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  1. We dropped our homeowners many years ago because it was nearly impossible to process a claim.  Last year I tried to get it again for liability since I have workers and kids running all over this place.  One company wasn't interested at all.  Another wanted detailed photos of every inch of the property.  I sent them over 50 photos and never heard back. 

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  2. I've seen two sides of this.

    A dear friend died at home and the neighbors called the police.  Fortunately my husband and I got there first and I knew where the valuables were.  When the police came they opened every drawer.  We didn't object, but one of us quietly followed them around and we refused to leave.  After about an hour of this, they decided it wasn't profitable and left.  It took 5 hours for the funeral home in Guadalajara to come for the body.  

    Last year when my husband had a fatal heart attack while in his car the police were the first to arrive.  I wasn't found and notified until 3 hours later.  By the time I got to the scene the car and his body had been taken away but the police were still waiting for me.  One of them handed me my husband's hat containing his cell phone, wallet, credit cards, $3,000 pesos in cash and the Tag Hauer watch he always wore.

    It seems to be the luck of the draw.

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  3. Finally gave up on Telmex......"Why do you want to cancel our service?  Because there ISN'T any!!!".  We're a little off the beaten track, so other providers didn't want to run a line.  TotalPlay said 'No problem'.  We've had it 4 months now....NO outages.  I took the basic package and it's fine for streaming movies.  Don't use Firestick....don't know about that.  Only one TV in the house and it's in the housekeeper's casita.....so all Spanish is Ok.  I understand you can get the English services if you buy the higher end package.  Kept the landline phone because cell service sometimes is iffy.  They said I could port my number (which I've had for 16 years) over but that didn't work.  Getting used to the new number took a while because I don't use it much.  Landline is always clear.  

    Recommend?  Yes!

  4. We had Totalplay installed today.  The installers were actually EARLY!  One spoke perfect English.  They didn't blink when they saw how long our driveway is.....just got right to work.  (Wizz said "No way!") We got the internet/TV/phone package and everything seems to work fine.  Except that now their overly attentive customer service is bugging me on WhatsApp to let them help me port my phone # from Telmex to Totalplay.  I don't want to do that yet.  

    It doesn't take much to be better than Telmex, but if you add in the EXCELLENT English speaking customer service, Totalplay is a total winner.

  5. 12 hours ago, LindaF said:


    Wow in a couple of minutes you only saw one rat.  How many rats have you seen at your house lately.  Contact me if you want the real information, you can not base your opinion on one little drive by.

    1. With 6 dogs and 3 cats, I don't have rats at my house....even though I have a hay room, a feed room and a tack room....places rats tend to love.

    2. One little drive by???  Dear girl, I wasn't driving AND I have been riding up that trail for over 10 years.  I've seen the many changes that area has gone through.  You are just the latest.

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  6. OK.....I took a ride over there yesterday to see what all the commotion was about.  That's a huge piece of property and for some reason they've put the dogs right up next to the front gate.  The back of the property is apparently still being used for green refuse disposal. Why not suggest to the city that they move the dogs to the back and buffer with the mountains of accumulated yard waste. The more stuff they dump in there, the quieter it will be. The green waste is not nearly as offensive as what they were dumping several years ago.  Very little odor and I only saw one rat.

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  7. 3 hours ago, lakeside7 said:

    These people did not move in after the dog pound was there, the city decided in their wisdom to open this facility.

    The dog pound wasn't there, but the city dump was.  I remember lots of complaints about the rats. 

    The city can't really be expected to turn its property (in the boonies) into a park every time urban sprawl catches up with it.  I can think of a lot of public uses for that property that would make a dog shelter seem benign.  

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  8. For years that land was the city dump (before that it was the cemetery overflow). The smell was very unpleasant when the wind was right.  There were rats the size of housecats roaming around. It's city property and if it's not used for a dog shelter, it will probably revert back to being a dump. Trying to live right next to a large chunk of city land is always going to be problematic.

  9. 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. 

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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. 

  13. 7 hours ago, utilitus said:

    Apparently, there was/is a commercial circuit linking second-hand (Goodwill) stores in central California (where maybe a third of the population is 0th or 1st generation out of Mexico) back south of the border.  Particularly women will buy bales of good quality used clothing (presumably as much as they can get across the border) at what really are very low prices.  How they market their plunder, who knows - package it in Tupperware? 

    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.

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