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  1. Do those calendars go Sunday to Saturday, or Mexican style Monday to Sunday?
  2. Hector got the computers a bit ago and has been using them. Thanks Dino and Suzy. Thanks Computerland in Riberas for new harddrives and spanish programs. You will find him and Ajijic very active on Facebook along with the new Chapala government posts there.
  3. We know well over 100 people who have left over almost 15 years. If you have been involved in a major single activity here for over a decade you can easily know 250 couples as acquaintances to know when and why they leave. Most people don't just disappear all at once. Sometimes it was just a bad fit all the way around. Those people last less than 18 months or so. Then are the few people who come and everything goes wrong for them from the minute they step in country - trouble at the border, car troubles, bad rentals, crappy real estate agents, loaning money to con men, making the wrong friends and some how pissing off enough people from both cultures. Those people just have a black cloud over their whole Mexico experience. They usually try to 'fix it' and it just gets worse until they leave. And predictably there are the usual reasons of health and family whether parents need care or missing the grandchildren growing up the desire to go is strong. However there was an exodus with the economic downturn in 2009ish and those few years. People went back for monetary reasons. Not only their own economics circumstances changed but that of family members. Several couple friends said they had to return because their adult children had lost jobs, were losing houses and their social security and retirement monies were necessary to maintain those households. Dreadful situations. And of course not too many houses were being sold then so that illiquid asset was also a drag. So I think over 10 years there is a 50% turn around. We see a LOT of new faces everywhere however we also see those 200 friendly faces we've seen since the early 2000s that comprise a group of longtimers.
  4. I said the vet required me to pay a premium to do something he doesn't ordinarily do. I recall it was 5 cat spays per procedure for our cats. Two back then and one since then. Not an onerous amount but it was very difficult to get him to do the declawing and he refused until we had a letter in spanish from husbands family NoB vet office of more than 40 years explaining the variety and number of animals under the family care over decades. As for dogs I did sit near three dogs with four people just recently because they had finished their meal and were awaiting the check. However once that was taken care of the pulled out a game and proceeded to settle in for the afternoon. Now we have payed cards with another couple at a restaurant on a quiet and non-busy Sunday afternoon making sure to continue to purchase beverages after a hearty lunch but not for a couple hours with dogs in tow. I learned and I won't be so foolish again. I have a couple leads and harnesses for cats for travelling. I wonder if I can teach them to take walks and go to restaurants. It would be an interesting exercise.
  5. Joe's Barbershop on Guadalupe Victoria across the street from the Simapa water office. They do a nice full shave too.
  6. I have no medical problems, thank heavens BUT I get scratch fever. Dogs or cats doesn't matter. Every single scratch breaking the skin lays me low for 3 or 4 days. WE have had cats our entire married life. None have claws. All were indoor-outdoor and killers magnifico! The oldest lived to be 22 1/2 and the next was 19. My husband has 4 cats. They have no claws. You would faint at what premium I had to pay the vet because Sue the "Cat Lady" was not going to give my husband new kitties unless I paid a bundle to help other kitties. She understood it was medical necessity but no paga no gatitas. Anyway I don't want your dog near me. At all. Not in the grocery, not at your house, not in your car, not in the restaurant.
  7. I am surprised the state and federal government have not required the muncipality to allow them to review any plans on the mountainside for the purpose of predetermining if the development would impede a highway skirting along the mountain. Something is going to happen with the auto crowding and as always the cart is before the horse. That could actually be a reason to delay development. Appeal to the feds and state to assess the need for a mountain roadway.
  8. Bookings.com or the last time we rented there it was thru a rental agency specializing in the village and they advertise in the Guadalajara Reporter. LaManzanilla is a relatively small place. I understand about not wanting to "do" Facebook or AirBnb however at a certain point unless you are willing to plow thru the internet searches those sites do cut your time.
  9. We need someone with professional level Medicare information to help us decide our next step in our older health insurance. Our options are going to change in the next couple of years. My husband needs to get into the Medicare system and I will in three years. We have literally no experience in any of this and since we have been here so many years (2005) we haven't had the usual reading material, tv shows, chats with friends etc.. where a person might glean and accumulate some information. So we need to hire someone to walk us through the choices in Medicare plans. If you know of anyone have them contact me. Thanks
  10. Ohhhhh, very nice view. Request for a Fiador is fairly common in Guadalajara however there are companies whose business is being a fiador so I am guessing that is similar to your insurance policy. I vaguely recall that it cost is equal to a month rent. Here I have only heard of a Fiador being required twice. Both times for very high-end national owned properties which in around 2011 were $2500 US each and both were leased to executives of Hershey on their housing package. There are some national owners now requesting the entire year of Pagares but those are still not common. Its a whole new market.
  11. I just replumbed a whole house using the Tubo Plus and it worked well with the tool and watching the guys it took only 3 days.
  12. I find them on facebook but there is a website although I haven't used it. mexigo.com.mx
  13. Us medical school student pays expenses by baking pastries and pies. Eventually opens 4 or 5 outlets. The one we stop at is near Riu hotel. Great US style bakery goods.
  14. We been with Jesus Tejeda since 2005 for home, renter, 4 vehicles - 2 US and 2 MX, and full health insurance. Guys who are busy are busy for a reason - just like you are and it's always a good thing to do business with guys who are busy in their field. Tejeda has a secondman now and that has been wonderful. jtejada17@hotmail.com 3336670499 or 3335631300
  15. They pretty much take the trip once a month. The next one is to La Casita. Cost is about $400 pesos for the day. City Market had some interesting cheese and deli items but realistically its a basic grocery store with fresh breads, deli and a awesome wine selection. Once or twice a year maybe a special trip in but the killer is that the new Bed BAth and Beyond is just an escalator away. The traffic is horrendous. So if I would do it again it's be midweek, about 10 am coupled with a trip to La Casita which actually has a better selection of food stuffs and Costco, Jeffry's Bakery and probably Home Depot to keep my driver happy.
  16. Good point about the keyboards. I will give the fellow a call today to see if he will follow thru on the idea.
  17. HarryB yesterday I poke with someone who has a couple of full computers he could be talked into donating. Let me know.
  18. Thank you for mentioning Andrea however I will pass on using her services thanks.
  19. However if you use Zeta Gaz each fill results in points for the many things lining the walls of their office. I gave the 2 women who work for me the almost 32,000 points (took 13 years) last mothers day. They loved it.
  20. We keep storage coverage on a US plated vehicle that has been in Mexico for 14 years and activate it to full coverage when we are in the US for longer than 2 or 3 weeks. The price is negligible at just a couple $100s a year and provides peace of mind. The vehicle we drive in the US is Mexican plated and has a full coverage Mexican policy. Since the US policy follows us as individuals it fills the gaps in the Mexican policy. We also choose to use car sharing ZipCar when we travel short term to various cities and want more freedom of movement than a cab or Uber allows. The hourly fee includes all costs for full insurance and gasoline. It will run generally about $65-75 a day well more than a cut-rate car rental but again there isn't any question about the coverage and we aren't looking to save money at the expense of asset protection.
  21. WE are interested in doing the citizenship this next year also and will be looking for a faciliatator. Know of anyone?
  22. WE use the TAR GDL-PV flights a couple times a year and lie them because they are quick, efficiently run, clean, well-timed and newer. It runs usually somewhere around $125 US roundtrip.
  23. This is a sales advertisement. No one who does what this persons says they do is on here asking opinions on anything.
  24. My daughter who travels constantly internationally says to suspend water drinking and salad eating for short trips of a week or so. Instead drink, tea or coffee or lemony type drinks where you see the lime/lemon squeezed into the glass with a shot of vodka in them that she gets from her flask because she travels to muslim countries regularly. In some countries even bottled water is still risky. Only consume meat that has been well cooked and nothing like a casserole that has many handlers even in preparation - cooked vegetables alone are the best choice. . The simpler you keep your food the less risk. Of course she is not on vacation and wanting to enjoy her food.
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