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  1. Today, u and down the Carreterra several times thru town I saw 2 motorcycles , one going east and one going west using the bike lane.  There were people walking in it.  There wasn't a bike in sight.  There were two trucks trying to make right hand turns up streets to upper Ajijic who had to swing wide of the corner posts.  And I noticed, again, that on the Juarez corner the driveway going into that new building is right on the corner and impossible to get to from east of the light.  I would guess that at least a three lane intersection is necessary there to prevent a total traffic backup thru the Juarez and east section of the Carreterra.  That might be why there is no bike lane there.  Oh well we will just wait and see.


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  2. Actually on Facebook pages for local rentals and information there are several single men looking for shared housing opportunities.  Everyone keeps their own mess picked up and shares the main area maintenance.  And housemate contracts would be a good idea with outline for breaking the contract.  We are going to see a lot more shared housing situtations as the housing availability diminishes and people coming here continue to look for places that cost $600 +/_ which is the amount it seems to be averaging.  At that it will take two and sometimes three individuals to rent a home.

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  3. Wouldn't the best solution be a housemate who receives a discount on their share of rent and the house expenses.  Doesn't necessarily sound like you need a nurse/housekeeper.  At least not yet.    You should try the housemate angle first.  There are plenty of people moving here with reduced circumstances who would appreciate having the opportunity.

    That way they would not be working, you wouldn't be responsible and a whole bunch of probable problems wouldn't come your way.

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  4. Ok I did misunderstand that the announcement was for today only 7 to 9.  Super we have been thinking about a way to do cocktails and then go out to eat with friends and not have the cocktails at home.  There is a new cocktail place near Wings Army but the 3 times we have gone by at 6pm before going to dinner they have been closed for one reason or another which is a shame.  We will be by for drinks when we get home from the beach.  We are in Manazanillo this year and are very surprised at how wonderful the restaurants are.  There are oddles of roof top and beach side cocktail bars.  All have soft instrument music over speakers for both the bars and the restaurants.  No "bands" trying to make a few bucks to live in Mexico.  So far the bands are out for music and dancing on Friday and Saturdays, but more elegant places to dine actually have no music or easy listening instrumental.  

  5. I love a good cocktail bar and look forward to walking over for a great martini or old-fashioned and some wonderful conversations.  A great idea to meet friends before going out for dinner or for an evening activity.  Although 7 opening is a little late to incorporate a stop there into the evening plans.  No music, drinks are about conviviality and conversation otherwise your lace is just a limited hour bar.


  6. We refer to Rosa as "muchacha" and we still call waiters "joven" but we call our friend Delores who irons for us, Delores, she calls us Senora and Senor and its been like this since 2005.  That said after all these years and 4 household helpers our most recent, Rosa, has been here almost 5 years and she earns from her first day $500 pesos a day, which is 10 am to 5 pm and she will get a raise this summer to $600.  She is responsible for cleaning our home and the short term  rental next door in that time.  She does our laundry, folding it and readying it for Delores who has been with us since day one and makes $200 pesos no matter how full or empty the ironing basket might be.  Rosa now wants her Aguinaldo and vacation pay in Us dollars for her account in Texas.  She would like to be paid in all US dollars but I explained how I might be able to do that after our next trip north but buying the dollars would cost her too much.  

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  7. We, too, no  longer go out to dinner where music is playing.  I also have no problem asking to have music cease if it seems like even a remote possibility the staff would comply.  Even in some restaurants individual speakers near your table area can be turned off. I also have been known to pay musicians NOT to play while we are there.  Since many play for tips.


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  8. Yes I spent about an hour on that outerbelt arguing with a mordida cop a couple days after Christmas 2008.  He was trying to make me nervous by drawing a picture of jail bars and then a woman behind them if I didn't give him $9000 pesos.  He would cross out the number and write a smaller one under it as we argued.After about 20 minutes of hassling back and forth I handed him $1500 but I do have a Check for the Bank of America the best bank in the United States I told him.  I can give it to you I told him, just write your name down on that paper where you drew the lines thru the money and give it to me so I can write your name on the check.  He went to the other cop in the pickup and apparently the check would be okay.  So I wrote it out, took off and got thru the mountain pass and over the state line as fast as my little go fast car would go.  They were going off to eat, it was Saturday, and someone was going to tell him he got took.  Got home and husband cancelled the check.  Next times thru were thru town, and you are right it is nice.

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  9. We like to go the San Antonio - Eagles Pass/Piedras Negras (plenty of hotels and shopping to be had in both towns) cross in the early AM - around Monclova on the outbelt and then on to Saltillo and head Ajijic - takes about 10 hours.  Lovely drive without a lot of trucks.


    We stopped taking this route a few years ago because of some cartel activity but contacts in Eagles Pass say that hasn't been a problem for 2 years or so and we will do this route in May.  We generally do it all the way into the west side of San Antonio in a single day.


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