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  1. Thanks so it is Saturday the 15th and after all these years we have never seen it in Ajijic. We have seen it in Chapala which is marvelous. So reservations at the new restaurant on Colon and a Grito on the corner. Sounds good. Thanks much.
  2. It sounds as though this fellow is a tad misinformed about the area. Just so he knows there are no apartment complexes here with rental offices on site. There are no condo groups with rental offices. There are a couple dozen rental agencies and a dozen or so private managers and then the word-of-mouth and friend-to-friend market is very active here. People look for months for a place not only here in person but they follow a dozen internet sites and facebook pages for leads to housing. Pets are becoming a problem when renting in a reduced availability market. At you $1500 price point the furnishing will be nice and a dog or two is unlikely to be welcome. There are just too many people who don't have dogs who also have money that many landlords say no to pets. I do not know anyone who rents their investment or personal homes to dog owners. If the places are are unfurnished then cats are okay but not likely for dogs. On your first trip for 3 days do not bother going to LCS. It is a garden, pretty but you don't need it your first day. For half a day hire someone to drive you around to establish some frame of reference. Have a real paper map that you can mark on and a notebook. For your driver get a guy in his 40s not one of these 25 year old girls who haven't a clue what you are needing to know and might want to see so they just wander drive. For another half day hire a different person to show you Chapala in a walking tour. And then do the same for Ajijic and Jocotepec, each a half day. There you are done. Good luck.
  3. Didn't we go thru this tech center complex stuff a decade ago followed up by a major amusement park complex followed by casinos in the mountains. Pipe dreams all of them. What makes anyone think that the government of Jalisco would in any way support diverting any potential tech focused enterprise from the Guadalajara massive efforts in the tech direction to the area they have already decided will be a playground.
  4. I just finished interviewing house/pet sitters for a 10 day trip. This is the first time I went outside our usual plans which is the ironing woman or renting our house for longer trips. Each local person I talked to and there are plenty of them was $200-300 pesos a day. Of 13 people it was almost evenly divided between those who actually stayed in the house and those who did not but "visited" 3 or 4 times a day. Pretty much what I had been led to expect but I had been told to ask specifically about overnights. Several of these people told me they don't take more than 3 assignments at a time. So asking the right questions is important and state clearly what your definition of house/pet sitting is and what it isn't.
  5. Well I have to disagree with Natasha because the housekeeper is not like any other housesit person. We pay our ironer $100 pesos a day. She does not stay in our house all day since she has life things to do and other jobs. She is welcome to stay overnight should she want to but it is not required. She makes the decision based on what she knows is going on in the village at the time. If I paid a housesit person $250 a day I would expect them to stay around most of every day and evening and definitely overnight.
  6. I had to report a car license plate as stolen. Reported it to the Ministerio Publico. No one told me this until after 4 months had passed and innumerable visits to try to figure it out. The person who finally told me was at the auto license registry in Guadalajara. When I finally went with the report and all the other paperwork to the Chapala office they told me they figured I knew the procedure and just wasn't doing it. It was so frustrating. I don't know if it is still that way. Get some real advice. Better yet hire someone to do it all for you.
  7. The Independence Day is Sunday September 16th. I am looking for the scheduled Grito in Ajijic. Is it Saturday the 15th or Sunday the 16th? Thanks.
  8. Hire a needy kid on the block to pick it up and dispose of it every morning before you open the door. The kid will thank you, and you will be happier and the whole neighborhood will like you more and they will know that the dog owners are not taking care of their dogs' business. It is not going to stop since the dog has chosen your stoop and the neighbors are unlikely to stop putting their dog out.
  9. Does anyone know when the appliance sales - Linea Blanca - are next scheduled? I know they are twice a year but I haven't bought any in years so haven't kept track. I need a 'concina integral' package that is a refrigerator, standalone stove, vent, microwave and dishwasher. Thanks.
  10. Elvis on the lateral across from Waffle House in west Ajijic, that is the lumber store. Husband likes that brand best and makes me drawers inside drawers with them.
  11. Intersting I will have to figure out how to delete messages going back years however it does say 34% full. So mystery. But we connected and all is ggod.
  12. I have some Bondex brand in black you are welcome to as a sheet it is 3 x 7 inches. Send me a number via PM and I will call to drop it off when I leave the house today or tomorrow morning..
  13. WE buy our s from the fellow in the wood shop on the south lateral off the Carreterra west of 5th of febraro.
  14. I had the same "Mexicans are dirty and cheap don't eat where they would" vibe from the original poster statement. I have been taught to ALWAYS eat only where the place is crowded and busy because that indicates that the restaurant food is trusted. I agree that you shouldn't interact with the beggars around the tables. Toward the end of your meal buy a plate of pollo and beans to set at the end of your table. Then before you leave give one of the beggars a nod.
  15. We voted with our feet. Eight women out to lunch easily $300 pesos per with wine, margaritas, salads etc...so the owner likes to see us coming in. We get our first round of drinks and are deciding on entrees and in walk a man with a boxer type dog. The medium big dog isn't able to settle and paces. We are still chatting so we order round two. Woman comes in with small yappy dog with smashed in nose that runs all the time making the dog sniff and snort. She is joined by another woman and both begin to pay extraordinary attention to the dog calling its name, asking it to lay down, calling its name again. We all noticed, we were all not comfortable with the bigger dog but agreed the smaller dog was a serious annoyance with all that snuffling and sniffing and the woman touching its face while it was on her companions lap. THen the dogs began to fuss at each other. Anyway it came time to order and we looked at each other and decided to go around the corner to another restaurant. We apologized to the owner and our regular waiter and both of them just shrugged their shoulders. Oh well.
  16. Crowded doesn't even come close to describing the area. Busy. Everyone is 10 years older. The weather is changed a bit as it is a tad colder in the winter and hotter in the summer. It'll be a whole new experience. Nothing is the same.
  17. Helene, bring your nice car. There are plenty of nice cars here. If you need something smaller buy a small village car after you are here a few weeks. If you go back in a year or two you have your nice car. It is nice you are coming back. It is also highly probable you will not stay. It is THAT different.
  18. Bellon has been a disappointment too many also. Tejeda has too. Neither is able to MAKE the insurer do anything outside the bounds of your policy but they can and should be on top of every claim and have an honest and rational explanation for anything that is not allowed when you make a claim. Like any professional they also have only so many "judgement calls" they can push on higher ups to get what is needed. Since your issue is on a relatively minor repair I am pleased that the agent has not used any "chit" or "goodwill" he might possess on your behalf. You have been here a long time, as have I, and this is the very first time in 14 years I have heard a complaint about Tejeda in any form. We would hesitate to affect a long-term relationship of that type for a minor brouhaha.
  19. Coming to Ajijic and the general Lake Chapala area in a couple weeks to film is the BBC series Marigold Hotel where a group of pensioner celebrities travel the world looking for a retirement place. You can see it on YouTube. I like the Cuba one best. We all know that every once in a while HGTV shows up here wandering around. This a whole new level of exposure. Hold onto your hats, the times they are changing.
  20. Since you are in a very vulnerable situation please have a friend contract with a cleaning service and come over to supervise the cleaning.
  21. And do not forget when you load your money into the investment vehicles at the local investment bank to negotiate your exchange rate advantage. Most used to give customers .25 to .40 above their stated rate. Get it in writing in the notes of your account on the computer. If you don't ask, you don't get.
  22. This is going to be an entirely different place in two or three years. Come visit enjoy it for what it is and what it might be to you. There is also the very real possibility that immigration rules will change significantly with AMLO in charge. And the real estate market could change significant with economic and political events. So stay tuned and make your best plans.
  23. We are searching for basic Saltillo rules or a more modern proxy that is realistic looking and not a repeatitive photograph. The modern ones would be expected to be fairly uniform in color. We haven't ever needed floor tile so I have never paid attention. I'd also like a reminder where the upscale tile stores are in Guadalajara which I have been to but it was a decade ago. They have talavera from Puebla and raised talavera.
  24. Employees are not friends. The minute you befriend an employee that person has the upper hand. Be nice, be generous and kind. And put away 30% over what you pay them daily so that you have the finiquitos and aquinaldo when you need and pay the finiquito even if they quit. I know they are not by law entitled to it, but really do you want to hassle with that argument. Some people have trouble with gathering a hunk of money at one time but if you collect it from yourself every time you pay and put it in an envelope you will have it always available. Or you can finiquito the worker once a year and start all over each year. The attitude of some expats towards casual labor here has always surprised me. I pay a flat rate and neither I nor my household help count the hours she is here. Sometimes it is 5 hours and sometimes it is 8. Sometimes she has to clean the rental next door and sometimes she doesn't. She has a rotation of heavier tasks that are hers to control. I have been known to call her and tell her to take a day off with pay. When we are away she might come only every other week but she gets paid for every week. She gets her Aguinaldo on November 1st and in US dollars. The original poster has taken this personal and it isn't. The employer considered the employee their friend and they weren't. Old family saying, "I do not pay you for your time I pay you for the value you bring to the hour." I explain this to every employee I have ever had and regardless of culture they all have understood what they were being told and where my line was drawn.
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