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  1. I have a couch, loveseat and side chair in dark taupe with modern wood legs available. Brand new. Used as stage furniture for a modern condo. High end construction and materials, $21,000 for the set. Not going to work where I thought they would be great.
  2. It would be helpful if they could lock down thread older than two years so you can still read them but cannot revive them. Info older than two years is not helpful and can be more than confusing.
  3. Some of you have been here long enough to remember hearing about these topical symposiums. 2005-6ish. A panel comprised of a social worker therapist, a medical person nurse, a self-styled philosopher and somebody with an opinion all shared their thoughts on the subject and then opened the meeting to discussion. The one I went to devolved into a "share your feelings" fest. If he wants to go a more intellectual direction with an well-vetted selection of tracts to read that could be interesting.
  4. Always grateful for July thru October with the least amount of dust. Otherwise dusting and moist mop every other day. I don't like to wear shoes in the house and my feet are black at the end of the day and can run a finger thru the surface dust October thru February. I simply can't keep up with it March, April and May to mid-June.
  5. solajijic

    Garufa

    It is not a local guy deciding to open a restaurant to take advantage of the boom. This is a franchise it is a serious business well-executed and extremely successful at the other locations. Mentioned to me today by a local waiter at another restaurant was the idea that maybe coming to higher end restaurants in full length pants and a nice shirt with ladies in a skirt or dress might be more appropriate than the retiree uniform of shorts, flip flops and t-shirts or ladies in pedal pushers. Those of you who think national residents do not have the money for these restaurants are so far behind the actuality of changing demographic. The budget retiree is not their consumer and actually I don't see many of those even at Tango that much anymore - at least not after 7.
  6. Ok. I have a thing or two. What about her family aren't they able to help? How did she end up by herself? Are there children involved? Do you need blanket or towels?
  7. Didn't like that song back when it first came out and don't like it now. Other people love it and say it represents them. Hogwash. I don't know anyone running away from anything only running to themselves. Haven't known a single soul "waiting on wings". Catchy, yeah. https://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=mcafee&p=lyrics+for+somewhere+in+MExico+tall+boys+band#id=51&vid=6b62fa2e8532c7231d2b61d29e6d9928&action=click
  8. The best this Mom can do is interview at all the local private schools to determine if any of them are interested in taking on her sons education. ASFG is considered to be the best of the best.
  9. A friend just told me she left her agent of 12 years or more because although the claim was paid and repairs made there was this one issue of who made an extra problem, the tow company or the repair facility. Well it was a big deal to the repair or towing because they would have to admit being at fault. It was a big deal to the agent because nobody wanted to pay to fix it. And it was a big deal to my friend because she wanted it fixed right now. The agent wasn't able to accomplish that and short of paying for it himself his hands were tied. She paid to fix the mysteriously broken thing that like many things in Mexico "broke itself". She took her auto insurance business to someone else, just like Gringal, but left all her other policies with him. But my mind works in a way that says she now has the agent in a position where she has been incredibly reasonable about a claim. He is going to bend over backwards the next time she needs him. And forever more. It has always been about the agent here and what you trust him to do on your behalf. I trust mine to show up, look out for me and do his best by me that he possibly can accomplish.
  10. Private driver came from Guad to Ajijic back to Guad trips thru the city for various stuff back to Ajijic and he back to Guad = 6 hours = $1400. I made sure he had commercial insurance.
  11. There was a possible dog poisoning this morning while a couple were out. They came home to find two of their 3 dogs dead in the front gate area. Facebook.
  12. I have had a couple of these bags for almost 20 years. They still smell pretty from the laundry soap and fabric softener. It's made from recycled trash in Indonesia! What a great way to cut down on the number of cheapo plastic bags used in the grocery store. Jakarta's trashpickers are paid six times their normal living wage by XS Project in Indonesia.
  13. Baltimore Dockside, pretty twinkling lights overhead and 5 adults, 2 pre-teens, 6 beers, 1 wine, 2 pops, water all around, 2 salads split to serve 4 and 2 pizzas 13" with 4 toppings = $185. Pizza Parlor on the water out of the city center. We paid it with a straight face. Wasn't easy.
  14. No, next to Intercam. They have the mexicanish wrought iron pulls etc..
  15. King Knish - this would be interesting in a new topic post. The demographics here have changed substantially just in the past two years since the original thread began. I came at 48 and spent my 50s here and there is very little difference between 50 and 60 living here. Energy abounds.
  16. If you are taking the bus because you don't want to have a car that is good. Be aware that the buses are more crowded than ever because so many have chosen this route and there is nothing wrong with it. Many say the bus company should just put on more buses. That is probably not going to happen. Please look around you in the morning and evening at who is waiting to get on the bus with you. Let workers and students on before you. As a courtesy. Also pay the full fare even though you don't have to it is a small price to pay for transportation.
  17. A quick Airbnb search using Lake Chapala, resulted in only 11% of listings available for those dates and rooms in homes were 18-30K pesos and home were 30 to 100K per month Here is the warning at the top of the page - same warning using Chapala and Ajijic as destination. The CHapala listings had more reasonable choices, the Ajijic had some really expensive options remaining. Only 11% of listings are left for these dates. We recommend booking a place soon.
  18. Over 11 years of rental these 4 real situations stand out - couple with no dogs (so they say) viewed on FB with 3 german sheperds, 2 less than a year old. When questioned they figured that I wouldn't turn them away after all they are going to pay 3 months upfront. But everyone pays short term high season upfront. Well its a smallish house with an interior patio maybe 25 x 12 and no place for big dogs. We have taken small terrier who was fine inside and a deaf support dog but of course he didn't care about being outside. Second - the politics thing, how about the rabid white is right guy from Louisiana. Who wants that kind of trouble? Third - I see this woman on FB pages looking for a house with 5 dogs and the most she has ever had is 11. She says right up front she is a animal rescuer. There is now a woman on Chapala.com who is similar and going to bring her dogs in 3 at a time. I would want to know that. These women are upfront about it and many are and many are not. Fourth - the woman on SDI in a panic yet again because her check is a day late and who shows herself to be seriously depressed and her FB page is filled with kudos from family and friends each day she gets up and out of bed. Her pictures of her bedroom and living room had piles of clothes and other stuff everywhere. Like other posters said if you put it out there it is mine to use. When I ask for yours I give you mine. If you don't give me yours and I don't know you and you are not a direct referral then the answer will always be no.
  19. If you follow the social media for this law in Guadalajara it is focused on bars that have continuous loud music that goes on for hours every night and into dawn. Even then it is a study in frustration for the complainant and the police. The places comply for a couple days and then are right back to business as usual. This law isn't going benefit anybody who lives near an evento or has neighbors who party which are occasional occurences. Anyone who believes this is focused and applicable toward fiesta times and parties is naïve.
  20. The sewing supply fellow at the various local tianguis has it in white and black.
  21. There are no filters for renting to people here as there is up north - references are for the most part useless and there is no credit history information. So a Facebook page can tell a lot. However color just isn't important and never occurred to me to use for that purpose and I doubt any of the nationals running rental services think about it either. Anyway what can be told is if people keep their homes and yards neat and tidy. Do they have family and friends or are they loners? Are they consumed with politics of either bent? Do they seem to have an angry personality or a needy personality seeking validation from others? Do they have an extreme focus on animal rescue? Are they curious about the world? Have they travelled? It's just one of the tools now that people use to decide who to rent to just like others use it to decide who to employ or who to date. The world is changing.
  22. If I have to have music while we dine I would enjoy a pianist over a singer strumming a guitar or a trio any day. The best music in town is Tangos piped in music with speakers which are nicely balanced around the room and where the one nearest where you are sitting can be turned off completely if you ask nice and tip well.
  23. You will need to go to the local Facebook pages for rentals and there are 5 or 6 of them. Then go on the general information pages, and there are a dozen of those active. On those pages you should list what you want with all the information but not your price. Let the responses come in without limiting yourself to a specific price. It is already very slim pickings for winter season as you have found out. Making it even more difficult is that for those who have arrived here and are finding it is not for them they are breaking leases by finding a replacement tenant so the original tenant gets their deposit back. So word of mouth and who you know is taking on an even greater importance. The most clever thing I have seen recently was a couple who are looking for a place asap. On the postcard-sized card is a photo of them and their dog. It lists every social media address they have along with their phones and emails. On the back is a list of what they are looking for in a rental. They have been handing these out. Very clever. Do not dismiss making your Facebook page public because I know rental agents who use that method to see who the people are and how they live where they came from and this helps them cull out renters from the huge numbers of people coming to their offices and calling them.
  24. Usually when take your ironing to womans house it is by the piece or the basket. Items folded and layered in a small basket to even with the top is usually around $100 pesos. You can't cram them in or you will get called on it. You can usually return to pick them up in 2 days and you supply the hangers. For someone who comes to your house it will be more. You can do it as an hourly fee about $60 pesos but then some iron fast and some iron very sloooooooowly. It is important to iron your own things once to know how long it takes that you feel is reasonable for your number of items. If your housekeeper is doing the laundry and the ironer is coming in you will need to teach the housekeeper what should be ironed and what should not. They won't necessary know that the rayon dress shouldn't be ironed. Also things like nightgowns and mens undershirts will make it into the basket. We pay the same amount every week regardless of the number of pieces. $250 pesos for a weeks worth of clothing ironing. Comprised of shorts/pants, golf shirts and tshirts and womens cotton or linen light over jackets. Some weeks there is a lot if we have been especially out and about that week and some weeks barely a small basket full but she gets the same amount of money regardless of how much there is to do and how long it takes her so it all works out. She gets paid when we travel because she counts on that income every week so it really does work out fairly for both of us.
  25. I was missing a broiler on my oven when we first moved here. Husband went out to the bodega and came back with the blow torch. Perfect.
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