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  1. It seems as though this spring there are lots of people looking for exactly the same type of rental - 2 beds and a den or 3rd, spacious, yard, and walkable with great amenities...but no one wants to pay more than $1000 US.   So be aware that there is lots of competition for those somewhat larger houses in the $1000-1600 US price range.  Expect to be at the higher end if you want to be centrally located, walkable, a veiw, and decorated furnishings.  There are an extraordinary number of houses available now that skirt $2000 a month.  It was just astonishing when we went looking recently.

    Go thru the various Facebook pages and women's groups.  Then expect it to take longer.



  2. On 3/22/2017 at 8:15 PM, Jeri said:


    Tapatias, small light cracker covered in sesame seeds, about ten pesos for a roll at the local grocery story ... I like them


    These are our preferred general cracker.  Buy them whenever you see packages on the shelves because like many things they come and then they go for a while.  Lots better than Ritz.  For flatbread tasteless crackers I use mexican brand saltless saltines...good for pesto spreads and liver pate...strong tastes are best on a butterless cracker.

  3. Just call them and tell the "No"

    I have had this happen twice, both times sending me into Chicago exactly the same way.  Each time I called the airline and told them that their change was not what I wanted That the change prevented me from accomplishing my personal business and either they accomodated me with close to the original flight times or refund my money.  My intention was to fly around the midwest so their changes were a problem for onward travel.  They refunded the money both times which were years apart.  Now I don't even look at their flights as options to go to the Midwest anymore.


    However when I am travelling the east coast I do take their redeyes in and out of Dulles because it usually is less than $300 Dulles to Mexico City roundtrip.

  4. Yes, here is the suggestion, put the vinegar in a bowl and dip into the bowl full-sized sheets of heavy duty paper towel.  Put them onto the shower doors, just like wallpaper, over lapping the edges. Have at the ready a spray bottle full of vinegar.  Some will tell you to dilute it - but its so cheap why bother.  Spray the sheets on their surfaces to keep them wet moist.  I prefer leaving them on the door longer than 30 minutes because then
    I am guaranteed results and I don't like to do this too often.   Then scrub down the surface with the paper towels, rinse with the vinegar straight, again, and then with clear water - voia clean shower doors.  I usually clean up the edges into the metal door hinges etc  with a razor blade from the paint section.  I buy them in packs of 100 or so.  They get a lot of grime out of tight places.

  5. I live in the center village and most of the time I just want the daily dust washed off every couple of days by whomever is readily available whereever I go.


    Today there were no washers at Walmart so I am home with an unexpected dirty vehicle.  Darn.


    The bag loading fellow said they were told to leave.  He figures they will be back in a couple days.

  6. WE make it a point to avail ourselves of the car wash fellows at Walmart or Superlake every couple of visits.  That way when I say no they leave me a lone because every once in a while I do say yes.  It keeps their attitude toward me respectful.  Same with the kids/women outside Farmacia Guadalajara.  They know not to approach me anymore once I explained in spanish that I would give them something every once in a while if they would leave me alone.  I do and they do.  It's a contract of sorts.

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  7. The couple of times a year we do pizza we use a huge casst iron skillet on the stove top, the Kirkland cheese pizzas all doctored up and that sprinkle of oregano at the end just before we shove it in main oven.  To supplement the sauce we use Newman's Own marinara and I freeze the reamining sauce in 1 cup portions in snack baggies - they fit nicely flat in the freezer.

  8. We had to interview 4 dentists until we got one who wasn't trying to convince us to have an impant and continguous cap arrangement donee on a simple bridge replacement.  Everybody wants to do the latest and greatest especially the younger dentists.  I was really surprised by this as age wasn't a limiting factor on the implants.   I don't believe in messing with what is working or buying future trouble.  Dra Candy was good and understood what we wanted and Dr Haro office was pushy.                                                                                                                             

  9. This week from AMazon US I received, bras, panties, Fruit of the Loom vneck xtra long tshirts, pajama nightgowns, perfume, jewlery and Baretrap sandals. Usually delivered in the very late afternoon via DHL.  All had to be signed for and none carried an importation fee or additional delivery cost - most were Prime items for shipping. 


    I have found that if I search around a bit within an item category I can find what I want that ships to Mexico.  For instance I wanted a white bra but only the light blue and red ones came up as shipping to Mexico, so light blue it was.  Who knows why.

  10. Leave the cats and dog home at first because anyone with a short term rental will not likely let you bring cats, too many people are allergic.


    In AJijic village proper I no longer know of anyone or any business which REQUIRES that the paper be put in the wastebasket instead of being flushed. 


    It always amazes me that people new to the area stay at Hotel Perico out on the Libramiento the most remote location possible for a factfinding trip.  Choose somewhere in any one of the village areas.  Save the remote location for when you come to look for a home.

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  11. Yes, that block.  I am aware of Jaime project although I thought it was more geared toward muralistic painting than random shapes and colors.  The individual who paid for that stretch of street expected something different from what the woman "artist" did with the funds.  It was the second time in 8 years he had provided funds to the street for the homeowners to paint and do maintance on the facades of their homes.  The artist did it "her" way as though the street houses were her canvas and not peoples homes.  You know as much as I do that the residents wouldn't dream of saying "nay" to her designs.


    I do like the mural idea and have suggested to some ASA members that with their funds they should find a public space or two in each village and provide the equipment, materials and a stipend for a local young artist to paint a mural of signifigance to that area. 


    Its beginning to look like grandmas refrigerator  up and down the streets.  I cringed just today when I noticed that the trees along the Carreterra in la Floresta have been painted white.  Only hoping that it isn't in readiness for the kinders to come out and paint.  I also notice that a few home owners have taken upon themselves to subtley paint their poles so that polka dots, tulips and birds cannot be painted on theem.  That is a smart thing to do.

    A nice idea can reach a tipping point with "cutesy" items very quickly and then it just looks gaudy and foolishness.  But like you I have an opinion.  And for my street poles and trees I have a can of paint at the ready. 

  12. I understand that process and have had a Laredo address for almost 12 years.  Unfortunately with some changes to a pension plan healthcare coverage the lifetime Medical Mutual will not cover us in Mexico unless the pension check is sent via regular mail to the street address in Mexico.  All of a sudden Laredo isn't good enough. So we had to stop the autodeposit on this pension and rearrange a bunch of things and I am simply looking for the easiest way via mobile.  Since it was successful for us once and we know others who do it regularly it must be the Mexico address being read via the scan of the photo.  This is a real bummer.  These checks leave the US the first of each month, are taking anywhere between 30 and 45 days to arrive here via snail mail thru Mexico while being an obvious check and it is only negotiable for 60 days.  Urghhh it's messing with my peace of mind.

  13. Well thanks, but it still won't work.  New Iphone, installed HideYour ### as the first thing, installed BoA mobile ap, did everything and it still says "cannot process at this time".


    We did this mobile deposit successfully once before and I pulled that check out, it has only a name on it.  The monthly check we will be needing to do this with has our Ajijic street address on it.  It comes thru the regular mail system and there isn't anyway to change that.  WE can only guess now that it is the full MExican address on the front that shows thru the glasine window.  At this point we are just going to deposit them here and send a letter with a copy of the check off to BoA and ask them why we can't do it and why we should have to jump thru hoops to do it and is there any way to make an exception. Doesn't hurt to ask.


    Thanks for your help.

  14. Who is in charge of this project?  I don't mind the trash barrels becaussse it does make them stand out and be seen so they can be used.  The poles are horrible and a visual blight.  I have a couple neaar me that someone got excited about andpainted the nearby tree trunks too.  Did someone give some money for supplies for this project.  I know that happens I was the conduit for a gift a of monies with no strings to an "artist" on Zaragoza a few years ago for some street art on those houses.  To this day I can't drive down that street.

    I want to know so I can prevent the poles in front of my house from being assaulted.




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