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  1. ARGH!!! 3:47 am this morning, my UPS's starting to beep/scream and the fans were no longer working. I got up, checked it wasn't just our house but the entire Barrio and called CFE. Was told it was a large outage and should be fixed within 4 hours. Fortunately within 30 minutes or so, it came back on. Good thing as this time of the year without any fans, it was HOT!

    Clearly, as more demand is placed on the current transformers and electrical lines, we will continue to see these problems. I've begged CFE for years to help us in the Barrio de San Sebastián. After much effort, petitions from fellow Mexican neighbors, we did get 2 smaller transformers to replace the one small transformer and have had fewer problems but especially during this time of high demand, we're struggling.

    Hopefully CFE will be willing and able to provide the electricity for our growing Ribera.  Hope springs eternal.

    Val. :)

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  2. I've been with the Mexican insurance company, GNP, for almost 20 years. Fortunately, I've only had to use it for a hip replacement and a foolish crash on a scooter (never again) that caused a break in my color bone and a couple of ribs.  The hip replacement required meeting deductible and small co-pay but the scooter incident was an accident so it had no deductible and was covered 100%. I have been happy with the Agent and the coverage. Currently, my monthly premiums are about $220 USD. I pay for the full year, in advance.

    Salud!

    Val Jones :)

  3. After reading many positive postings about this restaurant, we went last week. We were so pleased with the cleanliness, attention to COVID precautions, GREAT salad bar and reasonable prices. We definitely will return for a more "order from the menu" dining experience. Several things sounded delicious but we were more interested in checking out the fresh options on the salad bar for our first visit. The owner, Diane (Diana) made an effort to visit each table to introduce herself and ask how the dining experience is/was. We always consider that a positive experience. She was receptive to requests and hopefully we'll see more seafood options in the future. Seems she and her staff are working smartly and gradually introducing additional menu items bit by bit. Our waitress was absolutely delightful. She mentioned she was here for vacation while her university was out on holiday and she'd be returning (on scholarship) within a couple of weeks. Thrilled to see local talent recognized, appreciated and supported by scholarship opportunities.

    Cheers!

    Val. :)

  4. Guest ended up getting his test done in the parking lot of the GDL airport. Said it took about 1 hour from start to results. We sent him with our driver with plenty of time to accomplish this task.

    Cheers and wishing safety to all,

    Val. :)

  5. Yea, we were out as well. FINALLY got through to their tech support number and was told that there was damage to the fiber optics cable near SJC on the Carretera and they hoped to have full repair within 5 hours.  Seems it did take about that time. Grateful for their attentiveness and willingness to make the repair on a holiday weekend.

    Cheers,

    Val. :)

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  6. So sorry to see this....LOVE Bruno's meals! I hope no one was injured and they can repair damages quickly.  I agree, we'd all like to see them locate to a space with parking and open air dining but if not, we'll continue to support them with bi-monthly take-out orders. LOVE their Rib-eye, Filet, baked potatoes, salads, etc.

    Cheers!

    Val. :)

  7. bmh,

    I don't know the answer to your question. Dr. Leon was unaware of this new Jalisco state law and I certainly didn't know about it, either. I now need to amend my will so my remains can be repatriated to the U.S. for cremation. It's an expensive and additional step for my remaining family members to have to take but I don't see another option under the current law.

    Stay safe and healthy!

    Val. :)

  8. After watching a friend experience the unexpected loss of her spouse, she was told there aren't any burial plots in Ajijic nor Chapala and that Ixtluacan was the closest option.

    She's had to have his body embalmed, flown to the U.S. and will go from there.

    Apparently there's a relatively new Jalisco state law that says if a death is anything other than from "natural causes", one must bury the body for 5 years before cremation is an option.

    Clearly, this is very upsetting and problematic for Ex-Pats in Mexico who would like to have cremation for their loved ones. Sadly, this law doesn't spell out exceptions for victims of clear accidents. I understand when a death occurs and there could be potentially troubling circumstances but when a car/plane/ATV accident causes a death, it should be clearly noted on the death certificate and the loved ones should have freedom to have cremation done.

    Just my .02 worth,

    Val Jones

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  9. I had an MRI done at the relatively new Hospital on the Libramiento in November of last year. Very professional, clean, efficient. It was for a torn meniscus in my left knee. Lasted a little over an hour and cost about $5,000 pesos.

    Had the test results within 24 hours to share with my local physician.

    I, too, am not a fan of the Hospital in San Antonio. While I haven't personally suffered from a bad experience there, several friends have. Based on their situations and experiences, if I had to choose, I'd go again to the Hospital on the Libramiento.

    Salud,

    Val :)

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  10. Yes, same in upper Ajijic. My 3 large whole house surge protectors were clicking off and on as well as my UPS backups and surge protectors. ARGH!!!

    Glad for the last couple of hours, things seem to be normal again.

    Salud!

    Val :)

  11. Bruno's generally offers a delicious Prime Rib dinner on Saturday evenings. You can contact the restaurant earlier in the week to reserve your table or "to-go" order. It comes with their wonderful baked potato, sweet corn on the cob and a small salad.

    Over the past couple of years with the COVID situation, I've called and picked it up to bring home. It's delicious and I think the price is $300 pesos. 

    ENJOY!

    Val Jones. :)

  12. The Federal Police report can ONLY be obtained, in person, at the singular location in Mexico City. I needed one several months ago. I went to their website, submitted information and obtained an appointment. Be sure to follow their instructions, be punctual, have ALL of the required paperwork, passport(s), and copies as indicated on the website.

    The actual process was well organized and I was in and out within about 30-45 minutes with the important document in my hands. It can be done in the same day with an early morning flight to DF, success with obtaining the document, and later returning to GDL. Since I needed to "certify" the document, I had to spend the night to go to a Consulate the following day. 

    There's a nice Hotel just around the corner from the Federal building where you get this document. Had good service at a fair price. Send me a PM, if you want the name of the Hotel.

    In my case, neither the Jalisco state nor Mexico State criminal history report would suffice. The Federal Police report was required. Good luck with your project.

    Val Jones :)

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