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  1. 53 minutes ago, johanson said:

    As I sit here in Seattle for another 4 weeks or so, waiting for the rainy season to start lakeside before I return, I was calmed down by watching what you shared with us, Jim.

    Maybe 15 years ago when I was writing Tech Talk for the Guadalajara Reporter, I remember well getting my CURP and I think RFC, and somewhere in an old file in my home in Ajijic, I have all of that stuff.  What I cannot remember, is whether the RFC I got is a real one or a fake one. I'm pretty sure it is a real one. But if not, it's not the end of the world, as I was thinking before watching that YouTube video. :) 

    No reason for people to get their panties is a wad over these changes. They will all get done some day, or not. This is Mexico.

  2. 44 minutes ago, Shag said:

    yes, mom and pop stores are cheaper.  I go to them all the time and avoid Walmart unless there is one item i cannot get elsewhere.  All our mexican friends say the Oxxos are more expensive also.  One time we went to the new Vevero in riberas on the mountain side, got a quote for a 5 foot Tabachin tree, $2,800 !!!!! ($140 US)    Went down the road to another one,,,,same tree....$120 pesos ($6).....lol....better shop around.  Us, like many probably, when we first moved here we think the prices are pretty cheap, at least reasonable, then when you have friends with the locals, you realize how much you are paying through the nose!!!  Went to the "gringo" chopo lab...got a quote for 3 tests....then went to my lab in Chapala.....one third the price for the same 3 tests !!!

    It definitely pays to "shop around", unless you have money to throw away, as some do.


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  3. 5 hours ago, ednet94 said:

    One of the best climates, yes, but not perfect. These days are hot. Even Mexicans complain about these hot days. And Ferret wasn't complaining but giving suggestions how to keep your house cool which is more then helpful especially as lot of houses here don't have good insulation. If you see that as complaining you really must question yourself not other people.

    During April, May, and until the rainy season starts, the heat can be  very oppressive here at Lakeside, BUT, my major complaint is the "extreme" UV rating, that indicates a person could burn in as little as 5 minutes from sun exposure. Best climate in the World? Certainly not during these months. Rest of the year, excellent weather.

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  4. 6 hours ago, HoosierMex said:

    Hello all, anyone have any suggestions of how I can get a set of tires and rims here from the Phoenix AZ area here?  Maybe someone coming here with a pickup truck or pulling a small trailer?  I am open to any suggestions, not too expensive please.  Thank you all again in advance.

    One problem is the import duty at entry. 


  5. 2 hours ago, gringohombre said:

    I would leave Mexico out of that equation (they are nowhere near the worse). Of course China is by far the worse, add India and Russia...and yes the US is up there also!!! 

    Air pollution is a real problem in Mexico, causing about one in 17 (5.9%) of all deaths in the country. It is the eighth largest cause of death, after factors such as diet, overweight, high blood pressure, alcohol and drugs, smoking and lack of exercise. The most dangerous of the airborne particles are known as PM2.5 . Air quality in Mexico is among the worst in the world. According to the World Bank, air pollution kills nearly 33,000 Mexicans every year, mainly in towns and cities. 


  6. 8 minutes ago, RickS said:

    Well, doing nothing like 'we' have been doesn't  seem like a very good idea.  Quite frankly I'm just glad I was born in the middle of the last century and not 'lately'.

    Maybe we should start with the worse offenders, like China, Mexico, etc. THAT might make an impression.

  7. 11 hours ago, mudgirl said:

    Yes, obviously a dog walker has to be good with dogs and care about them, not playing on their cell phone when they are supposed to be providing the dog with an enjoyable outing. But it isn't something I would call skilled labor, i.e. having to study and work at for years  to be proficient at.

    And Bowie didn't mention how long his dog walker takes his dog out for. But 240 pesos to take the dog for a walk seems all out of proportion to wages in Mexico. Guys hump 5 gallon pails of cement on their shoulders up a ladder for 8 hours a day for 300 pesos. How is taking some gringo's dog for a walk for an hour or whatever worth 240 pesos? 


    And, others clean house for 480 pesos for 6 hours. Not near the physical labor, yet pays more. Maybe it is the "training" that makes the difference?



  8. Economy was in a great place during last US Administration and we were reaping benefits here in Mexico. Now, as you say. food and gas prices have risen and the rest of the economy is under stress. This is not "normal" inflation; it was created by poor economic decisions. Simple as that. It was bad before Putin jumped in, so this is not on him, contrary to some.

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