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  1. 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.

  2. 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.  


  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.

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  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.



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  5. 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.


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  6. 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.



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  7. 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.  





    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.


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  9. 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.  

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  10. 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.
  11. 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.


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  12. 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.  

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