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  1. I have a large desk that would be perfect for you. It was briefly on the BBS Facebook group but I took it down to wait until people are in the mood to shop again. Protective glass on the top. $4,500 pesos.
  2. We use Berkey and like it a lot. We have the black filters and they only need replacing every 3 or 4 years with proper maintenance. That gives enough time between filters to find a good friend who will mule down a set of something that looks like a bomb. Hint: Keep all paperwork WITH the filters in a checked bag if flying.
  3. We've recently come to the realization that driving around Guadalajara looking for obscure clinics and other places is not good for our mental health. So when my husband decided he wanted information on cataract surgery, he asked his current GP if he had a recommendation for an ophthalmologist. Of course he did. He recommended a doctor I've never heard of and offered to drive us to Guad for the appointment. Cost of the appointment will be $1,000. Cost of driving us there (in our car) and translating will be $1,500. That's $2,500 for a consultation and I want him to get at least 2 opinions. Is this a typical charge, or is someone taking advantage.
  4. We have a small (4 x 8) utility trailer that we brought from the states 15 years ago. Ten years ago we got Mexican plates for it. After getting the plates, we stopped using it very much and parked it in a corner. Now we need a trailer. So we pulled it out, refurbished it, replaced the wood flooring etc. and went off to Chapala to update the plates. WOAH! Big surprise! We will have to pay for every year between now and when we originally had it licensed. That comes to just over $12,000 pesos. AND we're told that if we take it anywhere with the expired plates, we can be stopped and they will seize the trailer AND the truck pulling it. We don't intend to go outside this area. We'll be hauling hay and sand etc. as needed around the north shore. Would it help to go to Jocotepec, where we got the original plates? Can they really take our truck because of expired plates on the trailer? I can't find any information on regs regarding small trailers.
  5. Our housekeeper needs to learn to drive and she wants ME to teach her. I'm not that brave. I've never heard of such a thing here, but is there anyone locally who gives driving lessons? Spanish required.
  6. Have you tried the tree guy across from the recycling place at El Bajio?
  7. ExpressVPN does have wonderful customer service. When I signed up for $99usd a year, the next day I was notified by my bank that over $1,000usd had been charged to my account (3 separate charges). I cancelled the card and called ExpressVPN. The customer service guy said he totally understood why I wanted to cancel the service and did so immediately. I was left wondering how many times this happens.
  8. A hundred years ago, when I worked in the apparel business, one of my jobs was getting rid of "dead" (last years) merchandise. One of my most reliable customers was a Mexican shrimper who would come to Galveston with a boat full of prime shrimp. He would offload the shrimp and fill the holds with apparel from dozens of manufacturers. He bought what I couldn't get rid of anywhere else and I always wondered what it smelled like when he got home.
  9. Agreed. Since they seem to want to do the higher ticket surgeries, my guess is that they have cut their customer base in half. Not that many people with enough 'walking around' money to pay for cardiac surgery up front. And most of those that do will want to be in one of the five-star hospitals in Guad.
  10. I just saw a post on Facebook that they do not accept any Mexican insurance. Apparently Andre Bellon went over there to see what networks they were in and was told "No Mexican insurance, period".
  11. I think it's been discussed before, but I can't find it. I need someone to reupholster the front seats of a car. Prefer leather, but a good vinyl will do.
  12. I should have stated in the OP that this car is a model that was not produced for the US market and cannot be imported into the US. As such, I'm not really concerned about it being a 'chocolate'. The paperwork the seller has includes the original factura from a Mexico City VW dealer. We are having a third party go over the paperwork. Someone suggested that we just keep the plates that are on it. I wondered how in the world it's possible to stay legally current. You've answered that. Thanks. Still hope to hear from someone who has actually changed plates.
  13. We're looking for a second car as a run-about. Found one that seems to have what we want, but it has Mexico City plates. Any problems changing to Jalisco plates? Anything special needed? Problems to anticipate?
  14. but maybe hubby should have done what I'd suggested and jumped out of the car to wave his leg at them. LOL...he's a bit more level-headed than I am. A friend who has since moved back north stopped at Walmart on her way home from having a new leg prosthesis fitted in Guad. When she came out of the store the same thing happened and some :() saw fit to be the handicap police. Being a feisty creature, she reached into the backseat of her car, got her 'old' leg and threatened to crown him with it. I hope he learned something.
  15. What do you mean by "patina"? I have a lot of used roof tiles.....their color can best be described as "used".
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