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  1. It is time to get it out of the box. We are not decorating this year but this is always a favorite. Husbands when he was just a wee one. Thanks for the reminder.
  2. Get on some of the Facebook pages for Guadalajara if you aren't already. MexPATS Guadalajara is a good one. There are several Facebook pages for expat medical students and their spouses. I have seen these issues discussed on those pages. Even the Indian technology worker Facebook pages mention the problem.
  3. Just a suggestion. We pay Aguinaldo, of course, but we also yearly bonus/holiday gift our workers and do that as a New Year gift. We found early on that they often used all available cash for the holidays and then when water bills and taxes hit in January they were strapped financially and couldn't take advantage of the discounts. Now we separate the payments and pay Aguinaldo on Dec 5 then pay their yearly bonus on January 6. And we pay vacation time the 3rd night of San Andres festival in November. So essentially there are hunks coming their way November, December and January. I also
  4. The Maskaras crew have tried this hospital thing 3 times. The idea that they are looking for shops makes me think it might not be quite what they proposed it to be. Professionals would have all that space contracted to appropriate vendors and service providers long before 60 days before they say it will open. We will see.
  5. We have built several interior curtain walls from wood and drywall. We also haven't had termites at our closet doors or furniture in the village.. A house we are rermodeling which is near vacant land has had termites. So maybe its more location.
  6. I listened to it too. Painted a nice picture. Mexico can always hope. Castro comparison is apt. Personally I am left with the general feeling that Mexico for Mexicans will find the rules for US immigrants tightened without access to nationalized health options possibly even proof of health insurance, some larger financial requirements, no vehicles on temporals, maybe a property tax differentiation or a yearly fee like coastal properties along with a rental tax requirement. The upshot is I think some residency changes will be coming.
  7. There is so much possibility for significant changes to those programs with the new national administration coming on board. I wouldn't jump from or to anything new at this point.
  8. Do those calendars go Sunday to Saturday, or Mexican style Monday to Sunday?
  9. 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.
  10. 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 fri
  11. 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
  12. Joe's Barbershop on Guadalupe Victoria across the street from the Simapa water office. They do a nice full shave too.
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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 ne
  18. 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.
  19. I find them on facebook but there is a website although I haven't used it. mexigo.com.mx
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. 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 proba
  23. Good point about the keyboards. I will give the fellow a call today to see if he will follow thru on the idea.
  24. HarryB yesterday I poke with someone who has a couple of full computers he could be talked into donating. Let me know.
  25. Thank you for mentioning Andrea however I will pass on using her services thanks.
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