pointed out, another area is now facing a bit of a crime problem Does that trash the place? No. It does confirm that crime seems to be cyclical here...first one fracc, then another, etc, etc. If you like living close to things, then Ajijic, Chapala, etc, would be good for you. Prefer things a bit more spaced out? Then the outlying fraccs would be a better choice. If you're a homebuyer, do your homework before purchasing. Just don't rely on "I heard that..." type of statements. As for my second point, yes, it would be nice to have a city sewer system, but there are still many areas where it's not an option, but that doesn't rule the place out as a nice place to live. We've had 2 different types of systems in two different countries. Neither were a problem, but that was our experience. We upgraded the system here (larger absorption tank/dispersal field) and haven't had any problems in nearly 10 years. Yes, YMMV.
  16. You "think" that there is a crime problem. Ummm...maybe you should look up your information rather than tossing out rumors? Or at least talking to someone who actually lives here? The inherent snobbery from others, especially in Ajijic, never ceases to amaze me (I know, I know). Yes, there have been problems in the past, but relying on old stories is getting, well, old. I like that I don't have to worry about my house getting hit by a mudslide or shifting because it was shoddily built. It's also nice to be able to look over the mountains and the lake without being jammed next to my neighbor. The location is convenient and the lack of congestion is wonderful. Each area has its pluses and minuses, so you really need to consider what you actually want, not just follow the herd. Yes, we're on a septic system and it's NOT a pita to maintain if you use common sense. Would I prefer a city system? Possibly, but having had a septic system in Texas, I wasn't too shocked to find our home came with one, too. No biggie. OK, rant over.
  17. I won't say it's the same person (cough, cough), but many years ago, we signed a contract with "X" and it was around $1000k US. Absolutely worst job ever. The treatment wasn't nearly strong enough for the job, deep enough, etc, etc. We had "X" come back over 6 times and it was still worthless. I brought a local friend with me and "X" told her, in front of me in Spanish, that the gringos just don't understand the contract. Unfortunately, not only did I understand her contract, but I understood her and immediately pointed it out. Serious tap dancing ensued. Since then, we only use FuMiGa because Renee and his crew actually know what they're doing. They're expensive, but they get the job done and I've never had a problem with any of my 4 dogs getting sick (or us).
  18. I totally agree w/Mrs. Rupert. PM if you want the story. I love Dr. Rodriguez of Ajijic clinic, but would run hard and fast from Dr. Flores.
  19. Tingting


    Why? Are they not going to charge so that they're being fairly evaluated? If I'm paying, I expect a certain level of service. Having said that, I always try to give a place a second chance if the first time disappoints...well...except for the one that gave me food poisoning.
  20. Don't replace the parota unless you definitely have infestation in that particular wood because they don't like it. They love the pine. We had to replace a lot of pine w/parota and it wasn't cheap, but the pine was a gourmet dinner for them. It takes a full-out attack to kill the s.o.b.s and then you have to do refresher treatments every few years, depending on where you live (hilly? get a lot moisture? etc). The Raid just isn't going to do it. It's one of the downsides of living lakeside. The frustrating thing is that you don't know the little bastards are there until it's too late.
  21. Call Rene at FuMiGa. He and his crew are true professionals (properly trained in the use of chemicals). It's not cheap, but you can't just treat it from the surface. Years ago, we used another relatively known company here who gave a guarantee. The paper was worth more than the job. It may take several treatments because there is often more than one nest. Rene doesn't speak English (much), but he's worth grabbing someone to translate for you if you don't speak Spanish. cell: 331 464 6705
  22. If you'd like to PM me, I'll be happy to answer any and all questions you may have, including the actual procedure. Since I went in with numerous retina problems, I was wearing a VERY large yellow stripe down my back. It went very smoothly and was over before I even had a chance to get too scared.
  23. Since it's come back up again, what happened, bezerk? Who did you choose and how did it go? I've posted my experience and don't need to do it again here, but I'm still over the moon, six weeks later (Dra. Claudia).
  24. Confrontation never ends well. Try a heavy sprinkling of used coffee grounds. Dogs usually don't like the smell and it's also a natural ant repellent. Heck, it can't hurt and the smell is rather nice.
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